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Después de que Sarah Lane, la doble de Natalie Portaman en la película Cisne Negro, saliera en los medios acusando a la actriz de haber realizado apenas el 5% de las escenas de baile de la película, el director Darren Aronofsky defendió a la actriz.Después de que Sarah Lane, la doble de Natalie Portaman en la película... more
This should hopefully set the record straight. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has stepped up to bat in the latest he said, she said drama surrounding Natalie Portman‘s dancing in the film.This should hopefully set the record straight. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky... more
Earlier this week, Natalie Portman‘s dance double for Black Swan, principal dancer at ABT, Sarah Lane, spoke out against the Oscar-winning actress and FOX Searchlight Films, claiming she was part of a cover up for the film. Following the comments, the film’s choreographer and Natalie’s fiance, Benjamin Millepied, came forward defending the actress, along with a second dance double for the film.
Read more: http://bumpshack.com/2011/03/27/did-natalie-portman-dance-in-black-swan-the-war-rages-on/#ixzz1HqnuroRREarlier this week, Natalie Portman‘s dance double for Black Swan, principal... more
Yeah, just watch the video and you'll see what all my fuss is about.
The transcripts only get worse from there, btw. I used my own voice thinking somehow it would work more accurately? Yeeeeeah NO.
The link to my full story on current.com/tech is here.
Once you get done laughing at my misfortune, you might like to watch me create an award from thin air and present it to a deserving website. I DON'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP, PEOPLE.Yeah, just watch the video and you'll see what all my fuss is about.
Thanks for being you!
Here's the link to my full story on current.com/tech.
You can also subscribe to my Current Tech videos on iTunes!Thanks for being you!
Here's the link to my full story on... more
Great idea, great service, great results! Now, how do I get an invite?
Here's the link to my full story on current.com/tech.
You can also subscribe to my Current Tech videos on iTunes!Great idea, great service, great results! Now, how do I get an invite?... more
Social networks are getting more creative as new sites come up with unique angles to connect people (and get attention). I took a look at two fun new services that you might like, especially if you're sick of Twitter and Facebook! Enjoy:
Here's my full story on Current Tech, with links.
By the way, I should point out that both Twitter and Facebook are evolving as social networks, too. Here's my tutorial on how Facebook's new tagging feature works, and a recent video on all the apps you can try to make Twitter more useful. I'm an equal opportunity social networker! Or something.
You can also subscribe to my Current Tech videos on iTunes!Social networks are getting more creative as new sites come up with unique angles to... more
There are three reasons why this is my best blog post ever:
1. Twitter Apps - they're taking over the planet, not even kidding
2. A slight "more cowbell" reference
3. OMG TWITTER APPS
Sorry, something's wrong with me today. But I hope you enjoyed my latest Current Tech video! Here's my full story and website links.
By the way, the green cardigan I'm wearing? Retails for $198 and I got it for free. Watch my shopping tricks video to find out how I did it!
You can also subscribe to my Current Tech videos on iTunes!There are three reasons why this is my best blog post ever:
1. Twitter Apps -... more
People either love shopping or they hate shopping. But it's something that has to be done, and both sides always appreciate a hassle-free (or at the very least, hassle-light) shopping experience, right? Today's Current Tech video explores a couple of your best online options.
Here's my full story, with links, at Current Tech.
By the way, I fall into the "shopaholic" category, which oh-so-coincidentally has contributed to some major money woes. Help me Current Tech community, you're my only hope.
You can also subscribe to my Current Tech videos on iTunes!People either love shopping or they hate shopping. But it's something that has to... more
Twitter's popular, Twitter's all the rage, blah blah blah. Twitter also doesn't always work that well, and is missing a lot of important functionality in my oh-so-humble (not really) opinion. This next web tip will show you a few ways I pull a better experience out of the service with a couple free tools. Also, my hatred of babies.
Full article and links here.
I also used one of these exact same tools in my Ode To Helvetica video. Can you spot it? :)
You can also subscribe to my Current Tech videos on iTunes!Twitter's popular, Twitter's all the rage, blah blah blah. Twitter also... more
So yesterday at Candlestick Park my iPhone got swiped. And I was having such a good day, too (Niners won, and SF fans know that doesn't happen that often!).
