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When the cat is away...
By: Mark A. Stuart on Jun 24, 2011 at 7:36:18 am

the editor can get more things accomplished! Happy Friday Cows, I don't know if I ever explained the staff structure here. Of course, I work in the Production Department, retitled about 8 or 9 years ago "Creative Services" by the man. There are 3 people in my dept.: my boss the dept. manager and another man who I often refer to as my cell mate who is only with us part time, the other part he's in Master Control here. I call him my cell mate because our "office" areas are 5' x 5 1/2' cubical corners in a 12'...

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Ltd. Mtg.
By: Mark A. Stuart on Jun 23, 2011 at 8:31:54 am

Morning Cows, I'm at the ranch today again, unlike yesterday being off to a college shoot for most of the day about 1.5 hours away. At least it's 4 lane highway for most of the way and I was pushing 80mph for part of the trip (don't tell) in our '96 Plymouth Voyager van we have affectionately recently dubbed "the white flame" because I often joke about it being a "hot rod" when we're out for shoots. This college was yet another classic shenanigan. Here's the short and hopefully not "too" sarcastic version of this tale: we drive way down...

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How tight are YOUR deadlines?
By: Mark A. Stuart on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:36:18 am

Howdy Cows, Got my first segment done for the upcoming college show. It was a pleasure working on an editor I didn't have to restart several times during the project. Haven't showed it to the rep yet but I should be good as I used all our shots. There's another client we did a simple :15 for in early spring which is another roofing company. They were also supposed to be in our home improvement show which aired the weekend before last. They cancelled several shoots on us, later were supposed to get us b-roll of theirs and photos. Admittedly,...

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For your Netflix Delectation
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 30, 2009 at 8:54:51 am

One of my favorite Netflix features is that you can stream movies in your queue. Add this one to your queue so that you can start streaming it to your computer right now: Henry Poole Is Here. The trailer's vibe makes it seem wacky...but it's not. The music is all wrong, NOTHING like the music in the movie. But it might still give you some idea: it's slow, quiet, lyrical, a little sad, and very sweet, about what you might find at the end of your rope. And you can start streaming it now. I gotta tell you. We've really...

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Blu-ray feeling blue?
By: Tim Wilson on Jun 25, 2009 at 12:35:11 pm

As a guy who regularly talks about trends in media consumption and distribution, allow me to make the observation that people who talk about trends in in media consumption and distribution are idiots. Including me. We're hardly ever right about anything. However, money talks. DVD buying peaked between somewhere around 2007, and has been trending downward since then. While Blu-ray buying is on the rise, it doesn't amount to much in the overall video buying world - certainly nowhere near enough to compensate for the decline in overall DVD sales. Says a senior analyst at Screen Digest , "We don't...

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The Art and Science of Joseph Kosinski
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 26, 2009 at 2:54:24 pm

I noted in my entry on the Tron sequel that a speedy look at Joseph Kosinski’s IMDb profile reveals virtually nothing -- not even his birthday. I’m amazed that nobody has gotten around to it yet, but he doesn’t even have an entry at Wikipedia. (I wonder if it's related to the absence of an entry on the Tron sequel. Probably. The only power in the universe I can think of that's more powerful than the masses converging on Wikipedia is Disney.) And so we ask, who is this man, and why is he directing the sequel to Tron? I...

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Tron 2 Review
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 26, 2009 at 9:48:02 am

More specifically, a review of the rapidly emerging news about the slice of nerd-vana that may or may not be named Tron 2. Those of us who became devoted some classics of science fiction filmmaking between, oh, I don’t know, let’s say 1977 and 1983, have reasons to cast the stink eye in the direction of latter-day sequels, prequels and such. One of those classics is 1982’s “Tron,” and you don’t need me to explain why . Yet even in this post-stink-eye era, the word on its sequel is nothing but good so far – including the news that it’s...

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RealD: Monsters
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 19, 2009 at 6:46:40 pm

In my Monday-morning breakdown of the numbers after the opening weekend of Monsters vs. Aliens, I noted a disproportionate share of the dough coming from 3D screens: $58.2 million for the weekend, on 4104 screens 28% of those screens were 3D, and accounted for 58% of the gross! .03% --that's three-tenths of 1 percent -- of those 4104 screens were IMAX (143 to be exact)...and they accounted for nearly TEN PERCENT of the gross! Now, IMAX is a name you know. Until very recently, it has been synonymous with big-screen stereoscopic projection. Really, it's the first major brand in this...

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Ever Wonder How to Get to the Other Side of Your iMac Glass - here is the official Apple procedure - Exclusive to the Bog!
By: Jiggy Gaton on Apr 11, 2009 at 7:16:26 am

WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. THE COW BOG IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGES. Well, today was the second official meeting of the Nepalese Apple User Group (NAUG) at the Studio, and while turnout was low, interest was high. I wanted to get my iMac checked out by an expert, and we have an ex-Genius Bar dude living here and he is also the Pres. of the group as well, so lucky me. The problem has been an ever-growing anomaly on the 20" iMac screen (in the top corners) - looking a bit like a film of dirt or...

