A illustrated version of a lecture by Alan Watts that asks what you would do if money were no object. http://youtu.be/siu6JYqOZ0gRead More
Would you expect this lens to be radioactive? These 50mm f/1.4 Super-Multicoated Takumar lenses had specially treated thorium rear glass elements to improve their index of refraction. How much exactly are you getting in terms of radiation from these lenses? Well probably not enough to turn you into photo-taking mutant (or dead) – using it for Read MoreRead More
Photographer-artist Miss Aniela shot to internet fame with her series of heavily stylised images, including many self-portraits. Here are her top photography tips for shooting more creative portraits. Use props imaginatively Using a magnifying glass in Tusk (below) enabled me to turn a simple beauty portrait into something quirkier. The blue of the magnified eye made the overall colour Read MoreRead More
David Denby, The New Yorker film critic, proclaims why movies are dying and why digital is killing them in this interview for his book with NPR’s Rachel Martin: On a famous scene in Apocalypse Now, and why such scenes are becoming less common “I was thinking of that great scene where, to the sound of [Richard] Read MoreRead More
“Mongo only pawn in game of life.” Alex Karras, an All-Pro defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions who later worked as a “Monday Night Football” co-host and parlayed his hulking strength into a Hollywood acting career, died Wednesday. He was 77. A dominant fixture on Detroit’s defensive front for 12 seasons, Karras was known to Read MoreRead More
Popular culture sets up culturally accepted gender roles. So it makes sense to look at the major films to understand who we are and what society expects from its males. Quite simply, I have found that, in this day and age, masculinity is in need of critical study and not getting the serious treatment it Read MoreRead More
At the Coronet Theater in San Francisco It was March 28, 1977, the first Saturday after the “Star Wars” Wednesday opening. The Coronet was the only theater for 50 miles playing the space opera, but it seated more than 1,300 … most of whom appear to be in this line. (Gary Fong / The Chronicle) Read MoreRead More
Ted Hope distills it all down to 99 steps… 1. Maintain wonder & love for the world & most/some of the people. 2. Recognize the barriers & be empowered by my desire for change. 3. Find an inspiring idea & the correct collaborator for it. 4. Maintain love & respect for the film industry. 5. Read MoreRead More
Geoffrey Morrison tackles the difference between 1080i and 1080p from a television viewing perspective. There still seems to be some confusion about the difference between 1080i and 1080p. Both are 1,920×1,080 resolution. Both have 2,073,600 pixels. From one perspective, 1080i is actually greater than Blu-ray. And, you can’t even get a full 1080p/60 source other than a PC, camcorder Read MoreRead More
Over the summer, Gawker began requesting stories from their readers who were unemployed. Here the first 10 volumes of the stories they’ve collected.
Small editorial on the bottom.
1. Stories from the Underclass
Prompted by lack of child support, in 2007 I left my job (where I would never get a raise) for a new position that paid more in order to take care of my family. I didn’t survive the probationary period due to continued harassment and stress from the baby daddy. I was soon evicted and finally filed for child support in anger instead of avoiding it out of fear. I disappeared to Jersey City with an order of protection so that baby daddy couldn’t find me and retaliate. My dad left his assisted living facility to at first help me with child care, then to support and supplement my unemployment benefits once it became clear there was little interest in hiring a long term unemployed person that wears hearing aids.
For a time, I did receive child support and was able to do nice things for my daughter and use some of it for household bills. But January 2011 both unemployment benefits and child support abruptly stopped. In February I applied for emergency food stamps; in March I received it; along with the humiliation of dealing with social services –the workers act like they’re giving you their money! In March, the rent check bounced, due to my father’s refusal to utilize my creative banking skills. In April I was asked by my landlords to convert to Buddhism and chant to get a job, otherwise it seemed I wasn’t trying hard enough. Also in April they gained entry into my apartment (under the guise of morning chanting) to declare random things contraband and accuse us of breaking the lease. We paid rent for April and May, but by June my family was homeless.
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