A Re-inventing

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2009 by nrgent

Because I don’t actually want to blog for a living (sorry prof.–as if you’ll ever come back to read these) and would rather have a blog just for myself to keep a journal and for the occasional poor sap who presses “random blog” and comes across mine, I’ve decided to re-invent my blog as a personal account (I know, we’re all sick of this shit) of what happens with me.  While I know my writing will neither be as interesting or good as the major blogs [read: Tucker Max] I will do my best to make this entertaining for readers.  All my previous posts (which were related to jack shit–mostly some tech news and a class assignment) are going to be deleted soon and this blog will be re-invented.

First off–I had a vivid dream a couple of nights ago about the world ending.  While I can’t recall all the details I wish I could (because I’m sure this dream is a sign of something to come….like the end of the world) I do recall the general gist of the dream.  The sky was pretty black/blue and very cloudy, although you could tell the sun was above the clouds somewhere.  Then tornadoes started appearing all around the sky, maybe twenty within my view.  I was somewhere on the prairie, close to a corn field, so I could see quite a bit of sky.  I was chillin’ with a friend and as soon as we realized the world was ending we started to walk down the road but for some reason machine guns started being fired from the sky (I swear I don’t do drugs) and shot me in the left shoulder and pretty much killed me.  I made a comment to my friend about telling someone (name kept prive) that “I loved her” but then immediately said “no, wait, don’t.”  And then I woke up and realized it was noon and that I needed to get some lunch with the ‘ex.

That’s the second dream I’ve had recently about getting shot at/getting shot.  I hope that’s not a sign.

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Adopt-a-multimedia journalist assignment

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2009 by nrgent

The following is an assignment for my multimedia journalism class and may not relate entirely to the usual subject matter of this blog.

Multimedia journalist:  Robert Scoble

#1 Zappos Tour Video

This video is basically just the beginning of a tour Zappos.com gives of their facilities in Las Vegas.  The video was well done for what appears to be an unsupported camera–the picture does vibrate from time to time but isn’t excessive or disorienting. Both the video and audio quality are excellent but due to the nature of the subject the video appears to have been minimally edited, if it was edited at all.


#2 SkyGrid launches into private beta

This video is at far lower quality then the Zappos and appears to have been shot on a webcam at a very low resolution–but this was because the interview was conducted live in a chatroom so the quality had to be lower in order to allow smooth streaming.  Given the low audio and video quality this interview was well performed and gave substantial information about SkyGrid, a service that is essentially a fast-loading news database that constantly refreshes with new information.

#3 Twollars

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This video was a high quality video that was an interview of Eiso Kant, the founder of ‘Twollars,’ a service to “give virtual currency to people who help you out on Twitter.” The camera was slightly shakey on this video which was a bit disorienting since the subject was sitting in a chair and not moving, seems like a tri-pod would have been very helpful. The audio was done well, background noise is minimal given the video is shot in a very public area.

#4 Newspapers giving away free meals

This blog post does not have any photographs or videos associated with it but features an excellent list of what the newspaper has lost to the internet and to whom they have lost it to specifically. For instance: classified advertising to Craigslist, real-time news to Twitter, local news to Facebook, photography to Flickr, the list goes on and on. But this post also lists what the newspaper industry has been able to retain so far and what it needs to do in order to stay ahead of the internet. This was a well written post that required no graphics to make it interesting and easy to ready.

#5 Robert Scoble’s DOPPLR Page

This isn’t one specific post or video but is rather a page that Robert Scoble keeps that lists all the locations he has been to and will be visiting in the near future.  This page exemplifies what a modern multimedia journliast must do in order to stay ahead–use every available tool to him or her.  Of course Robert has the standards–a blog, Twitter account, Flickr account, and a video hosting account but small things like his DOPPLR account put him a notch above standard bloggers/multimedia journalists.

#6 Video of Orange car and engine noise

This was a flickr video done by Scoble that I enjoyed for a few reasons–mainly that it features something other than technology, which shows a bit of variety. Also the video and audio quality for this clip was very good, except the lens had a bit of dirt on it and there was a bit of wind noise the mic picked up.

#7 Ansel Adams Gallery

This is one of Scoble’s blip.tv HD videos that was about Ansel Adams’ grandon showing off some new digitally produced prints that are very similar to standard darkroom prints.  The video is obviously handheld but is stable for the most part and the audio is good except when Scolbe talks since his voice is much louder on the recording than Adams’ grandson. The subject matter is interesting when Adams’ grandson goes into some detail about how the conversion of print to digital prints is done.

#8 Why Facebook has never listened

This is another blog post from Robert Scoble’s blog that stood out to me in the way it described the evolution of Facebook and where it will most likely go in the future. Facebook is, without a doubt, the largest market database in the world and all of that was achieved without any coersion on Facebook’s behalf–it was all voluntary from the users. Scoble writes this blog post in response to the uproar about Facebook’s new design, released in mid-March, and describes how Facebook has always not cared about its users and how it will continue to not care–however this may be wrong since the User Terms and Conditions were up for a vote recently on Facebook, giving users the choice, or at least the illusion of choice, over which T&C Facebook would use.

