Archive for mixed media

i am a librarian, i am a tech whisperer

Posted in Library Science stuff, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on September 26, 2018 by phanteana

they don’t call it a Library Science degree for nothing.

when i was awarded my MLIS 5 years, it felt like i was granted access into a very special club. even though i had already been employed in a library environment since 2005, the MLIS signified the difference between myself and my fellow department members who did not pursue graduate education post-college (at the time i became staff, only a B.S. was required, with a preference for experience or education in Media). aside from me, there have only been a few others within my team who completed the MLIS; one is still here, while the others have moved onto other professional paths.

although i work with media as opposed to books and the archive i work for is privately owned, my role is still a vital one. like all the folks who work at the public or university libraries, i don the hat of “tech whisperer” when the copy machine goes wonky or the printer becomes possessed. i once had the best conversation with tech support: i called about the printer and somehow, the conversation veered towards the occult and pizza. i never did find out who they were since it was over the phone & i was assigned to a tech rando. but they certainly had a wide variety of interests and a prime knowledge of machinery, so the printer was back to its old self (i think) in no time.

i’m also the person who has to point out to anyone who walks in asking for the mail room that they are on the other side of the floor (apparently, the giant sign that reads “Library” isn’t enough to get their attention). the mail room inquires are right on par with the people in other departments who wander in on a whim, never realizing there is an archive on the premises (again, that’s what the sign is for). these are people who work in Creative, Ad Sales, and other areas that involve people constantly checking their emails all day and night, and their only conversations revolve around work and which team members drive them nuts. i hear it all the time in the elevator, and i’m glad i’m not them.

while these and other daily tasks may seem trivial, there is a science to them. there is a science to coding as well. i’m still figuring that out, but fortunately the people teaching me to code know how to operate a copy machine and aren’t using Dells from 1999. they also know the difference between a library and a mail room. thank goodness for the little things!

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the art of war

Posted in Art & Photography, Film with tags , , , , on May 1, 2016 by phanteana

the life cycle of a movie is as follows: the film is shot, developed, printed, and ultimately released to the movie theater in reel format so it can be shown onscreen using a projector…at least, that’s how it’s typically been over the past century. film making as we know it changed in 2002 when George Lucas incorporated digital filming techniques into his work, thus ushering technology into the new millennium (falcon).

now, film makers have a wider range of shooting methods and as Forbes contributor and up-and-coming film maker Adam Faze writes, anyone can make a film (or claim to be a photographer) with a press of a button on an iPhone. it should be noted that Faze is only 18, but from the tone of his writing (and his short bio) he is wise beyond his years. when we watch the 10 o’clock news, it looks a certain way because of how it’s filmed. when we watch a movie on a big screen, it shouldn’t look like a live televised PBS program from 1985 (regardless of this, i still remain devoted).

while some in the film industry would argue that film and digital are at odds with each other, Faze is of the opinion that they both have value and thus should work together instead of against each other. hopefully, he can convince the skeptics of this.

 

lego my ego

Posted in Art & Photography, Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on February 29, 2016 by phanteana

i’ve been a fan of Killing Joke for years, and have been fortunate to see them in concert a few times. this is not a common occurrence, given that these gentlemen aren’t US citizens. so when news of a full-scale US tour broke (in recent years, they have only appeared sporadically on our shores, typically in New York or Los Angeles), there was much rejoicing…until some “unspecified health issues” (they’re not exactly spring chickens) caused the entire itinerary to be scrapped, leaving the US fans with broken hearts and fuller wallets as refunds were issued. the other day, i came across a very clever and rather cute representation of the Post-Punk pioneers as Lego figures. while it doesn’t quite make up for the tour cancellation, it does warrant a smile.

 

silence is golden

Posted in Art & Photography, Music, Popular Culture with tags , on December 8, 2015 by phanteana

it is one of the most iconic and recognizable songs in contemporary music. from its opening notes to its closing tune, “The Sound Of Silence” is inescapable. it has been featured prominently in popular culture, and has received musical makeovers from countless artists in a variety of genres. the latest of these renditions comes from an unlikely candidate who has managed to turn a simple folk song into a profound listening experience. now, they’ve paired with a brilliant director who has created some visionary clips throughout his career (including this one and this one, among many others) to present an audiovisual encounter that alters everything we know about the original version. welcome back, gentleman.

internet killed the video star

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2015 by phanteana

the home video rental store, much like the VHS tapes they would carry, has basically died and gone to Obsolete Media Heaven. for many of us, the notion of going to rent a movie on a weekend- whether it was with our parents or our friends- holds a strong sense of nostalgia. the first home rental i can recall from my youth was this. viewing it online as opposed to using old school technology feels odd. the color is washed out, and hearing the voice of Rocky’s trainer coming out of an animated dragon is slightly unnerving in adulthood. but like many other treasured gems of the past, this is one that was found on the shelves of video stores across the country for many years. that all changed, however, when the internet took over.

these days, anything (including the aforementioned childhood staple) can be viewed online. Netflix, Hulu, and countless other streaming channels have replaced the need to drive to the nearest Blockbuster (of, if you were lucky, a more independent store such as Vulcan Video in Austin, TX or Vidiots in Santa Monica, CA) or movie theater chain. is it more cost-effective to purchase one of these services? probably. is it wonderful to have so many movies and television shows at the touch of a button? possibly. does it replace the not-so-fond memories of the film snobs working behind the counter? most likely. we can take comfort in knowing that remnants of video stores are donated to public and private libraries, thus receiving a second chance. as for those snooty video store clerks, let’s hope they’ve moved on from berating us about which is the best Kevin Smith movie.

bye bye Beta

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , on November 11, 2015 by phanteana

i’ve posted previously about how Beta is still marketed, despite it being an obsolete technology. unfortunately, the end of an era has arrived as Sony announced it will end its videotape production in 2016. in addition, MV micro-cassettes will also be retired. so hold onto those VHS tapes (or, if you’re in the vicinity of Yale University, donate them), because they could be worth something!

(that is not my hand in the photo)

something wicked this way comes

Posted in Music with tags , , on June 23, 2015 by phanteana

look who’s back…

{author’s note: it took 3 albums for Disturbed to win me over. i dismissed them initially, but changed my tune in 2006. aside from welcoming them into my music collection, it was David Draiman’s backstory that drew my attention. i admire his unwavering spirit both as a musician and a human being. he is truly a voice for anyone who finds themselves unable to speak.}