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Steven Soderbergh SFIFF56 State of Cinema Address

Fascinating take on new technology, the pace of change, the studio system, etc. (thanks y)

66 Behind the Scenes Pics from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

via everyone.

Dear City — write a public love letter to your Canadian city

Spacing is putting tweets on outdoor billboards. I sure hope they are paying Broken City Lab a royalty for the idea.

Boards of Canada New Album Speculation Intensifies as More Codes Surface

full-bore nerd-wingnut promo campaign featuring 1-of-a-kind vinyl with numeric codes

Camelot in Canada?

Justin Trudeau, explained to Americans

Cloned at Birth: The Story of Ridiculous Fishing

Man, Polygon’s features are amazing. The video is really well done. This one concerns a game whose gameplay – down to the items in the store – was cloned and beaten to market, as gameplay cannot be copyrighted (although I think it can be patented). Ridiculous Fishing is well worth your pocket change. Excellent game.

Nintendo makes second consecutive annual loss as Wii U misses expectations

Expect calls for them to get out of the hardware business. Which would be premature; the 3DS at least is a modest success against huge odds. (via)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart : April 23, 2013

Amazing Jon Oliver bit on The Daily Show last night about gun control. (not sure if that link will work, and it will only work in Canada… but I’m a very lazy blogger)

Leading Men Age, But Their Love Interests Don’t

handy graphs (via)

1902 Sankey Plan of the City of Toronto

Turns out I have a namesake, Villiers Sankey, who was a surveyor for the city and did a nice map. Also, Villiers St. is named after him.

'Iron Man 3' to Become First Film to Play in 4DX Format in Japan

“The film will be shown with tilting seats, blowing wind and fog and odor effects via technology that is expected to come to the U.S. this year.” Finally, a wet, stinky, more expensive film experience. (thanks Karim)

Police, citizens and technology factor into Boston bombing probe


Cinematic Transitions

film projection dying out, video stores closing down. It seems so sudden, despite it happening over many years.

Will Accounting Woes at Avid Spark Big Changes or an Acquisition?

Updates on Aftermath of Boston Marathon Explosions

NYT page with manhunt-related auto-updates. Good for those currently obsessed with this.

The Blue Velvet Project Archive

Sometimes I hoard links and only discover them months later. This is one of those.

Over the period of one full year—three days per week—The Blue Velvet Project will seize a frame every 47 seconds to explore, ending at around second 7,200 in August 2012. The goal is to move through this seminal film in the equivalent of digital slow motion, using the technologies of our hyper-speed era against themselves to rediscover the photographic beauty, lost meanings, and ideological fault lines in the frames of Blue Velvet.

A drink with . . . Ed Conroy, video archivist and curator of Retrontario

Ed was called a curator! You can see a bit of “Skywalker” the terrifying CN Tower mascot at the beginning of this video.

“The Simpsons” Writers Reunion – Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O'Brien

80-minute discussion with the writers of some of the best Simpsons episodes.

Homeless Jesus Statue rejected by two churches

Cyclists dress like police to slow drivers down

“One cyclist told us it was like a ‘force field’ around him.”

Should I use a QR code?

handy flowchart.

Welcome to downtown Don Mills

Apparently “Toronto’s most important modernist district” and an example of a garden city (via)

The Vice Guide to the World

Profile in the New Yorker. “The Time Warner of the streets.” (thanks y)

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

A very slick and portable micro four thirds camera with pro video features for $1000. If this shot stills I’d be all over it (I know, nothing’s ever good enough!)

MoVI: A 'Game Changing' Stabilizer Rig for Silky-Smooth Hand-Held Video

A crazy new stabilizer: $15,000 though. Also see the intro post for more details