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Steinar

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  1. I didn't really like the Swedish movies much so I think Fincher's version will definitely be an improvement. From the trailer it looks like he's taken a different approach and is using the section where they piece together clues from old photographs, which is a big part of the book, that the Swedish version kind of omitted. C'mon Swedes, step aside and let a real film industry adapt your bestselling novels into movies.
  2. Steinar

    Osama

    Yes, I understand the basic concept of justice. I too wish that Bin Laden could have been captured alive. And when he was convicted I would have been against executing him. I said justice was done because Bin Laden admittedly took responsibility for killing thousands of people. Please keep in mind that you have no idea what happened when those soldiers confronted him and those who protected him. Bin Laden's being unarmed does not mean that he posed no threat. This is the man who made suicide bombs fashionable. If killing Bin Laden rather than trying to take him alive prevented the death of even one of the people there, then it's hard to argue justice was not done. Many seem to be trying to judge the US's actions based on the incomplete information we have about the raid, and that is unfortunate and unfair. I understand people look at the US through the prism of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And believe me, if letting Bin Laden live somehow undid the injustice of those wars, I would gladly let him live. I also seriously doubt that Bin Laden ever intended to allow himself to be taken alive. Speculation of course, but one that's no less absurd than the speculation made by people who are outraged that an attempt wasn't made to bring in Bin Laden alive. I understand your skepticism, but I find it pretty terribly misplaced.
  3. Steinar

    Osama

    I don't know what kind of lame stuff Europe exports, but everyone knows our most important exports are Facebook and being awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF_IzqsTASA&feature=youtu.be
  4. Steinar

    Osama

    I can't believe we're even talking about whether or not it was right for the US to drop in on Osama's house. And believe me, pretty much everyone on this board who lives in the US has some pretty fucking serious reservations about our foreign policy and our handling of and involvement in the so-called "war on terror." The mistake you're making is looking at this as though it's some sort of extension of the US's interventionist policies; it's not. Pakistan probably knowingly harbored someone who essentially dropped a bomb in lower Manhattan. We all know that the US is guilty of some horrible shit, but how exactly does that mean we have to forego bringing a mass murderer like Osama to justice? Ours is certainly a deeply flawed nation, but as someone who stood on the street and watched the WTC collapse, I don't feel that killing Osama was somehow an abuse of power.
  5. Don't assign AE any virtual cores. Don't worry - it will still take advantage of them. If you're rendering, it's a good idea to close out of anything that's not necessary. If not, don't worry about it.
  6. You've really got the market cornered on inarticulate rage there, killa. Unfortunately, I'm sure no one got millions out of Viacom.
  7. There's a ton of different ways to do it. If you need the object to be 3 dimensional, then of course doing it in a 3d app would be the way to go. But I think tackling the problem of creating a physically accurate simulation is the wrong direction to take. Figure out how you want the letter to look as it dangles and go from there. Take a look at this tutorial for a starting point: Dynamic Cord Otherwise, you're just going to need to sketch out what you want your motion to look like. It might help to find reference. In After Effects it's just a question of creating a stroke/spline and using warp or displacement on it to approximate how a rope might behave.
  8. I just picked one up myself and did some fairly intensive HD AE work on it. In terms of performance, it's roughly on par with my first generation macpro. Also did some light C4D stuff. I can't comment on any of the graphics switching stuff, but it worked quite well for everything I threw at it. Besides, if all your software is mac and you're looking for a laptop, what choice do you really have?
  9. I don't get it either. It's NBC. Which is part of one of the largest corporations in the universe. You've seen 30 Rock, right? That being said, some very cool people work over there. Take the heavy sounding corporate language with a grain of salt.
  10. Everything people mentioned above. After you get tired of Shibuya and Roppongi, spend a day/night in Shimokitazawa, Ebisu, and Nakameguro, three very beautiful sections of tokyo with lots of interesting things to do, art, fashion, etc. And, in general, eat lots of ramen.
  11. Strip down your scene to just the camera and the nulls you need. That always does it for me.
  12. Wow. Bad concept. Worse execution. I'm having a hard time believing this is real.
  13. Steinar

    WD TV

    Alternatively, you could get an Apple TV and put boxee on it. You'll have access to Hulu, CBS, Comedy Central, etc with that as well as add the ability to stream any video on your home network to your tv.
  14. A board member who's worked with Psyop broke down the general technique used in this thread: Psyop Spot
  15. I hate that these seem to be popular again, at least in brooklyn:
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