Comfortably Dumb


Over the weekend I finally got to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and I am so glad I did (yes, I know I’m late to watching it but I was out on vacation). Besides being a great sequel to the 2011 film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this film really blew me away with its CGI. During the movie I caught myself at times wondering if the creature I was seeing on screen was an actual living breathing ape or if it was simply animated (see: that last frame of the orangutan Maurice which really threw me for a curve). 

The technology in the film is called motion capture and it works by using reflective points on the skin to identify and capture an actors body movement and facial expressions (done via a camera that’s attached to a specially designed helmet). These data points are later used to animate a digital character around the actor and, as you can see from the gif set above, the results are very impressive with 100% of the actors emotions translating into the CGI effects. 

I find that often times we can be dismissive about the power of visual effects and CGI in films and television because of some very bad examples we’ve seen. Studios pump out the most basic storyline  and give the special effects department a shoestring budget to work with and leave audiences complaining about how gimmicky and plastic the film looked. 

I’m very glad that a film I had been looking forward to did it right. If you haven’t seen the movie yet I really recommend you do - it’s substantially better than the first and it features apes riding on horses (which should be reason enough to go watch).


Andy Serkis delivers a brilliant performance as Caesar. See Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters now!


Andy Serkis delivers a brilliant performance as Caesar. See Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters now!

Hail Caesar







holy frick

from now on, whenever anybody doubts marvel casting ill just show them this


Self-taught artist Ben Young creates stunning sculptures of ocean waves and watery landscapes by carefully layering multiple sheets of hand-cut glass.




Emmanuel Hudson distributing life



Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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always reblog because you know women

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We go forward.

I’ve been waiting so long for a gif of this

I’ve been waiting so long for a gif of this


lol just surfin the web xoxo


lol just surfin the web xoxo