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R.I.P the movie camera

An article at the moviemaking technology website Creative Cow reports that the three major manufacturers of motion picture film cameras - Aaton, ARRI and Panavision - have all ceased production of new cameras within the last year, and will only make digital movie cameras from now on. As the article's author, Debra Kaufman, poignantly puts it, "Someone, somewhere in the world is now holding the last film camera ever to roll off the line.

A brief history of the brain

The story of the brain begins in the ancient oceans, long before the first animals appeared. The single-celled organisms that swam or crawled in them may not have had brains, but they did have sophisticated ways of sensing and responding to their environment. "These mechanisms are maintained right through to the evolution of mammals," says Seth Grant at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK. "That's a very deep ancestry.

What Is Intelligence Anyway by Isaac Asimov

What is intelligence, anyway? When I was in the army, I received the kind of aptitude test that all soldiers took and, against a normal of 100, scored 160. No one at the base had ever seen a figure like that, and for two hours they made a big fuss over me.(It didn't mean anything. The next day I was still a buck private with KP - kitchen police - as my highest duty.)

If you believe in fairies stay the fuck away from children

That this kind of superstitious, irrational literalism could be even tacitly approved by governmental education systems is beyond my vocabulary to condemn. It has no more place in schools than astrology or crystal healing or some sweaty dude in a tracksuit saying he has a hunch at the greyhounds.

Van Halen and M&Ms

So, when I would walk backstage, if I saw a brown M&M in that bowl . . . well, line-check the entire production. Guaranteed you're going to arrive at a technical error. They didn't read the contract. Guaranteed you'd run into a problem. Sometimes it would threaten to just destroy the whole show. Something like, literally, life-threatening.

INgSOC hybrid bike concept

Although the technology is not exactly new, I still find the look of a spokeless/hubless bike wheel somewhat spell-binding. When combined with a frame design that wouldn't look out of place on the pages of a Marvel comic strip, the effect seems positively extra-terrestrial. Such is the case with the INgSOC concept from Edward Kim and Benny Cemoli, a very strange-looking human/electric two-wheeler design sporting sharp lines and some dangerous-looking edges.

INgSOC hybrid bike concept

A Long Painful History of Time

This paper is almost all about how we got ourselves into trouble by neglecting to think about time frames longer than a human lifetime, how we got all confused by the difference between time as an orderly concept in science and a mess in the rest of human existence, and how we have missed every opportunity to fix the problems. This paper proposes a fix to the most glaring problems in a programming language that should not have been left without a means to express time for so long.

Project Nim

A chimpanzee named Nim, is two weeks old and is about to be transplanted from his birthplace at a primate research centre in Oklahoma into - wait for it - a large brownstone on the upper west side of Manhattan. There he will live with a human family and be raised as a human child.Thus begins the stranger than fiction true story that's explored in James March's new documentary, Project Nim.