Sunday, December 19, 2010

Top Ten Cheap Mac Apps

Here is my Top Ten List of cheap or free mac apps. Listed in no particular order, since they are all equally great.

Voltaic HD $39.99 - AVCHD converter for those pesky MTS and M2TS files.

WhatSize $12.99 - Find out what files are hogging your hard-drive space.

Transmit $34.00 - Super fast FTP client with simple interface.

Transmission Free! - BitTorrent client for all your software pirating needs.

Monolingual Free! - Strip away unnecessary language packs and free up some hard-drive space.

Nicecast $40.00 - Turn your mac into a internet streaming radio station.

AppZaper $12.95 - The fastest and coolest way to uninstall an app.

Handbrake Free! - You've got DVD's, and you want to convert them for your mobile device.

MPEG Streamclip Free! - The video encoder that is faster than Apple's Compressor.

Super Duper Free! - Make a cloned backup of your hard-drive, protect yourself.

You're welcome America.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Face Off Debuts on Syfy

Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors' finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career.

To determine who emerges victorious, Syfy has signed three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) and Hollywood veterans Glenn Hetrick (Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files) and Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld, Independence Day, Resident Evil: Extinction) as Face Off's judges. Actress McKenzie Westmore hosts the series, bringing poise and a rich history to her role as part of the Westmore family, whose name is synonymous with the makeup effects field.

Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith serving as executive producers.

Series premiere Wednesday January 26 10/9C.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tascam Portastudio for iPad

Way, way, way back in the day, I had a Tascam Portastudio 4 Track Recorder. It looked cool, but the sound quality was s%@t due to using analog cassettes. Fast forward to 2010, and we can now relive our 4 Track dreams, or nightmares, with the iPad version of the iconic Portastudio.

I gave my old Portastudio to Rebecca. I wonder if she still has it?

Pros: Retro Design, No Tape Noise.

Cons: No Bouncing Capability, Only Records One Track at a Time.

List Price: $9.99

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Airgrade - Coolest App Ever!

If you thought that the vWave-Lite app was cool, then you are going to love this. Airgrade, from the wizards at the Pixel Farm, lets you wirelessly control the Lift, Gamma and Gain of an image on your computer directly from your iPhone.

The resulting look can be saved in the ASC format developed by the American Society of Cinematographers.

And best of all, it's FREE!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lightworks Public Beta

Lightworks, the old dinosaur of video editing, has made it's first step to relevancy with it's public beta of it's updated software. Long forgotten, but not yet dead, Lightworks was used to edit hundreds of Hollywood movies. It recently fell out of favor, having been replaced by Avid and Final Cut Pro. Hopefully this new version will spark some new interest in this old industry favorite.

Currently it is available only on the PC. Things will get really interesting in late 2011, when it will also support Linux and OSX.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

a Christmas Tree

A short film about my Mom's lovely Christmas Tree. Featuring a custom built IGUS camera slider. Filmed during the Thanksgiving Holidays, 2010. A Very Special Holiday Bokeh:)

Music by: Vince Guaraldi

No color correction or post processing.

Shot on a hacked Panasonic GH1 at ISO 100 to 640, 23.976 fps, with a Canon FL 55 f1.2, Canon FL 50mm f3.5 Macro with Life Size Adapter, Rainbow Imaging FL/FD Adapter.

IGUS 660mm Camera Slider, Bogen 3026 Double Action Ball Joint Head, 717AH Fluid Head, Benro C-298M8 Carbon HVC Flexpod.

Sansdisk Extreme Class 10 SDHC Card.

Edited in Final Cut Pro.

See it in HD on Vimeo.

See it in HD on YouTube.

P.S. If you look real close you can see me in the reflections, but at least I had my pants on, unlike these guys:)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Steve Weiss of Zacuto

Steve Weiss, Emmy Award winning director, and the main man behind Zacuto, took the time to critique my Doritos commercial, "Catch?"

Here is what he said.


