10 musicians we bet you didn’t know are also photographers

10 musicians we bet you didn’t know are also photographers

Finding a new band is awesome. What’s more awesome is finding out the members of said band are multitalented outside of their own field. For as long the technology has been around, music and photography have gone together like peaches and cream. Whether they are freelancer photographers, snapping on the road or just looking for something fun to do at home, these musicians show us a different side of them from behind the lens.

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Does Literature Help Us Live?

Is literature wise? In the sense, does it help us to live? And if not, what exactly is it good for?

One way into that question might be to look at how great writers themselves have benefited. Or haven’t. The situation is not immediately promising, since the list of writers who committed suicide, from Seneca the Younger to David Foster Wallace, would be long; Nerval, Hemingway, Plath, Pavese, Zweig, Mayakovsky, and Woolf all spring to mind. But I suppose you could argue that there are situations where suicide is the wise decision, or that without literature these talented people might have gone much earlier. The list of those who have driven themselves to an unhappy death would likely be longer still. Dickens, Tolstoy, Joyce, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Henry Green, Elsa Morante, and Dylan Thomas arguably fall in that category. Not to mention those forever frustrated by insufficient recognition and other occupational hazards; the gloom of Giacomo Leopardi would appear to have been oceanic. It is not that there aren’t cases of writers who have approached the end of their lives happily enough—Victor Hugo, Alberto Moravia, Natalia Ginzburg, Fyodor Dostoevsky of all unlikely candidates, even that great pessimist Thomas Hardy—simply that a few moments reflection will suffice to convince us that being a fine writer does not necessarily mean being “skilful” in the Buddhist sense of acting in such a way as to foster serenity, joy, happiness.

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US Eyes the End of the Film Distribution System That Rules Hollywood

Well, this would be huge!


U.S. antitrust officials are considering terminating a 70-year-old Hollywood settlement that governs how films are distributed around the country, potentially upending negotiations among movie studios and major theater chains over blockbuster releases.

The Justice Department said Thursday that the agreements, known as the Paramount Pictures consent decrees, may no longer be effective given that they have been around since the late 1940s. The settlements stem from a 1948 Supreme Court case that dismantled the old Hollywood system in which film studios also owned the theaters where their pictures were shown.



9 spectacular places to watch a film outdoors this summer

What a cool bucket list idea for any travel / film fanatic!

Pulpit Rock in Norway was turned into an open-air cinema last night

Norway’s dramatic Pulpit Rock became the unlikely setting for an impromptu screening of Mission: Impossible – Fallout last night.

Critics are raving about the latest installment of the film series, though it surely pales when compared to the drama of Pulpit Rock.

Of course, this Norwegian landmark isn’t the only spectacular setting being used to screen flicks. From Hollywood cemeteries to the Sahara Desert, here are nine scenic spots to catch a flick.

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This company is using 3-D printing to democratize fine art

Wow.  I never dreamed of 3D printing being used for something like this.  Not entirely sure how I feel about it.

We all hope to fill our homes with great art. But realistically, great art is expensive, and few of us have the cash to splurge on a Rothko or Monet. At best, we might be able to afford a print of a famed work to grace our walls. But thanks to 3-D printing, fine art may soon become more accessible to the masses.

Earlier this year, actress Portia de Rossi, who is perhaps best known for her role as Lindsay Bluth in Arrested Development, launched a new company called General Public with the goal of democratizing art ownership. The idea is simple, as de Rossi explains: Art’s value shouldn’t hinge on scarcity. Anyone and everyone should be able to experience art in their homes without breaking the bank, but shouldn’t have to settle for a cheap knockoff print that doesn’t fully capture the original work’s grandeur. General Public hopes to make this possible with a new kind of 3-D printing technology that can recreate, in incredible detail, an original painting — from the artist’s unique color palette, to the paint’s texture as it dried on the canvas, down to the particular motion of the very last brushstroke. General Public calls its reproductions “Synographs.”

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How to take travel photos with just your smartphone

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Big cameras mean big features — and trekking to a travel destination with gear heavy enough to put a kink in the neck and extra baggage fees in the airline ticket. Smartphone cameras, on the other hand, are perfect for travel photography. They are easy cameras to pack, because it’s always in your pocket, and the newest models have great specs for capturing great images (and videos) of entire vacations, from start to finish (you can also quickly share to social media to induce instant jealousy from your followers). But, are they ideal for travel photography — do you risk missing out on something by not bringing more advanced cameras?

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