Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Comment Moderation

Comments are welcome on this blog. Unpaid advertising is not. I seem to have been getting a few comments lately that are so obviously link bait that even I, with my very unsavvy skills can recognise them. Such as the first comment on my previous post. Until this point, I haven't ever rejected a comment. From here on, I will be. I didn't even read that comment and I wish I had, because I would have deleted it too.

So cheapskate advertisers of things that serve no real purpose - Don't come here and comment, cause you'll be rejected.

Warning enough?

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Good Magazine 2

This latest clip from Good Magazine is well put together. I really like the soundtrack also. It offers only information, no solutions.

What would you do about it indeed?

Good Magazine is a great source for news stories that are positive and uplifting usually. This one doesn't fall into that category, yet I imagine has a pure purpose and motivation.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Revver and Magnify Article - A must read

The Revver blog today has this article : Access the Frozen Knowledge of Video
posted by Micki, that refers to Magnify's Steve Rosenbaum's recent writing. I love it because I feel that Revver and Magnify are indeed doing that. I love Rosenbaum's phrase 'video is simply frozen knowledge'. It captures what it means to me.
I uploaded my 400th video on Revver tonight. My earnings have slowed right down. I began to wonder last week, why I still bothered with it. I guess it is about the freezing of my knowledge and what I see in the world. I like that I can write a blog and take a video and put it online. I like that I can refer others if they are interested to have a look. I do it for me and I know that many others are doing for themselves and it will create a mass of information that could be useful.
When I read this article it felt truthful.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Road Less Travelled

This road is between Omeo and the Snowy River Road in Victoria. It was a beautiful part of the world
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How 'Australia's Got Talent' treats Jack Dan

Jack Dan Blake was no doubt pleased when he got to be on new TV show 'Australia's Got Talent'. He was featured in the promotions for the up and coming show as seen on this YouTube clip.

In front of a live studio audience his performance seemed to go well. This is a clip of how it seemed that night.

This is what was shown on TV on Sunday night. Editing changes everything. So what do you think of that?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Jaman - Future for Indie Films?

Jaman is according to its site

"Jaman is a new online community for people that enjoy world
cinema. For filmmakers, jaman is a global and secure way of distributing
cinematic quality films and documentaries over the Internet. "

There are some good offerings on the site. Different countries have licencing restrictions and there are free downloads and rentals as well as fees associated with some of these services. It is in beta. There are currently 2 Australian films, Siam Sunset and 15 Amore. I have seen Siam Sunset and enjoyed it. It is a black comedy with fantasy and escapism. Some great scenery. I loved what it said about colour.

I have yet to see 15 Amore, but can't access it via this site. It looks great. There is a preview that can be viewed.

There are forums and groups where users can discuss the films they view. I think this is an amazing resource for film lovers. I live in regional Australia and it is very rare for independant film to make it's way to our local cinema. The video stores don't always stock them either. Websites like this will allow all to enjoy the choice.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tropfest Finalists Screenings

The Tropfest finalist short films will be shown around the country tomorrow night. Tropfest is the worlds largest short film festival. The signature item for this year is the sneeze. In Melbourne the event will stage at the Myer Music Bowl. In Gippsland it can be seen at the Yarram Theatre. All other states and regional information is available on the Tropfest website.

To watch previous films go to the following link: Tropfest finalist films, or order copies here.

Friday, February 16, 2007

New Magnify Channels - February 2007

Magnify are exploding with channels now. Each time I check in, there are new ones. Here are new channels worth checking out:

Public Domain Movies - Only 22 movies today, but potentially an interesting site, particularly for those who like old movies.
Some of them run for over an hour and I haven't watched them right through yet. Interesting concept though.

The TV Trail
Runs with a similar concept but I have a feeling these shows are not public domain. The Simpsons, Six Million Dollar Man and Twilight Zone are some of the shows featured on the home page of the channel.

I notice that many have created channels that so far contain nothing. I guess, Magnify is getting a lot of media right now and people are just staking claims, so to speak, creating their own spaces within this space with hopes for the future.

It is a space to watch.
The falling brick channel received over 500 views today. That's great! There is an interesting clip that was submitted today about the classic Australian delicacy of Tim Tams. Called 'Slam', it is interesting and whilst it runs a little long, is worth a watch.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Coming Soon to Movies: Starter for 10

Starter for 10, which has not yet been released has a sountrack featuring Kate Bush. It was produced by Tom Hanks. It sounds great. Set in England and meant for people who grew up in the 80s. Me!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Good News for Magnify.net

I am pleased to read "Magnify.net raises $1.2 Million". I have found the people at Magnify to be really helpful and I love what they are doing. It is great to be able to create your own channel and they just keep adding features. It is fun to use and the team are supportive and helpful if you have any issues. What more can users ask for?

Not Ready to Make Nice - Dixie Chicks

My daughter introduced the Dixie Chicks to me. They are great. A good clip too. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Three Dollars

I watched 'Three Dollars' for the second time this week. I love this film. The central character, Eddie, is such a compassionate person and his suffering hurts. I cried during the railway station scene, knowing this is how we behave in public as humans, inhumanely. I love the way Eddie treats others.

Another great Australian film that many have never heard of!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Snowy River Road via Suggan Buggan

Picturesque road to Jindabyne along Snowy River, via Suggan Buggan.        
Formats available: Microsoft Video (.avi)

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Aussie Film/Media Blogs to check out

I am always looking for interesting blogs to read about the topics I am interested in so I though others may similarly enjoy a list to check out. I have added these to my feeds and will watch them for a month or so in my to read folder. If they are generally good, I will move them to a more permanent position. Let me know if I am missing anything good.

Graeme Watson
Inside Film
Stale Popcorn
What I watched today

That will do for today.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

My Favourite Magnify Channels

I have some of my own, but there are some great channels.

Here is a selection from Magnify:

All about Tesla

Amnesty International

world history

Organic gardening

Backpackers Stories

Magnify is really taking off. The number of channels grows daily. There is good traffic on these sites. I am pleased because all my interactions with the Magnify team have been pleasant and I am confident they are going to be a great success.