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Watch A Sci-Fi Short That Went From Viral Sensation To In-Development At Warner Bros. In Five Days. You can accomplish a lot with $50,000.

Watch A Sci-Fi Short That Went From Viral Sensation To In-Development At Warner Bros. In Five Days

That’s how much Dutch filmmaker Mischa Rozema raised on Kickstarter for his sci-fi short film, Sundays, which premiered on Vimeo on Monday morning. The 13-minute film—which starts in outer space before settling in the streets of Mexico City—looks like it cost a hell of a lot more than 50 grand, and that’s probably part of what made Rozema and Sundays the subject of what, by Deadline’s account, was a three-studio bidding war that Warner Bros. ultimately won on Friday.

The other part of it is that Sundays is the sort of ambitious, world-building vision that suggests a potential franchise in less than 15 minutes. The script is slight—mostly, it’s told via voiceover from the disaffected, besuited protagonist who offers dorm room-style questions about reality as he goes about his day—but Rozema’s eye for setting a scene and finding can’t-look-away imagery are intoxicating. Watch the short film below. In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds. By Maria Popova Bertrand Russell, Søren Kierkegaard, Andrei Tarkovsky, Susan Sontag, Adam Phillips, Renata Adler, and more.

In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

“I can excuse anything but boredom,” Hedy Lamarr famously quipped. It is befitting that the woman who invented the technology that laid the foundation for wifi would provide the de facto motto of the Information Age. Today, amid our cult of productivity, we’ve come to see boredom as utterly inexcusable — the secular equivalent of a mortal sin. We run from it as if to be caught in our own unproductive company were a profound personal failure. And yet boredom is not only an adaptive emotion but a vital one — with its related faculties of contemplation, solitude, and stillness, it is essential for the life of the mind and the life of the spirit, for art and science in equal measure. To be bored is to be unafraid of our interior lives — a form of moral courage central to being fully human. In a chapter titled “Boredom and Excitement,” Russell writes: Read more here.

How We Become Who We Are: Meghan Daum on Nostalgia, Aging, and Why We Romanticize Our Imperfect Younger Selves. By Maria Popova “Life is mostly an exercise in being something other than what we used to be while remaining fundamentally—and sometimes maddeningly—who we are.”

How We Become Who We Are: Meghan Daum on Nostalgia, Aging, and Why We Romanticize Our Imperfect Younger Selves

What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address. By Maria Popova “Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio.

What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address

The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth… will also become the raw material for the art you make.” In 2005, artist Teresita Fernández — one of the most original and visionary sculptors of our time, whose work appears in the bewitching monograph Blind Landscape (public library) — received one of those legendary phone calls from the MacArthur Foundation. The mysterious caller informed her that the foundation’s secret committee had awarded the coveted MacArthur Fellowship — a generous $500,000 grant, with no strings attached, given solely so that the recipient can continue pursuing her or his creative work.

7 Decisions Millennials May Someday Regret. Since it's back-to-school week, I thought this would be a good time to remind the college-bound (and recent graduates) that this is the time when you lay the groundwork for the rest of your life.

7 Decisions Millennials May Someday Regret

Here are some known pitfalls that Millennials should try to avoid: 1. Paying the wrong dues. Every career has an apprenticeship in which you're not paid much but you're learning like crazy. If you're doing what you truly enjoy, it's worth paying your dues. 2. In today's business world, job security is a joke and everyone is a freelancer. 3. 145 becas de posgrado para España, Europa, Asia, Estados Unidos y Canadá - Becas Estudio. La Obra Social la Caixa, tal y como hemos venido informando en el apartado de Convocatorias, concede un total de 145 becas internacionales y nacionales para estudios de posgrado en España, Europa, América del Norte y Asia.

145 becas de posgrado para España, Europa, Asia, Estados Unidos y Canadá - Becas Estudio

Ahora os dejamos aquí algunas de las principales características de estas becas para que tengáis acceso en un solo clic a todos los datos de cada convocatoria. Comenzamos con las becas de doctorado en universidades españolas, cuyo plazo de presentación de solicitudes finaliza el 23 febrero de 2015. En total, hay 25 becas disponibles para esta formación de doctorado cuyo objetivo es concluir con la lectura de la tesis doctoral en una universidad española.

La incorporación al centro será entre septiembre de 2015 y enero de 2016 y las becas tienen una vigencia inicial de un año con posibilidad de prórroga por los mismos periodos hasta un máximo de cuatro años. Pasamos a la convocatoria de becas de posgrado en Europa. Leo Buscaglia on Education, Industrialized Conformity, and How Stereotypes and Labels Limit Love. By Maria Popova “Labels are distancing phenomena.

Leo Buscaglia on Education, Industrialized Conformity, and How Stereotypes and Labels Limit Love

They push us away from each other.” In the winter of 1969, shortly after a young woman he considered one of his brightest and most promising students committed suicide, Leo Buscaglia decided to deal with the flurry of confusion by starting an experimental class at the University of Southern California where he taught, exploring the most essential elements of existence — “life, living, sex, growth, responsibility, death, hope, the future.” The obvious common tangent, “the only subject which encompassed, and was at the core of all these concerns,” was love. So he simply called his course “Love Class.” The book opens with an adaptation of a magnificent lecture titled “Forward to Love,” which Buscaglia delivered in 1970 at a school in Texas, focusing on a more oblique and abstract but no less crucial aspect of love: how the laziness of stereotypes stifles its spirit and labels limit its transcendent power.

Donating = Loving. Bookpickings.brainpickings.org. Be All Your Selves: Joss Whedon’s 2013 Wesleyan Commencement Address on Embracing Our Inner Contradictions. By Maria Popova “Identity is something that you are constantly earning.

Be All Your Selves: Joss Whedon’s 2013 Wesleyan Commencement Address on Embracing Our Inner Contradictions

It is a process that you must be active in.” On the heels of this season’s finest commencement addresses — including Debbie Millman on courage and the creative life, Greil Marcus on the artificial divide between “high” and “low” culture, and Arianna Huffington on redefining success — comes screenwriter, producer, composer, and actor Joss Whedon, who delivered the 2013 Wesleyan commencement address, brimming with sometimes uncomfortable but invariably profound reminders of our purpose and challenges as human beings. Annotated highlights below. Whedon begins with a rather atypical subject for graduation speeches — the mortality paradox: Gerardway770_ericraydavidson.jpg (620×349) Geradr-way.jpg (JPEG Image, 1280 × 717 pixels) - Scaled (80%) NME Presents: The Story Of Gerard Way's Solo Festival Debut. Gerard Way - No Shows at Reading 2014.