An inflatable wrap aside, this is a very commercial - very accessible - collection. This is a transition from last year's art school graduate fashion-as-architecture to this year's quite possibly the next Alexander McQueen.
This latest promotional effort for Gareth Pugh is directed once again by Ruth Hogben.
With its ravines, Toronto is a natural environment for Morris dance. Must look into arts council grants for beer funding to import this tradition and make it an integral part of our rich cultural tapestry.
Canada's establishment broadsheet subjects itself to the current fashion in American elite opinion.
Mr. Holland’s riding is considered a “riding of interest” – Tory-speak for a constituency the Conservatives are targeting, although they have dropped the word “target” because of its obvious negative connotations.
Frst impressions suggest this is brand stretching done properly. Provided Lotus Originals keeps its price point high and limits distribution carefully, a fashion and lifestyle line should not hurt the marquee.
If seconds turn up in Bicester, it's fine; if they turn up in Target, it's not.
Famed British sports car marque Lotus has a super-stylish history, with the likes of James Bond and Steve McQueen among its best known enthusiasts. Now the storied firm, founded in 1952 by Colin Chapman, is looking to reclaims some of that former glory with a new lifestyle brand set to launch in February. Dubbed Lotus Originals, the diverse offerings will include everything from leather jackets and blue blazers to bags and backgammon sets.
I am waiting for the site to open so I can find out what they want for the cardigan.
Matthew Shaffer interviews "philosopher-CEO" Peter Thiel on the state of play in economics, technology and education.
The higher education bubble, for example.
You know, we’ve looked at the math on this, and I estimate that 70 to 80 percent of the colleges in the U.S. are not generating a positive return on investment. Even at the top universities, it may be positive in some sense — but the counterfactual question is, how well would their students have done had they not gone to college? Are they really just selecting for talented people who would have done well anyway? Or are you actually educating them? That’s the kind of question that isn’t analyzed very carefully. My suspicion is that they’re just good at identifying talented people rather than adding value. So there are a lot of things about it that are very strange.
The Great Recession of 2008 to the present is helping to bring the education bubble to a head. When parents have invested enormous amounts of money in their kids’ education, to find their kids coming back to live with them — well, that was not what they bargained for. So the crazy bubble in education is at a point where it is very close to unraveling.
Much more at the link, including a brief discussions of the next libertarian dream: Seasteading.
I am going to start a new religion where I quote from French dystopian graphic novels and wear Asher Levine.
Bande-dessinée related: To the French, comic books are serious business.
France's experimental-comic-book movement, OuBaPo, has been trying to revolutionize the genre for two decades.
OuBaPo's members produced one book that could be read back-to-front; another that boiled down the 4,300 pages of Marcel Proust's voluminous "In Search of Lost Time" to six drawings; and one that told a single story—of how a man went to get something from the refrigerator—in 99 different ways.
Details of Blood & Chrome, i.e. Syfy’s next furball, have been made public.
Set during the 10th year of the First Cylon War, Blood and Chrome follows an inexperienced young viper pilot who finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet … the Galactica. A recent academy graduate, Adama is described as a cocky and fearless jock akin to Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun. The young version of Edward James Olmos’ character was portrayed by Nico Cortez in the 2007 television movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor.
We have at least been spared the pod racing portion of Adama's biography.
"Today...no performance can be without its control screen video...its goal is to be hooked up to itself...the mirror phase has given way to the video phase. What develops around the video or stereo culture is not a narcissistic imaginary, ...but an effect of frantic self-referentiality, a short-circuit which immediately hooks up like with like, and, in doing so, emphasizes their surface intensity and deeper meaninglessness."
— Jean Baudrillard (America)
"Part of the reason I find Game Dev Story so frustrating (and fascinating) is because of how it seems to teeter on the border between simulation and commentary."
Game Dev Story is as meta as videogames come these days. At first glance, it’s a game about making games. At length, it’s a grueling simulation so surprisingly effective that it seems to evoke a form of interactive commentary on the politics of today’s electronic entertainment. But more importantly, it’s convinced me of one thing: I will never, ever work in the videogame industry.
