Thursday, October 28, 2004

Free downloads of Fahrenheit 9/11 aim to boost Kerry's chances

Marc Perkel is spending US$2000 in the hope of ensuring the result of next week's presidential election.

Not by buying expensive TV adverts (something that would cost much more than US$2000) but by offering Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 for free download from his site, in the hope that watching it will encourage people to vote against George W. Bush.

And at least half of his hope has been fulfilled: thousands of people have downloaded the film from his site, in a format that can be watched on a computer.

Yet despite offering a box-office hit backed by heavyweight producers such as Harvey Weinstein, available for free over the Net, Mr Perkel, of San Bruno in California, does not fear being sued, as one would normally expect.

Instead, he insists that "Michael Moore wants me to distribute this" - although he also admits Mr Moore has not spoken to him specifically.

The US$2000 is the cost of one month's high-speed internet access to his website where the digital versions of the film are stored - and if download numbers are any guide, he has found a receptive audience.

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U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

The Alternative Hymnal's just posted the full lyrics of the new U2 Album titled "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb." Link

The Alternative Hymnal's also got a link to Eminem's new video clip titled "Mosh." The clip is fairly full on but is well worth the look... There is however a language warning on the track for those of you who don't like strong language. Link

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Music and Memory

This looks like an interesting project to keep your collective eyes on, and go and fill in their form:

Marcos Weskamp and I are currently working on a project that links music and memory, at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. At this point we are collecting data to populate the database that will be used for the visualization.

In a form we have put online we ask you to mention a specific song that you relate to a memory. Do you have a specific song that reminds you of your first girlfriend; that cool wedding of your best friend; a summer vacation? We are sure that you can find plenty examples! You can even sketch out your memory, among other things! It's great fun, really!

Your help is greatly appreciated, thank you! Feel free to send this form to other people too! Oh, yeah, and we would like to collect the data pretty soon, actually within the next 2 or 3 days. 8 Read full article


Sunday, October 24, 2004

Strange Attractors

On the ABC web site is a little treasure waiting to be found: Strange Attractors, an animation showcase highlighting 12 Victorian animators. You've got a choice of browsing in Shockwave - ideal for broadband, or html - better for dial up. The 12 animations are designed to be watched on Real player.

Take a look at 'Fog Eyes' - animation by Hamish Koci. It features a little girl sent to a hospital to have her eyes treated. She's placed in her bed by Sister Enid, a Catholic nun, who's determined to teach her how to pray and keep the devil away. The girl gets the idea that the lamp beside her bed, and that the suicidal patient in the bed next door is the devil. What follows is both tragic and comical - as would be expected for a down under production.

Strange Attractors - An Animation Showcase

Thursday, October 14, 2004

new hexstatic cd/dvd

masterviewhexstatic have a new album/dvd out. masterview is fantastic value - you get a CD and DVD and a set of 3D glasses all for the price of a normal CD! several of the videos are made in 3D. last night i was cooking and i put the laptop on the kitchen table with the DVD running. so i found myself stirring spaghetti bolognaise with 3D glasses on hoping no one would walk in and think i was completely weird!!!! the first CD rewind had some stunning videos that you could use in worship. this one doesn't really - but it is fantastic fun... the updated web site does have videos of the legendary deadly media, timber, natural rhythm, and frog jam as well as some from masterview....

God in the dj booth or on the club floor?

I'm reviewing Gordon Lynch's book, "After Religion: 'Generation X' andthe search for meaning, on the Postkiwi blog. Up to now, I've covered a book in a post. I'm moving to a chapter a post a day - more fun, more in depth critique, and also a chance to dialogue with the author. Gordon Lynch, the decent chap that he is, even responded to my invitation to provide comments - by email at this point. I'd be interested in dialoguing with anybody's comments on my reviews of the chapters, covering:
  1. The decline of institutional religion
  2. Critique of popular writing on generation X and spirituality
  3. Post-Evangelicalism and Alternative worship
  4. Tom Beaudoin, MTV and The Matrix
  5. Clubbing Spirituality (published today)

Coming up:

6. Douglas Coupland and 'Generation X' spirituality
7. Does Generation X need God?

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

NT Wright Page

If there are any NT Wright fans out there go and check out his unofficial website here: Link

Some may think that this isn't very Multi-Media but lets think about this for a second...

1) website
2) pdf files
3) mp3's

That's more than 1 media!!



Thursday, October 07, 2004

Digistry Multimedia Worship Resources

Latest news from Digistry...

Just released!
enhance volume III

(based on lectionary readings for Year A)

DVD version:
Use PC DVD-ROM drive or standalone DVD-Video player
Contains 108 digital video clips for use in worship and Christian education settings:
  • 108 Volume III (Year A) clips in Flash, QuickTime, and NTSC DVD-Video formats for Mac & PC
  • Updated search and presentation interface for Years A, B, & C

    CD-ROM version:
    Contains 108 digital video clips for use in worship and Christian education settings:
  • 108 Volume III (Year A) clips in Flash formats for Mac & PC
  • Updated search and presentation interface for Years A, B, & C
  • Bulk music software purchase deals

    The eMagic Logic users group conducts regular group buying exercises where members can get substantial discounts on music software. Link

    They currently have a very excellent deal on the fabulous OhmForce effects and instruments. Link

    It's free to join the Logic users group.

    Details of the 'group buy' on the Logic Users website, definitely worth a look.

    AND Linplug have a 'group buy' going on right now for their excellent RMIV drum machine. I've never taken part in a 'group buy' but the more who take part the bigger the discount. Link


    Families that play together pray together

    Parents seeking to protect their kids from cyber gore have created a boom in Christian computer games, write Justin Norrie and Richard Cooke.

    A dam was turning out to be the perfect date. He was dishy, debonair and had a good job in computing. But a couple of drinks and a marijuana cigarette later, the unfortunate girl was getting an unwanted abortion from a crooked doctor, all because she took the advice of a demon in a tuxedo.

    That's the way God deals his cards in The Choice Game, one of dozens of Christian computer games making inroads into a global leisure software industry that was last year worth $25 billion and is growing at 10 per cent a year, according to British research firm Screen Digest.

    The new wave of faith-based games gives children the chance to smite demons from the minds of suicidal teenagers, convert heathen Roman soldiers and explore ancient civilisations while learning verses from the Bible along the way.

    It sounds like proselytising, but Christian gaming developers claim they're only offering kids good, wholesome fun. The Canadian developer, Mackenzie Ponech, whose company Two Guys Software created Eternal War: Shadows of Light, in which players are sent by God to counsel depressed youths, aims to create games that can be enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike: "It's not about taking a Bible, rolling it up and shoving it down the person's throat who's playing the game. It's about fun."

    Christian computer games aren't new, but in recent years they have become more entertaining, adopting the production values of popular commercial games. The first evangelical titles appeared on the market in the mid-1980s, but their insipid game play (Bible Baseball anyone?), low-rent graphics, and elementary plots confined them to strictly niche status. Most were produced by two-man garage operations, working for the love of God, not money.

    Full Article: Link