Daily Archives: 03/17/2012

Tarantino’s top 20 movies since 1992

Here they are in a list:

Battle Royale
Anything Else
Audition
Blade
Boogie Nights
Dazed & Confused
Dogville
Fight Club
Friday
The Host
The Insider
Joint Security Area
Lost In Translation
The Matrix
Memories of Murder
Police Story 3
Shaun of the Dead
Speed
Team America
Unbreakable

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SCIENCE: Men’s cognitive functioning lowered around women

Researchers have begun to explore the cognitive impairment that men experience before and after interacting with women. A 2009 study demonstrated that after a short interaction with an attractive woman, men experienced a decline in mental performance. A more recent study suggests that this cognitive impairment takes hold even w hen men simply anticipate interacting with a woman who they know very little about.

Sanne Nauts and her colleagues at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands ran two experiments using men and women university students as participants. They first collected a baseline measure of cognitive performance by having the students complete a Stroop test. Developed in 1935 by the psychologist John Ridley Stroop, the test is a common way of assessing our ability to process competing information. The test involves showing people a series of words describing different colors that are printed in different colored inks. For example, the word “blue” might be printed in green ink and the word “red” printed in blue ink. Participants are asked to name, as quickly as they can, the color of the ink that the words are written in. The test is cognitively demanding because our brains can’t help but process the meaning of the word along with the color of the ink. When people are mentally tired, they tend to complete the task at a slower rate.

After completing the Stroop Test, participants in Nauts’ study were asked to take part in another supposedly unrelated task. They were asked to read out loud a number of Dutch words while sitting in front of a webcam. The experimenters told them that during this “lip reading task” an observer would watch them over the webcam. The observer was given either a common male or female name. Participants were led to believe that this person would see them over the web cam, but they would not be able to interact with the person. No pictures or other identifying information were provided about the observer—all the participants knew was his or her name. After the lip reading task, the participants took another Stroop test. Women’s performance on the second test did not differ, regardless of the gender of their observer. However men who thought a woman was observing them ended up performing worse on the second Stroop test. This cognitive impairment occurred even though the men had not interacted with the female observer.

In a second study, Nauts and her colleagues again began the experiment by having each participant complete the Stroop test. Then each participant was led to believe they would soon be taking part in the same “lip reading” task similar to the first study. Half were told that a man would observe them and the other half were led to believe that a woman would observe them. In reality, participants never engaged in the task. After being told about it, they completed another Stroop test to measure their current level of cognitive functioning.

Once again, women’s performance on the test did not differ, regardless of whether they were expecting a man or woman to observe them. But men who had been told a woman would observe them ended up doing much worse on the second Stroop task. Thus, simply anticipating the opposite sex interaction was enough to interfere with men’s cognitive functioning.

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Norm

Norm MacDonald, if you don’t know, is one of the funniest people in the world.

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I just don’t know about Johnny Depp’s new flick

Tim Burton is back at it, and in “Dark Shadows” senior Depp is too. In the past I’ve enjoyed almost every Burton, Depp collabo but this one doesn’t sit right with me,  I can’t even place it in a genre. I don’t know, I just don’t know.

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Microsoft files patent for a system that charges you for skipping commercials. Thanks, assholes.

With more people having DVRs or other devices that let them skip past TV commercials, Microsoft has recently filed a patent on a system that would charge you for not watching commercials by upping the price of on-demand movies based on the number of commercials you’ve skipped.

An example offered by Microsoft’s filing: “…if a user initiates a navigation control input to advance past (e.g., skip over) an advertisement, the cost of a requested on-demand movie may be increased.” Sounds great, right?

Another example: “…if a user initiates a replay of a sporting event, the user may be charged for the replay control input and for each subsequent view control input.” That’s right, rewinding to see or hear something you missed could mean cash out of your pocket (and even more when you try to get your program going again, apparently).

It’s a pretty nefarious idea when it comes to remotes at home, of course, but realistically something like this would probably only make it into hotels and the like, where there’s a lot of pay-per-view content. Worst case scenario, to my mind: set-top boxes start coming with special remotes with this functionality.

Obviously, filing a patent doesn’t mean there will ever be such a product coming to market, but I’m sure quite a few TV stations and cable companies would get perpetual boners if someone made this a reality.

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This has some serious potential

First look at Brian Henson’s puppet noir film ‘The Happytime Murders’ This piece of concept art is the first look at ‘The Happytime Murders’, a dark film noir murder mystery with puppets, directed and conceived by Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson.  According to the official synopsis, the film is set in a world where puppets are second class citizens, and it’s up to puppet private eye Phil Phillips to figure out who’s ripping the stuffing out of the cast members of an ’80s puppet TV show called The Happytime Gang. The movie has a script, but no release date has been set. Via

First look at Brian Henson’s puppet noir film ‘The Happytime Murders’

This piece of concept art is the first look at ‘The Happytime Murders’, a dark film noir murder mystery with puppets, directed and conceived by Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson.

According to the official synopsis, the film is set in a world where puppets are second class citizens, and it’s up to puppet private eye Phil Phillips to figure out who’s ripping the stuffing out of the cast members of an ’80s puppet TV show called The Happytime Gang.

The movie has a script, but no release date has been set.

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Check it out at 1:13 in….

… then go HERE and learn something.

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