After Water Fiction: The Floating Island of New Chicago

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(Photo by Tricia Bobeda) 

         Jon knew, but he couldn’t say.

        They were having the same argument they had just about every morning after enough drinks and enough time had passed.

         Was it there? Or wasn’t it?

         Tomas had burst into the bar saying he saw a delivery drone over the lake. Headed due east from downtown. That set Eddie off.

          “The island is there. The island is there and it’s time we did something about it. It’s not right. It’s not right for them to be out there while the rest of us sweat. Sweat and beg and steal to survive. It’s not right.”

          Eddie gestured wildly, talking to no one in particular but loud enough so everyone could hear.

          Some people laughed. Some shook their heads, never looking up from their spiked soylent smoothies.

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Richard Linklater on Boyhood and the Facebook generation

nerdettepodcast:

Richard Linklater explains why it took 12 years to make his new film. Plus, Dan Weissmann from Marketplace on why killing comic characters is good business. Then Lauren Chooljian takes a road trip to meet Detroit’s McClure brothers with her pickle nerd boyfriend. And your nerd confessions.

Guess who shares a special nerd confession on the next Nerdette Podcast episode? (It’s Tricia’s mom!)

Guess who shares a special nerd confession on the next Nerdette Podcast episode? (It’s Tricia’s mom!)

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Tumblr Tuesday: Googly EyesThe Dust Bowl era of the 1930s was brought to an end with the introduction of one simple tool: the googly eye. Today we celebrate.
Googly Eye BooksYou might find no greater comfort than reclining in your chaise longue, glass of pinot in hand, indulging in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostgooglyeyevsky. 
Project GooglyThere’s lowercase-a “art” and there’s uppercase-A “Art” and then there’s all-capitals “ART” and then there’s Project Googly.
Metal Albums with Googly EyesCounterintuitive to the metal aesthetic, but wookit wittle Lars Ulrich. Wook it him.  
Googly Eyed SurpriseA mint-condition issue of the acclaimed comic Mars Attacks the Holidays is now ruined by googly eyes. Is nothing sacred?
Googly Eyes on My StuffImagine a world of sentient onion rings. How they screamed in the deep fryer, how they shrieked as your first bite crunched into their crisped skin.
Photo via googlyeyesonmystuff

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Tumblr Tuesday: Googly Eyes
The Dust Bowl era of the 1930s was brought to an end with the introduction of one simple tool: the googly eye. Today we celebrate.

Googly Eye Books
You might find no greater comfort than reclining in your chaise longue, glass of pinot in hand, indulging in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostgooglyeyevsky

Project Googly
There’s lowercase-a “art” and there’s uppercase-A “Art” and then there’s all-capitals “ART” and then there’s Project Googly.

Metal Albums with Googly Eyes
Counterintuitive to the metal aesthetic, but wookit wittle Lars Ulrich. Wook it him.  

Googly Eyed Surprise
A mint-condition issue of the acclaimed comic Mars Attacks the Holidays is now ruined by googly eyes. Is nothing sacred?

Googly Eyes on My Stuff
Imagine a world of sentient onion rings. How they screamed in the deep fryer, how they shrieked as your first bite crunched into their crisped skin.

Photo via googlyeyesonmystuff

nprfreshair:

Usually when characters age in movies, they’re covered with makeup and outfitted with prosthetics – or directors use different actors as the character ages. But in the new film Boyhood, none of that is necessary.
The film takes place over the course of 12 years, and it was shot over the course of 12 years. So we watch the actors getting older for real, which gives their characters a sense of authenticity.
Director Richard Linklater told what it was like to cast a 6 year-old boy (Ellar Coltrane) not knowing who he would become: 

"It was a huge leap. I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting. I liked the way his mind worked — he was a little mysterious and sensitive and very thoughtful. He was cut from no ordinary cloth. He was homeschooled and his parents were artists and I thought, "Well, that’s cool, there’ll be some family support for this undertaking. It will be a fun thing to do in his life."
So I think I had the family support but as far as he goes, you kind of have to admit that your main collaborator here has a really unknown future. But I would have each year to incrementally adjust and maybe go toward who he was becoming. That was sort of the design of the movie.”

Boyhood .gif of Ellar Coltrane via CBC 

nprfreshair:

Usually when characters age in movies, they’re covered with makeup and outfitted with prosthetics – or directors use different actors as the character ages. But in the new film Boyhood, none of that is necessary.

The film takes place over the course of 12 years, and it was shot over the course of 12 years. So we watch the actors getting older for real, which gives their characters a sense of authenticity.

Director Richard Linklater told what it was like to cast a 6 year-old boy (Ellar Coltrane) not knowing who he would become: 

"It was a huge leap. I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting. I liked the way his mind worked — he was a little mysterious and sensitive and very thoughtful. He was cut from no ordinary cloth. He was homeschooled and his parents were artists and I thought, "Well, that’s cool, there’ll be some family support for this undertaking. It will be a fun thing to do in his life."

So I think I had the family support but as far as he goes, you kind of have to admit that your main collaborator here has a really unknown future. But I would have each year to incrementally adjust and maybe go toward who he was becoming. That was sort of the design of the movie.”

Boyhood .gif of Ellar Coltrane via CBC