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Sony's new 4K Digital Cinema Projector
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:37:55 pm

This isn't just huge news for people in the digital cinema business: it's huge for everyone in any aspect of show business, including slobs like us. I saw the news of Sony's new 4K projectors on the front page of Variety.com. Variety is barely peripherally related to the projection side of the business. This message is directly aimed at the people who make the movies: 4K is here...and the ideal use of a 4K projector is NOT the projection of 4K images. Its primary intent is for a full 2K for eacheye!! You can kind of get that from the...

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Wolfenstein 3D for iTunes!!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:42:54 am

One of the earliest first-person shooter games, and maybe still the coolest , makes its way into the iTunes app store ! The image is from the front door of the game's official site. You can also find a truly wonderful story by John Carnack, its designer, on how Wolf3D made its way to the iPod Touch/iPod platform. More coolness: the developer has released the source code! Tweak away, my pretties! And expect Doom and Quake soon . (I'd forgotten that, in 1995, id Software had also released the source code for the original version of Wolf3D . When Wolfenstein...

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A Gizmo for a Global Depression
By: Jiggy Gaton on Mar 25, 2009 at 9:31:31 pm

On my last trip to Bangkok I was in the equivalent of a Dollar Store at the IT Mall in Pran Tip Plaza, but I guess it was called the Forty Baht Store although I can't read those signs so I'm not real sure, and I stumbled across a little gizmo that I love - and only cost a dollar! It's the Asaki 9000 SD/MMr/RS-MMC USB 2.0 card reader. Short form: usb flash drive, with removable storage. It was only a buck, or 40 baht, depending on the state of the Thai economy, and came in cute colors, so I...

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WHO NEEDS LIGHTS ANYWAY…
By: Jiggy Gaton on Mar 24, 2009 at 12:34:14 pm

A few years back my heart went out to my brethren New Yorkers, who in the midst of a blackout, panicked to the point of suicide and falling down stairs in the dark. I could not help thinking, why not light some candles? In Nepal, there is hardly any electricity during the dry season. For 8 months of the year, when there is no rainfall or snow melt from the mighty Himals, there is nothing to power the water turbines that supply the country with 240V, plus or minus. So all electricity must be bought from our neighbors in India,...

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NAMASTE FROM THE COW BOG
By: Jiggy Gaton on Mar 24, 2009 at 11:39:39 am

Greetings from Kathmandu Nepal! As most of you already know, Nepal is home to the great Himals (think Mt. Everest), dried-Yak Jerky, and Heli-Skiing - and Nepal is also home to some of the most creative "Creatives" I have ever met, with many of them still using powdered rock as paint and rolls of film instead of chips in cameras. But what many folks don't know is that within the bustling capital of Kathmandu, you can buy an unlocked iPhone or even a new unibody Macbook Pro at the local Apple Shop. (We don't call them Apple Stores 'cause to...

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New DirecTV app for iTunes!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 17, 2009 at 7:08:33 am

I came across this, and thought it was kind of cool. I'm not sure exactly what it's going to do, but take a gander. DIRECTV is excited to extend an opportunity to the CE participants to participate in our next field trial. This field trial is for a native iPhone/iPod-Touch application. DIRECTV will be selecting a limited number of users that submit their information to the following site: http://www.iamanedgecutter.com/Projects/iPhone/default.aspx If you have an iPhone or an iPod-Touch and are interested, submit your information ASAP. Criteria to be selected will be based on previous trial history, your activity in the CE...

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A few of my favorite 2008 movies
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 18, 2009 at 11:13:45 am

I like award season, year-end lists and all that. There's so much that goes on in the year, much of it frankly much more important than entertainment, that it's easy to forget some of the great stuff we've seen, heard, and read. And in the scheme of things, there's not that much that's THAT much more important than entertainment, is there? :-) I hope to get around to other categories, but I've been thinking about movies. Oscar nominations get announced this week, and as I've mentioned before, the Oscars are as close to a holiday as my wife and I...

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Another Saturday night
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 17, 2009 at 6:46:19 am

A note on a chilly Saturday morning.... Saturday night has become a dumping ground for television. Many networks are airing re-runs of shows that ran earlier in the week. HBO used to make a big deal out of Saturday as premiere night, with a different movie every week. Nope, not anymore. Their focus is on series programming on Sunday night. Same with Showtime (who, by the way, is up 10% in 2008, compared to POINT ONE percent for HBO) - it's all about Sunday night. I could go on with a bunch of other examples, but you already know what...

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New Television Pilot Completed
By: walter biscardi on Nov 28, 2008 at 4:14:31 am

Editorial has been completed on the new business television pilot developed by Biscardi Creative Media, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb. BCM Principal Walter Biscardi, Jr. served as Director, Editor and Post Production Supervisor on this project. Additional credits include Brian Mead for logo design, Aaron R. Stewart for graphics design and Brian Little for opening title design. The episode was produced in 720p HD. More details will be provided as the series moves towards full production of Season One....

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Blu-ray and the Big Bag of Hurt; or, why no Blu-ray for me...again
By: Tim Wilson on Nov 25, 2008 at 9:20:40 am

When Steve Jobs called Blu-ray a big bag of hurt, he was being asked why the new MacBooks have no Blu-ray drives. His answer spoke to the cost of licensing the hardware. When his lieutenant Phil Schiller chimed in, HE was speaking about Blu-ray content when he said that the iTunes Store and Apple TV was the right way to deliver HD. Steve knows how much a Blu-ray drive costs to license, so I'll take his word for it. I won't bust Phil too badly as an individual, because lordy knows he's not the only one to think that Blu-ray's...

