tatjna (tatjna) wrote,


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.
Tags: that movie with john malkovich, you know the one
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