Monday, February 1, 2010
He Shot His Arrows and Scattered the Enemies, Great Bolts of Lightning and Routed Them. (Psalm 18:14)
Quick post tonight. I think my lengthy rants are driving most people away. Probably a bad move to paste all that text in from that interview... I just thought it was thought-provoking. Or maybe it's the scripture verses in the titles that are off-putting... whatsamatter? You don't like the Psalms?
Anyway, I found an article on How Stuff Works about IMAX and what makes it different. Turns out there are two types of IMAX experiences - and one of them is projected on the inside of a dome-shaped screen! So I was sorta right! The main difference seems to be the size of the film that is used - about 10 times the size of traditional 35mm film. The pictures are orders of magnitude more detailed, so traditional movie-making shortcuts won't work. It makes filming much harder and more costly, and much slower as a result. The article says a normal movie can set up and capture between 10 and 12 shots a day, and the IMAX can do maybe 3. The equipment is bulky and unwieldy.
Anyway, there are other details on the differences/benefits, if you want to give the article a quick read, it is HERE.
On a completely unrelated note...
I remember reading last year sometime about a cat in a nursing home that seemed to know when one of the patients was about to die. It would hop up onto the patient and curl up on it, sort of on a vigil, and usually the person would pass away that day/night. They thought it was odd... none of the other cats exhibited such behavior...
Anyway, there's an updated article detailing the cat's continued exploits, which they have now written a book about. Apparently, the cat has accurately predicted 50 deaths now... they've even tested it by putting it on beds of patients that the staff thought were about to die, and it will bolt from the room. Then it will find another patient and stand vigil. The only explanation they can come up with is that it can somehow smell "ketones", which are apparently given off by cells that are dying en masse.
HERE is that article. Read it and marvel along with me!
Of course, the alternative explanation is that the cat is a villain, and is somehow killing these people for the insurance money! MUAHAHAHA!!!
As promised, I will end this post here. I have my weekly Writer's Club meeting on Tuesday night... a few more weeks and I can officially start being snobbish about it. There's a probationary period of 1 month before I'm allowed to start wearing the beret and the John Lennon glasses. At the six month mark, I can opt for the brandy snifter or the foot-long cigarette holder. I'm looking forward to that, of course.
Until we meet again!
Congrats to Abbie for demolishing me at Facebook Scrabble, getting a staggering 509 points. My high score is 495, which she laughed at as she flew by it... good work Abbie! Now get back to helping Vye to save the world already!