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My New Aiptek MPVR Gives Great Timelapse!

Using my Aiptek MPVR and a $5 tripod from Rite Aid, I shot four videos of the city. Each video lasted between eight and ten minutes.

  1. I copied the videos from my SD Card to my LaCie firewire drive and converted the *asf files to Quicktime *mov files (340×280 resolution) using FFMpeg.
  2. I then imported them to Final Cut Pro, stripped off the audio, and remapped the time of each clip to eight seconds.
  3. After exporting to lossless video files, I imported them into After Effects, retouched the color, and exported the sequence as a QuickTime *mov file with Sorenson3 encoding (320×240 resolution).
  4. Uploaded quicktime *mov to You Tube.

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June 12, 2006 Posted by | After Effects, Brooklyn, Camcorders, ffmpeg, Final Cut Pro, New York City, video, Web 2.0, youtube | 11 Comments

Its tobacco, Officer. I swear.

CNN has a story about the public smoking ban in the U.K. putting the kibosh on smoking Shisha in public [via].

Imagine denying a Brit a pint or banning a Swede from a sauna.

Hard to contemplate. Yet many Middle Easterners in England are trying to come to terms with a new reality — life without the shisha.

This story really makes me sad. I am quite fond of smoking flavored tobacco out of these beautiful water pipes, especially in the quaint Tea Rooms around Manhattan. My favorite is the Tea Room on Fourth Avenue and 91st Street in Brooklyn. On any given night, you’ll see Middle Eastern people, trendy hipsters, and guidos (I use the term in the most endearing way) all grouped around their hookahs, drinking tea or beer and chatting peacefully while the TV plays either a soccer game or a news program on Arab Television. I really enjoy the delicious, flavored smoke, which some find offensive, as I walk by. And I don’t care who you are, it beats the smell of fifty sticks of burning incense on a card table outside Penn Station anyday. For those of you who have never tried it, smoking a hookah with a group of friends is a very pleasant, mellow thing to do. If you’re afraid to try it because you don’t want to get lung cancer, grow up. We’re all going to kick it some day anyway.

March 11, 2006 Posted by | Brooklyn, New York City, shisha | 1 Comment

I want some drink -I mean juice.

Last night, I videotaped Bruce Kushnick’s book reading at the Half King. It wasn’t actually a book reading. Witness Kushnick the Bell-evangelist preaching against the evil Bell companies. Bruce Kushnick’s book, The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal is not available in fine book retailers. If you don’t like reading a pdf file, go to your local Kinko’s for Christ.

March 7, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Humor, Internet Speed, New York City, youtube | Leave a comment

Author Bruce Kushnick at the Half King, tonight 7PM

from Dan’s Realm and Domain

On Nov. 21, 1864 President Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins.

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.” – Abraham Lincoln

NPR’s Morning Addition was all over the $67 Billion buyout of Bellsouth by AT&T. If you’re as concerned about the future of broadband in this country, I urge you to come see Bruce Kushnick, author of The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal at The Half King beginning 7PM. He will be reading excerpts from the ebook. More Details, click here

March 6, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Bruce Kushnick, Events, Internet Speed, New York City | Leave a comment

hells bells

There is a lot of chatter going on about the $67 Billion merger of AT&T and Bellsouth.

Although this story has generated a lot of news, an even bigger story has been largely ignored. After the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed, the Telecos made a deal with Congress in which they promised to deliver a 45Mbps fiber network to the United States. In exchange, they were given billions in regulatory rip-offs and permitted to gouge the consumer. We know how the story ends: Bells didn’t install the fiber network; they kept Ma Bell’s old copper wire that they said they would remove; the U.S. ranks 19th in overall Internet speed (beating out Slovenia).

My friend, Bruce Kushnick, documented the whole scandal in The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal, a documentary ebook. Bruce will be reading excerpts from the book at The Half King in Chelsea (NYC) Monday 3/6/06 at 7PM. Details here.

March 5, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Events, Internet Speed, New York City | Leave a comment