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

cell phone unplans

Posted by: Jet

Tried to get a phone plan for Hal.. Got the right location - thank you Wireless Wave for being swift and hip - got the right guys - thank you Peter and Lenny - and tried to get the right cell phone plan… Which sucked - difficult and most frustrating.

I could get a pay as you go, but theres a premium of $10 per month - or get the value plan which means locking in for 3 years but doesnt include airtime. if I get just a phone plan- it doesn’t include voicemail! I mean what’s with that in todays society? 

Then it turns out that texts aren’t going to be free to receive anymore.. Like what’s with that?!!

There were three different brochures with overlapping combos and all the prices were in bits not including the system access fees, 911 fee and then a $40 sim card charge!!!

Aargh!!!  When are going to rebel against the oligopoly!!!  Start the revolution and take back the airtime! 

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justin tv in the office

Posted by: Jet

In advance of putting a camera into Hals life I thought I’d put one in mine- or rather “ours” as the producers.
So hooked up a wide angle webcam into a corner of the office and tried it.  It had audio as well and I fed it into the Justin Tv site into a channel named “jetloakman”.  It has twitter and a link to Facebook.
We tried it for about 2 hours and found it strangely exciting!  There was about a 5 second delay which made it funnier.
I’m going to hook it up for longer next week and see about putting together a broadcast schedule with some other older Docs from before.  I’d be curious if other people will find me without me poking them to view it…
Watch this blog as I put it into action- don’t think Sal’s as excited as me though!

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Pizza Privacy

Posted by: Sally

I met a really nice bloke from the ACLU at a party the other week and we got to chatting about privacy. Check out this video they produced. It’s definitely provocative!

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Hal gets soapy in the shower

Posted by: Sally

Filming has begun! We wanted to get a baseline of Hal’s life ‘pre-peep’. In other words, before we invade his home with cameras and microphones and make his life viewable 24/7. Hal is a very private guy who lives beneath a carefully constructed curmudgeon-like writer’s persona. He doesn’t reveal much about his personal feelings and he doesn’t lead a particularly interesting life…these are the elements we wanted to capture to set the stage for Hal’s plunge into peep. How will living under the camera’s gaze change him? What will he learn about peep on the way?

Of course capturing the normal banalities of life isn’t that easy to do. You’ve got to set up lights, you’ve got to hook him up to a lav mic, you’ve got to tell him what to do and when so that we can roll the camera at the right time. It’s all very constructed…and yet none of it is a lie. He really does make bagels for breakfast, he does take naps in the middle of the afternoon, and he does have a shower everyday. Does he act totally differently when we’re filming him doing it? Probably a bit, although that will change as we do more and more of this and he starts to forget the cameras are there.

Speaking of showers, here’s Hal lathering up for the lens:

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I think he got off lightly. A colleague of mine recently chopped up onions to make somebody cry in a family breakdown scene for a Toronto lifestyle program. Now that’s a bit dicey!

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River, Sidney and the innocence of the 80s

Posted by: Sally

I went to a screening of Sidney Lumet’s 1988 film “Running on Empty” last night starring River Phoenix. It’s about a couple of grown-up hippies/revolutionaries who are on the run from the feds for blowing up a napalm lab in the 60s. Since then they’ve had two kids, one of whom (River) is a talented musician who’s just fallen in love and wants to go to Julliard. That’s the dramatic crux of the story, because if he goes to Julliard it means he won’t see his family again. It’s an amazing film and well worth watching again, especially if you’re like me and haven’t seen it since it’s first release.

What struck me when watching the film was a scene quite close to the opening when River very routinely skips school because it’s “picture day”. This is de rigeur for a family on the run - no school pics and no public appearances where you might draw attention to yourself. Apparently this level of vigilance has kept them out of the feds’ clutches for going on 15 years. Imagine the same story today? School photo day would be the least of his problems! Try making it to class without getting snapped on somebody’s phone. Parties? Forget it. Playing on the school baseball team? No way. Every moment of his life would be captured on digital video, uploaded to Flickr, tagged on Facebook and linked on YouTube. He’d have to undergo some serious James Bond gene-therapy-disguise treatment to evade capture in this day and age.

Which left me feeling whimsical. Not simply for the big bangs and jelly shoes of simpler times, but for that feeling of innocence and anonymity that was still so tangible during those years. And of course for River, who was so wonderfully talented. (Naturally, you can find anything out about River online, he’s a veritable peep goldmine, what with his wacky Children of God parents, extreme veganism and variously named siblings…Rain, Summer, Liberty and (how did I NOT know this??) Joaquin.


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