After panicking for a while, I called AT&T to figure out what my options were. Unfortunately, since I hadn't opted into paying extra for MobileMe with my first iPhone, I couldn't track it down or wipe it remotely. AT&T could shut off my service, but that's about it. And if for any reason someone was closely watching me type out my passcode to unlock my phone the few times I used it from my seat at the game, they'd have access to a lot of things. A LOT OF THINGS. That iPhone was my computer away from the computer.
I knew I'd make myself crazy obsessing over possible identity theft (or just some creep reading my Gmail archive), so I did what I had to do: I drove directly to the downtown San Francisco Apple store to buy myself a new 3GS, the same phone I scoffed at upgrading to mere months ago because the upgrade price was something crazy like $400. Which is exactly what I had to pay yesterday, because of some subsidized unit/contract B.S. that's been explained in great detail to me but is still dumb and stupid and expensive.
And then today I'm reading Gizmodo, one of my favorite tech/gadget blogs, and I read about how iPhone carrier AT&T is going to charge people like me to fix its crappy network that doesn't really work that well in my house. And that just makes me really mad and disappointed and I'm painfully aware that this I got myself into this mess by not keeping a better eye on my iPhone at the game yesterday, but I'm just tired of feeling like I'm being gauged at every corner, you know?So yesterday at Candlestick Park my iPhone got swiped. And I was having such a good... more
I made the following video last week in an attempt to gain some insight into how to manage my finances better. Here's where you come in: watch the video, hear my sob story, feel sorry for me, mock me under your breath, and then tell me how you do it better. I really need the help, because when I'm 70 I want to have saved enough cash to buy a double-wide.
By the way, so far in the comments section I've gotten a lot of votes for Quicken, some for Mint.com, a BlazeWallet iPhone mention, and a recommendation to try Ace Money from Current Tech member SteveBoland (don't think your webcam response went unnoticed, Steve! Good to see you out there, and thanks!)
You can also subscribe to my Current Tech videos on iTunes!Hey everybody,
I made the following video last week in an attempt to gain some... more
That woman would be me, btw. I review Facebook's new tagging feature in the following video and come to some conclusions about what's really going on. Hope you like!
Here's the link to my full article on Current Tech.That woman would be me, btw. I review Facebook's new tagging feature in the... more
You have no idea how many Helvetica-themed goodies floating around on the big 'ol Internet. In this Current Tech goodies edition, I highlight my favorite three. Enjoy!
Link to my full article here.You have no idea how many Helvetica-themed goodies floating around on the big 'ol... more
Current Tech's Sarah Lane wants you to know that the web is funny. She has proof!
Regretsy is like the best site for me, because the only way I know how to express earnest emotion, is through gag gifts. I really wish I'd thought of this before the holiday season.
"Hey mom, I know how much you love the president AND caffeine so I bought you this."
"Hey my little foodie, I know you love handcrafted Italian food, so with this card you can get it anytime you want"
"You said you only wanted me to spend twenty dollars on this mermaid hair clip, but I decided to splurge."
Imagine all the hysterical scenarios that could have preceded, had I bought my mom one of these, instead of those Tibetan prayer flags from the legitimate Etsy.
The best gag gift I've ever received was a VHS copy of Fletch Lives. I got it for my eighteenth birthday. It's still in the back seat of my car, because I don't believe in thorough car washes.
Have you ever gotten anything so bad that it's good?Current Tech's Sarah Lane wants you to know that the web is funny. She has proof!... more
I went to a very weird garage sale on Saturday. They sold weird video recorders, old lady dresses (that my girlfriend is going to turn into young lady dresses), beer cans (which may have just been recycling) and parrot translators.
It took a while to figure out how to make the parrot translator function...
Sarah Lane, Current's Tech guru said that I'm a technical failure for not being able to operate it, but then, Brett Erlich showed up, and got it to work.
If you need me to translate any parrots, let me know.I went to a very weird garage sale on Saturday. They sold weird video recorders, old... more
Earlier today one of our community members raised a question that immediately reminded me of a drafted post sitting in my to-do pile. So I dusted this sucker off and refreshed it with some new information for all to read. Over on the announcement of our new submission tool, 02 commented:
"You guys never put my submissions up at all. It would seem as though a plan were afoot to force only designated providers - while the promise is held as Bullshit."
