Video Blog Provides Peeks Into the State-of-the-Art of Computer Animation

For those of you who may not know, SIGGRAPH (which derives its name from some old techie terms) is the annual assemblage (conference) for the computer animation industry, both art and computer science. I used to enjoy going in the days when I wrote for Videography. This year, anyone anywhere can get a nice visual peek into the magic and mayhem of these geeks and artisans thanks to the nifty video clips which are being posted and linked to in Millimeter magazine’s Video Blog at SIGGRAPH. Enjoy!

Blogs and Podcasts: Hot Links

I can’t stay away. While blogs and
podcasts are not quite revolutionary, they represent a continued evolution of media towards democratization, which is something that I believe in. Today, I enjoyed reading a feature article in the New York Times, “A Blog Revolution? Get a Grip” covering
the commercial cream of the blogging crop, and listening to an interview podcast on podcasting (May 6th edition) on the latest developments in that emerging sector (not quite an industry yet) on Corante.com. (The picture above is Corante.com editor, Alex Williams.) If you want a better understanding of the evolution of these two new media forms, these are recommended reading and listening, IMHO.

Google to Support Video Blogging

Here’s one of many stories about this on the web today: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/2298.html OR you can test their “beta” video search engine for yourself: http://video.google.com/

Branded Blog Reader Software

Blogs and podcasts (see my earlier posts if necessary) would be nothing without aggregator software. In the case of blogs, these applications and sites (I use Bloglines) are also known as RSS Readers. These applications enable you to “subscribe” to a particular blog or podcast; and, thus, to quickly scan a summary without having to troll the sites from which they originate. On the podcast side of things, it’s the integration with RSS that enables the audio files to be relatively-automatically uploaded to one’s MP3 player (iPod).

Now that marketers are facing the music that web browsers (the people) are increasingly embracing the popularity of blogs, the forward-thinking amongst them are branding their own RSS Readers for the user’s convenience and for the additional impressions that branded RSS Readers can deliver to the marketer’s brand. Companies like Newsgator and Consenda are providing the software.

Thus, Pamela Parker’s ClickZ column, “The Great RSS Reader Bandwagon.”

Blogs, Jeff Gannon, TV Clips from Bill Maher & Daily Show

Bill Maher The Blogosphere is starting to get to me… And I agree with some of the serious, yet humorous commentary below that the question of how a male prostitute got a White House Press Pass DOES deserve investigation…

It’s also somewhat fascination to me that I found these video clips via the Bloglines Top Links, and thanks to the web site OneGoodMove.org for capturing these video clips and linking them up. Nice to have a kind of video that I enjoy, rather than the dribble that’s on TV most of the time, made so readily available on the web!

Certainly the “news” is best reported by those with a sense of humor these days. (FYI, these are VIDEO clips in QuickTime format. Broadband recommended.):

> Daily Show with Jon Stewart on the Blogs & the Media

> Bill Maher (Leslie Stall, Robin Williams & others) on a Male Prostitute with a Press Pass in the White House

I couldn’t stay away

I thought about giving up blogging. I started. I stopped. I couldn’t stay away. Your feedback and encouragement are needed. Please let me know if you think I should keep doing this… or not. Thanks!