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Peter Jackson Tries Too Hard with Hobbit: Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey it certainly a lot of eye candy, but an epic story? Hardly. Peter Jackson is trying too hard in his effort to make it feel like one.

A quick recap: John Ronald Reuel (J. R. R.) Tolkien wrote The Hobbit for his son, essentially a children’s story, albeit more like the “anime” type of story with more serious overtones and adult-themes. It was a single book, what would make a great two or two-and-a-half hour movie.

The Lord of the Rings also was written as a single book, but the story so massive and complex that Tolkien’s editor broke it out into three volumes. The story is epic in every definition of the word and so it made sense to create three movies to tell it.

Lord of the Rings, three books, three movies.
The Hobbit, one book, three movies.
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GRATIS! Borg-themed Ringtones for you.

Who doesn’t enjoy Star Trek? And among you, who does’t love the sound of the Borg?

I thought it would be fun to have the Borg notify me when a call comes in, so I have created these ringtones from scratch (yes: my own voice). I wanted to be accurate as possible and use the original introductory statement made by the Borg in their first guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, I found that statement wash’t the one I was thinking of when I came up with the idea. After doing a bit of searching around, I found the statement I had in mind, which was spoken in the movie Star Trek VII: First Contact. (A video clip is included in the download for your entertainment).

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"And I admit I have a bias against the [Obama] reality distortion field"

There is news of a hardware vulnerability in certain Samsung smartphones and here is the ZD Net Headline:

Samsung Galaxy S3 ‘vulnerable’ to remote malicious reset

I won’t rehash the article as this post focuses more on the comments to it. Among the comments is this from an iOS user:

When something like this happens with an iPhone you fAndroids are all over it but Samsung and other Android OEMs get a free pass. How does that work?

This user “started it”, fair enough. However, I can’t help but to substitute a couple words here: “conservatives” for “iPhone and “liberals” for [f]Android. The statement is just as true.

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What makes a picture a photograph and when does a photograph stop being a photograph? Second Life Users want to know.

Which of these is or is not a photograph?

I’ve been taking pictures since I could handle a camera, I was eight years-old. I was being paid to take pictures when I was about 17, which is when I considered myself a ‘professional’. But at what point did I go from “picture-taker” to “photographer”?

I’m throwing my hat into the ‘photographer versus not-a-photographer’ debate here. Shameless plug: my new multi-touch photography book is here: bit.ly/RtuqGw

We all know what a photographer is: someone who ‘takes’ (creates) photography. A so-called “painter of light”. But what exactly is a photograph? According to Oxford:

A picture made using a camera, in which an image is focussed onto film or other light-sensitive material and then made permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally.

Fair enough.

By this reckoning any “screenshot” captured by a Second Life user is not a photograph. However, are they photographers? This is a legitimate question because there really is a debate about the definition of the term. Many so-called “pro photographers” proclaim pocket-camera shooters to not be photographers! The primary subject in the discussion is iPhone+Instagram picture-takers. Seriously. No, wait…seriously?

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Note: this video is intentionally “slow moving” (long edit) as it is intended for people who’ve never used Second Life before.

It is part of the iPad multi-touch book “Successful Photography with Any Camera”, which features a hefty treatment throughout on taking pictures in the virtual world “Second Life” as it makes a great photography simulator, and how to apply real world photography technique to Second Life picture-taking.

This is an iPad-only multi-touch book designed to make it easy to truly understand the concepts of photography and exactly how cameras and lenses work, so you’ll know what you want your pictures to look like before pressing the shutter, rather than relying on those few “accidentally great” shots.

Multi-touch is to mean the book is enhanced with tutorial videos, multi-touch interactive elements, even a built-in quiz.

Learn more here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/spac-successful-photography/id534059589?mt=11

ATTN: Second Life, you’ve been served. Kind regards, Cloud Party.

CP is SL for FB.

This is not another detailed, glowing review of Cloud Party. Rather, this is simply an account of my general impression. And Linden Lab: you’re on notice.

First impression: Cloud Party is 75% FaceBook and 25% Second Life. It’s an excellent balance if you’re a FaceBook user. I am not. Or rather, I am a very reluctant FB user.

Cloud Party is the new-fad darling of the established mysty-eyed Second Life blogger-crowd, all making a lot of noise about it. Second Life users have been wanting a “replacement” for years - as long as I can remember and I’ve been using Second Life since mid 2005. Certainly the Cloud Party visuals will get better over time, just as they did in Second Life. Cloud Party is still in its beta infancy.

Access ease into Cloud Party is what it should be for Second Life, and I’m referring to the in-world introductory tutorials and such. This is only one of the many reasons why Cloud Party will eventually mop the floor with Second Life.

Second Life requires registration, then a hefty client (viewer) download, installation, then the log-in and acquaintance period in-world. It takes an hour to get going and actually discover whether to like it or not for a new user. There are a lot of off-ramps passed on the way to Second Life “citizenship” and along the way many of those are very tempting: “screw this noise, it’s too much time and effort to try Second Life.”

Not to mention the viewer interface can be a complicated-looking pig in a poke.

Cloud Party, on the other hand, is a light breeze. You’re in-world in about ten minutes on a bad day. Once in-world your hand is gently held, guiding you along the way. With Second Life it’s more like “here’s a quick bullet list on how to walk, then we’ll just dump you in some weird-assed place to fend for yourself. Good luck with that.”

With Cloud Party it feels more like “Here, let me show you this. Now do this thing and then I’ll show you how to do that thing. Come, let me introduce you to your new virtual house, oh - and here is some starter furniture for you.”

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