Kailee McGee


Kailee McGee

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am a human named Kailee McGee who lives in Los Angeles, California. I am an artist, writer, and filmmaker. I make content for screens of all sizes and sometimes real life too. I like blurring the line between fiction and reality and life and art.

I have directed numerous music videos, short films, digital new media pieces, and written/produced/directed three feature films. I have also created video content for brands and entertainment marketing campaigns for clients including A24, Mattel, Toca Boca, Sesame Street, HGTV, Focus Features, ESPN, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, and Disney.

I just finished a short film called The Person I Am When No One Is Looking – about a filmmaker who attempts to reshape her identity through a highly curated social media presence. I am currently working on writing another feature and practicing how to live everyday as art.

I was raised in Laguna Beach, California, and I am a New York University Tisch School of the Arts alumna and proud member of the Alliance of Women Directors. I'll also add that I am an ENFJ, Virgo, and animal lover.

What hardware do you use?

I do most of my writing and producing work on my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012). I do all of my video and editing work on my iMac (Retina 5k, 27-inch, 2017). I use my iPhone 5s as my phone-phone simply for talking, texting, Lyfting, and music in the car. My iPad Mini 2018 is my main device for using and consuming iOS apps. And, I use my old iPhone 6s Plus to post to Instagram (as the iPad app squishes the 9×16 images). My main digital camera is a Sony α6000.

And what software?

Google Docs. Google Slides. Google Sheets. Final Draft. Adobe Premiere. Chrome. Afterlight. LINE Camera. Notes. Photo Booth. Voice Memos. Elgato's Video Capture system to digitize VHS and Mini DV footage.

What would be your dream setup?

Right now I work from home, which is great and not great in ways. I would love my own personal sunny studio to venture to daily to create as well as store my supplies and past projects. I would also love to take up a messy hobby, like painting.



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Walter Parenton


Walter Parenton

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hi! My name is Walter, and I am a video editor at Funimation by day, and an illustrator for the internet at night. I work in the Promotional Video Department at Funimation, where we make the trailers and commercials for the anime we license from Japan, such as Dragon Ball Z and One Piece. In my free time I illustrate, from mobile apps to editorial and clothing brands.

What hardware do you use?

A few years back my MacBook Pro died, along with my external HD, losing everything, so I decided it was a good time to reset and minimize. I bought a new 2015 MacBook Pro, and a Magic Mouse, all of which I am still playing on. I decided to take illustrating seriously, find my style, and start posting work non-stop!

But before I really got into illustrating on the computer, I went through a long journey buying every pen and marker that ever existed, hoping to find the one pen to rule them all and make me a good artist.

After experimenting with all kinds of styles, with all kinds of pens, on all kinds of paper, I came to the conclusion that such a magical tool does not exist. I was also tired of all the steps – sketch, ink, scan, color – so it was then that I decided cut the steps down and just go fully digital. But hey, that's the process, and it's evolved quite a bit over the past 5 years, even as of today!

I do carry one notebook and one pen to draft ideas with. Right now, I am currently using a Montana Acrylic Paint Marker, which mimics how I illustrate on the computer – thick and bold!

And what software?

For software, I nearly use the entire Adobe Creative Suite! Premiere for editing, Photoshop and Illustrator for illustration, and After Effects for motion graphics. Oh, and Adobe Media Encoder to encode videos for online.

Google Drive to upload my work, so I can then download it to my phone and post. Google Keep to make mental notes and pin references.

What would be your dream setup?

My dream setup would be having my studio at The Philip Johnson Glass House. Surrounded by lots of natural light, greenery and quietness.



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Scott Jenson


Scott Jenson

Who are you, and what do you do?

I research and develop next generation UX for Android. Most recently I did the "Shush" gesture on the latest Android P release which is all about promoting digital wellness. I'm also still very active in the Internet of Things, specifically around the UX of making smart devices work better.

What hardware do you use?

