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MEDIA: STAR RANGER - Award Winning Video. First 3D VR Theme Park Film Produced Entirely On PC's

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"...in 1997, "Star Ranger" was considered to be a nearly impossible feat for a couple of simple PC computers to pull off. Up until that time, banks of Linux work-stations and warehouses full of programmers had been required to accomplish similar efforts..."

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MEDIA: VIRTUAL REALITY AND ENHANCED REALITY PROJECTS

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Virtual Reality & Simulation/Visualization Technologies

Our team is known as “The Father’s of VR”. They built, and received U.S. Government patent awards on, the first immersive VR and augmented digital reality systems. Some of those systems were very expensive, as high as $2.5M at the time. Now you buy them in retail stores for under $600.
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MORE PROJECT TRACK RECORD VIDEO: Our patented ShapeWALL Tactile VR Surface Modules, Pods, Mobile devices and Modeling surfaces. From “Crazy Idea” to functional tool:

Our super-low cost VR googles:

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 If you can use tape, scissors, glue and pliers; you can, most likely, build some of these systems yourself. You already have the main part of the electronics by using your phone, tablet, computer or gamebox. You don’t even have to tear any electronics apart. You can make what you already have do dual purpose. As shown in this image, and in the time-stamps on our patent filings and issuance’s, we developed one of the first, if not the first, uses of a smartphone as the head-mounted display and position-sensor unit:   Discussion Of Parts Suppliers: Get a new back mount or get new lenses and swap them out when you need to. It is designed for hot swap lenses. Ideal lenses are the stacked Fresnel flat stamp 70-120 degree or the Erfle 65 degree lens, or the Plano Convex 92/95 degree lens. These lenses, or lens sets, can be purchased from various suppliers online for less than $30.00. You can hot dip the whole mount in truck bed coating or black electrical tape-it for various amounts of blackout/immersion of the unit. (A famous game company spent millions on legal research to determine that due to past litigation from users of other gaming VR headsets from other companies, not ours, one cannot legally sell you a fully blacked-out headset mount.) You choose your safest blackout/immersion level based on your use and safety parameters.


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The U.S. Government, after extensive investigation, awarded us multiple seminal patents as sole inventor of immersive virtual reality chambers, now known as “The Cave” or “The Holodeck”. This technology is used in the highest end tactical mission simulators and defense training systems:  We has consulted on Virtual Reality, Networked Simulation and wearable visualization technologies for a number of government and corporate clients. Here is an E! Entertainment Network segment about Scott’s work with the Production of Oliver Stone’s“Wild Palms”:

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TELECOM: Close-loop three-laser scheme for chaos-encrypted message transmission

A Light-Casting Li-Fi detail sheet for deployment of one variable in our patented mobile technology. For information on purchasing the mobile version of this technology, Contact us.

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Quantum Computing DRM for mobile movie delivery? Yep!

Close-loop three-laser scheme for chaos-encrypted message transmission

 

DOI: 10.1007/s11082-010-9435-6

Cite this article as:
Annovazzi-Lodi, V., Aromataris, G., Benedetti, M. et al. Opt Quant Electron (2010) 42: 143. doi:10.1007/s11082-010-9435-6

Abstract

In this paper, we numerically evaluate private data transmission using a three-laser scheme, consisting of a pair of twin semiconductor lasers, driven to chaos by delayed optical feedback in a short cavity, and optically injected by a third chaotic laser which forces them to synchronize. This laser is selected with different internal parameters with respect to the twin pair, so that the emissions of the synchronized, matched lasers, are highly correlated, whereas their correlation with the driver is low. The digital message modulates the emission of the transmitter, as in a standard Chaos Modulation scheme. Message recovery is then obtained by subtracting, from the transmitted chaos-masked message, the chaos, locally generated by the synchronized receiver laser. Simulations have been performed with the Lang-Kobayashi model, and, in view of application to private transmission, we have investigated the effect of the parameter mismatch, between transmitter and receiver, on message recovery. A preliminary experimental evaluation has been also performed using specially designed InP integrated modules.

Keywords

Optical chaosChaos synchronizationCommunication systemsPrivate transmission

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It takes many hours to engineer and calculate all the hundreds of options for all of the thousands of variables for each pro-forma financial projection for a complete system, including amortization allowances (even if it contains guesses about the cost of equipment).

