Lip Dubbing

This looks like a lot of fun…

If you liked that there are lots more like it here…

This would make for an awesome team building exercise. Mix people up into teams of half-a-dozen or so. Give each team a video camera, an iPod with some songs pre-loaded (+ a print out of the lyrics!) and perhaps a laptop to do the editing and over-dubbing. Then give them a couple of hours to choose a song and put their masterpiece together.

There is lots of room for creativity: one singer or the whole band, the straight lip-synch or perhaps a bit of a story line, all in one take or with a bunch of editing, some dancing in unusual locations, or a re-make of the original music video (or even a re-make of a re-make).

At the end get everybody back together to watch the final results, perhaps throw in the odd prize for cinematography or whatever.

Would be wicked. :-)

UPDATE: I notice the video I linked to is actually the team behind the Vimeo site. Looks like a good crew eh!

Children Of Men

How did they do that?

If you haven’t seen Children Of Men, starring Clive Owen and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, you should.

Perhaps it’s just my curious nature, but I always get distracted watching a film like this, constantly thinking: how did they do that?

In this case there are a number of scenes which are filmed in a long single take. This short documentary has the behind the scenes story of how they achieved it:



Just a quick note to announce the arrival of baby #2.

He (it’s another boy!) was born yesterday morning.

So, it’s going to be a bit quiet on here for a few days.

Take care,


NZs finest 12th hole

The trip to Ironman this weekend just been was the fourth time I’ve driven SH1 from Wellington to Taupo in as many months.

It’s an okay drive – lots of varied scenery to keep things interesting – but doing it that regularly is perhaps stretching my enthusiasm levels a bit.

Despite this, there is always one thing to make me smile, just north of Taihape:

NZs finest 12th hole? Really? It seems like an unverifiable claim to fame. And, surely if it were true they’d be able to charge more than $15 for the privilege?

One day I’ll stop and check out this 12th hole and see what all the fuss is about!

The difficult second album

Scott Adams (he’s the guy who created Dilbert) had an interesting post recently about why musicians find it so difficult to continue to have hit albums. He thinks that it’s because they end up competing with themselves. I think he’s probably right.

When Trade Me was sold I got some good advice from somebody who is wiser and older than me along the lines of:

Just because you’ve had one success, don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re bulletproof.

But, I guess the flip side of that is becoming too scared to try anything new – it’s going to struggle in comparison with Trade Me, surely!

Seth Godin, in his recent post about opportunity cost, is on the money I reckon:

Failure now means never failing.

Bonus link: while I’m talking about Scott Adams, here’s another interesting recent post from him: Happiness Formula. What are your two?

Foo Baa La La La

Kiwi Foo Camp (a.k.a. Baa Camp, or as Wayne notes in the comments on this Flickr group photo, Man Camp)

I’m finally back in Wellington after spending a great weekend at the idyllic setting of Mahurangi College at Warkworth, north of Auckland.

I didn’t really know what to expect. And, as it turned out, I was right!

The attendees were a crazy mixture of famous bloggers, media personalities, a former Shortland St star/ turned rock star/ turned web entrepreneur, lots of open source people (actually, lots of open source geeks) + one brave Microsoftie, government ministers, designers, legends of Mozilla/Google, hardware, software and content people, journalists, not to mention a couple of shameless fashion victims.

The schedule was created on the fly on Friday night and was all over the spectrum, from serious discussion of the state of broadband in NZ (well covered by Russell), to body modification, wok-fi (proving the spirit of #8 fencing wire is alive and well!) and performance art. Some warewolf. Plus some exciting software demos (Xero and Firefox 3 + Gecko).

I especially enjoyed Tim’s session on raising cash and Justine’s session on faceted navigation (we already use this idea a bit on Trade Me, specifically within Property, but I hadn’t come across this name for it before).

I get the feeling that it would have been a lot of fun even without the sessions. The place was just so full of interesting people. Everywhere you turned there was an interesting conversation just waiting to be started. I even found myself getting a bit angry at myself towards the end when I realised that there were going to be lots of attendees left over that I didn’t get a chance to talk to.

I got totally hooked by a Wii. Those who know me will tell you I’m the last person to get excited by games, so cheers to Glen from NetRatings for bringing that along … I might have to get me one of those!

And, I wasn’t the only one mesmerised by the growl of Rod’s Maserati.

Nat (or, more kindly, Nat) opened the conference by suggesting that we each try to put in more than we take out. I got the impression most people did. I hope I at least did enough to be invited back next year.

Extra: there is (an apparently controversial) Wikipedia entry here.