September 28, 2018

Wendover - Why planes don't fly faster

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Chromatics - Black Walls

Posted by the Flea at 08:22 AM

September 27, 2018

ADVChina - China is Now More Expensive than the USA

"When we came to China over 10 years ago, prices were low. Rent, food, entertainment, it was all very cheap. Now, prices have reached levels surpassing much of the USA. We make some comparisons, and explain why this is happening."

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

Sheila B. Devotion - Spacer

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

September 24, 2018

Smiley's People (1982)

Posted by the Flea at 09:28 PM

Moscow Rules

"The Moscow rules are rules-of-thumb said to have been developed during the Cold War to be used by spies and others working in Moscow.

"The rules are associated with Moscow because the city developed a reputation as being a particularly harsh locale for clandestine operatives who were exposed. The list may never have existed as written."

Posted by the Flea at 09:27 PM

Les Rita Mitsouko - Marcia Baila

Posted by the Flea at 09:24 PM

September 23, 2018

Why cities exist

Posted by the Flea at 10:39 AM

Lorn - Anvil

Posted by the Flea at 10:37 AM

September 22, 2018

Code Coco

Posted by the Flea at 10:05 AM

The Endings

"Most people want to move on after breakups, but celebrity photographer Caitlin Cronenberg and art director Jessica Ennis have turned heartache into fine art. For their new book, The Endings: Photographic Stories of Love, Loss, Heartbreak and Beginning Again, they collected true tales from friends, family and strangers. Then they created characters based on the stories, styled costumes and sets, and photographed famous actors—including Julianne Moore, Keira Knightley and Tessa Thompson—who reconstructed the scenes of love gone awry."

Posted by the Flea at 09:50 AM

Vanessa Paradis - Joe Le Taxi 2009

Posted by the Flea at 09:49 AM

September 20, 2018

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (2017)

"At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance."

Posted by the Flea at 07:38 AM

Stealth - Truth Is

Posted by the Flea at 07:37 AM

September 19, 2018

Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (1955)

"Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (血槍富士 Chiyari Fuji) is a 1955 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Tomu Uchida. It is a 'gruelling cruel tale' from the Edo period. Daisuke Katō won the 1956 Blue Ribbon Award for best supporting actor."

Posted by the Flea at 07:14 AM

Gang Signs - So Long

Posted by the Flea at 07:12 AM

September 18, 2018

Soap opera effect

"Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson, two directors known for their meticulous filmmaking styles, have joined forces against motion smoothing, that effect TV manufacturers think gives a clearer picture, but that only makes movies and shows look odd to anyone paying attention."

Motion smoothing, also known as the “soap opera effect” or “motion interpolation” is a high-def television set’s way of adding artificial frames to a moving image to, theoretically, make it look crisper by reducing the natural blurring effect that occurs when motion is shot at 24 frames per second (the industry standard for most movies, unless you’re Ang Lee ). This works great for watching any sports game where people and balls tend to move pretty fast and be difficult for the eye to follow, but when it comes to film, which is shot especially so that the human eye can see what’s going on, motion smoothing is a plague. Basically, if the effect is turned on (most of the time it’s the default setting on a new set), your TV will guess at what comes between two frames of an image, which results in ghostly distortions around people’s bodies and a general flattening of the picture that makes it look like a car commercial, or, even worse, British TV.
Posted by the Flea at 11:03 AM

Fourth wall

"I think New York is one of those cities where, whatever your ambition is, you can look around and instantly see someone achieving that dream, often at a level that you never even knew was possible. That experience can be dispiriting, but also extremely inspiring, and that’s part of what I was trying to capture."

Posted by the Flea at 11:02 AM

Jungle - Time

Posted by the Flea at 11:01 AM

September 17, 2018

Sleuth (1972)

"Sleuth is a 1972 British-American mystery thriller film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. The screenplay by playwright Anthony Shaffer was based on his 1970 Tony Award-winning play. Both Olivier and Caine were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances."

Posted by the Flea at 07:29 AM

Ellie Goulding - Dead In The Water

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

September 16, 2018

PBS - Napoleon: About Napoleon - Ep. 1 To Destiny

"Episode I recounts the story of Napoleon's extraordinary rise from Corsican obscurity to the victories in Italy that made him a hero to the French people and convinced him that he was destined for greatness. It also tells of his love for Josephine Beauharnais, a woman of extravagant habits and tastes, who did not at first return his passionate affection."

