[links] Link salad heads for Maryland

Reality vs. Screen IllusionThat emotionally tinged version of reality is what moviemakers need to bring to life if they want to create convincing illusions. The same general principle applies to painting. Often it’s necessary to go beyond optical or photographic realism in order to achieve psychological realism. It’s the difference between mere accuracy and true believability. Think about how this applies to writing fiction.

Sutter Buttes, CaliforniaSometimes called the “smallest mountain range in the world,” the Sutter Buttes rise almost 610 meters (2,000 feet) above the flat agricultural fields of the Great Valley of central California.

Curiosity’s nuclear power source

Three Questions with George WhitesidesThe Harvard chemist talks about the problem of solving problems.

A Superstar Televangelist in Pakistan Divides, Then Repents — Note the deliberate distortions of truth, abusive manipulations, and serial lying. No different from American religious broadcasters. Speaking as an atheist, I far prefer my ethical framework to the alleged moral compass granted by this kind of faith.

The man with his name — Roger Ebert on Clint Eastwood’s bizarre behavior at the Republican National Convention. It takes brass balls to ad-lib for 12 minutes in front of 30 million people on live TV, just working with yourself and an empty chair.

Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the HagueTutu, the retired Anglican Church’s archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to “answer for their actions.” The Iraq war “has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history,” wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984. We’ve already established that none of the American political leadership will ever bear any domestic accountability for a trillion dollar war of choice launched under knowingly false pretenses, so I don’t see why anyone should expect international accountability. (Via [info]danjite.)

?otD: Baltimore or Baltiless?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (running on Con time)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 5.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

One thought on “[links] Link salad heads for Maryland

  1. Cora says:

    The link about the emotionally tinged reality of visual effects is interesting, because the effects of Titanic, which the gentleman in the TED talk helped to create, and by extension the whole movie never worked for me.

    Now I know ships. My Dad is a naval architect, who’s built cruise ships among other things, and I’m a technical translator specializing in maritime technology among other things. I’ve been aboard plenty of ships in my life, anything from cruise ships via research vessels and chemical waste incineration vessels to little tugboats.

    And the Titanic in the movie just looks fake to me in pretty much every shot that does not show the first class interiors (of which there are surviving photos), because I’m too familiar with the real thing. Pretty much the first thing I noticed is that the movie Titanic does not have rivets anywhere, whereas the real Titanic like every vessel of the time would have been riveted. No rivets means that my suspension of disbelief was fatally disturbed and the film just failed to work, because I kept looking for mistakes (and there are huge howlers). My Dad can’t stand Titanic either – he thinks it’s incredibly badly made.

    Very few disaster movies featuring passenger ships work for me and those that do mostly used actual passenger ships as the backdrop. I’m quite fond of the original 1970s Poseidon Adventure, even though parts of it are silly (and how come that a priest knows more about the ship and its layout than the crew?), but my favourites are two films from the 1950s, The Last Voyage (shot aboard the Ile de France, which was demolished for the film) and the little seen German film Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen (Night fell over Gdynia).

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