This isn't a anything new; in general people get a little confused when it comes to what gets featured on Current.com. It's not uncommon to find out that people either don't understand, or worse, their misunderstanding leads them to believe that there is a secret agenda conspiring against them behind-the-scenes. Trust me, this is just not the case. Our editorial team is relatively small on Current.com, especially in comparison with some of the more editorially driven sites out there. We see Current.com as a joint partnership between our internal team, and the community that frequents the site. While we produce content for TV, the amount of content we produce for the web is fairly small in comparison with what our community produces on a daily basis. Here's how things shake out:
Each channel on Current.com has a corresponding online producer who is responsible for featuring content and producing content via blog posts and original video. If you don't know them yet, here's the list:
Shana Naomi Krochmal
Each channel has an editorialized section called a playlist. The playlist is at the top of the channel, and the first story in the playlist is featured on the homepage (in the first slot of the corresponding channel module). I've posted about this before, so get the full breakdown here. I manage this team, and together with some off hours help from the online community team we editorialize the featured sections on the Current.com homepage and the channels with a combination of community submitted stories and original Current content. When it comes to up-to-the-minute news and stories we look to you guys, the Current community. But I'm sure it would help considerably to understand what we look for exactly when featuring content. How do we make our decisions? What goes into the process?
When we pick stories for featuring, we look at a combination of things including: interesting-ness, popularity, relevance, and trending. These can seem fairly vague, so let me explain:
These are stories that are potentially under reported, but have unique angle that could spark worthwhile discussions.
These are ongoing mainstream stories that are also picking up page views, comments, and votes on Current. We take a look at these and determine which ones to feature throughout the day.
As expected, stories get repeatedly submitted from different sources outside of Current. When we find a story that is feature worthy, we consider whether or not the story is still relevant (timely), and we also take a look at the overall submissions on Current while asking the following questions:
Is this the first version of the story?
Is there a newer version of this story that has updates, developments, or new information?
Sometimes a story on Current is not popular with the mainstream crowd, but is picking up steam on Current via discussion, page views, and votes. We identify this trend and feature these stories.
Ok, this covers how we recognize stories in the system, but what about the barebones requirements for a story in order to be featured? Specifically, a story needs a title and a description to be submitted, but depending upon how you support your story may or may not include a piece of media (image, video, etc.) If a story doesn't have media, we can't feature it. If you pick a source without media, you could always pick something from the Creative Commons on Flickr (be sure to abide by Creative Commons licenses and give credit back to the photographer wherever applicable) or you could simply record a quick webcam and upload that with a link to the source in your story description. Additionally, some sources are quite simply better than others. If you submit a blog post from an unknown source with no links to factual research, you'll be less likely to get featured when compared to a story with deep links and research to back up the story. So, now that you have an idea about how we pick stories for featured spots on Current, let's look at 02's latest submission from 10 days ago. Here are the details: Anthropologist Peter McAllister: "The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male." This is a great story, and definitely could have been feature worthy based on interesting-ness given a couple circumstances. It doesn't fall into the popular designation, but that's OK. We love unique stories. Where it gets the hook is in the relevance department. You see the same story was already submitted to Current by another community member. Here's a search on the last name "McAllister" (sorted by most recent). As you can see, remanns version of the story preceded 02's by 5 days. If any version of the story were to be featured, it would've been remanns version because the two stories contain identical information. As it turns out, neither version of the story was actually featured, and this has to do with the trending portion of our process. Discussion on these two stories never really picked up, and both had relatively low votes and page views. When compared to other stories trending in the system at the time, both were seconded to other stories submitted that were a better fit with our featuring designations. There are a whole slew of variables that play into this process which can only add to the confusion for some of you out there. Here are some commonly asked questions: Q: "I see <$user>'s stories featured ALL. THE. TIME. Admit it, you play favorites."