Posted by the Flea at 05:46 AM

William Vincent Wallace - The Amber Witch Overture

Posted by the Flea at 05:45 AM

September 15, 2018

Stevie and Chrissie (2017) | 60 Minutes Australia

Posted by the Flea at 07:54 AM

Sofi Tukker & Pabllo Vittar - Energia (Parte 2)

Posted by the Flea at 07:53 AM

September 13, 2018

A Future Art-Deco Classic - Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph

"Today we take a first look at the amazing innovations of the Swiss brand Parmigiani Fleurier. We also review a very cool automatic chronograph inspired by the (almost mythical) Bugatti Aerolithe. This very unique Art Deco styled watch not only contains an in-house movement but is also a flyback chronograph. It seamlessly blends the elegance of the 1930s iconic car with a modern twist constructed with cutting edge contemporary laser engraving for flawless results."

Posted by the Flea at 06:44 AM

Statues of Sinking Men - Sinking

Posted by the Flea at 06:42 AM

September 12, 2018

F-15 Strike Eagle Pilots Talk BS While Aerial Refueling

Posted by the Flea at 11:54 AM

NoMan - Barbarian

Posted by the Flea at 11:52 AM

September 11, 2018

Ethan Hawke Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters | GQ

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 PM

Silk City, Dua Lipa - Electricity

Posted by the Flea at 07:22 PM

September 10, 2018

Hugh Grant Reviews His Most Iconic Movie Roles | GQ

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Jungle - House in LA

Posted by the Flea at 08:41 AM

September 09, 2018

Beyond streets

"130 years ago today, a woman who battled with alcoholism, spent time in one of the first all female rehab centres in the UK trying to overcome it before it overcame her, was murdered in a yard off Hanbury Street. Her name was Annie Chapman."

Posted by the Flea at 10:06 AM

Giacinto Scelsi - Konx-Om-Pax

Posted by the Flea at 10:04 AM

September 08, 2018

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar

"Up until last week, there was really only one reasonable choice when it came to split-seconds perpetuals - the Patek Philippe reference 5004, or more recently, the reference 5204 introduced this past Basel World (yes, others have done it, but few famously or elegantly). At SIHH this year, A. Lange & Söhne introduced the watch you see here, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar, and hit Patek right where it hurts."

Posted by the Flea at 10:17 AM

Bayonne - I Know

Posted by the Flea at 10:14 AM

September 07, 2018

The Black Hole Bomb and Black Hole Civilizations

Posted by the Flea at 01:48 AM

Passi - Les flammes du mal

Posted by the Flea at 01:47 AM

September 06, 2018

Bart Ehrman - Lost Gospel of Judas (November 6, 2013)

"The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed: Bart Ehrman, offers the first comprehensive account of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas, revealing what this legendary lost gospel contains and why it is so important for our understanding of Christianity."

Posted by the Flea at 04:08 PM

September 04, 2018

A Ride Across Toronto on the 501 Queen Streetcar, Humber to Neville Park

"A left window view of The Queensway and Queen Street in Toronto, on the 501 Queen Streetcar, from Humber to Neville Park, mostly uncut. TTC Vehicle #4249. Filmed August 27, 2018."

Posted by the Flea at 08:08 AM

She Is Summer - Mico

Posted by the Flea at 08:04 AM

September 03, 2018

Baguettes de Tradition Française

Posted by the Flea at 02:18 PM

Hunger stones

"As Europe wilts in the sweltering, record-breaking harshness of summer 2018, strange things are happening.

"Mysterious outlines of ancient societies have revealed themselves across the seared landscape, but it's not just traces of ghostly architecture resurfacing. So too are grim words of warning."

Posted by the Flea at 02:17 PM

Half-Alive - Still Feel

Posted by the Flea at 02:14 PM

September 02, 2018

How to create a unique/successful minimalist watchbrand

"With the rise of popular 'minimalist' watch brands of the likes of Daniel Wellington, The Fifth, and Larsson & Jennings, I have created a guide for budding watch designers who want to compete in such a saturated market. To achieve such a goal requires being able to stand out from the crowd; to be unique; to offer a product that truly no other brand has offered before; and all at a price of $199 (or a bit more/less depending on how much you're spending on marketing)"

Posted by the Flea at 07:10 AM

The Duke Spirit - Serenade

Posted by the Flea at 07:08 AM