Just about everything, actually. My daily driver is a high end Chromebook, as the majority of my work these days is on the web, Gmail, Google Calendar, Hangouts of course, but also Figma for drawing and Dynalist for, well, EVERYTHING. I've used Macs for over 30 years (sheesh, that makes me feel old). At work I have a Mac Pro connected to a 4K 50" display (which actually raises some challenging UX issues) and at home an aging Mac Mini (come on, 12 September announcement!) as my home machine. However, I also have two Windows 10 laptops (a personal and corporate one) that I use occasionally.

Mobile I use a range of Android phones. I've currently got 3 with me: my Pixel 1 XL is my daily driver, but I also am using a Pixel 2 and, it shouldn't be a big surprise, I also am testing an unreleased Android.

I've been using Google Wear for 4+ years now but the primary use case is my own custom watch face, which shows the entire day as a single handed 24 hour circular face. This allows me to layout my days meetings as arcs on the edge so I can easily see my day at a glance. I don't use it for fitness tracking. I love the tension between having a 'slow time' single hand face with the desire to know EXACTLY what time it is right now (usually for meetings.) I've got about 20 variations and I'm always tweaking them.

I never use tablets.

I realize this puts me all over the map but I find it very helpful to be 'multi lingual' when it comes to various UIs.

And what software?

I alluded to that above – mostly web stuff. What I love about web apps is that I can use them (if they're written well) on any device. That data portability is critical to me.

My superstar and most favorite app in the world is Keynote (which I appreciate violates my previous rule) and I'm deeply saddened that Apple has mostly abandoned it. Now, before your readers jump all over me saying that Apple is actively updating Keynote, that's technically true, but the vast majority of their work is in the iPad version. Like most things at Apple these days, all they can think about is mobile.

I don't want to get into the ridiculous mobile vs desktop discussion as it's not one or the other, but for most (at least in the West for now) it's both. I'm a professional speaker and when I use Keynote it'll always be on a laptop, for the simple reason that it has a big display and a useful file system. I get rather worked up over the loss of functional file systems on mobile – it's a huge UX loss. I've written about this on my blog.

What would be your dream setup?

As I've played with so much hardware, what I dream about mostly is software and data more than the hardware itself. Ultimately I want most of my work to be available to all of my devices. We're getting there slowly, so I can use my phone on the go and the 50" 4K monitor at work. This applies not only to me, but my colleagues. Figma, for example, has revolutionized how we share designs. More of that please.



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Stephen Hackett


Stephen Hackett

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am the co-founder of the Relay FM podcast network. We are home to nearly 30 nerdy podcasts ranging from covering companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft to talking about design and development. We have a show about the space industry and another about fountain pens.

That last bit isn't a joke, I promise.

My time is split between hosting several podcasts on the network and running the business side of things with my co-founder.

My side project is writing my blog, which is named 512 Pixels, and hosting videos on its spin-off YouTube channel. The site is ten years old, and I can't imagine my life without sharing nerdy stuff on it at this point.

My side side project is building a pretty extensive collection of Macintosh computers. Many of my machines have been featured on 512 Pixels over the years. Also featured on the site: my dogcow tattoo.

I live in my hometown of Memphis, TN with my wife, our three children, a dog and a Roomba.

What hardware do you use?

The heart of my setup is an entry-level iMac Pro. I converted from the latop-and-a-big-screen lifestyle when I built my studio in 2016, but always wanted more power than the 5K iMac could provide.

My notebook is a 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro, and I carry whatever the newest iPhone is at the moment. Right now, it's an iPhone X that is real scratched up.

I record my podcasts using a Shure 87A XLR microphone with a shock mount, on the K&M 23850 Microphone Desk Arm. The microphone is plugged into a Rolls mute switch, then into a Sound Devices USBPre 2 interface, via a Schiit Wyrd.

I use the boring-but-reliable Sony MDR-7506 headphones with Schiit's Magni 2 headphone amp.

That's a pretty expensive setup for podcasting, but hey, it's my job and my CPA said it was cool.

On the video side, I am shooting in 4K on a Sony α7r II I bought second-hand from a friend. 4K looks awesome, and with the iMac Pro, I can edit it without wanting to throw my computer out the window. I have a couple of lenses and a shotgun mic for it as well.

