Closed Windows.

I decided to use Bootcamp to install Windows 7 on Stacey’s new MacBook Pro for some reason (maybe I’m a masochist). The install went pretty smoothly, but Win 7 refused to connect to my “WEP” wireless network because of security concerns. You know, if the operating system wants to give me a security warning, I’m okay with that. But, the OS flat-out telling me “no”… that’s a little too HAL 9000.

MacBook Pro box

Anyway, I found a work-around in this message board thread

  • Open the Network and Sharing Center.
  • Select “Set up a new connection or network.”
  • Select “Manually connect to a wireless network.”
  • Enter network name (case sensitive).
  • Save.
  • Either choose “Change Settings” or find the network profile you just created under “Manage Wireless Networks.”
  • On the “Security” tab, the “Security Type” is probably set to “No authentication (Open).” Change it to “Shared” and re-enter your security key.

Couldn’t be simpler, right?

Also…

It ain’t dead yet… Hide and Creep gets reviewed again.

There are now three bonus commentary/podcast thingies available for Interplanetary (in addition to the “official” commentary track that comes with the DVD).

Pulp 2.0 has made Frankenstein Lives Again! available for the Kindle. For 99 cents! You can’t afford not to buy it!

Thanks to Stu Maschwitz for this public service announcement: Your New TV Ruins Movies. (Seriously… if you own a television and care about movies, please read this.)

I still don’t care much for this Amazon Studios thing. And the opening bit of this “test movie” didn’t do anything to change my mind.

Music from the “cloud” sounds like a good idea to me. Of course, I don’t work for a big record company. (via TechBlog)

According to Lionsgate, you can spend $1.99 million dollars on a flick and still call it a “micro-budget” movie. I sure wish I had a micro-budget deal with Lionsgate.

Look out, iMovie. Vimeo has a video editing app for iOS. And the Vimeo app is free.

I was going to post a link to a PDF of Radiohead’s Universal Sigh newspaper. But Radiohead (or their lawyers) apparently asked for it to be taken down.

This GoPro camera footage looks pretty good. (via John)

The Necronomicon is not an actual book. Contrary to what you might think from reading H. P. Lovecraft stories.

As much as I hate to post links to negative reviews… here’s a mostly negative Interplanetary review. But it’s well-written, and reviewer Christopher Mills has some legitimate gripes with the movie.

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South by (part 2).

More photos from “Birmingham Goes to SXSW 2011.” (Two each of Through the Sparks, the Gum Creek Killers, and Vulture Whale.)

Through the Sparks at SXSW 2011

Through the Sparks at SXSW 2011

Gum Creek Killers at SXSW 2011

Vulture Whale at SXSW 2011

Vulture Whale at SXSW 2011


Wall-crawler.

Stacey got me this awesome, huge, Spider-man poster for Valentine’s Day, and I finally got around to hanging it last week.

Spider-man poster

I hope that photo does the poster justice. It’s like twice the size of our TV.

(We found out about the poster thanks to an article at BadassDigest.com.)

Watched on March 26…

While I was watching Jumper, I was thinking maybe the movie got a bad rap. It isn’t high art or anything, but I really like the way the filmmakers use quick edits to convey the point of view of the antagonist (he’s a teleporter, kind of like Nightcrawler in X-men 2). And the cinematography is nice. Then the last five minutes of the movie played out, and those five minutes were so stupid that I said, “Yeah, the critics were right, Jumper sucks.”

Watched on March 27…

Stacey and I saw the first hour or so of Sucker Punch. In IMAX. It looked and sounded so good. Then there was a fire alarm. So we had to leave. But just for a few minutes, as there was no actual fire. When we got back to the theater, we waited around for a long while, but the staff couldn’t get the projector working again. Which seems weird. I mean, I assume it’s all digital and whatnot. Can’t you just turn it off, wait ten seconds, then turn it back on?

Anyway, Damon Houx over at CHUD.com saw all of Sucker Punch and had some interesting things to say about it.

Also…

Interplanetary in the UK! (via Paul)

New music from the (remaining) Cars. (also via Paul)

Like I always say, people should remake bad movies. Like Plan 9 from Outer Space. Note: I haven’t remade Plan 9 but I did borrow pretty liberally from it one time. (via Stacey)

Netflix has a new competitor with an interesting spin on the whole “streaming movie” thing.