I really wish there were an easy way to convey this to everyone, but the simple fact is that the more active (and attentive to breaking news) a community member is, the more likely their stories will be featured. Volume and timing is everything. We actively go out of our way consider stories from new or underrepresented members of the community. If you're a rock star at finding stories before everyone else, I'd ask that you share your tips with the rest of the crowd. Find someone in the community who isn't commonly featured and give them some pointers. Additionally, if you're finding yourself on the short end of the stick as far as featuring is concerned, look to some of the regular faces you see in the featured spots. Go ahead, message them, ask them for pointers, or just make a friend. One thing is certain, the more you put into the system on a regular basis, the more likely you'll find yourself featured on the homepage.
Q: "Why do you guys push all content down that doesn't fall in line with your agenda?"
It's easy to believe that something like this is true, but it's just not in line with reality. First, we don't have an agenda in play when selecting stories. We routinely hang all personal biases up at the door with our coats when we come into work. True, we select stories to feature based on the criteria I listed before, but we do not actively push content down in popularity. Period. There are typically two reasons why content appears to be pushed down: It is voted down by the community. It is improperly added to groups that it shouldn't be. For example, a story about marijuana legalization added to News, Music, Movies, Green, Tech, and Comedy will commonly get removed from Music, Movies, Green, Tech, and Comedy.
Q: "I added this story already, why isn't mine featured?"
Many times this can come down some of our minimum requirements. As I mentioned before, there are times when a story has newly developing information, or there has been an update to the larger story (different angle, etc.). In these cases we will feature a newer version of the story, tweak the title of the original post (depending upon whether or not the story is still relevant), or unfeature it altogether if neither option works. If you are an avid contributor to Current.com, there could be cases where you are already featured for one story, and we wish to feature another story that you also happened to submit before anyone else. In these cases we might make an exception and feature another lesser known community member despite your story being technically first.
Q: "You changed my title, what gives?"
In previous posts I've mentioned that we will update headlines to meet AP Style, but on occasion we also need to actually re-word a title because a story has changed and no new story has been published to reflect the change, the title is just plain wrong, or the title leaves out key information about the discussion/story submitted. In these cases we always reach out to the original poster and notify them of the change via comment on the item (so everyone else can see) or via private message.
Q: "I thought featured stories were for news, why is [enter story type here] featured? I demand it be pulled!"
This is one question that will not go away, but I'll state again that "Current Stories" (on the Current.com homepage) is not strictly dedicated to news content. If it's news you want, then Current News is the place to be. Make it your homepage, and you'll never be the wiser to the varied mix of stories in "Current Stories." For those of you who don't mind the occasional crunch berry in your Capt. Crunch, you'll find that we feature a variety of stories ranging from recent episodes or sneak peeks of Current TV content alongside any story that meets our featuring criteria on Current regardless of type or group.
Q: "So, with all of these online producers blogging and producing video, does that mean Current is less about community contributions now?"
No, not at all. Our online producers are here to provide a bit of direction in some ways, while making sure that areas like News are not overrun with Britney Spears-style news. In addition, some of our more tradition aspects of community contribution will be making their way into each channel as time goes on. For example, The Rotten Tomatoes Show is closely aligned with Movies, and the show is largely comprised of community webcam reviews of the prior week's releases. If you want to participate and potentially get on TV, well then Current Movies is the place to hang out. John is also brewing up a Current Movies-specific plan involving written movie reviews, so keep an eye out for that as well. Shana just posted about Common's video pick from the "Make Common's Day" call out on the Current Music blog. This was sort of like a hybrid between a VCAM and a VC2 piece, where producers created a video for Common using greenscreen footage he shot while visiting the Current offices in LA. Andrew is prepping to embark on a deep Current News investigation that will include REQUIRE the participation of news-minded community members both on and off Current.com in order to be successful. He's finalizing the topic for the investigation, and a look at some of his recent blog posts will clue you into the direction that's taking shape. When this is fully underway, he'll lay out the details on the Current News blog. Lastly, when these folks blog they are pulling from both community contributions on Current AND content from our TV network. Think of these blog posts as our online playground where you're guys' content gets married to Current TV content -- all contextualized under trends going on in our world. And most importantly, Current community members are the key to making it all happen.
