There are those books we go to not to escape this world, but to experience the truth of a mysteriously attributed quote, “There is another world, and it is this one.” That is to say that the worlds we find in certain novels are no less filled with dread, ambiguity, and moral freight than our own.[...]
Leonard Cohen was graced with a distinctive slow burn of a voice, a manly purr well suited to the louche mysteries of his most famous lyrics.
His death prompted a post-election outpouring from his already crestfallen fans, who sought catharsis by sharing the myriad ways in which his music had touched their lives.
We are less than a year into neural network technology, and Google’s Deep Dream software is already yielding impressive results beyond the dog-slugs of its first videos.[...]
The worlds so thoroughly imagined by the French comic artist Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius, and the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, immediately recognized the world over by his family name alone, could have arisen from no other artistic minds.[...]
When I first saw what was then the height of motion capture in 1999—The Matrix’s “bullet time” and kung fu sequences—I was suitably impressed, and yet… the extreme manipulation of the real (which couldn’t have happened in a more appropriate film, granted) also seemed a little like a cheat.[...]
Since his breakout early days directing commercials and music videos for the likes of Fatboy Slim, Weezer, Daft Punk, and the Breeders, Spike Jonze has honed a quirky visual sensibility that translated almost seamlessly to feature film. But even at his quirkiest, Jonze hasn’t been about quirk for quirk’s sake.[...]
How do we create a just society? 50,000 years or so at it and humanity still has a long way to go before figuring that out, though not for lack of trying.[...]
Mark it on your calendars. 2018 will bring an anime adaptation of the popular card game Force of Will. An omnibus collection of six animations, the film will include one short created by Shuhei Morita, whose 2013 animation “Possessions” already earned him an Academy Award nomination. Morita’s next task–to bring to life H.[...]
The Soviet Union’s repressive state censorship went to absurd lengths to control what its citizens read, viewed, and listened to, such as the almost comical removal of purged former comrades from photographs during Stalin’s reign.[...]
Fyi: Grant Sanderson has a knack for math and coding. So he created a tool that has helped him explain “the essence of linear algebra” in a “visually-driven manner.” And he posted the result, a series of 13 videos, to YouTube. You can watch the collection, called “The Essence of Linear Algebra,” above.[...]