Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Not to be left behind

Earlier this year I posted about Kodak's new logo.

Now Fuji film has unveiled a new logo as well.

The times they are a'changin...

I guess with the new digital face of photography, it was only a matter of time before even the film suppliers changed with it. A new coat of paint, a shiny sleek new look and a reflection of the new direction of photography.

I'll still pour out a little fixer.
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Maybe old dogs can learn new tricks?

It looks like newspapers have embraced 'new journalism' so strongly that they're beating TV at its' own game.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences created a new Emmy award this year for news and documentary programs produced for websites, mobile phones, iPods and other such 'new media.'

Surprisingly the most visual medium, the one with the most video experience and the one with the most practice in producing video-- television -- was completely shut out of the nominations.
Former CBS News president Andrew Heyward, who served as a judge on the panel, says the panelists were "struck by the fact that the finalists did not come from traditional TV sources." He says results indicate that the Internet has leveled the playing field between print and electronic journalism and predicts that the "competitive arena is going to change as print companies become more fluent in use of video." *source*
Of the seven nominations, five Emmy nods went to reports done by websites of the New York Times or the Washington Post. The other two went to National Geographic and MTV.
"We're not a television network," said Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager of nytimes.com. "For us, it's not just video, it's podcasting and slide shows and multimedia and blogs. It's certainly our present, and it's going to be more and more of our future." *source*
I won't name names, but there's a certain person whose worst fears seem to be coming true. Fight it all you want, it's only a matter of time.

The news and documentary "emerging media" award will be presented September 25 in New York. It could get very interesting.

Mr. Slideroll wants your input!

When I tried Slideroll I had no idea I'd be hearing from the creator of the applet himself.
Thanks for giving Slideroll a try. I'm the creator, and I must say your critique is dead-on. I'd love to be able to allow people to upload music, but of course I don't want to get sued into oblivion!
I'd love to figure out a way to get good music on Slideroll, but alas that's not where my expertise lies.

If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!

Geoff Gaudreault
is an interactive designer and the creator of Slideroll, which was selected as a finalist in the 13th annual Flash Forward Film Festival. Congrats!

So folks, Geoff is asking for your suggestions. Why not post your ideas, I to would love to hear them.

And if you haven't tried Slideroll, I suggest giving it a try, you already know what I think about it. (Even the bug is small, how cool is that!)

Respond… React…Redux

Remember React juice? In my younger days I sported a pair of shoes with a liquid that promised something or rather with the endorsement of Larry Johnson. You remember him, he played for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and showed up in advertisements as Grand Mama, the dunking granny… the gimmick became such a phenomenon that he/she even played a game to 11 with Urkel once.

React juice flowed in the soles of the shoes. I never believed it, but it was cool to see the radio-active yellow liquid slosh around as you crossed over on the asphalt loudmouth on your way to the hoop. (Yeah I used to play, bet you didn’t know… well now you know.)

Not sure what Johnson is up to these days, but if Converse ever wants a new spokesman for the React juice, I suggest Daniel Sato.

(And the award for longest segue goes to… )

I’ve been meaning to mention it for a while; Daniel went to Kathmandu, Nepal thinking he was on his way to a internship.

It turned out, to put it mildly, not as advertised. Luckily Daniel’s the type that takes a look and realizes that it’s time to get out of a bad situation and not dwell on it.

He’s made the most of his time, by traveling, finding his own stories, exploring an NGO and making an overall something out of a potential nothing. Follow his journey and don’t forget to check out his pictures.


The skies the limit, is that a good thing?

There’s been a few announcements in the realm of memory card capacity.

Largest SD card yet…

Lexar goes 8GB...

SanDisk goes 8GB…

And Sony announced a few months back that a 8GB Memory Stick Duo is coming.

But I have to ask, when is enough enough?

I agree that larger cards are a good idea, but when I say larger I mean something like 2GB, not eight. A 2GB card is perfect if you’re shooting large files sizes and allows you plenty of frames. So 8GB allows even more, sounds good right? But aren’t you just risking more frames at the same time?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to buy two or three 2GB cards and risk loosing 200 pics instead of having one 8GB card and risking 800 pics? Just a thought.
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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Racist ads PSP, it can't be... can it?

