The Oscar nominations were just announced. Best picture nods go to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire. More after the jump.
The National Film Board finally went online today. Canadian classics like The Log Driver’s Waltz, The Cat Came Back, and Neighbours are now in reach of the people they were created for, Canadians! (you other folks from around the world are welcome too).
They’ve included links to various social networking bookmark sites and enabled embedding. Here’s a 2008 movie by Murray Siple, Cart of Darkness, about “a group of homeless men in North Vancouver who’ve married their love of shopping-cart racing with their business of bottle picking.” (NSFW for language).
They still have some kinks to work out, like
the embed code linked to the wrong video and it isn’t standards compliant by default (nobody else does that yet either) — but in general it looks like they’re on the right track.
Malcolm Gladwellâ€™s new article Late Bloomers is up at the New Yorker.
Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocityâ€”doing something truly creative, weâ€™re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth. Orson Welles made his masterpiece, â€œCitizen Kane,â€ at twenty-five. Herman Melville wrote a book a year through his late twenties, culminating, at age thirty-two, with â€œMoby-Dick.â€ Mozart wrote his breakthrough Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat-Major at the age of twenty-one. In some creative forms, like lyric poetry, the importance of precocity has hardened into an iron law.
Are you still a genius if itâ€™s only later in life that you do anything truly brilliant?
I don’t use this software anymore:
Iâ€™m not sure I could do this myself, but itâ€™s something for possible consideration in dealing with my continuously overflowing inbox: Sentenc.es — A Disciplined Way To Deal With Email.
If you’ve got an hour to spend, this Google Tech Talk by David Weinberger is worth a listen. In it he explains how the breakdown of categorization designed for physical objects when applied to digital or abstract objects (such as thoughts) can be overcome through new kinds of categorization—ie. tagging.
This is a video of four people driving along a Saudi Arabian road with three of them outside the car doing what what appears to be sliding on concrete wearing nothing special on their feet.
[Only in Saudi Arabia – YouTube]