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Smart TV Internet Sucks

December 27, 2012 by News, Television

I never understood the allure of accessing the internet on your TV. Well, according to Mat Honan, neither does anyone else on the planet.

People aren’t using their internet-connected smart TVs for anything beyond, well, watching TV. It turns out, nobody wants to tweet from their TV. Or read books. Or do whatever it is people do on LinkedIn. Worse, more than 40 percent of the people who buy a connected TV aren’t even using it for its ostensible primary purpose: getting online video onto the biggest screen in your home. What gives?

Kathryn Bigelow: On Filmmaking

December 19, 2012 by News

As Zero Dark Thirty opens across the country, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time researching and talking about the director, Kathryn Bigelow. I tell friends she’s the first female director to win an Oscar ever, in eighty-two years of the Academy’s existence. “Ever, ever?” “Ever, ever.” But she’s also an intriguing character. Before she made her way to film, Bigelow was a painter. A recent New Yorker article describes her struggles in New York City before her fame.

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“Crash” My Victim

Local San Francisco heavy metal band, My Victim just released a new music video. The visuals are saturated with dark hues as the subject matter cuts between out-of-focus shots of the band and its story line, which references the title of the song, “Crash.” We are quickly informed as to what kind of crash the song refers to as images of cars and shocked faces permeate the screen. The video’s graphics are edgy, and as such, it should resonate with every heavy metal fan out there. For others, Crash is a powerful song combined with strong imagery that may just have you embracing the heavy metal genre. … Continue Reading

Frozen

December 14, 2012 by Animation

Disney Animation released this image on twitter from their upcoming film entitled Frozen. I dunno about you, but I love the look.

My thanks to @joshanon.

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Looking for Indiana Jones at the University of Chicago

December 13, 2012 by Off Topic Yet Fascinating

A fabulous story from the admissions department of the University of Chicago. Personally, I hope the mystery is never solved.

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