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Stephen WOLFRAM :: lecture on his book, "A New Kind of Science" . [2008 video, 87-min] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Stephen WOLFRAM :: lecture on his book, "A New Kind of Science" . [2008 video, 87-min]
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Completely mind-blowing... Wolfram presents highlights from his big fat NKS book: starts very simple with cellular automata, but eventually rule 110 becomes a universal computation machine which can emulate Ricci tensor from relativity and Feynman diagrams in quantum physics. Imagine an experiment where the universe is a Turing machine. The discussion of his Principle of Computation Equivalence is important for the limits of current science and the foundations of mathematics. Computational irreversibility shows how nature is undecidable in Godel's sense, and thus is unpredictable... we can only observe how complex things will evolve :-) - Adriano
Assembled Tree of Life :: David Hillis, Derrick Zwickl and Robin Gutell analyzed small sub-unit rRNA sequences sampled from about 3,000 species - http://www.zo.utexas.edu/faculty...
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See the beautiful tattoo visualization via Monica Quast, who is a Ph.D. student at the University of Campinas, Brazil, working on bivalve phylogeography. The organisms depicted are (going clockwise): a cyanobacterium, a foraminiferan, 3 diatoms, an oak leaf and acorn, a Spirogyra cell, a red cage fungus, a stauromedusa, a nautilus, a tardigrade, an ophiuroid, and a badger. \\ At first biologists could draw only small trees, typically with a dozen branches at most. They were held back by the fact that a group of species may possibly be related in many different ways. If a biologist adds more species to a group, the possibilities explode. For 80 species, there are more trees than there are atoms in the known universe. Simply comparing every single tree would be impossible. Fortunately, mathematicians developed statistical methods for searching quickly through potential trees to find the ones that do the best job of explaining all the evidence. - Adriano
Vladmir NABOKOV :: unusual work habits... index cards. - http://www.quora.com/What-ar...
Vladmir NABOKOV :: unusual work habits... index cards.
Vladmir NABOKOV :: unusual work habits... index cards.
"Vladimir Nabokov wrote most of his drafts on index cards so that he could shuffle them about and carry them along with him on his butterfly expeditions [http://ff.im/QPF8V]. He kept blank cards under his pillow for whenever inspiration struck." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
re: _The Original of Laura_ : before Nabokov's death in 1977, he instructed his wife to burn the unfinished first draft—handwritten on 138 index cards—of what would be his final novel. She did not, and Nabokov's son, Dmitri, released them to the world. This very unfinished work reads largely like an outline, full of seeming notes-to-self and brief flashes of spectacular prose: http://i.imgur.com/ucUQu.jpg <- Knopf ed. w/ index cards! - Adriano
original of laura, he mi. o neymiş lan. - Alfonker Tapir
Lord Martin REES :: Asteroid Hunting... our future is affected by the motion of astronomical bodies, sometimes those heavenly bodies actually run into Earth (2013) . [tail risks] - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Lord Martin REES ::  Asteroid Hunting... our future is affected by the motion of astronomical bodies, sometimes those heavenly bodies actually run into Earth (2013) . [tail risks]
"The impact on Earth from a 3,000-foot-wide asteroid would cause an explosion equivalent to 40,000 megatons of TNT—and would likely end human civilization altogether, regardless of where it hit. The odds that such an asteroid impact would make us the last generation of human civilization are no lower than the odds of an average American dying in an earthquake (about 0.001%). \\ The chance in your lifetime of an asteroid impact with explosive energy of 100 megatons of TNT is about 1%. Such an impact would deliver many times the explosive energy of all the munitions used in World War II, including the atomic bombs." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
(thought the Lord part of the title added drama... well, Rees is an astronomer royal of the U.K. :-) "The B612 Foundation was established in 2002 and since 2012 has been building the Sentinel Space Telescope to find threatening asteroids before they find us. It is part of the most ambitious and important private space mission in history. The Sentinel telescope will give humanity decades of warning before a future asteroid impact so we can employ space technology to protect the planet." Always plan ahead. - Adriano
This is a video from today... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news... (and here https://www.youtube.com/watch...) meteorite landing in the Urals.. You never know when something will fly out of the sky. ;-) - Amira
