Hear an orchestra playing video game music

I got an e-mail from my friend Stuart yesterday asking me to go to a concert with him in Glasgow in June. Unfortunately, it’s the same night as another friend’s farewell party as she heads off to London, but Stuart’s e-mail was incredibly tempting: he asked me to go to Video Games Live.

Video Games Live is a concert of music from, you guessed it, video games. From Pong to the Halo series, and all played by a proper, full on orchestra. Accompanying the music is a stage show, featuring people acting out scenes from some of the games, a multimedia presentation, and laser show. I don’t think it could get any geekier, or more tempting!

The UK tour date this year is, as I said, in Glasgow on 26th June. Head down there and leave a comment about it. Go on, make me jealous!

Video comes to Flickr

Thanks to Lifehacker and Macworld for this one. Flickr, the popular photo sharing site, has been upgraded to allow Pro account holders to upload 90 second video clips.

Why 90 seconds? The FAQ explains:

Video on Flickr grew out of the idea of “long photos” and as such, we’ve implemented what might seem like an arbitrary limit of playing back the first 90 seconds of a video. 90 seconds?

We’re not trying to limit your artistic freedom, we’re trying something new. Everyone has endured that wedding video, where even the bride will fast-forward to the “good bit.” In fact, even Tara at FlickrHQ hasn’t made it past the first 90 seconds of her own wedding video.

Just try it! It’s fun once you get the hang of it.

I reckon this will bring a whole different dynamic, quite different from YouTube – videos will either be these “long photos” the FAQ mentions, or very short and snappy pieces of work. Could be good to see how people make best use of the short time available.