I write about backyard-movie obsession


Backyard movies became a big deal for my wife and me last summer.

This summer, again, we’ve been hosting outdoor gatherings with friends and neighbors to watch movies projected onto a giant screen.

We’ve done two such events so far, one in our big yard and another in our cozier adjacent patio, with at least a couple more in the works this season.

This has been so much fun that I decided to write about it for the Pioneer Press.

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I join the MacJury to talk Apple Music, etc.

Apple Music and Taylor Swift were the talk of the Apple world when Chuck Joiner invited me to appear an episode of the MacJury, his panel-format video show for dissecting the latest Mac news.

From Chuck’s MacVoices blog:

The MacJury takes on the issue of royalty payments for the first three, free, months of the soon-to-be-launched Apple Music service. Who were they negotiating with? Were they negotiating with the right people? Does Taylor Swift really speak for the artists, for the labels, or just for herself? Was their a bad guy in the story, or was it all just a big PR stunt? The panel of Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Neal Pann, Guy Serle and host Chuck Joiner discuss it from every angle, to give you a different perspective on these events.

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I’ve recently had superhero on the brain

"Dressed as Batman, in John Whitt, co-founder of Minnesota Superheros United, shows off his wing span during the MSP Comicon at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights on Sunday, May 17, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Sherri LaRose-Chiglo)"

I have had superhero on the brain in recent months.

I’ve been doing Pioneer Press research off and on about local superhero enthusiasts, including those who dress up as superheroes for fun, and others who avidly collect superhero-related memorabilia.

This is right up my alley since I’m a longtime superhero fanatic (I grew up reading DC Comics).

All my “work” — I put that word in quotation marks because it was pure fun and joy — led up to last Sunday, when the Pioneer Press published three of my superhero-related stories and posted on its site a set of my related videos.

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My little tech blog gets a big press award


My Pioneer Press tech blog won a 2014 Page One Award for “best newsroom blog” from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, as I noted in an earlier post.

What I didn’t know then: whether I would place first, second or third in the category.

Now I do: I was bested by Minnesota Public Radio’s Bob Collins and his fab NewsCut blog for the top spot.

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I’m Julio Ojeda-Zapata, a nerd, boricua and tech writer living in St. Paul, Minn. This is my personal site.
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