So, there it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps explain some of the question you, and others, may have about the site. We're going to be doing a lot of growing over the next few months, and we want you along for the ride. As always, shoot feedback and recommendations our way via comments here or posts on Get Satisfaction. Thanks for reading and contributing. Earlier today one of our community members raised a question that immediately... more
Over on the Current News blog, Andrew took a look at setback for MILF rebels in the Philippines. Also, Obama's UN address raises a question about whether or not it added up to anything substantial. Lastly, Manuel Zelaya returns to Honduras after being ousted, only to remain behind the gates of the Brazilian embassy. Tegucigalpa is rioting, check out his posts for raw video.
Vanguard: The Art of War
>> Leader of Philippines rebel movement captured – Setback for MILF rebels
>> What should America’s intl priorities be? – Did Obama’s address change anything?
>> Manuel Zelaya’s triumphant(?) return to Honduras
Hey, did you hear the news? We're launching a brand new show on Current TV!! It's called Embedded, and man...we're all super stoked about it.
Mos Def is coming to Current TV October 14th
Shana has the scoop over on the Current Music blog, along with some other awesome f'ing Amanda Palmer, Neutral Milk Hotel, and High School Musical news (wha?? -- ed. note: just read the post) from Peter Grumbine.
>> Mos Def is coming to Current TV October 14th
>> Amanda F’ing Palmer, Neutral F’ing Milk Hotel, and a high school f’ing musical
John's been playing hooky entrenched in all things related to the New York Film Festival, so here's what he has for this week's round-up on the Current Movies blog:
>> New York Film Festival By The Numbers: 9/17 to 9/23
>> We’re Watching: Afterschool trailer
>> Wednesday’s Important News: Sweet Diablo’s Valley High…Lander Remake, and the Nic Cage as Superman picture
I seriously laughed myself to tears when I saw Sarah's recent "olive branch in the form of a tweet" to Justine Bateman. Here's an article to catch you up on the drama, and if you feel like lending a helping hand post a tweet with #helpmallory in it.
Twitter tools. Also, my hatred of babies.
Here are Sarah's recent Current Tech blog offerings:
>> Power Twitter in Twitter tools. Also, my hatred of babies.
>> iPhone I love you but you’re bringing me down.
Leah's been cranking away with posts, and a few from Current Green blog guest bloggers as well. Take a look at a few of her latest, and check out her recent Activist 911, an interview with Amazon Watch activist Han Shan. They discuss the new film CRUDE in "Death zone in Ecuador":
Activist 911: Death Zone in Ecuador
>> Guest Blog Post: Land mark case: environmental orgs can sue electric utility companies
>> Powershift announces new schedule regional summits
>> Activist 911: Death zone in Ecuador
Over on the Current Comedy blog Josh makes an interesting comparison between Muammar al-Gaddaffi and accidental comedy -- because nothing is funnier than a dictator who unintentionally takes to stand-up. Also up for perusal is the latest Current Virals rundown, and rather serious flooding in the southeast US conjures up rather flippant memories of TV's Step-by-Step.
>> Gaddafi is a dictator, a very entertaining dictator
>> Current Virals 9/22
>> Six Flags underwater
Over on the Current News blog, Andrew took a look at setback for MILF rebels in... more
Holy cow. If you haven't been reading Andrew Fitzgerald's latest posts over on the Current News blog, you've been missing out. Don't panic, we'll get you caught up.
First up is a post that includes raw footage of Afghan insurgents being blown up by their own IED. The footage is shot from overhead from the perspective of airborne Apache helicopters, and well...
Here's a snippet:
US military personnel watch as Afghan insurgents set up a deadly IED and then accidentally trigger it themselves. I think this video is pretty rare: I imagine not many insurgents are caught on camera setting up their IEDs.
Check out the full video on the Current News blog and see for yourself.
To top things off, Andrew hit the ground running today with two new posts: The first regards Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi reporter made famous for throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush, and the implications of his reception post-release. Next up Andrew revisits the Kibera slums, which are now beginning to be dismantled in Kenya. Several years ago, Vanguard's Christof Putzel produced a peice on the Kibera slums, take a look:
Vanguard's Christof Putzel takes a look at the Kibera slum
In his post Andrew brings us updates on the present state of things in the Kibera slums outside of Nairobi. Take a look.
