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Feb. 15th, 2011

10:39 am - Media!

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So I'm making my presentation for nerdnite. Well, mostly I'm thinking about making it. I'll start actually doing it after my exam. Because I'm such a damn geek and so incredibly tech-savvy, I've decided I want to do something that most geeks wouldn't bother with - or so it seems given that every geek I've asked so far doesn't know how to do it! In my ignorance, I thought it would be a simple matter.

I want to embed two videos side by side on the same presentation page and run them simultaneously. They are different lengths and I want one to stop when it's done and the other to keep going. Simple, right? I'm going to be using Prezi cos the geeks said to, and also because since presentations aren't really part of my normal life I am equally ignorant with all the tools, I may as well, right?

Disclaimer - I have gathered my material but haven't started creating this presentation (see above bit about after the exam), so I haven't actually read any 'How to' guides to see if the geeks are just dismissing this out of hand through experience and maybe there is a way in one of them, for those inexperienced enough to actually read the instructions. Aimee says it should be possible. So, to my question, mostly to save me some time - where's the best guide?


The Kid came home the other day all full of some new Kiwi TV show made by the same people as Outrageous Fortune. I've only seen one episode of that which was on the plane coming back from Hong Kong, because I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I had been surprised to see folks from other countries mentioning it online as something they watched regularly - it's so rare for anything from New Zealand media to do well internationally that I felt it must be something pretty awesome. It wasn't. It was typical Kiwi drama from what I could see - I can't really see what the appeal is. But anyway, I'm not a TV/film critic and lots of other folk like it. Now they've made another thing.

Norse gods from Norsewood? Interesting pretext. I've been to Norsewood. It's just down the road from Dannevirke, where I used to work in a shearing gang for a while. If you check out their site you'll note that there are no cars in the pictures - that's because nobody's actually there. They are all out the back in a barn knitting farm fleck socks and sculpting wood with chainsaws. In other words, it's ripe for a Norse god takeover.

Here's the trailer:



The Kid watched ep 2 last night and I caught some of it. It seems to have potential, but suffers from the usual Kiwi problem of stilted acting because kiwi actors are so damn reserved they struggle to get over themselves enough to be convincing until the second season. Here's a short clip of scenes from the first season of Shortland Street:



I rest my case.

Anyway, The Almighty Johnsons might be worth a look if it makes it to a second season.


Meanwhile, for my own future reference, the name of the depressing movie with John Malkovich in it that we watched on the way to South Africa is Disgrace. It seems to have the magic that the folks who made Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind were aiming for (and missed), in that the title slips from your mind as if it's been erased every time you stop thinking about it.

Also, John Malkovich seems to have a knack for playing characters I dislike. The exception is in RED.

This post brought to you by my desire to distract myself from the fact that my back is really itchy but I can't scratch it.

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From:vernacularity
Date:February 14th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
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not a helpful thing in terms of using prezi but if I was going to quickly come up with a way to show people two vids side by side i'd put them both on youtube and then embed them in a crudely constructed local (on the PC) html page side by side.

fwiw. which is probably ZERO in terms of geek cred.

i'm a pragmatist, not a tech-worshipper. :-)

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From:tatjna
Date:February 14th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
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As a fellow pragmatist, that was also the first solution I came up with (actually I was just going to put them here) - however, I'm not sure of the wireless status at the venue so until I know that I have to proceed as if there is none. ;-/
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From:vernacularity
Date:February 14th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
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i wonder if they can be linked from directly on the PC using a "file:///C|/[path to vid]" url reference instead?
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From:tatjna
Date:February 14th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure I can figure out how to do that. ;-)
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From:t_c_da
Date:February 14th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
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The files that come from youtube (& the like) are actually flash media files IIRC which can be found on your local hard drive by seraching in hidden/system files for *.swf files. Grab them and copy them somewhere more accessible and then play with html...
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From:tatjna
Date:February 14th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:February 14th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
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there was that guy.. umm from kiwiburn that was at fidels last friday, he is british and does video editing stuff.. might be helpful... *ponders what his name might of be*
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From:pombagira
Date:February 14th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
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yus him.. he and his partner was both nice.. *beams*


*wonders of in search of tea and a sledge hammer*
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From:crsg
Date:February 14th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
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*shudders at Shortland Street* I know it's gotten better over time, but I've always loathed the show, in part because of the shite acting. In all fairness though, shows like this very rarely have large budgets, and actors can only do a certain amount of takes for any given scene - unlike most mainstream films, where there's a lot more chances to get things just right.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 14th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Remember Shark in the Park? It was painful.
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From:crsg
Date:February 14th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
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I don't... but then, I think I was 2 years old when it first aired.
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From:t_c_da
Date:February 15th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
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I don't recall ever seeing it, however I was assured by my branch manager that I walked through the middle of the opening title sequence of the first episode, which was shot in the Wellington Station building in the morning rush hour. I just happened to be leaving the train and heading to work, as one does at that time of day...

One of my few moments of "fame" a la Marshall McLuhan - have I made it to my allotted 15 minutes yet, I wonder...
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From:whatifitworks
Date:February 14th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
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The book of Disgrace was awesome (Coeetze is amazing). Malkovich made the main character even more dislikable, I think...
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From:tatjna
Date:February 14th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it strikes me that a lot of the impact of such a story would be about what goes on inside the various characters' heads - something that's difficult to depict in a movie. I might have to seek out the book.

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From:whatifitworks
Date:February 14th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I think in the book the characters are more lost or emotionally adrift, which is a better metaphor for South Africa at that time. In the movie they seem either cruel or good, right or wrong, so the story doesn't work in quite the same way.
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From:bekitty
Date:February 15th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
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I actually quite like Outrageous Fortune. neoterik's got (most of) the series on DVD, so we've been slowly working our way through it. But yes, it gets better with series 2. In the first series, the actors are still finding their feet and fleshing out their characters.

I think cultural cringe is definitely a factor in most NZers' reactions to "homegrown" TV shows. It starts with "oh god, do we really sound like that? do I really sound like that?" and then the memories of things like Shark in the Park and Melody Rules come up, we all shiver with revulsion and shame, and decide not to watch whatever new programme is airing.

Outrageous Fortune, though, is frequently hilarious, dramatic and tragic by turns. I'd far rather it was the one TV show non-Kiwis talked about than Flight of the Conchords. I just don't find FotC funny at all.
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From:helianthas
Date:March 11th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
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I wonder how we can watch those here?
Netflix, which is how I usually watch tv, movies, and such, doesn't have either show available. I'm looking for a new tv series to get into, too.

That aside, my friend and I watched the NZ film The Price of Milk and, uh, really didn't get it. We were pleased to note, however, that we had the same '90s fashion atrocities here, too, and that the main dude was pretty darn cute.
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