Part "What are you talking about," part "I didn't do it," all controversial. And I'm sure that's just what Sony wanted when they released this add that some are calling racist.

I wonder however, maybe this is a cultural thing. If anyone in the Netherlands can enlighten us... I can't phantom this is what it looks like...

Got a job... not really, but that's how the song goes

More evolution than revolution, the San Jose State University School of Journalism has a new blog (I really hate this word).

JMCjobs lists current opportunities for internships. The same info that used to be posted on the bulletin boards along the walls is now available online, anytime! That's a big deal!

And as Ryan Sholin points out, there's even a RSS feed! So you won't miss a thing. (Be sure to check out Ryan's post, he's complied a list of useful resources.)

I like the idea, (and there's no way to say this without sounding callous, but it's about time) but having visited it a few times now, I gotta say I find it lacking.

How about some category tags to get me and other students to the information that is relevant to us in a hurry? For instance, the current listings are all for marketing majors. Not much help to say a writer looking for a job writing about entertainment or a photographer looking for an internship.

I suggest a simple implementation of del.icio.ous tags with these categories:
  • Photojournalism
  • Writer
  • Marketing/PR
  • TV
  • Job
  • Internship

For that matter, there has to be a way for students to submit job postings they may run across on Craigslist or JournalismJobs that they'd like to share with others.

Usability is the issue.

It's a start, now let's add some polish.

A Lightbox by any other name

As I roll up my sleves and dive back into SLR, I've decided one of the first things I want to do is a redesign.

As such I remebered a little JS I found way back when that I liked alot. Of course without a place to host the JS, I can't use it, but if it's all the same, I like to keep up on the things I enjoy.

And I do enjoy watching a good idea come together.

Lightbox JS 2.0 is out, and from the looks of it, it has been out for a while.

Check it out if you have the means and have been looking for a way to show off your photos in a fun and unique manner.

And if anyone knows of some place where I can host the JS and give it a whirl myself, let me know. It was bad enough that I missed out on the old Lightbox, now that the slideshow feature is working it's just making me want it more.

Happy Birthday Mr. President...

From the so crazy it can't be true file, according to a blog over at Wired, Nintendo of America has their birthday present for President Bush ready to go. A D-S for his big 6-0. They've even been kind(?) enough to throw in a copy of Brain Age. It's basically a PR stunt, but isn't it interesting to explore what isn't being said? A little subtle jab at the presidents image masquerading as the genuine article. Carefully constructed clever communication.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Something new, something old...

Well, it's been a while.

Some new tidbits around the blog… This medium was taking over all my free time. Apparently it’s a creative outlet that I desperately needed. Who knew?

But then I ran out of free time. As is common with most college students, we get busy and posting interesting news and our thoughts on it, gets placed further and further toward the back burner.

I’ve fixed up my portfolio. The flash applet wasn’t melding well with my layout. It made things a bit wonky, but I think the new presentation is pretty nice.

I’ve also added a link in the “Personal Links” section for a list of some of the movie reviews and video game reviews I wrote in a former life. Also new to the aforementioned section is an easy way to contact me. (Hint: try the envelope icon)

There’s also a new sub-head for subscriptions. If you like what you see, you know what to do.

You may also have noticed the new Electronic Frontier Foundation button. I’ve decided I like what they’re doing and it’s something worth supporting. If you’re a blogger, I suggest you also take a look at their efforts and decide if it’s something you feel is worth supporting.

Haloscan comments have been incorporated, e-mail to a friend is a new option, and I’ve finally gotten around to adding Technorati and del.icio.us tags. There’s even a one click save button for del.icio.us users at the end of every post.

Oh and on Thursday January 26, 2006 I got my first hit from India! I don’t know why, but that ammuses me.

So what's next? For one, I'm going to try and post more often. At the same time, I'm thinking of some new things I'd like to try. Stay tuned, I'm tinkering with a new layout for the site and maybe a new trick or two to spice it up.

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