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Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review
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Skhizein - short film by Jeremy Clapin Having been struck by a 150-ton meteorite, Henry has to adapt to living precisely ninety-one centimeters from himself. An animated short that runs for only 13 minutes, this tells the rather comical and yet sad story of a man affected by a meteorite in a most peculiar way. Once he has been struck he finds that his body is now constantly 91 centimetres from where it should be. To open a door, sit down, answer his telephone, etc, he has to perform all of the actions exactly 91 centimetres away from where he normally would, laws of physics having taken a long walk off a short pier. With a warm, wonderfully rendered style and a mixture of great detail and enjoyably abstract moments, this little piece of animation is, quite frankly, an absolute joy. Writer-director-animator Jérémy Clapin is someone I hope continues to produce great work and go on to even bigger and better things. Won Kodak Short Film Award in Cannes Film Festival, 2008 Directed by Jérémy Clapin / France / 2008

Mizzou grad quits job in blaze of glory with viral video It wasn’t exactly Jerry Maguire’s goldfish-stealing, “Who’s-comin’-with-me?” diatribe, but a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism found her own place in the “Leaving My Job in a Blaze of Glory” pantheon. Marina Shifrin, an employee of Taiwanese company Next Media Animation, decided to tender her recent resignation in the form of a 1-minute, 45-second dance video, which has since gone viral. During a surprisingly well-orchestrated one-person dance-fest to Kanye West’s “Gone,” she explains that she spent the past two years sacrificing “my relationships, time and energy for this job,” and that she is, in fact, gone — as in, from the industry. “I quit,” she says in the video, which had been viewed more than 800,000 times as of Monday afternoon. “I QUIT!” In a recent blog post, she delves into her reasons for leaving. What’s next for Shifrin is anybody’s guess.

Animated Short Movies » Life-Changing Arts Movie shorts, or short animations are a unique form of art, which can inspire and enlighten just like any other art form. Sometimes even more so. Here is a selection of inspiring, or for some reason animated short movies, here shown in their original full length. Thanks to all the visitors who have contributed with their detailed suggestions! That is why there are now two pages of great animated shorts! If you think there is a short animated movie that should be added, let us know which, and why. The below movies are not sorted in any particular order. French Toast Written and directed by Fabrice O. The Lady and the Reaper Written and directed by Javier Recio Gracia Get Out By Charlotte Boisson, Julien Fourvel, Pascal Han-Kwan, Tristan Reinarz and Fanny Roche Granny O'Grimm Directed by Nicky Phelan, produced by Brown Bag Films Oktapodi By Julien Bocabeille, Francois-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier and Emud Mokhberi Big Buck Bunny Life Line Created by Tomek Ducki

You Need To See This 17-Minute Film Set Entirely On A Teen's Computer Screen | Co.Create | Creativity + Culture + Commerce These words are probably unfurling inside one of many open tabs on your computer screen. Perhaps one tab is for work, one is for chatting, and another is for Twitter. You probably even have some others open for no particular reason. The 17-minute, mildly NSFW Noah is unlike anything you've seen before in a movie—only because it is exactly like what many of us see on our computers all the time. From the desktop photo of a young couple posing for the camera, we learn that Noah has a girlfriend. Lending the project authenticity is the filmmakers' attention to detail. Lest you think that watching some couple Skype sounds boring, though, this thing moves at the speed of an ADD-afflicted hummingbird, zooming in on key pieces of information as Noah learns them, before zipping off to follow what he does with the new intel. While the creators of the video figure out the next phase of its distribution, we are temporarily ceasing our stream of the film in this post.