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MEDIA: Oliver Stone's Virtual Reality TV Series: "Wild Palms" With Tech-Dev Services by Scott

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Wild Palms: See Scott's E! Entertainment Network Video Interview:

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Wild Palms
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Wild Palms main cast (listed below)
Created by Bruce Wagner
Written by Bruce Wagner
Starring Nick Mancuso Bebe Neuwirth Angie Dickinson Dana Delany James Belushi Kim Cattrall Robert Loggia
Music by 坂本 龍 (Ryuichi Sakamoto)
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 5
Production
Executive producer(s) Oliver Stone Bruce Wagner
Producer(s) Michael Rauch
Running time 285 minutes
Release
Original network ABC
Original release May 16, 1993 – May 19, 1993[1]
Wild Palms is a five-hour mini-series which was produced by Greengrass Productions and first aired in May 1993 on the ABC network in the United States. The sci-fi drama, announced as an "event series",[2] deals with the dangers of politically motivated abuse of mass media technology, virtual realities in particular. It was based on a comic strip written by Bruce Wagner and illustrated by Julian Allen first published in 1990 in Details magazine. Wagner, who also wrote the screenplay, served as executive producer together with Oliver Stone. The series stars James Belushi, Dana Delany, Robert Loggia, Kim Cattrall and Angie Dickinson. The episodes were directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Keith Gordon, Peter Hewitt and Phil Joanou.

Contents

Plot synopsis

In the United States in the year 2007, the right-wing "Fathers" dominate large sections in politics and in the media. A libertarian movement, the "Friends", opposes the government, often making use of underground guerilla tactics. In California, the powerful representative of the "Fathers" is Senator Tony Kreutzer, who is also the leader of the religious sect "Church of Synthiotics" and owner of the "Wild Palms" media group. Kreutzer's TV station "Channel 3" is about to start a new television format, "Church Windows", which creates a virtual reality on the basis of popular shows like sitcoms, using a new technique called "Mimecom". Harry Wyckoff is a successful patent attorney on the brink of becoming a partner in the agency he works at. He has two children with his wife Grace, a perfect housewife who also moonlights as a boutique owner: 11-year-old Coty, who has just been cast for the new "Channel 3" series, and the ever-silent 4-year-old Deirdre. His mother-in-law is the impossibly chic socialite and interior decorator Josie Ito, a woman of strong will and numerous connections. At night, Wyckoff is plagued by strange dreams of a rhinoceros and a faceless woman who has palm trees tattooed on her body. One day, he is visited by a former lover of his college days, the alluring Paige Katz, who asks for his help in tracking down her son Peter, who disappeared five years earlier. As Paige is closely associated with Kreutzer's "Wild Palms Group", which Wyckoff's firm is going up against in court, their meetings raise suspicions and cost Wyckoff his promotion. After this, he gladly accepts when Kreutzer offers him a job at "Channel 3" with an even higher salary. In the wake of his new career, Harry's wife Grace alienates from him and attempts suicide. To his dismay Harry learns that Coty is actually the son of Kreutzer and Paige, and that her search request was a plot to bring him and the Senator together. Meanwhile, Coty not only becomes a child TV star but also, due to his ruthlessness, a high-ranking member of the "Church of Synthiotics". Grace's mother turns out to be the Senator's sister who disposes of possible rivals with the same violently brutal means as her brother. Her only weak point is her former marriage to Eli Levitt, leader of the "Friends" and Grace's father, with whom she is still in love. Kreutzer tries to get hold of the "Go chip" which supposedly will enable him to become a living hologram with unlimited power; he does not even stop at murder. Disgusted by his methods, his future wife Paige gives information to the "Friends". Harry discovers that Peter, a straying boy who has connections to the "Friends", is his real son who was taken away by the "Fathers" shortly after his birth. Kreutzer, who suspects Harry of collaborating with his opponents, has him tortured and kidnaps his daughter Deirdre, while Josie throttles her own daughter, Grace, to death. Harry joins the "Friends" and enforces the broadcast of Grace's murder, which had been videotaped. The broadcast causes a social uproar. "Synthiotics" facilities and campaigning offices of Kreutzer, who is running for president, are attacked. Even a transmission of a fake video that shows Harry as Grace's murderer, and the secret execution of Eli can't stop the upheaval. Josie is brutally killed by a former victim, Tully Woiwode. Kreutzer finally manages to get hold of the "Go chip" and has it implanted, but not before it is secretly altered by Harry and Peter. Kreutzer reveals to Harry that he is his biological father, just before he loses cohesion and dissolves into nothingness. As Coty, now the leader of the "Fathers", finds his followers dispersed, Harry, Paige, Peter and Dierdre escape the chaos, although Harry knows he must "go back" and lead the "Friends" against their enemies.

