Friday, July 27, 2007

Viddler - yet another video upload site {YAVUS}

Well does the world need YAVUS? Maybe! appears to be the same as all the other upload sites, but with a twist.

It allows you to upload videos via file or record a webcam (or attached digi-cam). Nothin' new here.

However, it does provide a few new twists. Specifically, it allows you or others to tag the video. What's new about that you say? Well the tags appear in the timeline of the playback as the video is viewed. Okay, that's new to me at least.

You can share the vid with friends.... not new? Perhaps the fact that they generate a secret URL that you can use to send to friends for viewing is. No longer is the vid published so everyone can see just because you want to share with one friend. Or you can email that special video to someone including the secret URL and they see it even if they are not a member of viddler, no login required. This feels different. Now soon everyone will being doing this, but for now is a very nice way to share videos, easily.

Some other features that I think are interesting are:

  • ability to insert tags and comments in the video timeline
  • ability to set pic at any spot in video
  • ability to insert video response in the timeline

A secret video is included

I found it entertaining, it may actually be a bit useful as well. We share see.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Life and Music by Alan Watts

This video says it is from the recordings of Alan Watts. Now I don't know if this is an advertisement or a piece taken from an actual audio of Alan's. I share this here because it is a point near to my heart.

In addition, I point you to Alan's site to learn more. There is also an Alan Watts' podcast.

Trivia: It was animated by the creators from South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Sunpilots - "Spotlight in the Sun" (MUSIC VIDEO)

Must be something in the Australian water that keeps producing these musicians!

The Sunpilots site

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Flock - the new and improved version!

The original Flock browser was released in 2005 (I believe).  At that time it didn't grab much attention, well at least not my attention.  The latest release is worth a new consideration.

This release has a number of features that provide easy access to social networking accounts and publishing blogs, etc.  Check the supported services page.

If you have tried Flock in the past, please give it another try. You won't be disappointed.

BTW, I have found that Flock crashes less than Firefox in situations involving Quicktime plugins and other media displays.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

11th Hour - Turn mankind's darkest hour into its finest

Description from the Apple site:

”The 11th Hour” is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment — how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.

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Excerpt from 11th Hour press kit:

Leonardo DiCaprio's “The 11th Hour” is a feature length documentary concerning the environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. "The 11th Hour" documents the cumulative impact of these actions upon the planet's life systems and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity. With the help of over fifty of the world's most prominent thinkers and activists, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, “The 11thHour" documents the grave problems facing the planet's life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed, and their causes rooted in human activity. The combination of these crises call into question the very future not of the planet, but of humanity.

However, the most powerful element of “The 11th Hour” is not a portrait of a planet in crisis, but the offering of hope and solutions. Scientists and environmental advocates such as David Orr and Gloria Flora (note: these names can be interchanged for any of the experts) paint a portrait for a radically new and exciting future in which humanity seeks not to dominate the earth's life systems, but to mimic them and coexist. “The 11th Hour" calls for a future now within our grasp that is both sustainable and healthier.

Additional links:
11th Hour - the film