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If you couldn’t tell already…

| August 11th, 2023 | Comments Off on If you couldn’t tell already…

Aggravated Media isn’t really a thing any more. But thanks for stopping by.

By the way, the guy in the banner pic is John Wilson of How To with John Wilson. I took this photo in Cambridge MA at a friend’s party back when John was “just some friend of Magda and Derek” to me. It started snowing, I had a fancy new lens, and I liked this picture. I was reminded of it as I heard there’s a new season and I thought to myself “I really need to put a note up saying that site is no more…”

So here’s that note. And an explanation of that picture 10 years later.

Putting the ‘patron’ back in ‘Patron of the arts’

| November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on Putting the ‘patron’ back in ‘Patron of the arts’

Artists need to create for creation’s sake. But they also need to support their families. In our current culture, an artist who wishes to do the latter needs to forego part of the former and created for the sake of commerce. In other words, no one’s going to pay you to paint something that can’t be sold.

This hasn’t always been the case. Once upon a time, as it were, those with means would provide patronage for the arts. A talented artist could find those who would invest in not just the product of his or her labor, but in both allowing them to flourish… and to support themselves and their family. Yes, there would be strings attached – a painter would be expected to provide paintings here and there to his patron – but there was a viable and mutually beneficial arrangement at the core.

This is why AggMedia provides free hosting and web services for singer/songwriter/ actor/director (and more!) Cory McAbee. We believe in his art. We take joy from it. And, as such, we have a vested interest in making sure that he can make art that we can enjoy in the future.

All of this brings us to you. You too can be a patron in the older sense of the word. Support Cory (and other artists) at Patreon. Help them have the time and freedom to make art without having to chase commerce in order just to make ends meet. Support art by supporting artists. It doesn’t take much and the world will be better for it.

Become a Patreon patron of Cory McAbee here

BOSCPUG with Terry White & Kanen Flowers

| July 17th, 2014 | Comments Off on BOSCPUG with Terry White & Kanen Flowers

Friend of Aggmedia Kanen Flowers will be speaking again at the July BOSCPUG meeting.

Adobe worldwide evangelist Terry White is coming to Boston – joined by Chris Georgenes and the return of KANEN FLOWERS. Join us to see the latest in Adobe Creative Cloud since CS6. Learn new features that make everyday tasks easier and faster and how support for cutting-edge hardware and standards will free you to build anything you can imagine. Get answers to your questions and get inspired by designers who are creating amazing work.

Hero Punk trailer and Kanen Flowers

| May 20th, 2014 | Comments Off on Hero Punk trailer and Kanen Flowers

Director Kanen Flowers will debut the trailer for his sci-fi feature HERO PUNK at the May 22nd BOSCPUG meeting.

KANEN FLOWERS of “From Script to Screen on 18:20 and HERO PUNK” including the world premiere trailer screening of HERO PUNK.

Details here

AggMedia’s Maggie McFee designed the logo for the film and also created the poster using elements from artist Garrett Richert‘s Hero Punk GN designs.

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Juan Salvo at BOSCPUG March 25th

| March 18th, 2014 | Comments Off on Juan Salvo at BOSCPUG March 25th

I only know Juan from Twitter, but he’s an interesting dude. Click here for event details.

Renowned colorist and Digital Intermediate artist Juan Salvo will walk us through the technology and technique of creating your own DCP – or Digital Cinema Package – for your film project. He’ll explain what color spaces are, why they matter, and have straight forward tips you can use to make your own Digital Cinema Packages – and prep your films to screen and look their best when you enter the film festival circuit and distribute your project!

Third Annual Boston CPUG Supermeet 11/9

| November 6th, 2012 | Comments Off on Third Annual Boston CPUG Supermeet 11/9

The 3rd annual CPUG Supermeet is November 9th, 2012 at the Revere Hotel.

Our pal Kanen Flowers (of Scruffy.TV, RI4E’s network) will be speaking about many things including show sponsor Adobe CS6 and PluralEyes. And other pals the Diamond Brothers from HIdden Fortress will also be on-hand to talk about the BlackMagic Cinema Camera. ALl three are interesting guys. Should be a fun night.

Ticket can be had from

Behind the Scenes at NECSS 2010 – The Amazing Randi

| May 16th, 2010 | Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at NECSS 2010 – The Amazing Randi

After finishing a shoot of NECSS 2010 (, we went backstage and came upon James Randi talking to an attendee about the art of illusion. Enjoy.

Behind The Scenes: James “The Amazing” Randi (Can’t see the video? Follow this link and try the HTML5 version.)

Data Wrangling

| June 4th, 2008 | Comments Off on Data Wrangling

Maggie is planning a series of drive tests soon which will benefit not only her day job, but also others who have heavy data wrangling needs. The basic premise is 3 to 4 SATAII drives in RAID0 in an ‘everyman’ edit/capture station.

I am planning on doing some disk testing in July testing sustained transfer (read and write) specifically geared towards prosumer video capture/editing and file serving. My intentions are to take a standardized platform (a Mac Pro – for file serving use it will be easy to extrapolate from here) and keep it WWJAD (What Would Joe Average Do). This means keeping cost in mind as well as ease-of-use/installation.

The short list of drives she’ll be testing (so far) are:
Samsung Spinpoint F1 7200RPM 32MB (HD103UJ)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 7200RPM 32MB (SEAST31000340AS)
Hitachi 7K1000 7200RPM 32MB (HIT0A35155)
Western Digital RE2-GP 5400/4700RPM 16MB (WDGWD10FYPS)

For more info see her blog entry at . If you’d like suggest any additions or changes, feel free to drop us a line here and we’ll pass it along. We’ll post the results as soon as they come in (mid to late July).

Boston FCPUG 5/21 – Alex Lindsay & Peter McAuley

| May 18th, 2008 | Comments Off on Boston FCPUG 5/21 – Alex Lindsay & Peter McAuley

Join the BOSFCPUG for our Wednesday, May 21st meeting. Special guest Alex Lindsay of Pixelcorps will join us for an evening on Final Cut Studio tips and tricks, podcasting update, and greenscreen workflow. Also joining us will be Peter McAuley of Boris FX for a closer look at the newly released Final Effects Complete 5 FxPlug for Apple Final Cut Studio 2.

When: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Where: Rehearsal Hall
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472