My first real vacation in a long long time is tomorrow: I'm going to Disneyland! I've been excited about this for a while; I'm leaving at 6am tomorrow and have two and a half days of nothing but DLand and the new California adventure.
But wouldn't you know it, around the beginning of this week, I catch the flu. I'm better today than I was before, but this one is really, really annoying. And right when I'm wrapping things up at work, too. Hopefully I'll still get to go (it'd be expensive to back out now), but in the meantime, this sucks.
Hopefully you won't hear from me tomorrow.
Cinemaweb has silent film resources, including information about silents on video, DVD and laserdisc, as well as sales and rental of 16mm and 35mm prints. See also their silent film bookshelf.
J.S. Zamecnik & Moving Picture Music includes an essay, notes, MIDI files and sheet music for use with silent films.
Silent movies were always accompanied by music, but they were only rarely released with an official score. Instead, the studio would send out a "cue sheet" with a list of the major scenes, the approximate length of each scene, and the title of an appropriate piece of music. The musical director at each theater could find the appropriate music and put it in order, or if their library did not include a particular piece, they would substitute something similar in mood. Many music directors ignored the cue sheets altogether, and scored each film as they saw fit.
Being a music director required a huge library with hundreds or thousands of orchestrations, and-- not foreseeing that their careers would vanish with the coming of "talkies" in 1928-- many music directors invested in such libraries. Theater orchestra arrangements of classical works were popular for film scoring, but many original compositions were also published specifically for motion picture orchestras.
-- J.S. Zamecnik and Silent Film Music, by Rodney Sauer (1998)
"Sam Fox Moving Picture Music Volume 1" by J.S. Zamecnik is probably the first music ever published for creating film scores. Several composers had created complete film scores before this time, but the usefulness of this music was limited by its being assigned to a particular picture. Most musicians, realizing that they would be playing for thousands of films, would not invest in music that was only useful for only one picture that would be gone in a week. They wanted a permanent library of useful pieces from which they could "compile" their own scores to any movie. The Sam Fox Moving Picture Music series was designed to fill this need.
-- Notes on "Sam Fox Moving Picture Music", by Rodney Sauer (1998)
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Photographica.org is a collaborative photo sharing site. I got my fancy camera in the hopes that I might carry it everywhere I go, perhaps in the hopes that it would encourage me to go places. Since I haven't been doing the latter much, I haven't been doing the former. I'm a little nervous to take that camera to Disneyland next weekend (water, breakage, theft, eek!), but I am eager to snap pics.
Ambigram.Matic automatically generates ambigrams, rotationally symmetrical representations of words. I used to be very into ambigrams, especially since good ones were best left to human artistry and not simply a methodical process. I tried making ambigrams of my friends' names in high school, with some success. Some names took a long time to get right, however, and didn't always result in something legible.
If I recall correctly, one book on the subject mentioned software available for manipulating vector graphics to produce high quality ambigrams....
Google search for "ambigram".
Anil says PHP Builder is dead. The site will stay up, it sounds like, but development has been cut. Dya think they'd let me host it for them? :)
There's no money in cool web sites, it is clear.