See also discussion on Quora: http://www.quora.com/Meteor-... and this latest NASA paper: Yarkovsky-driven impact risk analysis for asteroid (99942) Apophis... more... - Amira
Napolean CHAGNON :: Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists (2013) . ["one of the most interesting anthropology books I have ever read"] - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Napolean CHAGNON :: Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists (2013) . ["one of the most interesting anthropology books I have ever read"]
"Alpha males almost invariably acquire authority by killing their enemies—think of the generals that Americans have elevated to the presidency. The general's ability to order people around is, paradoxically, a first step "in the direction of law." Yanomamö men fought over women and that this male conflict was not only the fundamental cause of war in simple societies but "the most important single force in shaping the evolution of political society in our species." [T]hese people are not "pure" or "pristine"; they are dispossessed. Their existence in small bands is reflective not of humankind's ancient past but of a shattered society that has preserved its liberty by retreat." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
I should kill my enemies… - Amit Patel
Guido van ROSSUM :: spending time with his Python :-)
Guido van ROSSUM :: spending time with his Python :-)
python maintenance by Guido - newtover
photo probably taken before his Dropbox t-shirt days :-) - Adriano
BYOB :: Bring your own Be{a,e}r
BYOB :: Bring your own Be{a,e}r
Massimiliano GIONI :: "Contemporary art is first of all a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don't understand." [2013 Venice Biennale] - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Massimiliano GIONI :: "Contemporary art is first of all a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don't understand." [2013 Venice Biennale]
"As the youngest curator to direct the Venice Biennale in more than a hundred years, Gioni will test his gritty-yet-glamorous approach to modern art when the prestigious fair opens this summer. His International Exhibition, titled "The Encyclopedic Palace," takes its name from a project by 20th-century outsider artist Marino Auriti, an eccentric self-taught architect and philosopher manqué who devoted years of his life to the construction of a gigantic skyscraper-temple that would house the combined wisdom of the human race." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Richard III reconstructed :: 3D-printed face (2013) . [stereolithography] - http://mashable.com/2013...
Richard III reconstructed :: 3D-printed face (2013) . [stereolithography]
"Two days after the long lost bones of Richard III were found in a parking lot, 528 years after his death, we can take a look at a 3D-printed reproduction of his face. The project, funded by the Richard III Society, was led by Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee. She used 3D scanning and printing, with a technique called stereolithography, to reconstruct Richard III's head, based on his actual remains. An artist, guided by Wilkinson, then painted the colorless head and added glass eyes, a wig, a hat and the appropriate clothes. Richard III has always been one of the most mysterious and vilified kings in British history. Historically, he's always been portrayed as a malformed, hideous person. This 3D-printed replica of his face seems to contradict at least the claims about his appearance." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
@grossdm: "Ironic. Remains of Richard III, who said, "my kingdom for a horse" unearthed at same time kingdom revealed to be eating horse en masse." - Adriano
Claude MONET :: Les Nymphéas . [Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris]
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Image retouched and color-corrected (click on it to enlarge). One of my favorite rooms in the world :-) - Adriano
this is a rare treat: Monet photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas, http://ff.im/1dyzVh - Adriano
Gustave COURBET :: "L'Origine du Monde" (1866) a enfin un visage ! - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Gustave COURBET :: "L'Origine du Monde" (1866) a enfin un visage !
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Claude MONET :: photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas (circa 1910-1926) - http://www.retronaut.com/2013...
Claude MONET :: photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas (circa 1910-1926)
Claude MONET :: photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas (circa 1910-1926)
find the one where Monet looks like an Aikido master :-) - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Happy Valentine's Day :) from the #HouseofCards writers room -- @BeauWillimon - https://twitter.com/BeauWil...