In my front left pocket, there is always a Field Notes notebook, with a Uni-ball Jetstream Ballpoint Pen clipped to it.

And what software?

I'm all-in on macOS.

I record my audio (and audio from Skype) using Audio Hijack Pro, with Ecamm Call Recorder running as a backup. I edit in Logic Pro X.

On the video side, I edit in Final Cut Pro X because one time I opened Premiere and got scared.

As far as writing, I am currently creating Markdown in iA Writer, with copious amounts of research saved in Apple's Notes app.

What would be your dream setup?

As great as my iMac Pro is, I'd love to live in a world where I could have this much power in a Mac notebook that docked into a big display when I get to the studio. Basically, the PowerBook Duo.



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Allison Parrish


Allison Parrish

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm a poet, computer programmer and game designer. I work at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program as an Assistant Arts Professor. I teach introductory programming classes there along with a course on computer-generated poetry and another called "Electronic Rituals, Oracles and Fortune-Telling" about divination in the context of digital and networked media. Most of my work falls into the category of "computer-generated poetry"; I usually work with large corpora and forms of artificial intelligence and machine learning to write computer programs that write poetry.

What hardware do you use?

I have a 13-inch, mid 2013 MacBook Air and it is the only computer I have ever really loved. I just got the battery replaced and it's just as snappy as the day I bought it (refurbished!). I'm in my mid-thirties and – maybe this is morbid? I don't mean it to be – I'm starting to realize that some small number of things I own right now are probably things that I'll own for the rest of my life. Technology doesn't work this way, of course, and I hope to live many decades still, but I still kinda abstractly hope this computer is the last computer I'll ever have to buy.

The only other hardware that I use is an original-issue Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI controller, which is perfect when I have poetry experiments or performances that require sliders and knobs.

And what software?

Most of my RAM and CPU gets funneled into Firefox. I do 90% of my programming work (sketches, experiments, tutorials) in Jupyter Notebook, but whenever I'm doing actual "software engineering" I use Vim. I take notes and organize ideas in Notational Velocity, track links and citations with Zotero and use a combo of SelfControl and some app I found on the App Store called "Tomato One" to keep me on task. It sort of works. I don't know.

I spend a lot of time in Keynote and I don't really like it. I don't hate it, it just doesn't feel expressive or fun. A few months ago at Practice (a game design conference hosted at NYU), Joseph White made and delivered his presentation about PICO-8 in PICO-8 and it was amazing – not because it was gimmicky, but because it was suited to the presentation itself and because Joseph clearly had the level of mastery over the software that made using it the obvious and necessary choice. I spend a lot of time wondering, like, what's the Allison equivalent of that.

This doesn't really fit into either the "software" or the "hardware" category, but I recently got fed up with Google Calendar and started using a pen-and-paper planner instead. And I actually love it? I've discovered about myself that actually writing things down – in a particular place, in particular spatial relationships to other things I've written – actually helps me remember them and understand them in relation to one another. (Wild, right?) I like being able to come up with my own abstractions about my schedule on-the-fly instead of relying on the abstractions Google came up with. And it's satisfying to be able to look back at a particularly busy month and see everything I did all at once and admire what a good job I did of keeping it all together. Anyway – and I know this isn't news to anyone who had a schedule to keep in ye olden times—pen-and-paper planners: highly recommended.

What would be your dream setup?

Well, like I said, I hope to own and use this MacBook Air for the rest of my life. Planned obsolescence and more-and-more aggressive uses of JavaScript in the browser are conspiring against this outcome, but that's the dream. I was reading "Where Vim Came From" the other day, which points out that Vim and its predecessors have a history going back half a century (!). I've been using some form vi or Vim for almost twenty years myself, and I still feel like every day I'm increasing my mastery of it, learning something I hadn't known before. I'm not saying I want to shy away from anything "new," but I've lost so much time to fads, especially in the years when I worked as a start-up software engineer. So lately when I'm making decisions about what tools I want to adopt, or what tools I want to teach to my students, one of the most important criteria is: will this still work in five, ten, twenty years? Is this the kind of thing that will richly reward the time you invest in mastering it?



