Archive for May, 2006

Everybody, sing!

May 26, 2006

Schoooool's…out…for…summer!

Schoooool's…out…until after Labor Day, because of a new state law because it will hopefully boost the tourism industry, but not really!

See you in September!

The force will be with you, always…in various video formats

May 25, 2006

ewokI am a Star Wars junkie, and in case you haven't heard the news, it was announced that they are releasing the original trilogy in its original state on DVD (before special editions and what not).  And there was much rejoicing (yea.)  But lo, there came an announcement that they were not going to be in 5.1 surround and the picture quality will not be improved (and they were forced to eat Robins' minstrels).  So here's my two cents – First of all, I own five sets of the trilogy in various states and formats, my most prized possesion being the VHS letterboxed pre-special edition version (given to me for free).  As far as picture quality, the beauty of any old film is its aged look and feel.  Fans want to see these films cleaned up to a point beyond how they were originally shown.  It would be like taking Monet's "Water Lilies" and getting rid of the "blurriness".  Leave the movie alone.  I want the colors to be washed out, the picture to be jittery, and you can even have the tracking go bad partway through the movie.  That's how I remember it.   

Happy Birthday Miles!

May 25, 2006

miles birdland Today (or some say tomorrow – that's how  cool he was) would have been jazz musician Miles Davis' 80th birthday.  In my opinion he is one of, if not the best musician who ever lived.  If you have never listened to him (and why haven't you?), I suggest starting with Kind of Blue (1959) and follow it up with some Round About Midnight (1955), Someday My Prince Will Come (1961) and Miles Ahead (1957).  Save the fusion pieces till last (it's an aquired taste).  This is what true musicianship sounds like.

Now for some good design

May 23, 2006

This has got to be one of the most creative designs I've seen for bubble bath.  (It's for the movie "Cars" – get it?)

cars bubble bath

The beginning of the end of good design

May 22, 2006

I saw "Over The Hedge" yesterday with my almost 5 year old.  Very cool movie if you haven't seen it yet.  But that isn't what this post is about.  Before the movie was a trailer for the movie "How to Eat Fried Worms".  It looks like a pretty cool movie, standard kid-fare.   But one of last shots showing a tag line was proof that the end of good design is near.  The font used was, well, see for yourself –

worms

(If you think there is nothing wrong with the above picture, then my point has been proven.)

What disturbs me most

May 19, 2006

boy in bubble  My favorite part of any David Blaine magic special on TLC is that awkward/creepy/disturbing moment after a trick is performed on some unsuspecting sap.  What disturbs me most is how unusually long this moment goes on for.  It's like he's waiting for something.  Are you supposed to clap?  Give him a few bucks? 

Personally, I wouldn't want to spend more than five seconds with the guy for fear that he would do something like take off my watch without me knowing and levitate it in front of me for a few seconds before dropping it in my soup or coffee or whatever hot liquid I am carrying at the time.  I think that would just get old after a while.  

Watching, Reading, Listening to…

May 18, 2006

Currently (and it changes weekly/daily), here is what I'm…

Watching:  The new episodes are done for the season, but my rotation consists of "The Office" (funniest show ever), "How I Met Your Mother", and "Grey's Anatomy" (Guy-safe chick flick).

Reading:  "Dune" by Frank Herbert and "Mind Over Matters" by Mike Nelson (MST3000 writer and star, very funny stuff)

Listening to:  "Stadium Arcadium" by Red Hot Chili Peppers – all 24 tracks are very listenable (no Skynyrd-esque, self righteous guitar solos)

So what are you watching, reading, and listening to?

Speaking of Faith

May 15, 2006

I listened to Richard Cizik (of the National Association of Evangelicals) on "Speaking of Faith" yesterday morning.  This guy is definitely worth a listen. (You can either download it or stream it).  It sounds like we're finally at a tipping point in regards to Christianity and politics and Christians are realizing there are more than just one or two hot-button issues that they should be concerned about. Click here for the entire program.

This explains a lot…

May 12, 2006

yeah baby!  Check out this article from Reuters "Oddly Enough".  It's all becoming clear now…

Premiere Elements 2.0

May 8, 2006

I just picked up Premiere Elements 2.0 this past week.  After using the program for just a few days, I have to say that it most certainly rocks.  First of all, the price is right for the amount of program you get.  It retails for $99, but I was able to get it for $65 with the education discount.  I have very little experience with digital video editing, but I was up and running editing clips in no time.  Yes, it has the cheesy Power Point-esque transitions that shouldn't be in the hands of the masses who will have access to this program (page peel?!?).  But it does have the star-iris (imagine if George Lucas used that for all his transitions – wow!).  The good thing is that it does have the flexibility to be creative with effects.  I already thought of some ideas for some Hitchcock style titles and transitions.

I did a quick side-by-side comparison with my brother-in-law's Premiere Pro and couldn't find that many differences.  Actually, two of the features that gives Elements the edge over Pro is that it now allows you to import "unprotected" DVD clips, and it has a DVD authoring program built right into it.