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New Media | Raging Technoholic
Nov
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Shopping for your geek?


So, being a geek myself I never get stuck trying to come up with ideas to buy other geeks, I just ask myself what is it that I want, and then apply it to others, saves time, and it's almost 100% spot on.

So this year I decided to sit down and give folks who are less knowledgeable in the ways of the geek an insight into what their geek might want under the tree this year.   Obviously each geek is unique (just like everyone else) and have their own take on things, but the list below has some obviously geeky items, as well as a few that might truly impress your favorite propeller head.

COMPUTER GEEKS

First up are the computer geeks, now your geek might fall into several of these areas, but usually computers are a common element in any geek house.


Kingston 128GB SSD Solid State Drive

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Ok, so here's the deal, for years now hard drives in mobile computers have sucked, we all knew it, but there wasn't much we could do about it until now.   By moving to a solid state disk you can take a four year old computer and make it seem like it's a brand new machine.   Great way to breathe some life into an older machine and not shell out $1200 for a entirely new notebook.

Make sure your geeks notebook takes "SATA" drives, and not "IDE" , type the model number into Google and find somewhere where it gives the specifications for that model, SATA=WIN  IDE=FAIL

Approximate Cost: $245

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G-Technology 1TB External Hard Drive

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Yes you can find cheaper external drives, yes Best Buy has some really cheap ones that look just as good, but here's why I love G-Technology.  They answer the phone... no really, they have real people answer the phone in their technical support dept, and they know what they are talking about.  Your call is not being bounced off a satalite to India where someone is reading from a script and asking you if you also might want to switch phone carriers.

G-Technology also understand that heat kills hard drives and they do a damn good job of using the entire enclosure (the metal around the hard drive) as a big heat sink to pull the heat away from the drive.

This particular model sports USB, 400MB Fire Wire, 800MB Fire Wire, and eSata, which means it will plug into damn near anything.   If they need more space than this, your geek has a porn habit, and you should get them a Drobo.

Approximate Cost: $179

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Drobo

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Behold the kick ass power of the Drobo.

What does the Drobo do you might ask?  The Drobo lets your geek store a crap ton of data in this nifty little box on hard drives and still keep it safe if one of the drives takes a crap.

The magic of the Drobo lets your geek use their existing drives, and even drives that are not the same sized, and all geeks have a ton of old drives laying around, so this lets them put them all in a nice little box and makes them look like one big drive to the computer, all the while ensuring that their precious collection of.... um..... wild life photos are kept safe.

Approximate Cost: $249

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Logitech Webcam Pro 9000

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Yes, I know web cams have been around forever, why would my geek want a newer one?  Well this new generation of web cams sport HD video and a 16x9 aspect ratio just their their geeky HD TV's.   The logic sports a kick ass Carl Zeiss lens (Carl kicks lens ass) and auto focus.

Of note here, if your geek has a Mac, don't buy this since they have one built in, and Mac people we all weird if their computer parts don't color coordinate.

Approximate Cost: $65

Extra credit, buy two and then you and your geek can video chat... hot.

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CREATIVE GEEKS

Your geek might be one of those creative types, may into photography, art, drawing etc.  I'v tried to put together a few unique ideas that will make your geek swoon with delight.

Lecia D-Lux 4 Digital Camera - Approx $699


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This camera kicks all kinds of ass.

Yes, I know it's not a Nikon, or a Cannon, it's from some euro sounding company called Lecia, but trust me on this, Lecia has been around forever, and makes some kick ass camera that put out just amazing images.

This one is a 10mp (Trust me if your not doing prints more mega pixels doesn't mean better pictures, it just means you can see nose hairs) and takes video as well.   It's small enough to fit in the pocket, but put out images comparable to a $1,400 DSLR camera.

Approximate Cost: $699

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Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet - Approx $350


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If you have one of those creative geeks who loves to draw, paint, etc, then the Wacom tablet is for you.

I picked one of these up at Comic-Con two years ago and I love it.It allows you to draw on the surface just like you would with a pen, can detect what angle the pen is at, how much pressure your putting on it etc.  Fully compatible with Photoshop, Illustrator, and other applications that your geek uses.

These new ones even come with "on tablet" controls to change ink, pen type etc.

Approximate Cost: $350

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Final Cut Express 3.5 - Approx $150


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If your geek is the movie making type, or a up and coming YouTube star, and they want to kick up their game from iMovie, Final Cut Express could be the answer if they are on a Mac.

Final Cut Express is the little brother to Final Cut Pro (which I list later on).  It picks up where iMovie leaves off and opens up some truly professional editing tools for your geek to become famous with.  Note, this only works on a Mac, if they have a PC, have a look at Adobe Premier

Approximate Cost: $299

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GAMER GEEKS

OK, disclaimer here.  If your geek is a huge gamer there is a good chance they have one or all of these titles, so it's best to make sure if they already own it.  Also often these games come out for various systems such as XBOX, PS3, Wii, etc, so be sure to check which system they have as well.

