‘Kenneth Anger: Film as Magical Ritual’: Jaw-dropping German TV doc from 1970 “Magick is action. Mysticism is a withdrawal from action” If you’re a Kenneth Anger fan, be prepared to be seriously blown away by this astonishing German television documentary from 1970 that shows the master at work on Lucifer Rising. It’s fun to ponder, as you watch, what the average German must have thought about this film, which doesn’t flinch from presenting some of the most outrageous ideas and imagery ever to be broadcast to an entire (unsuspecting) nation. It’s magnificently freaky stuff. Not only would this have been the first look the world would get of Anger’s magnum opus (which he is seen shooting Méliès-style in a tiny space) there are substantial excerpts from Fireworks, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Rabbit’s Moon, Puce Moment, and Invocation of My Demon Brother, which showed hash smoking (and cocks!)
Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe Photographer Emily Blincoe (previously) continues to make us smile with her arrays of food and plants perfectly organized by color. Blincoe collects every color permutation of tomatoes, oranges, eggs, and even candy and then sorts them into groups and gradients for each image. Her wildly popular photos have attracted a huge following on Instagram and Tumblr, and many are available as prints.
How to have an out of body experience – Greg Stevens You can have an out of body experience right now, and it isn’t even that hard. Some people can do it more easily than others, and it may take a little practice. But it is something that anybody can do, and it can be done scientifically. Senses and the self Let’s start with a question: Where do you feel like the center of your “self” is right now?
DLD Magazine: "Augmented Reality: Living in a Virtual World", by Bríd-Áine Parnell For some years now, all the technology sector has heard about is the (eventual) coming of virtual reality. Then, out of nowhere, the focus changed. It's not virtual reality that's on its way down the pipeline — it's augmented reality. Before Google ploughed millions into the latest funding round of secretive augmented reality (AR) firm Magic Leap, before Microsoft unveiled HoloLens, no one outside the AR sector really knew much about what it is, and can be, capable of. “When I first started my company and started talking to VCs, they just said, 'What are you talking about?'" said InfinityAR CEO Motti Kushnir.
This Eerily Beautiful Dystopian Short Film, Shot by Chris Doyle, Will Leave You Wanting More In the past two years, I have written about quite a few cinematographers. Of that hefty group, few have stolen my heart quite like Hong Kong-based DP Christopher Doyle, whose cinematographic work with legendary director Wong Kar Wai will go down as some of the best in history. A new Doyle-shot short film just so happens to be making its way around the web, and, as you might expect, it looks absolutely fantastic. The film is called The Sand Storm.
How Wolves Can Save an Ecosystem It seems like nobody likes a top predator. Sharks seem scary and people believe they have healing properties, so they’re being heavily hunted. Big cats like leopards and tigers are hunted for their skins and whiskers, in addition to suffering tremendous amounts of habitat destruction. What happens when you eliminate a top predator? The delicate balance that exists in almost every ecosystem is disturbed and the next organism down on the food chain proliferates unchecked. With a booming population, all organisms beneath it suffer. Augmedix nabs $17M to ‘rehumanize’ doctor/patient relations using Google Glass Google Glass is no longer being marketed to consumers, but its enterprise business continues to pick up pace, and today one of the more promising companies developing medical services using Google’s connected eyewear is announcing a significant investment in its technology, which aims to “rehumanise the interaction” between doctors and patients by pulling physicians’ faces away from their computer screens, according to its CEO. Augmedix, a startup out of San Francisco that has developed a platform for doctors to collect, update and recall patient and other medical data in real-time, has raised $17 million in a strategic round. The investment is significant because of who is making it: it comes from five of the biggest healthcare providers in the U.S. — Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), TriHealth Inc., and a fifth that is remaining unnamed for now. Ironically, it seems that the exact opposite of this is the reason behind Augmedix’s growth to date.
Maintaining the mystery: editor Kirk Baxter on Gone Girl Editor Kirk Baxter has worked with David Fincher on such projects as House of Cards, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, winning Oscars for those latter two films. With Gone Girl, Baxter continued his association with Fincher, helping to sell the suspense as to whether the character Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) killed his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) in a small Missouri town. fxguide caught up with Baxter to discuss his process on the film, including how he launched into using Adobe Premiere Pro CC for its first ever outing on a major feature. ***Note: this interview contains plot spoilers*** Kirk Baxter at the 84th Academy Awards where he won an Oscar for Achievement in Film Editing for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with Angus Wall.
New Device Makes It Possible to Take Pictures With Your Mind The technology of mind command recognition is coming to the market: A British company unveiled an application that connects Google Glass to a wearable electroencephalography (EEG) device, giving users the ability to take pictures with the power of thought. The company This Place, based in London, offers free software called MindRDR to pique the interest of developers who could design new applications. The application connects Google’s electronic glasses with another gadget, the Neurosky EEG biosensor that costs around 71 pounds (or 121$). This wearable, lightweight device consists of electrodes that touch the user’s head and reads the brainwaves associated with concentration and focus.