Posts filed under “Video”
Mocean Worker’s nu-jazz pairs with old-school animation in the eye-popping new video for ‘Shake Ya Boogie.’ Mocean Worker told Spinner, "I wanted the video to be a tribute to a 1930s-style Max Fleischer cartoon." The song is from his new album, ‘Cinco de Mowo,’ and the video began as an experiment with Polish art student and animator Czarek Kwasny. Kwasny took Mowo’s ideas and direction for the video exclusively over AIM and email. "Neither of us have actually ever spoken on a phone or heard each other’s voices," Mocean Worker explained. Eleven months and countless IMs later, ‘Shake Ya Boogie’ comes to life.
Brilliant commentary from a Daily Show writer about the Writer’s Guild strike:
(if no video appears here, than try IE or Safari — or got to YouTube directly.
Firefox has been glitchy with YouTube videos lately)
There’s a lesson in this: Be careful about not paying comedy writers, as they have the clever ability to make you look like idiotic shitbags . . .
"Girlfriend in a coma, I know, I know, its really serious . . . "
Cool blast from the past!
I was a pretty big Smiths fan back in the day, and when a band like Radiohead covers one of their tunes, it is just fine by me . . .
Previously: Radiohead Adapts Our Business Model
Now that I finally ordered a plasma, I’ve been on the look out for good video.
I’m pretty jazzed about this: Pixar Short Films Collection.
There’s lots of backstory at Pixar’s site.
Here’s the full list of shorts:
For the Birds
Mater and the Ghostlight
One Man Band
The Adventures of André and Wally B.
Mike’s New Car
Looks like good G-rated fun.
Here’s the Ubiq-cerpt:™
"It’s a classic tale of failure and redemption, the kind of story Hollywood
loves to tell.
Fresh off his second successful movie, an up-and-coming director takes a
chance on a dark tale of a 21st-century cop who hunts humanlike androids. But he
runs over budget, and the financiers take control, forcing him to add a
ham-fisted voice-over and an absurdly cheery ending. The public doesn’t buy it.
The director’s masterpiece plays to near-empty theaters, ultimately retreating
to the art-house circuit as a cult oddity.
That’s where we left Ridley Scott’s future-noir epic in 1982. But a funny
thing happened over the next 25 years. Blade Runner’s audience quietly
multiplied. An accidental public showing of a rough-cut work print created
surprise demand for a re-release, so in 1992 Scott issued his director’s cut. He
silenced the narration, axed the ending, and added a twist — a dream sequence
suggesting that Rick Deckard, the film’s protagonist, is an android, just like
those he was hired to dispatch.
But the director didn’t stop there. As the millennium turned, he continued
polishing: erasing stray f/x wires, trimming shots originally extended to
accommodate the voice-over, even rebuilding a scene in which the stunt double
was obvious. Now he’s ready to release Blade Runner: The Final Cut,
which will hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York in October, with a DVD to
follow in December.
At age 69, Ridley Scott is finally satisfied with his most challenging film.
He’s still turning out movies at a furious pace — American Gangster,
with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, is due in November — building on an
extraordinary oeuvre that includes Alien, Thelma & Louise,
Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down. But he seems ready to accept
Blade Runner as his crowning achievement. In his northern English accent, he
describes its genesis and lasting influence. And, inevitably, he returns to the
darkness that pervades his view of the future — the shadows that shield Deckard
from a reality that may be too disturbing to face."
Other goodies: An interactive look at the Cultural Influences Before and After the Film in the Blade Runner Nexus , and a full transcript and Audio of Wired’s Interview with Ridley Scott.
Its a must read for fans — even if Ridley gets whether Deckard is a replicant or a human wrong . . .
Q&A: Ridley Scott Has Finally Created the Blade Runner He Always Imagined
By Ted Greenwald 09.26.07 | 4:00 PM
What a crazy week — and the market is the least of it!
We moved from our old space on Park Avenue & 49th (across from
the Waldorf) to larger quarters a few blocks over on 5th Avenue. I have been switching back and forth between Starbux and Bryant Park for internet access (and posting less because I have been out of the office more than in). The
furniture is in, the phones are hooked up, and tomorrow, rumor has it
Verizon will light us up with a big fat pipe, connecting us to that
series of tubes.
But what’s been really odd is that a dozen seperate projects I have been working on for a few years now — some big, some small, all eclectic — have practically all-at-once, simultaneously, lurched towards fruition.
A major media project
I may join a new BoD
A fun little web project (its potentially very, very funny)
A significant quant application (this is a very powerful tool)
A brand new video venture
Two fascinating blog related advertising concepts
An expansion of an earlier book blogging idea
A new private equity fund
And that was just this week!
We will discuss more about these in the coming weeks; Just about all of them have a market/stock/economic component to them. I’ll keep you up to speed with these as they develop.
I expect/hope that at least 3 of these 7 close before Halloween. . .
After an exhausting 3 day road trip away, the first thing I like do on my first night back is kick back and relax.
Depending on the time of year, that could mean any number of things. Could be a cigar, a walk by the beach, or a glass of port.
Tonite, it meant pouring a glass of Shiraz, firing up the TiVo, and watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. Absolutely laugh out loud hysterical — and that was before I drank the wine. You can really recognize LD’s stylistic fingerprints all over Seinfeld in the plot of this Curb.
I’ve seen them all, but I may have to go grab a few box sets of this; it will make for good airplane viewing . . .
Too, too funny . . .
Between the office move and the markets lately, I didn’t get a chance to address the new iPods/iPhone. Let’s do that now.
Back in January,
I noted why I did not think the iPhone would cannibalize the iPod: Apple would migrate the touchscreen downstream to the smaller
and non iPhone "pods." Nine months ago, I noted it was only a matter of time before Apple would bring out a touchscreen (non-phone) iPod.
Well, that came to pass.
As to the rest, I got some of the new products, prices and capacities right. I got some aspects wrong. Back in January, I estimated what Apple’s products and price points might look like.
Here is a comparison with those forecast and the actual products:
|Product||Pricepoint||Actual Product||Actual Pricepoint|
| Apple iPhone
| iPod touchscreen*
|$379/329|| iPod touch
| iPod "Classic"
|$279/229|| iPod Classic
| iPod Nano
|$199/139|| iPod Video Nano
|Shuffle 1 GB||$59||Shuffle 1 GB||$79|
First, it turns out that my estimates of 12-18 months was off — it only took nine months. Second, I wildly under-estimated the capacity of the classic iPods. Third, I wildly over-estimated the capacity of all the flash based iPods and iPhones.
But I did get many of the products, names and pricing pretty darned close.
The WSJ has an interesting history of all the iPods, and Apple’s stock price:
click for larger graphic
BTW, if you want to have a laugh, go to Amazon and search for the the existing iPods — an 80 Gig iPod is $349 . . .
UPDATE: September 6, 2007 7:32pm
To Amazon’s credit, any search for iPod also includes this result: New iPods