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How to make a documentary film

So only half of my intro to filmmaking class showed up last night and it was the week I was to introduce their documentary filmmaking assignment. I went over the process for making a documentary film that I wanted them to use in class, but because so many students were absent, I wound up writing [...]


Friday video party

The HBO debate… Was There Too Much Sex And Profanity In The HBO Presidential Debate? Literal a-ha… RiP a Remix Manifesto


Rejected in snow

I saw the image on the bottom at RCS today and immediately recognized it from Don Herzfeldt’s hilarious and surreal animated short, Rejected (the frame it’s recreating is the one on top).  Snow is the perfect real-world millieu for 3-D scenes from this short, which features simple round-bodied characters with stick limbs on a white [...]


Monday (mostly) local junk

Couple quick notes for this Monday evening in Vermont… The schedule for the Vermont International Film Festival is up and it’s awesome. I plan on watching a lot of films weekend after next. Steve Benen and I are still doing Poli-Sci-Fi Radio weekly and our audience is slowly growing.  We broke the 50-subscriber mark a [...]


Avoiding cheese is bad for you!

Here’s proof, according to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Vegans are moderately advanced, but cowardly, and constantly radiating gravitons.  Why isn’t the dairy lobby all over this??? Via And I Am Not Lying.


Thursday linkdump

Links are better than patties… Nathan Fillion nails your wife. The NYTimes on the food industry in Hardwick. Wicked cool 3D animated short — The Ark. Steve Fossett’s super secret flying, diving, space-bound submersible. This must be the single coolest private library in existence — and it’s in New England!


Notes on the culture war

I admit it. I’m a total elitist. I drive a Subaru (we’re a two-Subaru household), I like jazz, I live in Vermont, I drink expensive coffee drinks, I was a Deaniac in 2004, and I get annoyed when politicians mispronounce “nuclear.” I suppose culture war issues always get extra heated around election time, but it [...]


Blogging the frog

Cory Doctorow linked to Emily’s dissected frog after Neat-o-rama linked to it and now, famed biology blogger, PZ Myers, has blogged the frog (UPDATE: well, technically, he blogged about her dissected rat, but that doesn’t rhyme)! Myers is the blogger who was kicked out of the screening of Expelled back in March (but they didn’t [...]


People I want to get drunk with

This might be a new category at Candleblog.  I could write posts about Christopher Hitchens, Tom Waits and Chris Matthews in that category.  Here’s an entry: Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, co-writers of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, had some drinks on Labor Day weekend and sang songs about food to their webcam in their bedroom.  [...]


Random filthy foreign quote

At Smoothie’s first bachelor party in 1993 or 1994, AlexCh rented a video that included one of the characters — a woman — asking her male companion the following question: Amüsierst du dich, Huhnficker? 10 points to the first reader who correctly guesses the activity the man was engaged in at the time.