links for 2007-10-19
Norman O. Dawn Collection “Norman O. Dawn (1884–1975) was a relatively obscure yet historically significant early special effects cinematographer, inventor, artist, and motion picture director, writer, and producer. He worked with many important film pioneers including Mack Sennett, Carl Laemmle, Irving Thalberg, and Erich von Stroheim. The Dawn collection features 164 display cards that illustrate over 230 of the 861 special effects Dawn created in more than 80 movies. Also present is a small amount of manuscript material, including correspondence, drawings, and reminiscences. “ tags: special effects notebook documentation fx weekly Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
This is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical study – Vox “In 2003, researchers writing in the American Journal of Medicine discovered something that should change how you think about medical news. They looked at 101 studies published in top scientific journals between 1979 and 1983 that claimed a new therapy or medical technology was very promising. Only five, they found out, made it to market within a decade. Only one (ACE inhibitors, a pharmaceutical drug) was still extensively used at the time of their publication. “ tags: weekly research science press truth lies reality It’s Okay To Be Smart • Science and art share a common mandate—to find… “Science and art share a common mandate—to find surprise in the ordinary by seeing it from an unexpected point of view.” Bloom tags: science art quote weekly New Tropes for Old – Futility ClosetFutility Closet “The steps below will, “like machinery in factories,” convert a Gothic romance into a sentimental novel:” tags: weekly ds106 fodder language What it’s like to teach evolution at the University of Kentucky – Boing Boing ““If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?” My response was and is always the same: We didn’t evolve from monkeys. Humans and monkeys evolved from a common ancestor. One ancestral population evolved in one direction toward […]
Swiss cows and the environmental future – Veronique Greenwood – Aeon “The market supports to local agriculture would end, yes. But the farmers would be paid directly by the government for something else. They would be paid for, among other things, keeping the mountain pastures clear of trees, keeping the forests clear of the cows, and keeping the water clean. They would be paid for keeping land in agriculture, for treating their animals well, and for maintaining the social structure in rural areas. It is a way of thinking about the use of the land that environmental scholars and policymakers call ‘payments for ecosystem services’. In essence, the Swiss government rewards farmers for the maintenance of the landscape — both environmental and cultural. “ tags: Switzerland ecology economy cows weekly For Billions of People, “Wasting Time” Makes Little Sense – Facts So Romantic – Nautilus “The idea that “time is money” is taken for granted in many clock-time cultures, including North America. When we want to get something done we budget our time carefully. We read books and download apps to help with time management (which turns out to have similarities with financial management). And if we make an investment of time, we hope for good returns. (See the related Nautilus article by Greg Beato, about how wasting time can […]