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January 2007 Posts

Children of Men Rocks the House

Tue, 01/09/2007 - 20:13 -- rprice

Albeit depressing in subject matter and often with the visuals (and at times VERY strong), I really have to hand it to the team of people who made this movie. Here are a few thoughts:

  • I don't think I'll be spoiling it for you to mention the CGI baby - this was a decent move on the part of the filmmakers, but I was a little upset that they decided EVERY shot of the baby would be fake. There were plenty of scenes where they could have employed the puppet, save for this one small oversight...
  • Almost EVERY SINGLE SCENE is handheld - I wasn't really paying too much attention, but it happened a lot, and there are a few shots in there with no cuts (but plenty of ADR), some of them extremely long requiring hundreds of extras, humongous sets and lots of rehearsals I'm sure. However, despite the huge budget this film must have had...
  • There are less than 10 characters in the film with speaking parts. Cuarón tells an epic tale with a small core of characters, because you can tell that the story we are following is microscopic in size compared to what has been going on in the rest of the world. Still, as in most epics, the simple but directed actions of a few individuals can have a great impact on the rest of the world.
  • Back to the handheld, there is another thing Mr. Director has been doing in his films for quite some time -- when going handlheld (as he is apt to do) he likes to follow some ancillary action that doesn't exactly follow our audible or cognitive focus, leading our eyes in one direction, leaving us to wonder "What just happened to the main character?", even if only for a few seconds, he reminds us that there are other people in the scene, at the battle, running for their lives, having a breakdown or what have you. Bravo.
  • spoiler: Not that I smoke, but there is a great line in the story spoken by Michael Kane - "They hand this stuff out like candy, but Ganja is still illegal" - referring to a suicide drug that the British government passes out to the population and markets better than an AT&T commercial in the 70's

If you can't tell, this movie is on my Oscar List along with The Fountain (trailer). Clive Owen has proven once again that he is a world-class badass, and Cuarón is a badass director.


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Awesome Pulp Fiction Shirt

Mon, 01/08/2007 - 08:48 -- rprice

First, watch this clip, from about 0:45 to 1:15 or so...

Now, having seen that, notice this small bit of internet humor that I happen to find particularly amusing and topical. I hate that word...

Say Blogoshpere Again!


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Pluggd Search is Interesting

Sun, 01/07/2007 - 13:53 -- rprice

I must start this post by giving a plug to Netvibes, my favorite personal homepage. One of the features of Netvibes allows one to add a widget to a page that searches multiple podcast directories at once - ODEO, iTunes, Podemus (a French directory) and Pluggd.

I noticed Pluggd right away because of one simple fact: when I searched for Orlando, I actually got relevant results. iTunes did a decent job, and ODEO was so-so, but Pluggd showed me lots of things I hand't heard of, but would like to listen to. In addition to searching individual shows, you can also search Channels, which is the word I like to use when talking about podcasts.

Here is where it gets cool (and disappointing): apparently Pluggd has a service called HearHere, which lets you interactively search inside a show for a keyword, and they even use semantic matching to try and determine relevance. If you watch the video by, you'll see what I mean.

Here's the disappointing thing: it looks like you can only do this on the ESPN show. The pop-up player for all of the other shows doesn't have the extra tabbies to let you search inside the show... sigh. Guess I'll stick with Podzinger for now.


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Blogging Fringe Blogtracker via Megite

Sat, 01/06/2007 - 12:15 -- rprice

See the blogtracker at

When I started Blogging Fringe I always thought people would get so excited by it they would want to contribute to the site. Well, everyone already has their own blogs, so I've come up with a better solution. Right now I have to manually add new feeds to an OPML file in order to include them in the algorithm's tracking, but I don't think it will be prohibitive. It is pretty nice to have that file where I can edit or back up my work as long as I have FTP.

I decided to call it "blogtracker" instead of memetracker, because I doubt the Fringe audience understands what a meme is any better than I do. (meaning I only have a vague idea)

I also added a video page with a few playlists hanging out (just like the Muppets one I posted yesterday), a contact form, and a page listing all of the shows for this year that will eventually be a rich metadata list with Microformats and everything.


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Orlando Named by WiRED as a Top 10 Geek Mecca

Fri, 01/05/2007 - 12:48 -- rprice

Wired 15.01: 10 Top Tech Towns

All that Battlestar Galactica will come in handy: Walt Disney World and Epcot actually pay you to make the unreal seem real. When you're ready to engage with planet Earth again, check out the city's craigslist site, one of the most happening in the country.

If you go to the site, the also list the number of Circuit City stores in the area, the health of the Craigslist community, and the number of comic book stores per capita as being some of the more significant statistics about Orlando.


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Thank You(Tube)

Fri, 01/05/2007 - 09:40 -- rprice

Rowlf and Fozzie Bear on the Muppet Show (among others)

If we didn't have all the piracy and sharing, the media companies wouldn't have seen how valuable all the sharing really is, and this clip wouldn't be available. (Notice the disclaimer at the end about Muppets Holding Co., LLC)


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Daylife: This is how you do a 'zine

Thu, 01/04/2007 - 20:48 -- rprice

Daylife has finally hit the web, and it is pretty cool so far.

This is how you do a 'zineThis is how you do a 'zine Hosted on Zooomr


From what I can see, this is the most usable news site I have seen. Like a magazine, they have a cover with big, pretty images and headlines, and like a good interactive experience, you can jump straight to that story. Also, once you get there, you are showed lots of good related content, also with photos!! Then, they provide... location-based stories! Magic!

