So they don’t want us to find the Gonski report

Review of Funding for Schooling

Being A Webmaster Is Easy

No one likes a sloppy handover

While planning annual leave over the Christmas period in 2012 I created a handover document. I needed to delegate some tasks and train the team. I needed to ensure the handover document was a good one. No one likes a sloppy handover.

With the exception of one task the training consisted of a simple demonstration. The final task required more detailed training. I created a screencast of me performing the task and presented it to the chosen team member. It was a raw capture but it clearly demonstrated each step. Executing a good handover is easy.

christmas 2007

Being a webmaster is easy

One morning before work a month or so ago I decided I should train another member of my team to do this task. I opened the screencast in iMovie to tszuj it up then saved it in .mov format. I decided to embed the movie on a web page to make it more accessible to future trainees.

I’ve seen HTML5 referenced a lot in the RSS feeds I read each morning so I Googled the syntax and created a HTML file in Vi. I tested it by firing up MAMP and browsing to the file in Chrome. It works! Being a webmaster is easy.

Here’s the code:

<video src=”movie.mov”></video>

In the spirit of iterative and incremental development I set out to rebuild it. I had the technology. I messed around with the width and height so it fit neatly on the screen. I added controls and muted it because there isn’t a single person on the planet who likes video or audio that plays automatically when you load a web page. I fired it up in Chrome again. It works! Being a webmaster is easy. I’m thinking about changing jobs now.

Here’s the code:

<video src=”movie.mov” widht=”640″ height=”480″ controls muted></video>

 

Being a webmaster is pretty easy

I had laurels and I rested on them. I went into work and plugged my laptop into the 50″ LED TV in the boardroom to show off my creation. The team member and I ran through the movie a couple of times. I told him I’d upload it to our knowledge base then give him the URL. I get sidetracked sometimes so it was a week before, I could go a coffee right now, I emailed the team member the URL. He quickly pointed out that the movie doesn’t play in Firefox. Acknowledging that not all browsers are built equally I added a line of text to the article with the embedded movie. It read “This page uses HTML5. Get a better browser if yours does not support it.” I later read that it was the format of the movie, not HTML5 support, that was the issue. C’est la vie, at least people will know it’s a browser issue, not a webmaster issue. Being a webmaster is pretty easy.

Here’s the code:

This page uses HTML5. Get a better browser if yours does not support it.</br>
<video src=”movie.mov” widht=”640″ height=”480″ controls muted></video>

Being a webmaster really isn’t that hard

Back at home on a Saturday morning I started looking for a more elegant solution to this whole browser business. I Googled up a storm and it seemed the way to address this was to encode more than one version of the movie. Apparently I need one version for Chrome or Safari (WebKit) and another for Firefox (Gecko). My .mov movie works in WebKit so I need it encoded in something else for Firefox. Firefox supports WebM and Ogg Theora. I found a Firefox plugin called Firefogg and used that to create a WebM version of the movie. I tweaked the HTML page to use the new WebM movie and tested it Firefox. It works! I added the extra couple of lines of HTML so it will work in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox then refreshed the page in Firefox. It works! Being a webmaster really isn’t that hard.

Here’s the code:

<!– This page uses HTML5. Get a better browser if yours does not support it. –>
<!– <video src=”movie.mov” widht=”640″ height=”480″ controls muted></video> –>
<video width=”640″ height=”480″ controls muted>
<!– if Firefox –>
<source src=”movie.webm” type=”video/ogg” />
<!– if Safari/Chrome –>
<source src=”movie.mov” type=”video/mp4″ />

HTML5 "No Flash Inside"

Being a webmaster is a bit frustrating

I tested it in Safari. It works! Safari and Chrome both use WebKit so testing in Chrome should just be a formality right? I tested it in Chrome. It doesn’t work. Wait, what? The first, not commented out, line of the code basically says “Display a movie that is this wide by this high, show some controls and mute it.” The second line says “Here’s the movie, it’s format is ogg.” The third line says “Here’s the movie, it’s format is mp4.” I tried swapping the second and third lines so that it tried the mp4 then the ogg. Still doesn’t work.

