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Thank God for the Oscars

Yes, there’s more on television than war coverage, but I can’t turn on the TV without checking out CNN or BBCAmerica. But tonight is the Academy Awards, which promise to at least be something different. I know, I could also turn the TV off, but since hostilities in Iraq, I’ve found myself copelled to watch ...

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iM3 VQS Preview in Macworld

I haven’t seen it yet, but the current issue of Macworld on the newsstands includes a booklet insert that contains a few pages from the iMovie 3 VQS, plus material covering the rest of the iLife suite (excerpts from Adam Engst’s iPhoto 2 VQS, and Bob LeVitus’s Little iTunes Book and Little iDVD Book). Topics ...

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Free Real World GoLive 6 PDF

Glenn and I (to be fair, Glenn did all the work) have released the complete contents of our book Real World Adobe GoLive 6 as a 23 MB downloadable PDF. See Glenn’s weblog post about why. Also, in response to this action, Doc Searls wonders, “Since books on software have such a short shelf life, ...

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Another Ken Burns Fix

Erica Sadun has created an AppleScript script that toggles the Ken Burns behavior on and off. (Poor Ken Burns… his name is associated with documentaries and iMovie annoyances.)

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iMovie 3 VQS Blog

Final Cut Express: VQS is almost out the door, which means it’s time to start focusing most of my time on writing iMovie 3: VQS. To celebrate, I’ve created an iMovie 3 VQS blog, where I’ll post tips and info that I run across as I write, and links to resources that are mentioned in ...

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Turning Off Ken Burns Default Behavior

It’s unclear why Apple chose to implement the feature this way, but in iMovie 3 the Ken Burns Effect (pan and zoom) is applied to every still image you import into your project. Fortunately, there are a few workarounds: In the Photos pane, set the Zoom value to 1.00 for both the Start and Finish ...

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Even Dad Doesn’t Approve

George Bush, Sr. gave a talk and essentially (according to this article) does not approve of how Bush Jr. is handling the Iraq situation. Is it good that someone so close to the President can express this view, or will the fact that it comes from Dad only make things worse?

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Fly Another Day

I’m on a flight from St. Louis to Seattle, where the flight crew has announced that tonight’s movie is the James Bond flick Die Another Day. I have an article to finish, so I won’t be watching the movie all the way through, but I do want to watch the beginning (also known as “the ...

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Carter Op-Ed

Former President Jimmy Carter weighs in on the prospect of War in the New York Times. Although his presidency isn’t recent, it’s good to see our former leaders speak out against the current administration, given that traditionally (as far as I know) ex-presidents have chosen not to criticize sitting ones.

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Humboldt, TN

I’m in Humboldt, Tennessee, drinking some terrible one-step-up-from-instant coffee in what is otherwise a decent hotel room. It’s quarter to midnight, and unfortunately I have a lot of work to do. Hence putting up with bad coffee, and writing this blog entry instead of the article I need to finish. I’m here to attend the ...

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