New service: podcast news service

The Library now loans out iPods loaded with a variety of news podcasts. Get information from sources worldwide including CNN, NPR, BBC, and CBC. Over 24 hours of programming updated daily. iPods can be checked out at the Library’s Copy Center by AU affiliated students, faculty and staff.

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Zero-cost digital video editing tools online

There’s a new breed of websites that enable a user to upload his/her digital video, edit it, add effects, transitions, and titles, and share it with others. Obviously these tools will not be in league with programs like Final Cut Pro and Avid but for shoestring producers who are honing their chops, they’re worth a […]

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Guilty Pleasure: Hawaii Surf Session Report

Stuck in Washington this summer and in need of a mental escape? Try this site. I’ve never surfed but I have a weakness for watching surfers at work, gliding along through crashing walls of water. This kinda primitively designed site includes frequently updated “session” videos compiling footage of surfing conditions at the major surf beaches […]

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MIT World – on-demand video of significant public events at MIT

An extensive set of lectures, events, readings – heavy on the science topics but there’s probably something here for everyone. Things that caught my eye included readings by Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Robert Pinsky, Maurice Sendak, and Seamus Heaney. Lectures by Noam Chomsky, Eric Foner, Thomas Friedman, Frank Gehry, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Dean Kamen, […]

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National Archives Video on Google

This is a link to about 100 public domain newsreels produced by NASA,United Newsreel, and Department of the Interior. They range in length from 10-30 minutes. There’s a lot of interesting stuff here. Examples include 1930s titles from the Dept of Interior, 1940s war newsreels, and “Who’s out there?” a 1975 film narrated by Orson […]

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Cool website: indieWIRE.com

From their website:“Celebrating its tenth anniversary, indieWIRE is the leading news, information, and social networking site for the international independent film community, including comprehensive coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews, and movie reviews. It includes special sections for high-profile film festivals, the new indieLOOP […]

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Obit: Shohei Imamura, 79, Japanese New Wave filmmaker

Imamura was one of the icons of Japanese New Wave cinema, twice winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Concentrating on gritty social issues, he frequently raised eyebrows with his work, which included a piece based on the September 11th terrorist attacks as part of the 2002 short film compilation 11’09”01 (DVD 1329). […]

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Blogwatch: agnesvarnum.com

I just discovered this blog but have known Agnes for several years as one of the people responsible for getting the Center for Social Media up and running. She’s still around but seems to be pretty busy with other projects so we haven’t seen much of her lately. Anyway she’s been blogging since March 2006 […]

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