You can read tons of digital scans of public domain comic books at the Digital Comic Museum.


South by (part 1).

I managed to take a few photos at the “Birmingham Goes to SXSW” show last weekend in Austin, Texas. The first batch is below. Click any pic to embiggen.

Magic Math at SXSW

Magic Math at SXSW

The Green Seed at SXSW

The Green Seed at SXSW

Great Book of John at SXSW

Great Book of John at SXSW

The Grenadines at SXSW

The Grenadines at SXSW

(Who’s who: two photos each of the Magic Math, the Green Seed, the Great Book of John, and the Grenadines.)

Also…

The Birmingham News covers “Birmingham Goes to SXSW.”

I didn’t get to go to any of the “South by” (that seems to be SXSW’s nickname these days) film panels, but at least some of those panels have been archived online. Here are a couple I want to listen to: “From the Sausage Factory: Inside the Film Press” and “You Are Not a Publicist: Criticism vs. Advertising.” (via James Rocchi and Badass Digest)

Venture Bros. Season 4 hit Blu-ray on Tuesday. I would have mentioned it before now, but I’ve been behind on Team Venture news lately.

Mp3tag is a “a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata of common audio formats.” I usually edit that MP3 metadata with iTunes, which can be a little buggy sometimes. The only problem I’ve found with Mp3tag (so far) is that it’s Windows-only.

Pica-pic.com features online emulations of several “vintage” (or cheesy, depending on your point of view) handheld electronic games. Check out the link–it’s a cool site, and my description doesn’t do it justice. (via Engadget)

Somebody is reinventing typing. Poorly. (also via Engadget)


One week after.

As you might have heard, Interplanetary hit DVD last Tuesday. I’ve been shamelessly pimping the Amazon.com option, but that’s not the only way to see our little Mars movie. The awesome Paige (at Shock-O-Rama, our awesome distributor) let me know about these additional Interplanetary merchants…

Planets and Interplanetary Travel

Brick and mortar sales: Interplanetary is available at all Hastings and select TWE stores, as well as Amoeba in L.A. and Kim’s Video in New York City.

Brick and mortar rental: Family Video, America’s largest independent video rental chain, offers Interplanetary in all of its stores.

Online sales: you can purchase the DVD from most of the virtual movie retailers, including Barnes and Noble, Borders, DeepDiscount.com, TLA, and Movies Unlimited.

Amazon Redux: it is unlikely Interplanetary will be offered for free through Amazon’s new “Prime” VOD program. It should be available soon for sale or rental as an Amazon digital download, though.

Netflix: no word yet from Netflix.

TV video-on-demand: no news on this yet. Paige told me that this market is increasingly difficult to crack. However, she is working a couple of different angles and is “cautiously optimistic.”

Also…

Interplanetary listing at AllMovie.com.

The second episode of the Crewless podcast/commentary thing is now available.

Amazon is selling 100 digital albums for five bucks each. For a limited time only, I assume. There’s some good stuff to choose from. I recommend the Queen “hits” collection (20 songs!), Nirvana’s In Utero, and Radiohead’s OK Computer. (via Stacey)

Andy Ihnatko’s thorough iPad 2 review.


Back.

I just got back last night from Austin, Texas. Lots to say about that town and the “Birmingham Goes to SXSW” show I played there on Saturday. Maybe I’ll get that written up tomorrow. For now, here’s a photo I took during the Green Seed’s fantastic hip hop set…

The Green Seed in Austin, TX - Birmingham Goes to SXSW 2011

Also…

Here’s a somewhat positive Interplanetary review.

How to transfer 8mm footage to a Canon DSLR in real time. (via Arik)

AT&T wants to buy T-Mobile. This is most likely bad news for everybody (except AT&T, of course).

Virb is a website building/hosting service. Cheap but not free.

Country-fried vs. chicken-fried.


Tomorrow afternoon.

I’ll be drumming for Delicate Cutters tomorrow afternoon in Austin, Texas, at Annie’s West. It’s a free show with eight bands (all Birmingham-based) on the bill. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and have a listen.

Birmingham goes to SXSW