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UNDONE: a short, stop-motion film by Hayley Morris

A drifting man struggles to pull objects from the roiling sea below him and scrambles to keep the objects from slipping through his fingers. A stop-motion animation using textured and tactile materials, as well as personal imagery, that represents the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Inspired by my grandfather.

Via Brain Pickings

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Grover Cleveland: Dinosaur Wrangler

This is my entry for Badass Digest‘s Filmmaking Frenzy contest. Vote for it here!

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Claycat’s THE RAID

The Raid: Redemption retold with claymation cats. Note: it’s bloody. Continued…

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Mother Nature had an extreme case of creative indigestion

Flying Stegosaurus

The Aeroplane Dinosaur of a Million Years Ago“:

Science Reconstructs One of the Weirdest of Prehistoric Monsters with Hollow Bones, Great Air Cavities Within Them and a Series of  Enormous Plates Along Its Back For Coasting Through the Air Like Some Gigantic Gliding Machine

Via Brian Switek, who points out that this is, of course, nonsense. “The Fantastic Gliding Stegosaurus”:

Of course, a few ideas have been tossed in the scientific wastebasket. Despite what 19th and early 20th century paleontologists thoughtStegosaurus plates were not protective armor. And, contrary to numerous restorations I saw as a child, Stegosaurus could not waggle or flap its plates around. But the weirdest idea of all was forwarded by paleontology enthusiast and writer W.H. Ballou in 1920. Stegosaurus plates were not armor, heat regulators, or flashy ornaments, Ballou wrote, but were wings that allowed the dinosaur to glide.

Ballou’s article appeared in the Utah’s Ogden Standard-Examiner. And, fortunately for fans of bizarre fossil ideas, a large illustration of flying Stegosaurus graces the piece. One stegosaur crouches to take off, another perches on a rock, and a third buzzes a prehistoric human. (Ballou pointed out in the article that humans originated after dinosaurs, but apparently the artist decided to take some historical license.) This ungainly and aerodynamically-challenged dinosaur, the paper said, was the “Father of All the Birds.” “Crude aeroplane or glider as the Stegosaur was, the principle of all flight was there in the parallel rows of flaps upon his back,” Ballou wrote, concluding, “Certainly he was the factory in which the first bird was built.”

There wasn’t any scientific evidence behind this. While Ballou mentioned the recent discovery of the lovely Stegosaurus skeleton now on display at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as the inspiration for the idea, the wild notion seems to have been entirely his. The vision of swooping stegosaurs isn’t attributed to any paleontological authority.

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Dr. Who Meets Metal

Via Bad Astronomy.

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This looks promising; like a heroic bloodshed take on The Untouchables. It’s certainly hard to beat the cast.

Note: I’ve been meaning to start posting trailers here that catch my eye. No time like the present.

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Wolfenstein 3D Director’s Commentary with John Carmack

Via MeFi. Also: play it in your browser!

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The Gruesome History of Eating Corpses as Medicine

Woodcut of Egyptians embalming a corpse

The last line of a 17th century poem by John Donne prompted Louise Noble’s quest. “Women,” the line read, are not only “Sweetness and wit,” but “mummy, possessed.”

Sweetness and wit, sure. But mummy? In her search for an explanation, Noble, a lecturer of English at the University of New England in Australia, made a surprising discovery: That word recurs throughout the literature of early modern Europe, from Donne’s “Love’s Alchemy” to Shakespeare’s “Othello” and Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene,” because mummies and other preserved and fresh human remains were a common ingredient in the medicine of that time. In short: Not long ago, Europeans were cannibals.

The Gruesome History of Eating Corpses as Medicine

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REAR WINDOW Time-lapse

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