Episodes

ABC aired the mini-series over five consecutive nights:

  • 16 May 1993: Everything Must Go (approx. 90 minutes) - directed by Peter Hewitt
  • 17 May 1993: The Floating World (approx. 45 minutes) - directed by Keith Gordon
  • 18 May 1993: Rising Sons (approx. 45 minutes) - directed by Kathryn Bigelow
  • 19 May 1993: Hungry Ghosts (approx. 45 minutes) - directed by Keith Gordon
  • 20 May 1993: Hello, I Must Be Going (approx. 45 minutes) - directed by Phil Joanou

Cast

  • James Belushi as Harry Wyckoff, a Beverly Hills based patent attorney and later, CEO of the Wild Palms group.
  • Dana Delany as Grace Wyckoff, his wife, suburban housewife and owner of Hiroshima, a retro fashion boutique.
  • Ben Savage as Coty Wyckoff, their 11-year-old son, a child actor on the verge of a breakthrough to stardom.
  • Robert Loggia as Senator Tony Kreutzer, former sci-fi author, founder of the Wild Palms group, and of the Synthiotics cult.
  • Angie Dickinson as Josie Ito, Grace's mother, a celebrated interior decorator with numerous connections and secrets.
  • David Warner as Eli Levitt, Grace's father, former History professor imprisoned for terrorism. Founder of the "Friends".
  • Kim Cattrall as Paige Katz, PR director of the Wild Palms group and Kreutzer's fiancée, she and Harry have past history together.
  • Ernie Hudson as Tommy Laszlo, Harry Wyckoff's childhood friend, an eccentric entrepreneur who is also a closet homosexual.
  • Nick Mancuso as Tully Woiwode, infamous and popular visual artist and toast-of-the-town, Tommy Laszlo's secret lover.
  • Bebe Neuwirth as Tabba Schwartzkopf, Academy Award winning actress who befriends Grace, and is part of the Wild Palms group.
  • Aaron Michael Metchik as Peter Katz, a street urchin with mysterious connections with Harry, Grace and the "Fathers".
  • Brad Dourif as Chickie Levitt, Eli Levitt's son from another relationship. Virtual reality boy genius and technology wizard.
  • Charles Hallahan as Gavin Whitehope, Harry's associate at the Wild Palms group. Reformed alcoholic an Synthiotics devotee.
  • Robert Morse as Chap Starfall, erstwhile pop star reduced to lounge singer status until the Wild Palms group "revives" him.
  • Beata Pozniak as Tambor, the Wyckoff's dutiful au-pair.
  • Bob Gunton as Dr. Tobias Schenkl, Harry's psychiatrist upon whom he confides everything that is going on in his work and home lives.
  • Rondi Reed as Eileen Whitehope, Gavin's wife, a "Lady-who-lunches" who also alerts Grace to a danger in her own home.
  • Charles Rocket as Stitch Walken, a stand-up comedian who is also a surreptitious agent of the "Friends".
  • Eugene Lee as Lt. Bob Grindrod, a corrupt detective of the LAPD under contract to the Wild Palms group.
  • Fraçois Chau as Hiro, Grace's childhood sweetheart from her years spent in Japan, and an enemy of Kreutzer.
  • Monica Mikala as Deirdre Wyckoff, Harry and Grace's silent four-year-old daughter, who gets kidnapped and used as a pawn later on.

Cameos

  • Cyberpunk author William Gibson has a cameo appearance as himself. When the author is introduced as the man who invented the term Cyberspace, he remarks, "and they won't let me forget it".
  • Wild Palms producer and film director Oliver Stone also has a cameo. In a fictitious interview he appears as himself and comments on the release of files pertinent to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, revealing that the theories in his film JFK were right.
  • Wild Palms director Kathryn Bigelow has an uncredited cameo. She plays the character Maisy Woiwode.

