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Because [REC] Is Seriously Scary Crap.

In Videos on June 3, 2008 at 10:45 am

Was doing up my movie previews for the month of July, and came across this Spanish horror flick that was touted as the “Blair Witch movie of 2007”. Though the handycam style has long lost its novelty, this film has enough moments that will make you wish you could run out of the theatre ASAP. Rottentomatoes gave it a 91%, so it should be excellent.

Like one commenter said of the clip above:” At first, not so scary.

Then HOLY FUCKING SHIT!”

My sentiments exactly.

Clay Shirky’s Keynote On The Media Revolution

In Online, Videos on June 3, 2008 at 6:11 am

A little while back I posted a note on Clay Shirky’s keynote address at the Web 2.0 Expo held in late April this year. It’s a lengthy speech to read on text, so here’s the 15-minute address presented in two seperate YouTube clips.

and Part 2:

It’s an amazing look into the future about how the internet has (not will) changed the way media is consumed and shared, and why Old Media control freaks are helplessly lost in trying to understand new trends in media consumption.

What struck me most about his keynote address was how social and participatory media is here to stay, and not some phase that will wear itself out. Like Linda Stone, a former VP at Microsoft, I used to believe that the explosion of social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace will cause people to burn out and give up because they can’t find the time to devote their attention to maintaining their social profiles, blogs, AND twitter accounts. That’s obviously not the case now.

So how do they find the time? Simple: it’s because the new generation of media consumers control their media to suit their time tables.

The media revolution caused by the internet has caused a fundamental shift in the way we consume media. Where once broadcasters could force us into channels, making us rush home at 8.30pm sharp for another episode of McGyver, it is we who now control how and when we want to watch our TV. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You A Facebook Gangsta?

In Videos on May 29, 2008 at 8:23 am

Yeah, so who the fuck is Scotty? LOL. Thanks College Humour!

Because MySpace Needs An Intervention

In Videos on May 25, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Thanks to cracked.com: one of the funniest videos yet about what happens if websites were humans. Check out MySpace’s rant against Facebook and TMZ vs. TheSuperficial. Ah, internet geek humour rawks. LAWL.

The video kinda reminded me about this Internet Commenter Business Meeting video I saw ages ago:

BTW: if you get all the references here, it’s obvious you spend way to much time on the internets. Now get back to work, you procrastinator.

Because Some Guys At Construction Will Do Anything To Strip A Woman

In Videos on May 23, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Right, how do I sum this video up? Fat dudes strips woman with big ass Mechanical Digger with precision. Seriously. That’s one guy who hasn’t been digging much on the construction site.

Because This Bird And The Bee Mac Music Video Is Awesome

In Videos on May 22, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Picked this nice gem from the Digg Reel Show, which I occasionally watch when there’s nothing going on in my life (doesn’t happen as often as I’d like it to be). Love the song (Again & Again by Bird And The Bee). Love the hot girl, whoever she is.

Now this is what you call creative procrastination at work.

Microsoft Photosynth: Making You Go WTF?!

In Geek Stuff, News, Videos on May 20, 2008 at 9:34 am

It’s an old video taken from the TED conference last year, but for some reason, this presentation by Blaise Aguera y Arcas on Photosynth resurfaced on the Digg site today. Not many people knew about it obviously, including myself. But the demo here on how networked images can be viewed is mind-blowing: it’s hard to imagine technology like this exists, and hopefully Microsoft can roll it out in the right way.

Having been in development over the past year, the demo you see is already up and running at Microsoft’s Live Labs for a preview, so you can try it out yourself. It runs on Active X though, which isn’t great if you’re paranoid on security issues.

Somehow, this reminded me of Microsoft Surface that was supposed to come out last year. Where the hell is it? Microsoft, don’t botch up cool tech like this.

Here’s a little bio on the creator:

Blaise Aguera y Arcas’ background is as multidimensional as the visions he helps create. In the 1990s, he authored patents on both video compression and 3D visualization techniques, and in 2001, he made an influential computational discovery that cast doubt on Gutenberg’s role as the father of movable type.

He also created Seadragon (acquired by Microsoft in 2006), the visualization technology that gives Photosynth its amazingly smooth digital rendering and zoom capabilities. Photosynth itself is a vastly powerful piece of software capable of taking a wide variety of images, analyzing them for similarities, and grafting them together into an interactive three-dimensional space. This seamless patchwork of images can be viewed via multiple angles and magnifications, allowing us to look around corners or “fly” in for a (much) closer look.

Simply put, it could utterly transform the way we experience digital images.

