Thursday 29 May 2014
Few films are produced in Laos. Given that Chanthaly was apparently the first Lao horror film and the first Lao feature film directed by a woman, the industry would obviously benefit from funding to help create more. Mattie Do is hoping to raise $30k USD to make her follow-up feature Dearest Sister (Nong Hak). Check out the appeal video below and spread the word.
If you donate $1k, Mattie will put you up in her guesthouse for a week and you can be a production assistant on the film. $5k will bag you a part in the movie ("Skeevy Sex Tourist")
To prove I'm putting my money where my mouth is:
...but wait...how much did I donate? Will I be credited as an executive producer...?
Wednesday 28 May 2014
Someone sick of UKIP's media domination has created a Chrome extension that replaces images of Nigel Farage with images of kittens
I am not convinced that denial is the best strategy in the face of right-wing domination at the polling station. Besides which, UKitten will prevent people seeing gems such as this:
(If you have UKitten installed, I presume you'll just see a kitten above - in which case, you are missing out)
Monday 26 May 2014
A found footage film about teens who take a porn mag (*gasp*) into a church... what could possibly happen? DEMONS, I tell you!!
Saturday 24 May 2014
Monster Pictures have a habit of picking u controversial films, and Found (2012) is apparently no exception. The film has just been banned in Australia. Found was due for release in the UK on September 29th (it currently is available to pre-order on Amazon UK), but the BBFC have not yet certified the film. We'll see.
Monday 19 May 2014
Wednesday 14 May 2014
Given that we've reached "peak beard", it is unsurprising that someone has written a beard anthem. However, I wasn't expecting The Beards, a band who exclusively write beard related material. Check out their Soundcloud to enjoy tracks such as "I Like Beards", "Touch Me in the Beard", "Damn, That's a Nice Beard", "Hey You, Grow a Beard" and the classic "I Have a Beard and it Looks Really Good". I realise I'm biased, but I'm pretty sure this is amazing.
Tuesday 13 May 2014
If the authors of this article in Human Brain Mapping are right, much of the recent buzz around fMRI data - which has been touted in some circles as a potential pathway towards unlocking the brain's "secrets" - may have to be revised.
Below is the abstract:
Respiration phase-locks to fast stimulus presentations: Implications for the interpretation of posterior midline "deactivations"
Huijbers W1, Pennartz CM, Beldzik E, Domagalik A, Vinck M, Hofman WF, Cabeza R, Daselaar SM.
The posterior midline region (PMR)-considered a core of the default mode network-is deactivated during successful performance in different cognitive tasks. The extent of PMR-deactivations is correlated with task-demands and associated with successful performance in various cognitive domains. In the domain of episodic memory, functional MRI (fMRI) studies found that PMR-deactivations reliably predict learning (successful encoding). Yet it is unclear what explains this relation. One intriguing possibility is that PMR-deactivations are partially mediated by respiratory artifacts. There is evidence that the fMRI signal in PMR is particularly prone to respiratory artifacts, because of its large surrounding blood vessels. As respiratory fluctuations have been shown to track changes in attention, it is critical for the general interpretation of fMRI results to clarify the relation between respiratory fluctuations, cognitive performance, and fMRI signal. Here, we investigated this issue by measuring respiration during word encoding, together with a breath-holding condition during fMRI-scanning. Stimulus-locked respiratory analyses showed that respiratory fluctuations predicted successful encoding via a respiratory phase-locking mechanism. At the same time, the fMRI analyses showed that PMR-deactivations associated with learning were reduced during breath-holding and correlated with individual differences in the respiratory phase-locking effect during normal breathing. A left frontal region-used as a control region-did not show these effects. These findings indicate that respiration is a critical factor in explaining the link between PMR-deactivation and successful cognitive performance. Further research is necessary to demonstrate whether our findings are restricted to episodic memory encoding, or also extend to other cognitive domains. Hum Brain Mapp, 2014. © 2014.