Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sergei Eisenstein’s Google Doodle (and cinema tropes)

Monday’s Google Doodle honored revolutionary Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. Here is a cool video I found that provides a little biographical info along with the actual Google Doodle. Sergei Eisenstein was the first “modern” filmmaker. He basically invented modern film … Continue reading

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Protective Coloration

Like a zebra or tiger, this garbage can’s “disruptive coloration” stripes allow it to blend in with its environment . . . at least during the time of day that afternoon sun pours into the Grohmann Museum via its four-story … Continue reading

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“Notorious” Associations

The old Duran Duran song “Notorious” was playing at the Red Arrow Starbucks (and outside at the ice rink, as well) when I made a coffee run earlier this afternoon. You know how music—like smells—can instantly transport you to another … Continue reading

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Unleashing the potential of VR (virtual reality)

Virtual reality (VR) is going to shape itself into an art form that is quite different from contemporary cinema. We can’t really predict yet how things will turn out, although my bet is that movies as we know them are here … Continue reading

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“Feel It Still” — Looking back from Portugal. The Man to Quincy Jones

Love, love, love this fabulous song, “Feel It Still,” by Portugal. The Man. Especially the brass! It reminds me of the even more fabulous Quincy Jones jazz sound of the 1960s. Which inspires me to post a few of my … Continue reading

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Lines Through Blinds

Or should that be “Blinds Through Lines”? Back to work at Milwaukee School of Engineering after a two-week break. I realized this morning that I take a lot of pictures from this window. It’s right next to the printer/copier in … Continue reading

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More interesting stuff about pigeons and people

After my post on dovecotes ran a few days ago, my friend, colleague, and fellow blogger Sally Cissna published a really fascinating blog post about the relationship between humans and pigeons a century ago. Her post contains several old newspaper … Continue reading

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