Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shadiest Batteries Ever?

I needed some AA batteries. It was late, so I knew the usual places wouldn't be open. I came across a slightly unsavory looking convenience store. Went in, asked for batteries, paid and went on my way. I got home, and got a chance to take a closer look at the batteries and I noticed that something wasn't quite right. First, all the asian script makes the batteries seem slightly unofficial. Second and most importantly, there's a fuzzy pink bunny wearing a yellow "Duracell" tank top. I'm pretty sure the only brand of battery to feature a fuzzy pink rabbit is Energizer. Ah well, I'm pretty sure they'll work just the same.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Streaming Movie of the Week - "RiP! A Remix Manifesto"

This week I'm picking a documentary about modern copyright. It looks at copy right, and creative commons in a very cultural and media savvy way. I think it's a great watch for everyone, especially for those with strong connections to the internet. It's also a pseudo biography on mash-up maestro Girl Talk, who is featured throughout much of the documentary. So here it is friends, "RiP! A Remix Manifesto."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Brief Thoughts

A public health system in America simply will not work. It's totally true, in fact, 9 out of 10 people that have absolutely no idea what they're talking about agree.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Editing Photos - What Have I Been Missing?!

So, I recently got a 17" MacBook Pro, and suddenly I see the world differently. Lights are brighter, colors clearer, edges more defined... in my photographs that is. I kept reading about all this work people did on their photos after they took them, but I had no idea what they were doing. So I was flipping through my photos in iPhoto (it's a Mac thing, no big deal) and I noticed a little button that said "Edit." I though "what a novel idea, editing photos." I picked a picture I took a while back and away I went, and subsequently, never plan to return. First there was the RGB scale, sliding the bars up and down effortlessly, as if a Ouija board guiding me to the perfect spot. Then, a tri-force of tuning; EXPOSURE, CONTRAST, SATURATION! What wonders! What idle hands could have crafted such witchcraft. Then definition, followed by highlights, and on and on until resting at de-noise. My breaths short, and my heart beats shorter I thought surely that was it, surely there couldn't be more... but then, there it was. Each letter sounded a symphony as I read it in my head, "Temperature." Doth mine eyes deceive me? With all disregard for my cardio-vascular systems, I slid the slider a cool, or should I say hot, 10 degrees to the right. I did not see a warning when I received my MacBook, I did not feel empty inside, yet I knew my soul had to have been taken, because this could only be the work of the devil himself. Beauty; simple and uncompromising. I am in love... with editing my photos.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Indie Film Watch - "A Spare Moment"

This beautiful short comes from a very close friend that I've worked with on a few projects. His name's Sunny and I found "A Spare Moment" to be very true to life. I'm a big fan of calm and quiet video pieces, especially when they're shot in HD. Great work Sunny.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Indie Film Watch - "Death to the Tinman"

Here's a student's short film I came across on my travels through the internet. It's called "Death to the Tinman," and I wish I had something like this under my belt. It's a little weird, maybe even a little creepy, but it's also a lot of fun to watch. Enjoy (hopefully).

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