You asked for my critique it, here you go:

good, cute/funny

Shots, framing and screen direction
Excellent, good use of the 16x9 aspect ratio


nice, nothing exceptional. I understand you made this all by yourself for no money so in that case you are limited with what you can do lighting wise. You got a nice day or may have called it off on previous days, regardless, it worked.

Extremely well done, you did an excellent job of condensing time. I didn't feel rushed through the story which I do often in spots.

The woman's response seems off to me, she sounds like she is ADR'd and the sync doesn't match. Plus I'm not in love with her performance. I would have probably liked it better if she said, "Now that's cool" but this is a directors choice and I respect the choice you made.

Overall, I really liked it, especially considering that you were a one man band. Well done.


Not too shabby:) Thanks Steve.

Monday, November 22, 2010

vWave-Lite iPad Control Surface

Okay, I never really wanted an iPad until now. Tangent Devices have just come out with a super cool free iPad app that simulates the touch and feel of it's $1,500.00 Wave panel. vWave-Lite is an amazing app that gives you the real time feedback and interface that colorists have been enjoying for years in their million dollar color grading suites.

The fact that this works at all is amazing, the fact that it is free is incredible.

Control Apple Color from your iPad
  • vWave-Lite allows you to control Color as distributed in Apple's Final Cut Studio suite of tools.
  • The three "virtual" trackerballs allow you to control the colour differential and masters in the Primary In, Secondaries and Primary Out rooms in Color, just like you would with our CP200 or Wave panels.
  • You can use vWave-Lite at the same time as your CP200 or Wave but you do not need either of these panels for it to work.
  • All the controls on vWave-Lite can be used simultaneously.
  • Connection to Color is via wireless network.
  • vWave-Lite is FREE to download and use from the Apple iTunes store!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Me and Bear

Here's a picture of me and Bear during day four of shooting for the Doritos "Crash The Super Bowl" contest.

He's so photogenic, me on the other hand, not so much:)

Photo by: Janet Keijser

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Catch?" - Doritos Commercial

My entry for the 2011 Doritos "Crash The Super Bowl" Contest.

Starring: Thomas Meaney, Erin Cooney and Bear
Written, Directed, Edited by: Michael Eggert
Sound Design by: Marty Vites
Voice Over by: Kevin Thomas
Music by: Grieg - Peer Gynt Suites
Special Thanks to Erin Vites & Janet Keijser

Shot on a hacked Panasonic GH1 at ISO 100, 23.976 fps, with a Canon FL 55 f1.2, Canon FL 35mm f2.5, Kiron 28mm f2.0, Rainbow Imaging FL/FD Adapter and Fader ND.

717AH Fluid Head, Benro C-298M8 Carbon HVC Flexpod.

Sansdisk Extreme Class 10 SDHC Card.

Audio recorded on a Zoom H1.

Edited in Final Cut Pro.

Audio mix in Garage Band.

Composited and color graded in After Effects.

You can see my commercial and other entries at the "Crash The Super Bowl" website.

You can also see it in HD on YouTube.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Simultania - Pool Water

I just participated in the Simultania Project. Where people from all over the world film something at exactly the same time. I was really tired this morning, so all I could muster was a shot of myself watering my pool.

You can see in the frame grab above the time stamp that I recorded to make sure that the video was simultaneous with everyone else who was participating.

Click here to see the whole one minute video in glorious HD on my Vimeo page.

You can find out more about the upcoming art installations and online gallery at the SimultaniaProject.

Can I go back to bed now?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f0.95

This would make a great Christmas present to any GH1/GH2/AF100 owner. A ridiculously fast f0.95, 25mm, MicroFourThirds wunder lens. That is stupid fast. All this low light sexiness can be your for about $1,000 bucks.

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f0.95 MFT

Come on Santa, I've been nice. Really:)

3D Freeze Frame

Did a cool 3D shoot at CSUN last night. Wanted to try out my new IGUS camera slider. This shot is going to be in 3D with a time freeze element. Which means lots of rotoscoping. Yikes. Take a look at the frame grab above to get an idea of what the final is going to look like. You will need to view with the Red/Cyan glasses.

