Try as we might, we couldn't find one goddamned thing not to like about the trailer for Michael Mann's upcoming Public Enemies. But we tried. Oh, we tried. You can see the fruits of our labor in the Trailers Without Pity video below.
And, to add to the festivities, I can reveal that our initial contract for these videos was six months. This video marks the last video of that six months. But! We've been picked up for a second series of videos, beginning immediately. The next video is (tentatively) for Where the Wild Things Are.
Of course, anything could happen, but for the time being, we're still chugging along making our little videos and having fun.
After the massive link-dumping of the last few posts, it completely slipped my mind that I'm still knocking out 7,500+-word recaps on a weekly basis of Smallville (I took my first week off since May 2004 during South by Southwest) for Television Without Pity. Tippi Blevins was kind enough to sub for me while I was away.
The show trudges on, as do I. Recapping the show after his long has taken on the feeling of having dinner with people you like at a neighborhood restaurant that serves terrible food. The conversation is fun, but it's never going to be a memorable dining experience.
Anyway, here are the two most recent recaps. I'm going to go purge now, if you don't mind.
Magic: The Blathering -- Zatanna, the fishnet-wearing magician's daughter, can grant wishes. That includes an ill-advised one for Chloe, who wants to know what it's like to be Lois Lane. She finds out what the rest of us already knew: one day in that annoying, yapping body and you'll be thrilled to be back to your old self.
Mistakes on a Plane -- Jimmy goes bonkers out of jealousy and suspicion of Davis and becomes a drug addict and soon-to-be divorcee. Meanwhile, Tess gets Clark on Oliver's private jet and plays the old "The plane's going down, where's the parachutes?" game. It's a game Clark loses.
We actually ran out of studio time on this one as we were trying to wrap things up. I think it turned out pretty well.
And in today's paper, I have a Masters of their Domains story about Austin TV's Fred Cantú of KEYE, who has a Web site listing Mexican radio and TV stations (called, appropriately, mexicoradiotv.com). Fred is super-nice and is a beloved figure in Austin.
To give you an idea of what my last few weeks have been like, this entry was supposed to be posted the day after the last one, and instead it's been over a week.
Yeah, that's how it's been since South by Southwest Interactive: a constant state of panicked catch-up as the rest of my world catches up with my work life.
I had little stories for each of the things I'm about to share, but because of a few more impending deadlines (a magazine article, a video, a recap and tomorrow's NPR segment), I have to gloss over some details, sadly. But I'll try to give a bit of context at least and type as fast as I can:
The second day of SXSW, I had a story run in the paper about the awkward situations you can get into on Facebook and other social networking sites. My editor and I had been talking about this for months and I loved the idea of it. I had a local social networking expert, Connie Reece and Anna Post, the great-great granddaughter of Emily Post, offer solutions to common problems. Unfortunately, even though the story got great placement in the paper, it kinda got lost in the South by Southwest shuffle and I wasn't able to promote it via Twitter or other places I usually let people know about my writing (plus, it was a Saturday). The story is here, and I posted some deleted questions/answers that we didn't have room to run in a bonus blog entry. I'm sad this story didn't get a little more attention because I think it applies to so many people.
Last week's NPR All Tech Considered segment (man, has it really been a whole week?) was about finding a job online and what recruiters are looking for. Sometimes I go in with only some Web research in hand, but this time I was able to consult with two local recruiters whom I really trusted to give me background. I think this was one of the better ones we've done. The next segment is about filing taxes online.
This blog entry I wrote for Digital Savant about the City of Austin's Web site woes got quite a bit of attention and a ton of comments. It also was part of a post on Burnt Orange Report. I don't stick my hand in the hornet's nest very often (in fact, probably not often enough), but it was a great learning experience and I'm glad I wrote the post. If nothing else, it's emboldened me a little to be stronger in my opinions on the work blog and not hedge my bets so much.
Lastly, we shot a ton of video during the festival. Here were twp videos that I shot or was part of. The first is with Felicia Day of The Guild and Dr. Horrible, who couldn't have been a nicer interview subject. She was sweet and funny and understanding as we dealt with a few technical issues. I wish we had run the whole half-hour interview because we had a lot of fun. The second video is one that Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon had the idea for and I think he did a great job with it.