Scorpion: Solving unlikely problems with impossible solutions…
“As far as I know everybody up here is fully behind you.”
“With daggers in hand.”
/Colony, Season 1, Episode 9
“At the end of the day, I’m not the president of the United States.”
Right… Or actually; WRONG!
http://people.csail.mit.edu/jaffer/Color/ is a page about different types of computer generated color schemes. There is also a page with Color Name Dictionaries. Great tools for creating applications or web pages using colors that look good together and/or are distinct enough for tag-colors and the same.
– Curiosity killed the Cat…
– It also cured polio…
Arstechnica writes an article about first-person view (FPV) drone racing:
The new, underground sport of first-person drone racing
Our intrepid photographer spent three months following the…
Here is a video of some drone acrobatics:
The above video might have been sped up some, but the following video – the winning lap in a drone race – is probably run in real time.
“I only tried to rrent those movies,” said the file sharer in court.
But nope, he still went to jail. Everybody knows you can’t rent movies anymore. You get 26 accounts on 26 out of 28 online video sites to see the newest and latest movies. And don’t forget the USA-VPN!
No, wait! If you’re not in the US, your money is illegal … hah!
Homeland: Depressed Spy Porn
Orphan Black is a science fiction TV-show. It features Sarah Manning, a street-wise Orphan from England, who witnesses a woman looking exactly like her committing suicide by jumping in front of a train.
Being a survivor-type, and perhaps also driven by curiosity, Sarah picks up the dead woman’s bag, abandoned at the platform, and concoct a plan to take over her identity in order to steal money from her.
Sarah needs the money to get away with her daughter, Kira, whom she has not seen in almost a year, and her step-brother, Felix.
Taking over the dead woman’s life proves to present more problems than solutions and soon Sarah finds herself in the middle of a complex plot involving murderers, clones and dirty cops.
Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah, and Allison, and Cosima and…
It soon turns out that the woman Sarah witnessed committing suicide is far from the only one looking like her. In fact, the plot is full of Sarah-Manning-look-a-like clones, from the home making soccer mom Allison, to the smart scientist Cosima, to the outright crazy Helena.
All these characters are played by one actor, Tatiana Maslany. Since most every scene of the show features at least one clone, Maslany is pulling the show in the most literary sense!
From a technical point of view it gets extra interesting when there’s more than one clone in front of the camera, especially when they interact by touch.
If you check the above film you might pick up that there’s no green screen thing going on here. Instead the camera is programmed so that it will make the exact same moves repeatedly and Tatiana can play the scene as one clone, then the other, and finally the shots are merged digitally.
When clones are touching a recording of the scene with no actors is used to create a background that can be used to block out Tatianas double, Catherine. Then a scene where Tatiana plays the clone is superimposed on the blocked out area.
It’s pretty much subtraction and addition … but with moving pictures… 😀
When? Where? How?
Orphan Black has just finished season two and will, hopefully, be back for season three in 2015. So if you’re new to the show you have two nice seasons to catch up, and I really recommend you do!
Part from being a technical masterpiece and a proof that there are some really sharp actors out there, Orphan Black is also a mesmerizing story dipping into themes like identity and nature versus nurture.
If you haven’t seen it, I recommend that you check out Orphan Black!
When working with theater there are a number of different improvisation or acting exercises you can perform. The freeze is especially useful in improvised drama exercises.
I was once part of an exercise where half the group was parents and the other half was children. The whole exercise went on for a while and there was once sequence where we got to see the kids’ teacher being a nazi. As a group we decided to storm the classroom and … well I guess we weren’t going to lynch the teacher but before that situation came to its edge the exercise leader yelled FREEZE!!!
And we did. Although, not for as long as these guys does it.
Watch as improvised drama stuns Grand Central Station!