American University Professor Profiles: David Pike

American University Library and the Academic Multimedia Services (AMS) team believe that the faculty at AU possess a wide range of scholarly and practical contributions for the academic and professional world. With Professor Profiles we want to showcase the unique teaching styles, fascinating research and interesting publications by AU professors. Through these Professor Profiles AMS … Continue reading “American University Professor Profiles: David Pike”

American University Library and the Academic Multimedia Services (AMS) team believe that the faculty at AU possess a wide range of scholarly and practical contributions for the academic and professional world. With Professor Profiles we want to showcase the unique teaching styles, fascinating research and interesting publications by AU professors.


Through these Professor Profiles AMS hopes that prospective students and other members of the wider academic community will be compelled to learn more about what AU’s faculty have to offer. The Library and AMS wish for everyone to know more about AU’s faculty and we strive to support professors at every step possible.

DAVID PIKE

How do you think of space as a film maker, or a writer? Do you see space as separate from life and characters or are they apart of each other? For Professor David Pike space, and more specifically subterranean space, is just as important as any character or action and is extremely influential with how characters react to events. And this is the same with real life as it is with fiction. Author of Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800–2001 and Subterranean Cities: The World beneath Paris and London 1800–1945; Professor Pike uses the modern underworld to explore and analyze how society uses and reacts to the spaces it occupies and controls, as well as how these often subterranean worlds are used in literature and film.


Amazon Kindle Fire tablet unveiled: Android-based, 7-inch display, $199 price tag

Okay, so it wasn’t much of a surprise, but Amazon finally has a tablet, and as expected its name picks up where the Kindle left off: Fire. Of course, rumors of an Amazon tablet date back to this time last year (if not before), but it seems that Jeff and co. have wisely chosen to … Continue reading “Amazon Kindle Fire tablet unveiled: Android-based, 7-inch display, $199 price tag”


Okay, so it wasn’t much of a surprise, but Amazon finally has a tablet, and as expected its name picks up where the Kindle left off: Fire. Of course, rumors of an Amazon tablet date back to this time last year (if not before), but it seems that Jeff and co. have wisely chosen to get this thing out on the open market before having yet another wild and wacky holiday quarter. Bloomberg has curiously reported on some of the details before the event itself kicks off, noting that the 7-inch device will run a version of Android while acting much like a “souped-up Kindle.” The real kicker, however, is the price — at just $199, it’s bound to turn heads, regardless of whether you were interested in a slate before. Naturally, that bargain-bin sticker explains the lack of an embedded camera and microphone, though consumers will find WiFi (no 3G, sadly) and a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. It’s also quite clear that Amazon’s hoping to make a bigger splash on the content side of things than has been made already by Apple, and with the deals flowing like wine, we wouldn’t be shocked if it does just that.

Itching for specs? How’s about a 7-inch IPS (!) panel, Gorilla Glass coating, a 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a chassis that weighs 14.6 ounces. There’s also access to things you’d expect to have access to: Android Appstore (though no access to Google’s Android Market!), Kindle books, magazines, etc. — all stored for free via Amazon Cloud Storage. Per Jeff: “Delete it and get it back when you want.” Oh, and Whispersync now works with movies and TV shows! “When you get home, switch to your big screen TV. Your movie will be right where you left it.” While it’s clearly Android underneath, the actual UI looks effectively nothing like it — considering TechCrunch‘s intel that Amazon went and did its own thing without Google’s blessing, we guess that makes some level of sense. Oh, and pre-orders are set to start today (but only for Americans… boo), with shipments heading out on November 15th.
As seen on Engadget

Check out Engadget’s hands-on impressions here.

See Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveil the Kindle Fire here.


Nooks and Kindles!

Also don’t forget, the Technology Services Desk also has four nooks and four kindles to circulate. Each comes with several fiction titles preloaded. The loan period is two weeks, with late fees at $1 per day. There is often a wait list for these items, so stop by their desk today to check out availability!