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Walter Biscardi, Jr. Directing new Television Pilot
By: walter biscardi on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:26:03 am

Biscardi Creative Media principal, Walter Biscardi, Jr., will be Directing the Pilot episode of a new business television series. Being developed jointly by BCM, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb, the series will feature success stories and inspiration from women in the business world. I m honored to be launching this new series as the Director and have always believed that editors make great directors, notes Biscardi. As an editor you know what you want to see and what you wish you had when cutting the show together. Knowing what will make the show better in Post helps me in...

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BCM completes new Good Eats Animation
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:54:40 am

BCM has completed a new historical animation for Good Eats with Alton Brown on the Food Network. Artists Walter Biscardi, Jr., Aaron Stewart and Brian Mead worked closely with Alton Brown and producer Dana Popoff to create the latest in a series of historical animation that have been created for the Good Eats. This time it's a look at crackers, which have a surprisingly interesting story to tell! Animated by Biscardi in 720p HD, the one minute animation will appear in an upcoming episode in Winter 2008. Tools used: Photoshop, After Effects, Canon 30D camera, Crackers....

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We're Famous
By: Jacki Schklar on Sep 1, 2008 at 3:54:24 pm

Chris Pirillo enjoying Funnynotslutty.com. Live on his streaming broadcast.Kewl....

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Footastic Theatre - A Study in Web Video Production
By: Jacki Schklar on Aug 30, 2008 at 1:57:07 pm

    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/43a40d1427 Above is the link for the first two episodes in my weird little new web series, Footastic Theatre. This is a study in producing for web as opposed to producing for video and encoding down to share. The premise is really short amusing engaging scenerios. Video crack. Watch one and you need more and you want to see them over and over. That s what I m working toward. We are showing only the feet of the talent. Why? Web video is best with close-ups and all headshots are not that exciting to me. It was rediculously easy to...

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Wireless HD to your TV
By: walter biscardi on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:10:27 am

Sony and Samsung announce a wireless HD signal that would send HD signals to multiple TV's in your home from a single box. But Sony is also involved in another effort to achieve the same goal. Wonder if the signals will ever been good enough for smaller Post houses like mine to send signals wirelessly to our production monitors. that would be pretty cool actually! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25805359/...

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Festival Laurels for your award-winning movie
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 27, 2008 at 2:08:39 pm

Ok so first you have to win some festival awards or at least be an official selection. Then you have to be on Windows. That said here's a very cool application that will make the creation of festival laurels for your movie's poster, DVD box, etc very simple. EZLeaves is a FREE application that allows to quickly and easily generate custom festival laurel leave images. Features include: Choose from four different laurel leave styles Use any system-defined font Export to JPG or BMP Define up to 10 lines of custom text Full control over the height and font settings of...

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Houston...We have a clip
By: Jacki Schklar on Jun 25, 2008 at 1:55:43 pm

Well, I've been posting about it. My first comedy production, How to Live and Eat like a Southern Jewish Princess ...We have a teaser clip. Check it out and we'd love your funny vote!  The embed would not work, please follow the link. www.southernjewishprincess.com...

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FunnyNotSlutty.com Gives New Home for Funny on the Internet
By: Jacki Schklar on Jun 2, 2008 at 8:58:42 pm

 Press release for my new site. It s going quite well. Be warned, the comedy on this site has some adult content. If you are offended by Southpark, you won t want to go there... FunnyNotSlutty.com Gives New Home for Funny on the Internet   Southern Jewish Princess Media Launches Alternative Comedy Site for the Fairer Sex   Atlanta, GA, May 19, 2008 - Finding increased exposure for her comedy web series, The Retributioners , is a mountainous battle for Stephanie Scott. The producer is always hunting for sites beyond the youth-drenched YouTube and male-dominated comedy sites for an outlet...

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Call for Female Writers, Producers, Comedians and Fans. Funny not Slutty is here!
By: Jacki Schklar on May 5, 2008 at 8:59:27 pm

And guys can check it out too... www.funnynotslutty.com I thought it would be good to have funny content geared toward women in one spot. It looks like a lot of web humor is more guy oriented. Does not hurt to support female comedians, writers, humorists and producers either. There s a social network too if you want to check it out. Click Network! in the nav bar. Please take a look, let me know what you think, join the network and pass it on! Published this sucker this weekend and I still have a lot of work to do, but hopefully you...

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Can you help save a dog?
By: walter biscardi on May 3, 2008 at 3:35:07 pm

Folks I m a big dog lover and the happy new father of a 4 month old Labrador mix named Molly. We found her through a local Lab Rescue society called the Labrador Friends of the South. These folks rescue labs from local shelters where death is their next option. Now today I found this incredible website that seeks to save animals of all breeds from local shelters across the nation. http://www.dogsindanger.com/ The site s only purpose is to expose dogs who are about to be euthanized to see if anyone out there can adopt them before they are put...

