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How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood - Alexis C. Madrigal

How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood - Alexis C. Madrigal
If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you. Some of them just seem so specific that it's absurd. Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries? Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life? Foreign Satanic Stories from the 1980s? If Netflix can show such tiny slices of cinema to any given user, and they have 40 million users, how vast did their set of "personalized genres" need to be to describe the entire Hollywood universe? This idle wonder turned to rabid fascination when I realized that I could capture each and every microgenre that Netflix's algorithm has ever created. Through a combination of elbow grease and spam-level repetition, we discovered that Netflix possesses not several hundred genres, or even several thousand, but 76,897 unique ways to describe types of movies. There are so many that just loading, copying, and pasting all of them took the little script I wrote more than 20 hours. Imaginary movies for an imaginary genre. Related:  Experiments, Ethics & SocietyFilm

Improbable research: The Limerick laureate works his magic In 2003, an independent scholar from New Jersey began submitting limericks for a competition in mini-AIR, the monthly online supplement to my magazine, Annals of Improbable Research. The contest challenges readers to read an off-putting scholarly citation, and explain it in limerick form. Martin Eiger so consistently won that we eventually banned him as an unfair competitor, gave him the title Limerick laureate, and now publish him every month. He handles a huge range of subject matter. An early Eiger limerick summarised a Japanese study called Pharmacological Aspects of Ipecac Syrup (TJN-119) - Induced Emesis in Ferrets: If you're hoping to hash out a thesis,And stuck for a topic: emesis,As triggered in ferretsUndoubtedly meritsMuch more than a mere exegesis. Warwick University mathematician Jonathan Warren's 1999 treatise On the Joining of Sticky Brownian Motion includes a three-page proof of the Non-cosiness of Sticky Brownian Motion.

Before You See 'The Counselor': Watch 1977 Film 'The Gardener's Son,' Cormac McCarthy's First Produced Script While there's still no sign of Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" at either Venice, Toronto or New York (perhaps it'll pop up in Telluride?), the anticipation for the film still remains very high. Not only does it feature a ridiculous cast (Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and more), it also has a script from one of America's literary titans, Cormac McCarthy. This is something written directly for the screen, not an adaption of a book, but as hardcore fans know, this isn't the first script he's written. Way, way back in 1977 PBS unveiled "The Gardener's Son," as part of their "Visions" series of original programming, and it's a feature length film penned by none other than McCarthy. Nominated for two primetime Emmy awards, the movie has been somewhat forgotten.

BI V2.0: The self-replicating 3D printer 3D printing promises that one day we may be able to print out goods in our own homes rather than popping down to the shops or ordering widgets online. But what happens when the printers are able to print themselves? Boots Industries’ BI V2.0 takes a step down that road with a design aimed at self-replication. Currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, the open-source printer is capable of printing its own core components. View all Founded in 2012 by Jean Le Bouthillier and François Crête, Boots Industries already has several other printers on the market, but the BI V2.0 is something of a departure for the company. The key to the BI V2.0 is that it’s a delta-style 3D printer, based on the delta robots developed in the 1980s for picking up small objects rapidly and precisely. The design incorporates sleeved wiring with quick disconnects for easy maintenance, and the company says that the whole printer takes only 30 minutes to an hour to put together.

Stanford Prison Exp What happened in the basement of the psych building 40 years ago shocked the world. How do the guards, prisoners and researchers in the Stanford Prison Experiment feel about it now? It began with an ad in the classifieds. Male college students needed for psychological study of prison life. $15 per day for 1-2 weeks. More than 70 people volunteered to take part in the study, to be conducted in a fake prison housed inside Jordan Hall, on Stanford's Main Quad. The leader of the study was 38-year-old psychology professor Philip Zimbardo. Zimbardo encouraged the guards to think of themselves as actual guards in a real prison. The study began on Sunday, August 17, 1971. Forty years later, the Stanford Prison Experiment remains among the most notable—and notorious—research projects ever carried out at the University. In 1973, an investigation by the American Psychological Association concluded that the prison study had satisfied the profession's existing ethical standards. Zimbardo. Maslach.

50 Best Horror Movies of All Time Come on in, the blood's fine Horror movies aren’t for everyone. You’ve heard it a million times, or else you’ve said it a million times: “I just don’t like them”. What you should say — what’s far more likely — is that you don’t like most horror movies. Truth is, skimming our list of the best 50 horror films of all time on this very special Friday the 13th should do more to convince you than any argument ever will. Methodology: like our books piece, the selections for our Definitive Men’s Movie Collection represent our favorites, “considered in the light of how much they changed our lives, and might change yours.”