Production

Oliver Stone had originally planned to film Bruce Wagner's novel Force Majeure, but then decided to film Wagner's comic strip Wild Palms, published in Details magazine, instead: "It was so syncretic. It was such a fractured view of the world. Everything and anything could happen. Maybe your wife isn't your wife, maybe your kids aren't your kids. It really appealed to me." Wagner referred to his creation as "a sort of surreal diary […] a tone poem", set in an "Orwellian Los Angeles". ABC agreed to finance the project on a budget of $11 Million, but, remembering the eventual decline of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, insisted that the series had "a complete story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end".[2][3] Actor James Belushi compared the series (among others) to the British TV serial The Prisoner, and stated: "It's very tough, very challenging—a lot of viewers probably won't dig it." Dana Delany suggested that viewers should "let it wash over you, enjoy each scene, and by the end it'll make sense". Robert Loggia compared it to Elizabethan play The Duchess of Malfi and the ancient Greek tragedy Medea. ABC, bound to make sure that viewers wouldn't lose attention, had a supplemental book, The Wild Palms Reader, published and offered a telephone hotline with the show's initial run.[2] These measures notwithstanding, Stone considered the atmosphere to be more important than the storyline.[4] William Gibson later stated that "while the mini-series fell drastically short of the serial, it did produce one admirably peculiar literary artifact, The Wild Palms Reader" (to which he contributed). Both Stone and Gibson called Wagner the creative force behind the series.[4][5]

Production design

The United States of the year 2007 as depicted in the series shows a strong influence of Japanese culture, e. g., in dress and interior and exterior design. Holograms of Miss Alabama and girl group The Supremes even bear Japanese facial features. Other interior details show the influence of Scottish designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928). Deliberately anachronistic elements include 1960s cars (like Studebaker police vehicles) and Edwardian fashion.

References in Wild Palms

Non-fictitious references

While the comic strip makes clear references with Senator Kreutzer to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the series gives only allusions. Hubbard publicised a psychological technique, "Dianetics", which is practised in his "Church of Scientology". Kreutzer's technique is called "Synthiotics", and his religious organization "Church of Synthiotics". Kreutzer's organization has a naval subsidiary called "The Floating World", paralleling the "Church of Scientology"'s "Sea Org". In their reviews of the series, both The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly noted resemblances.[1][6] Shortly after Harry joins the "Wild Palms Group", competing TV stations file a lawsuit against the senator's company, arguing that his new exclusive broadcasting technique "Mimecom" would create a technical monopoly. The lawsuit refers to the 1948 Paramount Consent Decree which forced major Hollywood studios to sell their movie theater chains to liquidate the existing oligopoly. During a conversation, Kreutzer explains that his mother died as victim of Executive Order 9066 because she had Japanese ancestors. In 1942, U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed EO 9066 which led to the internment of Japanese Americans and Japanese living along the Pacific coast of the United States in so called "War Relocation Camps". A manipulated video showing Harry killing his wife Grace (who was in fact murdered by her mother Josie) is announced to be broadcast on several TV channels. CNN alone is mentioned by name. After the broadcast, Harry contacts Josie one last time, sarcastically suggesting that she should start a weekly TV show featuring the murder of a surprise guest. As the first two attendants, he proposes ancient Roman dictator Caesar and controversial union leader Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared in 1975.

Artistic and other references

Literature

  • The poem Of Mere Being by Wallace Stevens is repeatedly used as a mantra by "Synthiotics" members.
  • Running to Paradise by W. B. Yeats is, among others, quoted by Senator Kreutzer in conversation with Harry Wyckoff: "The wind is old and still at play / While I must hurry upon my way, / For I am running to Paradise."
  • Comedian Stitch Walken quotes a chapter title ("The Pool of Tears") from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: "Down, down, down through the pool of tears."
  • Grace alludes to her life as the Diary of a Mad Housewife—a very popular 1960s novel by Sue Kaufman, which deals with the crack-up of the titular character.
  • The hologram of Dex Wyckoff recites Shakespeare's Hamlet: "It is an honest ghost, that let me tell you."
  • When given a precious dagger by Eli Levitt, Harry quotes The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
  • The Hollow Men by T. S. Eliot features in Kreutzer's last words: "This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper."
  • O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman is repeatedly alluded to and recited by the "Friends".

