A project that I had to work on today for school was to create an animation in Scratch–which is an object-oriented programming tool designed by MIT students in collaboration with UCLA.  It’s geared toward ages 8+ to teach basic programming principles and logical thinking.  It’s very easy to downloand and install and use.  Best of all, it’s a lot of fun.  If you want, you can see my humble contribution here.  Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment.

New HD1080i Camcorder

My colleague in the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign sent me a link to a new Sanyo HD camcorder on (the site I visit to drool over technology that I will most likely never be able to afford).

I think what stunned me the most about this camcorder was its size–it looks like it literally fits in the palm of your hand. With my background in video production, I can still remember the days of lugging around an enormous Betacam SP deck, connected by an umbilicus cable to the camera, and what a pain it was to get a lot of shots–and that was standard definition video to tape. The Sanyo Xacti HD1010 not only shoots video at a much higher resolution, but it shoots slow-motion as well. Now I know this type of camera will never replace the workhorses in a professional video production environment, but what potential it still offers to independent film-makers–or even proud parents who want to start shooting home movies in HD.