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How to Make a Massive Extension Tube for Macro Photography For $5

If you need to get up close to your subject – you’re going to need a macro lens. Fortunately you can get similar effects with extension tubes – here’s an extremely simple build to create this effect.

If you want to get technical and figure out the exact length of the tube – here’s a handy website to calculate sizes

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EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS and the myth of authenticity

Film Historian David Bordwell dives really deep into the the crossroads of Egyptian history and entertainment in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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One has to sympathize with filmmakers tackling a tale set in ancient Egypt. Its history just goes on and on.

The date for the unification of Egypt under a single ruler and the invention of the hieroglyphic writing system that made its centralized administration possible keeps getting pushed back as more discoveries are made. Now it’s at about 3100 BC. Pharaonic Egypt ended in 30 BC with the death of Cleopatra VII Philopator (yes, that Cleopatra) when she committed suicide, reportedly using a poisonous snake. To give a vivid indication of how long pharaonic Egypt lasted, Cleopatra lived distinctly closer in time to us (just over 2000 years) than she did to the building of the Great Pyramids of Giza (about 2600 years earlier). And those pyramids were built about 500 years after that unification I mentioned.

The challenge for filmmakers is that many of the things we think of as most emblematic of ancient Egypt happened far apart in time. The Great Pyramids of Giza were built around 2600. The introduction of horses and chariots was–well, nobody knows exactly, but perhaps some time in the 1640 to 1550 BC range. Yet filmmakers cannot resist the temptation to have people dashing about in chariots as they supervise the building of the Great Pyramids. Howard Hawks’s Land of the Pharaoh does it. Exodus: Gods and Kings does it. It looks good, but in modern terms it would be sort of like William the Conqueror checking his email to see how preparations for his invasion of Britain were going.

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson Talks ‘Inherent Vice’

In this week’s VICE Meets, Meredith Danluck sits down for a rare one-on-one interview with director Paul Thomas Anderson to talk about his most recent feature, Inherent Vice. The film is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel, and first time the author’s work has been set to screen.

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