Archives for April 2017

April 30, 2017 - No Comments!

‘I Have a Riddle For You’

Here's an incredible example of the way that a film viewed at 60 FPS can totally ruin the original intent. Batman Forever was no Citizen Kane, but upping the resolution and frame rate of this film makes everything intended for a cinematic experience come to life in a horrible way.

You can watch the same footage in its original frame rate, and the difference is night and day. The costumes look better, the green screens look more natural, and the camera zooms don't feel quite as cheesy.

This is going to be interesting to watch as films are 'updated' for modern screens.

April 24, 2017 - Comments Off on Juicero and the Misplaced Anger of an Intuitive Internet Mob

Juicero and the Misplaced Anger of an Intuitive Internet Mob

Over at Extratextuals:

There was a story that took my Twitter feed by storm last week, and it was the tale of a tech company squeezed to death by its own hubris.

Juicero is ‘Keurig but for juice’, with their base product being a $400 machine that uses proprietary packets of diced vegetables and fruits to give you your fresh-squeezed-cold-press-juice fix on the reg.

The device is connected to the internet (because of course it is), and includes strange ‘features’ like the ability for the Juicero machine to scan a QR code on the back of their packets and reject one if its expired or perhaps recalled.

I remember reading about the Juicero when it was first announced a couple of years ago, and I thought it was pretty dumb. I still think it’s pretty dumb — juice has proven to be pretty subpar for your health, and even if it was good for you there’s little to be said about the value of this juicing machine over others which don’t, say, include proprietary technology which locks you in to a system.

So it was no surprise that the internet went wild when a news outlet features a story on the fact that the Juicero packets can be squeezed by hand, bypassing the expensive machine entirely. For a product that went above and beyond to espouse the incredible force their machine could exert on those pulped veggies, this can seem pretty infuriating.

Yet instead of finding myself laughing along with the rest of the crowd, I found myself disappointed in the mob mentality.

There’s a few reasons for that.

Read more.

April 20, 2017 - Comments Off on ‘An Aggregated Oral History of 2009 Films Ruined By the Last WGA Strike’

‘An Aggregated Oral History of 2009 Films Ruined By the Last WGA Strike’

I greatly enjoyed this article detailing some of the major franchises which suffered due to the last writer' strike. My favorite example? X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman, actor: “It was the writer’s strike, so we couldn’t have a writer. Literally, the script would say things like, ‘Deadpool comes in, talking a mile a minute, very funny.’ Uh, where’s the dialogue? We’d say: ‘Yeah man, do whatever you can.’”

Ryan Reynolds, actor: “So we were in the middle of production, there were no writers, no anything. Every line I have in the movie I just wrote myself because in the script we had, it said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talks really fast.’ I was like, ‘What?! What am I supposed to do with that?’”

What are you supposed to do with that, indeed.

April 18, 2017 - Comments Off on ‘The Hot New Hip-Hop Producer Who Does Everything on His iPhone’

‘The Hot New Hip-Hop Producer Who Does Everything on His iPhone’

Here's an interesting article from Wired on an 18-year old producer who relies on the simple setup of an iPhone and an iRig.

The video is worth watching to see Steve Lacy at work, and I appreciate the article's lede:

A few minutes after Steve Lacy arrived at a dingy, weed-clouded recording studio in Burbank, the 18-year-old musician flopped down in a plush leather chair in the control room. Vince, one of the studio’s proprietors, came in to show Lacy how the mixing boards and monitors worked. Lacy didn’t care; he was just in it for the chair. He picked up his new black-and-white Rickenbacker guitar, then reached into his Herschel backpack and yanked out a mess of cables. Out of the mess emerged his iRig, an interface adapter that connects his guitar directly into his iPhone 6. He shoved it into the Lightning port and began tuning his instrument, staring at the GarageBand pitch meter through the cracks on the screen of his phone.

The most important thing in your studio might soon be the chair—and any tools you have are meaningless without the creativity to match it.

April 17, 2017 - Comments Off on Instagram Introduces Organization for Saved Posts

Instagram Introduces Organization for Saved Posts

Today Instagram is starting to roll out 'Collections' for saved posts, meaning that anything you save can go into a special bin.

Last year I wrote about how Instagram had become my guide to the city, and how more and more people are reaching for Instagram instead of Foursquare or Yelp when traveling. This actually had a huge impact on my recent trip to Cambodia as we travelled through Siem Reap: I had initially found a nice hotel through TripAdvisor, but I wasn't positive that my wife and I would love it. Right before we arrived, Kristine showed me a picture of a hotel she found on Instagram, and I immediately cancelled my previous reservation and reserved a room at the spot she found.

It was one of our favorite moments of the entire trip.

When I wrote my own article, there was no way to save posts, but of course a few months ago that feature was rolled out. This is further proof that plenty of other people are using Instagram just like I am…and that the service might not only eat Yelp and Foursquare's lunch, but even Pinterest's.

April 14, 2017 - Comments Off on ‘It starts, yes, when I found this mural at a McDonalds…’

‘It starts, yes, when I found this mural at a McDonalds…’

Cabel Sasser's tweetstorm on the art of Wes Cook is must-read material. The mural he first found is incredible, and I was shocked to find that a piece of his work which made it into the Universal theme park Islands of Adventure is a thing I've seen in real life.

I don't have the same kind of love for Twitter that I used to, but every once in awhile a story comes across my (now greatly reduced) feed that's just perfect. This is one of them.