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His Final Work
His Final Work
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not His Final Work, September 28, 2007
This review is from: His Final Work (Audio CD)
While this September 6, 1977 recording is billed as his last, Mingus released two more recordings on Atlantic before his death on January 5, 1979: Something Like a Bird, recorded in NYC on January 18th and 23rd, 1978, and Me, Myself, an Eye, recorded in NYC on Jaunuary 19th and 23rd, 1978. They are available on a two disc edition here on Amazon.

This recording, with Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Shaw, Dannie Richmond and others, covers a broad range of well-known material, including Peggy's Blue Skylight, So Long Eric, Slop, Fables of Faubus, and others. While these songs have made numerous appearances with different versions of his bands, the performances here are suprisingly different in tone and approach. Calling it "easy listening" as the above reviewer does not describe the music here in any meaninful way, but I'm as much at a loss to explain the departure, other than to say it lacks the seriousness, sobriety, and solemnity one comes to expect with Mingus. I was surprised to hear the emotion this recording captures, or at least my emotional reaction to it: while I am not as fascinated with the performances as I am with some others, this seems to be Mingus and co making music FUN. Love it, hate it, or leave scratching your head, you've never heard Mingus like this before, and for that reason I recommend it.

Night At The Village Vanguard
Night At The Village Vanguard
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4.0 out of 5 stars On Sound Quality, August 22, 2007
I have to agree with Minh's review here. I've bought quite a few recordings on which Rollins played, one of which I would consider to be one of highest fidelity jazz albums I own (The Bridge), some which sound very good (with Miles on Bag's Grove in 1954 and with Monk in 1953 and 1954) and some (with Bud Powell in 1949) which don't. Rollin's tone is one of the most beautiful of any tenor I've heard--as distinctive as his phrasing--and it's a shame it's not captured here. I'd rate the sound quality as inferior to the 1949 recodings with Bud Powell; in fact, I'd place the sound quality somewhere between 1937 and 1945. I would think that recordings made in 1957 and released as part of the RVG series in 1999 would sound better, even club recordings. However, they are what they are, and as original historical documents they're not likely to be improved much until we're able to virtually recreate recordings based on the 'bones' of the originals (like building a fleshed out T-Rex based on fossils, which I'm sure some will object to). But for now enjoy this great slice of history. Just be forewarned.
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JVC Everio GZHD7 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
JVC Everio GZHD7 3CCD 60GB Hard Disk Drive High Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
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3.0 out of 5 stars Note for Macintosh users using professional non-linear editing systems such as Final Cut Pro, April 28, 2007
If you are using Final Cut Pro or other professional non-linear editing programs on the Mac, you cannot use the camera's native .TOD format, which is basically an MPEG inside the .TOD container. Forget about following JVC's instructions: they are too time-consuming and don't allow batch processing. The easiest conversion method I've found requires two freeware programs: The VLC media player, and MPEG Streamclip, both available on the Apple Website (and elsewhere). You'll first need to use the VLC player to convert the .TOD into a .TS file, which takes seconds (you are only changing the container format to MPEG TS, not actually changing compression). Once you've changed the .TOD file to a .TS file, you can use MPEG Streamclip to change to a variety of file formats that Final Cut Pro can recognize. Of course since you are recompressing the file at this point, expect this to take far longer than the first step.

While you can use a variety of compressions, I use DVCPRO60. Files compressed using DVCPRO60 can be viewed in Final Cut immediately without a need to render. The quality of the final DVC PRO .MOV file seems identical to the original .TOD file.

As for the quality of the video, I think it's lower than some other cameras that cost less, and it's capture resolution is far lower than true HD (at approximately 510 lines verticle it's lower than other comparably priced camcorders, according to one review). If you are are looking for true HD in a consumer or pro-sumer model, this camcorder (or any other so far in 2007) won't cut it.
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Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, Second Edition
Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, Second Edition
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Style Guide is. What a Style Guide is not., October 15, 2002
It's disappointing to read all the negative reviews of what I think is a very good book. I think many reviewers lack the understanding of just what constitutes a style guide, so I am going to give my best definition of what a style guide is. Style guides, such as the Chicago Manual of Style, are more concerned with good journalistic practices than graphic design, covering such topics as how to treat page titles, the proper attributing of an author, how to construct footnotes, the importance of dating articles, consistent nomenclature, the consistent use of language, and other important but admittedly dry topics. In almost all cases these things will influence graphic design, and some *very* basic, but in my opinion very good, graphic design information is covered. Also covered, to a fairly high level of detail, is information on graphic format and web color, navigation, and basic usability issues. What this book does not cover, and what one should not expect from a style guide, are examples of cutting-edge design, or information on current design trends (or what many of us think of when we thing of "style"). I think all graphic designers would do well to head the advice in this book, and think that most good graphic designers already do, and are probably already familiar with the information presented here. Obviously designers that know the rules usually break them with better results than those that don't. I think most designers will appreciate this book. If you are looking for an example of really cool, award-winning Websites, try the magazine Communication Arts, especially their Interactive Annual. If you are looking for a great book to introduce you to the basics, I haven't found a better book than this.
To sum up:
"Style" means "cool" to most of us. Try Communication Arts Interactive Annual for exaples of current, award-winning "style".
A "Style Guide" is an explaination of common conventions for a given medium. For an example of a good "Style Guide", get this book.

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