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Tony Lee’s Blog.

Posted by emac3326 on September 11, 2006

Tony Scott’s love of Wal-Mart can be found here. And who doesn’t have a Wal-Mart story?



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Some Great Links from Alberto. Check Them Out.

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

I need time to go through these, these look good. I’ll get Alberto to talk about these in class.


also my videocasts for this week are:

The Post Show


Basically it’s sketch comedy by a couple of guys in New York. I think they are, or were at one time, roommates and started making this videocast and have since had a great deal of success- according to their news posts they’ve been approached to make a pilot for a major network’s broadband channel, and have been selling dvd’s of their first season for a while. Luckily, they still have their all or most of their episodes on their website. Being sketch comedy, there is no real plot or recurring characters, but it’s still funny and worth the time to look around.




This one is pretty interesting, ostensibly it’s the diary of a homeschooled teenager in the middle of nowhere, and she talks about what she’s reading/studying and has a crush on her friend Daniel (who also has a videocast). However, a lot of people doubt whether it is real or not. They site the fact that Lonelygirl is too pretty, her videocasts are too well made, and seem scripted. For more on this, check out the NYT’s Screens Blog:


In fact just go to the main page of the blog, Virginia Heffernan has blogged a good deal about it.


Also, I wanted to include my personal favorite, “Que vida mas triste” it’s entirely in Spanish so not everyone can understand it, but the Spanish speakers in the class (or anyone who just wants the practice) may want to check it out:


The title translates to “what a sad life”, and the premise is that the main character Borja a guy like any other, records his videolog every Sunday while hung-over from the night before. It focuses on his daily life and relationships with his friends and girlfriends. Usually it starts with him talking, then cuts to what he’s describing, then goes back to him when he wants to make a comment. The humour comes from the fact that Borja is very, very selfish and a liar, and thus an unreliable narrator- often what he describes and what we see happen are different. Arguably, he’s a modern take on the traditional Spanish “picaro”.

The creator/writer/director of QVMT, Ruben Ontiveros, is a television writer- and this is an example of a very professionally made videocast, in the making of video they show the studio where they film it every Sunday. In fact they shoot, edit, and post it all in a day- the first season has 52 episodes, one for every week in the year. The writing is excellent, and the overall story is very well done. They’ve even managed to incorporate flash animations as dream sequences in a couple of episodes. The whole thing is brilliant.

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Very Interesting Podcasts from Rachna

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

I agree about NPR. I never catch the shows when they are on, so the great thing about podcasting and videocasting is the time-shifting. What really caught my eye, though, is the one about a video game as a cancer drug. So many things to download now … From Rachna:

Here are some of the podcasts that caught my interest.

I really like storytelling episodes on NPR but I can never manage to tune in the exact time. So here i found some storytelling podcasts.

(This has a long intro but then we can always forward.)

I like to watch Mad Money just for the fun and to view Cramer’s enthusiasm. Here is a podcast reviewing mad money and more.

This was an interesting information about a video game that is a cancer drug.

And a few more of interest:

I really enjoy going through stuff on http://www.fark.com/. I like the single line presentation and the tags given to each link are a great way to express personal viewpoint.

Another blog that interests me is the http://drawn.ca/. Its all about drawing and I love drawing. Great inspiration and tips.

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Gaming Recommendation

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

Corey gives thumbs up to this gaming vidcast/podcast.


this is a vidcast/podcast about recent gaming events and standings.
they make skill videos using the demo’s from tournaments and release
them every so often.  i like this podcast because they use rad editing
on their videos and they are well produced and full of information.

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Pod Diver Radio

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

Isabel, who if memory serves me, is interested in diving. She found this program of interest: Pod Diver Radio 044

So what do you like or dislike about it?

