Friday, June 24, 2016

Virtual car ads

A specialized kind of car now exists explicitly to allow car makers to make photo-realistic car ad videos without having the actual car they are advertising! Info and video.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

There are two of you in your head

Thanks to Bert for finding this amazing (spooky?) video of brain weirdness.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"How are you?"

It's a normal greeting in many languages to say "How are you?" or the like. (Locally here it's often "are you okay?".)  Since I have the odd tendency to believe that people mean what they say, and to not lie if avoidable, I've been long confused as how to answer that. The answer may be complex, or it may be negative on a bad day. And do people really want to hear about it?

I think not, generally. What they want, I think, is to show that they care (which is surely true to some degree or other) and to reassure themself that you are one less thing for them to worry about.

And of course they usually can't help you anyway if you're having a bad day. So in that case I've developed a kind-of solution which does not involve any lies. I simply nod and smile and say: "And you!" That seems to be perfectly acceptable.

I'm reminded, it seems a common idea that "Good morning" means "it is a good morning." But it seems obvious to me that it means "I wish you a good morning."

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Trash talk

"Mom, it's trash talk. You know, how guys say mean things to their friends, the way women say nice things to their enemies."
-- Lisa Simpson

Hollywood woes

Hollywood is having a really bad year regarding theatre tickets sold, the worst since almost a hundred years. And they wonder why.

Seems simple to me: high definition home entertainment centres. Or just good TVs and blue-ray players or downloads.
When you can watch a movie in splendid quality right in the comfort in your own home, pause it at will to go wee or make coffee, and not sitting among a lot of strangers, some of whom may block your view or scream for "violence!" (I sat right in front of some young men who did that many times once during Total Recall), why make the trip to a theatre? Even back when the alternative was only VHS rentals which were really awful quality, the theatres were already starting to hurt.
And of course, video games have captured a tonne of the attention and time of the younger generations.
Let's face it, movie theatres were created because it simply was the only way to show movies to the public. Now they are fighting to justify their downsides in some way. It's just the old "buggy whip manufacturer" syndrome again. New technology always makes some new jobs and destroys some old ones.

It doesn't help that Hollywood seems to have an idea problem. Everything is sequels now, it's hard to find many interesting fresh ideas in recent years, or even impressive new actors.

"Yellow Running Man"

Friday, June 10, 2016

Datawake, techno-ship

I've blogged earlier projects of my old friend Steven K. Roberts. This is his biggest project yet, a high tech yacht, the Datawake. This guy is awesome.

A short TV bit about an earlier project from the early days (relatively) of the Net:

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Wisdom of thirteen

"That is one of the advantages of being thirteen. You know so much more than you did when you were only twelve." -- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Delreves dancing on the side of Danish church (updated)

This is great.
(Thanks to Miro who was there.)

Photo by Miro:

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

"Kumiko The Treasure Hunter". Independent movie about a Japanese young woman, lonely and miserable, who goes looking for a buried case of cash she has seen in the movie Fargo, believing it to be real. It is a very unusual movie, tragic but somehow uplifting and humorous at the same time. I liked it a lot.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Film Hasselblad vs digital Leica

A comparison of a film Hasselblad image with the same view from a new digital Leica.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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The Bucket Redemption

There was an old maid from Nantucket
Who liked to wee in a bucket
"My bathroom was good
"With walls made of wood
"But when I got rich I thought fokkit"

 -- Stobblehouse

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Nerds and TBBT

I was wondering why The Big Bang Theory is such a huge hit. Oh yes, it's brilliant, but so was Arrested Development and that only survived for two seasons.

But I think I figured it out: all the millions of nerds in the public like that the show makes fun of people who don't understand nerds. And all the rest likes that it makes fun of nerds.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Train noise art happening

In the nineties I lived right next to the central Copenhagen train tracks, a bunch of tracks side by side, very busy. (Funny enough one stopped hearing them after a couple weeks, maybe because the sound was not actually unpleasant. Lucky because while outside the city they'd built expensive noise barriers, in the middle of the city, no such thing.)

 One night after midnight, a special kind of train passed on the tracks, very slowly. It was making a SPECTACULARLY LOUD noise. Insane. I rushed down there and looked. I was just a few meters from the train, separated only by a fence and a line of small trees.

 It turned out it was replacing the rocks between and under the actual tracks! This was happening with lightning speed; I have no idea what kind of device could suck up fist-sized rocks maybe a dozen per second, but it did, and replaced them with new ones as fast, I don't know why. You can maybe imagine what kind of noise this made.

 I was fascinated and exhilarated. This experience was like a huge art happening: the slowly moving, dark train in the middle of the night, with lights on it, the supernatural noise, and the rocks moving up and down like in the elevators of hell, it was amazing.

Aha: the crushed rocks (the ballast) are not always replaced, often they are cleaned to avoid vegetation growth. 

Making Whoopee

Michelle Pfeiffer and the Bridges brothers celebrate The Fabulous Baker Boys, great flick.

Music of Making Whoopee:

... And the great visual (sadly the sound on this one sucks like a baby baboon)

That seems like a pretty crucial conjunction

Just to explain my new blog tagline...

And because it's a very funny film, with innovative visuals. The Emperor's New Groove is not exactly Beauty And The Beast (no tweener love story, no musical-songs).

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TV gold rush age

This article is talking about the current "gold rush" (my term) of TV production, which has seen new TV production companies, notably Amazon and Netflix, enter the market, investing big money in new shows and paying very high fees to famous film actors to join, thus driving up actor fees overall.

What I find interesting is that many quotes from actors and agents sound like they've just arrived in paradise, while showing no awareness of what seems obvious to me: this is temporary.

It's just like in the late nineties when you'd have money managers gloating about the new prosperity which would last forever, which it almost did, except for the dot-bomb at the millennium.

It's just obvious: if something expands extremely fast and it includes an entire market, it is temporary.  It's a bubble. I said so about the real estate market a couple of years before the bust in 2008. Where would the resources come from to continue such expansion without anything to expand into? I don't think these companies (barring maybe Amazon) have the money to continue these investments, it is simply that they are all fighting desperately for market share right now.