Here’s the code:

<– This page uses HTML5. Get a better browser if yours does not support it. –>
<video src=”movie.mov” width=”640″ height=”480″ controls muted></video>
<video width=”640″ height=”480″ controls muted>
<!– if Safari/Chrome –>
<source src=”movie.mov” type=”video/mp4″ />
<!– if Firefox –>
<source src=”movie.webm” type=”video/ogg” />

It kept popping an advisory telling me I have a Chrome extension to play DivX videos and prompted me to enable it.

None of the examples mentioned that if I wanted it to work in Chrome and Firefox that I’d need to encode a second copy and install a Chrome extension. I tested a few more times and it was consistent. It works in Firefox. It works in Safari. It doesn’t work in Chrome and I refuse to enable the extension. Being a webmaster is a bit frustrating.

DivX party at Cinespace

Being a webmaster is too much work

I looked at the list of extensions I have and saw “DivX Plus Web Player html5 <video>” among them. I searched for that in Google and saw that it had been disabled in Chrome by Google a while ago. I had another look at my Chrome extensions and became slightly more confused. Chrome was telling me I could enable the plugin when a page with a ogg format video was parsed, Google was telling me that it had been disabled in Chrome, and my list of extensions had a tick in the box indicating that it was enabled. Logic clearly wasn’t working in my favour so I disabled the extension. I shrugged and tested it again. It Works! Being a webmaster is too much work.

I’m sticking to my day job

I haven’t added support for Internet Explorer, it’s neanderthal ancestors, or mobile devices. And I’m not going to. The audience of this movie can’t perform the task it demonstrates on a mobile device and if IE is their primary browser they already have bigger problems in life to deal with. I’ve decided that I’m sticking to my day job.

Server Rack
(Not really where I work.)

Editor’s note:

Yes, I had ‘width’ misspelt for a while.

Ben Affleck as Batman

Ben Affleck is going to be the new Batman. A lot of people haven’t taken this news well and are doing their best to let everyone know. There have been a lot of negative tweets on Twitter and status updates on Facebook. At least one person even petitioned the White house to make it illegal for Ben Affleck to play Batman.

 

 

I’m increasingly in favour of the need for a license to use the Internet.

 

I’ve seen a few of Ben Affleck’s movies and I’m a fan. I loved the critically panned Jersey Girl, I’ve got a soft spot for Dogma, and Good Will Hunting is one of favourite movies of all time. Admittedly I’ve not seen all his movies. I’ve not seen Gigli or Argo. I’m pretty sure this doesn’t exclude me from having an opinion.

 

I’ve spent the last few hours researching the Interwebs to find out exactly what people are saying. There’s a lot of anti Ben Affleck, or #BatFleck, sentiment out there. There are a lot of people that have said that Affleck shouldn’t play Batman because Daredevil flopped. Some are saying he shouldn’t play Batman because Christian Bale is a better actor, and some are just poking fun at the spectacle of it all.

 

So here are some of my thoughts:

Initial announcements of Ben Affleck playing Batman

 

Variety reported:

The actor will replace Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman feature for Warner Bros., the studio announced Thursday.

 

Ben Affleck isn’t replacing Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the Man of Steel sequel. Christian Bale starred in Christopher Nolan’s Batman continuity which included:

  • Batman Begins;
  • The Dark Knight; and
  • The Dark Knight Rises.

 

The upcoming Man of Steel sequel, and the Man of Steel movie, are clearly Superman movies. The Christopher Nolan continuity are clearly Batman movies. It makes as much sense as saying “Ben Affleck will replace Adam West as Bruce Wayne in the…”

 

The Gawker Media vehicle Kotaku reported:

 

The Next Batman Is… Ben Affleck? What?

