Jeff Sandquist: Skateboarding, Channel 9 and Life at Microsoft

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Rory, in one of his final interviews for Channel 9 turned around the camera and interviewed me (Jeff Smiley) for Channel 9. 


Here's the description Rory wrote for this piece:

Jeff Sandquist was there at the beginning. He has been behind the scenes at Channel 9 for years. He was part of the initial crew and has had a tremendous impact on the development of the site ever since. Oddly, despite his core involvement, Jeff has never before done a Channel 9 interview. Here, we get to talk to him just after he's come back from taking several months off, and he's in a very, very good mood Smiley

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    swiatecki
    how do you get one of all those 9-guys ??

    Nice vid btw Big Smile
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    jeffsand
    swiatecki wrote:
    how do you get one of all those 9-guys ??

    Nice vid btw


    Send us a post card.

    Channel 9 Team
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA
    98052

    We've had some logistical issues in the past getting these out.  I have high hopes that problem is now fixed. Smiley
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    eagle
    Hey Rory, maybe you too should take a road trip and blog about the adventure.

    Nice to have Jeff back on C9.

    I just got back from a two week break in South West Kerry, Eire.......where I once lived on a 15 year sabbatical.

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    swiatecki
    Do you ship overseas ? (Europe)


    jeffsand wrote:
    
    swiatecki wrote:
    how do you get one of all those 9-guys ??

    Nice vid btw


    Send us a post card.

    Channel 9 Team
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA
    98052

    We've had some logistical issues in the past getting these out.  I have high hopes that problem is now fixed. Smiley
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    jeffsand
    swiatecki wrote:
    Do you ship overseas ? (Europe)


    Yes, we do! Smiley
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    CPrest
    jeffsand wrote:
    
    swiatecki wrote:
    Do you ship overseas ? (Europe)


    Yes, we do! Smiley


    If you guys ship to Europe, I'm guessing you could ship to Toronto Expressionless
    Btw great interview, defiantly captures the true essence of your team.

    I watch channel 9 almost everyday after or during lunch (while I'm at the office) and this was a very kewl change in perspective.

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    jeffsand
    littleguru wrote:
    Holy cow. Jeff on Channel 9... I would have NEVER guessed that Now it's time to watch the interview


    Even a little message for the Little Guru in this one. Smiley
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    jamie
    CPrest wrote:
    
    jeffsand wrote:
    
    swiatecki wrote:
    Do you ship overseas ? (Europe)


    Yes, we do! Smiley


    If you guys ship to Europe, I'm guessing you could ship to Toronto
    Btw great interview, defiantly captures the true essence of your team.

    I watch channel 9 almost everyday after or during lunch (while I'm at the office) and this was a very kewl change in perspective.




    where are you in toronto. i have quite a few and am in the toronto beaches area.
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    littleguru
    Holy cow. Jeff on Channel 9... I would have NEVER guessed that Smiley Now it's time to watch the interview Cool

    Larry showed me a few pictures of Jeff's room before he saw it Big Smile It looked awesome! - all these nine guys - wonderful idea!
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    dentaku
    That's a great photo of Jeff doing a hand stand.
    I doubt Jeff is much older than me but he started skating at a younger age so he remembers some of the old original pro skaters and being from West Coast doesn't hurt either.
    I started a few years later when Natas Kaupas was already famous and Mike V was just becoming famous. It's weird how Canadian skaters have gotten big lately because back in my time there was only Colin McKay and I remember when he was 14 years old.
    It's weird how so many people know the name Peralta but don't know who the guy is. I guess it doesn't hurt that Tony Hawk was involved with Powell-Peralta and that he's a huge celebrity now.

    By the way... Channel 10 is great and I've been visiting it more lately.
    People need to see what others are doing with regular PCs. It doesn't have to be just about Microsoft products but if it has to do with computers I like when it shows that people can do creative things with just regular every days Windows machines.
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    jeffsand
    dentaku wrote:
    That's a great photo of Jeff doing a hand stand.


    Ok, you opened up the old school skating conersation, watch out. Smiley

    Here are some of my favorite pics:



    Teamwork with Skating (that's my little girl getting pulled up the ramp) and some pictures of me taken in Kamloops, B.C. when I was Seven.

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    jeffsand
    dentaku wrote:

    By the way... Channel 10 is great and I've been visiting it more lately.

    People need to see what others are doing with regular PCs. It doesn't have to be just about Microsoft products but if it has to do with computers I like when it shows that people can do creative things with just regular every days Windows machines.


    Agreed, I want to gear it more to a http://LifeHacker.com editorial style.  We welcome all sorts of story ideas.
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    littleguru
    jeffsand wrote:
    Agreed, I want to gear it more to a http://LifeHacker.com editorial style.  We welcome all sorts of story ideas.


