Friday, 9 June 2006

Disneywar

I’m reading Disneywar by James B. Stewart, finally, having purchased it as a gift for my wife. Since she had yet to turn a page, I picked it up instead.

Prior to my life as an internationally known blogger, Java code monkey, and Linux/web/server admin, I worked in film and tv as a location manager, scout, and producer; it’s also where I met my wife, hence my presupposition that Disneywar would be of great interest.

Freelance film work is brutal by the way. Long hours, long weeks, and high-stress; and location management can be a balancing act of doing the right thing by your employer and the people you’re working with on any given shoot day. The Simpsons episode where Radioactive Man comes to Springfield, is spot-on satire of what a location production is like.

Burnout is common, hence, in part, my departure. Notwithstanding that I was a geek at heart, exploiting some of the first, and expensive, laptops to manage the reams of paper and data produced by a location manager.

Anyway, by way of that background, I wanted to say that Disneywar is good reading and I highly recommend it. While the stories told are generally common knowledge to anyone that goes to the theaters, how Eisner’s Disney ever found it’s stride and produced anything of mention is amazing. Stewart’s telling is described as Shakespearean, and I will concur, adding that it is shaping up to be both a comedy and a tragedy.

If you should get Disneywar, consider also Final Cut : Dreams and Disasters in the Making of Heaven’s Gate by Steven Bach. Apparently, Final Cut has been republished as Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists. I read the first printing, and admit curiousity about how this new edition expands on the original, and great, story.

Posted by caffeinated at 3:22 PM in 0xDECAF

Slowing down the typing, review more for typos

Many moons ago I dived into learning how to touch-type, adopting the Dvorak keyboard. It increased my coding output and increased tension between my wife and I when I use her laptop—“wha? You didn’t switch it back to QWERTY you freak typist!”; yet the words I think while banging out another blog missive are not the words the my fingers type.

Examples: is v. in, shrill v. shill, heavyily v. heavily.

I think I need a blog editing tool, one that interfaces with the Apple Dictionary API that does so well at underlining mispellings. I suppose it would not do me much good where the spelling is right, but the word is wrong.

Posted by caffeinated at 7:58 AM in Bohemian Breakfast

Disneywar

I’m reading Disneywar by James B. Stewart, finally, having purchased it as a gift for my wife. Since she had yet to turn a page, I picked it up instead.

Prior to my life as an internationally known blogger, Java code monkey, and Linux/web/server admin, I worked in film and tv as a location manager, scout, and producer; it’s also where I met my wife, hence my presupposition that Disneywar would be of great interest.

Freelance film work is brutal by the way. Long hours, long weeks, and high-stress; and location management can be a balancing act of doing the right thing by your employer and the people you’re working with on any given shoot day. The Simpsons episode where Radioactive Man comes to Springfield, is spot-on satire of what a location production is like.

Burnout is common, hence, in part, my departure. Notwithstanding that I was a geek at heart, exploiting some of the first, and expensive, laptops to manage the reams of paper and data produced by a location manager.

Anyway, by way of that background, I wanted to say that Disneywar is good reading and I highly recommend it. While the stories told are generally common knowledge to anyone that goes to the theaters, how Eisner’s Disney ever found it’s stride and produced anything of mention is amazing. Stewart’s telling is described as Shakespearean, and I will concur, adding that it is shaping up to be both a comedy and a tragedy.

If you should get Disneywar, consider also Final Cut : Dreams and Disasters in the Making of Heaven’s Gate by Steven Bach. Apparently, Final Cut has been republished as Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists. I read the first printing, and admit curiousity about how this new edition expands on the original, and great, story.

Posted by caffeinated at 3:22 PM in 0xDECAF

Slowing down the typing, review more for typos

Many moons ago I dived into learning how to touch-type, adopting the Dvorak keyboard. It increased my coding output and increased tension between my wife and I when I use her laptop—“wha? You didn’t switch it back to QWERTY you freak typist!”; yet the words I think while banging out another blog missive are not the words the my fingers type.

Examples: is v. in, shrill v. shill, heavyily v. heavily.

I think I need a blog editing tool, one that interfaces with the Apple Dictionary API that does so well at underlining mispellings. I suppose it would not do me much good where the spelling is right, but the word is wrong.

Posted by caffeinated at 7:58 AM in Bohemian Breakfast
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