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Overnight: Georges Méliès: The Oracle of Delphi (1903)



Who was Georges Méliès?

From the Wiki:

(/mɛ.li.ˈəz/; French: [meljɛs]; 8 December 1861 – 21 January 1938), full name Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, was a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès, a prolific innovator in the use of special effects, accidentally discovered the substitution stop trick in 1896, and was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his work.

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Overnight: Life After Pi : Visual Effects in Hollywood


Visual EffectsLife After Pi : Visual Effects in Hollywood

The Life of Pi was an enormously successful movie, created (as a movie) almost entirely with special effects from all over the world but many created right in Hollywood by the Visual Effects ('VFX') company 'Rhythm and Hues'. Rhythm and Hues was not a profit participant in its success and closed its doors soon after receiving an Oscar.

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Give Me A Minute And I'll Give You 2013


In case you missed it

I love quick recaps to bring me up to speed. As much as I always think I'll remember things, even as recent as last week, I generally forget. In the world of TV, they know you will, so most dramatic TV shows start off with a recap. Those words, "Previously on..." head up most dramatic series. It's kind of a cheat but it allows you to enjoy what's upcoming despite missing something earlier. Well, 2014 is here and to start you off on the right footing I'd like to recap for you 2013. It was quite a year. You either missed a lot -- or in the state of politics, very little.

So, as you begin your new year, maybe today's your first day back to work, you might enjoy a quick and amusing review, all told in just over one minute: everything from twerking to Obamacare to "Breaking Bad" to the government shutdown to Amanda Bynes' meltdown to a revival of our love for "That's So Raven."

Thanks to our friends at Animation Domination:


The Book Booth: Visual Arts Edition



The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

Somehow I ended up with many links this week that featured books in graphic form, one way or another. So prepare to be dazzled graphically. At least I hope you are.

First, the folks at prepared a graphic of the most read books in the world. The titles probably wont surprise you. Well, Twilight Saga surprised me somewhat. But I'm pleased that 50 Shades of Gray isn't included.

I mentioned Classics Illustrated last week, but only discovered (thanks to my friend Nakaima Oh) this week that Julian Peters illustrates famous poems. Here is his take on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and it is very good. Take a look, dare to eat a peach and wear the bottoms of your trousers rolled.

NPR featured a new book by graphic artist Joe Sacco, The Great War, which tells the story of the battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles ever fought. The text folds out to a length of 24 feet, so be sure you have some room.

Medieval book copiers often would use old, washed out paper to do their handiwork. Now some European scholars have been able to use Science, and see just what texts got copied over and the results are stunning. Thanks to SeattleTammy for finding this one.

Other arts inspire the writer as well. Jason Diamond at Flavorwire examines seven books that have an architectural bent.

Then, again, books inspire others in the arts. This coming week marks the unveiling of the new Harry Potter stamps from the United States Postal Service. USA Today has the story.

I wouldn't want to leave out animators. Here is a cool representation of novelist Stephen Millhauser's Home Run.

Paddy found some very small bookstores, while perusing Boingboing. First off, a very small and well-lighted place in San Francisco. Then there is this one in Helsinki which reminds me of SeattleTammy's nightstand.

As does this one in Paris.

Finally, for all you Dr. Who nerds out there, and you know who you are, Tom Hawking of Flavorwire has this history of the good pictured on the Bayeux Tapestry! Enjoy.

A good weekend for us all! And let us know what you're reading to pass the time away.


Video Overnight Thread- Simon's Cat: Suitcase



Video Mid Day Distraction- The beautiful 3D map of space that plots our nearest galaxies



Video- Strange Animated Video From Israeli Embassy: "Thank You For Being A Friend"



“It may not be what you see from a government but this is a way we can cut through and raise awareness,” a spokesman from the embassy said, calling the response to the clip “phenomenal” and noting that the video was all over Twitter and had gotten picked up as far away as Australia.

The office is hoping that the video will lead more people to follow news of Obama’s trip through the embassy’s channels and absorb the embassy’s message.

That message, the spokesman said, is that Israel and the United States are “ultimate allies” whose “deep and multifaceted relationship is rooted in shared values and common interest.” Nevermind that the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu is known to be tense.

While aesthetic opinions on the video have been mixed, it’s “undoubtedly clear from all of that is that the audience recognizes the message that the U.S.-Israel relationship is stronger than it’s ever been,” the spokesman added.