My window to the world

Cool competition coming to Geekzone...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Jan-2007 21:45

This is so cool, but I can't post much about it until legal eagles and others are happy. But just for you to start planning: in the very near future we will be running a competition on Geekzone where users will be uploading video content and the best ones will be selected to win some cool prizes.

That's all I can say for now. But prepare your digital video cameras, and check how to upload videos (30 seconds will do) to MSN Soapbox, Google Video or YouTube.

If you want an invite for MSN Soapbox, I still have three available. Just ping me on freitasm @ with a valid Passport or Live Id e-mail address...

Deceiving telecommunication

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Nov-2006 10:47

No, this is not another spoof Telecom New Zealand ad. It's a different kind of "deceiving"... Beware of video calls!

Sad, sad, sad Kiwi animation

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Nov-2006 21:38

Kiwis cannot fly, we all know this. But one of those little cute birds try hard. The kiwi is New Zealand's national symbol. This story is very sad...

Native American listening iPod on Google Maps?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 31-Oct-2006 09:59

This is an interesting combination of nature and man made:

Native American listening iPod on Google Maps

On Google Maps (50° 0´38.20"N 110° 6´48.32"W). That's in Canada!

Weird Al: White and Nerdy

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Sep-2006 08:21

Weird Al is great, and this is, well... Nerdy: Or from Google Video:

Why you should not believe everything you read on Wikipedia

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Aug-2006 11:37

Here's a good take on why we should not believe everything we find on Wikipedia. This is from one of the The Colbert Report (Wikipedia: Wikiality, The Colbert Report) episodes: Reality is, we shouldn't.

Hooters Swimsuit Pageant in Las Vegas

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Jul-2006 23:08

This post has absolutely nothing to do with technology. Or perhaps it has a lot, after all we are all geeks, right?

Michelle Nunes, representing the Hooters Hotel and Casino, was selected out of over 120 Hooters Girls from around the world to represent Hooters for the next year, as Miss Hooters International 2006. Among the many prizes and opportunities that accompany the crown, this Hooters Girl from Las Vegas will take home the first place prize of US$50,000 cash as well as be featured in Hooters Magazine, national marketing campaigns and TV commercials.

This year's Pageant was held at the Aladdin Casino's Theater of Performing Arts in Las Vegas. The judges included television personality Brooke Burke; Leeann Tweeden of "The Best Damn Sports Show," NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.; NBA Player and Sportscaster, John Salley; Rob Dibble from Fox Sports News "The Best Damn Sports Show"; Jerry Buss, owner of the LA Lakers; and Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Michelle Nunes, Miss Hooters International 2006

The top five winners included: 1st Runner Up, Stacie Burns (representing, 2nd Runner Up Randi Jackson (representing Jacksonville, FL), 3rd Runner Up, Kat Longa (representing Miss September in the Hooters Calendar), and 4th Runner Up, Sarah Coggin (representing the Southwest). Rounding out the top ten finalists in no particular order are Ambar Martinez (representing Venezuela); Beverly Mullins (representing Brandon, FL); Natalie Pandorf (representing the Original Hooters in Clearwater, FL); Nicole Del Valle (representing Las Vegas) and Linsey Toole (representing Miss December in the Hooters Calendar).

The top 5 finalists from the 10th Annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant

Contestants from Australia, Taiwan, Germany, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala traveled to Las Vegas to compete for over US$150,000 in cash and prizes. Trisha Gledhill, representing Calgary, Canada was selected from the international contestants to represent Miss Hooters World.

Ok, perhaps the only thing in common with technology is that Las Vegas is where the International CES 2007 (Consumer Electronics Show) is located? Back to the technology blogging now...

Speeding up: Ronin, BMW Films... and Rendezvous

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-Jul-2006 09:39

A couple of years ago BMW USA posted a series of short movies called BMW Films, starring Clive Owen as The Driver. The movies were available for download for a while, and then made into a free DVD (yes, I got one!). These are no longer available for download or purchase, so I put them in the "Collector's item" shelf.

The movies were directed by stars such as producers David Fincher, Ridley and Tony Scott, and directors including John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan.

The films always have a different BMW partnered with The Driver.

Also if you like car chase scenes, it's hard to beat the Paris scene in Ronin. The movie, with Robert De Niro and Jean Reno has a great plot and cool car scenes.

But I found C'était un rendez-vous today on Google Video (below, if not removed). The film is available as a DVD on this site.

Lelouch had made enough money from his classic "Un Homme et une Femme" to buy himself a Ferrari, which he proceeded to drive with "enthusiasm" in his native Paris.

Whilst shooting another film, a new bit of equipment was being used - a gyro stabilised camera mount. Lelouch then came up with the idea for "C'était un Rendezvous". The camera used only had a ten minute film magazine - hence the mad dash to the steps of the Basilique du Sacre Couér in Montmatre.

On first showing, Lelouch was supposedly arrested. In his defence, he proclaimed he had taken all possible precautions. This included convincing a Formula One driver to helm the car (he refused to name him).

Subsequently the film went underground - occasionally shown in front of a Lelouch full-length feature on theatrical release. Outside of this, only poor quality pirate copies on VHS or a badly worn print were available. These would be played at car club meetings and slowly the film attained its mythical status with the arrival of the internet helping to spread the word.

What we do know is that there are no special effects or speeding up the film - Lelouch simply mounted the camera on the front of the car and shot it.

Also, note that the director probably broke a few driving laws in doing this movie. This is not an invitation to do the same. It's an example of artistic expression only (and crazy behaviour?) and you should always drive safely. Check this blog entry about driving in New Zealand.

Diet Coke and Mentos

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-Jun-2006 11:45

Amusing, what can be done with some good music, a camera in your hands... and time!
Found through Goobers, through ZoomBlast.

Star Wars: what's going on in Coruscant, by Robot Chicken

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-May-2006 11:44

This is simply great stuff, if you like the Star Wars series:

freitasm's profile

Mauricio Freitas
New Zealand

I live in New Zealand and my interests include mobile devices, good books, movies and food of course! 

I'm the Geekzone admin. On Geekzone we publish news, reviews and articles on technology topics. The site also has some busy forums. Also worth visiting is TravelTalk NZ, a community for travelers!

Subscribe now to my blog RSS feed or the Geekzone RSS feed.

If you want to contact me, please use this page or email me Note this email is not for technical support. I don't give technical support. You can use our Geekzone Forums for community discussions on technical issues.

Here's is my full disclosure post.

A couple of blog posts you should read:

Find more about Business Transformation | Enterprise Content Management | Customer Relationship Management

Social networks presence

View Mauricio Freitas's profile on LinkedIn

My Blog by tags...

State of Browsers...
Viral Marketing...
Web Performance Optimization...
Windows Phone...

Other recent posts in my blog

Google crawling Geekzone HTTPS...
Geekzone gone full HTTPS...
Microsoft Ignite New Zealand, ...
If the headlines indicate the ...
Geekzone data analytics with P...
State of browsers Geekzone Mar...
2Cheap Cars discussion...
Now with more fibre...
Unlimited is not unlimited: Vo...
How bad is Vodafone cable at t...

New posts on Geekzone