Wednesday, September 18, 2019

 

NYVR - Theme: ETHICS ... PANEL & DEMOS (with me)


NYVR - the New York Virtual Reality Meetup will feature a panel discussion on ETHICS IN EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. on Thursday evening (9/19).

I (that's me, Eric Roffman) will be presenting an introduction to the panel discussion and later, in the demos, showing a trailer of my new VR video, PITCH #7 from PITCH for Pi DAY; and discussing the non-fiction, immersive project on immigration, WE CAME TO AMERICA. Both projects feature interaction between ethics and emerging technology.

PITCH #7 from PITCH for Pi DAY is a short, fictional, dramatic, 3D 360 VR video, with spatial audio -- dealing with a proposal for a super-hi-tech medical system -- shot with the VUZE camera.


Information details about the event are available at
https://www.meetup.com/NYVR-Virtual-Reality-NYC/events/260947426/






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Thursday, September 12, 2019

 

SPOOOKY...



THERE WILL BE A FULL MOON ON FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH





Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

9/11


One Earth. 

All humans: one species.

*  *  *

No man is an island
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent
A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.

Each man's death diminishes me
For I am involved in mankind.

Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls...
It tolls for thee.
John Donne, 1624

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

APPLE ANNOUNCEMENTS


The announcements from Apple today were significant in a few ways.

The announcements from Apple today were significant in few ways.

It was significant, I suspect, that Tim Cook did not begin with the usual status report. He said it was because there was so much to announce. But was it because the "status" did not have the status of his usual status report?  There were, in fact, a lot of announcements, but they seemed all too lightweight. Was he trying to boost their significance, by going right to them?

The most interesting reveal was not that Apple+ would sell for only $4.99 per month ("for your whole family!" he exclaimed). It was that he was seeding the subscriber base for the service by giving away free subscriptions for a year with every new Apple product sold. (That's only $60 worth, of course, but a lot of new subscribers.)

At least two of the new shows seem very promising: the Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon series, THE MORNING SHOW, and a series, SEE, whose premise is that all humans have gone blind, but now children are born that can see.  It may be just a "protect the baby" action flick, but if, as it claims in the promos, it delves into what humanity would be like if no-one could see, it could be profound.

The game streaming service, Apple Arcade, at $4.99 / mo, is also interesting -- although, since all the games are new and unique to Arcade, they come with no existing traction.

The hardware announcements were the usual improvements in almost every facet of hardware, but nothing new and exciting. The software improvements in camera technology may be useful for some people. Slow motion selfies, or slomofies, are likely to find both popularity and ridicule.

Several of the promotional/informational videos shown were brilliantly made.

In a discussion of the chip technology, it was mentioned that they now have built-in Machine Learning Hardware, right on your phone. While Apple has emphasized they respect privacy, this suggests a new, broad front for privacy invasion, as every manufacturer adopts similar technology: What is the phone learning about YOU, and who can learn what they -- the phone (and other objects you have around you all the time) -- are learning???

Prices were generally lower. With high resolution photos, home videos, videos from Apple+, plus more powerful Apps and games, many users may need to upgrade phones with lots of memory, raising the actual cost.

There was no mention of AR/VR/MR.

In summary, this seems to be a year of building the services segment, trying to maintain sales, and waiting for major new products (next year?) with: 5G capabilities, AR/VR/MR innovations (?),  and (hopefully) some totally new ideas!



THE APPLE ANNOUNCEMENT
https://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2019

THE MORNING SHOW TRAILER



THE TRAILER FOR: SEE






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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

 

QALENDAR SEPTEMBER 2019 UPDATED

QPORIT'S QALENDAR
SEPTEMBER 2019


LEGEND

TECH 
FILM 
THEATER (date is first preview)
GAMES
TV
HOLIDAYS
SUNDAYS
SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER

01 SUNDAY
02 MON - HOLIDAY - LABOR DAY
.......- GAMES   - WORLD SPEED CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (ongoing)
................ >> www.chess.com
03 TUE - THEATER - CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA (SHAW) - thru 2019-10-12
                 >> https://gingoldgroup.org/caesar-and-cleopatra/
04
>> QALENDAR updated Sep 5
05
06
07

08 SUNDAY
09
10 TUE - TECH    - APPLE iPHONE EVENT
                 >> https://www.apple.com/apple-events/
11
12
13
14 SAT - THEATER - THE SOUND INSIDE - with Mary-Louise Parker; Opens 10/17

15 SUNDAY
16
17
18
19 THU - TECH    - NYVR MEETUP - Theme: Ethics
       - THEATER - THE ROSE TATTOO  by Tennessee Williams; with Marise Tomei, Tina Benko; Opens 10/15
20
21 SAT - THEATER - CONFERENCE: "I WISH TO GO TO THE FESTIVAL
                 >> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-wish-to-go-to-the-festival-the-how-tos-of-producing-in-a-theatre-festival-tickets-70757815531

22 SUNDAY
23
24
25 WED - TECH    - OCULUS CONNECT - thru 9/26
26 THU - TECH    - NYC MEDIA LAB ANNUAL SUMMIT
                 >> https://summit.nycmedialab.org
27 FRI - FILM    - 57th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (NYFF) - thru 10/13
..............   >> https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/08/news-roundup-57th-new-york-film.html
28

29 SUNDAY
29 SUN - HOLIDAY - ROSH HASHONAH - begins at sundown; thru 9/31
30



OCTOBER
OCTOBER

01
02
03
04
05

06 SUNDAY
07
08 TUE - HOLIDAY - YOM KIPPUR - begins at sundown; thru 10/9
09
10 THU - FILM    - HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (HIFF) - thru 10/14
                 >> https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/07/preview-1-hiff-2019-hamptons.html
       - THEATER  - CTI: "THE FLOP HOUSE - NETWORKING & DISCUSSION"
                  >> https://www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com/product/the-flop-house
11
12

13 SUNDAY
14 MON - HOLIDAY - COLUMBUS DAY
15
16
17
18
19

20 SUNDAY
21
22
23
24 
25 FRI - THEATER - CTI: "WHO GETS WHAT?"
                 >> https://www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com/product/who-gets-what/?utm_source=General
26

27 SUNDAY

27 SUN - TV      - SILICON VALLEY RETURNS - Season 6: final 
31 THU - HOLIDAY - HALLOWEEN



NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER

03 SUN - THEATER - JAGGED LITTLE PILL - directed by Diane Paulus; Opens 12/5
14 THU - THEATER - CTI: "MARKETING SEMINAR" - thru 2019-11-15
                 >> https://www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com/product/marketing-seminar/
28 THU - HOLIDAY - THANKSGIVING



DECEMBER
DECEMBER


06 FRI - TV      - THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL - Amazon; Season 3
                 >> https://qporit.blogspot.com/2019/08/mrs-maisel-returns-2019-12-06-season-3.html 
10 TUE - THEATER - WEST SIDE STORY - Opens 2020-02-06
14 
20 FRI - FILM    - STAR WARS IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - Trilogy x Trilogy finale!
25 WED - HOLIDAY - CHRISTMAS
31 TUE - HOLIDAY - NEW YEAR'S EVE






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