ElizaCast No. 2

ElizaCast number 2, filmed February 22, 2008
The Living Dead

Diary of the Dead

Romero! The Living Dead!

As most of you know that have been reading for any length of time, I’m a huge sucker for zombies. Romero is the king of the zombie film, so this is a must-see for me. I’m a little worried about it coming out near Cloverfield, which takes the first-person-Blair-Witch style storytelling to a major motion picture, and it looks like this might be seen as a rip off. In any case, Romero + zombie = The Win.

Digital Culture Media

Hulu – Lazy Sunday

Got a beta invite to today, the new video sharing site backed by the actual media conglomerates…NBC, FOX, ABC. More thorough review as I play with it.

Surprisingly, there’s an embed function. This post is just to test it, see how long it lasts, and if eventually they time-phase these out.

Digital Culture Library Issues

Haiku for Libraryman

Oh, Libraryman
your humor amuses me
please don’t ever change

Ok, so it’s not the best haiku ever. But I had to find some form of poetry to express my love for Libraryman’s recent short film. Oh, Gorman, how I’ve missed you! And Michael, I so owe you a drink at Internet Librarian for this…

Digital Culture Media

Swarm of Angels

swarm of angels

If anyone hasn’t heard about the Swarm of Angels project, they just started their movie poster contest, and it’s a great time to read up on the project and get your fingers into some Open Source movie making.

NB: I’m a Angel…joined 5 May 06, and if the “user count” on the URL is correct, I was Angel #29. Crazy!

Digital Culture Legal Issues Media

Just for the record

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That is all.

Digital Culture

Year Zero .2

The Year Zero experience is getting far more interesting.

Members of the resistance had a meeting in LA, which culminated in an appearance by Reznor. Unfortunately, it was discovered and broken up by SWAT.

Report here.

Video here.




My love for Tarantino and Rodriquez films (yes, even Spy Kids) runs deep, and to say that I was looking forward to Grindhouse would be putting it lightly. However, I have now read the most touching, heartfelt review of a film that I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and it has made seeing Grindhouse a religious quest. The depth of understanding that the reviewer brings to the analysis, the nuanced wordsmithery…this is a review that is, standing alone, better than 90% of the films on the market today. I can only imagine the film that inspired such words.

I give you: Neill Cumpston’s review of the epic Grindhouse. I wanted to provide an excerpt of his words here, to give you, dear reader, some tease of the wonders to come if you follow that link…but to take his words from their contextual bosom would be to rob them of their power and finesse. Just go, and read, and be enlightened.

Digital Culture

Make your own Battlestar

Battlestar castI got on the Galactica bandwagon well after most everyone I know…I watched the first few episodes, but never really got sucked in.

Then I got tired of everyone I know talking about it around me, so I just decided I’d catch up on the fraking thing and see what the buzz was about. I’m still not caught up (just finished Season 2) but it’s a good show. There are tons of things I have serious issues with, and I’m just not quite able to get the complete suspension of disbelief going like for Firefly or Heroes. But it’s good, solid, sci-fi TV.

One of the reasons that I decided to start watching, believe it or not, was the coolness of the show’s creators and promotional team. They just launched a Battlestar Galactica VideoMaker page that has on it clips and sound effects to use in your own Galactica videos…amazingly forward thinking of them, and a great way to garner my respect. They were also one of the very first shows to include podcasts of commentaries, which is an amazingly great way to interact with your audience, and add value to your product.

I definitely appreciate the willingness of the Network to involve the audience in new ways, and think this is one of the few ways that commercial video will survive. We are quickly moving into an entertainment era that is post-consumer, and the really interesting shows are providing alternate means of interaction beyond the passive. It’s a brave new world out there, and we’ll see who’s around in 10 years.

Digital Culture



So I managed to convince a friend to get me into the Joost beta. Joost is the Interweb video project formerly known as The Venice Project from the developers who brought the world both Kazaa and Skype. They clearly know their stuff, and Joost has some interesting things going for it.



  • Licensed content.
  • They currently have deals with just a few producers of significance, the biggest being MTV.
  • Great technology: the video is smooth, but the quality is a little low…less than broadcast TV.
  • Meta-information: there are TONS of meta-informational widgets you can add and interact with while the video is running…this is one of the killer parts of the service. IM and other widgets while you watch is very nice.


  • Can’t save videos locally (that will change in hours, I’m guessing, as soon as it launches, whether they want it to or not)
  • Closed system: no way to add videos yourself, and you can bet that since they are licensing stuff that will be difficult to change
  • No killer content: there’s nothing here you can’t get somewhere else on the net, usually in a higher quality

The interesting thing about Joost is that it will be much, much better than television in execution. Channels you choose, playing content you want when you want it, for free. The problem with this is, of course, TV has already lost…Joost has to compete with bittorrents of nearly everything ever put to video or audio, YouTube, and new forms of entertainment like ARGs and Second Life. It might become better than TV, but that’s a little like saying that the telegraph is better than the Pony Express. Neither really matters anymore. I look forward to what they have up their sleeve, but I’m cautiously calling this a yawn so far.