Two Academy Award winning directors interview each other about the way they develop their scripts.
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Japan's era of shoguns and samurai is long over, but the country does have one, or maybe two, surviving ninjas, reports BBC News. Experts in the dark arts of espionage and silent assassination, ninjas passed skills from father to son -- but today's ninjas expect to be the last. "In the age of civil wars or during the Edo period, ninjas' abilities to spy and kill, or mix medicine may have been useful," said Jinichi Kawakami, Japan's last ninja grandmaster. "But we now have guns, the internet and much better medicines, so the art of ninjutsu has no place in the modern age."
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Imagine Bigfoot on Mars, defending the lowly from evil military leaders and terrifying slave masters who are all covered in spines and exoskeletons and other cool shit like that. Reading the new indie comic Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman is kind of like mainlining the Planet Hulk series while mashing your face into some classic issues of Hellboy. In short, it's full of bad craziness, giant aliens, and awesomely pulpy art by Andy Taylor. More »
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When Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has finished, and the credits begin to roll up the screen, this is the song you will hear (and most likely weep at, out of sheer New Zealand location shot overload). Performed by New Zealander Neil Finn, this is the fancy version of Thorin Oakenshield's tune that you hear him and his fellow dwarves singing in the trailer (which we've included here). It's called "Song of the Lonely Mountain." More »
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Last week, the first two episodes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome went online, and we all remembered our love affair with BSG. This show was thought-provoking, powerful, and obsessively mysterious. And we can't help wondering: Why hasn't Syfy had a show like that since? More »
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Destin of Smarter Every Day followed Jeff Cremer to Peru to shoot a 16 gigapixel image of Machu Picchu. They used a Canon 7D with 400mm lens stitching together 1920 pictures shot over 1 hour and 44 minutes… but the most important thing on the shoot wasn’t the gear, but the paperwork.
See the full image here.
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Longacres House, designed by Damien Murtagh is a coastal dwelling on the Burrow Peninsula in Portrane, North County Dublin in Ireland. Nearby, a natural bird sanctuary, a marina and an island make up the landscape that is a sand and gravel ridge of salt marshes and dune grasslands.
The client requested that the house be designed as an element that was of the rural and coastal and environment, developed through its form, scale and appearance. An emphasis was placed on daylight, nature, the elements, tangible materials, textures, spatial interaction and energy awareness.
The composition of the house includes a two story spine with two perpendicular arms that form a private courtyard. With so many surface areas exposed to the house surroundings the architect was able to take full advantage of the views offered by the landscape. The social spaces of the ground floor, with full views to the exterior provide daylight and a panorama throughout the year. The layout consists of an open plan with sliding walls that provide flexibility and a playful interaction between the spaces and members of the house.
The palette of the material is of a natural stone quality: exterior dry stone walls, patina copper, slabs of travertine and cedar cladding all of which blend within the palette of the landscape. The home is designed to meet a Grade A Building Energy Rating, the highest as per Ireland rating system for a dwelling. The house incorporates geothermal heating, photovoltaic solar panels and a heat recovery system.
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