Other books are referred to variously in dialogue, including Neuromancer, The Illustrated Man, The Day of the Locust, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Emperor's New Mind and Grimms' Fairy Tales.

Music

Other songs referred to are Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", and "19th Nervous Breakdown" (as "18th Nervous Breakdown") by The Rolling Stones.

  • Gimme Shelter [The Rolling Stones] is used several times in the soundtrack

Film

References in dialogue or images can also be found to From Here to Eternity, Bride of Frankenstein, The Eagle Has Landed, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, Kwaidan, The Shining, Goldfinger and the TV shows Star Trek, The Mickey Mouse Club, and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Visual arts

  • While describing the random seizing of a man in a restaurant, Harry points out "[it] looked like one of those Robert Longo paintings".
  • Tully Woiwode is claimed to have sold "deconstructed" Hockney paintings.
  • After Kreutzer has supposedly died, his son Coty states that he saw his body floating over the roof "like a Chagall".

Religion

  • While being visited by Josie, Chickie Levitt prays the Jewish Kaddish.
  • As seen throughout the series, the cult of Synthiotics is a fictionalized variation on some of the themes of Scientology and its inception is quite similar, with Kreutzer being partially modelled after L. Ron Hubbard.
  • When asked about the effect the "Go chip" implantation will have on Kreutzer, his sister Josie explains, "he'll be like Christ".
  • Buddhism is referenced numerous ways throughout the series. Several characters mutter, "Everything must go," an allusion to detachment. Hungry Ghosts, another Buddhist concept, is referenced in dialogue and by an episode title.

Other

The recurring rhinoceros image is a symbol used by Keutzer's "Synthiotics" associates: Kreutzer's sister Josie tells his son Coty early on not to be afraid of the rhino. Later, Coty leaves one toy rhinoceros at the site of Gavin Whitehope's murder; another one is stuffed into the mouth of a murdered "Friends" collaborator. In Eugène Ionesco's play Rhinoceros, human individuals turn into rhinoceroses, symbolizing conformity and affirmation of a totalitarian mass movement. To character Paige Katz, the rhino also represents maternity.

Thematically related works

In David Cronenberg's film Videodrome (1983), lenses manufacturer "Spectacular Optical" plans to change the viewers' perception of reality with their "Videodrome" program and forces TV station owner Max Renn to hand over his "Channel 83" for broadcast. In Wild Palms, the "Wild Palms Group" uses the "Mimecom" technique on its own "Channel 3" to manipulate their audience. In Videodrome, the organisation behind "Spectacular Optical" wants to release the viewers' potential aggressive energies and reinstate a strong North America which is currently "rotting from the inside". In Wild Palms, televised virtual realities are used to draw the audience's attention away from the state's increasing totalitarianism. In Videodrome, "Channel 83" owner Renn finally turns against the conspirators, killing their chief executive and shouting, "Death to Videodrome! Long live the New Flesh!" In Wild Palms, a manipulated video shows Harry murdering his wife Grace, proclaiming "Long live the Friends! Death to New Realism!" In Philip K. Dick's novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965), consumers immerse themselves into an artificial soap opera world, which appears virtually real, by taking a drug called Can-D. In Wild Palms, the pseudo-realistic effect is enhanced by a drug called "Mimezine". In The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, a new drug appears on the market which enables its supplier, Palmer Eldritch, to affect the consumer's perception and personally appear in his altered reality. In Wild Palms, senator Kreutzer wants the "Go chip" implantated into his body, which as his sister Josie explains will turn him into a hologram and enable him to enter everyone's dreams. In 2014, Cronenberg and Wagner collaborated on the film Maps to the Stars, starring Julianne Moore and John Cusack, which makes several references to the Wild Palms universe, including pieces of dialogue and certain situations and character traits.