Take away thought: Perhaps the mistake is the think the video game industry is about companies rather than expertise. Think instead of your company as the flag you fly for the life of a project or, if you are fortunate, the life of your IP. The brand you need to sell isn't your company's, it's your own.
[Keanu] Reeves revealed that he met with the Wachowskis around Christmas. They told him that they completed script treatments for two more "Matrix" installments. They are planning to make the films in 3D and have already met with James Cameron to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the technology.
The arrival on my doorstep today of a Fortean Times-style newspaper called 'Radio Static' (coincidentally also the name of a PR company!) shed the final bit of light on a what appears to be a new Doctor Who-related spin-off called The Minister Of Chance, which even features two of the former Doctors - though they do not appear to be playing the Time Lord himself on this occasion, if you believe the cast-listing.
While EA has undoubtedly cooked up some reasoning for a glowing health bar to appear on the back of the "Ser Isaac of Clarke" suit of armor (likely involving demons and/or sorcery), we're sure of two things. One; that it'll be completely unbelievable, and two; most folks won't care because it looks so bad-ass.
Saturn’s icy moon Rhea has an oxygen and carbon dioxide atmosphere that is very similar to Earth’s. Even better, the carbon dioxide suggests there’s life – and that possibly humans could breathe the air.
Hopefully related: NASA has deployed a solar sail in orbit.
-Created, directed, edited, and visual effects by Michael Ashton for $300.
Lazy Teenage Superheroes follows Ty as he tries to get his new "super" friends, Mitch, Cal, and Rick, to put down the video games, get off the couch, and use their powers to help save the world, instead of themselves.
From the art of travel to the architecture of happiness, author Alain de Botton's writings filter everyday life through a philosophical lens. Monocle Editor-in-Chief Tyler Brûlé met with Alain de Botton at his London home to talk about his latest book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, a lucid and detailed exploration of the workplace - from office to factory, fishing boat to call centre.
In conversations with fellow Bond fans, especially those of the literary 007, we have observed that most of us have an appreciation for the “Philip Marlowe” stories of American mystery writer Raymond Chandler. As did Chandler and Ian Fleming for each other — Chandler was one of the first Americans to praise Fleming’s Casino Royale; Fleming mentioned in his novels that Bond (and his boss, ‘M’), were regular readers of the hard-boiled novelist.
A .pdf formatted transcription of the interview may be found at the link.
"Picture in your mind the most insane possible story that could be contained in a book named Steampunk Palin. Go ahead, take ten seconds or so to imagine it perfectly in your mind's eye. Use this cover image for help."
Caligula was assassinated in his palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome in 41 AD. According to Suetonius' Life (chap 59), his body was taken to the horti Lamiani, the site of an imperial pleasure gardens on the Esquiline Hill. There he was quickly cremated and buried a light covering of turf. Later on his sisters returned, to cremate and bury it properly.
There is no suggestion whatsoever, so far as I know, that this burial was at Nemi, or that it was a grand tomb (the Latin just says "buried", sepultum). True, Caligula had a big villa there, but it is almost inconceivable that this assassinated symbol of imperial monstrosity would have been given a grand monument, plus a big statue there.
George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it. He’s going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, ‘My nerdy friend won’t shut up, I’m sorry…’”
Well, that's it, it seems, for the highly-anticipated return of Ridley Scott to the Alien franchise. The 73 year-old director has worked so extensively on the script by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and many other sources of input that the famous movie monster, known for a complicated life-cycle, has evolved itself into...nothing. The Alien Paradise project, rumoured to have an Avatar-style jungle-vibe, is now a new and original SF movie called Prometheus, starring Noomi Rapace.
Much more at Shadowlocked. As the piece suggests, there is no word on what this change of plan means for H.R. Giger's involvemnet in the project.
Colin Farrell is reported to star in Total Recall, a second film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Producer Neal Moritz claims it will be more faithful to the original story than was the Schwarzenegger version by the same name.
That said, his diabetes enducing enthusiasm is somewhat less than encouraging.
