Saturday, February 28, 2009

We has lolcats. SRSLY

Don't believe me? Photocred: Lolo.

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funny pictures
moar funny pictures

Srsly. Tiem foah sleap n stuff.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Featured: Baby I Don't Care

Take a look. There's more like it in his YouTube channel.

To promote or not to promote, is that the question? It's a cruel world, but it has been for as long as I can remember.

Not that this helps with promotion, since hardly anyone visits this blog, but it does give the general idea.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

HQ revised deux

This story is about barbeque. Well, maybe not. More likely its about the way post-modern businesses change standards at a whim. Like Apple and it's madly mutating USB-2 fergawdsakes connectors for each new "generation" of the iPod nano. Used to be when a "generation" took roughly 25 years. Now, apparently, it's more like 9 months. That's a gestation period, not a generation. And Apple's making sure there's no intergenerational sexxing going on there. Gotta keep the kiddies safe, you know?

Latest case in point. As of about February 4, YouTube created (and failed to tell anyone about) a new standard for High Quality rendering. Apparently too many people were using the "old" High Quality render, which triggered more or less for anything you uploaded with a resolution higher than 640x360 pixels. They claim that they "improved" normal quality rendering, so they wanted High Quality to trigger only for uploads that were significantly higher in resolution than what they now call Normal.

Now (and I haven't tested this at all thoroughly) the new standard seems to be applied only if you render something in the range of 960 x 520 or something like that. I need to look at my specs again. Anyway, here's my first HQ render since Feb. 3.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Meanwhile, Back at Area 52...

Maybe that should have read, "Why shared You Tube accounts are a truly bad idea." Get your comments in soon, this one could be going into revision.

And, whether you know it or not, you always need an outside perspective.

Go away! I'm getting dressed here!

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This is probably going to break things. Maybe not. More about this camera later. It seems to be the soul of individual video making, the subject I've been expressing such reservations about in other posts here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Truth about Resolution

If you read anything this month about megapixels and video (or still) resolution, read this.

If you're not a video/film addict, don't bother. John Galt here is not the character from Ayn Rand, but one of the better known cogs at Panavision, much involved in recent innovations in bringing digital filmmaking to major studio productions. This interview with Galt consolidates just about everything I knew, but didn't know that I knew, about digital imaging and the marketing game-playing that surrounds it. It's a very straight shooting piece of good sense that pokes needles into the hot air balloons of new media purists and those who want you to believe they have the inside line on all things megapixel. Hopefully that crystallization of common sense and optical physics will lead to better rendering decisions and better results in my own editing and future project. Knock on wood.

My next camera will either be ultra cheap and low rez on purpose, or it will be a rental.

And this comes after. If I do expand on these comments, this would be where the expansion happened. So far, no such luck.

My Uighur Obsession

Don't ask why but I seem to be obsessed for the last few days with all things Uighur. The playlist embedded here is mainly the work of a pop adapter of Uighur traditional music. You can look it up. I think the name is "Shireli".

This has something to do with UFOs, believe it or not.

Here's a part of the cluetrain.

Intercepted: Zaarphon's Distress Call (Comparison) from Toomb Paine on Vimeo.