As is the style of John Lichman's Current Movies blog dispatches, here is a listicle of important posts you may have missed out on:
The New York Film Festival is starting up, and Current Movies is all over it. I suspect covering the fest may have been an elaborate ploy on Lichman's part, who may be secretly missing NYC. However, he's promised that we'll be premiering trailers, interviews, and magical unicorns over on Current Movies and our New York Film Festival group. Keep an eye out for more, I'm holding him to it.
John caught Stingray Sam at CineVegas this year, and he hasn't stopped talking about it. Good news for you, both his review and film's episodes are available via the tubes. Take a peek.
Toronto A to F, Weinstein's Super Serious Bet, and Harry Potter's Park. All part of Wednesday's Important News.
Speaking of festivals, are there too many out there? Read and decide for yourself?
Over on the Current Music blog, Shana Naomi Krochmal unleashes word of two new punk rock docs. Check out the details, and peruse a list of classic punk rock doc faves culled from the Current Music community!
From the "Get this now" files, Peter Grumbine has not 1, but 2 offerings this week:
Os Mutantes' "Haih or Amortecedor" is their first album in 35 years. Here's some of what Peter had to say:
If you don’t know Mutantes, it would be easy to say something like they’re the Brazilian Beatles or the Brazilian version of the guys from Buena Vista Social Club, but they’re not; they’re Os Mutantes.
The Mutantes were a big part of the Tropicalia movement in Brazil during the ’60s. Imagine what you know about the psychedelic ’60s in America and the UK, and then combine that with Carnival, and you can basically suss up the sound of that movement. Put simply, it’s fucking wild.
Read more here.
As a "Get this too" add-on, Peter recommends Rodrigo y Gabriela. Here's what he had to say:
In case you don’t know the story, years ago, Rodrigo y Gabriela were in some badass metal bands in Mexico, but they grew tired of the limited scene and potential there. A lady from Mexico who had moved to Ireland was back in Mexico and ran into them. After talking about their situation, she invited them to come stay with her in Ireland, a country where artists were treated better. Ah fate, at last!
Read more here.
Ever since Sarah Lane took Final Cut Pro classes, she's been cutting together some awesome tech videos and posting them on the Current Tech blog. Here's a taste of flickr's new iPhone app, plus a list of some of the others she's cooked up:
Flickr's iPhone App... Finally!
Mag.ma - All the videos you love, plus the ones you don't
ColorSuckr for Photo Enthusiasts/Amateur Designers
Who here likes Helvetica? *Raises hand*
Over on the Current Green blog, Leah Lamb tackled the green contraception debate (who knew?) while fantasizing about getting a greener car. Here's a snippet of what she learned:
I recently learned while checking out an article reporting on the Frankfurt Auto Show: I should start using condoms to lower my carbon footprint. The facts are coming out, if you want a car that has a small carbon footprint (we’ll skip over the argument that you wouldn’t have a car) than you should have a small car. A very small car. The kind of car that would make you get out of it if you wanted to…discuss… the birds and the bees. The kind of car that doesn’t need to carry a large family.
Who knew, right? Give the full post a look to learn more.
Guest poster Joshua Wiese, the coordinator for the Adopt a Negotiator project kicked off our first post for 360 Degrees of Copenhagen -- a series of blog posts leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (aka COP15) in Copenhagen on December 7th, 2009. Give it a read.
Funny man Josh Heller is in a "tribute" mood this week, and he has three Current Comedy blog posts to place on the alter of the Internet gods (that means you, dear readers):
First up, a Current Virals rundown dedicated to the memory of Patrick Swayze. No one puts Heller in the corner.
Next up, a very special Current Comedy blog post about the most famous meme to ever surface from Mexico in dedication of Mexican Independence Day.
Last, but not least, a special taste of what is to come on infoMania this week. Here's a hint: it involves Sarah Haskins and backpacks. Think you know the answer? Better click to make sure.
Holy cow. If you haven't been reading Andrew Fitzgerald's... more
We here at Current TV wish you Happy Holidays and an awesome 2010!
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