Thursday, December 5, 2013
Struggling to find the perfect gift for your Star Wars-loving significant other? DV Dude can heartily recommend this book, which is a fascinating behind the scenes look at the nightmare that was the making of "Star Wars."
Full of detailed interviews with many of the key players, it chronicles the journey from the first draft of the script to the block-buster opening weekend.
Two very big thumbs up!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
It's now official - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has lost his mind. First, he buys The Washington Post. Now this.
Reports are flying about that Amazon, the world's biggest and least profitable retailer, is investigating using UNMANNED DRONES to deliver packages.
Yes, small, uncontrollable helicopters with sharp blades whizzing about the city dropping off packages to your front door.
What could possibly go wrong?
Besides hydro wires, small pets, children, skeet shooters, wind, incompetence, lawsuits, general terror and a billion other things.
I really thought this was an April's Fool Joke...
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Two of DV Dude's favourite things - Lego and photography, have been merged in a new photo gallery on DP Review. The photographer is Mike Stimpson.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Old Spock versus New Spock in an Audi car ad...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Today was a solemn day at the DV Shop. A tear came to DVDude's eye as I stood at attention saluting the last Mac Pro, real Mac Pro, that we will ever sell. Apple has replaced this power house work horse that editors, colourists, DITs, DMTs and power users have come to love.
We thought it it would only be fair to give the real Mac Pro a nice send off service as we go into the the new age of cylindrical computing. The ability to beef up your tower with extra hard drives, capture cards, RAID controllers and additional optical drives ended today.
This signals the end of an Era from Apple. Since at least 1991, Apple has had a tower form factor computer system, expandable and upgradable. The Apple tower is gone. No longer can we add a PCIe card or swap out a hard drive or burn a disc. All these tasks will require some form of external device attached to the computer. The Mac Pro has become a hub, desks will be cluttered with peripherals and the clean sleek look will vanish as function will trump form.
It would be funny if someone ended up making a Thunderbolt expansion chassis that could hold the new Mac Pro, 4 Hard drives and 3 PCIe cards. It would be even funnier if it looked the the old Mac Pro, in fact I will be so bold as to predict that something like this will appear. It may come as a rack mount chassis or just a desktop box, but I think this will solve a lot of problems that people will have with the new Mac Pro. Make it so that you just need to replace the Mac Pro "core" when a newer faster unit comes out and upgrading won't be as taxing. Desks will remain clean and the threat of a feet tangling wire jungle will no longer haunt our nightmares.
But in the mean time, we salute the iconic "real" Mac Pro.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I've been meaning to write a blog post about the new Sony 4K video camera, the FDR-AX1, which will be coming into our store in November. But Michael Reichmann has done such an excellent preview article on The Luminous Landscape, just read it instead.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Chuck and Buck Of The Dead...
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
While your Dudeness of DV wasn't blown away with "The Great Gatsby," this demo reel showing how some of the visual effects were done is fascinating.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
In honour of Breaking Bad's series finale on Sunday night, here are some very good Funny Or Die videos. In the one above, actor Dean Norris (who plays Hank) writes the final episode.
This is Jimmy Fallon's take on Breaking Bad. A little long, and a lot of in-jokes, but worth the 12 minutes, especially for the ending.
And while this has nothing to do directly with Breaking Bad, it does feature Aaron Paul, and it is funny.
So farewell Breaking Bad, it's been a terrific 5 years.
Friday, September 27, 2013
My mom had one of these, and I remember her telling me that it cost a lot, but it was worth every penny. The people who worked in the vacuum place agreed - it was a great vacuum cleaner.
Monday, September 16, 2013
DV Dude took a rare Saturday off, and ventured north to Owen Sound for the first ever Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance car show. Modeled after the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Cobble Beach show was held on the Cobble Beach golf course, north of Owen Sound. The weather was absolutely perfect, as DV Dude and about 3500 other people got to gawk at over a hundred classic cars, from the early 1900s to present day.
There were so many beautiful cars, and DV Dude took so many pictures, it is grossly unfair to pick just one car to feature. But if he had to, and if he could only pick one car to "accidently" borrow, it would be this gorgeous 1935 Auburn 851 Phaeton.
For those who love classic cars, DV Dude highly recommends the Cobble Beach Concours, and next year's date will be September 14, 2014.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Seen in our parking lot this morning, this very cool Lotus.
We believe this to be a Lotus Europa S2 from 1968, featuring a 80 hp 1565cc 4 cylinder engine. There were only about 200 of these made for import into North America.
What really caught our attention was how short this car is, and conveniently it was parked next to a Lincoln Navigator for reference. The roof of the Lotus comes up to Sean's waist.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Just to quickly report, we have received our first BMPC. It has already gone out to the first person on our pre-order list. They are finally starting to trickle in. Hopefully we will see more soon!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Your Dudeness was in the burger joint The Works yesterday for the first time, and while scanning the menu, came across this burger - Sexy Sarah Polley Burger ... named after Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley.
Not something you'd expect to see on a burger menu. Does she know about this?
There was also the Neil Young burger. DV Dude had neither - just the boring, but tasty, Smokey Mountain burger.
DV Dude gives his thumbs up to The Works, but his favourite burger joint still remains Magoo's, at Royal York and Dundas.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Sliders have become quite popular in the past few years, and we've brought in the Konova sliders from Korea. We're quite impressed with the Konova build quality, and think they rival sliders costing significantly more.
The video above is of various shots done on Konova sliders. Enjoy!