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Thursday, May 26, 2021

Free-range filming? Orange is something like that: A proposed 3D animated short film to be made collaboratively and with the use of open source software, chiefly Blender. What’s more, it will be released sans traditional copyright, free for anyone to download, watch and pass on.

So, should Hollywood (or, at least Pixar) start sweating hard?

Well, no. It’ll be impressive if Orange bears real fruit (certainly, the Netherlands Media Art Institute believes in it). But there’s a big chasm between this sort of experiment and producing a feature-length film. It’s not like those multimillion-dollar movie budgets are all bloat: It does take real money, and real resources, to make a real movie. No matter how good or bad Orange turns out, I have a feeling it’ll prove that out.

(Via Digital Musings)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/26/2005 09:22:06 PM
Category: Movies, Tech
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typical blogger
Feel The Hulk’s pain at his blog (also known as Hulk’s Diary That Is On The Internet).

I wonder how he can type with those gargantuan green fingers? With all the angsty stuff he writes, I can only imagine how overwrought he frequently gets, leading to many a smashed keyboard.

A personal note to Hulk: Notice the nice green decor on this site, big guy. You’re welcome to chill out here anytime. And don’t worry: Other Hulk is nowhere to be found.

(Via Let Me Make My Point(e))

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/26/2005 08:54:19 PM
Category: Bloggin', Comedy, Pop Culture
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You’ve probably seen the above FedEx logo a million times. It’s one of the more familiar corporate markers in the U.S., and probably worldwide.

But have you ever looked really closely at this seemingly simple logo? Look close enough, and you’ll spot the arrow embedded in it. (Hint: Focus on the tail end of it.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/26/2005 08:18:12 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg.
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Get ready to update those world maps ever so slightly. South Africa will remain “South Africa” (for now, I guess), but capital city Pretoria will be officially renamed Tshwane.

Pretoria was named after Andries Pretorius, a leader of the Afrikaans-speaking settlers who trekked into the interior of the country to escape British rule.

The name Tshwane — used for the past 10 years to refer to the greater metropolitan area around the city — comes from a chief who ruled the area before the 19th-century white settlers.

Many government departments and the national broadcaster SABC already refer to the capital city as Tshwane, provoking the anger of white-dominated opposition parties and other groups.

I guess the equivalent for the U.S. would be replacing “Washington, DC” with an appropriate Cherokee or Pawnee name…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/26/2005 05:18:41 PM
Category: History, Political
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For your horizontal-scrolling pleasure, it’s the history of the Internet.

Major milestones are duly noted:

1990 - First ISP created. Business is slow due to the fact that the Internet has no purpose, nobody knows about it, and more people own Betamax machines than computers.

1997 - Scam e-mails replace oil as the chief export of Nigeria.

1999 - FARK introduced as a service to help teenage boys locate pictures of breasts on the internet.

2003 - After 43.2 million spams, and over 2.3 billion pop-up ads worldwide, someone buys an X-10 mini cam.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/26/2005 04:23:07 PM
Category: Comedy, Internet
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