Supplements

Soundtrack album

In addition to Ryuichi Sakamoto's music score, a number of 1960s rock and pop songs and classical compositions could be heard in the series. On the 1993 released soundtrack album, the following songs were included besides Sakamoto's music:

The following songs and compositions can be heard in the series but are not featured on the album:

Books

A book, The Wild Palms Reader, was published by St. Martin's Press before the series aired. It included time lines, secret letters, and character biographies. ABC, concerned that viewers might get "hopelessly lost in the tangled story line",[2] arranged for the primer to be published. It also included writing supposedly from the "world of the series". Contributors included:

While the comic series was published in book form in Germany, the Wild Palms Reader was not. Instead, a novelization, written by German dime novel author Horst Friedrichs, was published under the title Wild Palms.

Reception

Reviews of the series were mixed,[3] with some decidedly positive. The New York Times critic John J. O'Connor called Wild Palms a "truly wild six-hour mini-series" resembling "nothing so much as an acid freak's fantasy, drenched in paranoia and more pop-culture allusions than a Dennis Miller monologue." He described it as "rich and insinuating as a good theatrical film, albeit harder to follow" and concluded, "You wanted something different? Here it is. And Wild Palms also happens to be terrific."[1] Ken Tucker in Entertainment Weekly stated that "in its length, scope, sweeping visual tableaux, and over-the-top passion, Wild Palms is more like an opera than a TV show." Comparing it to David Lynch's Twin Peaks, he decided that "unlike Peaks, which started out brilliantly lucid and then rambled into incoherence, Palms sustains its length and adds layers of complexity to its characters. It also has something crucial that Peaks did not: a sense of humor about itself."[6] Mary Harron of the British Independent suggested that viewers "forget about the message, and about what the rhino means. Wild Palms should be watched like opera; for its gorgeous images, its emotional set-pieces and its high style."[3] Readers of the British trade weekly Broadcast were much more negative, calling it one of the worst television shows ever exported by the U.S. to the U.K. It placed fourth on their list, exceeded only by Baywatch, The Anna Nicole Show and The Dukes of Hazzard.[7] TV Guide also blasted it, offering the interpretation that Oliver Stone was condemning television while covertly lauding cinematic films. [citation needed]

 
Wild Palms U.S. DVD cover.

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Wild Palms was released on VHS cassette in the UK in 1993,[8] where it aired between 15 November and 7 December the same year.[3] It was released on CLV laserdisc in the U.S. in March 1995[9] and on VHS in various countries. It was released as a Region 4 DVD in Australia in 2004, a Region 1 DVD in the U.S. in 2005 and a Region 2 DVD in the UK in 2008.

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  1. Laserdisc details from IMDb

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VIDEO-ON-DEMAND: CLICKMOVIE.COM - THE FIRST WEB VIDEO BROADCASTER AND VIDEO STORE

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The first online, web-based, full-screen, high definition video network in the world! Before YOUTUBE, VUDU, BITTORRENT, NAPSTER, HULU or NETFLIX STREAMING EVEN EXISTED, CLICKMOVIE was already doing everything they now do!

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Already Broadcasting In 1997

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Years before YOUTUBE, Bittorrent, Netflix Online, or any other web video store, and channel, existed online, we had delivered the future of web media. We have been awarded numerous federal patents and commendations as first-to-invent. Sony Pictures online video system has acknowledged us as their inspiration in their federal filings:

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TELECOM: At-Sea Internet with Frickin’ Laser Beams

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PORTFOLIO: INTRO VIDEO

How Does Scott Douglas Redmond Create? Like This!

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A fun, quick, video about "the process" with some robots, special effects, motion graphics, cool music and... just general fun. Enjoy!

 

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INFO: WINNING!

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We Win By Focusing On "The Impossible!"

Winning by Focusing on “The Impossible”

Focus on the Impossible”

By Steve Bloom

Many people really misunderstand what it means for something to be impossible. It’s a problem that leads people to impose limitations on the actions they take in life that they shouldn’t. If you think something is impossible to do, you won’t try to do it. Ultimately, this makes you miss out on great life experiences and opportunities. The Impossible Becoming Real Throughout history many things people once thought were impossible turned out to be completely wrong. At one time all Europeans “knew” that swans could only be white. They considered it impossible for them to be any other color. That is, until Willem de Vlamingh, a Dutch explorer, ventured down an Australian river in 1697 and found thousands of black swans. The Wright brothers were discouraged from experimenting with flight because it was considered impossible.

