Nå kan du leie og kjøpe film i norske iTunes, men utvalget er lite å skryte av

Oi, dette har jeg gledet meg veldig til! Fikk tips på Twitter i dag om at de skulle gå an å leie film via iTunes, og leita rundt i menyene for å finne frem, uten å lykkes. Nedtur! Men så var det en liten fugl som sa at man må søke etter konkrete filmer for å finne dem! Og se hva jeg fant? Masse herlig 80- og 90-tallsfilmer, som Dødelig våpen, Die Hard og Predator, og bare 29 kroner for å leie! Sweet!

 

Kun 704 filmer

Men utvalget i norske iTunes er ganske dårlig. Vi snakker hovedsaklig mainstream blockbusters, samt endel rett-på-dvd-utgivelser som kunne crackrøykende amerikanere kan sette pris på. Det er lite å sette tennene i for folk som virkelig liker å grave seg ned i filmhistorien. Du får det samme utvalget som du får i de fleste andre kommersielle videoløsninger på nettet, og knapt det. Er du glad i å se film så har du mest sannsynlig sett det meste her allerede.

2010-tallet: 89 filmer
2000-talle:t 363 filmer
1990-tallet: 155 filmer
1980-tallet: 42 filmer
1970-tallet: 20 filmer
1960-tallet: 24 filmer
1950-tallet: 5 filmer
1940-tallet: 4 filmer
1930-tallet: 2 filmer

Et søk etter min favorittskuespillerinne, Marisa Tomei (voff voff). Litt skuffende at det bare er tre filmer, og at The Wrestler mangler.
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Tester et søk etter The Wire, desverre ingen treff. Går ut fra at det kun er filmer som er tilgjengelig, ikke tv-serier. Fint at man kan klikke på navnene til skuespillerne og få opp filmene de spiller i.
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Action-bonanza:

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First experience borrowing an ebook via Amazon

Poontang, by Charles Willeford

Poontang, by Charles Willeford
Poontang, by Charles Willeford, The first book borrowed from Amazon. Kind of aweful actually :)

I’ve read a surprising amount of Kindle ebooks from Amazon during the last two years, usually in bed on the tiny iPhone screen, tucked under the covers so not to disturb my wife. But today I borrowed an ebook for the first time, via Booklending.com, one of several websites that mediate borrowing and lending between Kindle customers.

The feature was introduced on Amazon as a new years gift last year, but I haven’t had time to test it until now.

Amazon only allows US customers to lend out books, but foreigners like me can borrow books, and Booklending.com was the first site I testet that let me borrow. (Update: Lendle.me says on it’s signupscreen that its only available to US citizens, but I had no problem signing up and borrowing from them).

How it works

  • Lenders register the Kindle book they own on booklending.com.
  • Borrowers search or browse to find books they want, and click the “Borrow”-button.
  • The owner of the book is contacted by email and asked if they want to lend out that book.
  • If they do, the borrower gets an email with a link that takes him to the bookpage on Amazon, which has an “Accept loaned book”-button, instead of the buy option.
  • It is completely up to the owner of the book how long it takes for the request to go throught. The Poontang book arrived within 24 hours, the rest of my requests are still pending.
  • The offer to borrow a book has an expiration date of 7 days. If you don’t loan in within that limit, the book becomes available to someone else.
  • The rest of the prosess is just like bying a Kindle-book from Amazon. You select which device you want the book sent to, click “Accept loaned book”, and the book is downloaded automagically. Sweet!
  • You now have 14 days to read the book before it is automatically removed from your device.

Testing Booklending.com

The whole experience is a bit strange. All titles that I searched for on Booklending.com were unavailable for borrowing, so I had to settle with browsing the list of recent loans. This brought back memories of using the library, walking around randomly not knowing what hides between the covers of a book. But I’m uncertain if that actually is a good thing; having to settle for a title that simply is available, instead of something you really want to read? The thing about instant availablity (for pay) is that it makes us really impatient and focused on quality.

Booklending.com summary:

Positive

  • The attempt in itself is commendable. Thumbs up!
  • I love that foreigners can borrow, even though lending out to others is blocked. Very generous and much appreciated!
  • There doesn’t seem to be a limit or ratio on how much you can borrow vs. lending out. On Lendle.me you can borrow 2 books (TK), but if you don’t lend, the option to request a book is blocked. As I can’t lend out books, being a foreigner, the fun stops there. Strike one for Booklending.com

Negative

  • Foreigners can borrow, but not lend. I love sharing, almost all my photos on Flickr are CC, and I would love to be a lender. I hope Amazon will change this policy soon.
  • Most titles I search for can’t be lent nor borrowed. Testet with almost all the titles I owned, but none where lendable. But this will hopefully change?
  • I’m having a hard time trying to find any titles to borrow.

Improvements

  • Better ways to browse available titles. Search is useless, to few titles to be useful.
  • A way to contact a user after borrowing a title. It feels very rude not to be able to thank them. Also, a public user profile with the users available titles would be wonderful!
  • More titles. Part of the problem is that booksellers aren’t allowing lending, but it also seems that Booklending.com has fewer users than Lendle.me?

The old way to lend and borrow

Before the launch of Amazon lending last year, there was another, totally useless way to share books with your friends. Compare the how-to video below to the new functions from booklending.com or lendle.me. Lending and borrowing is certainly getting easier:

Closing of with the title poem from the book (warning, several kinds of aweful!)