 

Their first paragraph went on to say:
Ben Affleck will star as Batman in Man of Steel 2. Ben Affleck. This is not a joke. Both The Wrap and Variety are reporting the news. Daredevil is playing Batman.

 

The piece is wrapped up with:
So… Matt Damon as Robin?

 

Author of the a̶r̶t̶i̶c̶l̶e̶ ̶b̶l̶o̶g̶ ̶s̶n̶i̶p̶p̶e̶t̶  handful of words, Jason Schreier, makes fun of Zack Snyder’s casting choice then in the comments section gives this back handed compliment:
As many have noted, remember all the cynicism when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker? Affleck could very well be amazing. This is still hilarious, though.

Of course Twitter has an opinion

 

The Huff Po ran a piece that cashed in on knee-jerk central’s, AKA Twitter, reactions titled:
Ben Affleck As Batman: The Funniest Twitter Reactions

Here are some of the gems they included:

@ChaseMit
Chase Mitchell
In the Ben Affleck version, Batman’s parents kill themselves.

 

@liz_buckley
Liz Buckley
Typo. I think Ben Affleck would make a great Barman.

 

@ElizaBayne
Eliza Bayne
In the new Ben Affleck version, the Batmobile is just a beige Prius

 

@thebrianposehn

Brian Posehn
Affleck directing Batman? Could be cool. He’s really finding himself as a director… Wha? Playing Batman? Eeeep!!– A guy who saw Daredevil

 

@StephenWhitty
Stephen Whitty
Oh please, why not just cast J Lo as Catwoman, too, and REALLY torpedo the whole thing.

 

@sbl76
Sarah
I *sense* Ben Affleck might not be Twitter’s first choice.

 

@shaeconnor
Shae Connor
Jesus. I leave Twitter for, like, a minute, and you guys let Ben Affleck get cast as Batman? YOU HAD ONE JOB!

 

@RichardDreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.

Blunders previous Batman actors have made

 

I’d like to preface this bit by stating that this isn’t an attempt to disparage these actor. I’m simply pointing out some of bodies of work previous Batman actors have performed. Consider what the Batman continuities/universes would look like if these actors were rejected based purely on their prior efforts.

Here are some of the actors that have played Batman:

  • Adam West;
  • Michael Keaton;
  • Val Kilmer;
  • George Clooney; and
  • Christian Bale.

 

Adam West

Best known for
Depending on your age Adam West is best known as Batman from the TV series Batman or Mayor Adam West from Family Guy.

Played Batman in
The TV series Batman (1966)

Perhaps less proud of
The Kini Popo Show, a kids program from Hawaii where he starred with Peaches, the chimp.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001842/bio
http://ralphgarman.bandcamp.com/album/an-evening-with-adam-west

 

Michael Keaton

Best known for
Batman, Batman Returns

Played Batman in
Batman(1989), Batman Returns(1992)

Perhaps less proud of
The Squeeze (1987)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1019743-squeeze/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094021/

 

Val Kilmer

Best known for
Heat (1995), Batman Forever (1995), and Top Gun (1986)

Played Batman in
Batman Forever (1995)

Perhaps less proud of
The Real McCoy (1993)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1045620-real_mccoy/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107927/

 

George Clooney

Best known for
Ocean’s Eleven (2001), ER (TV Series) (1994-2009)

Played Batman in
Batman (1997)

Perhaps less proud of
Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/return_of_the_killer_tomatoes_the_sequel/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095989/

 

Christian Bale

Best known for
The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), American Psycho (2000)

Played Batman in
Batman Begins (2004), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Perhaps less proud of
Newsies (1992)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/newsies/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104990/

Why Ben Affleck should be Batman

Awards received prior to the role of Batman

 

Adam West
0
(Adam later won two TV Land Awards for the role and a Star on the Walk of Fame.)