Happy Valentine's Day :) from the #HouseofCards writers room -- @BeauWillimon
see http://ff.im/1diifz (FU could stand for Francis Underwood :-) - Adriano from Bookmarklet
David FINCHER :: House of Cards (2013 trailer) . [w/ Kevin Spacey] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
David FINCHER :: House of Cards (2013 trailer) . [w/ Kevin Spacey]
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Usual Suspects, American Beauty, now add #HouseOfCards for Spacey -- it's superb. Netflix financed and recently released the first season of 13 episodes -- that bet is going to pay off big time: prepare for becoming Lost in Binge Viewing of Streaming Episodes http://ff.im/10C1Sq Second season will be in production mid-spring @BeauWillimon \\ Theme soundtrack by Jeff Beal http://youtu.be/DbWcdaeYrsI - Adriano from Bookmarklet
only *after* watching the first season, check out the interesting remarks, observations, and discussion at http://www.vulture.com/2013... which includes @BeauWillimon the head writer of HoC. \\ Also TONS of spoilers and fails, 41-min podcast: https://soundcloud.com/slatera... Transcript http://www.slate.com/blogs... - Adriano
"Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy." --Milton Erickson
"Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy." --Milton Erickson
In all fairness, here's the counterpoint: "We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness. It may be said of it: "It is bad today and every day it will get worse, until the worst of all happens."" --Arthur Schopenhauer \\ One lives his chosen perspective. - Adriano
Monty Python :: Summarize PROUST Competition (uncensored :-) - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Monty Python :: Summarize PROUST Competition (uncensored :-)
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never seen this before! thx @maitani \\ "Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time:” There is so much in the novel, it’s possible for two committed Proustians to love it for entirely different reasons. Some like the dinner parties, some the art history, some the jealousy, some the young girls in bloom. The Proust I respond to is the psychological essayist who observes the motives and emotions of his characters with some of the forensic acuity (and dry deadly wit) of the great French moralists like Pascal, La Rochefoucauld and Stendhal." --Alain de Botton - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Alain de BOTTON :: Influential books and favorite authors (2013 NYT) - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
Alain de BOTTON :: Influential books and favorite authors (2013 NYT)
"The French essayist Roland Barthes was, and in many ways continues to be, my greatest influence. I responded to his way of approaching very large topics (love, the meaning of literature, photography) in oblique ways, with great formal innovation and originality. His essay on photography, “Camera Lucida,” is a model of what a highly rigorous but personal essay should be like. I couldn’t have written my first book, “On Love,” without reading his “A Lover’s Discourse.” Barthes taught me courage and innovation at the level of form." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Man RAY :: chess set (1920) - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Man RAY :: chess set (1920) - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444100404577641682801438136.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
"Man Ray designed this chess set in 1920 using found objects from his studio. Most of the pieces are geometric models made for still-life drawing (the king is a pyramid, the queen a cone, the rook a cube, the pawn a sphere). The knight—the finial of a violin—was fashioned from a box of abandoned violin necks. Only a handful were ever produced (the maharajah of Indore commissioned a set made from silver-plated brass). This re-edition is rendered in wood, as Man Ray originally intended, and is based on a set housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." - Adriano
Alain de BOTTON :: Secular prayer (23 Dec 2012) . [retweets] - https://twitter.com/alainde...
Alain de BOTTON :: Secular prayer (23 Dec 2012) . [retweets] - https://twitter.com/alaindebotton
"Always assume that the most cheerful "normal" person may inwardly be fighting immense anxiety and an urge to end it all. Secular prayer for those who desperately need sleep, rest, and calm but have forgotten how to find it. \\ for those terrified of financial humiliation and of losing the love and respect of those they want to protect. \\ for those who adore their children but despair of coping with their demands and uncontrollable ways. \\ for those desperate to make an authentic contribution to society but who agonisingly don't know how. \\ for those who were badly treated and humiliated and who, despite constant effort, can't forget and recover. \\ for those who started marriage with the best intentions but can't be the person they should to make it work. \\ for those gripped by anxieties and phobias that have no basis in reason and yet make an ordinary life hell. \\ for those who long for a true friend, someone with whom it's possible to be totally weak -- and still be loved." - Adriano
David EAGLEMAN :: 10 Unsolved Mysteries of the Brain (2007) - http://discovermagazine.com/2007...
David EAGLEMAN :: 10 Unsolved Mysteries of the Brain (2007)
Ten great questions about the unknowns, worthy of your perusal. They should be posted over at Quora :-) though in the meantime check out the CogSci "blog" https://cogsci.quora.com - Adriano from Bookmarklet
You're also very welcome to this 'blog' http://cognitive_science.quora.com/ :-) - Amira
And just as I predicted... on Quora for 2013: https://www.quora.com/Neurosc... - Adriano
MoMA :: Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 . [mapping the social network between artists] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
MoMA :: Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 . [mapping the social network between artists]
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MoMA show < 15 April 2013 http://www.moma.org/inventi... \\ See also http://infosthetics.com/archive... E.g. here's the graph for Paul Klee http://infosthetics.com/archive... - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Daniel DENNETT :: Normal well-tempered mind (2013 Edge conversation) . [50-min video] - http://edge.org/convers...
