Let me quickly jump back to how I make films, which are a very specific way and which either gives me some authority or diminishes it, depending on your point of view.
I make extremely geeky films that take years to craft that attempt to be exhaustive, human-oriented narratives brought out of countless interviews of technically-astute people. Not content to merely assign a bunch of pre-fitted spoken narrative from an announcer over slowly-moving slides, I attempt to bring in the voices and the accompanying material a sense of what caused this event or subject to happen. I leverage current technical limitations to make very large bodies of work, in the multiples of hours in length, and provide them as a finished, massive package which itself is an integration of the values and themes of the subject.
That has the potential to sound like crap to people, but it’s what I’d put at the bottom of some statement when I was required to make a statement. Now let’s rip it apart.
Because I have a strong sense of wanting a range of voices, that means I have to travel and interview those voices, i.e. people. Because I want to integrate all their speaking in a way that makes sense, it ends up being many months of editing (BBS was roughly 10, GET LAMP roughly 9) to get things to just “work” like they do. And because I have some sort of weird attitude about craft, the packaging for these finished works is borderline insane in terms of quality.
When the price of the most recent film, GET LAMP, came out ($40, plus shipping), a wide variety of people responded negatively.
I am at this point convinced that a large amount of audience have little or no idea of what it costs to make a film. I’ve encountered folks who literally think the cost is the physical media of printing the DVD and the packaging, and if they download a copy at zero, my costs are therefore zero, and we’re quits. I’ve been informed what my movie should cost and the next set of calculations are based on that should. And I’ve encountered a lot of strange ideas over what exactly constitutes a fair price – and the crime I am committing not holding to it.
And can you blame people, when movies are available for $2 or a game goes on sale for $1 or entire albums are handed away for free? It’s nice and all, and the buffet is delicious, but the result is that an actual piece of work that represents years of effort ends up providing a ball-smack-level of sticker shock.
So the two solutions are obvious. Make no profit, or make shittier movies.
A great, thought-provoking post that you should read in full.
Yesterday I updated my iPhone 3G to the latest iOS 4.2.1. Since the iPhone 3G has seen very little features of iOS 4 in general, due to its less capable processor and less RAM, I didn’t expect to find many of the hyped new features of iOS 4.2.
As a reference for what iOS 4.2 brings, this walkthrough by Rene Ritchie is still valid. I’ll follow that walkthough to give you a list of the features that are actually present on the iPhone 3G.
AirPrint — No.
AirPlay — No.
Tweaks in the Multitasking Dock — Of couse not, iPhone 3G doesn’t support multitasking.
New FaceTime button in the Messages app — No. (No FaceTime on the iPhone 3G for obvious hardware limitations).
AirPrint in the Photos app — No.
AirPlay in YouTube app — No.
Change fonts in Notes app — Yes.
New Voice Memos app icon — Yes.
AirPlay in iTunes Store app — No.
Prevent the physical hardware volume buttons from affecting ringers and alerts — Yes.
New text tones — No.
New Restrictions features — Yes.
Set a distinct text tone for contacts — Yes.
Find text on web pages in Mobile Safari — No.
As you can see from the list (and perhaps I even left something out), the new features available for iPhone 3G users are quite few and fairly unimportant. I get that “No features that require higher processor or RAM” thing in the compatibility list. I get that some of the new features are related to certain hardware characteristics (I can’t expect FaceTime features on a phone with no front-facing camera, for instance). But are features like AirPrint, new text tones and Find text on web pages in Mobile Safari really so processor-intensive to be completely left out? I find that hard to believe.
This latest update is quite disappointing overall. The only thing I’m actually happy about is that at least the iPhone 3G performance hasn’t deteriorated, and the phone is still responsive as it was under iOS 4.1.
Codex xcix Is an occasionally updated weblog about the history of the visual arts and graphic design. Mostly this means books and their typography and illustration, but also maps, periodicals, photographs, posters and other miscellaneous ephemera.
The history of visual arts is a rather wide swath to cover and the selection of materials follows the Stewartian argument of “I’ll know it when I see it.”
The site is embellished wherever possible with diagrams, drawings, illustrations, maps, photographs, etc., and nearly all of the images in the posts link to a much larger image.
“I keep a real good track of what I’ve done before and try to add a new dimension, which wreaks havoc with business because they have to sell something over and over again if it clicks. But I know to this day I could never write another “Goodbye and Hello” because why say it twice?”—Tim Buckley, 1975.
If you don’t know Lori Nix’s work, you should. The City is definitely my favourite series, but everything on her site is worth a look. I also enjoyed the About page very much, where she talks about her work in detail.
Since my earliest days I have always worked with fabrication, either through darkroom manipulations or even room sized installations. My strength lies in my ability to build and construct my world rather than seek out an existing world.
Check also this video (YouTube) - a visit to her Brooklyn studio.
This exhaustive inventory of things you can do with everyone’s favorite cloud-synchronized file utility is a true marvel. The Dropbox folks have to be completely blown away by pages like this, which speak so loudly to their tremendous success.
“For me, the core tension is this. On the one hand, there are strong payoffs to having things organized simply, reliably, and effectively. Good software can help tremendously with this. On the other hand, though, it’s obvious that there isn’t just one best way (or one platform, toolchain, or whatever) to do it. Moreover, the people who do great work are often the ones who just shut up and play their guitar, so to speak. So it can be tricky to figure out when stopping to think about “the setup” is helpful, and when it’s just an invitation to waste your increasingly precious time installing something that’s likely to break something else in an effort to distract yourself.”—Kieran Healy on The Setup, about workflow and productivity.
He is a designer, illustrator and a self-proclaimed ‘Alphastructuaesthetitologist’ (which sounds wonderful & incredibly hard to say) living in Brooklyn. His completely unique hand lettering style uses a rich mix of nostalgia and vaguely modern touches, making his particular brand of typography stand out. I particularly love his use of old sailor songs, sea life and of course the New York whaling-era ephemera.
Having Flash installed can cut battery runtime considerably—as much as 20 percent in our testing. With a handful of websites loaded in Safari, Flash-based ads kept the CPU running far more than seemed necessary, and the best time I recorded with Flash installed was just 4 hours. After deleting Flash, however, the MacBook Air ran for 6:02—with the exact same set of websites reloaded in Safari, and with static ads replacing the CPU-sucking Flash versions.
I’ve just received this bit of news from HarperCollins’ AuthorTracker, which is worth relaying if you’re a Neal Stephenson fan as I am:
Edited and introduced by Bill Bryson, Seeing Further is comprised of more than 20 original contributions from “a glittering array of scientific writing talent” (Sunday Observer) including Neal Stephenson, who here writes about Isaac Newton and metaphysics.
This incomparable book tells the spectacular story of science and the international Royal Society, from 1660 to the present. Seeing Further is also gorgeous illustrated with photographs, documents, and treasures from the Society’s exclusive archives. Learn more about this marvelous compendium, and read an excerpt, too.