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Learning ‘Casts are Cool

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

People used to laugh when I told them I started watching a videocast on yoga. But I found the idea profound. If someone can do one on yoga, then why not a personal trainer, or a landscaper, or a nutricianist? You may attend my yoga classes, or I train you, or I help you lose weight and, oh by the way, here is a little value-add — my pod- or videocast. Who remembers all the correct moves when away from yoga class or weight training? New media is giving service oriented professionals a way to express themselves, establish themselves as experts, and to rise above the noise in competitive fields.

Mary got me thinking about this subject with her two contributions this week — one on yoga, the other on the Japanese language.

My two casts for this week are one from Yogamazing and one on Japanese Language. The yogamazing one is on “alternate nose breathing”, which the yoga teacher here mentioned last week, and I didn’t think he was being serious. The cast is here: http://podcasts.yahoo.com/episode?s=8d951432cc452b244da5892ff97ba7b1&e=135.
The Japanese podcasts are various japanese language lessons. As I’m interested in learning Japanese, these would be pretty useful to listen to. The website for all of the podcasts can be found here: http://www.japanesepod101.com/.

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Rizwan’s Interactive Podcast Desires

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

For his podcast this week, Rizwan chose …

an Interaction Design podcast that is created by Gerry Gaffney. He is the founder & director of Information & Design. He lectures under-graduate and post-graduate students in various universities on usability and user experience design. Although the podcast has no music and the quality is not the greatest I really like the interviews and the his ideas because I can relate to them and he has credibility. As they say as they say content is king, the bells and whistles don’t matter as long as I am getting something of value in return.

I assume, then, that you are getting something in return even though the production value is not that great. What value are you getting? Could this be something you stick with over time? Can you find this information elsehwere? Just curious.

Jumping ahead just a little, Rizwan has been thinking about his podcast and he may team with new student Cone Johnson on an interactive design podcast. Excellent.

As my podcast project I would like to do an Interaction Design podcast in which I would like to interview students about they way they interact with design at UTD and outside the university. Whether it is the UTD website, Design of Buildings. I will definitely need to work out the details but since design is all around us I think we can get good content that would be interesting to the listeners.

You may have chosen to do something with Cone; I’m not sure. If not, play around with the above idea and flesh it out some more. There’s definately something there. You can play with the format and setup and settle on an approach you are comfortable with in the coming weeks. I agree with your point: “design is all around us.” While it may be cliche in design circles, it certainly is lost among the common man and woman. They may like the iPod, or the design of the Mac, or a hot car, but do they think about design on an everyday, functional, interactive way? Where can this be improved. I know a guy named Hazem who has some interesting thoughts on experiential design …

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Podcasting Resources from Vince

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

Vince sent in these podcasting resources, which is great for the students who do not have the Podcasting Solutions book yet. I recommend that we all peruse these as we get started with podcasting, in earnest, this week.

I didn’t have a book so I went out to find podcasting tutorial sites for the first part of the homework. As one might expect, there’s a lot of sites that teaches how to podcast.

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Animation Podcast

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

Carlos sends in an excellent example of how someone like you guys — creatives, animators, game designers, whatever — are using new media tools to spread awareness about themselves, their art and craft, the industries they work in. This is something that we can do, too.

Burny Mattinson who has worked at Disney talks about his experiencies
as an animator and producer.

Great tool for class!

The Animation Podcast


Web Site:


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CD Reviews from New Sources

Posted by emac3326 on September 7, 2006

Last week Janice informed us about the Nashville music scene, this week she’s listening to Americana or Roots music.

I looked at other types of podcasts, but I wanted to find something that I
would actually listen to more than just a couple of times.  But apparently,
that would be music.  So here it is.


In this particular podcast series, radio personality Ray Randall reviews
just-released CDs from famous artists, like Radney Foster, Emmylou Harris,
and the DeRaillers, to some not so famous artists (at least not to me), like
Todd Snider and The Ginn Sisters.

My question is: You listen to music podcasts because it interests you and you can listen to more than one or two episodes. Have you looked for public history or geneology podcasts yet? Do these not hold your interest? What would hold your interest?

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