Downton Abbey Season 3: Art Imitating Life

*** HUGE ENORMOUS TERRIFYING SPOILER ALERT!! IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ALL OF SEASON 3 DO NOT READ FURTHER!  I’M NOT KIDDING!  SEASON 3 WILL BE RUINED FOR YOU FOREVER!!**

Okay. Now we can continue.

Downton Abbey has swept across the UK and the US, igniting new fascinations with pageantry, elegant drama, and beaded gowns. But of course it’s the characters who steal our hearts.  Whether you feel more attached to the upstairs or the downstairs crowd, everyone has a favorite, someone they identify with.  And it really begins to feel like a family.

So, naturally, when characters start dropping like flies in Season 3, it’s a trifle upsetting. Continue reading

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Breaking the DRM Spell

Guess what topic I”m tackling for my final presentation for this summer’s law class?  That’s right, DRM and e-books!  I also have writer’s group tonight and wanted to bring some new material.  So, here’s an allegory/parody of how DRM works sociologically as demonstrated by DRM principles applied to a physical book through magic.

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Other side of the whirlwind

Phew!  That was a crazy ride and no mistake!

After five amazing days of intensive class and video production, here are my key take-aways.

  • Taking this class was the right decision!  It was a ton of fun and I learned something totally new that I probably never would have done otherwise.
  • Making videos is a lot more fun than I anticipated, and while it is still a lot of work, the work isn’t tedious and so doesn’t really feel like work.
  • Also, I now know how to use Premiere, which I’ve had on my computer for three years and never had the guts to figure out.
  • YouTube is a lot more fun and straight forward than I had given it credit for.
  • Being a grad student has definite perks, like the ability to check out amazing high quality video, sound, and light equipment.
  • Said equipment is also HEAVY.
  • I hate traffic.  Period.  I would rather drive farther, or wait longer and go at non-peak times, than drive anywhere during rush hour. Ugh!
  • Sometimes, it’s worth it to cough up the dough for a hotel close to the destination.  See above.

and last but not least…

  • I have caught the film gadget lust bug!  Having gotten the chance to play with the whole process, I want to keep going!  I went through Best Buy yesterday for ONE thing, which I found very quickly, and then spent fifteen minutes drooling over the digital camera section arguing with myself over whether I could justify it as a school expense.

Resource call, if you have any experience with digital cameras, what do you use and how have you liked it?

 

Interrupting YouTube

Today’s question: how is YouTube interrupting established media business models and what does the future look like?

This one was filmed on my Xoom tablet and Premier doesn’t seem to like those video files.  The picture is not ‘quite’ synched with the sound, but it isn’t consistent so there was no quick fix.  And I’m way too tired to attempt a long fix.  So, better luck next time.

My Favorite Story: Vlog #2

As part of the summer storytelling/video class (which is going very well) we have to start doing “vlogs” or video blogs.  Talk about your crazy word creation!  Our question for today was “what was your favorite story growing up; why, and how have you seen that story evolve or be re-told in new media and new stories?”

I thought about this a lot during the day.  Though I try to be reasonably discrete with my faith not cram it down anyone’s throat, I found that my honest answer really was about my faith.  My favorite stories are those that reflect and retell the greatest story ever told and the one most intimately significant in my life: the sacrifice of Christ.

one of these days I need to figure out how to control that thumbnail thing on YouTube.  Yuck.