France Montage

The Animoto treatment on some of my pictures from France.

You can see the whole set on SmugMug and the highlights on Flickr.

UPDATE: The ad is gone now – and I remixed it with much better results. Each time you remix you get a different version and I find it’s often worth trying it a few times for the best result.

2008 in 40 seconds

2008 was a difficult, contentious, exciting, and ultimately momentous year, but while the affairs of men boil away, life and nature serenely continue on. This beautiful time lapse movie from Erik Sondheim really captures the eternal heartbeat of life.
It’s worth the trip to Erik’s site to see how he did it and watch the full two minute HD version. Good news: he just got a 5D Mark II so next year’s video should be even more mind boggling.

Here’s to a happy, peaceful, and prosperous 2009 for all of us all over the world.

Home Again

I’m back from France and a wonderful visit with Abby. She’s studying there until May, so it was a real treat to spend some time with her. She’s acclimated wonderfully, and her French is excellent.
Henry and I came home yesterday. We left Jennifer behind because she lost her passport on Friday and couldn’t get a new one until today. She’ll fly back tomorrow, but I have a feeling she’s probably glad of some extra time in Paris with Abby. I know I would be.

I took well over 1000 pictures with the 5D Mark II. I’ll be sorting and posting over the next few days. I didn’t spend as much time taking pictures as I thought, though. I was having too much fun visiting Abby and la belle pays, France.

Meanwhile here’s something to tide you over. A little video Myra Joyce made for us… Happy Holidays!

Qik and Quicker

Qik just sent me a beta release of their new iPhone app. You can use it to stream live video from the iPhone. It’s viewable at and is stored there as well. This does not require jailbreaking – this is an official app that will be available in the iTunes App store soon.
Considering there’s no video recording on the iPhone, this is pretty amazing. Here’s my first attempt. One thing I’ve learned: hold the phone still!

I’m looking forward to using this to stream video when I’m out and about. You can follow twitlive on Twitter for notices when I stream live from the phone.

Wassup 2008

Even if you’re for McCain, you have to admit Obama’s got better user generated content…

UGM 2008

Ten years ago we launched ZDTV (which later became TechTV) and The Screen Savers, its most popular show. We wanted to begin with a bang, so Kate Botello and I decided to build the “Ultimate Gaming Machine” basing it on Lloyd Case’s design from Computer Gaming World. In 1998, that meant a PII 400 Mhz, 128 MB of RAM, and a fabulously expensive widescreen Sony CRT (and a price tag of over $10,000). Here’s what it looked like back then…

There have been 9 UGMs built since then, the most recent for Attack of the Show in 2005 (which cost around $6000 and was a lot faster). Since I’m launching TWiT Live 10 years later I thought it would be fun to see what the UGM would look like these days. Only this time, we’re going to let you build it.

Starting Friday, June 6, we’ll be inviting you to pick the parts for UGM 2008. From processors, to motherboard, to video and sound system, the choice will be yours. We’ll spend a couple of hours debating the merits of each component, with expert commentary to help you decide, then when we reach consensus we’ll buy it. At the end of the month we’ll assemble our creation and then give it away to some lucky TWiT Live viewer.

I’m not sure exactly how we’ll give it away. I know I mentioned this on TWiT and proposed a crazy scheme to get me more followers on Twitter. All I can say is I must have been drunk. It won’t be necessary to follow me, or Dvorak, and it definitely won’t be necessary to unfollow Kevin. I’m going to check with the legal department and find a fair way to do this that doesn’t require anyone to join Twitter!

We’ll kick things off Friday, June 6, at 3p Pacific, 6p Eastern, 2200 UTC with a processor showdown. AMD or Intel, which will it be? I’ll have experts on both sides then I’ll ask you to decide. June 13 it’s Motherboards and Memory. June 20th, video cards and monitors. June 27th storage and peripherals. We’ll finish the machine on the 4th of July, choose the best five games for it, and award it to a lucky winner.

So join us Fridays starting in June as we recreate one of the most loved bits we ever did on The Screen Savers. It should be a lot of fun, and who knows, you could walk away with UGM 10!