Walking on the moon, running a four minute mile and the rise of personal computing were all once thought impossible too. Even gorillas were at one time considered to be only mythical until their discovery. Of course these are all famous examples of people overcoming others’ disbelief. But what about all the times you shrug off something you want to do as being impossible? For all you know, you could be stopping yourself from doing something truly groundbreaking. Why Focus on the Impossible The things you think are impossible to do often aren’t impossible, simply difficult. When you label something as “impossible” to do, you give up trying to accomplish it. After all, why should you put effort into something that won’t ever happen? The trouble with labeling something as “impossible” is often that it’s just an excuse, not reality.

It’s an easy way for you to give up on something difficult or justify your own self-doubt. Giving up on doing things simply because they are difficult is not a good way to live an extraordinary life. It’s those difficult things that make life worth living. The more things you mark as “impossible” and give up on, the more limits you’re putting on where you can take your life. Why People Believe Some Things are Impossible There are people who really do see something as “impossible” and believe it.

To them, it’s not an excuse, but a fact. And there is a good reason they believe it: they can only believe what actual physical experience tells them and not their imagination. Let’s say that you want to be a stand-up comedian. You watch others do it and they make it look so effortless. You work on some material for several months, practice several times in front of your friends and family and finally decide to try it out on a live audience. You’re confidence and expectations are high. In the end though, you get a lukewarm or even cold response from the audience. What happened? Some people would conclude that they just don’t have what it takes to be a stand-up comedian. Perhaps you just don’t know what’s really funny. And since you don’t know what’s really funny, becoming a stand-up comedian is something that would be impossible for you to accomplish. This is faulty logic for two reasons. You’d be comparing yourself to comedians who have worked on their material for years. They slowly weeded out the bad parts to their routine and introduced better, stronger jokes. It’s not something they put together in a few months. Secondly, jumping to a conclusion early about something you’ve only attempted a few times is premature. It’s like trying to pick out Major League baseball players in a team of eight year olds.

You have to give it time and a lot of attempts before you can really assess yourself. It’s like the old phrase, “I’ll believe it, when I see it”. People only believe what they see. And if they see something as being too hard, they can misinterpret it. People can often be poor judges of their own capabilities or how things work in the real world. Believing in the Impossible Take a look at some of the things you’ve done in your life. If you search long and hard enough, you’ll find things you’ve done that others have blown off as impossible. Some examples include graduating from college, traveling to an exotic country, getting a good job or getting a hot date. If you’ve done one of these, you probably don’t realize how hard it is for others to do them. Other people have discounted these things as “impossible” for them to do. You need to realize that you can fall right into the same mindset as they did. Ignore that mindset and believe in your imagination.

Be aware of the possibility that you’re putting self-imposed limitations on yourself by what you think is impossible to do. Take a chance on yourself and keep going. You’ll probably be surprised about what you’re actually capable of doing. When it comes to thinking about the impossible, I like to use this quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. “There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things. I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen.

When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

  • It was believed for a long time that if the human body traveled faster than 60 mph their flesh would be ripped from the bone, clearly that’s wrong
  • It was believed that no matter where you are in the universe clocks tick at the same rate, but general relativity proved that wrong
  • It was believed that men started with a set amount of sperm that could never regenerate, and those who “wasted their seed” would become lazy.
  • It was believed that Aristotle knew what he was talking about when it came to science, but almost everything he said was totally wrong.
  • It was believed that the earth was flat, and at the center of the solar system, until Eratosthenes determined the circumference of the earth and Copernicus figured out that the sun was the center of the solar system.
  • Black holes were ‘ridiculous’ when Einstein thought of them, and go figure, they existed!
  • If you went back in time to say, 1900 or before and told someone that we would go to the moon they would surely laugh and say something like “yeah right
  • Look!! Up in the sky!! It’s a big metal tube with wings, and its full of people!! Once jet-liners were the ideas of madmen.
  • An entire encyclopedia on a shiny little disc? “Impossible!”
All those things were once thought impossible and those who proposed them were called names, maltreated and held back. There is a saying in science that goes something like this: “Never say that something is impossible, because you will most likely be wrong” – Steve Bloom

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