flummery: (RENDER!)
A little late, because of tech issues:

Title: Tamacun
Artist: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Fandom: Dresden Files
Summary: Dresden. Harry Dresden.

Downloadable (right-click and save):

Large version (xvid, 44.1 MB, 640 x 384)

Small version (xvid, 16.5 MB, 320 x 192)

Streaming:

Available on imeem on our website or right here!



Feedback of any sort, from comment to crit, is always very welcome!

(We'll probably be remastering this vid sometime this fall/winter, actually -- the DVDs came out incredibly fast, and we'd love to have a clean-source version. But this is the version that aired at Vividcon, and that's on the VVC discs.)


In other news...

We learned many things at this year’s Vividcon! Among the more mortifying -- we clearly have no idea what the hell we’re doing when it comes to aspect ratio. [livejournal.com profile] absolutedestiny’s enlightening Vid Tech Panel of Doom helped resolve a few things for us -- and break the bad news that our shiny, newly remastered version of Haunted was actually remastered with the wrong aspect ratio. As of this post, though, we’ve replaced all the remastered versions with newly remastered remasters! ... Yeah. *facepalm*
flummery: (RENDER!)
On August 7, 2007, everything changed.

To commemorate the occasion, we've remastered our Odyssey 5 vid, Haunted, with DVD source. We've also put up some notes about it, for anyone who's interested, linked on our main vids page.

Downloads:

Haunted 2007, large version 45.5 MB

Haunted 2007, small version, 12.2 MB

Both are XVID. Please right mouse click and choose "save" rather than streaming.

If you want to point people to the downloads, please link to http://trickster.org/vids, not directly to the vids themselves.

Streaming:
http://flummery.imeem.com/video/gxW22sxe/o5_haunted_remaster/
(edited to correct the imeem version URL, to link to the remaster with fixed aspect ratio)


Now on our website or here!

flummery: (RENDER!)
Thing 2 here, putting out a call (okay plea) for suggestions for anime and cartoon vids that knocked your socks off!

I am VJing Saturday Morning Cartoons again at Vividcon this year, and could dearly use any suggestions of favorites that you would like to send my way. Or, if you would like to premiere a new vid during this show, that would be fab!

Please send your thousands of fantastic suggestions to me directly (flummery at el jay dot com) or reply to this post, or try out the snazzy Vividcon Suggestion Form.

*tap, tap*

Dec. 4th, 2006 02:45 pm
flummery: (RENDER!)
Ahem. So, it's been a while since we've posted anything here, which would mostly be because it's been a while since we've managed to finish a vid.

We did plenty of vidding, mind. But the vids we were working on kept going completely pear-shaped, one after the other, and then we needed a break from the frustration.

So there's still no shiny new vid. But we do have a shiny new place to see the vids we've already done:

http://flummery.imeem.com

Imeem is like Youtube in that the videos are streaming, but the quality is higher, so we figured we'd give it a shot. :)

The big column on the right functions as a blog of sort, so our vids are mixed in with playlists we're creating, etc. If you want just a list of links to the vids, scroll down a little and look on the left for the Videos section -- all of the vids are named with an abbreviation of the fandom and the song title (e.g., o5_Haunted).

Downloadable copies, as always, are available at our regular vidpage.
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Better late than never *g*

Below are some thoughts on what we were trying to do with the Metavid (link to actual vid here in case you want to watch before reading. Or, link to the lyrics). It's mainly me (Thing 2) writing below, with occasional input from Thing 1.

But first... we owe an awful lot of people thanks for this one, it just could not have been made without all the help, so thanks to everyone who let us use vids, clips, their thoughts, shouted "LLAMA!" at us, and all the rest.

The Metavid (or, Walking On the Ground) )
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I've reluctantly decided it's time to pare my zine collection down to just the handful I reread regularly, so someone else can enjoy the rest. This is an extensive list, but it still seemed easier to stick it all in one post than to split it out and spam the hell out of people.

Prices include postage within the US. I'll ship anywhere, but will need to figure postage for anywhere else. Zines are in good (minor wear) to excellent (like new) condition, unless otherwise indicated. All of these are coming from a non-smoking home with a cat.

I'll accept Paypal (credit cards okay) or a money order. Please don't send any money until you've confirmed your order with me, to make sure the zines you want are still available.

Comment here or send email directly to nocturnish at gmail dot com if you want any of these. If you want more info about something I'll do my best, but it's been a long time since I've read some of these, so I may not remember plot details, etc.


