Wednesday, February 09, 2005

See Simon's book reviews on video!

Got a digital camera, and I'm going crazy with it. It's a Canon Powershot A85 (as recommended by Chris the camera specialist) and it takes snippets of video as well as very fine still shots.

I got totally silly with it on Sunday last, and compiled a book review. Two actually:

The Book of Beginnings by Dr R and L Brasch
The Lunar Men by Jenny Uglow

To see what I thought of them - and see what I look like in a good ol' kiwi black singlet - click here to download the video.

I'd really welcome your feedback!

(By the way, the format is loosely borrowed from Richard Wicka's House of the Future concept - by "loosely" I mean the title segment is slightly similar in some ways to his Five Minute Segments.)


At 6:27 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

I thought this was great, Simon!

It came up a little blurry on my computer -- though that was probably something on my end, not yours.

My only advice is that you should go sans-music next time. It made it a little hard to hear what you were saying.

And I loved Millie's cameo ;-)

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Borscht said...

Yep, I'd have to second the motion on the sound effects, as it steals from the commentary, which is the "meat" we want. Your book collection chases after a man's heart, and I know, 'cos I've seen it!

Nice going -- darn, love that kiwi sunshine.

More to talk about and more to come, for sure. Let's see what the books are all about, sho enough.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Borscht said...

Hey -- something else that came to mind: SY, you'd be a cinch in Santa Monica. I mean, did you realize the money to be made in the "skin industry?" Black tank, and the groovy music?

Who else would know but the "count" himself!

And look -- if Parker-Bowles can do it, surely there's hope for the virile Vatican-loving cu-, er, Count, non?

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Sandra said...

Hmm...I think someone needs to do a little more research (no, not that kind!).

The "skin trade" does much faster business in THE VALLEY than in Santa Monica...

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Borscht said...

Righto -- shit, I forgot. Last skin flick I'd made, I was in a haze -- and The Valley could've been S.M. for all I know.

Exsqueeze me.

-- AM

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Simon said...

You guys are so funny! (I hope!) Okay, so next time a little less skin, and a little less music. Am scanning the shelves to see what's next. And - I got a tripod today! Have already filmed myself reading from above. Deeply fascinating, to be sure :)

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Simon said...

Oh and also the blurry - yep, that's my doing. I wanted to make a small file size so it wouldn't take too long to upload (and download).

Along those lines, I was at a Macromedia seminar today where they were saying how Flash is becoming the new standard for deploying video over the web. Imagine that - a world where a button saying "play video" actually just plays the video via Flash instead of offering you different files and sizes of files to download.

But I digress... more on that on my other blog at (under Who We Are -> Simon's Blog)


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