Thursday 9 February 2012

Things I Like This Week - 9th February 2012

  • The new Polaris website is now up and running. At the time of writing, the address is the one that’s currently live, but the main .com one is expected to come on line any day. There’s still some work to be done with the content, but I hope you like this new beginning.
             Here’s the homepage video to give you a taster:

  • Remaining on the subject of films, here are some great examples of films being shot in HD on… iPhones. Absolutely brilliant. Get your creative juices flowing – see how easy it is to convert your ideas to produced film without vast expense (as long as you already own an iPhone 4 or 4S - slight caveat that, I admit).

  • This blog is designed to give you an insight into the publishing world and to discuss pertinent issues at hand. Reverting to the former goal, I stumbled across the below video. This in no way represents publishing. In any way. No way. Promise….

  • Debate of the Week Number Two: Now, here’s an interesting concept… bestselling Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho, actively encourages pirates to steal his work and distribute it for free online. Madness you say? Well Coelho believes that thanks to free editions of his books circulating the internet, his sales have seen an enormous growth increase, particularly in countries where he had previously been anonymous.  This is not a tactic that I would necessarily seek to emulate, but it makes interesting food for thought.

    •  You can see from a few of my previous posts – and the Polaris homepage video – that I’m into my stop animation at the moment. This video is just a delight – you can read about how it was made here:

    • Now, I can’t really write a blog like this without at least a passing mention to Facebook’s public offering. Are they really worth $5 billion? Will investors ever see their money again? Time will tell, but before it does, Mark Zuckerberg has revealed Facebook’s core business values. For all that I generally hate management speak, I have to admit to rather liking these:

    • New and noteworthy apps on the market:
    - Stephen Fry narrates Inside The World of Dinosaurs - Very cool. I’m a general sucker for Stephen Fry endorsed products but this app is tremendous in its own right, even without his soothing, dulcet tones.
    -  the first independently designed templates for iBooks Author are now available on the Mac App Store - Get out there and get designing your interactive iPad book apps everyone!

    • And just as a random ‘this is amazing’ post check out these nanobots synchronised flying:

    • Oh, OK then, here’s another random ‘this is amazing’ item. 3D printing, incredible (I can't embed this video into the blog for some reason, so you need to follow the link below):

    Hope you enjoy the above selection. Any thoughts or opinions on any of these (or on anything featured throughout this blog), I’d love to hear from you.
    Speak soon.

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