Well, I was going to post a teaser for a new video project I’m working on, but YouTube doesn’t like the music I used, so I’m left without anything interesting to show for my next ambitious endeavour. If you’ve been to Disney’s ElecTRONica dance party either at California Adventure or Hollywood Studios, you might be familiar with the Power Surge stage show before the official opening of the party. I’m at present working on recreating a version of the show to enjoy at home. More details as they come, but for now, please enjoy my other offerings at my YouTube channel!
After three months of procrastination, I finally finished the video documentary of Disneyland’s Leap Day celebration event. Beginning at 6am on February 29 and running until 6am March 1, Surge, Jessica, Lucia, Ian, Angela, and I braved the elements, sleep deprivation, and the throngs of rabid crowds to survive one of the biggest events ever held by the Disney parks. Unfortunately, as you may find out from watching, it may have been one of the biggest event planning SNAFU’s since Opening Day. In all, it was quite the experience: one of laughter, merriment, and bonding that–if we’re lucky–only comes along every four years.
It may be a day late, but here’s a little egg for your Easter basket.
Rowan Atkinson (a.k.a. “Mr. Bean”, “Edmund Blackadder”, and even “The Doctor”) is probably one of the most versatile actors and certainly one of the funniest minds of our time. Most people in the U.S. have never heard of him, so he is certainly one of the most under-appreciated acts on this side of the pond, usually relegated to playing small characters and flunkies in Hollywood’s B-list movies (Rat Race, Never Say Never Again, and even his titular Bean). Just remember, that if it weren’t for Atkinson, American audiences would never have been told that “it’s not lupus” for eight years (House‘s Hugh Laurie first came to prominence on Blackadder).
This is a clip from the home video release of Rowan Atkinson Live! released in the early 1990’s when he played Boston University in a one-man show. In it, Atkinson, as The Devil, welcomes a new batch of sinners to Hell’s eternal damnation. Enjoy!
According to anonymous sources via The Wall Street Journal, Apple is possibly in the process of wooing at least CBS and Disney into a subscription service for streaming television. The basic rundown is that the customer could subscribe to a program stream without having to deal with those messy, customer-unfriendly cable companies that everyone I know loathes and despises in a vein similar to their affections for Terrorists and Nazi Zombies.
I, for one, am ecstatic about the prospect of only having to pay for the small handful of channels I watch (when I actually sit down and watch television). If I want The Military History Channel, I don’t want to have to purchase Golf TV, BET, Lifetime, etc. when I will practically never find myself actively watching such tripe. Of course, this is something we’ve all been subjected to since the advent and explosion of the format since the 1980’s. I remember talk during the late 90’s about the FCC kicking around the idea of “TV a la carte” wherein, thanks to programmable receivers, consumers would be able to purchase subscriptions only for networks they actually watch. Lobbies representing the cable providers (namely Comcast and Verizon, if memory serves correctly) immediately went into action championing the plight of the niche-market TV networks–small, usually locally-oriented, stations that have little to no widespread appeal (think low-power UHF stations of old)–saying they would inevitably be destroyed if no one had the opportunity to stumble upon them. Thankfully, we now have Web 2.0. With its proliferation of on-demand services such as RSS, YouTube, Twitter, etc., the “no one will ever see this” excuse is practically eliminated.
I think this is certainly the start of something new and necessary for the growth of entertainment, information, and technology. With seemingly limitless options provided by the Interweb, television doesn’t have to be held hostage to timeslots…or location-specific receivers, for that matter. My only concern is the fact that Apple might keep a stranglehold on the market–is there a way to make sure that the receiver software stays open? I don’t want to have to deal with iTunes just to keep up with 24 or Doctor Who. Frankly, I don’t want to have to deal with iTunes, period, but that’s a subject for another time.
In the meantime: Streaming media to your set-top box, laptop, or phone? Yes, please.