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GETV is big in Canada!

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The television show Torrent on G4techTV in Canada recently aired our Larry Lessig interview. It would have been nice to have a heads up guys so we could have told our Canadian peeps! Also, how hard is it to get our URL right?! Sheesh. Anyway, if you’re in Canada, look for GETV on Torrent episode 4 that originally aired April 27, 2006. Let us know if you see it.

SFiFF Update Two

Circles of Confusion

Circles of Confusion is a collection of shorts that focus primarily on process. That can mean any number of things such as visually interesting techniques with camera & editing like dramatic focus changes, mirroring, or washing out of a scene. It’s experimental, sometimes with a story, sometimes just eye candy with glitchy soundtrack. I liked most of what I saw here. One that stood out was Site Specific_Las Vegas 05 which was essentially aerial footage of the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas during day and night. The magic here was the way in which focus and depth of field were manipulated thereby creating a world where everything seemed like it was in miniature. I was expecting a plastic Godzilla to sloppily bounce it at any moment. Very cool stuff. Others that stood out include Relative Distance, a confessional piece where family members of the filmmaker intimately share their feelings of her. Another I liked is Suspended 2, an abstract, mirrored and in reverse look at driving across the Bay Bridge.

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela is my favorite documentary of the festival so far. OK, it’s the only one I’ve seen but it won’ t be the last and it’s still damn good. Twelve Disciples is a moving story about 12 South African exiles who’ve escape to other parts of Africa, Europe, Cuba and the US to build and strengthen the African National Congress. Apartheid and overt racism are standard operating procedure in South Africa in 1960 when this story begins. The ANC is the now infamous opposition group that was formed by black South Africans who organized against the dominant and racist minority white colonial power. Thomas Allen Harris, the filmmaker is the step-son of B. Pule Leinaeng aka Lee who is this story’s primary hero. The doc is a combination of history of the anti-apartheid movement, the role of the 12 exiles who helped to build the ANC and primarily the personal relationship and memories that Harris has with his revolutionary step-father who always considered Harris a blood son as black South Africans don’t have a word for “step-son”. Twelve Disciples is very moving and provides a firm foundation for beginning to understand the struggles that black South Africa had to endure to gain a democratic homeland. Definitely a must see.

Woz is All Wet for a Reason

I got to meet one of my all time heros of the geekosphere over the weekend. While at the Maker Faire, it was pointed out that Woz (Steve Wozniak for the geek newbies) was one of the Segway riders playing polo on Saturday. He’s number 64, as in 8-bit, like the Apple computer he invented in 1976. Funny aside: Number 13 was Victor Miller, the guy who wrote the first Friday the 13th movie. Also a very nice guy. Yes, Jason is all Miller’s fault.

During a break between rounds, Irina and I introduced ourselves to the jolly and amiable Woz. We did a quick GETV interview with him and let him get back to the game at hand. On Sunday, he offered himself up as bait in a dunk tank fundraiser gimmick for the EFF. With the paparazzi furiously snapping away all around him, he smiled and taunted the little kids that repeatedly brought warm rain down upon him. Here’s a shaky video I grabbed of the action.

The Faire is Fun, Freaky

Maker Faire
I checked out MAKE Magazine‘s Maker Faire today and wow. It’s like a county fair but with all the creative freaks and geeks that grew up ripping the voicebox out of their talking GI Joes, deconstructed dad’s Trash-80, scammed free long distance with blue boxes and set fire to anything just to see how cool it looked. No stinky farm animals here but lots of reconstructed and recycled bits of machinery that give birth to something new. Some highlghts: a wooden bicycle with a Razor scooter handlebar and front wheel, throwable LED graffiti, a jolly Woz tooling around on a Segway while playing polo (GETV interview to come), instruction and kits to build your own radio station (fuck the FCC!), tilty table navigation for digital maps, steam powered mechanical computer, robots of all sizes shapes and destructive potential, rude bears, pinball machine utopia!, real time constellations, lots of happy kids building something. Yes, the geeks have taken over the county fair.

Update: This CNET article sums up the atmosphere quite nicely.

Videoblogging Week: Day 7 (or so)

Bring Your Own Big Wheel
Day 7: Ok It’s been a week or so since Videoblogging Week ended, but since I missed doing a last video, I’m tossing this into the mix as it. This is the BYOBW (Bring Your Own Big Wheel) race on Easter Sunday down Lombard Street in San Francisco. Yeah, that really twisty one. I also pushed this out as a GETV episode, letting the streams cross.

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