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I have been using a rather expensive remote (gyration) for my home theater for a while and one of the buttons failed. Most remotes have a conductive pad under the rubber buttons that contacts a pattern on the printed circuit board (PCB) inside to form a switch. A dirty pad or contact is the most [...]

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Yesterday, Rockstar Games released the long anticipated trailer for the new Grand Theft Auto game due out in October (10/16/07).  When I saw it, the first thing that came to mind was Koyaanisqatsi, a 1982 film by Godfrey Reggio.  In fact, the GTA IV trailer is a near replica of the film’s style, down to using the [...]

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By utilizing various structural techniques, filmmakers evoke different feelings and give more depth to the content. Film’s structural elements tone the content in different ways. Content proves unappealing and ineffective without proper structure. Structure evokes emotion and gives a deeper understanding of the content by revealing, or not revealing, certain scene elements. The director creates [...]

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must’ve heard that Apple just launched a movie download service similar to their TV download service. This came as no surprise, as Steve Jobs has been trying to strike a licensing deal with major studios for awhile now. Apple’s service will probably be recognized as the beginning [...]

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I finally got to see Little Miss Sunshine yesterday, at The Campus Theater in Lewisburg, PA.  This film is another example of a well-made independent film building enough momentum via film festivals and word-of-mouth, that it could spread from limited release to wide release with a very small promotion budget (think Napolean Dynamite).  The film [...]

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