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Sunday, October 26, 2003

Alf Eaton: "Google's Glossary function works really well with medical terms."
What do you think? []  links to this post    11:20:35 AM  
Zap your PRAM: Stephen Regoczei

Thanks to the Silverorange folks for organizing this. (Applause). Thanks for including me. In a sense I still don't know what the conference is about, but I am convinced that something important is happening here.

I love paper. I have tremendous respect for file folders. They have power. This world is run by the engineers and by the administrators. Taking a page out of Art's presentation, I have chosen to select random pages from my file and walk you through it.

I'm a conceptual analyst. Most people are afraid of looking at concepts. I decided to save the world the other day, realizing I'm just as qualified as anyone else. (By the way here's Salam Pax in Toronto's French language newspaper.) Saving the world is a futile attempt. If you're doing something new, you must improvise. The world has been saved many times recently.

Paris, 1919, it was time to save the world and they botched it. It was the war to end all wars. Recently a book came out with the title "The peace to end all peace". We've just been saved from nuclear holocaust. I like that. It has also been saved from "limits to growth" collapse.

In 1989 the Berlin wall was brought down. Some administrators in Hungary and in Austria decided that opening the border was good. In 1999 there was the battle in Seattle....

Whole Earth Catalog, Out of Control mentioned. Brand's "We are as gods" spiel - 1968. A revolution in kindness - Anita Roddick. Goodnight Moon. I've read this hundreds of times. Every time I'm permeated by the good vibes. They don't push words into your mouths, just pictures. Let us have pictures and video in b'logs, that's what kindred spirits are about.

Hmm... I'm getting lost here... I guess I should stop blogging and just listen.

Selected quotes:

  • Saving the world is easy. Selling is difficult.
  • Books are not finished, they are abandoned.
  • It's brutal what the education system does to defenseless human beings.
  • Miracles happen overnight just by people changing their minds.
Stephen invites Dave Winer to the front.

"I learned this about B'logs. I had basically given up on developing software because I was promoting Mac software but the people who controlled the flow of information believed there was no Mac software. Even though journalists were using Macs. With the Web I could tell my story without needing reporters. It couldn't have happened without the web.

Q. Buzz: Did you think that Apple itself was a detriment to the growth of Mac software?
A. Yes. We had this expo' during which Apple laid off many employees who were at the show. At dinner they were very honest. They told us Apple strategically fought the Internet because it wasn't WYSIWYG.

We want our stars to be perfect, no blemishes. But at the same time we want to believe we're getting the truth.

We don't have a mechanism for moving things ahead now. The software industry does lose decades to stagnation.

John: I'm just getting a sense of who you are in the blogging community. I think you have gone from torpedo to a battleship. 20-year olds want to sink you.

Dave: I'm not a battleship. I'm a human being. I have all the traits of a human being. They paint a target on me. I don't want to be a battleship. I want everybody to be strong.

Here's something new. I want to change Scripting News so it's no longer a weblog.

Peter: Rob, your blog started as a consultant blog - here's interesting article, etc. Then your mother-in-law died which opened a curtain to your personal life. You got some flak. How can we let people be vulnerable.

Dave: We should have a board of people who take the bullshit for us. If somebody has a problem with us these people should filter it.

Tessa: My husband has a blog and got a lot of shit for it. I think there's a clear line in my life between the private and the public. My public persona is detached from my private persona.

Dave: But we don't want to separate personas.

Tessa: People do want personas. They don't want persons.

Dave: My uncle got a blog in 1996. He died recently. Can I write about him when he's dead? To me I don't think there's a line anymore. I thought about it for 20 minutes before concluding that I wanted to write about it publicly.

Rob: For most people you're not Dave, you're Iconic Dave. Most people are treating you like a symbol.

Q. Do you ever not write some things?

Dave: Yes. It can be very painful to decide not to write about something, especially when others write about it.

Further discussion ensues.

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Buzz Bruggeman just showed me how he built a chain integrating ActiveWords, NewsGator, and Typepad to enable blogging. Rather slick.

What do you think? []  links to this post    10:35:52 AM  

This morning I spoke with Dave. We compared our orientations. I think right now he's very much into enabling more people to join the two-way Web, while I'm more interested in extending blogging systems in natural ways that make information more organized.

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Zap your PRAM: Tessa Blake and Ian Williams

I'm blogging the
Zap your PRAM conference right now. My first try at liveblogging - let's see how it goes. Expect a telegraphic, impressionistic style.

Ian and Tessa screened their film The Pink House. Ian wrote it and they both directed. The film was shot in 2001 and has been into editing since.

Q. [Me] So how did you make it look like film?
Ian: Things are more gripping on film.
Tessa: There's a theory that says that 24 fps induces the alpha brainwave states. TV, which is 30 fps, creates more
Ian: We shot this in PAL - 25 fps, interlaced. I took this through a de-interlacer that goes to 24 fps, creates flicker, and adds grain, which looks like film. Many shots you couldn't tell were shot in video.
Tessa: A lot of shots were from very deep so that definition is only around what we shoot.
Ian: We put a smoke machine. Smoke in video somehow translates into grain in film.
Tessa: We just now maybe have money to turn this into 35mm. One of the reasons we chose DVCam is DV pops colors. This story is comicbook style so we didn't want digibeta.

Q. [Rob] Editing has gotta be easier in digital.
A. [Tessa] I'm an old-school film cutter. I'm biased towards that type, maybe sentimentally. As a young editor trained on film, it forces me to think carefully about whether the cut works.
A. [Ian] This is BS. You can do the same in digital;
[Peter] I did graphic design with Letraset and used Xactos to piece things together.
[John Muir] I've cut tape and I'm glad it's gone.

Q. Can you tell us about the music?
A. [Tessa] The secret of this film is a lot of the music is Ian's. A lot is Ian's mother's; Ian's father's; his sister sings. About 60% of the music is Ian's family. The lush parts of the score are by Ian's mother.
A. [Ian] If you layer a real violinist with a string pad it sounds like 18 violinists. Mom is the worldwide expert on this.

Q. What about logos? Artwork?
A. Yes. I'm afraid we might get in trouble at some point. Much stuff is obscure enough that We had product placement.

Shooting this in 18 days, with 2 largely non-professional crews simultaneously, is a bad idea. We had no less than 14-16 hour days.Our gaffer was insane. We were stuck on the moon and couldn't replace anybody on the spot. One actor shattered his hand, bones sticking out. The weather was bad. Two kind of typhoons came towards the end. A lighting bolt almost killed the art crew.

[Ian] It was one of the worst experiences of my life.

Q. [Peter] Some of the references seemed quite specific to me. How do you ensure the cultural references will fly with a variety of people and age well?

Comment: Sorority culture is not as prevalent here in Canada.
A. [Ian] It's a kind of scripted bacchanalia.
A. [Tessa] There are so many archetypes in there that everybody recognizes something.

Comment [SebF] This is so much like what I saw as a German exchange student in Georgia [Tessa laughs]. At one point I was driving with a friend and saw those sorority clones lined up - hundreds of them. People didn't believe me back home.

(Further discussion which I didn't blog, as I made an effort to help empty the beer vat.)

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