My friend, Jon went to Wales to run a marathon. This is not your typical gatorade chugging, jogging though the streets of Boston style race…no, no no. This event answers the age old question: Who would win in a long distance race between a human and a horse? You’d be surprised that a mortal man has won a couple times in its history. Jon strapped a GoPro HD camera around his chest and set out to capture every minute of the marathon. The footage is a bit shaky, but the Welsh countryside makes up for it in the long run.
“The first independent film to gross more than $200 million, Pulp Fiction was a shot of adrenaline to Hollywood’s heart, reviving John Travolta’s career, making stars of Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, and turning Bob and Harvey Weinstein into giants. How did Quentin Tarantino, a high-school dropout and former video-store clerk, change the face of modern cinema? Mark Seal takes the director, his producers, and his cast back in time, to 1993.”
“Is that you?”
This transcontinental brain-machine interface demonstration revealed that it is possible for a human or a simian to readily transcend space, force and time by liberating brain-derived commands from the physical limits of the biological body that houses the brain and broadcasting them to a man-made device located far from the original thought that generated the action.
It wouldn’t be my speech. That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.
—Rep. Ron Paul • Explaining why, despite being given an opportunity to do so, he’s chosen to avoid speaking at the Republican National Convention. Paul would’ve been given the opportunity to speak as long as his words were a) vetted by Romney and b) in endorsement of the Republican nominee. No dice. Instead, Paul held an event of his own Sunday, bringing the true believers down to the University of South Florida to hear Paul’s final presidential campaign speech. This is likely Paul’s last big hurrah as an elected official — having just turned 77, he retires from Congress in January — but he leaves an army of supporters behind. (via shortformblog)
A Kinetoscope parlor in San Francisco, circa 1895.
GO back far enough in the history of the Big Screen, back to the 1890s, and you’ll find no screen at all. The earliest motion-picture viewing was a solitary experience. One looked through a peephole at the top of a Kinetoscope, a waist-high cabinet in which a light illuminated the frames of a continuous film loop. A magnifying lens was attached to the peephole, but the images remained tiny. That means the first cinematographers didn’t have much to work with.
When projection arrived, movie images could be made life-size in a theater, then larger than life, on a big screen accompanied by big sound. Taking in a movie became not just an immersive experience, but also a social one, with members of the audience sitting in the dark together, laughing, crying and shrieking. Today, we’ve reached the acme of technical sophistication — and have come nearly full circle. Movie watching is, again, a solitary experience, involving small images on a laptop, a tablet and, tinier still, a cellphone.