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Karlee Esmailli


Karlee Esmailli

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Karlee Esmailli. I'm the Head of Accounts at Blackbox and Cards Against Humanity. I'm also a writer and video game degenerate.

What hardware do you use?

For work, I use a Mac and an iPhone, but I don't know what kind of Mac or iPhone!! Don't ask me!! I'm all about my bullet journals.

For fun, I adore the Womanizer Pro40 Sensual Pleasure Enhancer in Magenta and the Nintendo Switch.

And what software?

WORK STUFF
TO PREVENT ISIS FROM HACKING ME
FOR MY SMUTTY ART
  • Twine: Draft branching stories.
  • Discord: Chat with my artists.
  • Ren'Py: Visual novel software.
FOR BEING AN ADULT
  • YNAB: Budget, baby.
  • Headspace: Stop looking at your phone for 5 fucking minutes.
  • Aloe Bud: Self-care, but actually do it.
  • Wunderlist: To remind me when it's time to clip my cat's nails.
  • OurGroceries: What do you think? It's called "OurGroceries" 😉
  • Bitmoji: For casual conversations.
  • KIMOJI: For serious conversations.

What would be your dream setup?

I'd love to be left alone with my cat and boyfriend on top of a mountain. We'd have perfect fiber internet and each day a young child from the village would bring us fresh tomatoes and baguette and cheeses from the mountain cows. I'd write with a nice clacky keyboard.



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Holly Gramazio


Holly Gramazio

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Holly Gramazio. I'm a game designer – sometimes on my own, but usually as half of Matheson Marcault. I also direct Now Play This, which is an annual festival of experimental game design which runs at Somerset House as part of London Games Week.

What hardware do you use?

I have a MacBook Air from 2015; the trackpad is slightly broken so I also have a wired mouse that was lying around the house. My phone is an iPhone SE. I like 'em both, although the replacement screen on the phone can be a bit glitchy; I seem to drop phones a lot so it's not really worth getting anything but the cheapest replacement.

My work involves reading a lot, so I have a Kindle Oasis for that which I like so much. I do still read paper books but it's just so transformative to be able to not have to lug a backpack of twelve books around.

That said, I like paper! I ike sticking paper notes in notebooks, so I print a lot of stuff out on our HP ENVY 4504, and photocopy things on library photocopiers. I'm also doing a little bit of work with projectors at the moment, and using one I borrowed from a friend. It's one of those mysterious generic objects that don't seem to have a brand name or a visible manufacturer, but it has RD-804 written on the underside somewhere…

And what software?

I mostly write in TextWrangler and then copy things into Word or Pages. Digital games: mostly Twine (still 1 rather than 2) for writing-based work; for other things, Haxegon (a little Haxe game-making library) with Sublime Text 2. Slack for work chat.

Much less frequently: InDesign for print prep, though mostly Sophie (the other half of Matheson Marcault) does that; Audacity for sound editing; Phocus for image processing (Hasselblad's free image editing software, which you can use with any photos – just to be clear, I extremely don't own a Hasselblad).

Also, importantly: Freedom to turn off the bits of the internet that distract me.

My todo lists are all paper, and I need a new overengineered system every few months. At the moment I've got a tiny notebook that fits about 10 to-do items per page, and then when I've finished everything on a page I fold it in half so I can see which pages have things left – that helps to force me to finish the one or two things I've been putting off that are stopping me from declaring a page done. Before that I had a weekly grid where I allocated tasks to different days in advance and moved them around with arrows a lot, and before that I had a hex grid of clustered tasks. Basically anything overcomplicated that I can use to trick myself into procrastinating less for a month or two.

What would be your dream setup?

A nice big studio at the top of the house with good light and plenty of desk space and a little coffee machine in the corner. A projector I can connect to without cables. Someone on retainer to come in every month and swap out my newly-broken phone screen for a top-quality replacement.