Connected Underwear Will Turn You On LAS VEGAS — Ladies, your lacy underwear is about to get a whole lot smarter. Connected sex toy company OhMiBod announced at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas on Monday panties that can be controlled by a partner. In line with the wearable technology trend, the blueMotion massager ($129) aims to give women pleasure with the help of its accompanying iOS or Android app. Vibrations can be controlled for solo play or by another user nearby. "It's a really fun way to control vibrations without anyone knowing what you're doing because the remote is on your phone," Brian Dunham, who founded OhMiBod along with his wife Suki, told Mashable. Dunham said he and Suki came up with the concept when they noticed they were spending too much time on their smartphones and less time being intimate. The vibrator has a Bluetooth chip inside it, which slides into the front of the blue panty. BlueMotion can also record ambient sound up to 60 seconds. Image: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Walking Through Doorways Causes Forgetting We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find. New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses. “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains. “Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.” The study was published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Conducting three experiments in both real and virtual environments, Radvansky’s subjects—all college students—performed memory tasks while crossing a room and while exiting a doorway. Learn More >

635 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. . We also have special collections of . Free Comedy & Dramas 125 Korean Feature Films - Free - The Korean Film Archive has put on YouTube over 100 Korean feature films, including Im Kwon-taek’s Sopyonje and Hong Sangsoo's The Day the Pig Fell Into a Well. A bonanza for fans of Korean film.70 Movies in HD from Famed Russian Studio Mosfilm - Free - Includes films by Tarkovsky, Eisenstein and Kurosawa, plus Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1969 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. These all appear on Mosfilm's official YouTube channel.A Farewell to Arms - Free - Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in a film based on famous novel by Ernest Hemingway. (1932)A Hunting Accident - Free - Soviet romantic drama directed by Emil Loteanu, adapted from Anton Chekhov's "The Shooting Party." collective:unconscious - Free - Five indie filmmakers adapt each other's dreams for the screen. Free Hitchcock, Noir, Horror & Thriller Films Free Kung Fu & Martial Arts Films Free Westerns

Pupil reflections in photographs could help investigators solve crimes The eyes are more than windows to the soul, thanks to technologies that can reveal reflected faces in pupils of photographs. Dr. Rob Jenkins of the University of York's Department of Psychology published a study that showed how pupils in photographs of faces can be "mined" for hidden information. The study simulated crime photos, in which victims are photographed by attackers, to examine the reflections in the eyes of those being photographed. Jenkins and co-researcher Christie Kerr of the University of Glasgow's School of Psychology photographed eight people who were looking at four other individuals behind the camera. By zooming in on the high-resolution photos, Jenkins and Kerr were able to recover bystander images that were then accurately identified by the eight individuals photographed, even if the image quality was poor. Despite poor image quality, face reflections were accurately identified Crime investigators often use photographic evidence to try to catch perpetrators.

Shock study, replicates Milgram's findings Nearly 50 years after the controversial Milgram experiments, social psychologist Jerry M. Burger, PhD, has found that people are still just as willing to administer what they believe are painful electric shocks to others when urged on by an authority figure. Burger, a professor at Santa Clara University, replicated one of the famous obedience experiments of the late Stanley Milgram, PhD, and found that compliance rates in the replication were only slightly lower than those found by Milgram. And, like Milgram, he found no difference in the rates of obedience between men and women. "People learning about Milgram's work often wonder whether results would be any different today," Burger says. "Many point to the lessons of the Holocaust and argue that there is greater societal awareness of the dangers of blind obedience. —K.I.

Soviet Animations of Ray Bradbury Stories: 'Here There Be Tygers' & 'There Will Comes Soft Rain' Sergei Bondarchuk directed an 8-hour film adaptation of War and Peace (1966-67), which ended up winning an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. When he was in Los Angeles as a guest of honor at a party, Hollywood royalty like John Wayne, John Ford, Billy Wilder lined up to meet the Russian filmmaker. But the only person that Bondarchuk was truly excited to meet was Ray Bradbury. Bondarchuk introduced the author to the crowd of bemused A-listers as “your greatest genius, your greatest writer!” Ray Bradbury spent a lifetime crafting stories about robots, Martians, space travel and nuclear doom and, in the process, turned the formerly disreputable genre of Sci-Fi/Fantasy into something respectable. That film wasn’t the only adaptation of Bradbury’s work, of course. Vladimir Samsonov directed Bradbury’s Here There Be Tygers, which you can see above. Samsonov’s movie is stylized, spooky and rather beautiful – a bit like as if Andrei Tarkovsky had directed Avatar. Related Content:

The Toxic Lady At 8:15 PM local time on February 19, 1994, paramedics brought 31 year-old Gloria Ramirez to the emergency room at Riverside General Hospital in California, pictured below. While the medical professionals who worked on Ramirez did what they could to keep her alive, they were ultimately unsuccessful, and 45 minutes later, Ramirez, suffering from late stage cervical cancer, died. This is a story which, sadly, occurs daily in hospitals around the world. But Ramirez’s case was special. During her forty-five minutes in the ER, three of the people who worked on her ended up losing consciousness and passing out. The details show how quickly this all unfolded. Kane nevertheless drew blood from her patient and passed the vial onto Dr. What was causing the fainting spells? With mass hysteria not a viable cause, to date, no one is sure what caused this slew of reactions. Bonus fact: While the events above were most likely not an example of mass hysteria, the phenomenon is likely real.

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Comment Netflix déconstruit Hollywood. Pas trop technique mais assez détaillé pour qu'on voit tout le génie qu'il y a derrière. Je serais curieux de voir la même chose pour des bouquins. by baptistecouly Jun 9

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