Saturday, November 19, 2005

Japanese sure love their gadgets

Wow, I knew the Japanese loved their gadgets, but I wasn't quite sure how much until i saw this video...

Longest Line

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Not A Green Dragon has launched!

The main reason that I got into blogging, was my work on my university blog, Not A Green Dragon. Well, I'm happy to announce that it has finally launched! Head on over and post your comments! While you're there, don't forget to stop by the Cultunomics blog, our sister blog at CBS.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Mulholland Drive Par Excellence

Having just watched Mulholland Drive, I ,like so many other normal people, could definitely feel my head starting to spin. I must admit being biased towards the weird/puzzle type movies, in the vein of Memento, Donny Darko and Fight Club. I love trying to wrap my mind around the concepts the movie presents. What feels like a mundane Hollywood movie, complete with the small town girl come to Tinseltown to make it big, the Nancy Drew-like chirping optimism as she explores the mystery, promises fun for the whole family. When that reality is warped the way it is in this movie, you have to be on your toes in order to try to deciper what is actually going on, ironically very much like the Nancy Drew cliche the movie uses.

So after having watched it, your head abuzz with details and mysteries, where does one turn to get a handle on it all? Mulholland Drive has fascinated many people apart from myself, and much has been written on the Internet about it. Personally, I learnt a lot from Reel Reviews, the podcast that was mentioned in a previous blog entry. They have a series called the Cinephile Series, in which he spends around 50 minutes dissecting the movie, taking comments from the audience, and generally giving his interpretation. Since much of the movie is actually based on other movies, more specifically the film noir genre, but also many other movies, due to the Hollywood theme running throughout, a moviebuff is a very good source of information. Salon (click on watch commercial) had a decent rundown of the major plotpoints for the casual audience. Of course IMDB is always interesting if you are willing to ignore some of the less intelligent posts.

Watch it, love it, Mulholland Drive.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

I Hate Moviemaker!

Having just finished editing an interview for the videoblog on CBS, I may be slightly biased. as it took us 5-6 hours to edit 20 mins of tape! Of course, my bias extends even further, as I'm used to working in Final Cut Pro HD, which is slightly less limiting. But still, it shouldn't be possible for a program to be so annoyingly hard to use? Is it really to much to ask that you can insert clips? or have two audio tracks? how 'bout actually counting the frames when giving duration of clips? I feel like I'm using a sledgehammer to engrave my name on a small stone. I've worked with Imovie, and Apple really has the right idea there. Is it too much to ask for Microsoft to take a peek at the competition? Oh well, hopefully it won't be too long until I can get hold of my Avid cd...

Illness is a Bitch

I hate being ill. Not being able to sleep, the blocked nose, the slackness. Unfortunately, I seem to be one of those people who have the seasonal cold, i.e at the change of seasons, I get ill.
Thank god I picked up a bunch of movies the other day, including Full Metal Jacket, Amelie D'Montmartre and Sexy Beast. Did I mention the three seasons of Family Guy? BTW, for anybody who is looking for reviews of good movies, may I suggest Reel Reviews, one of my favourite podcasts, and a great source of good movies.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

WIPO's New Treaty Way Overboard

Woke up this morning and read this article on Boing Boing. I thought total media control was supposed to be an Orwellian Fantasy.

In theory, this means that you could be sued for Broadcasting your own movies if some TV station transmitted it at some point. Not to mention the implications for the poor people who like to use TiVo. Did I mention that this treaty allows whoever is hosting your webcasts to control the content you create?

While a copyright for broadcasts might be a good idea, the scope of this treaty is far too encompassing. If you are an American and disagree with this, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has put up a petition where you can voice your discontent to your elected representatives.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Why am I Doing This?

Considering the very exciting prospect of having joined a pilot project at CBS, which involves setting up and maintaining one of the first university videoblogs, it seemed almost hypocritical not to set up my own blog as well. I enjoy writing once in a while, so it might be good to sometimes let off some steam when the pressure of studying gets too much for me, as well as just highlighting stuff that I think is interesting.

Also, I get to practice blogging, which may or may not be useful, but looking at the corporate world of today, with channel 9 and so forth, it doesn't seem like it can hurt.