Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Notte Sento.

A really awesome short film about a girl who misses her train in Rome and has to stay overnight. Its made using 4500 still photographs.

Notte Sento (English subtitles) from napdan on Vimeo.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Even the Economist Realizes the Need to Legalize Drugs

The war on drugs was a failure. America imprisons 1 in 6 of its people; far and away, the root cause of the majority of their crimes is drugs. Western nations continue to be entangled in the debacle that is Afghanistan, a failed state that has as its primary economic industry the production of heroin. Mexico has become something closer to the wild west than the emerging economic power it was supposed to become. My own city is in the midst of a gang war that has averaged around 4 shootings a week for the last couple months and boasts the poorest neighborhood in Canada. This sounds like a terribly trying problem, but in all essence it is not.

Of all sources, the Economist has highlighted the solution: The legalization of drugs.

The greatest obstacle to winning the war on drugs is the ideological steadfastness of those who cannot think past the stigma associated with drugs to see that there are actual constructive solutions.

Click the picture above to read the article.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Extreme Slow Motion

The newest thing in digital cameras, from small hand held ones to DSLRs, is the ability to take videos in HD. 1080p videos are now fast becoming the norm for the video shooting capabilities of point and shoot cameras. Additionally, consumer-grade cameras are increasingly allowing people to shoot in high frame per second speeds. Instead of 15 or 30, they are now allowing you to shoot at 600 or 1200 FPS.

I was reading this article discussing techniques for shooting in slow-motion, when I stumbled upon this:

I have to say this ad caught me totally by surprise, which perhaps led to its added impact. Sometimes advertising can be so powerfully done, it makes one wonder how such marketing firms as that employed by Subway for its latest campaign survive in a world with people who came up with the above.

I also strongly agree with the cause that is the subject of this brilliant ad.
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Monday, March 2, 2009

1 year/4.6 billion years

In celebrating Perspicacious' first birthday, here is a video illustrating the evolution of life on earth. Note there is little similarity between the evolution of PD and that of life on earth, but that's OK, its a really cool video nonetheless. (Helps one visualize the space-time continuum when seen with this one)

Seed Magazine via Gizmodo