Archives for January 2009

January 31, 2009 - 2 comments

A New Fav

Since I now commute to SLC a couple days a week it allows me to listen to NPR on the drive. The other day they were talking to one of the actors of Flight of the Concords on HBO. The segment sounded pretty funny, and so I thought I should give the show a chance. After 2 episodes I'm starting to become a fan. Being a person who loves a good musical how can I not like a show that breaks into song? It's a very smart show. The video above is a bit of a poke at the Black Eyes Peas "My Humps" song.

January 14, 2009 - 1 comment.

SLUMDOG SUBTITLES

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There's been quite the buzz surrounding Slumdog Millionaire—the Indian produced drama about a orphan growing up in the streets of India and goes on the Indian version of "Who wants to be a Millionaire". We were lucky enough to see the movie the night before the Golden globes so after reading all the press it was easy to agree that the film is really great. It's also nice to see a foreign film beat out much of our hollywood garbage.

One thing that probably hasn't been mentioned about the film is how well the subtitles are added. Half of the film is in English but the other is in Hindi and for the moments when Hindi is used you don't get your typical large jagged white text your DVD player throws up. There was a lot of thought put into the placement and the background color used behind the text. Just another element of the whole film that was really well done. A highly recommended flick.

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If winning a bunch of awards wasn't enough to get you to see the movie here's the final credits/ music video (if you're worried the whole movie is a Bollywood musical don't fret; only the final credits involve hip Indian dance moves).

January 7, 2009 - 2 comments

My (flash) Video Player

I've run into a small problem lately with my online video accounts (youtube and vimeo). It seems that some studio pricks somewhere have request that most if not all my hosted videos be removed from the respective services for copyright violation. Seems you can't post videos with popular songs in the background. Lame.

So tired of the crappy video compression, and the fact that they removed my Mexico video from 4 years ago for having a Red Hot Chili Peppers song as the background track I went ahead and built my own video player—You may have noticed it here on my weblog. The past several video post have utilized the player, and it's used in the video of Gem and her curlers below.

I admit though that I had a second purpose to behind building the flash video player. I've become a stock flash developer on the site flashden.net (think stock photography but with flash items). I currently have 4 items available (the video player being one of them) and plan to add quite a bit more over the coming months. In fact the new marcfolio portfolio site will be available as a website template once it comes online. From a web developers stand point there's some amazing items available for only a couple bucks. Best of all though is if you've ever wanted a little bit of flash heaven designed/ developed by me you can now get your weby hands on it for a couple dollars instead of the 40+ hours I would have charges to build them.
CHECK OUT MY FLASHDEN STUFF HERE.

January 5, 2009 - 1 comment.

OBJECTIFIED: I should have been an Industrial Designer

From the guy who brought you the move about Helvetica comes a new movie about industrial design.

Seeing this trailer makes me rethink my decision to become a Graphic Designer. Maybe it goes back to the days of building with legos or maybe my love for building with wood. As much as I love Graphic design I can't help but dream about designing chairs, watches, or even a car. I'm sure I could single handedly design the American auto industry out of their woes—Well, at least it'd be fun to try.

January 3, 2009 - 1 comment.

Weeha

Gem is a riot to have around. She can be a little hot tempered at times, but there are other moments where you can't help but to just love her. My favorite is she came up with the whole calling me "daddy" on her own. No help from us.

My apologies for the heavy breathing. The camera's microphone seems to be right under my nose, but then again maybe I'm just a heavy breather.