Take that James Cameron:)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pixelphile HD Podcast On iTunes

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iRack 1.0 Rack Focus Tutorial

I just uploaded the After Effects Rack Focus/ iRack 1.0 video tutorial. You can watch it here on Pixelphile TV.

For more information and to download iRack 1.0, check out my previous post.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

GH1 Hack Slow Motion

Panasonic Lumix GH1 hacked to GH13. 48,000,000 for Video Bitrate FHD/SH, and 50,000,000 Overall Bitrate. Shot at 60p at 125/sec. Conformed in Cinema Tools to 23.976. Edited in Final Cut Pro. Color graded in After Effects.

Canon FL 55mm f1.2, Canon FL 135 f2.5, Kiron 28mm f2.0, Rainbow Imaging FL/FD Adapter, Sandisk Extreme 16GB Class 10 Card.

Shot at CSUN with my ART 352 students, featuring Brandon.

Music: Tomoyasu Hotei - Battle Without Honor or Humanity

Watch in HD on Vimeo.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Backyard 3D Anaglyph

I was helping my friend Erin out with her computer today, and she was nice enough to help me out with a quick and dirty 3D test. You will need a pair of Red/Cyan glasses in order to view the photo, otherwise it will look a little strange.

Don't forget to go to Erin's "The Simultania Project" to sign up and participate.

To quote my buddy Nick Cage...Oh bitchin', is this in 3D? "No, but your face is."

Steve's Camera Service

Recently I had a problem with my old Canon FL 35mm f2 lens. I took it over to Steve at Steve's Camera Service Center and got it fixed in about twenty minutes. If you have old manual lenses or vintage camera bodies and you need some servicing, the only place to go to in Los Angeles would be Steve's. Nice guys, fast service, what more could you ask for?

Tell them Mike from Pixelphile sent you.

Steve's Camera Service Center
4355 South Sepulvada Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
Sat: 10am-2pm

Sunday, October 10, 2010

3D Glasses

Recently received a shipment of 100 pairs of 3D glasses. Ramping up for teaching a couple of classes in Stereoscopic 3D. Not really a big fan of 3D, but I think it is a valuable skill to have in today's visual effects market.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

iRack 1.0 Rack Focus

iRack 1.0 is a Rack Focus preset for After Effects CS3/CS4/CS5. With this preset you can add the look of a professional focus pull to any existing footage.

You can download iRack 1.0 here for FREE!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Simultania Project

A good friend of mine has a really cool video project that needs your help. I will be participating, and you should too.

The Simultania Project is about having different people from all over the world film the same 1-minute-moment in time on Saturday, November 13, and then assembling the resulting footage into a video installation that plays back all the simultaneous perspectives together and in sync.

The project is about Simultaneous Realities, the idea that the unfolding of one's own reality is happening in parallel with the unfolding of everyone else's. It's about realizing that other experiences of consciousness are occurring right now besides your own.

Be a part of the Simultania Project by supplying your point of view of the world during the 1-minute-moment on November 13, 2010!

Go here to find out more, and to sign up.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cell Phone Wide Angle Macro Lens

Just received my cell phone Wide Angle/Macro Lens from China. Shipping took about a week, and it only costs about 10 bucks. It's a nifty little item that makes you feel a little like James Bond. You attach a magnetic ring to your camera's built in lens. Then you can stick on either a wide angle or macro lens depending on your needs. It even comes with a little lanyard and lens cap.

The quality is actually quite good, and it does in fact enhance the power of your cell phone's camera.

I bought mine from this guy. Xbus.

If you want to spend twice as much you can buy it from Photojojo.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

White Balance Calibration System

Proper white balancing of a video camera or digital DSLR is the first step in assuring your footage will look great. Most people just set their camera to auto white balance and pray for the best. Professionals know better, and always do a manual white balance before serious shooting.

But what if you want more creative options instead of just shooting a plain old white card? One trick is to put a colored card in front of the camera and set it's white balance to the card. If you want to warm up a shot, put a bluish card in front of the lens, set your manual white balance to it, and the camera will shift the colors of your image towards warmer tones to help compensate for the reading of the blue card. Conversely, if you wanted to cool down a shot, you would use a yellowish card.