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New version of XDCAM EX Transfer Software Available
By: Noah Kadner on May 1, 2008 at 9:43:56 am

If you're having any problems with Sony XDCAM EX footage the latest version of the XDCAM transfer software might be a big help. It has some new error correction built in that can recover corrupted material. The PDZ-KP1 XDCAM Transfer Software is an import plug in for Final Cut Pro. XDCAM Transfer Version 2.5 supports the current XDCAM HD and SD optical products, the new PDW-U1 optical XDCAM drive, and the PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder which records on SxS flash cards. Check it out: https://serviceplus.us.sony.biz/sony-software.aspx?model=pdzkp1 Technorati Tags: 24p , apple , final cut pro , indie filmmaking , video ,...

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Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 28, 2008 at 8:57:38 am

Once we have the actual shot, we can then control the downloading of footage from the camera using Vision Research’s software. Thus far they’ve only released a version that runs on Windows. In order to preserve the Mac-loving image of Simplemente, we decided to run it on a MacBook Pro with Boot Camp. We can then select the ins and outs of any particular shot. Typically the exact moment you want to save is a tiny fraction of that 6 minute take and the rest is a lot of frames with no activity you can delete. The selected portions are...

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Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro: Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 25, 2008 at 6:44:35 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine. Here's part one of the second article looking at Simplemente's work with the Phantom HD camera: Rune Hansen and Monica Reina at Simplemente in Mexico City recently acquired a Phantom HD Digital Cinema camera from Vision Research . We got to shoot a bunch of slow-motion footage and then worked with it in Final Cut Pro to create demo reels for theatrical projection. We needed to accomplish all of this in the space of about 48 hours. The Phantom HD’s...

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Warner Bros tilts High Def DVD's to Blu-Ray
By: walter biscardi on Mar 20, 2008 at 4:41:14 am

The New York Times reports that Warner Brothers has now lined up in Blu-Ray DVD corner effectively giving the Sony format about 70% of the high definition DVD market. They'll continue to release movies on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray until May and then switch exclusively over to Blu-Ray. This leaves Universal and Paramount along with Dreamworks as the only major studios backing HD-DVD. As a production company that had to jump into Blu-Ray production in support of one of our clients, this is welcome news for us. I have to say, if you have not seen Pixar's "Cars" and "Rattatoule"...

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Go Speed Racer!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 14, 2008 at 4:23:09 am

True confession: I hated The Matrix and its sequels. Absolutely despised them as dreck, a colossal waste of time, talent, and money. I really hate those movies so much that I can t find the words to describe it. Really, really, really hate them. A lot. I didn t hate Speed Racer, but I didn t love it as much as my friends did either. When it showed up in 1967 , it was the first major Japanimation to hit these shores, nothing like the early Warner Brothers cartoons that I loved, and still do. I eventually got into it...

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Raising the stakes for DRM-free music
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 14, 2008 at 3:32:26 am

I ve written before about my enormous respect for Trent Reznor and his impact on popular music. Now, he s raising the stakes for everyone distributing any kind of music on the web. There was a lot of talk recently about how the release of Radiohead s latest album, In Rainbows, on the web before it was released in stores as a traditional disk, and how this was going to shake the music industry to its very foundations. Here s the exact headline of one such story, one of a gajillion you can find on the topic: Radiohead s Album Threatens...

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Once
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 1, 2008 at 6:23:47 am

The move Once was one of my favorites from 2007, and against all odds, a song from this lo-budget indie WON the best song award. It led to the most magical moment I ve seen in over 35 years of avid Oscar watching. Too bad you re never going to see it. It only aired ONCE, and Oscar is trying to make sure that you never see it again. Once is the story of two musicians who accidentally develop an intimacy that ultimately, very gently, pushes them back to their previous loves. It s sweet and beautiful, and has GREAT...

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Oscar and us
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 23, 2008 at 8:50:26 pm

As I write this, it's Oscar eve. Just like Christmas eve, only more exciting. At least to my wife Nora and me. In fact, our primary celebration of Christmas is going to the movies, preferably a movie where things blow up. A festival of bright lights if you will. It's not really the contest aspect of the thing. Most years we see a significant number of the nominated films. This year, we haven't seen a single one of the movies nominated for a major award. A lot of the movies look wonderful, especially Juno, but we just haven't gotten around...

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Blu-ray and HD DVD: The Big Dog gets off the porch
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:11:54 am

(Howdy to everyone who came here from any links after April 2007. Rather than edit this to reflect how things have gone since then, I created a new blog entry that you can find here.   Other than this note, I've left the original entry unchanged when I wrote it. Interesting to see what I was right about, and what I was wrong about. One thing we were ALL wrong about, that the war would go on for another couple of years. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I've not seen one single prediction before January 2008 that Blu-ray, which...

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More thoughts on the format wars: Image quality
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:04:36 am

I had a lot of fun writing the "The Big Dog Gets Off the Porch" article for the newsletter. (Check out my blog post on the topic too.) It took a TON of research, though, and I found a lot of things I just didn't have room to use. It also made me think about some things -- new stuff as well as stuff that's been kicking around forever. So here we go... This was never about image quality. Sort of. There were many comparitive issues that factored into the victory, and they never had anything to do with which...

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NEW SYSTEM: The Apple Thread
By: Shane Ross on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:23:42 pm

Well, I am still awaiting my MacPro. Everything else has arrived: Kona 3 with K-BOX, HD10AVA, RAM, X1900XT Graphics card...heck, I even bought the pieces to the desk I intend to build today. I am discussing the arrival of my machine on this thread on the Apple forums. Trying to build tension, and have fun discussions that aren t meant to solve issues.I ll post desk pics when I get the thing together. I bought various pieces at Ikea, but the design will be unique....