Dragon Age - Origins

dao My friend Paul came over and was giddy to show me a game trailer for this thing, and I almost went out and bought a XBOX just to play the damn thing.  Really kick ass RPG, amazing graphics and game play and it's got FUCKING DRAGONS in it, how bad ass is that?

Check out the kick ass trailer here.

Remember find out if your geek has a XBOX or PS3 before buying.

Approximate Cost: $65

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Uncharted 2: Among the Thieves

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The second game that Paul wanted to show me was this, Uncharted 2.  Evidently it has some of the best story writing anyone has seen in a game in a long fucking time. It's compelling, interesting, and the game play really kicks the lamas ass as well.  It's been compared to playing inside of a movie.

Check out the even more kick ass trailer here.

This is for PS3 only

Approximate Cost: $50

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Left 4 Dead 2

l4d2 You can't go wrong with zombies, and this game kicks so much ass, it kicks it's own ass! The game can be different every time you play due to the way it was created.  Play with a group or play on your own, this is probably the best zombie video game to date.There are few things more geeky that mixing zombies and video games, so this is a sure fire winner.

Probably has one of the best video game trailers of all time, click here to check it out

Approximate Cost: $50

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Sci- Fi Movie Geek

2009 was an amazing year for science fiction movies, and I might even so on record as saying it was one of the best ever.


Moon

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The entire movie has just one person in it, Sam Rockwell, and he pulls off an amazing performance as the sole astronaut on a moon base.

Directed by David Bowie's son (yes that David Bowie) it was one of the best Sci-Fi movies I have ever soon, well done, not cheesy, and really original.  Get it on Blue-Ray if your geek has a Blue-Ray player.

Approximate Cost: $50


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District 9

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This was honestly one of the best sci-fi movies that I have ever seen.  It's currently tied for first place with Blade Runner in my book, and really is not only an amazing sci-fi movie, but a scathing look at social issues .

The look and feel of the movie is incredible visceral and has an element of realism that is not often seen in sci-fi movies.   Be sure to get this on Blue-Ray if your geek has it, and I for one am picking up the two disk set.

Approximate Cost: $50


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Mobility Geek

It's no secret that I recently decided to go 100% mobile with my computer setup.  I realized I was only using my notebook, and have decided to make the move to try and make all of my tech/geek stuff as mobile as possible.  These are a few of the tools that will help keep your geek on the move.

MiFi Mobile Access Point

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This  is amazingly bad ass.  It's a mobile WiFi hotspot that uses the cellular network to reach the internet.  There is one button that turns it on and off.  When you turn it on, suddenly your computer, phone, etc all see a WiFi hotspot that you can use.

Since it just uses your regular WiFi connection there are no crazy drivers that fuck up your machine, and you can share it with up to 4 other people so that you can all be on-line at the same time.   Battery lasts about 3 hours in normal use I have found, and if you're near a plug you can go forever.

Approximate Cost: NA / It's free with a contract

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO



Amazon Kindle

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ONE OF THE MOST BAD ASS THINGS TO HAVE EVER BEEN MADE FOR GEEKS

No, I'm not kidding.

For someone on the go, or hell just sitting at home this thing is amazing.  It's an ebook reader that is connected wireless to your Amazon account, so you can buy books and such over the air.

Not only are the books cheaper on the Kindle you can get them RIGHT NOW, when you buy a book on the Kindle it's downloaded to your device in about 5 seconds.   No more running into the crappy airport book stores and paying list price for something, you just click, and you have your book in seconds.

Did I also mention that the wireless service is over the cellular network and FREE FOR LIFE?  Yeah pretty bad ass.

The other bad ass thing about these are, when you purchase a book you buy the right to own the book, so if you loose your Kindle, just down load it again for free!   Need to make room because you filled it up with 2,000 books?  Just delete some knowing you can always download them again.

The screen looks like paper, so it doesn't wear your eyes out, and you can control the font size, so if your vision is not up to reading the tiny print of books, hit a button and suddenly the text of the entire book is huge.

The Amish are jealous of this one, and your geeks friends will be too.

Approximate Cost: $250

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Flip Video Camera

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Since I'm a video geek, I get a ton of people asking me what's the best camera to get to take home movies and such, which one has he best picture, features etc.

I tell them "The best camera, is the one you have with you"

The problem with big expensive cameras is they are just that, big and expensive, so people don't lug them around all the time, or if they do, they are afraid something will happen to it etc.

The Flip camera takes good video, is brain dead simple, and fits in your pocket.  You can't beat it for the price, and it does 720P video, and you just plug it into your computer.