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Sophie Haskins


Sophie Haskins

Who are you, and what do you do?

Ahoy there! I'm Sophie Haskins – I post hot takes on Twitter Dot Com, restore vintage workstations at pizzabox.computer, am a pink hair enthusiast, and work as an SRE at GitHub. Most of my professional work is centered around "building infrastructure that makes it easy to build reliable scalable software".

What hardware do you use?

I could tell you about my unsurprising work-from-home desktop setup (the only "surprising" thing is that I use a Windows PC – I had built it for playing four EVE Online sessions at once, so it just happens to be the most responsive/fastest computer in the house), but I suspect you'd all be more interested in the hardware I use with the Pizzabox Workstations. The important hardware in my toolbox is:

  • the literal toolbox – I have an iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit that has been invaluable. Its super high quality, has half a billion screwdriver bits, and tons of options for ways to poke inside cases to get them to open.
  • the SCSI2SD "hard drive" – most of my workstations were built with SCSI disks in mind. The remaining 50-pin SCSI drives out there are pretty old, largely used (rather than new-old-stock), and pricy. The SCSI2SD lets me skip the gamble on drive reliability and just use SD cards for storage. The configuration tool is a little clunky, using its advanced features (like acting as multiple devices at once) takes some custom setup, and figuring out the right settings for compatibility is tricky, but it's a LIFESAVER nonetheless. I have many of these in the various pizzaboxes.
  • a Sun 411 external SCSI enclosure & SCSI CD-ROM drive – setting up the SCSI2SD as a CD-ROM is tricky so this old-school caddy-loading drive is my workhorse for setting up OSes on the workstations. It supports the 512-byte block mode that some older models require (cough Sun). The enclosure pulls double-duty when I want to take an image of the initial state of drives in new boxes – I pull out the CD-ROM, put in the new drive, and connect them to my HP 712 for dumping (HP-UX seems most tolerant of drives w/o partition tables it likes).
  • a TP-LINK N300 mini wifi router in "client mode" lets me connect pizzaboxes directly to my home network without needing to run a really long cable all the way to my Ethernet switch. Another important tool for some of the boxes is an AUI-to-Twisted-Pair tranciever – lots of the pizzaboxes don't have RJ-45 ports onboard and need one of these to connect (sadly, I'm not aware of new ones being made, you have to get an old one on ebay).
  • a USB-Serial adapter – none of my modern computers have built-in serial ports, so I use one of these handy numbers. I've got an Airconsole LE that should make this wireless but I haven't put in the time to get used to how it works yet. Lots of the Pizzaboxes need weird peripherals to start up using their main console, so a serial console is super useful.
  • an Epiphan DVI2USB framegrabber lets me take video & screenshots without needing OS support for it on the pizzaboxes (or before such support would be loaded). The software for this is a bit finicky and I sometimes have a hard time getting fine-tuning of the image right but it's been really cool to be able to get high-quality videos of what's on-screen.
  • an old 4:3 monitor (mine is an NEC 1770NX – the framegrabber has a little bit too much lag to be comfortable to use directly as a screen – its much nicer to use a VGA monitor with the right aspect ratio with broad compatibility (this one supports most sync-on-green signals I've sent it). Its native resolution of 1280×1024 matches a lot of the CRTs the pizzaboxes would originally have used, too.

If "home lab" stuff is more your speed, I also spend a decent amount of time maintaining my home network and Kubernetes cluster that serves my websites (overbuilt much? :P). If that stuff is your jam, my setup is:

  • a 12U Tripp Lite Rack that sits in the corner of my living room.
  • a bunch of StarTech rack shelves and a simple rack PDU.
  • an EdgeRouter Lite and a EdgeSwitch Lite 24 from UBNT for core networking – they're really good stuff.
  • a couple of Intel NUCs (I have some a couple of NUC6i3SYK and a NUC6i5SYH.
  • a QNAP TS-231P NAS – real talk I don't have that much data to back up, but having a designated "network storage" box is super helpful. It also comes in handy with the pizzaboxes – they basically all are able to access at least the NAS's public NFS share.

