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In a couple of days, I'll be doing some behind-the-scenes logistical work for a live video production. I've never done anything like this before, and oddly enough, I'm not at all nervous about it.

I say "oddly" because I feel like maybe I should be nervous. When I got involved in this little project I was warned it was a potentially high-pressure situation. Timing is going to be critical in several spots, and since it's live, there won't be any do-overs. At the same time, it's pretty straightforward — the sequence of events is mostly laid out and one thing will merely follow another and another and another. So with that part in mind, as long as there aren't any giant disasters, I believe it's going to be fine.

We went through a quick dry run this afternoon to get familiar with the timing and make sure there weren't any glaringly obvious gotchas looming. Tomorrow there's going to be another more involved practice session, and on Thursday — less than 48 hours from now — it all happens. A lot of this is still under development and won't be ready until possibly a few hours before production, and different people are working on different parts. I feel like I'm on the set of SNL on a Friday morning before broadcast.

If someone had told me this time last year that I'd be heavily involved in video production, print, and audio as well as web media and programming, I don't know if I would have believed it. If someone had told me I'd feel pretty comfortable about diving into any of those, even if I never had before, I probably would have laughed. But here I am. It's been an awesome year.

And even though I feel like this video thing is going to run without a hiccup, I'll still be glad to get Thursday behind me... just to eliminate the chances of Murphy paying a visit.

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