“I think the world that Len Wiseman is creating is incredible. It’s a real world, a real future world, where the cities have just gotten so overcrowded that the cities are just built up, up, up, up. It’s just everything I see on the movie, every pre-vis I see on the movie, every conceptual drawing on this movie that I see just makes me more and more excited. We’re playing it like a real world, but there’s all these technological advancements to the real world, and it’s just really, it’s cool. It’s an awesome movie. I’m dying—as a fan of movies, more than anything, it’s a movie that I’m just dying to see.”
In the public eye, they lived a fantasy that mere mortals could only dream of. But between the ellipses of Rat Pack lore existed a carnival of leisure, stress, politics, starlets, heartache and happiness. For decades, some of the only photographic evidence was stashed in a cardboard box labeled "Do Not Print." That is, until now.
Japanese scientists are set to create a living woolly mammoth that died thousands of years ago by using cloning technology. The researchers will revive the ancient species in the next five years by obtaining tissue from the carcass of a mammoth preserved in a Russian research laboratory.
Under the plan, the nuclei of mammoth cells will be inserted into an elephant's egg cell from which the nuclei have been removed, to create an embryo containing mammoth genes.
Ramsey Campbell, John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Stuart Gordon, S.T. Joshi, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Andrew Migliore, Robert M. Price and Peter Straub hold forth on H.P. Lovecraft in Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. The entire documentary is available online at the link.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is Fear of the Unknown.
“H.P. Lovecraft was the forefather of modern horror fiction having inspired such writers as Stephen King, Robert Bloch and Neil Gaiman. The influence of his Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film (Re-animator, Hellboy, and Alien), games (The Call of Cthulhu role playing enterprise), music (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and pop culture in general.
But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies? What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?
"I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener."
"Tintinnabuli (singular. tintinnabulum) (from the Latin tintinnabulum, a bell) is a compositional style created by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt."
Pärt first introduced this new style in two works: Für Alina (1976) and Spiegel Im Spiegel (1978). This simple style was influenced by the composer's mystical experiences with chant music. Musically, Pärt's tintinnabular music is characterized by two types of voices, the first of which (dubbed the "tintinnabular voice") arpeggiates the tonic triad, and the second of which moves diatonically in stepwise motion. The works often have a slow and meditative tempo, and a minimalist approach to both notation and performance.
You thought you were a modest and shy Virgo, but it turns out you’re really a Libra with a tendency to overreact and cry for no apparent reason. So what does all this mean?
In short, your whole life and every event and trait that made you who you are was wrong. Likes, dislikes, weaknesses and strengths – all a hollow sham brought on by the universe. How did this happen and what is going to change?
Presumably hoping to finance a digital surround system, the Minnesota Planetarium Society (MPS) has been making non-news this week with the "revelation" our astrological signs are out of alignment with the sky overhead.
Stargazers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society (MPS) have revealed the alignment of the stars has been pushed out by about a month because of the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth.
This means that most of those born under the sign of Virgo are now Leos, and those born between November 29 and December 17 could belong to a new sign altogether.
The 13th sign - known as Ophiuchus - represents a man wrestling a serpent and was discarded by the Babylonians because they only wanted 12 constellations.
Such are the hazards of running a five thousand year old longitudinal correlational study and expecting journalists to follow the bouncing ball. Though, in fairness, the Daily Mail is doing a much better job with the problem than the Minnesota Planetarium Society.
What the astromers are failing to understand about claims made by Western astrology is that the stars are meant to be placeholders for cosmological influences and not, for example, to literally represent two fish swimming (not) swimming overhead for people born under the sign of Pisces. If a Pisces discovers she is literally "Aquarius" it means her Pisces behaviours and tendencies should technically be renamed Aquarius behaviours and tendencies, not astrologers believe she was somehow magically born at an earlier time of the year (unless they are practicing Hindu astrology in which case it may be another kettle of fish).
Pace my speculation as to the motives of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, I am also not clear why any of this is suddenly news. Devotees of Aleister Crowley are all familiar with the Precession of the Equinox and the heralding of this New Age of Horus people are always on about.
