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Sunday, 14 October, 2007
  • With regard to the Flip Video/RCA EZ-series “pocket camcorders”: If you live around here, or any place tropical or desert-like, you want one with a light colored case. The EZ-201 comes in black, although that variant is difficult to find. I imagine taking outside such a little black box would lead to its premature demise.
  • I was originally screwing around to see if I could make something out of it, and will proceed with making a video about the new phone. Public reaction has been pretty good. I’m thinking Moto really could sell these through one carrier or another, perhaps as a pay-by-the-minute-only option. The three folks over fifty who’ve seen it think it’s really great because it is tiny, does what they really use the phone for, and has a display with big text. I can’t imagine how to market it, except to say “If you’re one of those weirdos who uses their phone to make phone calls, have we got something for you.”
  • The video idea I’m working with now is not unlike all the review and unboxing videos you see out there, but with a little personality and a little madness. In the madness category, I have a scene I want to shoot which would involve another person not entirely dressed. In the final edit the naughtiness would be fogged or mosaicked out by design. The rub is I don’t have anyone around right now who would acquiesce to such a request. It is a very strange feeling for a person who had trouble umpteen years ago getting people to appear in films once they discovered nudity was not required. The first two-thirds of my life was very strange.
  • I’d like to do a man-on-the street segment with the FONE, but I don’t know where to go to do this. It not like I can go to a corner busy with pedestrian traffic and talk to people … there are no such corners in Austin away from Downtown where informal video-making can suddenly become illegal. Oh, right. Releases. Damn.
  • I can no longer consume anything resembling junk food during the work week. I need to make every calorie count. I hope I survive.
  • I also want to make a video about the pocket camcorder, but don’t yet know how to do so without using the machine itself. Best to get through the first one, I’m really out of practice.

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