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Giants 38 Patriots 35
By: walter biscardi on Feb 3, 2008 at 6:47:37 am

Going out on a limb here, but figured I d take a stab at predicting today s game. I m a Big Blue fan all my life so it s hard to go against my beloved Giants. They played a very tough game that last week of the seaon and while the Patriots are going to score a lot of points, I think it s the Giants by a field goal. enjoy the game everybody!...

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Links to update your BluRay or HD-DVD Player!
By: walter biscardi on Feb 1, 2008 at 6:58:14 pm

Amazon has put together a nice links page to update your HD-DVD and BluRay players. If you don't already know, many machines require firmware updates to be able to play the latest discs, particularly the recordable discs, such as BluRay BD-R discs. If your machine won't play that latest HD disc, check to see if there's an update for your machine. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_6251772_2?ie=UTF8&docId= 1000192641&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=special-node-offers-2&pf_rd_r=1Z4X 3ZCR0NACN0A0T70Q&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=360005701&pf_rd_i=B000Y5JFNY...

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New Project/Adventure for me...Producing a Comedy Animation Series
By: Jacki Schklar on Jan 28, 2008 at 9:51:03 am

www.southernjewishprincess.com For the animation we have title and character treatments, first script, voice is recorded, and away we go! WOW that must be sooo FUN! is what peeps are saying when I tell them I m producing an animated short series about a Southern Jewish Princess TV producer. And I hear/read this as I m coming off of 24 hours of mass hysteria over production and communication issues going on. Also wondering who will be our composer as one is not solidified... The main production issue resolved (for now) and it has quieted. Tony Ross, Director of Animation for the...

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Internet Killed the Video Star
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:41:48 am

Hi everyone - I ve been pretty silent for the last few months because I ve been hard at work on a new Creative Cow Master Series DVD - Internet Killed the Video Star: A guide to Creating Video for the Web. The 4.5 hour DVD will be available very shortly. Feel free to spread the word. Here s the basic description of the DVD: Whether you’re posting video for a client, putting your demo reel on-line, creating a video podcast, or building video training for the web, the Internet is conspiring to keep your work from looking its best....

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Inspiration from Modo
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 7, 2008 at 3:05:18 am

I ve been fascinated by the photorealistic quality of images posted in the Luxology Modo Gallery. I ve been trying to learn from their workflow to see if I can do the same in Cinema 4D, especially from some of the free tutorials. I was struck by the level of detail in the shoe model posted there. Inspired by those images, I rolled up my socks and got to work! Trying to emulate the same in cinema4d. So folks here is my attempt. I think it kind of worked out ok. What do you think? let me know. As always...

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Nintendo Wii Guarantee at GameStop
By: walter biscardi on Dec 15, 2007 at 3:05:46 am

For those last minute holiday shoppers, GameStop in introducing an idea that is long overdue. On Dec. 20 and 21 they will issue rain checks for the Nintendo Wii at the standard console price of $250 . This will guarantee the holder a console no later than January 29th. With the difficulty in finding these units at normal times, let alone the holidays, I m not sure why they didn t come up with this idea sooner. We have one and I have to say it s the most fun gaming console on the market today. So if you re...

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HOLLYWOOD DICTIONARY
By: Shane Ross on Dec 14, 2007 at 12:53:08 pm

For in case you are ever in Hollywood and need to know the industry lingo, here is the Hollywood Dictionary. VERBS:to schmooze = befriend scumto pitch = grovel shamelesslyto brainstorm = feign preparednessto research = procrastinate indefinitelyto network = spread disinformationto collaborate = argue incessantlyto freelance = collect unemploymentNOUNS:agent = frustrated lawyerlawyer = frustrated producerproducer = frustrated writerwriter = frustrated directordirector = frustrated actoractor = frustrated humanCOMPOUND WORDS:high-concept = low browproduction value = goreentry-level = pays nothinghighly qualified = knows the producernetwork approved = had made them moneyFINANCIAL TERMS:net = something that apparently doesn t existgross = Michael Eisner s salaryback-end...

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ANDREW JACKSON AIRDATE
By: Shane Ross on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:06:40 pm

I saved posting the airdate until the time was close.  Well, it is close.  And it will air THREE times very close to one another...so you will be sure to catch it. a href=http://www.history.com/shows.do?episodeId=251189 action=detail target=_blank Andrew Jackson. /a Sunday, November 18  08:00 PMMonday, November 19 12:00 AM (that s right...MIDNIGHT)Saturday, November 24 05:00 PM Not sure if these are Eastern or Pacific times...there have been times when it was set to air at 8PM and I find that it is on a 5PM...so 8PM eastern, 5PM Pacific.  But then it re-aired later that night.Anyway, this is my third History...

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I saw Walter Biscardi in HD!
By: Tim Wilson on Oct 11, 2007 at 6:07:45 am

To be specific, my cable system just added the HD feed of the Food Network. Walter handles the HD editing, color grading for Good Eats, among the most popular shows there. Walter also handles both HD and SD animations for Good Eats, among the most distinctive parts of the show. Wally and I have the Red Sox postseason to thank. Okay, and to a much, much, much lesser extent, the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies. The Red Sox were pioneers of local sports programming - among the very first to own their own cable network (New England Sports Network, NESN), the...