21 Jump Street )

Airwolf )

Blake's 7 )

Due South )

Equalizer )

Highlander )

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues )

Ladyhawke )

MacGyver )

Man from UNCLE )

Professionals )

Quantum Leap )

Robin of Sherwood )

The Sentinel )

Starsky and Hutch )

Star Trek: TOS )

Star Trek: Voyager )

Wiseguy )

X-Files )

Multi-media )
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We sent in two vids this year, one for Premieres, and one for the Challenge Show.

Our Premieres vid:

Jerusalem
Artist: Anouk
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica
Size: 48 MB

Our Challenge vid:

Walking on the Ground
Artist: Sheldon Allman
Fandom: Multimedia
Size: 32.9 MB

I have linked to the divx versions of the files here, but these are also available in Quicktime and WMV format at our page: http://www.trickster.org/vids. There are also smaller file sizes at this location.

Some background on the Challenge Vid )
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It is 3:21 pm on July the 10th. The deadline for Vividcon premieres is tomorrow. We have reached the point in the vidding where the conversation goes like this:

Thing 1: Think we could use that footage there?
Thing 2: No, that's a commercial.
Thing 1: But it's a lovely ruined city.
Thing 2: It's a commercial for 10.5.
Thing 1: Fine, be like that.

It's like that, only worse.
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So, for many, many years now... okay, not that many, seeing as torrents and downloading episodes from online is just not that old a technology, but for a while now, I have watched friends downloading episodes of shows to watch on computer, and have not seen the appeal. Specifically, I don't like watching shows on my computer. A big part of enjoying a show for me is being able to sit on the sofa, watch it on a decent sized screen, and fight for space with my cat, sometimes with my laptop on one knee so I can multi-task. Or, you know, have guests over to watch with me!

Downloading an episode to watch required going to the office, where the desktop (with the better monitor, and extra diskspace) lives, sitting in the not-so-comfy office chair, and watching it on a decent, but smaller sized screen, only a foot or so away. I mean, doable, but not actually fun for me, too much like work. It put me off to an enormous degree, actually.

If only I could watch these downloaded files on tv, I said to myself, now THAT would be something. But no. While I know it's possible to convert a file to something watchable on tv, I've failed to manage it myself, and the process requires a lot of time and effort for each episode you'd like to convert. Still, I decided to give it another shot, in the hopes of catching a few episodes I've missed this year. So I asked [livejournal.com profile] astolat for a few tips. [livejournal.com profile] astolat answered, "Hmmm, probably TMPGenc will do it, but you know, there's this new player on the market I've been looking at...."

She described the player. I expressed disbelief. I repeatedly asked her the same questions, over and over, to see if I could trick her into different answers, but NO! I discovered that indeed, she was saying there existed a dvd player on the market that can playback divx/xvid files without any conversion at all. Just burn them down to dvd or cd, pop them in, and PLAY. And that said player is only $45 before shipping. (There are, it turns out, other players out there as well, like the Phillips... but this is certainly the cheapest I've seen listed).

I stared at the player online a while, then a while longer, and then twitched a bit, and then twitched more, and then a seizure at minute 21 or so caused me to hit the buy button.

The player is the Norcent DP-220, and it arrived today. Cut for the length of this review )
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I seriously think someone should write a due South story based on this cover. Possibly, a re-telling of the way that whole thing with Victoria really went down...

(Found the cover here, for your amusement.)

The icon is courtesy of TROUBLEMAKERS Margie and Merry, who cannot be trusted with other people's baby pictures.

(Posts like this one are what happens when I'm stuck at work on a day I should have had off, and the rest of the world is off at Escapade...)
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Do you ever get so far behind you're not sure how to get started again? I am there. And I don't know what the hell it is I'm spending all my time doing, considering I never seem to accomplish anything. And I'm there not just in every day stuff, but as a result, also in all things fannish. I keep meaning to post posts, and reply to posts, and write stories, and vid vids, and the like, and I look at my flist and think "answer that" and put it to the side, in the big pile o' things to think about how to reply to, and by the time I look up again, it's three weeks later, and I haven't sent the reply, or written the rec, or even just posted the chatty nonsensical boring-ass LJ post.

While my own lack of organization is much to blame, I would like to dole out some complaints in the direction of the Hollywood, as well, for getting down to business this year and utterly failing to put forward their usual craptastic crop of shows. Usually, if I am lucky, I get 1.5 good new shows a year. This year? We're *awash*.