Berkeley scientists create visual pictures from brain waves

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have managed to create a close approximation of what our thoughts look like. First they mapped brain wave response to 18 million seconds of random YouTube videos. Then, patients viewed a series of videos, and those brain waves were matched with the correlating visuals from the first test. The result … Continue reading “Berkeley scientists create visual pictures from brain waves”

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have managed to create a close approximation of what our thoughts look like. First they mapped brain wave response to 18 million seconds of random YouTube videos. Then, patients viewed a series of videos, and those brain waves were matched with the correlating visuals from the first test.
The result is this video of the clip watched and the matched brain wave activity. It’s amazing how close some of them appear to the original, and it’s equally amazing how some images become written words in our thoughts. The procedure may eventually help create visuals of our dreams.
As seen on the Washington Post blog.

Fox Considering An All-’Simpsons’ TV Channel

THE SIMPSONS: Season 1 – Season 3 – HU DVD 6581 – 6591 Where can The Simpsons, television’s longest-running American prime time, scripted series, go from here? If Fox executives have their way, everyone’s favorite yellow family might get their own TV channel. At a recent media conference, News Corp.’s Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey … Continue reading “Fox Considering An All-’Simpsons’ TV Channel”

THE SIMPSONS: Season 1 – Season 3 – HU DVD 6581 – 6591

Where can The Simpsons, television’s longest-running American prime time, scripted series, go from here? If Fox executives have their way, everyone’s favorite yellow family might get their own TV channel. At a recent media conference, News Corp.’s Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said the company is looking for ways to increase revenue from the long running show and said an all-Simpsons channel has been discussed. Read more after the jump.

Slice of Sci-Fi alerted us to this surprising, but fairly logical, turn of events. Carey was at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills and said The Simpsons, well on its way to 500 episodes as its 23rd season is about to kick off, shows “no signs of slowing down.” However, there’s only so much money to be made from merchandising, syndicated repeats and DVD sales after 20 plus years.

Carey said there have been a “number of meetings” to determine how to capitalize on its library of episodes of The Simpsons and he mentioned a digital channel featuring nothing but Homer and the gang as being a possibility. Carey said it is incumbent on the company to take advantage of a show that is “unique in television with a volume, too, that is unprecedented.”

Read more.

As seen on the Slashfilm.com

New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.

Monday 9/26 at 7pm – Final Cut Pro 7: Intermediate
Tuesday 9/27 at 12pm – Final Cut Pro X: Intermediate
Wednesday 9/28 at 8pm –Photoshop: Beginner
Thursday 9/29 at 4pm – Final Cut Pro X: Beginner
Friday 9/30 at 11am – Basic Motion Graphics for Video using After Effects
Saturday 10/1 at 4:30pm – Final Cut Pro X: Advanced

See the complete Fall Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

What kind of sound does a 1,500-sound-effect donation make?

Sound recorder Greg Smith catalogued his recordings as part of a master’s thesis. “It was a tedious process,” Smith says. “After I finished this project, I thought, ‘It doesn’t make sense to me to return it to a shelf. . . . A sound effect is a living thing. It runs, pops, squeaks, rumbles, roars. For it … Continue reading “What kind of sound does a 1,500-sound-effect donation make?”

Sound recorder Greg Smith catalogued his recordings as part of a master’s thesis. “It was a tedious process,” Smith says. “After I finished this project, I thought, ‘It doesn’t make sense to me to return it to a shelf. ... A sound effect is a living thing. It runs, pops, squeaks, rumbles, roars. For it to sit on a shelf in CDs and collect dust doesn’t make sense.’ ”

The Washington Post published a great piece about Greg Smith and the donation of his sound effects collection to the American University Library. The article even includes cool sample clips of a jack hammer, panda cub, Nascar race, buffalo, and a toucan.

Here’s a taste of the Washington Post article:

Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection

A baby panda in the wild sounds like the high-pitched bark of “Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua.”

Humpback whales mating off the coast of Maui moan amidst the distinct sounds of air bubbles popping underwater.

The futuristic grunts of aliens you might have heard in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” were not created in the studio but were actually made by buffalo grazing in South Dakota.
These sound clips and more than 1,500 others were donated last week to the library at American University by sound producer Greg Smith, who spent more than 30 years traveling the world for film and radio, working for major production companies including NPR, National Geographic and Imax.

