Farrelly Brothers on the Line Between Outrageous and Funny

Peter & Bobby Farrelly (“Dumb & Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Kingpin,” “The Three Stooges”) and co-writers Pete Jones & Kevin Barnett discuss why “Hall Pass” was the toughest script they’ve ever written and how they walk the fine line between offensive and hillarious.

The Writer’s Life

This three part video series was produced by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for their awards ceremony. In these video interviews screenwriters comment on their writing process, producer notes and what they’d be doing if they were not a writer.

Part 1

Screenwriters Robert Nelson Jacobs (Chocolat), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Tom Schulman (Dead Poets’ Society) and Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby) talk about the writing process and the secrets to their success.

Part 2

Andrew Nicholls (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), Aaron Mendelsohn (Air Bud: Golden Retreiver), Michael Tabb (Ring Around the Rosie), Marilyn Anderson (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), Teresa Huang (Knight Rider) and Stan Berkowitz (Batman Beyond) talk about the frustrations of being a screenwriter.

Part 3

John Aboud (The Comebacks, Best Week Ever), David Wyatt (Sister, Sister), Maria Elena Fernandez (Pepe y Pepe) and Craig Miller (Stargate: Infinity) talk about life as a screenwriter.

$20 DIY PVC SnorriCam

A SnorriCam (also chestcam, bodymount camera, bodycam or bodymount) is a camera device that is rigged to the body of the actor, facing the actor directly, so when he walks, he does not appear to move, but everything around him does. A SnorriCam presents a dynamic point of view from the actor’s perspective, providing an unusual sense of vertigo for the viewer.

Here is a simple SnorriCam using PVC tubes.

VIA: Tom Preska

The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

Does the internet actually inhibit, not encourage democracy? In this new RSA Animate, Evgeny Morozov presents an alternative take on ‘cyber-utopianism’ – the seductive idea that the internet plays a largely empancipatory role in global politics.

Exposing some idealistic myths about freedom and technology (during Iran’s ‘twitter revolution’ fewer than 20,000 Twitter users actually took part), Evgeny argues for some realism about the actual uses and abuses of the internet.

VIA: theRSAorg

Kinect-Controlled Tesla Coils: The Evil Genius Simulator

In the pub after Day 1 of the 2011 Maker Faire UK, Tom Wyatt and the London Hackspace team came up with an idea — Kinect-controlled Tesla coils, or the “Evil Genius Simulator”.

Tom Wyatt had a chat with the team from BrightArcs, who’d brought their giant Tesla coils along. A few hours of quick hacking later: it was real.

VIA: enyay

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