Friday, July 18, 2008

Reposts are a thing of Beauty

I know reposts are kind lame, but I wrote this and liked what I wrote (ok, maybe the question was a bit of a softball):

Q:

what say ye ??
i have been a loyal IE user (ok stop with the jokes), i use zoom (outstanding), veoh (pretty good) adobe media player (so-so), u-torrent (very nice) . . .
do i need miro??
is there anything i cannot get anywhere else ??
is it better quality?

A:

You've pointed out a number of programs that perform similar functions in conjunction but one important thing to remember in this case is that Miro achieves all of this on a single, dedicated platform and in a very user friendly and efficient manner as a free, open-source application backed by a 501c3 non-profit organization. There's a lot that follows from that last part, including how and why the Miro project has evolved the way it has and ultimately how it relates to its users.

To answer your question, I can't say for certain that you need Miro in the sense that we have video you can't get anywhere else or at a higher quality than otherwise available. Miro doesn't host proprietary content or any video content at all for that matter -- the Miro Guide is fundamentally a dedicated video RSS aggregator with extended community functionality.

That being said, as a filmmaker I definitely think it's important that there is an open video platform out there to distribute and promote my work on, and there are other independent artists out there that share this same concern. Take a look at the History of Broadcasting over the last century and you'll quickly see the correlation between conditions of production and distribution and their ultimate effects on the final product. The commodification of media has lead to cyclical content wherein advertising revenue trumps actual content. Put two and two together and see that the type of video you're more likely to see on Miro probably wouldn't be as easily available otherwise.

I could go on and on, and obviously as an intern and former Screen Studies studies student I'm a bit of a biased source, but I'd urge you first to consider the philosophy in which the Miro project was conceived in and how its goals couldn't be achieved any other way.

That's why you should use Miro :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

And another blog is born

http://blogs.simmons.edu/people/markmanc/blog

RADICAL MILITANT LIBRARIAN

I really really want one of these buttons now in light of this story.

Lets play the Past-Future-President Matching Game and figure out who is most likely to be offended by it in a public space:

Bush=McCain
Bush=Obama
Bush=Bush (the first one)
Bush=Clinton
Clinton=Obama
Clinton=McCain
Clinton=Clinton (the first one)

Solve for X, where X = the constitutional amendment that will be violated

Note: this isn't a political blog, it's one of those pesky "word problems" from chapter 3, solutions to the even numbered examples are in the back of the book.

Instant Gravy

Just found a great blog I wanted to share. Hope he keeps it updated!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Unthinking & Deprogramming the Brain

via Developing Intelligence vis à vis Technoccult


“Untraining The Brain”: Meditation and Executive Function


I won't go into the meat and bones of the article, but the premise itself reminds me of a similar habit I've gotten into. Allow me to explain...


I have a nasty Sudoku addiction (and lets not even talk about Mahjong) that has manifested something completely different.This is hard to explain, but nowadays when I play I try not to actively think about the missing spots so much as I allow myself to sense their absence. Like the image above for example. You can count the squares and clearly see we need a 2, but at some point in my Sudoku career the answers just started to pop up.



There's a lot that can be said about that. I mean for one, we could say that I've conditioned my brain in some sort of pleasure-reward system to do the math for me, but at the same time I'm actively (and consciously) working towards this goal. Anyway, it's an interesting topic to explore. I think there's a lot more going on in our visual cortex than just blinking, if you catch my drift.