Thursday, August 30, 2012

Stanley Kubrick's One-Point Perspective

A great video by Kogonada that shows the mastery that Stanley Kubrick had composing his films with the  use of symetry and the one-point perspective.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong died at age 82

Here a video by NASA as tribute to Neil Armstrong the first man in the moon who passed away today. Rest in peace.

Monday, August 20, 2012

R.I.P. Scott & Scott

I discovered this classic thanks to the soundtrack of Forrest Gump. Today it has made official that Scott Mckenzie died last saturday at home. Another Scott, Tony director of films such as Top Gun and True Romance died too today. he was the brother of Ridley Scott.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rise of the Video Game

Yesterday I watched a five series documentary called Rise of the Video Game produced by Discovery Channel. The series aired originally on november 2007 depicts the history of video games from the 50's to now a days. Here what's about:

The video game revolution has been under way for decades, progressing from simple amusements created in the 1950s to an all-pervasive force in today's popular culture that rivals — and will perhaps soon surpass — film and television. What began as a subculture pastime has evolved and transcended genres to become a unique form of expression impacting everything from modern warfare to interpersonal relationships.
Rise of the Video Game is a comprehensive and progressive exploration of the past, present and future of video games and video gamers. From the early days of Pong to today's ever-popular Halo 2, and from Atari 2600 to Nintendo to PlayStation,Rise of the Video Game tells the story of the people, the ideologies and the technology behind video games and how they have exploded into a cultural phenomenon. The evolution of gaming has seen the pendulum move from the days of games replicating society, to society replicating games. Featuring interviews with giants in the gaming industry of yesterday and today, this five-part series examines the evolution of the video game and its cultural impact on the world of entertainment today.

Friday, August 10, 2012

William Moggridge Dies at 69

Bill Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and an outspoken advocate for the value of design in everyday life, died September 8th, 2012, following a battle with cancer. He was 69. Designer of the first laptop computer and co-founder of the renowned innovation and design firm, IDEO, Bill pioneered interaction design and integrated human factors into the design of computer software and hardware.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

New Dragon Ball movie coming soon

Dragon Ball as envisioned by his author Akira Toriyama ended with the final chapter published in Weekly Shonen magazine back in 1995. Since then the series has keep on growing the way big franchises like Star Wars do. The animated series continued for a while (Dragon Ball GT) with new episodes. Some especial movies where released in anime fest and a bunch of video games too. After a while a new movie will be released on march 2012. Above the message by Toriyama himself. And here the trailer:

What's exciting about this new movie is what is the involvement in the script Akira Toriyama has had on it. After the so disappointing American version of Dragon Ball. It's nice to read some words of the original author promising us some good old times. 

Say tunned in the official website. And if you really are a DB fan check out Kanzenshuu and recent merge of Kanzentai and DaizenX two of the most complete Dragon Ball websites out there. I recently discovered this topic about animation directors involved in the original series aired in the 80's and the 90's.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lebron James: More Than a Game

Yesterday I saw the 2009 released documentary about the journey of Lebron James and his team mates starting in their school days and ending up becoming national High School  champions playing with the Irish from their hometown Akron, Ohio. Here the tariler.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Side by Side documentary

Directed by Chris Kenneally comes a great documentary that will deal with the transition to digital film making that is going on in the movie business. Director such as James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas and David Lynch among others show us their point of view of this technological revolution that started a decade ago and still is on debate. Tribeca is showing a daily video series featuring clips that didn't make the final cut. Check them out here.
The movie is due to release theatrically on August 17 and Video On Demand on August 22. Here the trailer.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

New Solid State Drive for my Laptop

Some days ago I came back to my hometown and I took some time to make some changes in my HP6710b laptop. I decided to change the 500GB Hard Disk Drive with a modern Solid State Drive. SSD prices are still high comparing with and standard HDD and as my laptop it's already an old guy I didn't wanted to invest to much on it, so I chose to buy a  OCZ Agility 3 SATA3 2.5" 120GB SSD  for about 100€ (for this price you can have a 1TB HDD). The capacity of my main drive has been reduced from 500 to 120 GB so I externalized all my data and projects and just used the new main drive for installing the OS and all the programs. As I am always dealing with big amounts of data I'm used to carrying around many external USB HDDs so it's not going to be a big change for me. And in  case I buy a new  laptop soon, everything important will already be out, so it will be much easier the migration.. Meanwhile I must say the leap to solid state drives it's worth the money. Everything goes smoother, windows as well as photoshop and this kind of big programs start up immediately. 

While doing this I was thinking a lot about how much data I am dealing with. I am used to small portable HDD that are more expensive but need no external power, are smaller and seem to be more resistant. I already have 1 to 9 labeled HDD's four of which are 1TB, and I still need more space. On the other hand I should do a backup of all my content just in case a Hard Drive crashes, or gets lost or stolen. Just to do so I will need at least another 4 HDD of 1TB, which adds 400€ just for backup, that hurts. I must start thinking on buying a desktop HDD to make make those backups instead of the small ones, otherwise I will get broke. 

I hope we will have less storage problems in the future. I just discovered a site where HDD prices and storege capacities are collected and I make this estimation.

In the year 2000 a 15GB HDD's price was 150€ approx, that's the equivalent of almost two DVD9 (8,5GB DVDs) and the price per GB was 10€. In 2010 a 1TB (1000GB) HDD was 100€ that means that each GB of data cost 0.1€ and the storing space was equivalent to 125 DVD9 or 20 Dual Layered Blu-rays. So if this progression continues I have calculated that by the year 2020 we will have 67TB Drives for about 70€ that means 0.0001€ per GB an the equivalent on 8.375 DVD9's or 1340 Blu-Rays storing capacity. All this in a device that fits in the palm of your hand .I wish that comes true in 8 years. We will see.