Popcorn Diaries, Episode 027

Listen in as Joe and Adriana discuss movie music, songs and soundtracks. Every movie has its own score whether it uses chart toppers or is an original score music can make or break a movie. Joe and Adriana will talk about some of the most memorable songs ever used, some that have been overused and their top three favorite composers. This episode is all about the sound of movies. Comment below if you have a favorite song you love to hear, or one that you may be tired of hearing.

Practical Tech with Tony – 014

This month’s podcast is all about the Consumer Electronics Show.

The list o’links discussed in this podcast:

 

TED2016: Dream Conference Streaming Live at Fountaindale

TV720pAre you interested in this year’s TED2016 conference in Vancouver but can’t afford the $8,500 registration fee? Well you’re in luck! Fountaindale will be streaming part of the conference live for FREE! Throughout the day, you can access four sessions showcasing great thinkers, artists and storytellers from around the country all from the comfort of your library.

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Wednesday, February 17

  • Code power: 10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
  • Imagine there’s no countries: 1:00–2:45 p.m.
  • TED University: 4:15–6:00 p.m.
  • Nightmare?: 7:00–8:45 p.m.

Feel free to stay for the entire live stream or just specific sessions. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required, but you do not have to be a Fountaindale Public Library cardholder to register. Register now!

Want more TED?

Naperville Public Library and Wheaton Public Library are also streaming additional parts of the conference. Visit their websites for more information and to register.

UPDATE: Here are the speakers scheduled during the February 17 program:

Session 6: Code power

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:30am-12:15pm
Linus Torvalds, Software engineer
In 1991, Linus Torvalds shared the Linux kernel with a few computer hobbyists. The operating system they built reshaped the software industry.

Reshma Saujani, Education activist
Through her nonprofit Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani initiates young women into the tech world. Her goal: one million women in computer science by 2020.

Mary Norris, Copy editor
As a copy editor for the New Yorker, “comma queen” Mary Norris enforces some of the most authoritative (some might say eccentric) style rules in publishing.

Luke DuBois, Artist, composer, engineer
Luke DuBois weaves information from a multitude of sources into art and music exploring the tensions between algorithms, portraiture, and temporal space.

Meron Gribetz, Augmented reality startup CEO
Meron Gribetz is the founder and CEO of Meta, the first company to produce and sell augmented reality (AR) glasses with natural gestural hand recognition.

Dan Gross, Gun-control activist
As president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dan Gross seeks to cut US gun deaths in half by 2025.

Raffaello D’Andrea, Autonomous systems pioneer
Raffaello D’Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Session 7: Imagine there’s no countries

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 1:00pm-2:45pm
Parag Khanna, Global strategist
Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.

Dalia Mogahed, Muslim studies scholar
Researcher and pollster Dalia Mogahed is an author, advisor and consultant who studies Muslim communities.

Amit Sood, Technologist
As the director of Google’s Cultural Institute and Art Project, Amit Sood leads the effort to bring cultural artifacts from museums, archives and foundations onto the web in vivid, lifelike detail.

Christiana Figueres, Climate advocate
Christiana Figueres is the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who led the recent COP 21 climate talks in Paris.

Hugh Evans, Humanitarian
Through the Global Citizen platform, humanitarian Hugh Evans has created an online community of millions of people — all driven to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030.

TED University

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 4:15pm-6:00pm
Attendees take the stage to give their own TED-style talks.

Session 8: Nightmare?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 7:00pm-8:45pm
Al Gore, Climate advocate
Nobel Laureate Al Gore focused the world’s attention on the global climate crisis. Now he’s showing us how we’re moving towards real solutions.

Andrew Youn, Anti-hunger activist
With One Acre Fund, Andrew Youn helps transform African agriculture by helping farmers overcome the obstacles that hobble their harvests.

Rhiannon Giddens, Musician
With a rich voice and an equally rich sense of history, Rhiannon Giddens animates American folk tradition with her electrifying song interpretations.

Jennifer Kahn, Science journalist
In articles that span the gene-editing abilities of CRISPR, the roots of psychopathic behavior in children, and much more, Jennifer Kahn weaves gripping stories from unlikely sources.

Dan Gross, Gun-control activist
As president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dan Gross seeks to cut US gun deaths in half by 2025.

Michael Murphy, Designer
As co-founder and CEO of MASS Design Group, Michael Murphy envisions and creates community-centric structures with healing built into their core.

Teen TV Bootcamp

Check out what our Teen patrons created after learning TV Production in a 3-hour Studio 300 Bootcamp. They created stories, recorded them using our sophisticated Tricaster TV production system, and they all took turns playing crew roles – Director, Technical Director, Audio, Camera, Floor Director, and Talent. They learned proper television control room lingo and studio hand cues, too. Here are the results.

Popcorn Diaries, Episode 26

There was a time when big hair, bright colors, and slogan t-shirts were all the rage. Yes, Popcorn Diaries takes a trip down memory lane and revisits all the movies of the 1980s. Listen in as Joe and Adriana discuss their favorite (and not so favorite) movies from that era. Nostalgia is rampant throughout this episode, so join us and relive some of the funniest and craziest moments in movie history.

