How to Block the Daily Mail website so you never have to look at it.

I hate it when I accidentally end up on The Daily Mail website. It offends my eyes and thoughts.

I’ve been meaning to block it for a while now. You can too with this guide…

This is how to block dailymail.co.uk on OS X by editing the hosts file, you can do the same thing on windows very easily if you have admin rights.

We are going to edit the hosts file to do this. First you will need to open a terminal window.

Press command+space to do a spotlight search. Type Terminal and press enter.

Once at the terminal type:

sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

You will be asked to enter your password, type it and press enter.

You will then be prompted with the following screen which is your hosts file.

Use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate to a new line and type the following as above:

127.0.0.1 dailymail.co.uk

This will redirect any requests to dailymail.co.uk back to your your localhost (127.0.0.1).

Next press

control + X

Then

Y

to save changes and Enter to write the files.

The changes might not take effect straight away as you may have to flush your DNS cache. To do this type the following at the terminal prompt.

sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches

The flush dns command varies in different versions of OS X so you may have to do a quick google for your version.

Then browse to dailymail.co.uk and hopefully it won’t work!

Any problems, let me know in the comments.

 

Cheap, Easy Wedding Photo Booth

Some friends of mine recently got married. They wanted to hire a photo booth, however it was quite costly, so they asked me if I could make something. I did a bit of googling and realised that the photos actually looked better if you make your own as you can customize the background and make it more fun. You can also fit more people in for group shots. So we went for more of a photo area rather than a photo booth.

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Great Resources for Filmmakers

I’m constantly on the lookout for resources to help further my career and increase my knowledge. The film industry moves so fast, that you have to learn continually and stay up to date with the latest products, firmware, codecs etc.. This list should help, but it’s certainly not the be all and end all.  If I’ve missed other great sites,  please let me know in the comments and i’ll try to include them.

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This American Life: Petty Tyrant

A friend of mine told me about This American Life back in July/August. I’ve been working through the archive for a short while and I’ve been listening to this story about Steve Raucci on my way to work over the last couple of days. Steve was the head of School maintenance in NY, he used his power to abuse his employees. If you’ve ever had a particularly angry or horrible boss, Steve is probably 100 times worse. At one point an employee was sitting on the toilet and a burning newspaper comes flying under the door. Needless to say the employee wasn’t on the toilet any longer. This is just one of many incidents that got worse and worse.

Anyway, here is the blurb and link, you should definitely listen if you haven’t already.

In Schenectady, NY, a school maintenance man named Steve Raucci works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until finally he’s in charge of the maintenance department. That’s when he starts messing with his employees. Teasing them at meetings. Punishing them with crummy work assignments. Or worse things, like secretly slashing their tires in the middle of the night.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/419/petty-tyrant

 

Some beautiful footage

Had a very busy and not so relaxing weekend in London. Went to a surprise party for a friends 30th Birthday and filmed the whole thing for the Britain in a Day project. Lots of work to do to get the footage ready for them now though.. Also stumbled across a couple of very nice videos over the weekend. Here they are:

This is some beautiful time lapse footage from the International Space Station (ISS) collected between August and October by astronauts Ron Garan and Satoshi Furukawa. There isn’t much to say about this really. It just looks fantastic and has a brilliant soundtrack to compliment it. I particularly like the flashes of lightning in the clouds as they pass over storms.

The Redneck Hippie by Phillip Bloom is a beautifully shot documentary about a Texan native called Pierce who loves his guns. I’ve never really mentioned Phillip Bloom on here but he is a very well known film maker and an early adopter in the DSLR world. He has recently purchased a RED EPIC and is putting it to good use on stories like this. He also managed to get hold of a Phantom FLEX for those ultra slow motion shots. His write up about the shoot goes in to a lot of detail about both cameras and the problems that he encounters on the way. Definitely worth a read if your in to that sort of thing.

I’m looking for some interesting characters based around the Birmingham area so that I can put together a small documentary about them. If you know someone who is unique send me an email or drop some information in the comments below.