My Guest Appearance on “Stop Podcasting Yourself” (ep. 107)
A week or two back I called up the boys from Stop Podcasting Yourself to give them a rather old “overheard”. Today I’m sitting at work waiting for DVDs to burn when I hear a strangely familiar voice. Turns out, it was my own. In it I tell a story of living with my best friend in first year University (sorry Nate) and also talk about the great Toronto Nu-Funk (not New Funk) band God Made Me Funky. Graham and Dave’s (and Mike’s) comments were causing me to laugh so hard my boss looked over a couple of time (he must have thought I was CRAZY).
First @lonelysandwichlikes a video I make and then the Stop Podcasting Yourself boys play my call. What a great week for internet geek-lebrity.
I highly recomend “SPY” and suggest you go subscribe, especially if you like stuff like You Look Nice Today and Jordan Jesse Go. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re Canadian so all the references to Canadiana stuff that our American friends won’t get make us feel superior. Which we are
And seriously guys, check out God Made Me Funky. They’re actually pretty awesome! But, no, Myspace is not. Now lets hope Phatt Al doesn’t beat me up…
Do you ever shoot video with your point and shoot or iPhone and never do anything with it? Of course. Who has time, or the know-how, to edit a crazy involved video? It’s tedious and hard.
Not true! At Vimeo, we have a super simple project call ‘5 Vignettes’. It’s easy and a great solution for your lack-of-editing prowess. Take five, five second clips and string them together to make a twenty five second little video. Upload it to Vimeo and add it to the 5 Vignettes Group, or just go there and check out some examples. It’s really the best way to use up footage you never do anything with.
I will give away a free Plus Account to whoever reblogs this with the best 5 Vignettes video they make today by 11:59 pm PST. Older 5x5’s don’t count. Go!
This is mine. I don’t know if it qualifies as I did a little Magic Bullet work but hey. It’s still 5x5.
Today is a very special day, for it is the Birthday of something very near and dear to me. A few years ago my life changed. At the time I felt like I was lost, and looking for something to help bring meaning back to my life. It wasn’t long before I realized that what I was looking for was there right in front of me, waiting for me. It was a strange adjustment, and I was hesitant at first…
But I quickly embraced it and my life began to improve immensely. Since then I’ve been happier, less stressed, and more productive. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had fallen totally head over heels in love, and have been ever since. And while we’ve had our differences, we always seem to overcome them and keep coming back to each other because we know we’re meant to be together.
Essentially, there’s a lot of bleating and whining and high nerd drama over how the restored versions of I and II don’t look—what?—”Blu-ray” enough, I guess.
Too dark, too overexposed, too red, too yellow, and waaaaaaaaaay too grainy, waaaaaah!!! complain a phalanx of disappointed 1080p fetishists, whose gold standard for cinema seems to be the director’s cut of Speed Racer.
So, here’s the interesting part. Given that the first two Godfather films are two of the unarguably greatest achievements in American popular culture, the desire for a refresh is no particular surprise.
But if, like me, you didn’t know the real story behind this restoration, you’ll be interested to know there’s way more to this than just shitting out a slightly different version of a proven best-seller.
What might surprise and shock you as much as it did me was the reason why this restoration had to happen. Because, in truth, this was an unbelievable, almost miraculous, labor of love that took a couple years and a lot of excruciating, white-knuckle person-hours.
Because, basically, it’s now clear that for decades, Paramount had been treating the source media for the Godfather movies like the half-roll of toilet paper your two-dollar whore chucks at your johnson.
Indeed, without this restoration, there’s a pretty good chance that by this point, there wouldn’t be a single usable negative of the Godfather films left. Period. Gone. Forever.
I suggest reading through Merlin’s post as it brings up some great points about HD-douche bags (Or HD DBs).
I myself have yet to view the films on Bluray, but I own both DVD sets (the original release from mid-2000 and the recent Restored edition) and let me tell you the newly restored releases are a vast improvement to anything we’ve seen (or rather, not been able to see) in the past: ie. you can actually make out what is going on on-screen.
The Godfather was always a very dark film, it was shot that way, and intended to be seen that way. But the previous transfers did not do Gordon Willis’ cinematography any justice. If you’re a filmmaker, or consider yourself even the slightest bit of a film-buff go out and buy the set right now. Especially if you’ve never seen the films before.
You can also pick up the individual films on their own (including on Bluray). My personal favourite is the original, though most film-nerds will prefer “Part Two”.
Adele - Chasing Pavements (BBC Live Lounge Version)
I dont know how I managed to only just discover Adele but it’s safe to say, I’m now a fan. Girl understands rule number one to making a killer pop-song: add a string orchestration. Song immediately goes from hummable to “Jesus christ everytime I stop thinking for a second it pops into my head”. Seriously, for the past week now every-time I lie down, take a shower, or just generally am doing something without my iPod this song jumps into my head.