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June 2014 Archives

Originally posted 29 June 2014 on Patreon; my supporters there got an early glimpse of this

Hello Patreons!! Thanks for your support. I want to explain why I haven't posted any new Justin Hall Show for a few weeks. I've been working on a single long video about my experience of publishing my personal web site.

This project has a deadline - I've been invited to speak at a conference called XOXO in Portland September 11-14. It's an intimate-looking "experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology" and it seems like the perfect place to give a public gander of this "20links" video. XOXO conference tickets are available until the end to day Monday, tomorrow! Would be fun to see you there, if you can make it:

So far I'm working almost entirely alone so I want be integrating feedback early and often. I now carry a draft of the video on my mobile phone, so I can review it or share it with others on the road. Soon I look forward to previewing clips for you folks here!

Here's a recent behind-the-scenes update video: that was a hasty production shot with a 13 year old webcam late last Sunday evening to make the occasion of receiving a deadline and entering the go phase of the project.

I'm wrestling to make my experience of the early web relevant to strangers. I'm currently speaking a script and script revisions into the project timeline. On top of this voiceover I'm adding videos, pictures and effects to visually anchor the story.

I just finished a film editor's memoir: "When the Shooting Stops, the Cutting Begins" by Ralph Rosenblum, the editor for Annie Hall and a slew of other movies, and he published this account of driving storytelling through image sequences. He cut his teeth on documentaries, including WWII-era propaganda films. I loved his moment-by-moment descriptions of film edits; he inspired me to think of ways to show more and tell less.

Now I'm started "Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice, and Sound Effects in Cinema" by David Sonnenschein. Sound is the most visceral aspect of filmmaking and I know little about it. This book encourages me to think about sounds that communicate story, besides voice and music.

Amidst editing and researching, I like to re-focus my brain. Yesterday I found "A Dark Room" which is a simple, free text-only experience. A Dark Room is stirring and provocative - a great example of an experience unique to video games.

I aim to craft a uniquely video experience about a personal web site! And I look forward to sharing it with you.


Thanks Steve Rhodes - from @tigerbeat on Instagram
June 2012 dancing in the streets of San Francisco with Ilyse Magy, photo thanks Steve Rhodes on instagram!

Hi, I'm Justin Hall and this here is a personal web site I've used to chronicle my time on earth since 1994. The content on the front page is relatively recent; if you search through the archives, you'll find old pieces of Justin. Some folks have indexed my doings on Wikipedia.

Twitter: jah
Facebook: Justinreach

eBooks by Justin Hall

I've published books for sale, somewhere else online! Behold:

Now available for the Kindle: A Story of GameLayers. My experience being CEO of a tech company, 2007-2009:

"A tell-all story of a startup from the very beginning, with lots of info about real-world fundraising. A more intimate look than you'll find in other business reads." says Irene Polnyi in a 5-star review on

A Story of GameLayers, for the Amazon Kindle.