Movies


Up to 90 seconds of video can now be uploaded to the Flickr photo sharing site. The storage limit on video will be 150 mb from any recording device. Each individual video uploaded is limited to 90 seconds in length. The videos can be organized and shared just like photos. Tags, geotags, sets, privacy settings and copyright terms can be set as in regular photos. Videos can be searched in various ways, just like photos. Yahoo, owner of Flickr, surveyed 2,000 internet users and found that over 40% of those between 18 and 44 years old record video clips with their digital cameras. The Flickr news release is at this link: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2008/04/09/video-on-flickr-2/.

FlickrI am a paid member of Flickr and it is a wonderful site for storing and sharing photos. The site will allow you to order prints of various sizes and there are other value added options available from their third party partners. I welcome this video uploading news and expect the limits on each video will probably expand at some point down the road. Youtube will still be the place to go for those hard core enthusiasts who shoot long videos with digital video recorders. Still, I think it’s a nice addition to my Flickr membership.

Additionally, the size of individual photos that can be uploaded has been increased from 10MB to 20MB for members and to 10MB for those with free accounts. If I recall, my Pro membership account was $23, an annual fee. This entitles me to unlimited photos and unlimited storage. Flickr was launched in February 2004. Yahoo purchased Flickr and it parent company,  Ludicorp in March 2005. I was a member of Yahoo Photos which was discontinued. Yahoo migrated us over to Flickr with free accounts in July 2007. I liked the site so much, I signed up for a Pro account.

There are other photo sharing sites besides Flickr, such as: Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Photobucket. A review of these sites by the Mossberg Solution’s Katherine Boehret is at this link: http://solution.allthingsd.com/20070801/how-the-big-photo-sharing-sites-stack-up/.

 

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Due to the extremely cold weather, I spent more time than usual watching the telly this weekend. I saw “The Osterman Weekend” on cable television, which is a film by Sam Peckinpah based on a novel by Robert Ludlum. Ludlum is the guy who wrote “The Bourne Identity”, “The Bourne Supremacy” and the “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

The movie is a bit dated, having been made in 1983. It stars Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Burt Lancaster, Dennis Hopper, Meg Foster and Craig T. Nelson. Though not a particularly great movie, it is very interesting to watch. My purpose in blogging about it is to mention a quote by the character played by John Hurt. For a really good analysis of the movie, see the Forager Blog post of February 21, 2007 here.

The quote is the opinion of the character in the movie played by Hurt and refers to the purpose of television. The quote is: “Programs are just a pause in between attempts to sell you something.” This quote stuck in my mind all weekend because every time I tried to channel surf, I ran into a commercial. On the rare occasion when I did switch and run into program content, it lasted only, I swear, only a minute or so before a commercial came on. It seems to me that in an hour long show, about 22 minutes are non-program minutes. That’s over 33%.

This is why I am not interested in HD television. Maybe I’m just being an old fart, but I don’t want a large television where the commercials are displayed in high definition. Although I do consider myself a tech geek. All the shows on television seem to be reality shows, which I don’t watch. I do watch DVD movies and DVD’s of tv programs, which are great because: 1) there have no commercials, and, 2) the bonus content can be quite excellent. Still, I’m not interested in HD. I can watch these shows on my laptop which provides very good quality, use headphones and save myself $2,500 – $5,000.

To quote Dennis Miller, “I don’t mean to go off on a rant here but…” but I’ll repeat the quote, still banging around in the empty space between my ears. “Programs are just a pause in between attempts to sell you something.” Billy Mays, shut up and go away – please!

I saw “The Circus” the other night on TCM, Turner Classic Movies. It is silent in the sense that the characters can’t be heard, there are dialogue cards to read every few seconds. There is sound in the form of music. Chaplin composed most of the music for all of his films, and he did on this one. The music is really fabulous. I’d like to buy a soundtrack cd or two of his films. This is the second silent Chaplin film I’ve seen. The other, “City Lights” , is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.

Since you have to read the dialogue, you pay attention and understand the movie better. On TCM, there were no commercials so I had to sit still and concentrate all the way through. I really like this, similar to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” you absorb all the aspects of the production. In Crouching Tiger, you have to read the dialogue cards since the dialogue is Chinese.   The Circus was made in 1928 and City Lights in 1931. City Lights has a great soundtrack as well, with superb acting.

I really appreciate these movies. Chaplin has always been praised as a great movie maker but until you see one of his movies, the tendency is to regard the praise as mere puffery. The movies today seem loud and abusive to my senses for the most part. I feel like they are trying to keep me from leaving my seat. With these two Chaplin movies, you won’t want to leave your seat. Try to see one of the above two movies if you have the chance.