The collection includes Smith’s best hits and are immediately accessible to film students, other aspiring filmmakers and “anybody with access to the library,” says Robin Chin Roemer, communications librarian at American. “We are really happy to have this collection. Not all of us are jumping outside to record sounds around us, but Greg did.” Read more of the Washington Post article here.

Read more about the Greg Smith Sound Effects Collection and check out the

Greg Smith SFX Collection Index by category.

Sound notes taken in the field by Greg Smith who has worked for more than 30 years recording sound effects for film.

Check out some more background about Greg and his production company.

Here’s a link to Greg Smith’s personal site.

Filmography – William Shakespeare

The Media Services contribution to the Library Subject Guides is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library … Continue reading “Filmography – William Shakespeare”

The Media Services contribution to the Library Subject Guides is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library ALADIN catalog (www.catalog.wrlc.org)

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

Here’s a small sampling of what can be found in the WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Filmography:

All’s well that ends well. 2000. 1 videodisc (141 min.). William Shakespeare’s comedy about Helena, the new wife of Count Bertram, who resorts to chicanery to win the respect and affection of her husband. DVD 3191

All’s well that ends well. 1980. The complete dramatic works of William Shakespeare. 1 streaming video (142 min.). William Shakespeare’s comedy about Helena, the new wife of Count Bertram, who resorts to chicanery to win the respect and affection of her husband. Streaming video

Hamlet The Royal Shakespeare Company Production Starring David Tennant. 2009. 1 streaming video file (215 min.). Called the greatest Hamlet of his generationby Guardian reviewer Robert McCrum, Scottish actor David Tennant headlines this edgy film version of the acclaimed 2008 Royal Shakespeare Company stage production. Tennant is supported by a host of gifted players-including the impeccable Patrick Stewart as Claudius and Oliver Ford Davies in an astonishing performance as a doddering yet strangely leonine Polonius. Modern costumes, shrewd textual abridgements, and a recurring motif of high-tech video surveillance all connect the play to 21st-century anxieties, but these attributes in no way eclipse Tennant’s forceful mixture of rage, sorrow, and manic humor. Original broadcast title: Hamlet. An Illuminations/Royal Shakespeare Company Production. (2 parts, 88 minutes and 94 minutes). Streaming video

Henry VI Part I. 2000. 1 videodisc (185 min.). A dramatization by Shakespeare of King Henry VI’s early days as king and the beginning of the long civil wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster. In the war with France, England is being driven off French soil. True to the popular view of the time, the French heroine Joan of Arc is characterized as a “minister of hell” and a wanton. DVD 3201

Henry VI Part II. 2000. 1 videodisc (212 min.). A drama of the civil war between The House of York and The House of Lancaster. Henry marries Lady Margaret of Anjou, but she despises him for his meekness and takes Suffolk as a lover. The new Queen, who also hates the Yorks (the White Roses), becomes the inspiration of the Lancastrians (the Red Roses). She and her followers are pitted against Richard, Duke of York, and his supporters, who include the Earl of Warwick, also known as “the King maker.”. DVD 3202

Henry VI Part III. 2000. 1 videodisc (210 min.). Concludes the King Henry VI chronicles with the War of the Roses. York, as victor at St. Albans, contemptuously forces Henry to give him succession to the crown. The merciless Margaret captures and kills York, only to be captured herself and compelled to watch as the Yorkists slay her son. In a powerful soliloquy, the vile Duke of Gloucester reveals his plans to murder Henry VI. DVD 3203

Macbeth. 1982. The complete dramatic works of William Shakespeare. 1 streaming video (148 min.). Driven by ambition and an unscrupulous wife, Macbeth murders the King of Scotland and claims the throne for himself. Haunted by ghosts and vexed by witches, he and his wife descend into the depths of madness and paranoia as they crumble beneath the weight of their crimes. Streaming video