15 Amazing Animated Short films - StumbleUpon We all love short animated films, but creating short film is very hard task. Putting whole story in 5 to 10 minutes is not easy. Can you imagine? Few films produced after working hard more than 6 years! Here we collected 15 dazzling animated short films for your inspiration. You can find different genres in these movies like heart-touching film One life, frightening film The Passenger. I bet you will love these short animated movies, do let us know your favorite one, also feel free to share your favorite short film if it’s not present in the list. Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty Oscar-nominated film of ‘Granny O’Grimm’, directed by Nicky Phelan, produced by Brown Bag Films, and written/voiced by Kathleen O’Rourke. Oktapodi (2007) In Oktapodi, these two cuties help each other escape the clutches of a tyrannical restaurant cook. This Side Up – A Short Animation by Liron Topaz Oxygen Oxygen tries to make friends on the playground. “Heavenly Appeals” a short film by David Lisbe Bunny Animation

San Gejtanu Hamrun Drift Gmail promises “no reasonable expectation” of privacy UPDATED BELOW with statement from Google, clarifying that Gmail users do have privacy protections, but that “third party law” applies when it comes to non-Gmail users’ expectations of privacy. Original post: As I have noted here before, it is worth remembering that as recently as 2009, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” Schmidt expressed more here than a personal opinion, he revealed views on privacy and transparency that underpins his company’s ideology — one that shows scant regard for Google user privacy. The comment from Google’s lawyers came out in a class action lawsuit in June which the Internet leviathan is being challenged over Gmail’s feature for scanning emails to target ads. However, millions of Google users had not assumed that everyday their electronic communications were being systematically scanned and read.

Israel to hire pro-government tweeters and Facebookers Lots of college students pick up part-time jobs canvasing for different causes, politicians, or organizations. Maybe this is how the Israeli government came up with its new social media strategy? Israel is seeking university students to go to sites like Facebook and Twitter and post pro-government messages, according to the Associated Press. These students can decide for themselves whether or not to disclose that they're working for the government. "This is a groundbreaking project aimed at strengthening Israeli national diplomacy and adapting it to changes in information consumption," read a statement issued by the Israeli prime minister's office on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. The messages are supposed to be focused on combating anti-Semitism and boycotts against Israel. Rather than just pro-Israel messages, some people fear that the tweets and Facebook posts could veer into anti-Palestine rants.

Google: Gmail users shouldn't expect email privacy | Technology People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in a court filing. Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation a "stunning admission." It comes as Google and its peers are under pressure to explain their role in the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance of US citizens and foreign nationals. "Google has finally admitted they don't respect privacy," said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director. "People should take them at their word; if you care about your email correspondents' privacy, don't use Gmail." Google set out its case last month in an attempt to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of breaking wire tap laws when it scans emails sent from non-Google accounts in order to target ads to Gmail users.

From Inside Walled Gardens, Social Networks Are Suffocating The Internet As We Know It Last month, in what was described by executives as a “round of spring cleaning,” Google quietly axed one of its most beloved and longest running products, Google Reader. It wasn’t necessarily front-page news, but it should have been. Millions of fans of RSS, who had grown to depend on Reader to pull in and display feeds from all of their favorite sites, were left out in the cold. But the deeper effect was more chilling: another nail in the coffin of the open web. Once, the Internet stood for the idea that “any person could share information with anyone else, anywhere,” to quote the web’s founding father, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Today, that notion looks increasingly quaint. And, of course, there’s public enemy number one: social networks. Open web advocate Chris Saad sums up what seems to be a sad picture: “URLs are fading into the background, native mobile apps are all the rage and Facebook threatens to engulf the web into a proprietary black hole.” The need to monetize

I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glass | Gadget Lab The author at a Google Glass GDK announcement event in San Francisco. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/WIRED An anecdote: I wanted to wear Google Glass during the birth of our second child. My wife was extremely unreceptive to this idea when I suggested it. Angry, even. I assumed the plan would sell itself. It seemed a great way to remain in the moment yet still document it and share it with our far-flung family. As it turned out, I never got the chance — babies keep unpredictable schedules. There’s some weird shit on your face. For much of 2013, I wore the future across my brow, a true Glasshole peering uncertainly into the post-screen world. Here’s what I learned. Look at that asshole. Even in less intimate situations, Glass is socially awkward. People get angry at Glass. Wearing Glass separates you. The people who were selected too often made things worse. The few times I’ve seen multiple people wearing Glass in public, they’ve kept to self-segregated groups. And yet I’m one of them.