Though I would be happy to tell people I was an Ophiuchus.
French filmmaker Mathieu Weschler has created what might be the first full-length feature film developed solely using the Grand Theft Auto IV engine. Weschler's 90-minute The Trashmaster still features the model of Niko Bellic, but in a very different role.
In The Trashmaster, Niko is a garbage man that cleans his city of more than discarded banana peels and stale bagels. As the "trashmaster," Niko also spends his time as a vigilante hunting down criminals whenever they happen to cross his path as he's pumping gas.
This is GTA IV directed by Luc Besson. It is humbling it is so brilliant; storytelling through editing, lighting, scene blocking and sound. The clinchers for me were the vaguely French accents - and diction - and existentialist narrative arc. With the exception of one or two cinematics borrowed from the game - and one special effects shot (of a spreadsheet) - Weschler never "cheats" but shoots the entire film in game.
This is more than a cute trick or pumped up "machinima", this is a proper feature film shot in Liberty City. It is a testament to what a real director can do and to the remarkable achievement of Rockstar Games' engine. Click through to Dailymotion and be certain to watch it full screen and in HD if your bandwidth will manage.
Also: Should you find yourself vacationing on Endor having strayed from the protection of Imperial forces, a few words of Ewokese may keep you from the cooking pot.
We first learn about the Ewok species in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. They are also featured in a television movie, The Ewok Adventure, and a 26 episode cartoon series called Ewoks. Their language was developed by Ben Burtt. Ben Burtt talks about that process in his Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide. Ewokese is based on Tibetan, Kalmuck, and a small amount of North American Lakota.
Ben Burtt says in Bantha Tarcks #17 August 1982:
"For the Ewoks, I was inspired by a recording on a BBC documentary of an elderly woman speaking Tibetan. It was very high-pitched and sounded like a good basis for Ewokese to me. Eventually then, what evolved was a pidgin, or double talk version of words from Tibetan, Nepali and other Mongolian languages. Huttese was created by the same process."
The problem with sequels is that they have to make sense of stuff which was thrown into the originals that spawned them mostly by dint of being 'cool' or intriguing. Thus Neo's powers of flight, which made such a cool end to the original The Matrix had to be embarrassingly persistent in the sequels; and Michael J. Fox's girlfriend being immediately 'knocked out' by Doc Brown at the start of Back To The Future Part II; and even the walk-on parts in the original Tremors getting their own Tremors sequel.
You kind of have to project backwards and force it to make sense post facto. This might be problematic for an Alien prequel for many reasons…
Not least the space-jockey himself.
Anderson reviews a number of approaches to the before of the Pilot (aka Space Jockey) offered by a variety of Alien spin off novels and graphic novels. Which, while interesting - and handy from a teaching point of view - are also quite beside the point. The main problem with the various answers to the Space Jockey’s back story is not that they are incoherent or even uninteresting but that they are offered at all.
Diego: “This is troubling.”
Holy Mother: “Only if you try to explain it.”
Diego: “I’m sorry, Mother, I don’t understand.”
Holy Mother: “Secrets have answers. Now mysteries, they don’t have answers. That’s why I love them, they’re full of endless possibilities and permutations like God Himself, but if you solve a mystery, what are you left with?”
Diego: “A secret.”
Holy Mother: “Exactly. So ordinary.”
What do we know about the Space Jockey? He (she? it?) was killed by a Xenomorph and... that’s it. We know nothing else. This is precisely why this is one of the story's most compelling characters.
This is, in fact, the whole point of the character. The Space Jockey lends depths and a terrifying mystery to the story. Answering the question of his origins, his culture and his end diminishes a mystery by transforming it into a secret. An answer, no matter how well conceived or executed not only ruins the character but undermines the original film and, by extension, the whole franchise.
"There's a moment in every geek's life when one goes for the 'communal hug' on a pet-subject and finds oneself unexpectedly out in the cold." (via Reddit).
The piano player stops playing. The landlord shakes his head as his eyes head heavenward, and he slinks away to rearrange the crisps. The lonely sound of a misdirected dart is all that haunts the otherwise silent pub. And it's definitely time to get your anorak.