Macbeth A Critical Guide. 1997. 1 streaming video file (33 min.). In this program, the major themes of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy are investigated by noted experts. Analyzing key scenes from an award-winning film production, Professor Robert Smallwood of the Shakespeare Centre and Professor Stanley Wells of the Shakespeare Institute examine how the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes during the course of the play; how Banquo’s character serves as a counterpart to Macbeth’s; whether Macbeth’s character is at all admirable; and whether the play confirms that all tragedies are uniformly pessimistic. Host Graham MacTavish, an actor with the Stratford Shakespeare Company, establishes context and background for the play. (33 minutes). Streaming video

Macbeth Shakespeare for the Modern Age. 2003. 1 streaming video file (37 min.). This condensed adaptation of Macbeth, performed by experienced Shakespearean actors of the innovative Big Adventures Theatre Company, uses the Bard’s own immortal words to tell the story of Duncan King, head of King Enterprises, and his scheming employee, Macbeth, recently awarded the coveted Cawdor contract. After Macbeth’s fateful meeting with three saucy witches-not on the heath, but at the Heath Nightclub-the tragedy unfolds, leading to the inevitable showdown in which Macduff shoots Macbeth. E-mail, cell phones, and stretch limos all have their place in this intriguing film. Guaranteed to catch the interest of teenage and adult viewers alike. (37 minutes). Streaming video

Shakespeare in love.
1998. 1 videodisc (122 min.). When Will Shakespeare needs inspiration to break a bad case of writer’s block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before! There are just two things he’ll have to learn about his new love; not only is she promised to marry someone else, she’s successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will’s latest production. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 76

Silent Shakespeare. 1999. 1 videodisc (89 min). In the early days of the cinema, pioneer filmmakers created these seven charming films based on the plays of William Shakespeare. Considered a “lowbrow” medium, the fledgling movie industry sought to elevate its status by immortalizing the classics and hiring the actors of the day. Most of these early photoplays were only one or two reels long but whatever they gave up in language and length, they made up for in exuberance, cinematic artistry, visual wit and bravura acting. Some films feature original hand-stenciled color. DVD 193

Titus Andronicus
. 1985. The complete dramatic works of William Shakespeare. 1 streaming video (168 min.). William Shakespeare’s tragedy set in Roman times dealing with the revenge of Titus Andronicus for the atrocities committed against his family by Tamora, the captive queen of the Goths, and her faction. Streaming video

Titus. 2000. 2 videodiscs (ca. 162 min.). Presents the story of a victorious Roman general whose rigid code of honor and duty proves to be his downfall. A shocking journey into the depths of the human heart, a place where vengeance and passion reign supreme. DVD 197

See the full two part Willam Shakespeare filmography here.

Check out Winnebago Man – HU DVD 7958

Winnebago Man – HU DVD 7958Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer journeys to the top of a mountain to find the recluse who unwittingly became the “Winnebago Man“ The true story of one of the first and funniest online videos. Meet the YouTube star whose hilarious outbursts have delighted millions. A young filmmaker goes in search of the … Continue reading “Check out Winnebago Man – HU DVD 7958”

Winnebago ManHU DVD 7958
Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer journeys to the top of a mountain to find the recluse who unwittingly became the “Winnebago Man

The true story of one of the first and funniest online videos. Meet the YouTube star whose hilarious outbursts have delighted millions.

A young filmmaker goes in search of the legendary “Winnebago Man,” and discovers the YouTube star living alone on top of a mountain, as sharp-tongued as ever, but more intelligent and lovable than anyone could have imagined. An outrageously funny and unexpectedly redemptive tale of one man’s response to unintended celebrity.

Winnebago Man – Trailer

Selected New Home Use Titles in Media Services

Check out these titles that were recently added to the Media Services Home Use Collection: Blair witch project – HU DVD 24 Network – HU DVD 26 General – HU DVD 34 Working with Orson Welles – HU DVD 71 Sense of life – HU DVD 72 Romeo and Juliet – HU DVD 75 Hangmen … Continue reading “Selected New Home Use Titles in Media Services”

Check out these titles that were recently added to the Media Services Home Use Collection:

