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Is the Creative Class Engine Sputtering?

asparagus Re:How about a radical suggesion? (520 comments)

Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard.

more than 2 years ago

Climate Scientists Ask For Help Fighting Somali Pirates

asparagus Re:The real issue (300 comments)

The real issue is that once upon a time people in Somali could make a living fishing off their shores. Boats passing through the Suez canal dump their waste in international waters, which is roughly defined as "not the red sea or the mediterranean", which the end result of most of the ships dumping their pollutants into the Somali waters. The country has complained to the UN, who won't do anything about the issue unless oil rights are transferred from the Chinese to America as protection money. This has little chance of happening, and so when the people in the middle eventually take up arms against the international ships dumping in their waters they are labeled pirates and shot out of the water to satisfy the moralistic urges of people who like simple good versus bad qualifiers.

more than 3 years ago

GPL Firmware For Canon 5D Mk II Adds Features For Filmmakers

asparagus Re:My my my me me me .... (117 comments)

Well, the red beats this thing handily and it can be had for under twenty grand.

The thing is that when you do video you don't get the full sensor. These cameras->video tricks do a sort of reverse interleaving. The chips themselves don't run more than 10fps. So the camera uses line 1 for frame 1, line 2 for frame 2, line 3 for frame 3, line 1 for frame 4, and so on. The practical upshot is that the 5k sensor gets knocked down to a thousand lines of resolution rather quickly. But then, because you're literally moving boundaries each frame, these weird aliasing artifacts appear. The quickest way to see them on the 5D is to take the camera and pan it right/left quickly, you'll see the image going all wavy. Some of the effect is the rolling shutter but it exposes the how the software is actually making the image.

So, you can't move the camera unless you're very very careful. You might as well shoot slates and sync audio in post as deal with the onboard stuff. The camera can't record longer than five minute takes because of a provision under Japanese export law that would make it officially a video camera. None of these problems are insurmountable but they're certainly there.

That being said, I have a friend who's planning on shooting a feature this fall on one of these things. I think he's crazy, but it's the crazy people who change the world. :P

more than 5 years ago

Embedding Video In a Site For iPhone/iPod?

asparagus Re:MPEG4 (68 comments)

Along this line, does anybody know of a better way to get iPhone-compatible h264 streams than the Apple Quicktime plugin? I'd like to up the bit rate/quality of my movies but I have yet to find a solution that works.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Refusing Any BitTorrent Related Apps?

asparagus Re:First Post (296 comments)

And, to continue the same argument, there's plenty of movies you can download legally via torrents. For example, my own. So to say that this ipso facto abetting piracy is a mistake. My prediction: this decision gets quietly reversed. Now, if only we could get an Azureus version of this app...

more than 5 years ago

Miro Asks Users To "Adopt" Lines of Source

asparagus Re:Cheap trick... (178 comments)

It's probably true, though. I get a lot more European hits than American ones on my miro feed. But the area that surprised me is Africa, I've been getting maybe a tenth of of my hits off the continent. Maybe it's a sign of quality. More likely they like the price. ;-)

more than 5 years ago

Most Distant Object Yet Detected, Bagged By Galileo Scope

asparagus Re:It's natural (101 comments)

And for the billions of years since, we haven't managed to do it again. Maybe the simplest version of Hubble is that things don't work as well as they once did...

more than 5 years ago

Judge Opens Hearing On RealDVD Legal Battle

asparagus Re:Why? (164 comments)

They don't want to allow a precedent. Compare:

A) You go to the store, you buy a cd, you come home, you put it into your computer, click import in iTunes, you listen to it on your iPod. Legal.
B) You go to the store, you buy a dvd, you come home, you put it into your computer, click import in iTunes, you watch it on your Apple TV. Illegal.

Should Real win this case the next day there will be a hundred companies looking to license the technology. That scares a number of people.

more than 5 years ago

Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

asparagus Re:Flawed premise (458 comments)

If you want to be popular, make yourself notable AND easy to get.