This season is a freakish mystery of... good shows. Shows that are not just not bad, but really really good. Shows that totally should have sucked, and do not. I don't have time for this many good shows. I'm having to outright ignore the existence of some of them, and hope I'll be able to catch up later. In the distance, I can hear tzikeh howling "HOUSE! HOUSE!" like a wounded moose. At even closer quarters, Thing 1 stomps about muttering "AlanDenny! DennyAlan! Cigars! In! Ears!" and I just make the sign of the cross at her and throw SG eps in her path with sticky notes on them that say things like "not yet catalogued" to distract her. .

Random Spoilers will follow on shows I'm watching this season, up through everything actually aired on television. Veronica Mars, Medium, Battlestar Galactica, Crossing Jordan, Lost, etc. )

In short... I watch too much TV.
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So, if you had an account on trickster, now is the time to email me with:

1) your username
2) your password
3) whatever your url was, trickster.org/something

things are going sloooowly, but they are at least going!
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Well, as feared, Trickster has imploded. I was hoping it would hold on until after the holidays, when I would have more time, and more importantly, the people around me would have more time, to see what could be done with it, but it's just sitting there like a lump at the moment, refusing even to reboot.

Those of you with email on Trickster, please contact me by email. I'm setting up redirects for the time being. I can be reached at my regular Trickster address, already redirected -- just send me an email telling me your address on trickster, and where you would like the email directed for the time being.

More information as it arrives, but honestly, this is poor timing, as it's right before the holiday weekend, and I can't say when that might be...
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So, a good three hours ago, I looked up to see what my cat was freaking out about and thought to myself: 'Oh. A squirrel. In my living room. DEAR LORD LET ME BE ASLEEP AND DREAMING AND FOR THIS TO NOT BE REALLY HAPPENING.' )
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(disclosure: betaed the vid, love the vid, am prejudiced, yadda yadda!)

[livejournal.com profile] marycrawford has just posted a brand new, very good, and very fun Hercules, the Legendary Journeys vid! (Actually, an Iolaus character vid). Not only is it a blast, it's a vid for a fandom that's severely under-represented for vidding.

Go, watch, send feedback, and encourage her to make more!
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A heads-up for anyone who might care -- Read or Die is airing this weekend on Cartoon Network. There's a midnight viewing on Saturday, the 23rd, and then a repeat at 3 a.m. Wicked Amp did a great vid for this OVA called "A Million Miles" that I got to see two years back at Vividcon -- it can be found online here: http://www.wicked-amp.com/videos/videos.htm

Who knows what editing liberties Cartoon Network might take with it, they're not all that trustworthy (why they even bothered to air Project Ako when they butchered every third scene/line is beyond me), but then, I can't think of all that much that would need to be edited from the show, especially given the times they're running it. (Also, I'll be interested in hearing the dubbed version, since I've previously seen the subtitled version).

But really, it's a lot of fun, for those of you who haven't seen it, mild spoilers here )
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Yeah, I don't do them often, but this particular story is causing little throbby veiny things to go all pulsy in the forehead...

The story starts here: With a New York Times Story (registration required, but free) about the sweeping registration campaign the Democrats are working on in swing-vote States such as Florida, and Ohio. Democratic areas have shown a registration increase since January of 250%, as compared to only 25% in Republican areas.

And then we continue to this story that notes that the Ohio Secretary of State has issued an order to the election boards to strictly enforce a rule that requires all new voter registrations to be submitted on 80 pound stock paper. That's right. You submit the registration on the wrong weight paper, and, while the elections board will try and contact you in time to let you know you have to re-submit... don't count on being able to vote if they don't get back to you in time.

This, despite the fact that under the 1971 Federal Voting Rights Act, Section (a)(2)(B) [No person acting under color of law shall] deny the right of any individual to vote in any election because of an error or omission on any record or paper relating to any application, registration, or other act requisite to voting, if such error or omission is not material in determining whether such individual is qualified under State law to vote in such election.

This story was pulled together over at Atrios' Blog, but it bears repeating. If you're a newly registered voter in Ohio? Double check your registration.

ETA: This article on why the rule was originally on the books, and why it is no longer needed.
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Somewhere, recently, I had been reading about how a lot of professional authors were getting sort of irate about the Amazon reviews, and the fact that anyone could post, negative or positive, and apparently, these reviews really can have an impact on sales, these days.