Ideal for home movies.... if you know what I mean.

Approximate Cost: $129

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Podcasting/On-Line Video Geek

Maybe your geek is trying to become internet famous, maybe they want to host their own news show, either way here are some cheap ways to get them on-line and still put on a quality show for the masses.

Flashmic

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If your geek is going down the audio podcasting route and maybe wants to take the show on the road, this thing is amazing.  Not cheap, but it's a professional microphone that records to a solid state card.  There are no cables, or wireless options to figure out, you just turn it on and go.

Ideal for man on the street interviews and locations where you need to be able to fit your entire studio into your pocket.

All around fantastic product.

Approximate Cost: $999

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Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera

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Ok, this is a bit more than the flip camera, but not by much.  It can even do 1080P video, but chances are your geek isn't going to need to use that option.

What sets this camera apart from the flip is the fact that it can take external audio, why is that important you might ask?   Because using the mic on the camera sounds like ass.

People are often willing to watch crappy video, but they are not willing to listen to crappy audio, by having an external audio port on this camera you can attach a quality microphone to it, and sound like a pro!

Approximate Cost: $199

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AZDEN  Lavaliere Mic

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This is an ideal mic to go with the Kodak video camera above.  Small discreet and 10x better audio that what you would get out of the mic on the camera.

These things are delicate so best to start out on the cheaper side and work your way up to the ones that are 100's of dollars, maybe they can use their new found internet fame to buy one of those.

Approximate Cost: $24

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May
Apr
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Tom fired from Myspace?

MySpace

Whoa... just breaking news, looks like the exec's from myspace.com might have just been handed their hat.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/21/core-myspace-exececutive-team-definitely-out-expect-announcement-soon/

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Apr
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Waiting to see Garyvee

Sitting at the bar and waiting for "The Thunder Show" at th W Hotel in San Diego.

Gary does a Wine podcast from his site called "Wine Library TV" and does live shows from time to time, and completely fucking crazy.

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Needless to say I am here waiting to see the show live.

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Mar
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Sushi Bar TV - Epsiode #2 Octopus Breakdown (Rough)

Again looking for feedback, the graphics, titles and music are temp, and I know I have a jump cut in there. Give me your thoughts!


Episode #2 - Sushi Bar TV from Kevin Workman on Vimeo.

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Mar
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Sushi Bar TV - Episode #1 Wasabi (Rough Cut)

Looking for feedback on this, the music, graphics, and titles are all temp, and future episodes will have a second camera on the ceiling.  Help me make this the best show it can be.

Thanks!


Episode #1 Sushi Bar TV - Rough from Kevin Workman on Vimeo.

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Feb
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Lights, camera, makeup?

So the other day when I was shooting PawCurious I had the distinct honor to work with Mellisa Street, makeup artist. Having a makeup artist was requested by the host that we have someone there to deal with things like that, and since the last time I put makeup on it was probably for Halloween when I was 14, I deferred to the expert.

Now you might wonder, where the hell do you go to find a top notch makeup artist here in San Diego? Well I met Mellisa at a SD Filmmakers meetup here in San Diego, she came to give a talk on makeup in the motion picture business, and a background on how she got into it herself.

Hearing her talk was interesting, but hearing that she cut her teeth interning for Stan Winston and worked on movies such as Terminator, Aliens, and all other types of geek fantasy fodder, it made me keep her card for when I start on The Zombie Defense Training Center series, and as fate would have it, PawCurious.

So, I can't say enough nice things about her, and I can't wait to work on the Zombie project with her, but if fate so chooses I want to see if I can work with her on her own makeup show, she has an amazing resume in the industry and maybe the geek in me would just like to spend a little more time hearing about the movies that made such an impression on me as a teenager.

You can find Mellisa's web site at:

Epic Makeup Melissa Street Professiona Makeup Artist (858)344-7201

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Feb
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6 Epsisodes of PawCurious in the can...

So yesterday we shot the first six episodes of PawCurious with Jessica and Amber.   Other than a minor audio issue at the beginning the day's shooting went great.

This marks the first episodes I have shot for my upcoming video podcast network.   It's been a learning experience to say the least, getting that first episode complete seems to take forever since not only do we have to have the video footage, but the music (and rights), animated bumpers, lower thirds, etc all complete, and then the web site has to be finished.

Ironically getting the second episode done, will be a walk in the park since all of the infrastructure will be in place, and it will just be the process of editing and compiling in the new graphics, etc.

It's just one more step along the adventure, considering I have like 5 shows in various stages of progress, I think it's safe to say I can say goodbye to my social life for 6 months.

AJA ready to fly, now if only the audio would behave

AJA ready to fly, now if only the audio would behave

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