Archives for August 2011
Geek Wisdom is on the air!
Well, it will be from 1:30-3:30am Eastern time tonight(ish), anyway! Stephen Segal and I, with some call-in assistance from the left coast in the form of Zaki Hasan and Eric San Juan, will be storming WBAI in New York. The topic – Geek Wisdom – is one I know well due to having been one my entire life. (My mom’s favorite Halloween story is the one where I was Gandalf and went around all night increasingly irritated that no one knew who I was and called me a “wizard” like… Read more »
One of the weirdest things you can do to a kid with an overactive imagination who does not at all resemble me in any way is show that child a movie trailer. That anonymous child will extrapolate the entire movie in their minds using that trailer as a touchstone, and then when they go see the actual film, they will either be vaguely baffled at a good movie that isn’t THEIR movie, or they will see Bram Stoker’s Dracula years later and have a bad taste in their mouth forever,… Read more »
While I think my movie-musical loyalties are well known (spoiler: Astaire and Rogers, every time), my favorite movie-musical character ever might be the incomparable Lina Lamont. With a face like a Botticelli and a voice like a cheese grater, Lina Lamont is the most amazing thing about Singing in the Rain. She is so amazing that even if you don’t like movie musicals (and I get it, they are weird) or Gene Kelly (ditto), it’s worth watching the movie just for her. The best scene, bar none, is the agonizing… Read more »
I have an article in the latest issue of Weird Tales! “A Sweet Disorder in the Dress” talks about Alexander McQueen and the surreal, subversive narratives he made with fashion throughout his career. Fashion is a remarkable, flawed, Byzantine industry that sometimes seems like a group of really well-dressed wizards locked in a tower trying to decide what bizarre trend they can start next. There are innumerable political underpinnings, and the ethics and economics of it have vast and pervasive consequences. As someone whose main criteria for clothes is, “How… Read more »
This is the thing: The relationship between awesomeness and quality isn’t always linear. Last week I looked at some of the promo stills for the dueling Snow White projects, and mentioned that my favorite Snow White adaptation so far might be Snow White: A Tale of Terror, a completely cheeseball made-for-TV affair that has some awesome concepts, and probably would have made an awesome HBO or BBC endeavor. But because it is a TV movie made in 1996, it has stars from the WB and five dollars discretionary budget, all… Read more »

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My award-eligible work in 2014

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 recaps: "Paradise Lost"

Column: "Oh, the Cleverness of Me!: Masculinity and the Horror Show, Strange Horizons

Book Review: A Treasury of Wintertime Tales at LA Review of Books

THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB is named a BEST OF THE YEAR: Washington Post, Chicago Tribune,

Essay: "Vulturism," Interfictions

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  • archiemcphee:

    Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena is marveling at this marvelous video of a murmuration of starlings flying in tight, yet constantly changing formation that looks like an undulating black cloud. This stunning footage was shot by Alpaca Media last year in the city of Utrecht in the central Netherlands.

    This amazing behavior has long been considered very mysterious, but thanks to the advent of just the right tools - such as high-powered video analysis and computational modeling - scientists are finally making progress figuring out how and why these birds are able to fly in patterns like this.

    And when these [tools] were finally applied to starlings, they revealed patterns known less from biology than cutting-edge physics.

    Starling flocks, it turns out, are best described with equations of “critical transitions” — systems that are poised to tip, to be almost instantly and completely transformed, like metals becoming magnetized or liquid turning to gas. Each starling in a flock is connected to every other. When a flock turns in unison, it’s aphase transition.

    At the individual level, the rules guiding this are relatively simple. When a neighbor moves, so do you. Depending on the flock’s size and speed and its members’ flight physiologies, the large-scale pattern changes. What’s complicated, or at least unknown, is how criticality is created and maintained.

    Click here to learn more about how starlings are able to fly in vast flocks that look like that could just as easily be schools of fish in the sea.

    [via Twisted Sifter and Wired]


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