Download our FREE "White Balance Calibration System' and give it a try. All you need is a color printer, and some white paper or white card stock, and you can have your very own custom white balance cards.

Good Luck & Happy Shooting!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ask a Ninja - Green Screen Challenge

Alex Lindsay, the main man over at dvGarage & Pixel Corps, has come up with a green screen challenge for the show opening of "Ask a Ninja". Shot on a RED and delivered at full HD Apple Pro Res 4444. This is a great chance to play with some seriously high quality green screen footage. Deadline for submissions is October 3, 2010. Go here to download.

Put on your black gloves and polish up your Shuriken.

Handy 1.0 Coming Soon!

Pixelphile is proud to announce the upcoming release of Handy 1.0 for After Effects. Featuring 20 handheld camera tracks optimized for AE7, CS3, CS4, and CS5. HD and SD versions are also included for self tracking in Shake, Nuke, Fusion, Smoke, etc.

Coming soon from Pixelphile!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Enhance It

I've been doing computer graphics professionally for the past 15 years, and the number one most annoying request I have heard is, "Can we enhance it?" My answer has always been the same, "No we can't f***ing enhance it!"

No matter what you see on TV or in the movies, there is no magic enhance filter or button that you can select or push. If it ain't in the image, it ain't in the image. Period, end of story. Unless you were using a plenoptic camera, in that case, all bets are off.

Now leave me alone, I have to go watch CSI Miami with my sunglasses on, off, on:)

Canon G12

The 'G" series of cameras have been immensely popular for Canon ever since the 3.3 Megapixel G1 was introduced in 2000. Fast forward ten years, and Canon has introduced the G12. Clad in black, and looking retro sexy as usual. Now featuring a leather crinkle finish on the rubber hand grip. Nice.

Killer specs include: High Sensitivity 10 Megapixel sensor, 1280x720 HD video at 24p and High Dynamic Range (HDR) scene mode.

This is a great semi pro camera that is small enough that you can easily take it with you, whenever you don't want to lug around a heavy and expensive SLR.

The best kept secret is that it can also flash sync at 1/2000 second, which is amazing for a 500 dollar camera. It's bigger brother, the mighty 5D Mark II, is five times more expensive and only syncs at 1/200 second. If you want to shoot outside with strobes during the day, and want to control the sun, there is no better camera at any price.

Pros: Crazy Sync Speed, 720p HD video, HDR.

Cons: No Time Lapse.

List Price: $499.00

Thursday, September 16, 2010

AET Campus 2013

I've been teaching at Santa Monica College's "Academy of Entertainment and Technology" for over 9 years. Holy S#*t! Can it really be that long? Well it looks like our campus is about to receive it's much anticipated makeover.

Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects of West Hollywood, this proposed redesign has already won a Los Angeles Real Creativity Award. This new complex will feature a new 30,000-square-foot building that would be added to the Academy site to house computer classrooms, a student radio station, production spaces, edit bays, new server room, TV studio and control rooms, art studio, café and a 180-seat auditorium.

In addition, the plan calls for a 34,000-square-foot, three-story structure to house KCRW, which is currently in the basement of the Cayton Associated Students building on the SMC main campus. All buildings are being designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.

I like the futuristic Blade Runner styling. It's definitely going to be a great back lot for doing student film shoots.

Now if I can only find a parking space for my flying car.

HDR Video - Yay or Nay?

HDR photography has been steadily gaining popularity in the past few years. It's often used for creating toned mapped artistic photographs. This technique creates a painterly/hyper real version of the subject. It is also used professionally for gathering global illumination information that can be used to provide accurate lighting for 3D models.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging is usually accomplished by taking a series of photographs with varying exposures. Usually comprised of at least 3 pictures and up to 7 pictures, of the same moment in time. One picture is shot at a normal exposure, one at 2 stops underexposed, and one at 2 stops overexposed. These images are then combined in software to create either a tone mapped or HDR image.

