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Please don’t make this a full flight!!!  Please, please, please!!

From the vlogs

Posted by: Sally

So I’ve been ploughing through a bunch of Hal’s vlog archives and will be posting them in the coming days. Very few of these vlogs ever made it to the big screen - they’re way too long. (Ironically it was next to impossible to represent Hal’s online experience in the film in any real-time way because “real life” just doesn’t translate to television. It’s too dull!)

Here’s the first excerpt from the vaults: Hal’s ongoing discussion about whether or not to have a second child. He makes multiple attempts to do the same blog and I’m not sure if he was ever satisfied.

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Livecasting our Premiere!

Posted by: Jet

Hal and I were noodling things to do to make the premiere more of an event and one idea is to “livecast” the premiere with us chatting about the film and taking tweet questions and responding to IM chat during the commercial breaks.

We have our accounts still active and they seem to link into our peepcast page still!

So watch this space and hopefully all of the people who worked with us and helped us and watched us can participate in the premiere.

We may have work into a DOC night out here in Toronto – so who knows we could also have a live audience too!

I’m quite excited … maybe i can persuade Sally to wake up early and join us at 4am her time to join in too – HA!  Serve her right for moving to Paris…

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Christmas from Hell and the birth of a new mess-y-ah!

Posted by: Sally

Christmas holidays were a total washout. It all went south with a lost slab of fois gras – our only contribution to the big Christmas dinner with my French in-laws. Emmanuel, my “companion/petit ami/copain/” (really hard to find a word for somebody you live with but aren’t exactly married to) scoured Paris looking for the perfect specimen, which he eventually found – made from goose fat, not duck fat, which apparently makes all the difference. It cost a whopping €80 and to make a long story short we lost it somewhere between the taxi and the train. My guess is a pick pocket with a taste for good paté. Our in-laws were not impressed. I tried to make it up with home made mince pies and bottle of sherry but somehow this didn’t score me any brownie points. I guess French people don’t actually DRINK sherry, they just cook with it. Or use it to clean their toilets. Speaking of which, my MIL then went completely bananas over the state of our bathroom. “Quel état!” she moaned over breakfast. I guess she was referring to the tube of toothpaste I had inadvertently left on the sink because other than that it was show-room perfect. Anyway, you can see where all of this is going – directly into the trash can called ‘Christmas Spirit of 2010’.

Then we got the call that an old friend of Emmanuel’s had died.   We trekked to Charente Maritime for the funeral which was very sad. Our 8 month old son was with us and of course chose this moment to have a paralytic fit in the church. What is crying-baby-funeral-etiquette????? I didn’t want to leave the service but eventually it got so bad I figured we had to give the priest some airtime. So we made a spectacularly noisy and public exit and then played in the graveyard to kill time.

Driving back from the wake the car in front of us suddenly hit a chevreuil – small deer – and Emmanuel swerved to the side of the road. The poor thing was in the process of dying. I thought Emmanuel was trying to save it but oh no, he couldn’t have been happier. Before I knew it I was sharing the back seat with a deer in its death throws. We got back to the friend’s place where we were staying and Emmanuel skinned and butchered the deer and we ate its hind legs for New Year’s Day. Hind legs that were connected by buttocks. So in other words we ushered in 2011 with a juicy plate of ass.

As you can tell, I didn’t grow up in the country. Where I come from dead animals on the highway are called ‘roadkill’ not dinner. It’s all part of my life as an ex-pat marooned in Paris. I love it really, but there are times when I feel like a deer caught in the headlights. This time last year I was sitting in my cozy editing room in Toronto, heavily pregnant and “finishing” the doc, then called ‘Peep Me’ and now called ‘Peep Culture’. A full year later we are only just putting the finishing touches on the music and sound mix. There’s nothing like having a baby and moving to France to completely destroy your post production schedule.

Speaking of which, here’s said baby in question, on the train back from the Christmas from Hell. His name is Dashiell but we call him ‘Dash’. This is just one of the tens of thousands of images of this person that will be taken over the course of his lifetime, whether he knows it or not, whether he likes it or not. Currently he seems to love it! Welcome to Peep Culture son.

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Canadians top of the peep?

Posted by: Jet—web-savvy-canadians-lead-the-world-in-time-spent-online?bn=1

Finally Canadians are number 1!  Not our GDP or our standard of living or even our extreme weather… but the time we spend online.

And I plead guilty.  My kids would plead guilty even more – if I let them.

But what does it mean?  So we spend more time online, tweet about Justin Beiber more than other countries, we watch more Youtube (per capita) than any other country, and we check Wikipedia more than other countries!

Turns out there are no stats in this article about how much content we’re creating on Youtube and we’re only number 8 in editing Wikipedia – so there’s no indication that Canadians are premier in shaping what’s online - other than the Bieber – maybe we just the number one consumers. 

Which is kind of sad.

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Posted by: Jet

As the snow starts to accumulate, for some of us – it’s a time to huddle inside and start spending some serious time in front of a screen.  Whether its a Television set or a computer screen or even an ipad or iphone screen, we seem to be spending an awful lot of time engaging in a 16:9 or 4:3 version of reality.

On the one hand, it’s giving a lot of people a vicarious means to watch and experience other places and people in the world, with the ability to connect with them and be part of a community – whether it’s one where the sole interest is so niche there maybe only a handful of other people with the same interest in the same city, or a huge broad interest and yet the online connects you to strangers and you make “friends”.

On the other hand, it’s distancing us from real “reality” and our next door neighbours.  Could it be deluding us into thinking we’re much more important than we are?  Do we tailor our behaviour to please the virtual television and online friends/community more than the physical one we actually live with on a daily basis? 

PEEP CULTURE explores how we are changing and how the virtual lives of reality tv and online cewebrity are now within anyone’s grasp.  We can all be famous now.  But what are people doing now to gain fame and bandwidth?

PEEP CULTURE will be a 43:30 film on CBC News Network and Canal D, airing 2011.  A 60’ film will also be avaialble for international sales and festival release by late January.

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