1. Cracked makes an honest ad about the ways casual games are like crack for our brains.
Chatbots built by Facebook engineers to negotiate with each other begin to develop their own non-human language. Time to re-watch Person of Interest.
Having power causes a degradation of certain mental functions.
4. M.C. Esher: Adventures in Perception: a 20 minute Dutch documentary about the way he created his work.
Are paintings that mimic photographs more “realistic” than paintings from before photography was invented?
How to build a bicycle with car tires for wheels.
7. The same song played on a $100 bass, a $700 bass, and a $10,000 bass. Which sounds best?
Every year, I watch this version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and post it:
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It’s under half an hour, and while it feels a little rushed, it’s also full of fantastic choices: dark colors, spooky ghosts, and both Ignorance and Want.
It’s fantastic. If you haven’t watched it before, check it out.
analysis of the cover image Time Magazine used to name Trump their “Person of the Year” is fascinating, especially for someone like me, who’s not terribly visual.
I firmly believe that studying the way other art forms affect us improves my writing, although I’d be hard-pressed to explain why or how. (See also
Every Frame a Painting and many other video essays on cinema.) This is one of the great benefits of the modern information age.
1) The late great Jim Henson gives a puppeteering masterclass.
Inside Portland’s Mystery Hole. #NotPorn
Exploding glass filmedin 343,000 fps slo-mo. Toward the end, this gets to be like the drug effects in DREDD.
4) A split screen comparing Los Angeles of the 1940’s with Los Angeles now.
What type of low-budget films break out?
6) LA earthquake creates a seiche, a (potentially destructive) wave frequency that amplifies waves and ripples.
Police 3D print a murder victim’s finger to unlock his phone.