I have come down from my very first virtual reality experience and it was amazing! Black Public Media (BPM) held a VR mixer last Tuesday and I volunteered to assist in the screening room. We used the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR headsets.
The Oculus, released a few months ago, is a standalone (un-tethered) headset and remote control that doesn’t require use of a connected smartphone. The VR content is downloadable directly from the headset. Current retail price is ~$200.
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These past few months have been very disorganized for me. Between work, life, and all else in between, I’ve been out of balance. Some good has come in the interim, however:
APRIL: I attended a panel on “Authenticity, Sensitivity, Voice & Appropriation in Writing” hosted by the Austin Film Festival (AFF) and the Writer’s Guild of America East (WGAE). It was so enlightening! See my favorite tweet of that experience here.
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Today is an interesting day in that I scanned the showings at my local movie theater and would watch nearly every listing out. There are at least 5 movies I would pay to see. I can’t remember the last time that happened. Is it the summer blockbuster season that’s got me so giddy? 😎
Anywho, “Sorry to Bother You” is one film I keep hearing about and know nothing about. I read the synopsis, which wasn’t mind-blowing, but the trailer tells a better story.
I think I like the direction in which film is going, opening up to “weird, quirky” content. What do you think, would you watch this?
It’s been a while since I posted (more on that later), but I will be volunteering at a VR (virtual reality) mixer hosted by Black Public Media on Tuesday, July 17th between 5:30 and 8:30 pm at WeWork Harlem in NYC.
If you’ve never experienced VR before, the mixer provides 20-minute viewing slots using the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go headsets on a first-come, first-served basis. It costs $10 to attend (but only $5 if you purchase tickets in advance). I really hope to see you there!
See link here to attend!
I just finished reading an amazing book and I thought to tell you about it.
I don’t read as often as I would like or as I should, but I finally got around to finishing something I started a few weeks ago — Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. This was my first time reading Vonnegut, and as chance would have it, Vonnegut’s first novel as well.
The story takes place in New York, ten years after World War III. It’s a dystopian future where machine has outranked man in social and functional hierarchy. After the men left for war, leaving the homes and factories deserted, machines were built to substitute the lack of manpower. When the war ended, the technology was further expanded to allow the mechanization of any and all possible functions. If a human could do it, a machine could do it better.
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I came across this article on Twitter and really enjoyed it. It was a nice break from the work I was supposed to be doing. 😊
A few of the movies I’ve already seen (Shutter Island, Cast Away), a couple I’d heard about (Carrie, Chinatown), and others I’ve since put on my watch-list (The Terminator, Funny People).
In fact, I just finished watching the original Terminator for the first time – and the accompanying Cinemasins for added fun!
WARNING: spoilers included. (Duh). But that’s the whole point of the article. It includes trailers and a small summary on where each one goes wrong. It’s amazing how many of them so readily gave away all their major plot points and even the final reveal! A special shame-on-you for Cast Away and The Double. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.
See the link here.
Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Genre: Based-on-a-book, Thriller, Fantasy, Science fiction
I saw this film at the behest of Twitter, touting it as “powerful” and “energetic”, the best new-release sci-fi/thriller of late. To the credit of these random tweets, it wasn’t all hot air. The film was indeed a nice ride – and a female driven cast to boot!
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