About a year ago I was wondering how I could use the web to make myself be more productave, I decided that I wanted an easy to make to-do lists, share them with friends and visa versa. In July I spent a few days with my good friend Chrys and we began designing and programming the site (I did most of the designing and Chrys did most of the programming that PHP magic elludes me). Now almost six months later we have gotten the website known as “twodoit.com” to a stage where we can launch a beta version for feedback and bug testing.
I’ve embedded a demo below, if you are intrested give it a try: http://twodoit.com.
Today is Blog Action Day, I am proud to be participating in this for the third year in a row. For those of you just joining us now, Blog Action Day is when thousands of bloggers around the world dedicate a post to one specific topic or threat (2007 was the Environment then 2008 was Poverty) this year it’s Climate Change. The 10,403 blogs participating this year include but are not limited too: whitehouse.gov, The Google Blog, Mashable and Greenpeace USA (no surprise there).
I don’t really consider this blog a forum for serious topics such as climate change or global poverty, mostly I like to talk about films I’ve seen and occasionally dabble in some new technology or website that intrigues me. However I try and post every year on blog action day because these issues are quite important to me, and this years theme effects everybody in one way or another.
Back in 2007 I dedicated my blog post to climate change and I was thinking of being lazy and just reposting that. However instead I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the state of things purely opinion.
The good news is that in the past five years we’ve seen a major trend in the direction of more climate friendly products from cars to washing machines consumers are telling corporations that they want environmentally friendly products. Hybrids and fuel efficient cars rule the roads and many products boast a high environmental rating on the tag. Good news certainly however it’s not enough and there is still a lot to be done, there are tons of things you can do to decrease carbon emissions you know them inflating tires, washing in cold water; all that fun stuff. One of the best things you can do is shop smart, climate change or not there is one thing that every corporation responds to: money. Buy environmentally friendly products boycott the polluters, personally you’ll be emitting less and saving money but you’ll also be sending a powerfully message. Lets hope that this trend of green capitalism not only continues but increases exponentially over the next five years and into the future, but it’s really up to consumers to make the decision weather we’ll be living in a greener world or not.
In closing I thought I’d share a neat blog from everybody’s favorite search engine talking about what they do to make the world a little greener: Google Blog.
That is all for now, back to my usual trivial nonsense next week.
A brilliant man once told me that I should torrent my films, true I but I don’t actually consider the movies I put up here to be: films. Think of them as short representations of my work or a demonstration of what I’m capable of, trust me when I make a short film (coming this June), I will present it in proper fashion.
In the meantime, I recently read something on Cineobscure about the possibility of a higher definition YouTube video. It’s actually quite simple, by adding this; &fmt=18 at the end of any Youtube video URL you should get a higher quality version of that same video. I’ve tried it on a few videos and it’s worked very well. Keep in mind this won’t give you HD or anything close to it, however, I noticed the video is much cleaner. I have done this with every clip in the movies section of my website and it seems to help quite a bit.
Click the above image for a comparison of the two (the one on top is without the code the one on the bottom has it).
Image: ‘Once’ trailer.
2017 Update: Going through these old posts is a ton of fun haha. 9 Years later, yes, YouTube has full HD, 3D and VR compatibilities so this is no longer relevant, but we’ll keep it (like a lot of this stuff) for posterity.