I concur. Now, onwards to shameless self promotion! Or rather, I don't know if I'm notable, but "easy to get" seems accurate. :P

You can download my first feature off of LegalTorrents: Seven Dead Men.

Hope you enjoy.

more than 5 years ago

Hungry Crustaceans Eat Climate Change Experiment

asparagus Re:This experiment was NOT a failure! (291 comments)

If these experiments work, they will provide a technical solution to the CO2 problem. The end result would be that the tax stream from carbon sequestration would short-circuit the governmental entities currently vying for control of climate. Since, however, said entities cannot nominally be opposed to a solution to the problem, they instead will look a reason to reject the entire approach out of hand. And that is what is being pushed here.

more than 5 years ago

Spider Bite Allows Man To Walk Again

asparagus Re:What a misleading headline- I'LL SAY! (221 comments)

JC here, just caught my first one of spring a few days ago. He was in the laundry pile, found him when I put a shirt on and something was crawling on my back. I agree, not as dangerous as everybody wants to make them out to be. Like the way many people are afraid of snakes.

more than 5 years ago


asparagus Re:Congrats on completing it and submitting it (6 comments)

Thanks. I've made a few short films but decided to push myself a bit further, was a lot more work/time than I expected. You can always spend more time in the outline stage.

I made a trailer in the style that you're talking about once but never released it. But yeah, always hard to drum up support/interest.

more than 5 years ago


asparagus Re:Hmmm (6 comments)

The vast majority of the time getting by is the wiser course of action. But for the occasions where I manage to identify mistakes or better yet solve them, I have the illusion of progress. Hard to deny though that it would certainly be easier to not worry. Each to his own, I suppose.

more than 5 years ago


asparagus Re:What sort of film is it? (6 comments)

A caper/heist style stucture, but mostly a lot of dialogue. Cheapest thing to shoot.

I thought about doing some sort of ransom model w/ the cc version, or something similar. Get a few more people like you and it's a deal. ;-)

more than 5 years ago


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Seven Dead Men

asparagus asparagus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I have released my first feature, Seven Dead Men, under a creative commons license. Feel free to download it off of LegalTorrents. If you would like to buy a copy, order it though google checkout and use the coupon code "slashdot" for a discount. The path to get to this point has been a long and circuitous one. If you have any questions about the process, ask away and I'll do my best to answer them.



asparagus asparagus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spent the last couple of years making my first feature. Shot/wrote/edited/etc it myself on a shoe-string budget. Sent it off to a few film festivals not expecting much. The response thus far has matched my expectations. Hard to compete with people who have a thousand dollars for every one of mine.

The old saw goes it takes ten years to get good at anything. Made my first short back in 1999, keep on feeling like I'm just a single step away from breaking through. But as of yet, nothing.

And so, slogging ever onward. Been debating whether it would be a good idea to self-distribute/release the project under a CC license the same as I have with my shorts. If I sold a few dvds they would pay for the shooting if nothing else.

All I really want any more is somebody out there to watch the damn thing. And this cockamamie scheme would seem as decent as any other. Or rather, something something about doing it for the cause. Thoughts, yay or nay?


Onward and upward...

asparagus asparagus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The Believer.

15" AlBook = pure goodness. I did the math and decided that the price/size ratio on the 250GB hard drive made it the best buy. And then went and splurged on the 320. Whatever. Mine's bigger. ;-)

Going to enter my first film festival next week. Mostly finished cutting corn, staring planting next year's wheat crop. Good times.



asparagus asparagus writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I've been a little lazy as of late. Offically gradumacated. Took a trip through Montana and most of her neighbor states. Worked on a cattle ranch for a few days. Greyhounded it to Washington/Oregon for a Fourth of July party.

So, without further ado: The Hole. (Sorenson, sorry.)

Comments/flames always welcome. Color correction and some other tweaks are still waiting, but it's about as edited as it's gonna be.

More stuff soon. (I hope.)

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