Monthly Archives: March 2010

On Writing Sonnets and Planning Invasions

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert A. Heinlein

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The Collapsible Paint Tube and the State of the Internet

“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”  Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google.

Good talk today with Video Web Apps class about how the world has changed, is changing right under our feet… how people see themselves, each other, their communities and power structures differently.  And how one tool can fuel these changes.  The internet is making that happen now.  I contend that the invention of the collapsible paint tube in 1841 started a ball rolling on allowing individuals to cast off a lot of the roles imposed on them because artists were able to draw more freely out in the mist and in smoke filled rooms – at dawn and twilight.   They weren’t tied to the “objective” environments of their studios anymore. People began to see themselves differently

Now people are not tied to the “objective”  media or power structures.  Blogging, sharing information is far more than ego platforms, stupid videos and ease of contact.  The internet puts power in the hands of individuals who use it.  I contend we must be intentional and use it wisely.  We complain about power structures.  We now have tools to see ourselves differently and change all that.  No more whining.  Get blogging.

Thanks to student blogger Frankie Coto for the movie:

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…on an illuminated path.

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Blogapalooza 2010! Get Blogging!

Blogging is a great way to tell stories, connect with community and promote social change.  Meet the students of VaCA’s Video Web Applications tomorrow, Monday, March 29, 8pm at Common Grounds on Eastern Mennonite University campus. Free coffee and snacks.  Students introduce you to their blogs and tell you how to start or improve your own – right there, right then. Bring a laptop!  Get blogging!!   In the meantime, get motivated by Joaquin Sosa’s great video intro:

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kd lang/Roy Orbison – Singers/Storytellers

From the archives on a rainy Sunday:  lang’s soaring solo interpretation of the Roy Orbison song Crying.  lang and Orbison’s duet is also something to behold – when have two voices matched so well in power, emotion and subtlety?

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Walter Murch, Editor Extraordinaire

Walter Murch is the innovative, passionate and meticulous video editor/visual storyteller who in 1979 coined the term “sound designer” when he worked on Apocalypse Now (and won an Oscar) with Frances Ford Coppola and in 2003  dragged Hollywood into Final Cut Pro editing systems when he edited the Civil War film Cold Mountain.  His latest collaboration with Coppola is Tetro – a low budget, low profile passion film set in Buenos Aires. In these videos from Final Cut Pro User Group  Supermeet 2009 conference in London last summer, Murch talks about his workflow… and how he surrounds himself with things analog to keep his intuitive sense and avoid utter immersion into the digital realm.

Click here for Part 1 of Murch’s talk.

Click here for Part 2 of Murch’s talk.

Here is the official trailer for Tetro:

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Rupert and Pat hang out at Chez Moi.

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