And what software?

The software I use for the pizzabox restorations is:

  • Terra Term for a serial console.
  • Xming for setting up a remote X session from my desktop to pizzaboxes (in situations where I can't use the local console.)
  • The Internet Archive for archived software, manuals, and websites of long-gone hardware.
  • Bitsavers and Manx Docs have also been HUGELY helpful sources of documentation.
  • Microsoft OneNote for taking notes, collating research, and tracking progress on projects.
  • dd (in various incarnations) for taking an image of working drives, putting data on to the SCSI2SD, and setting up floppy disks.

For my home-lab stuff, I use:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 for the base OS on my NUCs as well as for most of the VMs that run on it. I use the built-in KVM-based uvtool for creating and managing VMs.
  • Kubernetes w/ kubeadm for setting up the Kube cluster.
  • cert-manager for setting up certificates in an automated fashion.
  • netboot.xyz handles PXE-booting on my network (it's suuuuuuuper dope.)

What would be your dream setup?

My dream setup would add to what I have now with:

  • a physical serial console (I love the DEC VT320.)
  • a physical X Terminal (mostly for the novelty of it.)
  • a wider variety of vintage CD-ROM and external hard disks to help with the more stubborn pizzaboxes.
  • furniture for both displaying and connecting the pizzaboxes to peripherals (maybe some sort of shelf where they'd all be wired going to a central console?
  • a more comfortable dedicated work-desk – right now I either put things on my normal desk and push aside my normal gear, or use a crappy table in the corner of my apt that isn't a great height and isn't near my comfy office chair.
  • a real lighting kit for taking photos / video of working on the pizzaboxes.
  • a convenient outdoor / well-ventilated indoor space for soldering and using contact cleaner / other noxious cleaning agents.



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Jane Solomon


Jane Solomon

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Jane Solomon. I work as a lexicographer at Dictionary.com (my official title is linguist-in-residence). I write and edit definitions for the site, and I work on other research projects like Word of the Year. I do a lot of media interviews as part of my job, so I often think about how to best communicate the work we do with the general public.

I'm also on the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, so I review emoji proposals that people submit. Did you know that anyone can submit an emoji proposal!? Many of these proposals later end up as official Unicode emoji codepoints. Sometimes I work on emoji projects for fun, like I looked at what emoji come before and after the gun emoji last year on my blog Lexical Items, and I recently built an emoji-sky generator on Glitch with some friends.

I'm currently writing a children's book called The Dictionary of Difficult Words coming out spelling bee season 2019 with Frances Lincoln. The very very talented Louise Lockhart is illustrating it. It's for kids ages 7+, but it's also for adults. It's kind of like a dictionary, but it only has really hard words that 7-year-olds wouldn't know. About 1/3 of the words will be new to most adults. I say "most" here because I've shown some of the pages to my lexicographer friends and they unsurprisingly have very big vocabularies. That said, I don't expect most people to be familiar with words like 'absquatulate' or 'moonbow.'

What hardware do you use?

I use a 2018 13" MacBook Pro for work and a 2015 13" MacBook Air for personal projects. I've got an iPhone 7. I promise this is not an Apple fansite.

At work I have an external monitor and a desk that allows me to stand or sit. I have the VerticalMouse (right hand) and a Magic Trackpad (left hand), which I use to switch between desktops. I find that that helps me focus.

The best hardware purchase of my life was a projector I bought almost five years ago. I've always hated the idea of having a living room that is arranged around a television – this way we just pull down the screen when we want to watch something, and it disappears when we're not using it. Home theater snobs will say you need to spend upwards of $2k to get a good projector, but this is simply not true. We found something in the $300-$500 range that we love and use all the time.

And what software?

I am a big fan of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides (though Google Slides doesn't handle emoji well for presentations, so I end up having to take screen shots of the emoji I want – I give a lot of presentations about emoji). I use Slack for work, and I also always have Spotify open. I find their Discover Weekly playlist is usually pretty great. I am slightly creeped out by how well the suggestions are catered to my taste.

