Cartoon Effect with Final Cut Pro

2 07 2007

via Ken Stone.





I Heart [Fat-Free] NY

1 07 2007

Yellow cabs are turning green by 2012. Now the city’s restaurants are dropping trans fat.

In other news, the city’s noise code also goes into effect today. Whether we realize it or not, all of us in NYC are a little bit deaf. I understand it will make me ignore racist remarks a little better but not by screwing up my co-ordination.

Living in Washington Heights, I see hundreds of bikers on weekends right on Fort Washington Ave. Just recently, when I took a long and winding walk to locate the tennis courts by the river, I found a few bikers were lost and asking around for directions. In case you were wondering, a biker’s map is available online. The Google Earth map is pretty cool as well.

* Suggestion – If you’re a biker, travel around often, and love Google Maps, why haven’t you created your own My Maps on Google? Did you know you can drag and create your own paths on maps, post little markers with pics, and publish the map for all fellow bikers? Mm mm…think about it.

 

Since I’m feeling generous today, due to the nice weather, I’ll share some interesting things NYC has to offer that you might like. Whatever you’ve heard about New York being whatever, it’s all bullshit. We’re very nice people. Unless you piss us off at the wrong time of the day. If you give us attitude because you have a pre-conceived idea about New Yorkers, we’ll super-size it for you and shove it down your throat.

YOU: How do you get to Carnegie Hall, you New York piece of shit? (the part after the comma is always expressed by your faces, not words)

US: Google it, you ____________ motherfucker!

Therefore, don’t be a prick. Smile, at least, and ask:

YOU: Excuse me, how do you get to Carnegie Hall, please?

US: I hear it’s practice, but taking any of the blue, orange, and yellow lines to 57th Street should be a short walk away from the legendary hall built in 1890 by Mr. Andrew Carnegie.” Unless, of course, you are a bus person.

YOU: Oh, how nice! Thank you!

US: You’re welcome! Where are you coming from?

YOU: Scotland, actually.

US: Ah, did you know there’s a Carnegie Hall in your country as well, also financed by Mr. Carnegie?

YOU: No, I didn’t know that! You’re a wealth of knowledge aren’t you?

US: Nah, I’m just a little hot dog salesman with a PhD in Linguistics.

YOU: Um, well…thank you for your help! See you!

US: Hey!

YOU: Yes?

US: How about you buy a fucking hot dog? I’m running a business here.

In short, folks, be nice to New Yorkers. 🙂

Okay, so here we go:





LED Light Mounting on Camcorder

25 06 2007

…doesn’t have to cost you much. I like this cheaper solution and it still looks cool.





Alive in Joburg

23 06 2007

Back in March I’d found and added the short Alive in Joburg on my Emonome Pod. I just thought it was very well done and thought nothing else of it. I had no idea the director Neill Blomkamp is directing the upcoming feature, HALO.

Here’s the short again.





Woody Allen Does Puccini

23 06 2007

Actually, he hasn’t  ‘done’ Puccini yet, but has agreed to doing him in 2008.  By the way, have you read his latest books, Mere Anarchy and The Insanity Defense?





Marc Forster To Direct Bond #22

20 06 2007

Excellent pick! Forster is one of the great ‘fuck-you-genre’ directors – Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, upcoming The Kite Runner – and he’ll no doubt make a great Bond film (although ‘Stranger’ was…eh).

My favorite of all his films is – see if this rings a bell – STAY. If you’ve missed it…Netflix it! I can’t explain why I love that movie. So, I won’t.





Free Online Video Converter

19 06 2007

While we’re on the topic of video editing software, check out MOVAVI’s free video file converter online. Idea is simple – you upload your video file(s) of up to 10 mins (100 MB), include your email and click convert and Movavi converts it and emails you. That’s it. Input and output files supported are:

“Input Formats: AVI (DivX, XVid), MPEG (1, 2, 4), MP4, 3gp, 3gp2, WMV, MOV (QT).
Output Formats: AVI ( XVid), MPEG-4 , MPEG-2 (DVD Quality, PAL), MPEG-2 (DVD Quality, NTSC), iPod video, iPod 5G video, PSP video, 3gp, 3gp2, MPEG-4 (.mov), Flash (.flv)”

Even better, you can embed a converter box on your website or so the upload and conversion can be done right there. Sweet, isn’t it?