The All New #rdcHQ 2015
Upgrade Department

Greetings from The All New #rdcHQ! At this Saturday’s meetup, upgrades continue into 2015 at Rural Design Collective Headquarters with the addition of a new router and hub in our server room to support future expansion in the media lab. Our internet enabled devices were maxing out the capacity of our sentimentally favorite WRT54G 2.4GHz router that had served our needs diligently since 2002. Our spiffy new dual band WRT1900AC router is a substantial upgrade from the previous device and will certainly fill the bill for some time to come.

Our lovely new WRT1900AC router looks right at home in the server closet at #rdcHQ.

Server Closet as Gallery — A rare poster from The Internet 1996 World Exposition shown at right

#rdcHQ Extra Credit:
Law Day 2015

Greetings from #rdcHQ! Yesterday was Law Day and the first ever “Free PACER” campaign was held in San Francisco (Internet Archive), Chicago (SmartChicago), and New York (Civic Hall). RDC Founder Rebecca Hargrave Malamud created a special mark for the event as well as pitched in on additional design artifacts —



You can read more about the event here which also includes details on how to send your own postcard if you were unable to attend one of the in-person events.

#rdcHQ Extra Credit:
Earth Day 2015

Happy Earth Day from rdcHQ! We were jazzed to lend a helping hand this year documenting a documentary-in-progress by filmmaker Michael Ramsey. You can find out more about this fascinating project at his Spoken Image website.

The planting we attended took place at Rare Tree Reserve on February 28th 2015 which is part of a recent reforestation effort by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive where 1000 Champion Coast Redwoods were gifted to private and public property locations in Curry County, Oregon. It was a great experience to meet Michael and he gave us a lot of great tips and even let us check out his mobile “film studio.”

Michael’s new documentary based on “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Jim Robbins. [ enlarge ]
Documenting the planting of Champion Coast Redwoods at Rare Tree Reserve.
Nathan Malamud, RDC Videographer At Work!

Our mini-documentary was filmed and edited by Nathan Malamud who also contributed his musical talents for the soundtrack. So without further ado, here is “Champion Coast Redwood Tree — Reborn In Splendid Soil”

You can read more at Reforest POCSAHappy Earth Day 2015! :-)

Behind The Scenes:
Making Movies #AIFF15

Greetings from #rdcHQ! Our 2015 Season is already off to a busy start with several video projects taking shape for the summer program. The first stop on our moviemaking tour was a road trip to the 14th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival! This was primarily a learning expedition for The Cobwebs Crew and we definitely learned a lot. The Crew met a lot of young filmmakers and had the opportunity to talk about their project with people at the festival. It was a very energetic and supportive environment for filmmakers and filmfans of all ages.

We also learned how to entertain ourselves while standing in line which apparently you do a lot at Film Festivals … :-)

Right before we left for Ashland, we were able to pitch in to help the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive document a documentary they are making about the 1000 Redwood Trees that were recently gifted to Curry County. We’ll be releasing this video short in time for Earth Day 2015 on April 22!

Capturing video at the Rare Tree Reserve in Port Orford, OR

And this isn’t the only video project in the works … we’ll have a surprise announcement regarding another project we’ll be providing support on and, of course, more progress on Cobwebs — Part Three.

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