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September 19th, 2004 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Sep. 19th, 2004

01:24 am - Machinima

Via monocrat.

From The Economist
Deus ex machinima?

Sep 16th 2004

Computer graphics: Hollywood movies increasingly resemble computer games. Now a growing band of enthusiasts is using games to make films

PAUL MARINO vividly recalls the first time he watched an animated film made from a video game. It was 1996, and Mr Marino, an Emmy award-winning computer animator and self-described video-game addict, was playing “Quake”—a popular shoot-'em-up—on the internet with a handful of friends. They heard that a rival group of Quake players, known as the Rangers, had posted a film online. Nasty, brutish and short, the 90-second clip, “Diary of a Camper”, was a watershed. It made ingenious use of Quake's “demo-record” feature, which enabled users to capture games and then e-mail them to their friends. (That way, gamers could share their fiercest battles, or show how they had successfully completed a level.) The Rangers took things a step further by choreographing the action: they had plotted out a game, recorded it, and keyed in dialogue that appeared as running text. Pretty soon, Mr Marino and others began posting their own “Quake movies”, and a new medium was born.

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02:08 pm - Most popular students are the best liars

University Of Massachusetts At Amherst



UMass Researcher Finds Link Between Lying And Popularity

AMHERST, Mass. - The most popular students in school sometimes are the best liars, according to a study conducted by University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert S. Feldman and published in the most recent Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.

"We found that convincing lying is actually associated with good social skills. It takes social skills to be able to control your words as well as what you say non-verbally," said Feldman.

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02:14 pm - Most people lie


Date: 10-Jun-2002
Contact: Nicole LeTourneau
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

UMass researcher finds most people lie in everyday conversation

Study shows differences in types of lies told by men and women
AMHERST, Mass. – Most people lie in everyday conversation when they are trying to appear likable and competent, according to a study conducted by University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert S. Feldman and published in the most recent Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

The study, published in the journal's June issue, found that 60 percent of people lied at least once during a 10-minute conversation and told an average of two to three lies.

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05:13 pm - Sky Captain: capsule review plus ranting.

Sky Captain, and the World of Tomorrow:

pros: 30 story giant flying robots. Harryhausenesque monsters. Hero scientists. Angelina Jolie in aviator pants. Gorgeous sets straight out of 30's pulp fiction. Jude Law as Sky Captain.

cons: Plot holes you could fly a 30 story robot through. Dramatic tension drained by multiple deux ex machina rescues. Ludicrous premises.

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