A recap of last week in Yosemite with photos, a movie, trip tips, and more.
I used early copies of iPhoto 2 and iMovie 3 to manage the photos on the trip and crunch the video. The new iPhoto is a lot speedier and more stable than the old one, though it offers no export features beyond .mac stuff (I couldn’t find an export button anymore, time to write some applescripts I guess). iMovie 3 imports quicktime movies into its native DV format, which saved me the $30 I was going to pay for quicktime pro just to get this capability. The video splicing, effects, and transitions were easy to use, though the text stuff was a little quirky. Adding music tracks was a snap, by just dragging them in from an iTunes panel, though I couldn’t seem to cut more than one audio track in the iMovie editor.
Bizarre page found in MetaFilter’s referrer logs: a class assignment to figure out what kinds of things interest Americans and American Culture by looking at a few community sites. I’d love to see the papers that came back from the class.
Something I didn’t think I’d enjoy nearly as much as I did: saw Undercover Brother and laughed until I cried. I wasn’t expecting much more than a bad SNL-type movie but the over-the-top jokes that toyed with racial stereotypes actually came off right. I guess they blew the marketing on that movie when it came out, as I had no idea it could be enjoyable.
According to their stats, Live Journal right now has over 43,000 paid accounts, each member paying anywhere from $2 to $2.50 a month, which is about $90,000 a month, or around $3,000 a day. $3k a day is almost $1.1 million annually.
And who said there’s no money in weblogging or online media ventures?
I’m surprised but impressed by the amount being written online about the Eldred decision. I can’t help but wonder though, while it’s saturating the world of blogs, is it on the radar of the average american? Perhaps this issue is one of the tests to see just how much real-world influence blogs have.
I missed some press this week while on vacation, but the ticketstubs site got a write-up in the NYT today and I was on NPR’s FutureTense show a few days back (real audio stream).
Over the past few days, I’ve taken about 200 photos and shot a dozen short movies in Yosemite and our vacation is only half over. Next week I’ll be posting the 20-30 best shots, a single mish-mash movie of stuff we did, and a story of how to get there and where to stay.
For now, a shot from our journey to the big trees.
Aw, fuck. Copyrights lasting more than 150 years (author’s life +70 or 90 years) are deemed constitutional, meaning in 15 or so years Disney will be asking for another extension and will be certain to get it.
“Limited time”, my ass.
A classic shot from day two at Yosemite