I think, at the time, I sort of mulled that over, in a vague way, worrying that it could have impact on a relatively new writer, in detrimental ways, but how was it really different than word of mouth?

But, just yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] elynross directed me to what appears to be a rebuttal review by Anne Rice of her latest book, Blood Canticle. I read it, and my jaw hit the table, and I had a whole lot of thoughts... one of which, initially, was that it had to be fake. And this is certainly still possible. But then I came across a link to an actual essay she'd written on her official website that... basically supported and repeated many of the same positions voiced in the rebuttal review. If that wasn't Anne Rice, someone was doing a pretty good job of channeling her.

The review can be found here, about halfway down the page.

The essay on her website can be found here.

She manages to hit upon, in these two essays, one hell of a lot of the very same arguments I see amateur (fan) writers using to justify themselves. Now, I'm not saying that writers should never explain what they were trying to achieve with their work, or stay silent when people are interested in having more information, but I am very much one of those people who go insane when a discussion of a story begins, only to have the author dive into the fray with all the reasons you didn't understand/shouldn't be criticizing her/are just plain mean! Goddamnit. The discussion is not for the author's benefit. It's not there to help the author become a better writer, or to encourage them, or boost their ego. It can do all those things, but that wasn't the point. It's there because people want to discuss what they read, or review what they read for other potential readers, or argue why a story worked, or didn't work for them. Just stay the hell out of it and let people have their discussion, unless they ask you a question directly.

Anne Rice hit every crap-ass argument I've ever seen thrown out on a list. In fact, her essays tell us that her very success has given her the leverage to engage in crappy writing all she wants, unfettered by the likes of cretinous editors, and other demons.

I just can't stop myself from commenting on her comments.

So, various sections, taken from the review, are quoted below, along with my reactions. )
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WorldCon!

Okay, so I was not expecting to attend WorldCon this year. Thing 1 started talking about it about 8 months ago, and I was all "Eh? WorldCon? Eh?" I've attended smaller conventions, like Escapade and Vividcon, but not really bigger ones, except one of two Actor Cons that sort of... sucked.

But Thing 1 was all "No no, you don't understand, this is THE ONLY CONVENTION THAT REALLY MATTERS," and I was all with the nodding and agreeing and eyerolling, while she assured me we'd not only have to attend the entire thing, but have a hotel room, for all five days, despite the fact that it was basically being held *in our backyard.*

But, the closer we got to the date, the more worn out we both were. Vividcon just basically sucked the life right out of us, and neither of us could imagine a five day convention so soon. While I wasn't even really sure why WorldCon was such a big deal, and was bitching noisily about the cost, Thing 1, the motivating force for going in the first place, was getting more and more tired and grumpy and ready for one of her hermitages. We were both totally prepared to flake out and not attend.

If Thing 1 had been born in another time, she would have a nice cave of her own by now. Not just any cave, but a very comfortably furnished cave, a cave other hermits could only dream and be jealous of. She would be *the* top-ranking hermit, and she would throw stones at villagers who made the mistake of coming too close, and parents would scare their children into obedience with bedtime stories about her. Even in this day and age, it's a pretty close thing. She requires two or three periods every year when you are not allowed to visit her, or call her, or think about her too closely, and all electronic transmissions are pretty much suspect.

This time period was supposed to begin on Saturday this year, for her, but then... [livejournal.com profile] the_shohsanna emailed us that she'd be here for WorldCon, and hey, we should get together! And then [livejournal.com profile] astolat did the same. And [livejournal.com profile] teenygozer was all "Well, *I* sure as hell am going," and [livejournal.com profile] bayleaf and a few others were all "We should meet for brunch!". Meanwhile, I read a few things on LiveJournal, and started tugging on Thing 1's sleeve going, "[livejournal.com profile] marthawells is *going to be at WorldCon.* *Giving panels.* Maybe I was wrong about WorldCon. Do you think I could steal someone's badge for an hour?" And then, grumblingly, we both caved, and she pushed the hermitage back to Sunday, and we shelled out the $80 for a Saturday day pass, and went.

And it turns out she was right. WorldCon is that Big A Deal. And it was fantastic, and I have to say, if you have to choose one day to go, it would seem to me that Saturday is the day you cannot miss.

Getting There )

The Dealer's Room and Brunch )

What the Writer Needs to Know )

The Art Show )

The Monster In the Maze )

The Vid Show )

The Hugo Awards )

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