Great Resource for Video Footage

A month or two back, I heard about this offer of free daily video clips from Arbeats. (

A lot of the clips are of so-so quality — interlaced video with evident breaks in the primary subject matter. But some of it is first-rate. And some of it is footage you could not get on your own without big money (or a substantial knowledge of 2.5D and some really good photos).
I heard they were going to do this for a year (till probably around Mar 1, 2011), but their site suggests they have no plans to discontinue the offer, so it’s a great way to amass a library of footage — especially for personal projects, tests, or pre-vis.

Sturm und Drang

What the heck?! I just encountered this phrase in the context of an Apple TV review! My first encounter was in a book about William Buckley, so is this renewal of what seems to be a 19th century German phrase coming from political opinion shows? Certainly I’ve seen it used several times on CNBC, FOX and MSNBC, and among political historians. Enough already!

Fabulous Fortune Covers

My dad has given me a Fortune subscription the past few years. I mostly just throw them away (though I’m always planning to convert my subscription to something I’ll actually read.) The amount of political garbage — even in features — is just too much to bear. I don’t care for idealogy mixed in with journalism. Hard to avoid it these days, but I try.
Anyway, given all those hideous vanity covers of some other guy who has a billion dollars, I would never have know that Fortune covers used to be gorgeous.
I stumbled upon this site tonight:
Some really great stuff there. Too bad newsstand circ is so competitive….

Nifty Web Site — Lots of Motion

I didn’t spend much time with this site. (I stumbled upon it while look for uses of a particular web component.) But it’s very cool. I’m going to have to look under the hood one of these days.

Update: I just took a quick look at the code and its a WordPress site using the Tanzaku theme and the grid animation is coming from jquery libraries. Definitely worth a closer look.

Cool Radio Station

Of course there are going to be other stations like my local KALX, which being a good college station plays an incredibly eclectic array of music. There’s nearly always something interesting on.
Today a client let me in on the secret of East Village Radio in NYC. She DJs there from time to time, and so I listened off and on for most of the day today. There was one DJ who took too much prozac, but other than that it was a very nice selection of tunes.
Plus, I like the look of their web site:

Fair Use on YouTube

How about that? I’m sure there will be lots of people who disagree. But I saw someone talking on Charlie Rose (was it Charlie Rose?) about how most uses of media do constitute fair use. It’s really only that media companies have been so good at scaring people into paying for rights that independent creators, documentary makers, and so on have paid for rights.

Dr. Who Meets Julia Child

When I first saw Dr. Who on PBS as a kid, I thought it was rather dumb. But now, having watched a few incarnations of the Doctor, I understand much better that this is a mix of science and fantasy, philosophy and humor. And a fair bit of kitsch thrown in!

So when I saw this today, it seemed absolutely perfect.

Skip to the about 55 seconds in to avoid the needlessly boring beginning!