Now that same technique has come to HD video. Using a beam splitter, that is commonly used for creating stereoscopic 3D imagery, the guys over at Soviet Montage have taken two Canon 5D Mark II's and creating what might be the first high dynamic range video. Using a one underexposed, and one overexposed technique, they have come up with something completely different.

If you find it visually attractive is really a matter of taste. But one thing is for sure, this is only the beginning. Get ready for a onslaught of HDR videos that will be coming our way. Hopefully this will help people forget all about the whole 3D rebirth.

I hope the porn guys don't get any crazy ideas.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Roku HD

One of the best deals in HD has to be the marriage of Netflix and Roku. For just $8.99 a month, Netflix will allow you to watch as many streaming movies as you can handle. No download limitations, and no late fees. Combine this with the idiot proof Roku HD box, and you have an instant HD theater capable of streaming thousands of movies instantly.

Video quality is about on par with VHS for the normal movies. HD streaming fairs much better with less artifacts and a sharper image. HD streaming is presented at 1280 x 720. Not quite up to Blu-ray specs, but definitely watchable. Considering that it loads in seconds, and that you don't have to drive down to the local corner video store, it is a little slice of digital heaven. I would give the HD video about a 7 out of 10, which is pretty good.

So simple even your parents could use it. Well, maybe not yours.

Pros: Simple design.

Cons: Not all movies available in HD.

List Price: $99.00

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mac Classic iPad Stand

Don't have the coin to buy the sexy Joule iPad Stand? But you do have an old Mac Classic laying around collecting dust. How about you make it into a sweet retro hybrid? That's what a guy did in Japan. A big thumbs up for an original idea that keeps the old macs fresh in our memories.

Now where did I put my Dremel?

Joule iPad Stand

For the person who has everything, and by that I mean an iPad, comes the Joule iPad Stand. CNC machined from a piece of solid aluminum, this piece of modern art is available in three different finishes.

I'll buy you one of these, if you buy me an iPad.

Pros: Beautiful design.

Cons: About 1/4 the price of an iPad.

List Price: $129.00

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ninja Search

How many times have you heard somebody say "Google it"? Probably way too many times to count. This phrase has really become part of the American lexicon. But you aren't just like everybody else, that's why you use Ninja the deadly accurate all black version of Google, much like Blackle.

So next time you need to tell somebody to do a search, just tell them to "Ninja it".

P.S. Even though it might look cool, it doesn't generate as many accurate results as the standard Google. I guess that's the price of being a Ninja.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

iPhone 4 vs HTC Evo - NSFW!

Funny video made by a former Best Buy employee. Former because he was fired shortly after making this video.

Not cool Best Buy.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

iPhone 4 Short Film

Well it didn't take long for this to happen. Somebody has already shot and edited a short little movie on the new iPhone 4. "Apple of My Eye" directed by USC film student Michael Koerbel might be the first short film shot with the newest version of the iPhone. Obviously Michael has access to some nice equipment, and more importantly, knows how to use it.

The iPhone does an amazing job, considering that it is a fixed lens phone after all. It does seem to have some difficulty in maintaining the highlights and often resorts to just blowing them out. But then again, other "real" video cameras often do the same thing. All in all, a very impressive debut of a short film shot and edited entirely on a cell phone.

Los Angeles residents might recognize the location as Allied Model Trains in Culver City.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

iPhone 4 vs Evo 4G

June is the month for awesome new smart-phones. The question is whether to go with the new iPhone 4 from Apple, or the new Evo 4G from Sprint.

Here are the specs for each phone.

iPhone 4
3.5" Touch-screen LCD IPS display, 960 x 640 resolution
5 Megapixel rear camera, VGA front facing camera
720p HD video recording
A4 Processor
Battery life: 7 hours of 3G talk time
3G and 802.11n Wi-Fi networking
Cellular Signals: Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA
Bluetooth, GPS, Digital compass, MicroSIM
Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Up to 32GB of storage

Evo 4G
4.3" Touch-screen TFT LCD display, 800 x 480 resolution
8 Megapixel rear camera, 1.3 Megapixel front facing camera
720p HD video recording
1GHz Snapdragon processor
Battery life: 6 hours talk time
4G, WiMAX, and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi networking
Cellular Signals: CDMA, EV-DO Rev. A, WiMAX
Bluetooth, GPS, Micro SD support, Digital Compass
HDMI output
Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
8 GB included (up to 32 GB via Micro SD)
Built-in Sprint Overdrive Mobile Hotspot

I think it is really going to come down to which phone company you want to be tied down to for the next two years. I personally hate AT&T, so it will be a no brainer for me to go with Sprint and the Evo.

