i can’t believe i used a pun in title — “A world full of violins.”
on second thought, sadly, i can believe it. played with new JVC Everio camera on recording this…nice features (hard drive, mic inputs, lens), but BAD in low light, and HORRIBLE stabilization. going to try and exchange it for something else.
as for the video, it was pretty cool to do. Peter (former dean of UNM Univ. College) is a really easygoing guy, and was more than happy to plug his new class. i just wish there was an actual class underway, or that he would’ve practiced for me, so i could use the music in the video. violin sounds so moody, we could’ve have made it a arty-experimental video; fine arts would’ve been proud.
…and these kids got to see why first-hand. will that stop every single one of them from doing it? sadly, no. but for the ones that are involved with fires, hopefully today’s ‘Fire Safety’ class by AFD will prove helpful.
kids in Austin love to mob the camera! it’s goes against all of their instincts to ignore it, but i managed to get a few photos where they weren’t totally distracted by the camera.
the following photos are from the Austin Fire Dept. and other agency’s annual summer Fire Safety class for kids in Parks and Rec. programs.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; This year’s ‘Safety Camp,’ sponsored jointly by the Austin Fire Department, Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services, the Austin Police Department, and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, was held at Givens Park in Austin. The event teaches youth involved in community outreach programs about fire, medical and personal safety. From left, Norman Derks, 11, Anthony Crawford, 10, and Jordan Thompson, 10, react as AFD burns a bedroom in a small trailer to demonstrate the speed fire travels. The kids are from the Dottie Jordan Park recreation summer program.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Adrian Moreno covers a simulated kitchen fire during a demonstration on fire safety led by AFD’s Ed Bridges during breakout sessions at the event.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Montrell Thomas, 9, applauds as AFD emcee Roger Davis referees a short game for the kids attending.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Liam Crimins, 10, gets sprayed in the face from his own hose during a competition while Anita Iyer, 8, and Dominic Valentino, 11, also hold on. Counselor Javian Johnson helps them.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; AFD’s Tim Krcmarik puts on his firefighting gear prior to the bedroom-fire simulation that he and firefighter Lloyd Zmeko extinguish.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Zion Rogers, 10, cheers during the event as Trey Mays, 10, looks on.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; AFD’s Roger Davis, who formerly worked for Austin Parks and Recreation, emceed the event. Here he leads representatives from the different parks in a friendly competition.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; A toy motorcycle is one of the first things to catch fire during a simulation of a house fire.
7/16/08 – Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; AFD firefighters Lloyd Zmeko and Tim Krcmarik put out the simulation bedroom blaze set by Tim LaFuente with AFD to demonstrate the speed and danger of fire.