Hace cuatro años el PSOE no dudaba en atacar, con razón, las bravuconadas del entonces presidente del gobierno, que haciendo caso omiso de la voluntad del pueblo nos involucró en la guerra de Irak. Ahora es el PSOE el que desoyendo a amigos y enemigos pretende instaurar el canon contra viento y marea.
Me diréis, “pero Raúl, el canon no es un punto lo suficientemente importante para basar tu voto” o “¡la guerra de Irak y el canon son incomparables!”. Pero no es cuestión de que se apruebe o no el canon. Es el mismo espíritu el que traicionan, la propia definición de democracia. Y si un partido político no representa a los ciudadanos, ¿qué les queda?
“While these are nice new additions for maps, we’re still wondering when Google services are going to start embracing outside data. Panoramio photos are nice, but where’s the Flickr images? Where’s the Vimeo videos or Goodreads books? So long as Google keeps limiting the external data in Maps to exclusively Google services, users like us end up with a subpar portrait of the web and eventually that’s going to come back the haunt Google.”—YouTube and More now Inside Google Maps | Compiler from Wired.com - Rebloged from Soxiam
“I like being comment-free; my website, my content. If you want to respond to something I say, quote me, link to it and I’ll probably get a referral from you and check it out. Or email me.”—Cameron Hunt.
The idea came to me when walking through Manhattan while listening to my iPod. When you’re walking while listening to music, something weird happens: your reality shifts drastically from everyone else’s. If the song is uplifting, you notice the majestic skyscrapers. If the song is depressing, the overflowing trashcans seem perfectly poetic. If the beat is close enough to your pace, it seduces your gait. Your contact with the sidewalk, timed to the drums, synchronizes the physical world to your private soundtrack. Your vision, bouncing at the same pace, puts you on center stage: the song, chosen by you, is affecting all the spacial senses. It’s the easiest way to feel as though you are God; that everyone is sight is an actor playing along with an environment that you control.
The idea to lip dub came out of that emotion: what if I transformed MY reality into THE reality? The easiest way to bring an imagined experience to the level of perception is to make a video of it, and I had a camera in my pocket, so I just started shooting the song I was listening to, Endless Dream by Apes & Androids. In the video, I look confident, even though it was the first take and was an experiment. But when you watch it, keep in mind that I was only 99% sure that it would work perfectly and start a huge trend.
After I finished the shot, the confidence that I was on to something big drove me to thoughts of marketing. I could post the video casually, but it felt too special to just toss it up there. I felt like I had to define it and give it a name. It was too amateurish to qualify as a music video, but too awesome to be called a lip sync video — especially when ‘lip sync’ on the web means a webcam video of someone mouthing along while the song limps out of the computer speakers into a monaural microphone. The word ‘lip’ had to stay, but since I would drop in the original song, ‘dub’ seemed appropriate.
I went home, threw it in iMovie, exported it, and pow!, the first lip dub. Getting it lined up perfectly in the timeline was the only hard part of the whole process.
The video was well-received, but not a hit. The concept of lip dubbing, though, immediately caught on, with strangers making their own. I made two others in the following months that garnered a fair amount of attention: the dorktastic Afternoons and Coffeespoons by Crash Test Dummies and Crazy by Gnarls Barkley. It was the second one that made me realize the power of this format. A bunch of CVers were on our way to McSorley’s Irish Pub when we shot it. I watched the raw footage on the camera as we walked from the subway, and thought “Oh, shit, this one is good.” I almost skipped the bar to go home and edit.
There are many reasons why that video was so good. It was set to a song that was not only wildly popular, but also great. The subject clearly had respect for the song; I was enjoying it unironically. Such joy is rare to witness — how often does a New Yorker openly and proudly display his love for something, especially a mainstream pop song? I also knew the words perfectly, and know how to animate my mouth properly. I was conscious of how I was framed, and made sure to get close to the camera and play with its perspective. Also, the subject matter of the song is appropriate for the subway, where crazy guys are common.