Hopefully, someday we will be able to choose the phone we want, rather than the phone carrier we don't.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Best Drummer In The World!!!

Okay, I lied, he's not the best drummer in the world. But he might be the most entertaining. Check him out as he takes a rather lame band into a completely different orbit. This guy cracks me up.

The drummer's name is Steve Moore, and maybe he can get a gig on a late night talk show as the band leader. Much more entertaining that frikin' Max Weinberg.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Aslan - King of My Living Room

I was messing around with a vintage Nikon SB-26 Speedlight that I bought about a year ago on eBay. I got it after falling in love with the tips and techniques of David Hobby and his blog, strobist. I thought it would be fun to shoot a couple of pix of my dog Aslan. With my good friend Marty acting as a light stand, we were able to capture a rather candid moment of Aslan in the living room.

I have had Aslan for almost a year, after my girlfriend, Laurie, wanted me to foster him. The plan was that he would eventually be put up for adoption. Well needless to say, that never happened. He was a shelter dog on the verge of being put down, but instead he ended up with me.

Please check out you local shelter for other great dogs like Aslan. You might just save a life.

For more information, check out the Shelter Animal Advocacy Fund Los Angeles.

Monday, April 19, 2010

CHEAP TRICK - "Surrender"

Here's a little video of CHEAP TRICK performing "Surrender" at the Long Beach Grad Prix on 04-17-2010. Sorry about the douchebag in front of me who kept throwing up retarded hand signs. I have no idea what he was trying to convey.

CHEAP TRICK continues to rock after all these years. "Surrender" is one of their best songs with the coolest lyrics.


Mother told me, yes, she told me I'd meet girls like you
She also told me, "Stay away, you'll never know what you'll catch"
Just the other day I heard a soldier falling off some Indonesian junk that's going round

Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away

Father says, "Your mother's right, she's really up on things"
"Before we married, Mommy served in the WACS in the Philippines"
Now, I had heard the WACS recruited old maids for the war
But mommy isn't one of those, I've known her all these years

Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away

Whatever happened to all this season's losers of the year?
Ev'ry time I got to thinking, where'd they disappear?
When I woke up, Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch
Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my Kiss records out

Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away

To quote Mike Damone:

“Can you honestly tell me you forgot? Forgot the magnetism of Robin Zander, or the charisma of Rick Nielsen? Well what about the tunes? I want you to want me! The dream police! dadadadadadada! Your mama’s all right! Your daddy’s all right! They just seem a little bit wieeeerd!”

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Star Wars Rockband Poster

Check out this amazing poster by Australian artist Hugh Fleming. Originally commissioned in 1999 to accompany a story in Star Wars Insider, the official fan club magazine in the United States, about rock bands and music influenced by the original trilogy.

If you look closely you will see a cameo of the bearded artist as one of the fans in the crowd.

Click on the image above and download a high rez version for yourself.

Darth Vader kicks Gene Simmons ass!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ostendo 43-inch Curved Display

The first thing I am going to do after I win the Lottery, is buy one of these babies. Okay, maybe not the first thing, but definitely on my top ten list.

Ostendo has come up with a 43-inch curved display that creates a true immersive viewing angle. Featuring a ridiculous 32:10 aspect ratio, which is 180% wider that a traditional 16:9 display.

How about using three of these for cockpit like experience? Mind bottling, isn't it?

Pros: 32:10 Baby!

Cons: Frakkin Expensive.

List Price: $6499.00

iPad or iFad?

To quote Michael Keaton from the 1986 motion picture Gung Ho, "Frankly...I'm sorry, I don't get it. I don't see it, I'm not impressed. Not one iota."