Those of you familiar with this website may know of our occasional feature Big Numbers, where we try to draw attention to some of the notable statistics and trends surrounding this year’s Canucks. It’s an easy feature to put together, because all you really have to do is poke around for a number that jumps out at you, then explain why it jumped out at you. Basically, the numbers do all the work.
But what if they didn’t? Recently we got to thinking: what if the search began with the number, rather than ending with it? What if we were handed a number first, and we had to go digging in order to find this number’s connection to the team.
That’s the basis for our new video feature, Random Number Generator. Using two of Daniel’s Dungeons and Dragons dice (because he is a nerd), we rolled for four numbers between 1 and 100, then challenged ourselves to find links to the club. The results were stupid.
I’d like to mount a brief defence of what you just saw. The Vancouver Sun is always on our case to make videos, and we almost never do. But recently, Daniel and I found ourselves downtown in the newsroom, with access to all the necessary equipment, as well as the two guys who run it, and suddenly it seemed like a good idea.
We’ll probably make more videos in the future as we try to figure out how best to use this equipment to which we have access (beyond highly-choreographed parking garage dance parties). So feel free to give us suggestions for improvement and future video types and topics.
Or just gently encourage us to stick to writing.