Zoolander 2, will it also be one of Terrence Malick’s favourites?

Friday, 5 February, 2016

Ben Stiller’s 2001 satirical comedy film Zoolander is said to be the favourite movie of critically acclaimed US film director Terrence Malick, whose work includes The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven, The New World, and Badlands.

I wonder what Malick will make of the follow-up, Zoolander 2, that opens locally next Thursday? I thought Zoolander was so-so, but I’m not sure what to make of the sequel… not that I’m trying to judge a film only by its trailer.

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The Cardboard Home Cinema, putting a home cinema in every home

Friday, 5 February, 2016

Photo by Manuel Pita

I’ve not quite warmed to the idea of watching movies on my smartphone, mainly because I think the screen is too small. That I still own one with a four-inch screen, and intend to for sometime, doesn’t really help, but I think you’d need at least an average tablet size screen to really enjoy watching a film or TV show, on a smaller device.

However, if watching movies on a smartphone is your thing, you might get a kick out of the Cardboard Personal Home Cinema, essentially a cardboard box that sits on the floor, that you then crawl under, after placing your phone over a viewing slot on the top of the box. Actually, this is something kids might have fun with.

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River, music by gospel and soul singer Leon Bridges

Friday, 5 February, 2016

I don’t feature too much R&B music here, but couldn’t go passed River, a track by US gospel and soul singer Leon Bridges, that is lifted from his debut album, Coming Home, which collected a Grammy nomination last year… not a bad way to start one’s career in music.

Via Hypnophant.

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The lonely houses of Portugal, photos by Manuel Pita

Friday, 5 February, 2016

Photo by Manuel Pita

Photos of houses that appear to stand in isolation, taken in Portugal, and elsewhere, by Manuel Pita. No prizes for guessing where I’d like to be right now.

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Answers to all of life’s unanswered (and answered) questions

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

Because there’s a Paige in everyone’s life, one way or another.

Are life’s unanswered questions… answered at the moment of our demise? I doubt it – search your feelings, you will know it to be true, advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer, etc – but it’s a romantic notion nonetheless, and one explored by Los Angeles based film director Michael Goode.

Mildly NSFW, language mainly.

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Apollo’s on-board flight software source code, printed out

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton, a computer scientist, lead a MIT Instrumentation Laboratory team that developed on-board flight software for the Apollo Moon flights. She is pictured here, standing beside print outs of the source code that was produced.

About the only time I see source code is on a screen, and if I’m lucky, it’s not too more than a thousand lines in length. Very rare is the occasion I see source code in printed format, if at all, and in this case, I suspect there’s somewhat more than one thousand lines of code.

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Photos of Bangkok Train Station with a film noir mood

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

Photo by Rammy Narula

Thai photographer Rammy Narula has spent four years taking photos at Bangkok Train Station, or Hua Lamphong, and has included some of the images in a collection titled Platform 10.

Via Wired.

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The history of Japan, a history lesson with a difference?

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

A quirky, yet engaging, recounting of Japan’s history… it might not be to your taste initially, but give it a minute, this is an informative method of teaching history.

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Secure hosting for disassociated

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

In case in things look a little weird on site at the moment, I’m in the process of setting up secure hosting. The powers that be would like websites they list in their search results to be in that category, so I thought, why not? There’s a wee bit of tinkering behind the scenes, it seems, to do before all will look like it did before.

Hopefully it’ll be sorted out shortly. If you’re having any hassles on site though, drop me a line. A big thanks to Dreamhost for laying on secure hosting here.

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Wide Open by the Chemical Brothers, how very ex machina

Wednesday, 3 February, 2016

The video clip for Wide Open, a track from the Chemical Brothers most recent album, Born in the Echoes, features a dancer who gradually turns into a 3D print-out of herself.

If you think the dancer looks familiar, you’d be right, she is Sonoya Mizuno, who played a very human like robot in Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. Perfect casting choice if you ask me.

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