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31 Days of Halloween: Day 2, Ah-Mazing Maze

Many of the entries in our 31 Days of Halloween series are short documentaries highlighting local activities and events around Portland, Oregon. This one took place at Baggenstos Farms, which features an impressive 5 acre corn maze. Have a look… we think you’ll agree it’s got that distinctive “Orio flair.”



October 17, 2012 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

31 Days of Halloween: Day 1, It’s All About the Candy Corn

Back in September of 2010, our good friend Lani Voivod of Epiphanies, Inc., innocently suggested “You guys love Halloween so much; you really should do a quick video every day for October.” On September 29, we decided to commit and two days later launched our first video. Had we known what insanity it would be to produce a brand new video every day, we might have said no, thanks. But we went for it and it turned out to be one of the most satisfying things we’ve ever done. It was exhausting and exhilarating, and gave jump-started our creative mojo. Orio became a shooting and editing machine, while I was a scheduling madwoman. It was madness of the very best kind! 

We proudly herewith present Day 1, so grab a bag of candy corn (which, BTW, Orio doesn’t even like), kick back and enjoy!

October 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Spacing Out: Goodbye Cell Phone, Hello Cellphone

By Eve Powell Orio

Say goodbye to the hyphen. And while you’re at it, it’s sayonara to the space, too, because they were both officially deemed passé by the AP Style Book when it proclaimed last week that “cell phone,” “e-mail” and “smart phone” have been “changed to cellphone, email and smartphone to reflect increasingly common usage.”

As an official word nerd, this is the stuff I live for! Back in my days as senior manager of content development at Mattel Digital Network, what got me through the week was the regular Friday meeting with my team. We could easily spend the entire hour discussing precisely these issues without interruption by those who couldn’t care less whether the period goes inside the quotes (it does). I loved every minute.

Sadly, most people do fall into the “couldn’t care less” category. But without proper punctuation (as well as spelling and grammar), how can you be sure you’ve interpreted a sentence correctly? It’s particularly important in business where misinterpretation of emails is by far the biggest cause of inter-cubicle warfare.

So how do I feel about the loss of the hyphen in “e-mail” and the space in “cellphone?” I’m all for “email” because it’s short ‘n sweet. Cellphone, on the other hand, looks crammed because there are so many letters. In the end, though, I’ll go with the accepted usage because it’s the content manager’s job to ensure the clearest possible communication.

As I’ve been typing this blog, I’ve had to add these newly amalgamated words to my computer dictionary. Will they be included in the next release of Word? I don’t know butIcan’twaittosee!

What do you think about email, cellphone and smartphone? Do you care? Do you think it matters? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

March 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm 3 comments

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