Lost in all the media coverage of video showing the Chengdu J-20 taxiing along the runway last week and taking to the air this week was another video suggesting fifth generation fighters may soon be made effectively irrelevant.
Defensetech hosts video of Boeing’s Phantom Ray stealth UAV being shipped to Edwards Air Force Base in California aboard the old 747-based Space Shuttle Transporter (video at the link).
The Phantom Ray is part of Boeing’s internally-funded effort to develop stealthy, combat UAVs. It piggybacks on the company’s old X-45 offering for the Navy’s competition to develop an unmanned combat air system. That plane lost the Navy contest to Northrop’s X-47.
Air dominance stealth UAVs would provide two advantages to the USAF in taking on an hypothetical peer competitor such as the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force. UAVs can be built for previously unmatched combat tolerance and performance specifications, for example, making high gravity turns which would kill a pilot. And perhaps even more important given today's sensititivities, unmanned drones can be deployed in contexts where the life of a pilot would not be risked.
The Phantom Ray is not only a platform for testing UAVs in an air dominance role, however, but a harbinger of a more profound change to come. This is not only intended to be an unmanned aircraft but an unmanned and autonomous aircraft.
Skynet, here we come.
Unlike earlier generation drones serving with the military in hot spots such as Afghanistan, where the aircraft is remotely controlled from the ground by a pilot using a joy stick, the Phantom Ray is capable of completely autonomous operation without the need for anyone to be at the controls, according to Boeing.
It’s more fly-by-mouse than fly-by wire. You upload a mission profile to the Phantom Ray’s onboard computer and the aircraft runs the entire mission from takeoff through mission and landing without the needs for human intervention or control unless the need arises to make changes in the mission profile.
An Elegy On the Death of Queen Mary, 1695, here performed by a tenor, Douglas Nasrawi. I will also point you to the same piece as performed by the exquisite Anne Sofie von Otter. Sadly, the video won't open in Canada due to unspecific licensing restrictions.
That said, if money were no object, I would be after Daniel Graystone's house from Caprica (pictured above, more at the link). I enjoyed the series but found my lust for a place to call my own got in the way. At 12 million, it would most likely take a lottery win...
Elijah Wood is set to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins, appearing at the beginning of each of two installments of Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit. While Frodo does not appear in the book, Tolkien readers will most probably not object. Some role as narrator is easy to imagine given Frodo's co-authorship with his uncle Bilbo (and Sam Gamgee, at the very end) of The Red Book of Westmarch, the tale re-told by Tolkien as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
[A]ccording to the official fan site TheOneRing.Net, plans are for Frodo (who is the nephew of Hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins) to appear at the beginning of each of the two installments of The Hobbit as a sort of framing device for the narrative. As we’ve already seen from the return of Cate Blanchett as Galadriel — who also doesn’t appear in Tolkien’s original Hobbit tale — Jackson clearly seems comfortable taking a few liberties with his adaptation, like he did with The Lord of the Rings.
Galadriel is a bit of a stretch but as it's Cate Blanchett I am fully prepared to suspend my disbelief.
Also: Martin Freeman is an excellent choice for Bilbo Baggins. If you have yet to see Sherlock (2010), by all means do so and, yet more important, if you have never read The Hobbit, do that before you see the film too.
Threee BluRay releases of "Star Wars" have been announced, one collecting the "original" series, one the prequel abominations and one goes the full retard. You can stop holding your breath, it's not the real Star Wars.
Lucas did note that all the movies will be the "special editions," since restoring the original versions (from the 80s) would "cost too much" and take too much time.
This artificial hillrange on the Saint Lawrence river is composed of the futuristic homes of the universal exposition Expo 67. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, modular, interlocking concrete forms define the space.
In The Disappearance (1977), dir. Stuart Cooper - an architectonically ambitious movie - Habitat'67 serves as the home of (guess who?) a professional hitman, played by Donald Sutherland. It is the stage on which a fairly brittle relationship of the hitman and his wife is enacted. David Warner also stars. Another remnant of Expo 67 can also be seen, Richard Buckminster Fuller's famous geodesic dome.
