Last August, I entered a loft in downtown Portland, walked through a door, and met someone I’ve wanted to talk to for the last 20 years: Ghyslain Raza, the unwilling subject of the “Star Wars Kid” meme, the biggest viral video of the pre-YouTube era.
Oh sure. You claim to be a Jedi. You may know the ways of the force. But can you build your own lightsaber, smarty pants? “I can’t find the right crystals,” you say. “I don’t know how to forge the hilt components.” Blah blah blah. Quit your whining. Now, you can build your own artisanal handcrafted lightsaber like any self respecting Portland Jedi should. Read More
When it comes to compelling videos, Portland’s Jon Collins knows a thing or two. So it only makes sense that his latest venture, Sincerely Truman—a carve out from the company he cofounded, Epipheo—is kicking off with a video providing tips for JJ Abrams as he helms the new Star Wars movies. Read More
If you’ve ever spent any time on YouTube, you’ve likely had the displeasure partaking in YouTube comments, a veritable haven for trolls and massacring the English language. But what if you took that fire hose of venom and found a way to make it into art? Comment Haiku does exactly that. Read More