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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: Wes Anderson takes the 4:3 challenge

<i>The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).</i><p>DB here:<p><i>Be shot-conscious!</i> I urged in a blog entry some years ago. I illustrated the point with a tradition of …

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

We're all doomed.<p>Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, …

Moonwalking Shetland pony caught in paternity battle

The moonwalking Shetland pony who became a worldwide internet sensation has found himself at the centre of a paternity battle.<p>It is not the first time that a celebrity stud has left his partner and sought out a more glamorous mate.<p>Nor is it unheard of for a moment of passion with an attractive …

Why we don’t always know the true causes of our actions

We can justify our decisions by how we feel, or so we believe. The problem, as psychology studies have shown, is that we often make up these reasons.<p>We're taught from childhood how important it is to explain how we feel and to always justify our actions. But does giving reasons always make things …

Psychology
Depression

Amazon Studios launches free storyboarding tool

The online store's film and TV arm introduces Storyteller, a program that will scan a script, populate it with characters and backgrounds, and let users comment on the end results.<p>Only a handful of the thousands of scripts plugged into Amazon Studios have gotten picked up, but the company has set …

Amazon Studios

I'm Going To Miss The Arctic

<b>The Great Climate Change Hoax</b>, which was invented by crafty scientists in order to get wealthy on grant money at the expense of the embattled poor sisters of America's oil companies, is on its way to providing us with a new summertime getaway for water fun for the whole family. It used to be called …

Global Warming

June 7, 1099: The Siege of Jerusalem begins

<b>June 7, 1099: The Siege of Jerusalem begins.</b><p>The weeklong siege of Jerusalem by crusaders of the First Crusade ended in the city’s capture and the slaughtering of many of its inhabitants. The main aim of the First Crusade, which was officially launched in 1096 by Pope Urban II, was to send volunteers to aid the Byzantine Empire and help relieve the empire from the threat posed by the Muslim Seljuqs of Anatolia. Central to this goal of countering Muslim power in the region was the recapturing of …

Every Assistant Principal In Philadelphia Is Getting Laid Off Today

ABC 6 News in Philadelphia is reporting that all 160 assistant principals in the city's school district will lose their jobs as part of thousands of layoffs that will go into effect at the end of the month.<p>The Philadelphia School District is trying to close a $304 million budget gap. Art, music, …

Education

If You Don't Work, You Should Not Eat: The Hypocrisy of Congressional Public Theologians

In our season of continued austerity, (despite evidence that it is not working), the House Agriculture Committee met to discuss cutting 4.1 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) or SNAP program. The highlight (or lowlight, depending on your preference) from the …

United States

Scenes from a Story: Film Noir and Photography

This week’s Summer Fiction Issue, Crimes & Misdemeanors, (and its video trailer) put me in mind not only of classic film noirs but also of photographers who take inspiration from the genre, including Cindy Sherman, David Lynch, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. These highly charged images, often modelled …

America through the N.S.A.’s Prism

<i>[Updated, 2 A.M. June 7th]</i><p>“They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” an unnamed intelligence officer told Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras of the Washington <i>Post</i>. “They” are the National Security Agency, and the <i>Post</i> report reveals that an N.S.A. program called Prism has, for the …

Google says it can predict movie hits based on search data

The Web giant releases a study asserting that the company can predict how well a film will perform in the box office with 94 percent accuracy.<p>Curious about how well "The Lone Ranger" will fair at the box office? How about whether "Star Trek Into Darkness" will do alright overall?<p>This is information …

Box Office

NSA has backdoor access to Internet companies' databases

Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and other large tech companies let the National Security Agency search through confidential customer data, according to the Washington Post.<p><b>Update, June 7, 2013:</b> <i>The National Security Agency has not obtained direct access to the companies' systems, contrary to</i> …

Surveillance

China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal

The man <i>ArtReview</i> magazine named the most powerful artist in the world is trying his hand at rock stardom. In 2011, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in detention. He was later let go and charged with tax evasion. Now, he has released his first heavy metal song, based on his time in police …

Rites Of Swing: Jazz And Stravinsky

Our friends at <i>Deceptive Cadence</i>, NPR Music's classical blog, are celebrating the 100th anniversary of <i>The Rite of Spring</i> all this week. You'd be well-advised to wander on over there and check it out.<p>When I first heard about their plan, I immediately thought about Charlie Parker. Bird had enormous …

Watch A Mind-Blowing Visualization Of 'The Rite Of Spring'

Composer, pianist and software engineer Stephen Malinowski has created one brilliant solution to an age-old problem: how to communicate and understand what's going on in a piece of music, particularly if you don't know standard musical notation. Over the course of some forty years, he's honed what …

Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

Woody Guthrie's relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours. But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative …

'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

Watch An Excerpt Of 'Becoming Traviata'<p>Credit: Distrib Films<p>It's easy to think of opera as little more than an affected flock of singers warbling onstage in lacy brocade with pancake makeup, chandeliers and champagne.<p>But you won't see any of that in Philippe Béziat's artful new documentary <i>Becoming</i> …

Visions of the universe: 20 historic images - Telegraph

Astronomy