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Am I wrong, Jeff, or did your grandfather have some kind of privileged access to shoot this stuff?  He seems awfully close to the action, he occasionally gets a wave or a word from the performers, and there don't seem to be any other "civilians" around.  It's really quite extraordinary.  Thanks again for posting these.  They're really quite wonderful.
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Casey: we all know how resourceful you are with DIY improvements to your hardware.  So it's time to find an ingenious solution to the wind noise when you shoot video with your iPhone.  We know you can do it.  And we know when you do do it you'll share it with everyone right here.  Get on it, dude!
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Wow.  At 59 I try (and usually succeed) in avoiding the loathsome impulse to be nostalgic, but it was tough while watching this home movie because my dad and I went to Expo 67 in the summer of (what else?) '67.  I was not quite 12.  I remember visiting the U.S. pavilion designed by Buckminster Fuller, remember riding in the hovercraft your grandfather caught once or twice on film speeding over the water, remember visiting the Kodak pavilion, which Kodak artfully designed to look like the carousel from its popular carousel slide projectors.  (Your grandfather caught it on film, too.)  Expo 67 was all about media, and the Kodak pavilion's draw was the 360 degree screen the company installed to show a film intended to surround the audience on all sides.  (Alas, aside from an all-enveloping shot of Canadian mounted police I can't remember a damned thing about it.)  As much fun as it was, the lines were astronomical.  I remember an exhibition called Labyrinth whose queues were literally 4-hours long; there were strategically placed signs along the route that supplied time advisories, e.g., 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES WAITING TIME FROM HERE.  Is there anything out there today I'd be willing to stand in line for 4 hours to see?  Nothing springs to mind.
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+Don Irvine Good lord, Don -- I stand corrected.  Thanks for pointing out my error.  Looks like I substituted an all-but-defunct company (Kodak) for an officially defunct company (Bell Telephone).  About the bits of Labyrinth that have been posted to YouTube: my memory is that Labyrinth displayed two screens -- one positioned conventionally at a right angle to the floor and the other placed like a bath mat in front of it.  The only inventive use I can recall of this dual-screen setup involved someone tossing a pebble from the vertical screen so that it then plopped into a pool shown on the horizontal screen in front of it.  It's hard to imagine how YouTube could handle footage like that!
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Super Panavision Cameras in John Frankenheimer's "Grand Prix"
Note: this blog post contains what some may consider spoilers. I saw John Frankenheimer's movie Grand Prix in a theater in Times Square when it was released in 1966, though I may have seen it 1967.  Not sure. Either way I was an impressionable preteen and G...
Note: this blog post contains what some may consider spoilers. I saw John Frankenheimer's movie Grand Prix in a theater in Times Square when it was released in 1966, though I may have seen it 1967. Not sure. Either way I was an impressionable preteen and Grand Prix was an intensely visual movie ...
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You guys might want to work a little harder on making YouTube Movies more discoverable from YouTube.  I did a search on "The Interview full movie" from within YouTube and utterly failed to find the movie.  Ultimately I had to go to Google to conduct the same search, which landed me here, which linked me to YouTube Movies.  I mean, WTF?
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I knew there had to be some drawback to Casey's obsessive Snapchatting, and now I know what it is: missing out on piña coladas.  Plus having to spend 20 minutes finessing one lousy in situ title card ...
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Annoyed the movie ends so abruptly -- I was hoping to see the credits.  I could swear the dad was played by Wink Martindale, who later spent years as a game-show host.
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A little while ago I happened to be on YouTube and decided to watch a video I'd posted there last winter -- a parody of the trailer for Spike Jonze's movie "Her". Imagine my incredulity, however, when I clicked play and had to watch a commercial before I could watch my video.

In case you didn't know, it's possible for anyone who posts videos to YouTube to request a Google AdSense account to monetize them. Open an account and Google will start to sell space on your "channel" to advertisers and split the proceeds with you 55/45. Not a bad deal, I guess.

But here's the thing: I've never requested (nor been accepted for) a Google AdSense account. So where does Google get off selling space to advertisers to run commercials before my videos?!? Basically they've opened an AdSense account for me on the QT and are pocketing 100% of the proceeds.

Way not to be evil, Google.
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Yeah, this occurred to me.  I also watched another video where I used Johnny Cash's cover of John Lennon's "In My Life" as the soundtrack; same deal.  This time it was one of those annoying banner ads at the bottom instead of a full-screen commercial at the beginning.  I never thought I'd find myself in the position of questioning the reach of copyright, but I'm finally there.  It's especially galling since up until now I'd never had such an experience watching my own videos -- which leads me to believe this is a recently developed Google ad strategy ... though I guess it's equally plausible it was imposed on them by lawyers from the RIAA.
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An independent copywriter and creative consultant by trade, I follow consumer technology and in my spare time post to my blog, Mind The Rant, about the promises tech makes and, often as not, fails to keep.
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