Light-based media

How to script and record narration for video

Two helpful behind-the-scenes videos from Stuart Brown, creator of the popular XboxAhoy YouTube gaming channel (and some other related channels).

Scriptwriting

Voice Production

Note that these videos are from 2011, so the software and hardware specifically mentioned may not still be the best choices. That said, the Rode Podcaster does seem to be one of the most popular mic choices.

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Enchanted Objects poster

“I am confident that enchanted objects will change how we live. They will change health. They will change transportation. They will change housing. They will change how we understand our own habits around energy and resource conservation, and they will even help us with creativity and expression. I’m confident there’s a promising future in terms of this new way of interacting and positioning ourselves relative to technology. I think one of the biggest challenges is to not think about this as computing. I don’t think there is a ‘future of computing’.”
David Rose on the IoT’s impact on our relationship with technology.

Amazon: Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things by David Rose.

Life on the Internet, Shape of things to come

Enchanted Objects

An infographic by David Rose organising the ‘internet of things’ by human desires: Omniscience, telepathy, safekeeping, immortality, teleportation and expression.

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‘Too Many Cooks’ creator tries to explain his awesomely bizarre Adult Swim short

Chris “Casper” Kelly is the man behind the late-night spoof, which begins as a harmless parody of cheesy ’80s sitcom intros before it becomes something much, much more disturbing. (He calls his style “absurdist and dark;” that’s the understatement of the year.)

I said, “It’s basically a show open, a fake sitcom where characters look and smile and their name comes up, and then it just doesn’t stop.” And he said, rightly, “That’ll get you about four minutes, but you’re going to need to start zigging and zagging after that.”

ITC Serif Gothic

Dylan Lathrop has a nice post on The Verge about his favourite typeface, ITC Serif Gothic: What connects new Star Wars, old Star Wars, and even Star Trek? This typeface

The next Star Wars finally has a name — Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Sure, people may beef with the title, but honestly, it could have been titled anything and I’d have been on board. Why? Because Disney and J. J. Abrams set the title in one of my all-time favorite typefaces, ITC Serif Gothic.

Aesthetics

ITC Serif Gothic

ITC Serif Gothic was designed by Herb Lubalin and Tony DeSpigna in 1972, based largely on another Lubalin hit, ITC Avant Garde, but utilizing elements of roman and serif faces based only on the geometric architecture of ITC Avant Garde. Both were published through International Typeface Corporation, another Lubalin-owned company, and would become part of the aesthetic DNA of the 1970s.

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Molly Crabapple self portrait

I really like some of these:

1. The number one thing that would let more independent artists exists in America is a universal basic income.

2. Companies are not loyal to you. Please never believe a company has your back. They are amoral by design and will discard you at a moment’s notice.

3. I’ve cobbled together many different streams of income, so that if the bottom falls out of one industry, I’m not ruined.

5. I’ve never had a big break. I’ve just had tiny cracks in this wall of indifference until finally the wall wasn’t there any more.

9. Never trust some Silicon Valley douchebag who’s flush with investors’ money, but telling creators to post on their platform for free or for potential crumbs of cash.

13. Don’t work for free for rich people. Seriously. Don’t don’t don’t.

See also: OpPornPixie: Molly Crabapple’s self-portrait, defaced with the hateful things people say about her on the Internet

Miscellany

Molly Crabapple’s 15 rules for creative success in the Internet age

Molly Crabapple’s rules for being an artist in the age of social media. In essence: be nice but don’t trust people who want to use you.

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