Archive for May, 2011

Birdlove capitalizing on Japan charity?

May 25, 2011
I’m not saying helpbabybirds.ca shouldn’t get your money, but doesn’t it seem a bit odd that this red dot kinda makes the dominant image that of the Japanese flag? Yes, also a bold and arresting image but…just sayin’, the Charity-Giving Public (which I sincerely hope includes All People) has seen quite a lot of Japan-triggers, including the rising sun image and variations on it. Would it make sense to follow that “lead” and connect with a visual lexicon we are already familiar with?

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private hand gestures

May 21, 2011
Not what it sounds like! This blog primarily is my place to catalogue findings and half-baked thoughts vaguely related to movement and education (which frequently include communication and new media). I searched "dance" on Vimeo and these two videos had a feature in common that I find…curious. I don't know if there's a word for it but I'm calling it "private hand gestures"–that particular way of having emphatic energetic hand movements that don't really move to the arm. They…stay in one's personal space. You've seen them at raves in the 90s. I guess the contemporary "version" includes this sort of hip-hop-looking "storytelling"? Both had a "guy walking along the arm" sequence and a few other features in common. I hadn't seen anything like that since the ravery of my youth (I went to….two? in North America. In Holland it was altogether different. FAMILIES attended! Très different vibe).

I'll be honest, I haven't watched either of these videos to their end, but what say you of those funny hand gestures (one day I'll figure out how to edit a video enough to provide a more succinct clip. Until then, apologies)? I'm sure there's a word for it, I just don't know what it is.

do you find this short story disturbing or heartwarming?

May 21, 2011

Your video is ready (#331951)

May 21, 2011
Whoever Cindy is, give her a raise. I am so impressed to receive a customer-response (and from a FREE SERVICE at that) that feels like it's from a real human who gives a cuss.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: PV <cindy@pummelvision.com>
Date: Sat, May 21, 2011 at 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: Your video is ready (#331951)
To: Jaya Karsemeyer 

You are right. Lying is unacceptable. We will change it. Thank you.

On May 21, 2011, at 7:30 AM, Jaya Karsemeyer wrote:

> Please don't make your first email titled "your video is ready" if it isn't
> How about "your video link" and then something in the body of the
> email like "This is where you'll find your video as soon as it's
> ready"
> Because being lied to doesn't build good faith 🙂
> Peace, bro
> -Jaya
>
> On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 7:26 AM, Pummelvision <support@pummelvision.com> wrote:
>> Watch it here:
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how to get people to watch your dance company’s show

May 21, 2011
I'm not saying this is an A+ video, but there are a few things that it does which are really, really terrific. 

a) It's watchable
And I mean that as in, it's not four hours. Videos of live dance performances are…sad. They never capture the experience of watching a live performance, and you get more "feel" for the framing of the stage than the action on it (granted, there are some really talented artists who do film live performances, but they are professional, and that is not within reach for your average dance studio or even small company)
b) It's watchable
By showing (a teensy bit of) EVERY ACT, you get a sense of the overall show–even a sense of the Alice in Wonderland theme as it's developed over each class' piece
c) It's watchable
It uses the medium. A stationary camera is a dead machine–and it kills the movement on the stage. By cutting from act to act, the energy stays up, multiple camera angles are used, and the one-song (instead of a dozen or more) creates a sort of narrative for the entire thing. Win.
d) It's watchable
It features highlights–the "ooh" "aah" moments that even someone that has little or no connection to dance can be impressed by

I haven't seen a company's entire presentation put together like this before–it's really smart. No black-outs between acts, no shuffling in the theatre, nobody crossing the shot or clapping their hands above their heads (heck, no clapping at all! what a relief!). No, it doesn't indulge each individual parent's need to see their Little Darling *featured *–but that is another editing exercise, usually for an audience of one or two (up to six with grandparents?). 
Editing a video like this is smart because it is watchable. If I were in a dance performance at this company, I think I'd share this video readily–it's something to be proud of, and it's not too long (compared to a video of the entire performance). Perhaps small companies would want to supplement the company vimeo stream with individual vids of each act, but if you were going to watch one video of the company, this would be the one to watch! 

best audio-flashmob I’ve seen

May 21, 2011
At Heathrow airport, welcoming passengers (ahem, it *is * a T-Mobile promotion. How does that make me feel? That should be a separate post I guess…)

pummel pics

May 21, 2011
I've really been enjoying this Pummelvision stuff–basically a site that makes your pics into a techno video slideshow. It is terrific to find tools that make something you always-intended-to-do so easy you could almost do it by accident. I was immediately thinking how I could use it to do stop animation (of course it's been done), another long-backburnered-intention, and seeing pics of a Makerbot at another hackerspace warmed me heart.

Best comment was “guess who just had their White House invitation withdrawn”

May 20, 2011

the grid?

May 20, 2011
I'm surprised I didn't notice that Eye became The Grid overnight. Until yesterday. I admit it does feel "fun and hip" but maybe hearing that from a grade 7 teacher means it is precisely not so? The back page made me laugh out loud, but it had been a long week. I like what Torontoist says about it, but I do suspect it's as much a sellout as Now mag says it is. Will I stick with the self-righteous one or the new hip one?? Decisions decisions.

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So psyched about gifting Young Mad Scientist Alphabet blocks to my bff’s zygote!

May 11, 2011
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