    Yeah LifeHacker style is cool Smiley They seem to have some nice site running over there... I have seen more and more sites pointing to them.
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    jeffsand
    littleguru wrote:
    Huh? What was this "littleguru" thing in the middle of the video... I feel so embarrassed...

    I'm not some creepy humpy little dude ... or did I get it wrong?


    You got it wrong.  We are all sincerely Little Guru Fan's here on my team. 

    Thank you so much for all you have done for 9 and now 8.

    -Jeff
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    swiatecki
    littleguru wrote:
    Huh? What was this "littleguru" thing in the middle of the video... I feel so embarrassed...

    I'm not some creepy humpy little dude ... or did I get it wrong?


    Quite sure he says: littleguru AND lloyd_humph(cant remember how you spell your name)
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    jeffsand
    It feels great to be rested and to see the team kicking (I need to watch my language).   You'll see more from us soon, very soon.Thanks everyone.
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    littleguru
    Huh? Expressionless What was this "littleguru" thing in the middle of the video... I'm not some creepy humpy little dude Sad ... or did I get it wrong?

    Other than that (which I probably didn't understand right) I liked the interview a lot. Sad that Rory is leaving - he knows how to do interviews very well...

    Great questions and great answers from Jeff. The thing about work-life-balance is really hard and as Rory says: everybody needs a time off. We are all happy that Jeff enjoyed his vacation and that he is back now Smiley

    I guess now it's better to not make the work-life-balance get back into how it was before the break: means MORE vacations!
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    littleguru
    jeffsand wrote:
    You got it wrong.  We are all sincerely Little Guru Fan's here on my team. 

    Thank you so much for all you have done for 9 and now 8.

    -Jeff


    You don't need to tell me that you are fans of mine - hehe... I just got it wrong... I didn't understand well what Rory was saying after mentioning my name - that was the problem Cool

    GREAT to have you back jeff - and you look really great without glasses! Smiley

    swiatecki wrote:
    Quite sure he says: littleguru AND lloyd_humph(cant remember how you spell your name)


    Yeah, it was hard for me to understand what Rory said afterwards...
    Edit: I re-watched and it is really "lloyd humph". He's a cool dude!
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    littleguru
    Btw. I'm a 10 fan... OK jamie will flame me for that, but I'm. I like to watch the videos over there. It's cool to see what's going on in the consumer (enthusiasts) world.

    I enjoyed the most the Major Nelson videos. I hope we got some of them also in the future! They are cool and it's cool to see him play some stuff and speaking about the game. Perhaps he can share more tricks or so... I don't know how much he is actually in the games he plays, but it would be cool. He's cool.
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    mcampbell
    So that's where all of the nine guys live. And the new C9 unofficial motto should be "do sh*t that matters". Wink
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    jamie
    littleguru wrote:
    Btw. I'm a 10 fan... OK jamie will flame me for that,


    10 is fine

    i just always would have prefered:

    <channel 9>
          l
          l_ Enthusiasts
          l
          l_ Students

    They took away up! Tongue Out  what did you expect! Smiley
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    jeffsand
    mcampbell wrote:
    So that's where all of the nine guys live. And the new C9 unofficial motto should be "do sh*t that matters".


    Love it.  Its definitely my motto now.  Being on a break reminded me that the time we have here is short.

    Anyone watch the Randy Pausch lecture?



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    mcampbell
    jeffsand wrote:
    
    mcampbell wrote:
    So that's where all of the nine guys live. And the new C9 unofficial motto should be "do sh*t that matters".


    Love it.  Its definitely my motto now.  Being on a break reminded me that the time we have here is short.

    Anyone watch the Randy Pausch lecture?





    I happened to see it and it really was an eye opening video, it puts in perspective what many silly things we worry about that don't even matter. The video is quite a motivator.
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    Lloyd_Humph
    unfrickin' believable, huh?

    Cool vid.

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    Chadk
    Very touching interview.

    Welcome back Jeff. Good to see that you are good again.
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    SuperBK
    Jeff (and Rory too), Great inteview. Just wanted to say I really like the inside look Channel9 has given me into Microsoft. Please keep it up. It makes me want to work there. I too, have struggled with work/life balance, seeming to always be swinging to one side or the other.

    About the sabatical, do you still get paid? How long did you have to be an employee before you get say, a month off? I once worked for a startup when people started jumping ship, they gave us four weeks vacation as an incentive to stay, but we had so much work, they wound up buying it back! I'm off to watch the Randy Pausch leture now.

    Brian
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    SlackmasterK
    508MB for 30 minutes? Jeez, this better be HDTV quality Smiley It's not about the space, it's about having to wait 45 minutes before I can view it cuz of a wierd ActiveMovieWindow popup issue I've been having... 

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