Archive for April, 2008

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Decisions, decisions…

April 24, 2008

It occurs to me that I haven’t talked about filmmaking for a long while – no surprise there. Like most filmmakers, I’m cash-poor (buying up Patriot needs, don’tcha know).  But NAB recently wrapped up, and I thought I’d write up a little something on the cameras that came out.

The Scarlet from RED seems interesting, but a little toy-like, and the comments about how you pull focus on that thing do ring true, even if it does end up being a 3K resolution camera.  Unless RED itself expects us to buy a 35mm lens adapter as a matter of course.Looks like my pocket digital camera...The Sony HVR-Z7U looks nice in theory, and has an interchangeable lens (not that I’d be able to afford a lens change though) but still uses tape, and the HDV codec is starting to get a little long in the tooth.

 

Sony trying to get back in the game? 

Which leaves the Panasonic entries – I own a DVX100A, and I’ve been very happy with it, but it’s Standard Def, which is not the way the world’s going.  They introduced 2 cams – the AG-HPX170…and the AG-HMC150.

Either could be a replacement for my DVX – the HPX shoots on P2 cards, which are now a proven technology, and foregoes any tape drive at all (its ancestor, the HVX200 has a tape drive and P2 cards) and is rumored to have over-and undercranking capabilities like the HVX, but is cheaper and lighter.  The HMC may have those too, but it shoots on SD cards (like my digital camera) to the AVCHD codec, which may make it cheaper still by the time it actually gets to the street, but isn’t supported at this time by my home NLE, Adobe Premiere (although that may change as well).  As it stands right now, had I money in my pocket and these cameras were already out and selling, I think my choice would be the HPX. Form factor I’m familiar with, proven technology under the hood, likely most of the stuff I already own would work. 

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Great Summary!

April 23, 2008

Couldn’t say it better!

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/4/21/19133/5152

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No photos of our drawing!!!

April 22, 2008

Who knew a sign featuring Pinocchio was a security liability?

http://disneylandcompendium.blogspot.com/2008/04/photo-disneyland-doesnt-want-you-to-see.html

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I LOVE this guy!

April 20, 2008

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=559547&in_page_id=1770

I sonetimes wonder if Banksy wears Zorro attire while he’s painting these (or at the very least, has a pencil-thin mustache)…while I don’t condone grafitti normally, these protests might do more for anti-CCTV than anything else might. And the kicker – he set up the scaffolding and removed it without anybody even questioning why the scaffolding was there in the fist place!!!

For more Banksy goodness…

http://www.artificialgallery.co.uk/artist.php?form_load_id=12

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Appleseed Qualify 4

April 20, 2008

My best target from yesterday – things fell apart after this (maybe because I had a ton of things to do after and I was getting distracted).

As I was leaving, the range officer told me that the DNR sometimes had “problems” with people mounting human silhouette targets and firing at them.  Apparently, he noticed the RWVA Rifleman target I had been using.  He also allowed that it would take a lot of imagination to imagine the blobby thing on the target a a human silhouette.  Interesting how one branch of government can take exception to something another branch of government encourages and rewards, isn’t it?

After practice, went to the gun show at the Waukesha Expo to snag some more ammo (at 40-some rounds per session, I’m slowly burning through the stuff I’ve stockpiled).  Snagged a couple of battle packs of South African for $150 (one for practice, one for a rainy day), and signed a petition for open carry in Wisconsin.  All in all, not bad for a guy who’s working on his Patriot skills…

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Appleseed Qualify 3

April 13, 2008

The rifle’s definitely getting lighter to hold – tried to walk through the shot just like Fred says.  These are still offhand, 25 yards, South African ball, iron sights.  The top image is the first target of the day, the bottom the last.

You can tell that I’m shooting less ammo at the targets over the course of the day – I’m trying to simulate the Appleseed “10 round magazine” experience without doing the timed test (I’m not that good yet).  I seem to be keeping my elbow up this week (or maybe it’s just me building my rifle-holding muscles up so I can shoot straighter).  One thing, thoug – I need to keep a log of where the shots are landing, rather than trying to keep it in memory.

By the way – You’re going to the big Appleseed shoot all over on the 19th, right?

http://www.appleseedinfo.org/

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This just in: criminals AVOID BEING PHOTOGRAPHED!

April 9, 2008

I like how the official admits that the cameras do nothing here…

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/03/21/MN27VNFET.DTL