Low budget Lord of the Rings : the Hunt of Gollum

This morning on TV, I learnt about a fan Tolkien made movie : ‘The Hunt of Gollum’  for a budget 3000 £ . 160 people were cast on the  40-minute story I think it’s mind-buggling how much can be done for so few means.

With a budget of £3,000, the film cost somewhat less than Peter Jackson’s trilogy, but that doesn’t mean this fan-film looks like it was put together with cardboard and string.The trailer promises a lavish production that models itself closely on Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth – with North Wales, Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath doubling for Tolkien’s orc-infested lands.

For more information http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8022623.stm

The trailer is available on youtube.

 

Eureka

Yeah I found it : yesterday I was looking for how to add tab on the upper page ( or tabbar) like on this blog

tabbar

Not sidebar, there is a plenty of non sense plugin, javascript and so which add your page on your side bar. The solution : in wp-admin Pages> add a new page. Of course depending on the theme you use, the theme must display it. Everything is in the theme.

I was nearly switching to Joomla to own the  tabbar. Now just one thing I still don’t know how to a post to under a certain page

 

Youtube edu

Who said YouTube is just for entertainment ? I just read the Times from April about universities classes going online. I myself subscribe to stanforduniversity . What is the goal ?  Promotion, gain international exposure, attract potential students, degrade élite degrees . After all watching these classes doesn’t give you a diploma or gain access to alumni network.

http://www.youtube.com/edu

 

The Art of “Invest less, Get more”

I just came across an article from TIME.

How do you get started? All that’s required is a great idea for a product that will fill a need in the 21st century. These days you’d do best if your idea either makes people money or saves them money.

The term ramen profitable was coined by Paul Graham, a Silicon Valley start-up investor, essayist and muse to LILO entrepreneurs. It means that your start-up is self-sustaining and can eke out enough profit to keep you alive on instant noodles while your business gains traction.

I love this term LILOs, for “a little in, a lot out.” With economic crisis, VC are less willing to invest in high risk start up. Nonetheless some entrepreneurs turn to find cheaper developers through rentacoder.com or eLance.com.  It’s getting cheaper and cheaper to start a company :

  • hardware cost less, servers are affordable
  • cheap developers in rising countries are available
  • open source technology are free, no high licence fee

For me the new wave of entrepreneurs who will go through the crisis are the ones who can monetize instantly their projects. I think getting a load crap of users then selling ads/their personal info is not a business model. Rather it should be ‘freemium’ : free to register, pay for additional services (WordPress, Flickr …). Think of it a decade ago Jeff Bezos needed 300k$ to launch Amazon.  Now one lonely guy can run plentyoffish and generate revenues. Here is a VC’s view on Open Source

Guy Kawasaki on Startups using Open Source

 

Gary Vaynerchuk’s Web 2.0 Keynote in NYC: great motivation

There is not one single week, I miss this formidable speech from the energetic Gary Vaynerchuk . He delivers some powerful messages for any wanna be entrepreneurs. I used to think he was just another wine guy, lame friend wth Kevin Rose.

Legacy is greater than currency. Your great children are gonna watch what you’ve done. I think about that every single day.
It’s massive opportunity. In the old days to become a brand, you needed a lot of media mainstream attention. But now if you ‘re talked enough, you can build your brand.
I don’t want to hear about this 2 jobs thing. If you want this, if you’re miserable, if you have a passion for something else. You work after hours, that’s plenty to do damage

Watch the last minute, I LOVE that phrase.

Everyone has time, stop watching f’ucking lost!  If you want this, if you want bling bling, if you want to buy the jets, if you want do shit! WORK, that’s how you get it

I’d love to attend next Web 2.0 if I could. I come to realize that few people grasped Internet is the new gold rush. If you’re not going to do what you’re about, somebody is gonna take it.

My work colleagues never grasp the potential of social network. I talked about Obama was on every front: Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Linked, Youtube …. he let users engage conversations. That was a huge advantage to catch voters attention.

 

Why use WordPress.com ?

If you have come to this page, maybe you’re interested in blogging, maybe you’re already using blogger or movable type. I used to have another account on WordPress until I could not log into when I was in China thanks to the Great Fire Wall. Then I switched to blogger which is convenient if you have a gmail address. But I was quite unsatisfied for various reasons :

Search Engine Optimization

WordPress has more advanced features. When it comes to SEO, meaning for search engine  wordpress blogs come first despite the fact blogger is owned by Google.  Believe it or not, here is a proof

wordpress.com | wordpress.org

Why not use a self-hosted from wordpress.org ? Some countries like China, Dubai block any access WordPress, Flickr , Youtube … So the best way to get around is self host or use a proxy. It’s affordable for about 4USD a month of hosting with domain name. Why do that when it’s available for free on wordpress.com PLUS you benefit the network of WP.com . Consider now you’ve blogged for some time and want to self host. Of course you don’t want to lose your posts and comments. It’s possible to transfer from wordpress.com, blogger, movable type to wordpress.org . So no worry

User friendly

Matt Mullenweg is cool and he’s just one day older than me 🙂 .  Actually I met him at WordCamp Paris, he is very candid, open and passionnate about what he does. I advise you watch any of his videos on youtube, he’s a visionnary at his age.  Coming from a non tech background, Matt’s visions of WordPress is very easy to use “You have to know WordPress is the last thing on Earth, bloggers have mind. It’s a disrespect towards the person if he loses time using it”. He openly described the software behind WordPress as clunky, there would be a lots of work to move to MVC. But hell, it’s better than TypePad and Blogspot. As users, we do not need to think about the tools when blogging we focus on contents. That’s the important part.

    I notice Google is losing edges. Flickr owned by Yahoo is cooler than piscasaweb. Since Youtube was bought, it’s less innovative. Blogspot was at the spot when Google bought it.

    So in short

    Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox
    Piscasaweb Flickr
    Jaiku Twitter
    Blogger WordPress

    Choose your side