I found this fascinating:
I have posted several times on the blog about one of my favorite planets. This is a pretty cool video–I’d recommended clicking through to the actual Vimeo site for a larger format. (And I did have some trouble with it “buffering” slowly…):
This is just an amazing “mashup” of actual footage from Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW (a favorite of mine):
From the creator’s website:
I dissected all of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and stiched it back together in After Effects. I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie’s plot.
Software used: After Effects / Photoshop / Coffee
Grassroots political movements such as the Tea Party are a mainstay of American society. But do they really make a difference?
According to one view, the Tea Party is a powerful new force reshaping our politics. The alternative view is that itâ€™s all signs and fury, a bunch of like-minded individuals who gather to cheer on their favorite political causes, but whose activities have no more effect on the outcome than sports fans getting together to watch their favorite team.
What makes it hard to assess these competing views is that the Tea Party is strongest in highly conservative, born-again, Republican communities. So how do we know whether the movement actually influences these people, or merely reflects their changing views and behavior?
If medical researchers were trying to sort this out, they might randomly infect some areas of the country with Tea Party mania, and leave others untouched. By comparing the political evolution of these treatment and control groups, they might hope to learn about the true effects of the Tea Party.
Fortunately, nature sometimes meddles much as our hypothetical experimenters would.
The Tea Party came into prominence in a series of protests around the country on tax day, April 15, 2009. Sunny skies in some parts of the country encouraged large and boisterous rallies, while in other places rain suppressed the attendance. If the areas that nature randomly selected to have good weather that day subsequently became more conservative, that would suggest the Tea Party had a real impact beyond what would have happened in its absence….[Rest of article]
As a mathematics major AND a former divorce lawyer…I love this! From THE NY TIMES:
In 2006, Garth Sundem and I confronted one of the great unsolved mysteries in social science: Exactly how soon will a given celebrity marriage blow up?
Drawing on Garthâ€™s statistical expertise and my extensive survey of the literature in supermarket checkout lines, we published an equation in The New York Times predicting the probability that a celebrity marriage would endure. The equationâ€™s variables included the relative fame of the husband and wife, their ages, the length of their courtship, their marital history, and the sex-symbol factor (determined by looking at the womanâ€™s first five Google hits and counting how many show her in skimpy attire, or no attire).
Now, with more five years of follow-up data, we can report firm empirical support for the Sundem/Tierney Unified Celebrity Theory.
The 2006 equation correctly predicted doom for Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher; Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock; and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. It also forecast that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett would probably not make it to their 15th anniversary, in December 2012; so far, theyâ€™re still married, but gossip columns are rife with reports of a pending split…[Rest of article]