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July 26, 2008

Well, this has turned into my productive time (iMac reports it is 1:13 a.m.) — that’s what I get for getting a night shift job right after college, where I never slept anyway — Lake Michigan is inspirational at surprising hours, as is walking.  Twitter led me to Simon’s Cat on YouTube which is a hoot:

 Enjoying non fiction — well I didn’t enjoy Tim Allen and Bob Newhart’s books — comedians either need their voices or editors, probably both.  But I am enjoying DROIDMAKER:  George Lucas and the Digital Revolution by Michael Rubin.  I keep thinking I’ll skip read but the details pull me in — more technical than emotional, like how Paramount’s failed VistaVision system is apparently why White Christmas looks so good as well as why the Star Wars dog fights didn’t degrade too terribly even though they had so many layers.  Calvin is big on this issue when we talk about using our bluescreening program.  Just Googled VistaVision and Wikipedia (it’s another lonelypond culture name drop day) informs me it was used in “To Catch A Thief” and that Hitchcock liked it — I can see why — I have apparently always been a VistaVision fan and didn’t know it.  Well, me and George Lucas.  The things you find out when you read:

Oh wow, here’s the list of VistaVision Films and it includes “The Trouble With Harry,”  “Funny Face,” “North by Northwest” and a whole list of films that used it for special effects (“The Abyss,” “Star Wars,” “The Dark Knight,”…wow.  I’m sticking with digital (too cheap and broke for film, plus I like the look of HD), but WOW:

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