Poontang, by Charles Willeford, from 1967

Should I unfold this wrinkled flower?
This self-righteous vowel;
This lingering line;
This spurious spondee?
Hard on, hard
Upon the rose-webbed tarn of love,
The black lines are man-made,
The coral lines are contours,
And the blue lines are dank with
blood.

O sere, dry leatherlips,
Hawking into the sink at night,
I cannot fly with these.
Instead:-
The encounter and the countering,
The dotted-swiss dress,
The roseate blush and nights of
contact
Dancing-
The sugared soil of tendered green.
Letting love in as well as out,
Let these be these.

When games invade real life

(Via Ted.com)

See also: 5 creepy ways video games are trying to get you addicted

And:

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

So far, World of Warcraft players have spent 5.93 million years solving problems in the game. . Jane McGonigal

“We’re witnessing what amounts to no less than a mass-exodus to virtual worlds and online game environments” – economist Edward Castronova

Wired: Reality Is Broken. Game Designers Must Fix It

Human computation, a talk by Luis von Ahn

Over 9 billion human hours of solitaire was played in 2003.

Luis von Ahn talks about how to “constructively channel human brainpower using computer games. For example, the ESP Game, described in this talk, is an enjoyable online game — many people play over 40 hours a week — and when people play, they help label images on the Web with descriptive keywords.” Not sure that is very useful or constructive, or fun, but perhaps some other real world game can be made using the same mechanisms.

5 iPad apps I’m looking forward to

Carters Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine

Why: Great for factloving hypocondriacs! Find new and scary things that might be wrong with you.

Comixologys Apple iPad App For Reading Comics

Why: Because reading comicbooks on paper in public when you are an adult is plain embarrassing! But on the iPad everyone will think I’m finetuning my keynotes presentation. :)

Wired iTablet Concept App
Why: This is just a concept, but recreating magazines in all their glory will be a great way to rekindle (no pun intented) myinterest in glossy magazines. I recently stopped by subsription to Wired and Computer arts, not because I don’t like them, but because they kill trees and spew co2 under transport. Buying magazines on paper is completely insane, but I think the iPad will do a good job at recreating the experience of holding and reading a print magazine.

Apple Tablet PC for IKEA?
Why: No, I am not homosexual. But I am appalled at the energy used and waste generated by distributing unwanted paper catalogs to consumers each year. Our household received hundreds of pounds of garbage each year, and I would love to see a more intelligent way to assemble information about available products and services in useful and entertaining ways. And who knows, maybe advertisers could pay US instead we paying to have their trash hauled away?

CourseSmart Tablet Concept
Why: Because textbooks are just so 1999. This CourseSmart Concept is not the best designed app, but I do believe in an integrated, sexy, multimediarich e-learning environment where you also can buy access to new modules as you need them. Apples apps with their low prices are great gateway drugs in the sense that they help people who are still sceptical about buying content online check things out on products that costs next to nothing, and when they first have gotten over the hurdle of buying that lolkittens app for a dollar, the step to buying an elearning app or module about the intricacies of Heideggers philosophies will be that much easier. Or not :)

Farmville is the shit!

If you are on Facebook you have probably seen the annoying messages from your friends who’ve just found a deer in their cabbage patch. Actually, chances are high that you ARE that friend, because according to this screenshot, Farmville is played by over 82 million users.

I have only one thing to say about that: What the fuck!

Stortingsvalget 2009 – slik dekkes valg-kvelden på nett

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Oppdatering: Du finner nå en litt strammere versjon av denne artikkelen på NRKbeta.

For webdesignere og utviklere er Stortingsvalget bestandig en spesiell kveld. Det er da de store mediehusene pleier å vise seg fra sin beste side. Forsidene er nystrigla, serverne nyboota, og man har brukt sine beste folk til å planlegge og lage nye fine tjenester for å vise info-porn (aka valgresultater som Geir Heljesen liker å kalle det) til sitt publikum. Valgkvelden er på mange måter selve ild-dåpen for en nett-redaksjon og det er bestandig spennende å se hva folk leverer.

Jeg var også spent på å se hvordan sosiale medier ble brukt rundt omkring. Var det noen som fikk til noe like stilig som det CNN leverte i forbindelse med USA-valget?

Målet mitt med kvelden var å fange så mange skjermbilder som mulig, og skrive litt om hver tjeneste, til bruk som referanse ved neste valg, og til allmenn glede for alle web- og valg-interesserte.

Bruk av sosiale medier i valgkampen

Dette var definitivt ild-dåpen til de sosiale mediene i valgsammenheng. De fleste partier hadde gode strategier på bruk av Facebook, Twitter og YouTube, men spesielt Arbeiderpartiet tok Twitter seriøst, og bortimot tvangsinnmeldte “alle” sine medlemmer. Noe som ble litt småslitsomt for alle oss Twitter-veteraner etterhvert, men som tydeligvis ga uttelling. Jens Stoltenberg skrøt av sine partifeller på valgvaken og sa at de hadde gjort en fabelaktig innsats på “gamlemåten”, dvs dele ut roser og gå dør til dør, men så sa han følgende.

“Vi vant valgkampen på nett” – Jens Stoltenberg

Og det tror jeg han har litt rett i. SV gjorde også mye riktig på nett, men de konsentrerte seg om sine egne nettsider og på bruken av Youtube, men de var bortimot usynlige på Twitter, og sendte dermed et signal om at de ikke tar velgerne sine seriøst. Jeg så heller ikke mye til de andre partiene på Twitter, kanskje med unntak av Høyre. Miljøpartiet de Grønne hadde også tilstedeværelse på Twitter.