So in case I was too vague on Facebook/Twitter, I was on this week’s episode of Pawnathon Canada. In case you missed it, or don’t have cable, you can stream it online fo’ free! Just click on the thumbnail with my ugly mug.
And, of course, if you’re one of the two people who follow me without actually knowing me in person, it’s episode 3.
Purple Rain [August 3, 1983 First Ave. Minn. MN Soundboard]
It was a sweltering night back on August 3, 1983. Prince was set to play First Avenue in a small club to preview some of the songs that he was considering for the Purple Rain soundtrack. Many of the cuts on the album are recorded from this concert to give it a live venue feel. (I don’t you have ever paid that close attention to a Prince song.) The audio here is not from that. It comes from a bootleg video that was pro shot. The audio is a simple stereo mix. Simple and stark. It gives the song much more grit and is one of my favorites.
I doubt this will be around for long so listen while you can. It’s absolutely incredible!
Some excellent choices (Midnight in Paris, Hugo), unsurprising choices (Tree of Life, Drive), and some out and out shockers (Harry Potter!?).
But what can I say, the man knows movies! His “runners up” are all excellent choices as well (nice to see someone mentioning Dragon Tattoo and Sherlock Holmes, both of which I loved despite what everyone else said).
A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing— when words won’t do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern. In the pilot of The Newsroom, a new series for HBO, TV news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) emotionally checked out years ago, and now he’s sitting on a college panel, hearing the same shouting match between right and left he’s been hearing forever, and the arguments have become noise. A student asks what makes America the world’s greatest country, and Will dodges the question with glib answers. But the moderator keeps needling him until…snap.
I love Sorkin. I really do. I just hope the new show is more West Wing/Studio 60 than Social Network.
Why does McDonald’s food look so much better in the ads than at the restaurant? Watch as the director of marketing for McDonald’s Canada buys a Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s and compares that to a burger prepared by a food stylist and retouched in post by an image editor.
It’s not exactly surprising, but it’s nice to see McDonald’s being so transparent about their process.
Untitled Schoales/Watterson Pilot: Born and Raised
My best bud Bill Watterson (no, not thatBill Watterson) and I are starting a podcast. In fact, we’ve even gone so far as to record a pilot episode, and we are launching that pilot today.
The show is (tentatively) titled the Unititled Schoales/Watterson Project. Each episode we’re going to pick an album we think you should be listening to, disect it, review it, and ultimately recommend it. We’ll also talk about other things we’re passionate about: movies, technology, design, and of course Apple products (though in this pilot we just stick to album reviewing). It will also serve as a companion piece to a new blog we’re both in the stages of completing which is also dedicated to discovering new music.
In this special pilot episode we dive into John Mayer’s latest album Born and Raised. What will two huge John Mayer fans think of his turn to american folk-rock? Will they hate it? Will they be pleasantly surprised? There’s only one way to find out.
You can download the episode below as an MP3 to throw it onto your favourite music player (it’s about 50 minutes so you may not want to use the embedded tumblr player).
We’re also offering a super special enhanced-AAC podcast edition featuring high-fidelity audio, chapters, embedded images, and hyperlinks to allow you to dive deeper into some of the subjects we touch on but don’t have enough time to cover in detail. The enhanced version is designed for playback on Apple’s iDevices (iPod, iPhone, iTunes, etc.) but will likely work with non-Apple devices as well (we just haven’t tested it with any).
Truthfully we’re still finding out feet, and we don’t really know where this show will end up taking us. All we do know is we really like talking to each other and hope you’ll like it too.
So take a listen. If you like what you hear, please tell your friends, and if you have the time send us your feedback. This is a pilot episode, specifically recorded to get a feel for what direction we want to take the show. Bill and I both know what we want to change and make better, but we also want to please our audience. So if you have suggestions of things you like, things you hate, things you want to see more of, or less of, please let us know. You can send me a message on tumblr, you can tweet me, or email schoaleswattersonpodcast at gmail dot com. And even if you don’t have any suggestions please do get in touch so we know that people are at least interested in listening (there’s no real sense in us doing this if no one is going to listen). Most importantly it will also allow us to get in touch when the show officially launches, along with the blog.
Last week I was contacted by a gentleman who claimed he had just about completed a reconstruction of the typeface for digital use based on the end-credit slates, and today he sent me the final product.
"Here’s the Space Odyssey font. I did not touch Futura for this one since I had everything I need for the font in the screen captures. One deviation I made from the screen grabs is the height of the A. In the screen grabs, the A is a bit lower than the other letters. I made it touch the caps height, the same as the other letters with the exception of the rouned letters which goes above the caps height and/or below the baseline. Let me know if you find anything that’s not right. BTW is autospaced and is not kerned."
For those curious, the screen-grabs were sourced from a 1080p version of the film, extracted, and sent as TIFF files to ensure the highest possible quality.
I couldn’t be more excited to share it with everyone. While we may never know the answer to what typeface exactly was used (though we’re pretty confident it was Futura with alternates or custom letters) we at least now have a digital replica for our own personal use.
"Oh boo-hoo! I impulsively bought first generation hardward that costs $2200, which I was just so lucky enough to have lying around, and it turns out it doesn’t turn water into wine or allow me to fly".
Absolute link bait bullshit. Though… I guess it worked didn’t it?
I’ve been a fan of This American Life for a few years now, but I have a tendency to fall behind on episodes (they tend to have a run of a few really great episodes and then a few kind of boring episodes).
But this was one of the great ones. Plus it has lots of Ira Glass, which is never a bad thing.
The treatment, in which injections of protein-grabbing antibodies stop a virus from replicating, has the longest treatment window so far resulting in full recovery – a full day. There’s just one catch: It can take up to two weeks for symptoms of the disease to appear.
If you don’t understand what an incredible achievement this is you obviously haven’t read The Hot Zone.
Absolutely amazing news. Well, other than that tiny little “two-week” catch.
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Good to know. Also proves that, once again, I’m right.
I have to admit this is great news. I used Aperture a little bit in the past and much preferred it but all my photos were in iPhoto and was too scared to try and merge.
That said, my only concern is that since my Aperture library was so small it was lightening fast. iPhoto hasn’t been fast for me in years. I’m hoping this is simply due to iPhoto bloat-ware and not my library and that Aperture will still run just as fast.