Of Camera Meltdowns And Reporter Pwnages

In Videos on May 18, 2008 at 6:33 am

If you’ve been a fan of news cockups, you’ll love these few videos, the first of which is a roundup of the top 10 camera meltdowns:

And on the other end of the spectrum, we have this cool-as-ice newsreporter who gets pwned by a sledge

My favourite cock up, however, is still this hilarious BBC interview with the wrong dude. It turned out that “Guy Goma” was not an industry expert, but actually a job interviewee who didn’t know anything about the topic at hand. Winged it pretty well though.

Because These Iron Man Vs Batman Clips Are Damn LOL.

In Videos on May 17, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Put two action figures, a camera, and a geek with too much time, and whaddaya get? An awesome YouTube viral video–with a sequel. Enjoys!

Because The Ting Tings Rock It Out So Well.

In Videos on April 15, 2008 at 10:52 am

Picked this video out from this awesome music blogsite called Pop Justice (Okay, so I’m a n00b when it comes to music sites). I haven’t seen The Ting Ting’s video of “That’s Not My Name” before, so I’m glad to see that this new video totally does the song justice. The music is just… awesome. They’re like The White Stripes. With a lot more Pop. Yummms.

Yeah, what’s my name, beeee-yatch?

Because Thursday is Clap Happy Music Day.

In Videos on April 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Or, at least for the next 45 minutes or so. Just wanted to spread the word on a couple of bands I’ve been looking out for, and from the buzz of it, things are looking good for Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jongs, who were touted by GQ as one of the Best Things of 2007. Here’s some evidence:

The other band to come outta the woodworks is The Ting Tings, who SarChan so gladly pointed out to me a while back. Awesome new song coming out with their new 7″, called Great DJ.

Because Sweded Movies Just Rock

In Videos on April 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm

It’s a little old, but apparently a whole lotta people haven’t seen the Sweded video of Star Wars: A Cardboard Hope. It’s amazing. Can’t wait to see Be Kind Rewind.

Because Own Goals From Unknown Leagues Are Just Damn Funny

In Videos on April 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Picked this video up from Digg on an own goal happening in some Hungarian league:

and then looked out for more crazy shit. This is the funniest of the lot so far. Won’t give the ending away

Because An Indian Version of Sweet Child of Mine Totally RoXX0rs

In Videos on January 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm

I’ve always thought that the promo spots for Channel [V] totally sucked in comparison to the MTV spots, until I saw this little clip on YouTube. Totally awesome. Haven’t seen it here yet though.

Bill Gates’s Messiah Complex? An Interesting Take on His “Retirement”

In News, Videos on January 13, 2008 at 4:40 pm

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Gosh, has it been that fast already? It’s been 2 years since Bill Gates announced his official departure from his post at Microsoft, and his much heralded “Last Speech” at CES 2008 was marked with the sort of reverence reserved for religious figures. He leaves Microsoft in a cloud of heavy criticism–“lost core competency” being the main one, with the disastrous flop of Vista and their ever-losing battle against Google for advertising space coming under heavy fire from the tech community.

But, argues ol’ coot Dvorak, you haven’t seen the last of Gates yet. In fact, it’s this heavy weather that Gates may want after all prior to his departure; leave the company in less-than-healthy circumstances, and then later come back like a saviour some time later in a Messianic cloud of glory. Michael Dell has done it recently, Steve Jobs has done it, and heck, even Starbuck’s Howard Schultz pulled it off last week. And they’ve been both hailed as heroes. So why not take a crack at it? Here’s an excerpt of the column:

I, for one, am not buying any of it. And I actually think I know what Bill is up to: It should be interesting, since his possible plan is not trivial, if it’s going to work.

Let me explain.

Bill would like to extract himself completely from Microsoft, so he can let the company drift. If Ballmer quits, and they don’t promote from within by letting Jeff Raikes or some other trained clone of Gates take over, then the company is doomed to follow the path we’ve already witnessed with Apple.

Then, according to plan, Gates would have no choice but to return to save the company. And while there is no originality here, if he could do this, it would be spectacular. It would even top the Steve Jobs “Return of the Prodigal Son” act, since Microsoft is enormous compared to the early-era Apple.

But Bill is at a dead end at Microsoft. Thus, he takes a page from historian Arnold Toynbee and decides to pull off a classic “withdraw and return” gambit, which could result in great success. Napoleon and Jobs both did it, not that I should be comparing the two (well, maybe).

Gates always seems to be in his element when he’s crushing Borland or kicking Sun or smashing Netscape. At his best, he’s the nerd from hell. So now, after all that, he drifts into becoming the namby-pamby head of a charity, dealing with people begging for money? Are you kidding me? I don’t think so.

Hey Bill, you’re not fooling me.

Of course, no post of Gates’s departure would be complete without his hilarious Final Day video, which, for one week, made him pwn Jobs.