Edited to the tunes of Am Eulenturm by Dagobert Böhm.
The Bronze Age of Blogs remembers a "weird little experiment" by Marvel UK, The Titans, a landscape format comic book. What was Marvel thinking?
With Marvel UK it was always best not to ask questions, as they seemed to come up with new formats and ideas practically every couple of months, all to disguise the fact that what you were buying was still an inferior black & white reprint.
It all must have seemed a bit crap if you were stuck with second rate product - black and white reprints at two compressed pages per landscape page - and whatever random issues of the real thing made their way across the Atlantic. To a North American eye, however, these look collectible. Sure, there are UK specific heroes to be found in books like the Marvel Overkill anthologies but this landscape title is worth it for the cover art alone.
Ace argues there are some Victorian, nay, Marxist distinctions to be drawn in talk about an Information Elite. With a dramatic increase in the scale of urban bureaucries many could aspire to bourgeois social status by distinguishing themselves in manners and taste from proletarian labourers.
... that distinction has obviously persisted, even in America, with the ingrained sort of idea that a low-level associate producer making crap money and rote choices on an MSNBC daytime talk show was somehow "above" someone making real command decisions in his occupation, like a plumber. And this sort of idea is very important to that low-level producer at MSNBC, because by thinking this way, he puts himself in the league of doctors and engineers.
Doctors and engineers don't think the same way -- they don't think "Ah yes, I am in the same social class as that low-level line producer on MSNBC" -- but they are widely outnumbered by the more marginal members of that purported class, and those with the numbers make the rules.
Given Canada's chronic shortage in trades skills, plumbing is one of the few secure roads to financial security but try selling it as a future to students given the option of a BA in cultural studies. You can show students Monster or Workopolis and use "plumber" and "cultural studies" as search terms by way of comparison and it will not make the slightest difference. It is the same in the UK and, judging by Ace's commentary, the same in the United States. Our move to a "knowledge based economy" works for the owners of the means of cognition - intellectual property owners and mandarin regulators - but for most it has meant a move from work in stable industrial and engineering occupations to contract and part-time service industry work or permanent, multi-generational dependency. A stripe of utopian socialism might expect a growing sense of common feeling as globalization creates a levelling at the bottom that has transcended national boundaries. Yet, paradoxically, when social class becomes unmoored from its base in economic relations of power, markers of social class become more and not less important.
I have any number of disagreements with the Frankfurt School but they were right about one thing: the maintenance of social class is not only - not even primarily - about a relationship to the mode of production but about those factors Marx himself consigned to a dependent "superstructure".
Carl Sagan gave his last interview with Charlie rose on May 27th 1996. He discussed pseudo-science, religion, unfounded claims, his personal love affair with science and his struggle with myelodysplasia as well as other elements of his last book: The Demon-Haunted World.
"Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy."
Italcementi used i.light for around 40 per cent of the 18-metre high Expo pavilion, or 3,774 transparent panels and semi-transparent panels made from 189 tonnes of the product.
In each transparent panel there are approximately 50 holes, leading to about 20 per cent transparency. The semi-transparent panels were around 10 per cent see-through and were created by ‘modulating the insertion of the resins’.
DirJournal Info Blog combines tuition fees and employer reputation to produce a list of the world's top 30 universities, sure to raise blood pressure at Lancaster and York.
As a former guest of the Warwick Manufacturing Group, I can say their on campus catering is excellent too.
Why employer reputation? It’s simple. Employers are the ones doing the hiring of new graduates. As a class, the new graduates over the last few years are having a very hard time finding employment. Experienced, highly trained individuals with years of experience are competing for the same jobs that would normally go to new graduates. Employers who think favorably of a university will be seeking these graduates regardless of the economic conditions. If companies want these students, they will be seeking them out – a nice change for those who have struggled to get even menial jobs in this current climate. Using tuition is straightforward – the less it costs, the more value associated with that desirable degree.
An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.
Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May. "Meanwhile, the damage to public health continues, fueled by unbalanced media reporting and an ineffective response from government, researchers, journals and the medical profession," BMJ states in an editorial accompanying the work.
More than ten years later and the truth has only now got its pants on. It is difficult to imagine how many deaths Wakefield, and credulous parents, should have on their conscience.
The world--and particularly the Japanese--may be in a frenzy over China's newly announced 35% cut in rare earth exports, those used to produce many high-tech devices, in the first half of this year. But a Japanese scientist has found one answer: Create the metals artificially.
Barbariana: Queen of the Savages is an epic 5-part Weak Nights miniseries event. In this Part 1, Helen, Queen of the Savages, is overthrown by her treacherous sister Heather. To finish her off once and for all, Heather seeks to recruit the most savage warrior in the realm. Will he accept her dastardly mission?
Assuming, of course, the Chinese are not full of crap on this.
Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in spent fuel reprocessing technology that could potentially solve China's uranium supply problem, Chinese television reported on Monday.
The technology, developed and tested at the No.404 Factory of China National Nuclear Corp in the Gobi desert in remote Gansu province, enables the re-use of irradiated fuel and is able to boost the usage rate of uranium materials at nuclear plants by 60 folds.
"With the new technology, China's existing detected uranium resources can be used for 3,000 years," the China Central Television reported.
Stéphane Lerouge discusses cinema scores on Musique Matin. Subsequent poking around lead me to this lecture.
Stéphane Lerouge est enseignant, programmateur musical du festival Musique et Cinéma d’Auxerre et concepteur de la collection discographique "Écoutez le cinéma !" (Universal Jazz). Il a publié "Conversations avec Antoine Duhamel" en 2007 (Éd. Textuel).
His argument is holistic, all elements that make up a film - the writing, the cinematography and the music - do not enjoy "un vie propre" independent of one another. Much like a score for a ballet, film music is properly understood in its context. More than this, the film score exists as a counterpoint to the imagery it is created to support.
Fair dues. Though I am not certain where the argument takes us beyond a frankly banal observation that might just as well be made for, say, opera. And if performative context is at issue, one might equally argue you have to be at the symphony to properly enjoy a symphonic score.
Does Siegfried's Funeral March from the close of Twilight of the Gods impart the same meaning when it is reproduced on YouTube and abstracted from its home at Bayreuth (after several days of numb Nibelungenbum)? Obviously, intuitively, it does not. But does it lose its emotive power even for those who have never heard of Wagner, let alone know the ins-and-outs Brunnhilde's romantic life? Perhaps ironically, the fact this piece is reproduced again and again in film and advertising suggests the opposite.
Starring Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui and Maggie Cheung.
The all-female Heroic Trio are Tung (Wonder Woman), Chat (Thief Catcher), a mercenary, and Ching (Invisible Woman). Initially, they're on opposing sides - the invisible Ching is kidnapping newborn male babies for her evil master, Tung is trying to solve the crime (rather more effectively than her policeman husband, who is unaware of her secret identity), and Chat, who was formerly employed by Ching's evil master, is trying to sell her services and inside knowledge to the police. But all three have something in common buried deep in their past...
Born in Denmark 1978. I write and direct television shows for kids. I have a set of twins and not much time for anything. But when I have time I draw monster drawings on Post-It notes... It is a little window into a different world, made on office supplies.
Ommwriter is a simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, reinvindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more intimate the relation, the smoother the flow of inspiration.
First it was Cormac McCarthy, then Jack Kerouac. Now, Harlan Ellison, a self-identified blue-collar fantasist who has written over 1,000 short stories, screenplays, essays, and criticisms, has listed his Remington noiseless portable for $40,000.
When that happens, the 40-year-old crime novelist plans to reclaim the copyrights from his publisher, Hyperion Books, and self-publish them on Amazon.com, Apple Inc.'s iBooks and other online outlets. That way he'll be able to collect 70% of the sale price, compared with the 6% to 18% he receives from Hyperion.
If you can hang on long enough, sometimes you find whatever enjoyment is to be found in outliving your enemies.