The location page is packed with goodies, like stories from the past week, a month or so ago, and beyond. There are also the ever-present images from Getty along with captions slideshowing past, quotes, and testimonials relating to that geographic area. To the left is Florida.

There are bound to be a few things about a brand new site that the critics will not like, and I can't say I disagree with Mike Arrington (who invested in this project some time ago). Apparently lots of A-listers have some money/ consulting sunk in this site, but Mike doesn't mind coming out and stating some shortcomings.

From Techcrunch Jan 04, 2007:

What makes Daylife stand out is not so much what it does well, but what�s been left out. There are no RSS feeds, even for your bookmarked stuff. Even worse, there�s no ability for users to leave comments on articles, a feature that has been wildly successful at NewsVine and Topix. And the fact that the front page news is gathered by humans, instead of the algorithmically determined news at Digg, means the company will always have a higher cost of doing business.

This quote also serves the added duty of comparing Daylife to the other top news sites on the web. Mike says Google News is still the king of aggregated news stories, and I must say I agree with him. Actually, I think Techmeme (see their tracking of Daylife posts) qualifies as a competitor, though the "tech" in the title suggests a different audience, I suppose.

I really hope these guys get a clue and start including audio and video services, along with the related stories and etc. If someone could start semantically linking podcasts, audio and video through speech-recognition, it would be quite a bit easier to steer people (or spam them). Maybe that's a mashup idea in the works... anybody game?


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Cafe Tu Tu Tango is my favorite place to eat

Wed, 01/03/2007 - 20:16 -- rprice

AOL City Guide (is that anything like CityBeat or CitySearch? Which one of those is affiliated?) is holding a vote for Orlando Best Theme Restaurants, among other things. That link will take you to a place where you submit your vote. I personally recommend Café Tu Tu Tango, and if you've never been there, for SHAME!

Tapas dining, good food, live entertainment, signature drinks, and speedy service. I was there about 2 weeks ago and had a fantastic experience, wuite possibly the best I've had in the 8 years I've loved the place. Not the best place to take people on a specialized diet, but really good if that is no problem.

Tapas, in the case of Tu Tu Tango, means every dish is an appetizer, and everything is meant to be shared. There is a stack of small plates on your table and a jar of forks, knives and spoons. The salads and pizzas are the most filling dishes, I recommend you grab a few of those. You MUST MUST have a Cajun Chicken Eggrolls, no question. The Baby Lobster Tails are really good if they're available, but you could get two less expensive dishes for the same price. Potstickers, Pear craker-things and most of the Pork dishes are good. Did I mention the pizzas and salads, and how filling they are? I really enjoy the Sangria, order it by the pitcherful, you'll be glad you did. All of the desserts are good, but if you like sweet and rich foods after dinner, the Key Lime Pie and Guava Cheesecake will disappoint you.
Expect to spend $20 - $40 per person at this restaurant, depending on drinks and dessert. Since the prices vary, there is no way to lock down an exact price. You might spend $6 per dish, you might spend $9 or as much as $12 (Lobster Tails). Afterwards you might like to head to Pointe Orlando or Universal CityWalk for some entertainment or a film. If you get there before sunset, you might want to stop by the Peabody and see the ducks. Also on that side of town is Howl at the Moon, a local favorite transplanted to tourist town.


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How many feeds? 483? 108?

Wed, 01/03/2007 - 19:01 -- rprice

I just read on Scoble's blog that he has read over 25,000 items on his Google Reader account (which he hasn't been using that long) across 483 feeds.

These are two massive statistics. I doubt I subscribe to 100 feeds. I'm sure that if his feeds weren't published as a "river", meaning all the items simply appear in chronological order, he would not be able to stomach so many feeds. Also, if there weren't a "Mark All As Read" button, he'd be screwed.

Still, it shows the extremes as well as the median. Scoble is subscribed to 483 feeds, I'm subscribed to 108 (not counting MySpace blogs), and my father along with most of America is subscribed to 0. If we can make the average about 5 per person, feed subscription will have succeeded on a massive scale. Right now, it is still lagging a bit. Hell, it even took a few weeks of coaxing to get some of my tech-happy friends to create a Netvibes account.

How many feeds are you subscribed to? Are any of them from


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Steve Safran's Mandatory Resolutions for the Newsroom

Tue, 01/02/2007 - 10:37 -- rprice

I've been reading the Lost Remote TV Blog for a while now (I wish I knew exactly when, I'd love for Netvibes to tell me the first day I added something to my homepage). The blog almost always has news, content and opinions that I just don't see from a lot of other bloggers. Today, Steve posted Your newsroom New Year’s resolutions for 2007, which is just fantastic. If every newsroom in the world made these resolutions, I wouldn't call my blog "Ryan Price vs. the Media" any longer, because the media would be doing things right.

Here are a few highlights:

If you were magically given a new TV channel, you wouldn’t populate it with your newscast over and over, would you? So why are you doing that online?

...once you have added 15 blogs to your site, you have a whole new set of programming. (see above) that is very attractive to local sponsors.

... Assumption: “Putting our shows online will cannibalize from ourselves.” Wrong.

... As long as you are training your advertisers that the web is added value, you are telling them it is NO value. Look at it another way: If I sold some web ads would you allow me to throw in TV time as “added value?” QED.


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