Posts filed under “Video”

Why Can’t I Rip DVDs to My iPod?

Simpsons_movLegally, that is.

This is my annoyance of the moment: Why are DVDs a DRM-locked proprietary platform? When I purchase one, why can’t I use this on a convenient, portable device such as my iPod?

What a pain in the arse it is to rip a DVD: Frist, you need to use several products (MP4
Converter
, Handbrake, Ripper); 2nd, it takes forever. 3rd, and its illegal to do so.

What brought this about recently was The Simpson’s Movie — actually, more  of an extended 90 minute episode. I saw it with my nephews (with me snoozing thru parts of it).

However, going through the extras, I started listening to producer/writer commentary. Unbelievably entertaining stuff, like a terrific radio show with several very funny people cracking each other up. I would have liked to put on the iPod for the train, but no such luck.

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I can rip the basic movie, but not the special audio commentary. Anyone have a clue how to do that?

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Sources:

The Complete Guide to Converting DVDs to iPod Format
Jerrod Hofferth
iLounge, November 21, 2005
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/the-complete-guide-to-converting-dvds-to-ipod-format-mac/

Rip DVDs To Your Mac To View On AppleTV And iPod.
Alexis Kayhill
Mac360, Friday, April 13, 2007
http://mac360.com/index.php/mac360/comments/rip_dvds_to_your_mac_to_view_on_appletv_and_ipod/

Category: Digital Media, Film, Technology, Television, Video

Video: Floyd Norris on Foreclosures vs Homes Sold

As we noted over the weekend (Where Foreclosures > # of Homes Sold), Floyd Norris Off the Charts column covered the fascinating question of where  in the country Foreclosures are actually exceeding Home Sales    

Here is the accompanying video :

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Norris_on_foreclosures

 

Source:
A Dysfunctional Credit Market
Floyd Norris
NYT, March 3, 2008,  2:29 pm
http://norris.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/03/a-dysfunctional-credit-market/

Category: Credit, Economy, Real Estate, Video

Lindsay!

Walking back from a lunch meeting, and who do I bump into? Lindsey from WallStrip ! She is interviewing people on the street, asking them about the G-Spot, when I recognize her, and stop to say hello.

She asks me about the G-Spot. I respond that since a C-Spot is a $100, a G-spot must be a $1,000. Also, I tell her the female orgasm is a myth.

We do "Long/Short," and I admit to being long female orgasms and short equities.

Fun stuff.  Except for the people who don’t know my sense of humor, and say "Who is this pinhead who thinks the female orgasm is a myth?

Category: Video

Roubini: Recession May Last Up to Six Quarters

My pal Nouriel Roubini, of NYU and RGE talks with Bloomberg about the outlook for a U.S. recession and the housing market.


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Nouriel_r

Source:
Roubini Says U.S. Recession May Last Up to Six Quarters
Video
Bloomberg, February 26 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/avp/avp.htm?clipSRC=mms://media2.bloomberg.com/cache/vIborko58gg4.asf

Category: Economy, Video

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

This is hysterical:

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Category: Politics, Video

UBS on a Trillion Dollar Meltdown

Interesting discussion from the FT (3 parts) with George Magnus, UBS senior economist advisor:

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Ubs_magnus

Thanks, Dominique!

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Source:
View from the Markets
FT, February 25, 2008
http://www.ft.com/cms/893ac9c8-757e-11dc-b7cb-0000779fd2ac.html

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Video

How SubPrime Really Works

Since its a slow Friday before a 3 day weekend, let’s have some fun.

As the credit market has gone into the crapper over the past few weeks, gallows humor seems to have gotten the best of investors and traders. This hysterical piece of financial wit — in Powerpoint no less — has been circulating round Wall Street trading desks for a few days now.

I embedded it into Google apps and posted it on line so everyone can enjoy the warped sense of humor that accompanies losing $100s of billions of dollars.

Ain’t Wall Street grand?!?
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Ace_mortgage

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Finance, Real Estate, Trading, Video, Web/Tech

Jack Johnson: Sleep Through The Static

Sleep_through_the_staticWe’ve mentioned Jack Johnson many times over the years.

I was surprised this week, when not one, but 4 copies of Sleep Through The Static arrived in the mail from Amazon.com (AMZN).

I thought it was an ordering glitch, but actually, its a bit of a flaw in their wish lift system. I ordered a copy for myself, and several of you sent it as a holiday present. But because the CD wasn’t released until last week, I never removed it from the wish list.

You would figure that Amazon would/should pull a wish list item once its been ordered and sent to the wish list holder’s address.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to listening to this — thank you for the gift(s)!

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Jack_johnson

Taylor (from On And On)   
amusing video with Ben Stiller

Category: Digital Media, Music, Video

Hot Ladies Talking Money with Bald Dudes

Too funny, too apropos:
Very Mad Money

Category: Economy, Politics, Television, Video

Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge

No surprise here: Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge After Warner Move:

"One week after Warner Brothers Entertainment announced that it was abandoning its support for the next-generation HD DVD format in favor of the Blu-ray high-definition format, consumers abandoned HD DVD.

What was a 50-50 market split in 2007 for the high-definition players shifted sharply in Blu-ray’s favor in the new year. For the week that ended Jan. 12, Blu-ray hardware captured 90 percent of the market, according to data collected by the NPD Group, a market analysis firm."

Wired had the best take on the matter:

Hey HD DVD: It’s Not Just a Flesh Wound   

You’ve got to hand to Toshiba. Even now, when faced with overwhelming evidence that Sony’s Blu-ray has won the high def format war, the mortally wounded HD DVD backer just keeps on prolonging the inevitable.

So to the HD DVD camp I say this: You’ve put up a good fight, guys, but seriously, what are you going to, bleed on Blu-ray? Let’s move on with our lives.

Hd_dvd

Source:
Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge After Warner Move
ERIC A. TAUB
NYT, January 28, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/technology/28disc.html

Hey HD DVD: It’s Not Just a Flesh Wound
Bryan Gardiner
Wired, January 28, 2008 | 4:22:25 PM   
http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/01/hey-hd-dvd-its.html

NPD Confirms Huge Blu-ray Share Jump     http://hd.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=291403

Category: Digital Media, Television, Video