#9 Robert Scoble’s frindfeed

Robert Scoble claims on his blog to use friendfeed more than he uses Twitter to relay his news and updates on his life. Although I have no experience with friendfeed and very little experience with Twitter I can see why Scoble would choose friendfeed over Twitter. Friendfeed has a very simple layout but with more option and easier to see conversations than Twitter does–a bit of a mix between Facebook and Twitter, with most of the bad/worthless stuff thrown out.

#10 Building 43

This is by far the vaguest of the multimedia project I can critique. Scoble references Building 43 occasionally on his blog and friendfeed and calls it “a place for people fanatical about the internet.” With Web 2.0 coming up Building 43 should prove to be an excellent site to visit for information about the web, althought the site is still listed as ‘Coming Soon’ currently.

Blog: http://scobleizer.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/scobleizer

Hands down the most interesting thing I’ve read today.

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 by nrgent

I found this on my twitter feed from thePirateBay–it’s basically a study of how to upload copyrighted music to YouTube. Basically all you have to do is adjust the pitch up or down by at least 6% and the audio system fails to make the connection between your song and the original.

I’ll admit, the study is a bit long and technical but it’s still interesting to see how this was done and listed to the different tests and variations.

http://www.csh.rit.edu/~parallax/

Pirates killing the PSP–A Response

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on April 22, 2009 by nrgent

According to a Sony Computer Entertainment America vice president Peter Dille piracy is causing Sony to lose “tons” of money. Dille points to torrent websites as primary culprits for this piracy of PSP games.

http://www.p2p-blog.com/item-1020.html

Really Dille? You’ve sold 50 million PSPs worldwide–half of what the DS has sold and your PS3 sales are being trumped by the Xbox 360. So sure, go ahead and blame the people who hacked and PSP and pirated your games–even without the miniscule problem piracy poses to your equipment you are still falling behind in the the video game department. Sorry Sony but you need to up the ante in this market before you start blaming pirates for you falling behind in the console and handheld wars.

Does anybody make a working product anymore?

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on January 26, 2009 by nrgent

Maybe it’s just me but I’m sick of getting new electronics and software only to realize it sucks.  First editions of things are no longer the smart thing to buy.  Windows Vista was and still is hated because of it’s poor and rocky launch.  Vista had security problems, performance problems, not to mentioned a fucking obnoxious box that appeared every time you tried to launch a program.  The iPhone 3G with version 2.0 software was bugger.  VERSION 2.0 WAS BUGGY!  That’s a bad fucking sign when your second full version of software is buggy.  WTF Apple?  The BlackBerry Storm–buggy.  Computer games are routinely realeased with bugs and are patched at later dates.

RIM CEO (this part is from Engadget) recently stated that buggy launches are a “new reality” for smartphone launches.  What?!  A CEO of a company says releasing software that doesn’t really work is a “reality”?! When I buy a product I expect it to work.  Without problems.  If the brakes didn’t work on my car because the ECU was a bit buggy I’d be a bit fucking dead.  OK, I might have overreacted to that, cars and phones are two different things, I understand that, when I see a car and phone next to each other I can point out which is which almost immediately.  But still, it’s the principle of the matter.  I wish people could just make a product right the first time.

Alright.  I’m done, my soapbox broke.

Polaroid!

Posted in Tech News, Uncategorized on January 19, 2009 by nrgent

engadget recently posted a story about a company named IMPOSSIBLE attempting to bring back Polaroid film.  Impossible? I think not. (Bad pun, sorry)

Defiance

Posted in Movie Reviews on January 17, 2009 by nrgent

Defiance is the story of three Jewish brothers who avoided capture and death at the hands of the Nazis and helped thousands of Jews escape the Nazis by setting up a village in the Belarussian forest.

The story focuses on the three Bielski brothers and their efforts to either save Jews or fight the Nazis.  Tuvia Bielski (Daniel Craig) is the apparant leader of the brothers and the refugees although eventually has some from his brother, Zus Bielski (Liev Schreiber).  Tuvia is more concerned with the rescuing of more Jewish refugees while Zus wants revenge and ends up joing Soviet forces to figh the Nazis.  The movie contained very little action, however, despite many intense scenes in the previews that led me to beleive there would be much more action.

The acting in Defiance was above average although I feel like Daniel Craig is playing the same type of badass character in all of his movies since Casino Royale.  Maybe that suits him, though, because he does an excellent job at being a badass.

Defiance does an excellent job of taking a well known and over-commercialized subject such as World War II and creating something original and compelling.  And based on a true story, no less.