Posts Tagged ‘film’
Trevor Timm at a Freedom of the Press Foundation writes: “Last night, the Washington Post reported on a little known leak case involving former State Department official Stephen Kim. In an alarming new extreme, the Justice Department and FBI finger argue there’s “probable cause to believe” Fox News reporter James Rosen “has committed or is
The battle of the bands, featuring acts from Ireland to Israel, is underway as we speak. Embedded above is Cezar Ouatu’s particularly excellent It’s my life, this year’s Transylvanian entry. Our Europe Correspondent Leigh Alexander will be filing a report, but not until she’s had a bit of a lie down.
A bulletin released online today from the US department of Homeland Security solicits the public’s help in tracking down a child pornography producer suspect [shown here] who is seen in a series of videos in which a 7-9 year old girl is repeatedly sexually assaulted. “He appears to have what is commonly referred to as
The old Ripley’s Believe it or Not newspaper comic had a huge and lasting impact on me as a youngster. Neal Thompson has just published his new biography of Ripley, titled “A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It Or Not!” Judging by Megan Abbot’s lengthy review in the Los Angeles
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Believe it or not, a new biography of Robert Ripley
It’s true, at least for today. Although the real concern in climate science is average concentrations of carbon dioxide over much longer periods of time, surpassing the 400 ppm mark, even for a day, is a historic milestone. 400 ppm was once a level we talked about avoiding altogether through mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.
400 ppm carbon dioxide? In my atmosphere?
Back in 2002, psychologists studying how couples argued found four different behaviors that correlated strongly with future divorce. In fact, in a small sample of 80 couples, the combination of those behaviors could be used to predict who would divorce over the next 14 years with 93% accuracy. The good news: While these behaviors are
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Prevent divorce — with science!
Upstream Color , the beautiful and acclaimed indie sci-fi film from Primer director Shane Carruth, is still showing in a few theaters, but it’s now available for everyone as a download or DVD. Carruth has released Upstream Color for download on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play; while it’s $14.99 on these sites, you can also spend $5 more for a DRM-free stream or download through his studio’s site. A combination DVD / Blu-ray bundle is also for sale, with access to the download included. Upstream Color premiered just a few months ago at Sundance Film Festival, and it’s seen an extremely limited theatrical release since then; in an interview with our own Ross Miller , Carruth discussed plans for using…
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Watch ‘Upstream Color,’ the new film from ‘Primer’ director Shane Carruth, online now
Just what you always needed, but did not know until it existed, and it exists now: “A super detailed T-Rex eating fried chicken leg,” which is available in dark oxidized silver or gold brass and sterling silver. Endorsed by Zach Galifianakis. Has crystal eyes (the ring, not Mr. Galifianakis). A hundred bucks.
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Gold ring in the form of a dinosaur eating a chicken leg
Here’s Alex Cox, director of Repo Man (1984), interviewed recently by psychotronic film buff and master poster artist Jay Shaw. Criterion just re-released Repo Man on DVD and Blu-ray, featuring original package art by Shaw and Tyler Stout of Austin’s Mondo Gallery scene. Repo Man: Criterion Collection edition (via Mondo)
Seems legit: “For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency.” Tens of millions of American taxpayers’ dollars, off the books, referred to by
DEAR ABBY: My husband has ice water with every meal. During breakfast and dinner he loudly crunches all of the ice in his glass throughout the meal. I have asked him not to do it at the dinner table, but he thinks I’m being unreasonable. At breakfast, I usually eat in another room and wear
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Dear Abby: ice chewing and marital strife
A subreddit titled “Find Boston Bombers” figured out that Sunil Tripathi, 22, was responsible for the deadly attack. Only he wasn’t. This time, Reddit got it very wrong.
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How crowdsourcing sleuths on Reddit searching for Boston bomber got the wrong guy
Boston Globe: “Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was alive and struggling with Watertown police early Friday morning, when his younger brother and alleged coconspirator drove over him in a stolen SUV, dragging him on the pavement and apparently inflicting the fatal injuries that killed him.”
J.J. Abrams has some high-profile sci-fi flicks on his agenda, and the trailers for Star Trek Into Darkness should be an obvious reminder of why that’s a good thing. In anticipation of his new film, io9 is taking a look back at the remarkably detailed set for the bridge of the Enterprise that was used in the 2009 Star Trek . The photos come from Bad Robot, Abrams’ production company, and are being released for the first time in conjunction with a promotional app for Into Darkness . That the Enterprise looks good even when it’s not behind the lens of a movie camera gives us high hopes for both the new Star Trek and the director’s next picture — something called Star Wars: Episode VII .
Tour the bridge of the Enterprise from J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’
Drug Czar pretends the 1.5 million people arrested every year for nonviolent drug offenses don’t exist
Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance says: “Yesterday during a nationally televised event at the National Press Club, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske repeated the federal government’s claim that they ended the war on drugs in 2009 and are now prioritizing drug treatment and prevention over incarceration. They cite an increase for drug treatment in
Samsung paid sockpuppeteers to criticize rival products online, it is alleged in Taiwan. A subsidiary reported on its facebook page that it had “ceased all marketing activities that involve the posting of anonymous comments”. [BBC]
Samsung had to pay people to trash-talk HTC phones?
Yes, it’s useful for communicating within your group, but as soon as you step outside that circle jargon becomes a problem. That’s true even for scientists trying to communicate between disciplines and sub-disciplines of a field. At Ars Technica, John Timmer talks about jargon acronyms that look the same, but mean totally different things depending
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Yet another reason why jargon sucks
For BB pals Gil and Steph, here’s a fan-made video for alt-country group Lambchop’s wonderful folky, loungy cover of “This Corrosion,” the epic 1987 triumph of goth bombast by The Sisters of Mercy. And if it makes you yearn for some Sisters, check out the original video below.
Designed by Bitcraze, the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter is an open source development kit to make your own tiny drones. It’s $173 from Seeed Studio Depot and looks like great fun to make and fly! “Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter Kit 10-DOF with Crazyradio”
Nano Quadcopter open source tiny drone kit
Christopher Knight, aka the “North Pond Hermit,” has been living in the woods of Rome, Maine for nearly three decades. Last week though, a Maine Warden Service sergeant reportedly caught Knight burglarizing a campsite. According to police this was only the latest in more than 1,000 burglaries Knight is suspected of committing over the years.
Filmmaker Frances Bodomo’s Afronauts is an alternative history of the space race, in which a small group of passionate Zambian exiles have a shot at beating the US and the Soviet Union to the moon. The best part is that it’s based on a true story. In 1964, immediately following Zambia’s independence, grade school science