 

Michael Keaton
1983 KCFCC Award (Nightshift)
1989 NSFC Award (Beetlejuice) and (Clean and Sober)

 

Val Kilmer
0

 

George Clooney
1996 Saturn Award (From Dusk Till Dawn)
1996 MTV Movie Award (From Dusk Till Dawn)
1997 SAG Award (ER)
1996 SAG Award (ER)

 

Christian Bale
2001 Chlotrudis Award (American Psycho)
2004 Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival (The Machinist)
1989 Young Artist Award (Empire of the Sun)

 

Ben Affleck
2013 AFI Award (Argo)
2013 Academy Award (Argo)
1998 Academy Award (Good Will Hunting)
2007 Saturn Award (Hollywoodland)
2007 Austin Film Critics Award (Gone Baby Gone)
2013 BAFTA Film Award (Argo) (Director)
2013 BAFTA Film Award (Argo) (Best Film)
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award (Bounce)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award (Forces of Nature)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award (Armageddon)
2007 BSFC Award (Gone Baby Gone)
2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (Argo)
1998 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (Good Will Hunting)
2012 Casting Society of America, USA (Career Achievement Award)
2007 CFCA Award (Gone Baby Gone)
2013 CEC Award (Argo)
2013 César Award (Argo)
2013 DGA Award (Argo)
2012 FFCC Award (Argo)
1998 FFCC Award (Good Will Hunting)
2013 Golden Globe (Argo)
1998 Golden Globe (Good Will Hunting)
2012 Hollywood Film Award (Argo)
2007 Hollywood Breakthrough Award (Gone Baby Gone)
2006 Hollywood Film Award (Hollywoodland)
1998 Humanitas Prize (Good Will Hunting)
2012 Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award (Argo)
2010 NBR Award (The Town)
2007 NBR Award (Gone Baby Gone)
1997 Special Achievement Award (Good Will Hunting)
2013 PGA Award (Argo)
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Argo)
2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival (The Town)
2013 Robert Festival (Argo)
2012 SDFCS Award (Argo)
2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Modern Master Award)
1998 Golden Satellite Award (Good Will Hunting)
2013 SAG Award (Argo)
1999 SAG Award (Shakespeare in Love)
2012 SEFCA Award (Argo)
2001 Teen Choice Award (Pearl Harbor)
2006 Volpi Cup (Hollywoodland)
2010 WAFCA Award (The Town)

Not really the award you want to win but Ben Affleck also won some Razzies

2004 Razzie Award (Daredevil), (Gigli), (Paycheck)

 

Summing up why Ben Affleck should play Batman

 

Sure, a lot of people didn’t like Gigli or Daredevil. History can’t predict the future and all the previous Batman actors have had flops. For those of you leaning on this point, your logic is flawed. Get off of my Internet!

 

Saying Ben Affleck shouldn’t play Batman because, in their opinion, Christian Bale (in some cases Michael Keaton) is a better actor, go back and look again. They are different Batmen in different continuities/universes. Each continuity/universe is a different take on a story that shares elements. Regardless of whether it’s Nolan, Burton, or Schumacher telling the story it’s still Batman. It’s not the same Batman but it’s still Batman.

 

Why so serious?

Road Works

Road Works, originally uploaded by MyBarina.

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

12 Jan ’13, 11.32pm EST

 

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Road Works



Road Works, originally uploaded by MyBarina.

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

12 Jan ’13, 11.32pm EST

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Road Works



Road Works, originally uploaded by MyBarina.

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

12 Jan ’13, 11.32pm EST

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Road Works



Road Works, originally uploaded by MyBarina.

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

12 Jan ’13, 11.32pm EST

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Road Works



Road Works, originally uploaded by MyBarina.

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

12 Jan ’13, 11.32pm EST

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Road Works



Road Works, originally uploaded by MyBarina.

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

12 Jan ’13, 11.32pm EST

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Road Works



Road Works, originally uploaded by MyBarina.

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner

12 Jan ’13, 11.32pm EST

Route 72 – Malvern Road and Burke Road, Gardiner