I know just a couple of weeks ago I described how I didn’t do link round-ups anymore, but this list just suggested itself to me over the past 48 hours. I’ll try to provide enough context to each link, so that it’s more than just ‘click here’!
to select movies at the Vancouver International Film Festival – "It
is a bit over whelming, and a bit like being let loose in the candy store
with a thick wad of cash. The trouble is that many of the synopsis that you’re
going to read were crafted to sell the movies…" The festival doesn’t
start until September 29, but it’s a tricky business. After all, there’s only
about 80 shows on at the Fringe, and I find it challenging to separate the
wheat from the chaff there.
to know you’re a Vancouverite – "You know how to pronounce Squamish,
Osoyoos, Nanaimo, and Tsawwassen (although you might argue about the last
one)." Dawson Creek is a town, not a former TV vehicle for James Van
to beautify a face – "This tutorial will show you how to beautify
a face. The corrections that we’re going to do will make the face look different,
but at the same time we avoid to make the results look unnatural. Of course,
the face we’re going to work on is not going to look the same when we’re done,
but we will only make necessary and subtle changes." It’s a well-written
lesson in improving a portrait that final 10 or 15%. If you don’t want to
read the whole thing, go to this
page, scroll to the bottom, and mouse over the photo to see the difference.
- How to
disappear in America without a trace – "If your opposition are police
authorities, rest assured that they have decades of experience to back them
up whereas to them, you’re nothing more than another faceless fugitive on
the run." It looks old, so you may have already read it. Regardless,
it’s a fascinating study in achieving (or at least attempting) anonymity.
to own a MythTV PVR without making one – "Get this complete, ready
to run system. Watch, pause, and rewind live TV. Record your favorite shows
and movies. Play and record DVD’s. Keep your video library online and ready
to play any time." Thanks to Alex
for this one. I’ve written about wanting such a device before, but I didn’t
want to make it myself. Now I can buy one without any of the nasty DRM. Next
question: can I buy one from a Canadian company with good tech support?
- How to rip DVDs – "Ripping
DVDs (geek-speak for copying onto your PC’s hard-drive) is good for making
a backup of their content, or watching them on your PC." Right, ‘making
a backup’. Regardless, this is welcome, because I tried to do this about 4
months ago, following a lengthy and ridiculously complicated set of instructions.
This looks much simpler.