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DESIGNER//SLASH/MODEL
By: Shane Ross on Oct 4, 2007 at 3:56:01 pm

OK...I am posting a link to another funny video. Back in May I posted a link to the VERY funny http://lfhd.blogspot.com/2007/05/professionals.htmlToday, I d like to share with you... http://www.designerslashmodel.com/ Be sure to watch the BEHINDS THE SCENES videos too......

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WIRED Interviews Ridley Scott on BLADE RUNNER
By: Shane Ross on Oct 1, 2007 at 10:57:12 am

http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/magazine/15-10/ff_bladerunner_ full?currentPage=all At 69 Ridley Scott is finally satisfied with his most challenging film...he even calls it his crowning achievement.   And I have to agree.  This is one of my favorite films...yes, I even liked the noir voiceover of the original...the only thing I didn t like was the green valley ending...and I do consider this the best of the films he has made in his long career.Great interview....

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Thrilled for Thelma's third! Oh yeah, and Marty's first.
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 13, 2007 at 2:07:27 am

As glad as I was to see Mr. Scorcese finally earn a well-deserved Oscar for directing, I was even gladder to see Thelma Schoonmaker earn her third one for Best Achievement in Editing, for her work on The Departed. She also won in 1981 for Raging Bull and 2005 for The Aviator. She was nominated for Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, and in 1971, Woodstock. (I remember that Scorcese was an editor on that as well, credited as Marty Scorcese. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I remember that, in addition to Asst. Director, he was listed...

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Pulling your Internet Connection for too much use!
By: walter biscardi on Sep 7, 2007 at 3:51:01 am

So MSNBC.com has a story about Comcast pulling the accounts of internet users who hog too much bandwith. Wait a minute. How many of you have seen those ads on TV or in your magazines / newspapers? Cable offers you Unlimited Access. High Speed. Downloads 50% faster than dial-up. And so on. But now if you actually try to use too much of these services, you might get cut off. Comcast says they re trying to make sure everyone can access the internet properly. Well, then either improve your bandwith capabilities or make it VERY CLEAR what you are and...

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500 hours to an unlocked iPhone
By: walter biscardi on Aug 26, 2007 at 11:24:54 am

When I was 17 and it was summer, that generally meant lazy days out by the pool with friends. For George Holz, it was 500 hours to unlock an iPhone so it can run on any carrier, not just AT T. The times they are a changin! Along with a secretive group of online collaborators, the 17-year-old broke the restrictions that make Apple Inc. s iPhone, arguably the hottest gadget of the year, work only on AT T Inc. s cellular network. The feat took him 500 hours, or about 8 hours a day since the iPhone s June 29...

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Serious Apple Mac Collector!
By: walter biscardi on Aug 21, 2007 at 5:52:46 pm

Now here s a guy with a serious love of All Things Apple! Over 100 Apple computers from the classics to today in his basement! http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/08/08/mac-collector.ap/index.html...

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Blu-Ray Players, shop wisely
By: walter biscardi on Aug 17, 2007 at 7:08:51 pm

Hi all. We're entering the wonderful world of Blu-Ray authoring and with it, we've discovered that not all Blu-Ray DVD Players are created equal. To author our discs, we have to use BD-R media, as in Blu Ray Disc Recordable. We're using Sony Discs and to my surprise, my $999 Sony Blu Ray player does NOT support BD-R. Worst part about it is we purchased this machine two months ago, it's been used a total of one hour, and Best Buy will not let me exchange it for a machine that does support BD-R. I even said I don't care...

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iPhone makes the cake...but Apple makes the battery
By: Tim Wilson on Jul 31, 2007 at 6:35:34 am

From Fake Steve Jobs , who remains the absolute best resource for Apple information, and by far the funniest blog on the web:   The nice folks at Sugarcat Cakes sent along this photo of their latest cake creation. They call it the Jesus Cake. Feeds a whole party of hungry geeks, but alas, you can't remove the battery.   You know that you can't remove and replace the iPhone battery yourself, right? Just like the iPod, you have to send it to Apple, and pay $79 plus $6.95 for shipping for them to ship it yourself. On top of...

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Please tell me you're reading Harry Potter
By: Tim Wilson on Jul 31, 2007 at 6:21:27 am

It's impossible to overstate the impact of Harry Potter on the past ten years of world bookselling. As a bookseller in the mid-80s, I never imagined numbers like this could even be possible: 8.3 million copies of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows" in the first 24 hours of US sales, with another 2.7 million in the UK. In the first hour, my former peeps at Barnes & Noble alone sold 156 copies per second! Here in the world of media, we know better than anyone that there's no connection whatsoever between popularity and quality (insert snarky pop-culture reference here)....

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Harry Potter in 3D IMAX, um sort of......
By: walter biscardi on Jul 12, 2007 at 3:58:43 am

I was really looking forward to seeing the new Harry Potter film in IMAX next week and even the fact that they had digitally enhanced it into 3D wasn t all that disappointing. Until I read an article about how once again, as they did in Superman Returns, only approx. 20 minutes of the film is actually in 3D. The finale. So I m going to skip the IMAX presentation because quite honestly, putting on 3D glasses at the end of a film (on cue) will simply break the experience for me. Either make a film in 3D or don...