I understand if you personally don’t like that video, or me. But some people who do like me, like this video very much. At least one girl kind of fell head-over-heels for me because of it. I think it’s because this is me at my best, and the overwhleming coolness of the song itself makes me, by association, seem kind of awesome.
The next milestone was something you have already heard of, the Flagpole Sitta Lip Dub. It has been watched millions of times, received international press, and inspired thousands* of homages; all without ever being featured on a “Most Popular” page (Vimeo has no such page).
What I find interesting is that almost everybody likes it. A few people said they hated it because we were such hipsters, or because there weren’t any black people, or some other nonsense reason. But I think those people are just afraid to admit that they actually enjoyed it. The video portrays people enjoying life despite the sadness of the world, which, depending on your outlook, can produce a wide range of responses.
Here are some emails that preceded production, in case you had the impression this video just magically came together:
from: Jakob Lodwick to: all date: Apr 17, 2007 1:32 PM subject: massive office lip dub
Inspired by Feldman’s “The CV Office” clip (http://www.vimeo.com/clip:171619), I suggested we perform a company-wide lip dub on Thursday evening while we and our friends are all partying here.
I need everybody to do one of the following:
A) Reply with ONE suggestion for the song we should use … this should be a HIGH-ENERGY song that EVERYBODY KNOWS ALL THE WORDS TO.
B) Don’t reply at all.
from: Jeff Rubin to: all date: Apr 17, 2007 2:17 PM subject: Re: massive office lip dub
The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh What A Night) Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta (the “Paranoia paranoia everybody’s coming to get me” song) Biz Markie - You Got What I Need (but you say he’s just a friend) Anything by Boston Akinyele - Put It In My Mouth
from: Zach Klein to: all date: Apr 17, 2007 2:18 PM subject: RE: massive office lip dub
I second Flagpole Sitta – I was saving it for my first personal lipdub – but I’m willing to give it up.
from: Jakob Lodwick to: all date: Apr 17, 2007 3:06 PM subject: FLAGPOLE SITTA, MOTHERFUCKA
We’re lip dubbing “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger. Get an mp3 of this song ASAP and memorize the lyrics *completely*. You might want to practice in the mirror at home to make sure. It is imperative that everyone in company memorize the entire song perfectly. If you are inviting guests, it is your responsibility to make sure they do the same. No other preparation is required.
We will shoot promptly at *6:30pm on Thursday*. There will be some direction from me; nothing complicated.
I will make no threats and no promises, other than declaring that you will be sorry if you miss this or are unprepared.
So we all gathered and I choreographed it and shot it. The whole thing was a blur of me yelling at people and everyone being very cooperative. It went right, without a hitch, on the first take. We didn’t even practice it! I wanted to, but I believe Amir said, Why not just shoot it? and I didn’t have a reason why not.
It took a few minutes to edit. We uploaded it to Amanda’s Vimeo account so people would actually think it was a ‘normal’ lip dub, ie, with one person wearing headphones.
So this concludes my longest Tumblr post ever. I could probably say a lot more, but I’m going to give us both a break. Thanks for reading.
Jonathan Ive es desde hace algo más de 10 años el responsable de los diseños más galardonados y vistosos de Apple, como por ejemplo el primer iMac G3 de colores, el ordenador que revivió a Apple de las cenizas. Según Times Online si Steve Jobs tuviese que dejar la empresa por cualquier circustancia (peor pesadilla de muchios mac-geeks) el sucesor más lógico y con más papeletas de ser el sucesor es él, Ive. — mnx
“pretty much, web design and all other forms of corporate jobs are empty and meaningless. the companies will not be around in 100-200 years and your lifetime of working for them will have no impact on the future of mankind.”—comment from this article.
“Está bien que los vídeos los veáis en el Youtube; eso no está mal, pero también tenéis que verlos en La 2. ¿Por qué?, os preguntaréis. Porque si no tenemos audiencia, nos mandan a la mierda. Si queréis, poned La 2 a las cinco con eso de los ñús y la dejáis encendida hasta las doce con el telediario ese que ponen por la noche”.
El aviso, de broma pero de veras, es de los cómicos de Muchachada Nui (cuyo blog ha sido desarrollado por The Cocktail)