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Why does time pass?

Science and technology<p>Sep 3rd 2015<p>Reuse this content<p>About <i>The Economist</i>

Economics

Stephen Baxter interview: why science fiction is like therapy

The bestselling SF writer talks about the rush to finish the Long Earth series, being the order to Terry Pratchett’s chaos and how maths helps him write<p>In the summer of 2013, Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett published <i>The Long War</i>, the second volume of their Long Earth science-fiction series, …

How the Original Star Wars Trilogy Fooled Everyone With Matte Paintings

Before the computing era, ILM was the master of oil matte painting, making audiences believe that some of the sets in the original <i>Star Wars</i> and</i> …

Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation

First came Generation X. Then the Millennials. And if you have kids under 10, you already know what they're going to be called: the Touchscreen …

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The Greeks tell a story against themselves about their tendency to believe in conspiracy theories. They relate how God decided that he would give …

Creative Spark: Dustin Lance Black

Screenwriting Tip Of The Day by William C. Martell - Reversals in actions

FRIDAY'S SCRIPT TIP:<p>REVERSALS IN ACTION<p>You want your action scenes to be exciting and unique - if you have seen a similar action scene in a script, …

Linking and Appending in Blender

Library linking is a very powerful function in Blender. In fact, it is pretty much essential once scene complexity goes past a certain point. …

How Colour Depth Affects Image Quality as Fast As Possible

CG Inspiration

The Desolation of Smaug: Changes & Outtakes

Should the City Loop reverse at lunchtime?

It’s taken me longer than I thought to get this post to something approximating shipshape. I’m not sure it’s perfect yet. Reminder: the views …

David Letterman's Top 10 Late Night Television Moments

David Letterman announced Thursday he would retire from the the <i>Late Show</i> in 2015. The revelation sparked plenty of nostalgia over the talk show …

More Roto Improvements for Blender!

Wolf Making of – Sparks and Smoke » Cosmos Laundromat

In this article we’ll explain how easy to put effects into the shot for this case. We use VSE Mask modifier to mask part of Michel body ( the …

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Gooseberry project : "Leap of Faith" statement

Hey everyone ! I feel some weird energy going on around here ! I totally understand most of the criticism, or skepticism. But the BI isn’t Autodesk, …

The Game of Thrones Cast Gives Advice to Their Characters

How a multi-discipline approach can help you win clients

When we set up Unit, we wanted to be one of the few facilities to offer end-to-end post production services. We offer editing, audio, VFX and …

Los Angeles

Blender Particle based group animation: flock of birds

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Watch a Short Video in Which Harold Ramis Explains the Metaphors of Groundhog Day

"Every day, someone says something to me about this movie." <i>Groundhog Day</i>, directed by Harold Ramis, who died this morning at the age of 69, has …

Blender 2.70 Test Build is Now Available!

<i>Image: 'Volume Scatter shader on World Settings ' by Greg Zaal</i><p>The Blender Foundation has just released the first test build of the upcoming 2.70 …

Andrew Kramer on Twitter: "Put Jean-Claude Van Damme in your film! @funnyordie has a new contest & VC has a fun cameo! http://t.co/0x82Nn5uiP http://t.co/GEUZlg78SG"

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fxguidetv #186: The LEGO Movie

fxguide visits Animal Logic's studios in Sydney to find out how they created the CG bricks and animation for The LEGO Movie.

LEGO movie

The Dolly Zoom in "Ratatouille"

<i>The subtle dolly zoom in "Ratatouille". Scroll down for a large, annotated film clip.</i><p>Vashi Nedomansky has edited a brilliant 8 1/2 minute montage …

Why swimming is sublime

My first memory of the sea: slugs and snails inside my Wellingtons. Actually, my boots were full of sand and water, but to my pre-school mind the gritty squelch was because of slimy gastropods, crawling into my shoes. My lesson: the water is indifferent to seams, borders and barriers. It invades …

How much sex is normal?

Two of the most common questions I am asked by my clients are "How much sex is normal?" and "What is the average amount of sex that other couples are …