For social media, I'm pretty active on Twitter where I tend to stick to the topics of language and emoji. I've got a private Instagram account that's extremely boring, and a fake public Instagram account where I post from the perspective of an Insta influencer who lives a fabulous life and just happens to be an emoji. That's called Emoji Influencer. She loves doing make-up tutorials and taking photos of herself in front of murals. She also has a pet bunny named Greyscale.

What would be your dream setup?

Rose gold MacBook Pro.



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Molly Mary O’Brien


Molly Mary O'Brien

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am Molly Mary O'Brien, a video producer and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. My full-time job is making videos for the health and wellness site Well+Good, but in my spare time I am always experimenting with making other video things. Documenting and sharing peoples' creative processes in video form is very satisfying to me; here's a short profile I made about visual storyteller Bianca Ng for a series I started called people making cool things. I'm also getting more into shooting performance-based stuff like music, dance and comedy. When I REALLY have extra brain space, I enjoy writing fiction. I like experimenting with formats and trying weird visual things — this is a short story I wrote in the form of a music festival poster.

I also co-host a biweekly podcast with my boyfriend Chris Wade called And Introducing, which is about "words about music," aka musician memoirs and biographies, criticism, interviews, and less-classifiable mediums (here's an episode we did with Hillary Benton about her investigative PowerPoint presentation about the hidden meaning of Lorde's album Melodrama). I do the pre-production and Chris engineers and edits each episode (and also composes the theme music for each).

What hardware do you use?

My computer is a 13" 2015 MacBook Air which is fine for cutting simple social videos but starts wheezing when I try to do anything with 4k footage. I only got into shooting + editing video last year and this machine needs an upgrade badly!

My camera is a Panasonic GH4 (great for beginners). I have a Rode VideoMic Go shotgun mic, a very cheap Amazon Basics tripod, and the LimoStudio softbox light kit, which is nice cost-effective lighting to have on hand. I also just got a Canon VIXIA R800 camcorder that I'm kind of obsessed with. I was weirdly inspired by Kylie Jenner's birth announcement video, some of which was shot with camcorders; it had a warmth and intimacy that I found fascinating, so I wanted to start making stuff with one.

I usually am several models of iPhone behind the current one and was rocking an iPhone 6 til this past April when I lost it at a mosh pit at Coachella — so I decided to treat myself to the 8+ in all its Portrait Mode glory. I had to get Jabra Move Bluetooth headphones to accommodate the 8+ because keeping track of that Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle suuuucks so wireless headphones it is. I use the Wirecutter for lots of my gear recommendations and they suggested the Jabras as an affordable option.

And what software?

I edit on Adobe Premiere Pro. I write most things, including podcast notes and fiction, on Google Docs, though I'm always on a futile search for The Perfect Minimal Word Processor. I use Gmail and Slack for work-related communication and dig Celtx for writing scripts. On my phone I use Instagram all the dang time, the Kindle app for reading library books on my phone, the TeuxDeux app (which is just my dream to-do list functionality, shoutout to Tina Roth Eisenberg for making that particular jam), Nike Training Club for workouts, and HUJI Cam for taking trendy-ass disposable camera looking pics (their tagline is "just like the year 1998"). I purposefully keep the Facebook and Twitter apps off my phone, and I do this thing where I put all my apps in one folder on the 2nd page of the homescreen so as to keep mindless app-tapping to a minimum. I learned this tactic, no joke, from googling "marie kondo your phone" and I actually love it.

Oh! I am very into the Golden Thread Tarot app. So well-designed, great for anyone who wants to dabble in the decks.

What would be your dream setup?

I think I've got it pretty good, and have been blessed with having enough money to acquire the gear to help further my creative pursuits. I am definitely eyeing a nicer desktop setup, like a 27" iMac, so I'm not constantly murdering my comp with high-res footage, and I'd love to eventually own some lav mics for documentary stuff. Other than that, just more hours in the day would be a nice setup.



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