Boringly random stuff

* I published an article about the booming HD videography on OSNews tonight. It is pretty much all my thoughts for the last 5 months, all in a single article with the right links to some of my previous blog posts. I wanted to do that for some time now. Update: Slashdotted.

* It’s a bit tragic that someone could shoot and edit such a beautiful video (it’s my favorite hobbyist video), and then having the Apple Quicktime engineers fucking up the final h.264 encoding with their “flashes” (as seen here too). This bug exists on Quicktime’s h.264 endoder for over a year now and no one fixed it? Jeez!

* We looked for a video station PC last night with my JBQ. Apparently you can get something really fast for $2000. However, that’s still $2000…

* Something very good will happen to my family in Greece soon. I will blog about it when it’s actually signed.

* Now, this is tragic. Children of doping athletes deformed.

* The WGA strike will spell doom for many TV series (already affected “Heroes”), but thankfully “Lost” won’t be affected as pretty much its 4th season is already written. More over, the “Lost” producers are also writers, so they can do the job themselves.

* JBQ is fat again. Bwahaha… ๐Ÿ˜‰

(look who’s talking)


Wes McGee wrote on November 3rd, 2007 at 11:34 AM PST:

About that writers’ strike… remember, I told you so!

Wes McGee wrote on November 4th, 2007 at 9:00 PM PST:

Oh, and should the strike happen (last minute negotiations are occurring right now), Lost producers can not continue writing for the show, or not without either resigning from the Writer’s Guild and/or facing stiff penalties, which could include the revoking of their guild membership. They’re still members of the WGA and guild rules are strict about that. And they are pretty clear that they cannot write any new materials or substantially alter already written material while on strike. (Where it gets unclear is the stuff like editing for time. Obviously the writers guild wants to take a maximalist view to prohibit as much writing as possible, whereas the producers and the studios would rather narrow that scope as much as possible.)

Wes McGee wrote on November 5th, 2007 at 3:08 PM PST:

I think you might have been too optimistic concerning Lost. All of the published reports that I’ve read concur with the conclusion that there are only eight episodes finished before the strike struck, which is half of what they had wanted for the 4th season. (And I would also note that had the producers *not* themselves been members of the WGA, they could have worked as “scab” scriptwriters. In other words, they could have written the show, had they not been writers. But since they are guild writers, they are on strike.)

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Eugenia wrote on November 5th, 2007 at 3:13 PM PST:

And do you have to comment daily on the same thing? ๐Ÿ™‚

As for Lost, I think it’s one a better position than Heroes or most other shows.

Wes McGee wrote on November 5th, 2007 at 4:10 PM PST:

Sorry, that I don’t have a time machine so I can gather information before they are reported or I can find them. That said, the only benefit I see that Lost has is that it hasn’t premiered yet and given how fluid it is, we can’t say for sure when it will premiere.

(Note: I don’t speak here as a fan of Heroes — the only thing it has done for me is cure my insomnia. The show has some weird super power of causing me to fall asleep after five minutes. No exception!)

That said, it’d be nice if you posted a correction on the Lost note about the producers being able to write. They can’t.
The relevant portion of the rules are at bullet point 12.

(I’m done posting for today.)

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Eugenia wrote on November 5th, 2007 at 4:50 PM PST:

Are you a member of the WGA?

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