After the launch of The Castilian Conspiracy and La conspiración del castellano, a free webinar/hangout with Allan Tépper.
The official launch of my new books, The Castilian Conspiracy and its “fraternal twin”, La conspiración del castellano will take place on Tuesday, October 22 in a Florida bookstore. The following Monday, October 28th I’ll be doing two free webinars/hangouts where I’ll talk about print book/ebook/audiobook workflows, and interact with questions and comments.
In-person book launch in Florida
The official bilingual book launch will take place in the Coral Gables, Florida, US branch of Books & Books on October 22, 2013, at 6:30 pm local time. If you are going to be in South Florida that day and would like more information or to RSVP, click here.
Book cover in English (above)
Book cover in Castilian (aka “Spanish”) above
Free webinars/hangouts on October 28th
On October 28th, there will be two consecutive webinars/hangouts, one in each language. These live interactive events are available free, anywhere you have an Internet connection
Duration: The presentation will be about 30 minutes, and then as much time is required for questions/answers.
The Castilian Conspiracy reveals the uncensored truth about the most widely used Spanish language. Through personal studies and anecdotes, quotations, historical facts, little-know rules, and unique observations, Tépper unfolds while he proposes improvements for the language and its speakers.
This book will be launched on October 22, 2013 in a bilingual presentation in Coral Gables, Florida. Click here for more information…
Beyond its baseball and common use, rundown has a very specific use in media production, especially in live news. Now MSNBC has mainstreamed the term.
Although the word rundown is used in baseball and in common US English as a “quick summary of main points of information”, its very unique meaning in radio and TV production has been (up until very recently) unknown beyond media professionals. In fact, many media professional who haven’t worked in live production (especially live news) haven’t even heard of it in this context. Ahead I’ll define its media production meaning, use in other countries, in TecnoTur, TWiT, and how MSNBC has now mainstreamed the term. Read the full article free in ProVideo Coalition magazine…
Open Letter to Apple AT2013.c, for the iTunes development team
When I published two separate Open Letters to Apple less than two weeks ago (links ahead), I didn’t expect to be publishing a third to the same company so soon. With the “update” to iTunes 11.02, Apple has justdowngraded a function in the iTunes which I have previously applauded here in ProVideo Coalition magazine. What Apple unexpectedly removed from iTunes 11.02 (Castilian video subtitles and soundtracks) is directly associated with one of my passions, and the topic of one of my upcoming books. Read the full Open Letter free in ProVideo Coalition magazine…
I first covered the term “anachronism” back in 2009 when I published Beware the attack of the anachronisms!. Now that I just published Panasonic GH3: Behind the scenes of Genesis, with Philip Bloom, I am asking myself whether we should consider the term “short film” as anachronistic when the piece is shot on video. Ahead we’ll review the term anachronism and discuss how we should call “short films” and “footage” when shot on video, and provide links to the other mentioned articles.
Read the full article free in ProVideo Coalition magazine…
7 Guatemalans learn to color correct and more…
I just returned from the Republic of Guatemala in Central America, where I interpreted a class for David Catt, the original product manager at DaVinci Systems. (Since then, DaVinci Systems was purchased in 2009 by Blackmagic Design). David Catt taught 7 Guatemalans how to perform grading, including color correction and more using DaVinci Resolve. The client who recently purchased the new Mac-based DaVinci Resolve system is Julio Borrayo, president of STAFF HDTV/Alta Definición, which produces high-end TV commercials in Guatemala. This article explains the details of the system they purchased (hardware + software), installation and preparation, main points covered in the class, and the students. David Catt has agreed to join us on an upcoming episode of TecnoTur to discuss grading and the differences between different DaVinci Resolve configurations. Read the whole article here…
If you read my recent article Apple USA unfortunately segregates Mac Mini’s keyboard options here in ProVideo Coalition magazine, you may now feel relief. After exploring multiple sources, I have fortunately located a USA-based company that is willing and able to offer both versions of the official Apple aluminum keyboards with the Spanish ISO layout. When I say “both versions”, I mean both the wired (USB) version with numeric keyboard, and the wireless (Bluetooth) version without the numeric keyboard. Now Apple users in the USA who choose the Mac Mini and would like an official Apple Spanish keyboard (with which Apple USA does not currently offer any Spanish keyboard option) can order their desired keyboard from this company. Of course, this also applies if you want a replacement keyboard for your iMac or MacPro, or if you want an external keyboard for a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, regardless of whether the computer currently has a Spanish ISO or any other type of keymap, and regardless of whether you run your system in English (or in any other language). Read the full article here…
Apple is the most flexible of all computer manufacturers in the USA with its wonderful policy of offering all of the Apple computers with whichever keyboard the customer wants with a new BTO (built-to-order) computer purchase. Well, I should say almost all of them. The fact is that when ordering a BTO Mac from Apple USA’s online store at store.Apple.com (or via an Apple dealer that has access to BTO Macs), you can select your choice of keyboard, as long as it is an iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Mac Pro (tower). However, now that the Mac Mini has become such an attractive platform for professional video editing systems (see my related article about that), I have several disappointed consulting clients who are getting undesired answers when they called Apple USA’s 800 number after seeing incomplete keyboard options for the Mac Mini on the website. Read the rest here…
The term “broadcast” has multiple meanings and contexts.
Do you work in the broadcast industry? What does the word broadcast mean to you? If you work for a radio or TV station or network in almost any capacity, you probably consider yourself to be a broadcaster. If you are a stringer (an independent videographer who shoots news for TV), then you probably consider yourself to be a broadcaster too. If you manufacture or sell “broadcast” cameras or other equipment, then you probably consider yourself to be part of the broadcast industry. There was a time when people questioned whether a particular camera, recorder or other device was “broadcast quality” or not. As a certified translator, I am very aware of a particular word’s many nuances, especially when someone asks me to translate that word. In this article, we’ll explore and define different meanings of the term broadcast in various contexts. Then these meanings will become reference points for upcoming articles. (Read the full article here…)
This book describes how the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco, attempted to commit linguicide and re-name the most widely used Spanish language. This book also reveals myths and realities surrounding Castilian, the most widely used of the multiple official Spanish languages (yes, in plural), and why it is not only incorrect —but also damaging for society— to call it “Spanish”.
Stay tuned for this upcoming book by Allan Tépper.