While a mention of "Black Friday" may make some think variously of a really bad day on Wall Street or a great Steely Dan song*, it's the day where all of the retailers pull out all the stops in the hopes of bringing massive throngs of customers into their stores, with some doorbusters and other loss leaders.
For most of us, the documentary genre is a very real and raw form of story telling that is based on true-life emotion. We watch as our main character struggles with issues, narrates the frustration and we patiently wait for the resolution. As a matter of fact, for most documentary movie buffs out there you may notice that the honest non-subjective documentary you love took just as much planning as the latest big summer blockbuster.
If you're the type that gets excited about tools and devices that beep, buzz, hum and generally need a battery to operate, then you may already know that the biggest international trade show is fast approaching and devotees are planning their visit like Trekkies at a Star Trek convention.
I'm talking about the Consumer's Electronics Show,
commonly called CES that takes place annually during the first week of the year in Las Vegas.
Just a heads up on some interesting new home audio technology that is sure to shake up the home entertainment world. Stealth Acoustics has announced it's new stereo invisible speaker!
Here is what they had to say:
SentrySafe's 250GB FireSafe/waterproof hard drive... Roxio Creator 2009 adds audio features and support for HD video editing and burning... Abaltat's Muse 2.0 is a music scoring program for the Mac that analyzes the video to be scored
JibJab has been a rite of passage for political campaigns (particularly presidential politics) for years, but there's a lot of recent talk about the effect of Tina Fey impersonating Sarah Palin generating some of the highest ratings that Saturday Night Live has had in years... and, similarly, some rather amazing traffic figures for NBC's web site.
VHS, NTSC, and 8mm film are all technologies that I've been happy to see the back end of. They've been surpassed by newer technologies that have vastly improved motion picture image reproduction. No one is pining for the days of VHS anymore, or artificially degrading their pictures down to 240 lines of resolution to achieve that VHS look.
There is however one ancient technology that is still seriously impairing the quality of video these days and that is 24p. Frankly 24p deserves to die and be buried in the obsolete format graveyard where it belongs.