H. P. Lovecraft Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. David Lynch David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American film director, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian", a style characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. The surreal, and in many cases, violent, elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or mystify" audiences. Over his career, Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director and a nomination for best screenplay. Lynch has won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. Life and career
Pick of the week: A disturbing Aussie serial-killer drama - Our Picks: Movies Can some kind of deeper meaning be extracted from exploring terrible crimes and the depths of human depravity? That’s the implicit question asked in “The Snowtown Murders,” an impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch. (This film played the Cannes and Toronto festivals earlier this year, and won four Australian Academy Awards, under the original title “Snowtown.”) If you found some enjoyment in David Michôd’s grueling Melbourne family saga “Animal Kingdom,” then you’re probably a candidate for this thoughtful, impressionistic portrait of life in a downtrodden suburb of Adelaide that produced Australia’s worst real-life serial-killer case. But I want to be honest, both about my own mixed feelings and about the aesthetic and, I don’t know, epistemological challenges posed by “The Snowtown Murders.”
Asperger syndrome Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger disorder (AD) or simply Asperger's, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical (peculiar, odd) use of language are frequently reported. The syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, studied and described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, demonstrated limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. The modern conception of Asperger syndrome came into existence in 1981 and went through a period of popularization, becoming standardized as a diagnosis in the early 1990s. Classification Causes
Handpicked Typefaces Archive Discover Typographica’s “Our Favorite Typefaces of 2013” This early morning (local Belgian time) the news finally came in – Typographica announced it published their annual Our Favorite Typefaces. A fine gathering of type users and type creators each selected a typeface released in the past year and reviewed it. Free up half a day and take the time to read through it [...] Read more Interactive FF Mark Specimen Minisite An extraordinary testament from Iran’s most persecuted filmmaker In the middle of acting out the screenplay of a film he isn’t allowed to make, using strips of tape and a cellphone and his living-room carpet as his only props and sets, Iranian director Jafar Panahi grows discouraged. He has the feeling, he tells documentary filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (who is holding the camera), that trying to tell a film this way is a lie, a bit of fakery that evades the very thing that makes a film a film. Then again, the work we are watching is called “This Is Not a Film,” which refers both to the fact that it has no script, no actors and only one location, and also to the fact that Panahi can’t make films, under the terms of a draconian sentence handed down by Iranian judges. (At the end of one conversation, Panahi tells Mirtahmasb, “That’s enough. Cut.” The latter gently reminds him that he’s better off not making directing decisions.)
Diogenes syndrome Diogenes syndrome, also known as senile squalor syndrome, is a disorder characterized by extreme self-neglect, domestic squalor, social withdrawal, apathy, compulsive hoarding of garbage, and lack of shame. This patient displays symptoms of catatonia. History The origin of the syndrome is unknown, although the term “Diogenes” was coined by A. N. G.
The Logos of Web 2.0 The Logos of Web 2.0 There is no official standard for what makes something “Web 2.0”, but there certainly are a few tell-tale signs. These new sites usually feature modern web technologies like Ajax and often have something to do with building online communities. But even more characteristic among these brands is their appearance. Web 2.0 sites nearly always feel open and friendly and often use small chunks of large type. The hero’s new fortress of solitude One of the more common action-movie clichés — and there are many — is what we might call the destabilization of the hero’s secret lair. It feels like almost every Jason Statham action movie, from the “Transporter” films to the remake of the ‘70s vehicle “The Mechanic” offers up a variation of the lair. (Check out the six-minute mark of “The Mechanic.”) There it is in the curious hit-girl flick “Hanna,” the little log cabin in the middle of the wilds of Finland where CIA assassin Eric Bana has exiled himself and daughter, played by Saorise Ronan — traceable only when Bana activates a hidden beacon.
Diogenes of Sinope Diogenes of Sinope was a controversial figure. His father minted coins for a living, and when Diogenes took to debasement of currency, he was banished from Sinope. After being exiled, he moved to Athens to debunk cultural conventions. Diogenes modelled himself on the example of Hercules. He believed that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory. He used his simple lifestyle and behaviour to criticise the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt society. He declared himself a cosmopolitan.
Design d'intérieur For Mad Men fans, the hit TV series is not just a show. It's a form of lifestyle. From the fashion to home decor, each episode is packed full of inspiration to use in your own life. The Drapers' boudoir consists of a luxurious tufted velvet headboard. I love the use of an unexpected color to pop against the white sheets. Urban Outfitters ($348) has several colorful versions to choose from, including aubergine, pewter, and bella lichen.
Julianne Moore in HBO’s Game Change, reviewed Courtesy © 2012 HBO Danny Strong—the screenwriter of Game Change (HBO, Saturday at 9 p.m. ET), a brisk film extracted from the campaign-trail saga of that title—has delivered to Julianne Moore the meatiest role of her career. In turn, Moore, directed by Jay Roach, has aced the immodest task of humanizing the media beast called Sarah Palin. The real Palin (an ignoramus who condemned this nonideological film sight unseen) is a born star; Moore’s Palin is a victim of American politics, just like us. The performance is so compassionate that anyone with an imagination will feel her terror as a deer in the Klieg lights of the national stage.