Sunday, September 24, 2017

Learning Premiere

I found that this short video really showed me everything I needed to know;

Monday, September 18, 2017


Film editing was a process of physically cutting up film and gluing it back together again, good craft was a major issue.

Linear video editing was an additive process of recording a recording, with a loss in image and sound quality.

Non-linear digital editing allows any possible configuration of frames with no loss in quality. Nearly anything seems possible.

Along this path many technical terms were accumulated. Many are still in use. This glossary may be helpful.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Douglas Engelbart and Ted Nelson

Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013), whose vision of collaboration using computer technology to help solve the urgent and complex problems of all of humanity, died on July 2, 2013. His comrades believed that his ideas were never fully realized due to his ideals and generosity of spirit. For example, he resisted patenting the "mouse" he'd invented and it eventually fell into the public domain. The robotic rigidity of institutions is also to blame -- most powerful technology companies in American relegated him to R&D. Ted Nelson, professor and inventor of the first hypertext project, delivered Engelbart's eulogy on December 9, 2013. In his tearful delivery, he said the "...real ashes to be mourned are the ashes of Doug’s great dreams and vision, that we dance around in the costume party of fonts that swept aside his ideas of structure and collaboration...Perhaps his notion of accelerating collaboration and cooperation was a pipe dream in this dirty world of organizational politics, jockeying and backstabbing and euphemizing evil." Engelbart articulated his ideas for collaboration publicly in what is known as The Mother of all Demos delivered on December 9, 1968, nearly half a century ago. Some of what he described is still in the process of being realized in commercial forms such as Skype, Google Docs, and more.

Search and Destroy

“The personal computer was exciting in a way that rock-and-roll used to be for me”-James Williamson, the former Stooges guitarist who co-wrote Search and Destroy and went on to study engineering and eventually become a VP at Sony electronics.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Richard made for TV Movie from 2000

Growing up in Macon, Georgia, Little Richard (Leon) discovers music through his church. After winning a local talent contest, Richard is encouraged to pursue a career as a songwriter and performer, and finds success and stardom following his first single, "Tutti Frutti." At the height of his fame, Richard abandons his career in favor of a religious life. His retirement, however, proves to be short-lived, and he soon makes a triumphant return to rock 'n' roll.
February 20, 2000

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Vanessa Beecroft: VB64 Performance / Sculpture at Deitch Studios, Long Island City

Well-produced documentation of VB64 here.

As interviewed by Nick Johnstone for the Guardian;

"When I was 12, I started to become a woman and my body began to change. I was devastated because I couldn't be a boy any more. I lost my boyish look. When I started to become something else, I didn't know how to keep it together. It was really painful - the more you eat, the more like a woman you become. That's when my obsession with food started. I felt very alone, but now I see that every woman in my family has an eating disorder. The anxiety of having eaten something and having it inside and not knowing how big and how much... I thought,  I'm going to write it down and look at it and see if it's really so much. And one day, I might give it to a doctor so they will analyse if it's OK. But then it became an obsession and I wrote down everything I ate. I would go all day thinking, I ate an apple at 12 o'clock, I must write it down, I mustn't forget."'