PaperCut – Email Stripper

PaperCut – Email Stripper
emailStripper is a free program for cleaning the “>” and other formatting characters out of your emails. It will restore “forwarded” or “replied” emails back to their original state so they’re easier to read.

It’s simple to use, and best of all it’s FREE!

Not much else to be said really.


The Future of Film Making

The Hollywood has interviewed a bunch people in the movie industry about where they see the future going. My favourite quote is from the Neil Gaman interview…

“In terms of the future of filmmaking, I’ve (been working on the screenplay for) “Beowulf” with Zemeckis recently. It was a script that we originally wrote as a live-action film, and suddenly we’re doing it as a motion-capture film. Again, all the rules are turned upside down. There was one scene that I started writing, and I phoned Bob Zemeckis and said, “We’re working on this scene, and we’re worried it might be too expensive, this whole dragon battle.” Bob just said, “There’s nothing you and Roger Avary could possibly write that will cost me more than $1 million a minute to shoot.” It’s suddenly indicating a universe in which everything costs the same, whether it’s a man battling a dragon or a bunch of people having a party.”

$1 million a minute?????. What planet do these people come from

Check out George Lucas on sound and James Cameron on cameras as well. George Lucas and James Cameron are toy junkies… and aren’t we all putting up our hands to play with them.

And not to far away from all this is the fact that people are running around with scripts and ideas and cheap (price not quality) digital cameras and challenging the whole $1 million a minute edifice.

Bumpy ride ahead.

Mondays Trust No One

t r y ^ d :: p u b l i c d o m a i n


I am currently listening to Try^d. They are a virtual band who formed across the ‘Net. The personnel are vavrek and arna in Seattle, John Holowach form Ohio, and rjmarshall in Japan

From the hype,
“rj had posted a song on his website, and I just knew that I had to rework it into something different,” said Holowach. “When he heard it, he was very impressed by the work I had done on it, and was eager to spread the piece around. Shortly after that, vavrek added vocals, and the rest is history.”

The band have released their album ‘public domain” under a Creative Commons Licence and if you go to their site
t r y ^ d :: p u b l i c d o m a i n you are able to listen to the tracks. download the album (two qualities offered) and of course actually slip them a few bucks and buy the glittering round plastic version.

So what’s the music like well I like it, the final rewind and I see are heading to my walkman (especially ‘i see’ nice snares ) please show your support! get your copy today!


Boxman. Reality Sucks.

Jools pointed this out to me. Her lecturer thought it was good stuff.

Hoss Gifford :: Work :: Interactive Director :: Freelance Flash Developer :: ActionScript 2 Programmer :: I make nice things for nice people.
Boxman. Reality Sucks. A Promo for the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Thirteen wee squares – that’s all he is. But he’s so much more – he’s a star!
Click here to view Reality Sucks

This is such a cool piece of animation. Hoss does really nice work and I hope we get to see a lot more of it.

Notes on Making Art

I found this in my inbox the other day (it’s from a list I subscribe to so it was supposed to be there) the Scarlet Letters: Notes on Making Art

And read it and found I was still thinking about some of it days later. Especially the second item on the list.

“Do NOT mix generating and editing. When you’re making a piece, don’t stop and get judgmental half-way through. If it’s a piece of crap, get that piece of crap out of your system — don’t try to fix it mid-flow. Finish it and move on.”

Number Eight is relevant as well.
“Work fast. Creativity is exciting. If you’re not judging while you’re making, then you can just throw things together as fast as your mind can move. You’re smart; if you don’t like what you’ve made, you’ll know immediately. You might not know what to do about the problem you perceive… Don’t “think”, standing there cogitating — try things. If your hands are in motion, you can be generating new permutations. The one that you want to pick will come out on its own time.”

I think that I like some of this because it allows for the possibilty of a miss, not everything is a winner. There is a line in there about “Get through the first 50 failures quickly”. Not a bad motto and possibly a great album title.

Trust No One

Reporters sans frontières

Reporters sans frontières – International
RSF Blog book
See the Handbook. Create your own blog, remain anonymous and get round censorship !

I have just been reading Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle Trilogy (and loving it) and in a books two and three there are some references to the use of pamphleteering and broadsheets to try and stop slavery amongst other political aims. Using the printing press as a tool to effect social change. The parallel with blogs is sort of … well unmissable.

Back in the 1500’s Martin Luther posted a “blog” on to the doors of a cathederal in Germany and started the Reformation. The printing press had only been invented by Gutenberg about 60 years before this act of defiance. The printing press empowered Martin Luther and change.

200 years on and we have Thomas Paine’s using pamphlets to get out his ideas on “The Rights of Man” in Common Sense, the key was the falling cost of printing pamphlets. Those writings greatly influenced the American and French Revolutions. Pamphleteering was quite the bloglike craze in the 1700.

George Orwell wrote pamphlets on the class sytem and James Burnham before writing 1984 and now Reporters sans frontières has taken a step towards making blogging the 21st Century equivalent of anonymous pamphleteering.

As the cost of producing, distributing and managing information steadily falls and will keep falling the traditional barriers to media and the dissemination of information start to disappear. Newcomers start sticking their noses in and the existing media have to adjust by playing the new game (the New York Times and The Age starting Web sites with RSS feeds, the ABC startin to supply their shows as podcasts).

Blogs get people excited or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them (and with good reason see the Evaluating Online Information article). Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they’re tremendous tools of freedom of expression.

Bloggers can often be the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest. Reporters Without Borders has produced their handbook to help them, with handy tips and technical advice on how to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles.

There is a basic tutorial on anonymous blogging, a half dozen scenarios from the point of view a fictional citizen of a dictatorship. It addresses private e-mail (now there’s a concept?), especially relevant in light of Yahoo! actively cooperating with the government of China in revealing the identity of journalist using their e-mail service. The handbook also gives advice on journalistic ethics and what makes the “best blogs,” and ends with a thoroughly entertaining and enraging “Internet-Censor World Championship” article”.

Why anonymous? Well, let see… for starters in an article by Joseph Kahn on the 26th of September 2005, the New York Times reported that China Tightens Its Restrictions for News Media on the Internet .

It would appear that China is unhappy with the “threatening trend toward liberalization in the news media” now that the Internet has become the main source of news and information for millions of urban Chinese. The major Chinese search engines and online news sites are no longer to post commentary, only the party line.

The rules also state that private individuals or groups must register as “news organizations” before they can operate e-mail distribution lists that spread news or commentary. Of the 100 million Chinese internet users, few individuals or private organizations are likely to be allowed to register as news organizations, meaning they can no longer legally distribute information by e-mail.

All of these measures are to give the Propaganda dept time to fiddle with the spin for all the stuff that they cant directly control.

The Chinese need the handbook (and I dont mean the Propaganda Dept).