Blair witch project – HU DVD 24

Network – HU DVD 26

General – HU DVD 34

Working with Orson Welles – HU DVD 71

Sense of life – HU DVD 72

Romeo and Juliet – HU DVD 75

Hangmen also die – HU DVD 106

Divine trash – HU DVD 177

Champion – HU DVD 211

Strangers in good company – HU DVD 212

Psycho – HU DVD 411

Untouchables – HU DVD 996

Edward Munch – HU DVD 1912

Black girl – HU DVD 1953

Balseros – HU DVD 4247

Charlie Wilson’s war – HU DVD 4309

Curb your enthusiasm, seasons 4-7 – HU DVD 5217

Zack and Miri make a porno – HU DVD 5313

House, M.D., season six – HU DVD 5485

Dexter, season 5 – HU DVD 6647

Eastbound and down, seasons 1 and 2– HU DVD 7041

Steig Larsson trilogy bonus disc, the – HU DVD 7894

Kick ass – BLU-RAY HU DVD 8005

Erine Kovacs collection, Early years, the – HU DVD 8651

Erine Kovacs collection, NBC morning show, the – HU DVD 8652

Erine Kovacs collection, NBC evening show, the – HU DVD 8653

Erine Kovacs collection, Late 1950’s, the – HU DVD 8654

Erine Kovacs collection, ABC specials – HU DVD 8655

Erine Kovacs collection, Classic pieces – HU DVD 8656

Moontide – HU DVD 8660

Accion mutante – HU DVD 8673

Sex is comedy – HU DVD 8674

Funny face – HU DVD 8675

Serpico – HU DVD 8676

Bad Lieutenant, port of call New Orleans – HU DVD 8684

Waitress – HU DVD 8685

Unborn in the USA – HU DVD 8686

Sunshine – HU DVD 8687

Cutter’s way – HU DVD 8688

Walk on water – HU DVD 8689

Bedazzled (1967) – HU DVD 8691

Bedazzled – HU DVD 8692

Tillman story – HU DVD 8693

You don’t know Jack – HU DVD 8694

Public speaking – HU DVD 8695

Undertow – HU DVD 8696

Spine tingler – HU DVD 8697

Aftershock – HU DVD 8698

Madagascar – HU DVD 8699

13 assassins – HU DVD 8700

Forgetting Sarah Marshall – HU DVD 8701

Guest of Cindy Sherman – HU DVD 8702

My dog Tulip – HU DVD 8703

Illusionist, the – HU DVD 8704

Illusionist, the – BLU-RAY HU DVD 8704

Another year – HU DVD 8705

Another year – BLU-RAY HU DVD 8705

Dive! – HU DVD 8706

Vanishing of the bees – HU DVD 8707

Best gay shorts – HU DVD 8711

Best lesbian shorts – HU DVD 8712

Stash 36 – HU DVD 8760

To walk with lions – HU DVD 8770

I dreamed of Africa – HU DVD 8771

46664, the event – HU DVD 8772

Cautiva – HU DVD 8773

Scandal – HU DVD 8774

Lost boys – HU DVD 8775

Shooter – HU DVD 8776

Monte walsh – HU DVD 8777

WUSA – HU DVD 8778

Old school – HU DVD 8779

Captive city – HU DVD 8780

Tomorrow’s children – HU DVD 8781

My blueberry nights – HU DVD 8782

Pirate movie – HU DVD 8783

Pirate – HU DVD 8784

Hook – HU DVD 8785

Blackbeard the pirate – HU DVD 8786

Buccaneers – HU DVD 8787

Cyrus – HU DVD 8788

Everything is illuminated – HU DVD 8788

Tangled – HU DVD 8789

Tangled – BLU-RAY HU DVD 8789

Tom horn – HU DVD 8790

White sheik – HU DVD 8800

Before Stonewall – HU DVD 8801*

After Stonewall – HU DVD 8802*

Fond kiss – HU DVD 8803

Deal – HU DVD 8804

Taxi zum klo – HU DVD 8805

Down and out in Beverly Hills – HU DVD 8806

Under the volcano – HU DVD 8807

Welcome to Sarajevo – HU DVD 8808

Before it rains – HU DVD 8809

Singing revolution – HU DVD 8810

Classic western round-up, volume 1 – HU DVD 8831