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FOODIE THREAD FOODIE THREAD FOODIE THREAD
By: Jacki Schklar on Jul 3, 2007 at 7:23:51 am

Can t stand it anymore. Somebody s got to start a food thread. All these creatives, some of you must cook. And I m guessing some of you eat too. I ve taken it upon myself to create a food questionnaire to get the topic going. But please feel free to post a cooking question, tip, or recipe here. I spent an entire 4 minutes carefully putting this poll together, so please take some time to share your answers and input. You will be suprised at how much you learn about someone in a foodie poll. Copy and paste with your...

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Here we go!
By: Tim Rice on Jun 7, 2007 at 1:23:26 pm

Thank you for stopping by my blog! This is the first post so I guess an introduction is in order... My name is Tim Rice and I have been involved with video production for almost 20 years now. Hard to believe. I ve worked mostly in television and now am the Senior Producer in Creative Services at WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. Love my job; great group of people there but more importantly (and reason for this blog), I have started my own media production company, Thrice Creative. I have never started a business or ran a business so I...

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All Things Apple - Audio Production Links
By: walter biscardi on Jun 5, 2007 at 5:46:50 am

Hi all! Here are some links referenced by our All Things Apple - Audio Production episode. Jayne Olderman - www.redwarriorrecords.com Patrick Belden - http://www.beldenmusic.com/Home.html Apple Logic - http://www.apple.com/logicpro/ DigiDesign ProTools - http://www.digidesign.com/index.cfm?navid=2 langid=100 itemid=22700 For collecting royalties: http://www.soundexchange.com/index.htmlFor registering copyrights:  http://www.copyright.gov/ And here s a couple of shots of Jayne, Patrick and I at Jayne s Studio during the podcast recording....

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iPods may interfere with Pacemakers
By: walter biscardi on May 11, 2007 at 3:31:52 am

Very interesting article posted on CNN.com that iPods can potentially interfere with pacemaker monitoring equipment when placed too close to the chest. In some instances as far away as 18 inches. As the article notes, most people with pacemakers are not the iPod listening audience, but still a very interesting development here. As the study notes, only iPods were tested to date and it will be interesting to see if they get around to testing other audio and small electronic devices. http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/conditions/05/10/heart.ipods.reut/index.html ...

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Introduction
By: Peter Berghammer on May 7, 2007 at 11:11:58 am

Before I begin my foray into the world of blogging I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Ron & Tim for their efforts in getting me situated with the Cow. I look forward to the many blogs ahead and hope that some of you may find the information at least useful, and at best challenging. Although I have a fairly broad portfolio in the areas I write about, and areas researched, I believe that there are always some common factors or themes that run throughout the electronics, entertainment, tech, legal and economic communities - and the way in which...

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Ask a Filmmaker
By: Julia Camenisch on May 3, 2007 at 11:16:05 am

I always thought IMDB was nothing more than a huge listing of people and movies, cross-referenced ad infinitum. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon +Ask a Filmmaker+ . Very cool feature....

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Storytelling with Real Life
By: Julia Camenisch on May 1, 2007 at 12:29:26 pm

Life is stranger than fiction, or so they say. And even though my day to day existence doesn't contain much fodder for prize winning television, there are many true stories out there that make for riveting viewing. If the term "documentary" makes you yawn, you might need to shed your preconceived notions of picture slideshows. This genre is full of creativity and artistic expression. In fact, I'd say that watching documentaries is one of the best ways to learn the elusive art of storytelling. So before you go to Blockbuster for yet another Hollywood crafted fable, take a few minutes...

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iPod-compatible George Foreman grill?!?
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 30, 2007 at 4:05:14 am

It s the George Foreman iGrill , model number GIPOD200 . (Did I miss the 100 model?) Okay, on closer examination, it s a George Foreman grill that you can plug more or less any MP3 player into. But the ad and the model name namecheck iPod by name. Built in speakers and amp, too. Gotta love that. You could go to George s site to see it yourself, but I ve been thoughtful enough to save you the trip by pasting the picture here: My favorite part is Knockout tunes! Knockout the fat! at the bottom.   He s such...

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The definitive Steve Jobs and EMI DRM compendium
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 27, 2007 at 12:39:46 pm

A few weeks back, I wrote extensively about the EMI/Steve Jobs press conference, as well as the DRM establishment s response. Check it out if you haven t. It s really good stuff, and not just because I wrote it. Well, here s the rest of the story, or at least as much of it as I accidentally found this morning. Here again is the transcript of the press conference with EMI Group chief executive Eric Nicoli and Jobs. You ll find that Steve does much of the talking (surprised?), but both guys come off as smart, funny and self-deprecating....

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Clockwork: An Introduction
By: Sterling Glass on Apr 18, 2007 at 5:55:45 pm

[Verified for enough clarity]  When does awesome become a nightmare? So, there I was. Just over a year left to graduate with a Bachelor s in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Most of my friends knew that I was really into the film classes and artist video classes I was/had taken. A friend and his bandmates asked me if I d be willing make a music video for them. Quick background info: at the time, I just turned 29; the youngest guy in the band was in his mid-30s; and, none of them had ever seen my...

