February 12th, 2021

Hey it’s Friday everybody!

I was actually super busy this week! It made it go by really quickly. I do not mind. Next week may be even busier. I am ready for it.

I recognize not everybody is busy right now. I’m just so thankful to have that going on.

Also it’s a long weekend where I live. (What’s that?)

Okay. Videos!

How Marvel Actually Makes Movies Years Before Filming | Movies Insider

“[Digital production company] The Third Floor is one of the world’s top visualization studios and has worked on 19 of the 23 installments in Marvel’s “Infinity Saga.” From previs and stuntvis to techvis and postvis, The Third Floor’s work on Marvel movies runs through the entire production process.”

Effectively these are fully virtualized, animated films, with live action overlaid into specific scenes.

I mean we all know this. But to see it laid out like this is fascinating. (And kind of depressing.)

Okra Soup with Michael Twitty

“This video is the first of a series that focuses on historic foods of the enslaved African community of North America.”

Brilliant! Looking forward to the rest.

How China Cloned Shanghai

“China has built a complete digital clone of its largest city covering almost 4,000 square kilometres – and it’s about to simulate events in the future with astonishing accuracy. See how the team brought Shanghai’s clone to life with Unreal Engine”

So crazy!

Note that today China stopped allowing BBC World News to broadcast in their country. Good times!

In the Blink of an Eye: Space in an Instant

“In the fraction of a second it takes to blink your eyes, thousands of stars will be born, hundreds will explode and die, millions of planets will form, and our universe will expand by half a million kilometers in diameter.”

Hang on hang on hang on…

You are still important. You still have meaning. I kind of hate these statistical “look how teenytiny we all are” statements.

It’s still fascinating.

On that cheery note! Happy Friday!

Hopefully see you next week. Stay safe, and warm, and as happy as you can.