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“City in Shadows” by Andy Smetanka

This video evokes everything I love about Missoula, Montana. It is simply the best place I have ever had the privilege to live.

I followed artists like Andy from a distance, thought not a far distance. I rubbed shoulders with him a few times after his shows when it seemed half the town would head to the Kettlehouse for a pint or two.

I love Andy’s art for the fact that it causes me to be so deeply present when I’m viewing it. Few things draw my attention like an original Andy Smetanka.


In the category of brilliant solutions, my web designer, Jeff Rivet, has been struggling with an incontinent dog that stays at home while he is at work here at KTUU-TV. 

Rivet will often take a late lunch to go home and scoop poop. My guess is that lunch is often skipped in the process. 

After a couple of projects where Jeff and I have worked on finding live streaming solutions for rural Alaska, Rivet came up with a brilliant plan to monitor his dog, O’Malley, via a live link with his home computer and his iPhone. 

He also recorded a series of voice commands that he can trigger when he notices O’Malley beginning to exhibit bad behavior. 

Desperation often breeds innovation. Got an incontinent pet? There’s an app, er, two apps, for that.