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Clockwork: Procrastination (ironically) pays off ...
By: Sterling Glass on Apr 18, 2007 at 5:11:20 pm

... at least for this project. While tweaking the markers I had set up in Audition of the demo version of the song, Audition crashed. Like a first-time user, I just glanced at the screen and thought that my changes before the crash were still there and saved the file instead of Save As... . I was using the Spectral Display in Audition to see where the kick drum hit in the audio since I want to make my animation sync with the music. When I looked at the Spectral Display of the audio, nothing was there. So, I reinstalled...

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Hacking Apple TV: Blogs to the rescue!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 29, 2007 at 7:48:01 am

Hacking was a term originally coined at MIT to descrive such classic pranks as emptying the deans office and reassembling it -- complete with rug -- in the middle of the frozen Charles River. (That illegal software thing is more properly called cracking. ) Hacking Apple TV is an entirely legal activity that makes it truly useful, starting with a bigger hard drive -- child s play for anyone reading this. A blog by the fine folks at makezine.com offer a fully illustrated tutorial called  Violating my Apple TV warranty in 4 easy steps. Legal yes, warranty-voiding, yes, but seriously, dude....

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Yes, this is the Animation Process
By: walter biscardi on Mar 28, 2007 at 7:53:16 pm

So as many of you know, in addition to being an editor and owner of Biscardi Creative Media, I m also the animator for the Food Network s Good Eats. As such, most of our animations are based on food or food history. Now generally I rely on clip art / artwork books, websites like clipart.com and istockphoto.com along with my own photographs of headshots and hands to pull together the necessary elements for the script. But there are times when you just have to take matters into your own hands. Take our latest animation for example, it referenced a...

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Apple TV shipping!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 21, 2007 at 5:32:13 am

CNN reports  that Apple has started charging credit cards for the shipment of Apple TVs. They continue, Analysts say it s likely to sell well initially. Wow. You think so? The same analysts believe that Apple has taken pre-orders for more than 100,000 units, and, well, since I read it on the internet, it must be true. Blog pioneer (he was doing it 10 years before blogging had a name) Dave Winer reports that one of his readers says he got a notice from Apple that his has actually been shipped. I got Dave s link from NewTeeVee, who quotes Dina...

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Computers fear me.
By: Eric Bliss on Mar 19, 2007 at 9:38:37 am

They really do. Computers fear me. For example: this weekend, I had a friend whose computer couldn't get online for the last month. I went over there and looked at it. Since it was the only computer that was connecting wirelessly, I decided to bring my own machine over real quick to check and make sure that the wireless network actually worked. I boot up my own machine, and see that it can connect to the network. So, I turn to start debugging the problem on my friend's machine - and I see AIM's welcome page. Another couple of seconds,...

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Now Playing!
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 14, 2007 at 11:58:51 am

I, Bessie, love the music of the cowbell as I graze. I also love the sounds of The Grassroots, The Animals, The Crickets, and The Beatles. I know that many of you COWs love music while you graze as well. That s why we started the Now Playing podcast : to talk about music with producers, performers, and more. You ll see that the first episode has already been posted, with more on the way. That s also why I wanted to start the Now Playing forum at The Creative COW. It s still new, but you ll see some...

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Ready for my "Good Eats" closeup
By: walter biscardi on Mar 9, 2007 at 6:21:49 am

At long last, my Creative Genius will be unleased on national television. I will be appearing as the Negative Guy in a scene to be shot Friday, March 8, 2007 for an uncoming episode of Good Eats on the Food Network. The scene will actually be a family affair as my mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother-in-law are all in the scene with me along with my current edit assistant, Aaron. It should be a lot of fun and hopefully I ll have some photos to post in the next few days. Can t tell you the episode details yet, but as...

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Apple gets its game on?
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 9, 2007 at 5:11:41 am

One of the favorite games of Mac Kremlinologists is looking under the hood of new releases to find hidden text strings for hints of what s coming. Monday s release of QuickTime 7.1 hints at a whopper : Apple TV could be doubling as a game hub. What Apple has not yet said, but is quite apparent from Monday s iTunes release, is that Apple TV will also sport some rudimentary gaming capabilities. Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV, reads a localized string file hidden in the software. Another reads, Some...

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Wii! Get it for the Office!
By: walter biscardi on Feb 28, 2007 at 6:29:56 pm

We brought a Nintendo Wii to the office a few weeks ago and lunch breaks have never been the same! Bowling high score is a 205, though I seem to be averaging about 170. I'm really enjoying the Wii Sports Golf game too and can't wait for the Tiger Woods '07 to come out in a few weeks. Seems like I never have time to get out for golf since I started my own business, now I can hit the links over lunch. Honestly I laughed at the Wii when I heard about it because I was a hard-core XBox...

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The nerd speaks...
By: Eric Bliss on Feb 28, 2007 at 9:11:42 am

Okay, so this is a blog, huh? I suppose that I'm supposed to put all my assorted ramblings on display for all the world, yes? Okay, here goes... The ultimate answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42. The ultimate question is "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?" This actually works in base 13. Scary, huh? Yes, I am a nerd, despite that picture of me out in the sun. I say I'm "reclusive". Other people say I'm "anti-social". But at least Cowdog sticks up for me. Most of the time...

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