The Rise and Fall of Globosome

21 May 2015

The Rise and Fall of Globosome from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg on Vimeo.

If San Francisco = Gotham City

12 May 2015

Gotham City SF // A Timelapse Film from Toby Harriman on Vimeo.

You can accomplish a lot with $50,000

5 May 2015

From Fast Company:

You can accomplish a lot with $50,000. That’s how much Dutch filmmaker Mischa Rozema raised on Kickstarter for his sci-fi short film, Sundays, which premiered on Vimeo on Monday morning. The 13-minute film—which starts in outer space before settling in the streets of Mexico City—looks like it cost a hell of a lot more than 50 grand, and that’s probably part of what made Rozema and Sundays the subject of what, by Deadline’s account, was a three-studio bidding war that Warner Bros. ultimately won on Friday.

Link to the rest at Fast Company

SUNDAYS from PostPanic on Vimeo.

Mind Control

30 April 2015

Not much to do with books, but it might be a good writing prompt for some genres. The experiment begins at about 1:45, but you have to watch until almost the end for the payoff.

Writer’s Block

30 April 2015

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

28 April 2015

From bestselling alternative history Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark.


The Little Prince

27 April 2015

Love Between the Covers

27 April 2015

National Library Week

20 April 2015
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Thanks to Dave and others for the tip.

How Typing is Destroying Your Memory

15 April 2015

From FastCompany:

Bad News: If you take notes in a meeting using your laptop, or if you create a to-do list using an app, you might be undermining your ability to recall the information later.

A recent study published in Psychological Science found that the pen is mightier than the keyboard when it comes to remembering what you just jotted down.

Princeton University psychological scientist Pam Mueller, lead author of the study, noticed the difference while she was a graduate teaching assistant. She normally brought her laptop to the lecture to take notes, but one day she didn’t have it. “I felt like I learned a lot more,” she recalls.

. . . .

“Students who took notes on the laptop were basically transcribing the lecture,” says Mueller. “Because we write by hand less quickly, those who took notes with pen and paper had to be more selective, choosing the most important information to include in their notes. This enabled them to study the content more efficiently.”

In the second study, Mueller told the laptop note-taking group to try not to take verbatim notes; however, students were unable to do that. “It’s an ingrained technique,” says Mueller.

. . . .

“People should be more aware of how they are choosing to take notes, both in terms of the medium and the strategy,” says Mueller. “There are times when taking notes by hand can be much more beneficial, and there are times when your laptop is the right choice.”

When you’re in a situation where it’s important to form a deeper understanding of the material, such as during a conference or workshop, taking longhand notes will allow you greater processing while you’re listening. When you’re writing, you’re thinking more, says Mueller, and you might have more insight about what is most important at the time.

Link to the rest at FastCompany

When PG thinks of the trillions of words he’s typed over the years, he’s surprised he can remember . . . uh, remember . . . .


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