Top 5 Best Video Android Apps

VideoAppsTo continue with Studio 300 in Your Pocket app recommendations, here are the top five Video Apps for Android devices. Click the image to the left for details. These are the best video creating, editing, and playing apps for those times when you can’t get to Studio 300. Search for them on your favorite Android app platform.

Get a list of best overall apps here.

Sharing part of YouTube videos

StarWarsHere’s how to share only part of a longer YouTube video. This trick is perfect for when you want others to start viewing at a certain point. First, go to the YouTube video you wish to share and pause it at the desired start time. It’s best to do this on the actual YouTube site. Next, click Share on the bottom left of the video information.  Then, check the “Start at” box in the bottom left corner of the video player. YouTube will update the link (the highlighted one above the “Start at” check box). Copy and paste that link anywhere (e-mail, social media, etc.) and when someone clicks the link, their video will start at that point.

You might want to try this with the Jump to Lightspeed videos from our Star Wars Celebration.



 

Practical Tech with Tony – 013

Studio 300 is proud to begin hosting the popular technology podcast – Practical Tech with Tony – on our blog. This episode is all about gift ideas for the tech enthusiasts on your lists. Enjoy:

Here are links to items and topics mentioned during the podcast:

Google Chromecast

Video converter – Diamond VC500 for Windows and Diamond VC500 for Apple computers.

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote – This is the one I am most familiar with. Retails for $79.99 but you can usually find them on sale at Amazon or other retailers for around $65, especially after the holidays, which is when my parents bought theirs after getting their new TV, Blu-ray player and surround sound system. The Logitech Harmony Elite is the remote that I mentioned in the podcast that can control all your home automation and media center functions. It retails for $349.99.

Bluetooth speakers – This is a recently published (November 17, 2015) article at TechRadar.

Drones/Quad Copters – There are a lot of articles out right now about the best Drones/Quad Copters, and this one has a nice mix of low and high cost models. All the models mentioned show up on other “best of” lists that I have seen.

Acer Chromebook 15 and Acer Chromebook 15C910 – There is a sub-$200 model available in the lineup, but it doesn’t sport a true HD screen (true HD is 1920×1080 pixels per inch) and this is also true of some of the other lower cost ones. The lower cost ones also have “slower” processors, less memory and less storage. The library currently has this particular configuration available for in-house use at the Children’s Services Desk, if you would like to take a look at it. Other manufacturers have other models available, and you can find out more about Chromebooks at Google’s website here.

Mobile Device Gaming Pads – There are lots out there and the prices run the gamut from just under $20 to well over $100. I think it is most important to find something sturdy that fits comfortably in your hands, especially if you are going to be using it extensively. Most game controllers now mimic the shape of Sony’s Playstation console controllers or Microsoft’s Xbox console controllers. Also be aware that not all gamepads may be compatible with all devices, so a device compatible with Android may not be compatible with an Apple device.

Nest Home Automation

Philips Hue Lux – The link takes you to the starter kit page of the Philips website.

Happy Holidays from the staff of the Fountaindale Public Library!

– Tony L.

Library Events

Help Me! Tech Support!! Event – Tuesday, January 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Studio 300

Received a tablet, phablet, camera, laptop, or other tech gadget recently and you’re still not quite feeling comfortable with it? Get the help you need at our Practical Tech drop-in event. Bring your gear and your questions and get ready to learn from our staff of tech experts.

 

Star Wars – Episode VII “I suggest a new strategy, R2. Let the Wookie win.”

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With Star Wars Episode VII opening in just a few days, let’s take a look at the movie that started it all, Star Wars (1977).  It’s a great movie but it’s not without its faults.  Here’s a few bloopers you may not have noticed in the movie.

  • At the beginning of the movie when R2-D2 is in the escape pod and C3PO is arguing with him there is a shot of 3PO from the side and you can see the reflection of the camera in his head.
  • When Darth Vader and Ben are fighting, Darth’s chestplate is on backwards and the belt “buckle” is as well. It appears that the entire shot was reversed.
  • After Luke gets pulled underwater in the trash compactor, he is shown with a piece of garbage on his forehead in one shot. In the next shot his forehead is clean, but in the following shot, the piece of garbage is back again.
  • The first interior shot of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit shows small hanging dice. In every other shot, however, the dice are gone.
  • When Leia shoots a hole in the detention area wall for their escape, the hole is not big enough to jump through, but when they all jump in, the hole is much bigger.
  • If you watch carefully before Han Solo shoots Greedo, you can see that Greedo has been replaced with a fake-looking goofy dummy just before he explodes.
  • When the walls of the trash compactor start moving, the bar Leia uses to brace them is easily obtainable, but in the previous shots, it was partly buried in garbage.

The Force is upon us.  It is strong.  But who is the new Dark Lord?  Jar Jar (an undercover spy and Jedi)? Luke (like father, like son)?  The Sith’s laws say there can only be two Sith at a time: a master and an apprentice. There’s food for thought.  What about Snoke and Kylo Ren?  Is Princess Leia, a Jedi now? Has everyone turned to the Dark Side?  How many Wilhelm Screams will be in the movie??  These questions and more will all be answered on December 18th. Or will they?

See you at the movie!