Reality vs. Screen Illusion — That 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, California — Sometimes 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.
Three Questions with George Whitesides — The 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 Hague — Tutu, 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
?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)
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo