Posted 5 days ago

Ferguson Protests: Where Do We Stand? Russell Brand critiques Bill O’Reilly. Surprisingly good analysis of media, race and political economy. Funny.

Posted 1 week ago

Palestine. Tire rolls down hill toward Israeli soldiers. Hilarity ensues.

لحظه وقوع جندي صهيوني من عجل ههههههههههــ مسخرة
Or, according to Google translate: Moment and the occurrence of a Zionist soldier hastily Hahahahaha Masquerades

Via @MaxBlumenthal

Posted 3 weeks ago

Fight to the Death in Gaza - Sehrank Retouched

A cartoon - via The Independent - amended to reflect reality. Children are not caught between a war machine and a war machine. Israeli children are not being bombed by the Palestinian Air Force. There is a single war machine. It is killing children. (And the brothers of the victims are bent on revenge, to the extent that it’s possible without an army, navy or air force - or even an official spokesperson to go on the news.)

(Source: i100.independent.co.uk)

Posted 3 weeks ago

Russell Brand on The Middle East According to Sean Hannity. Featuring Geraldo Rivera, and Gandhi.

Russell Brand on Twitter:
“.@seanhannity thank you for your education on The Middle East I made this for you and your boss @rupertmurdoch http://youtu.be/-v5WlY8Uf5U

Posted 3 weeks ago
Posted 1 month ago

I’m generally astounded so many young filmmakers want to make movies in the Hollywood production style today, but they do. At the very point where cinema becomes digital and democratised, people want to emulate industrial production methods. Visual effects became digital, editing and film processing became digital, projection became digital, and even hardware became digital. DSLRs made cameras digital and miniaturised all the grip gear. It took the people off the dolly and shrunk everything like a Japanese chihuahua. Even lights are digital now; tiny, low energy, computer programmable lights. It’s amazing all this stuff happened - it is a gift! And it’s equally amazing there are so many people that don’t seem to get it. For the first time, the idea of the cinematic auteur is inevitably the dominant form of production. It’s no longer a tendency or theoretical construct, battling the studio system. It is the new dominant mode. The film industry may be in trouble, but the cinematic auteur is a new, much more exciting possibility.

(Source: splashnewsonline.com)

Posted 1 month ago
Don’t let greedy ISPs slow down and censor the internet.

Don’t let greedy ISPs slow down and censor the internet.

Posted 1 month ago

A Threat to Internet Freedom from The New York Times

New rules proposed by the F.C.C. could turn the internet from a utility - like the electric in your house, which works with any lamp, not just Ikea lamps - into a private tollbooth with the cable and phone companies acting as gatekeepers. Web pages that reflect the world-view of Rupert Murdoch will load quickly, and web sites and services Rupert *doesn’t* like will load v-e-r-y s-l-o-wly. And while you wait for the site to load, hoping to order some Thai food from a local restaurant, a popup will display an online menu for an international chain of pizza shops with a reputation for misogyny and racism. Order now. Or wait for the local shop site to load. Eventually. It’s your choice.

Posted 1 month ago
a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted political violence.
Posted 1 month ago

America’s Funniest Robots via a whole bunch of people including Kottke.org

(Source: pierregrassou)

Posted 2 months ago
SanDisk Extreme II SSDs appear to have triple the write speed of the older Extreme drives. 

SanDisk Extreme 120GB disk speed compared to newer SanDisk Extreme II 240GB. 

I have been using the older Extreme SSDs with both the Blackmagic Cinema camera and Production camera. Raw 4k seems to be the only thing the earlier SanDisk Extreme SSDs can’t record. 4k ProRes is fine. Raw on the Cinema camera is fine. 

From the tests, it seems clear why the SanDisk Extreme (I) would drop frames on 4k raw, and why we would expect the SanDisk Extreme II disks to work very well. 

SSD = Solid State Drive

SanDisk Extreme II SSDs appear to have triple the write speed of the older Extreme drives.

SanDisk Extreme 120GB disk speed compared to newer SanDisk Extreme II 240GB.

I have been using the older Extreme SSDs with both the Blackmagic Cinema camera and Production camera. Raw 4k seems to be the only thing the earlier SanDisk Extreme SSDs can’t record. 4k ProRes is fine. Raw on the Cinema camera is fine.

From the tests, it seems clear why the SanDisk Extreme (I) would drop frames on 4k raw, and why we would expect the SanDisk Extreme II disks to work very well.

SSD = Solid State Drive

Posted 2 months ago

Footage shot with Metabones Canon EF to BMPCC Active Speed Booster by James Miller @millerandmiller.

This lens adapter lets you attach Canon EF lenses to a m43 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and control the aperture electronically. It improves field of view, light sensitivity, and depth of field. Essential and glorious!

(Previous versions of the adapter were fully manual. EF lenses are electronic and want an adapter with electronic aperture control.)

More from James Miller.

More from EOSHD.

Posted 2 months ago
Posted 2 months ago

Make Music Through Movement | Machina’s MIDI Jacket. Complex midi controller built into clothing, operated via gestures (and buttons and switches).

Posted 2 months ago

How the human brain responds to stories, and the power of empathy for action.

"The emotionally charged story recounted at the beginning Dr. Paul Zak’s film—of a terminally ill two-year-old named Ben and his father—offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how the human brain responds to effective storytelling. As part of his study, Dr. Zak, a founding pioneer in the emerging field of neuroeconomics, closely monitored the neural activity of hundreds of people who viewed Ben’s story. What he discovered is that even the simplest narrative, if it is highly engaging and follows the classic dramatic arc outlined by the German playwright Gustav Freytag, can evoke powerful empathic responses associated with specific neurochemicals, namely cortisol and oxytocin. Those brain responses, in turn, can translate readily into concrete action—in the case of Dr. Zak’s study subjects, generous donations to charity and even monetary gifts to fellow participants. By contrast, stories that fail to follow the dramatic arc of rising action/climax/denouement—no matter how outwardly happy or pleasant those stories may be—elicit little if any emotional or chemical response, and correspond to a similar absence of action. Dr. Zak’s conclusions hold profound implications for the role of storytelling in a vast range of professional and public milieus."