Daniel DENNETT :: Normal well-tempered mind (2013 Edge conversation) . [50-min video]
"I'm trying to undo a mistake I made some years ago, and rethink the idea that the way to understand the mind is to take it apart into simpler minds and then take those apart into still simpler minds until you get down to minds that can be replaced by a machine. This is called homuncular functionalism, because you take the whole person. You break the whole person down into two or three or four or seven sub persons that are basically agents. They're homunculi, and this looks like a regress, but it's only a finite regress, because you take each of those in turn and you break it down into a group of stupider, more specialized homunculi, and you keep going until you arrive at parts that you can replace with a machine..." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Ludwig WITTGENSTEIN :: Archival source at the University of Bergen - http://wittgensteinsource.org
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"Free access to Wittgenstein primary sources, including the Bergen Facsimile Edition (BFE) and the Bergen Text Edition (BTE) of 5000 pages of Wittgenstein's Nachlass. You are welcome to add your own Wittgenstein primary source, be it an already published or a new edition, or a translation." e.g. manuscript, Notes for Logic (facsimile above). - Adriano
Daniel GILBERT :: This Emotional Life (2010 PBS) . [Netflix] - http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie...
Daniel GILBERT :: This Emotional Life (2010 PBS) . [Netflix] -  http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/This_Emotional_Life/70212971?trkid=2361637
Recommended... brings together snippets from CogSci to real life :-) "Harvard psychologist and author of _Stumbling on Happiness_, Prof. Daniel Gilbert, talks with experts about the latest science on what makes us “tick” and how we can find support for the emotional issues we all face. Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities." PBS http://www.pbs.org/thisemo... - Adriano
Here is an alternative playlist on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch... :-) - Amira
Prediction market :: prob( winning 2012 U.S. Presidential Election ) - http://www.intrade.com/v4...
Prediction market :: prob( winning 2012 U.S. Presidential Election )
Prediction market :: prob( winning 2012 U.S. Presidential Election )
Prediction market :: prob( winning 2012 U.S. Presidential Election )
2012-01-25 Obama 56.5%, Romney 27.9%, Gingrich 8.2%, Paul 2.6%. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
2012-03-02 Obama 59.5%, Romney 33.2% -- each of the rest have less than 2% probability. - Adriano
2012-07-26 Obama 57.3%, Romney 40.0% -- (Hilary Clinton and Ron Paul still have a chance?? 1.1% each :-) - Adriano
2012-09-11 Obama 59.7%, Romney 40.9% -- post-conventions check-in... people have finally moved away from Hilary Clinton and Ron Paul, 0.1% each, and maybe even Clint Eastwood :-) - Adriano
2012-10-21 Obama 61.1%, Romney 38.9% -- seemed like qualitatively after the debates the gap was narrowing, but the numbers instead show a very slight widening. - Adriano
these numbers are so wrong - ؛ patrick
Why are they wrong? - Amit Patel
even the most biased polls are way different than these numbers. looks like you haven't read any these days - ؛ patrick
those people have a good chance to lose their money ;-) - ؛ patrick
Patrick, I'll offer you the same deal, I want to lose my money too. You buy from me at $4.00 per share. I'll pay you $10.00 per share if Romney is elected; if not, I keep your money. How much are you in for? (http://www.intrade.com/v4...) - Stephen Mack
LOL... I'm not into gambling, not even in the stock market. And in no way what I said meant that Romney is going to win (or Obama). I am from mathematics background and for me even 1 percent means a chance. I think those people who are betting there are mostly looking at their surrounding societies which is very inaccurate. I live in Florida and I can tell you that there is a very good... more... - ؛ patrick
I don't expect prediction markets and polls to produce the same results. - Amit Patel
Let's wait and see. We are talking about politics here. I hope Stephen makes some money ;-) - ؛ patrick
unlike polls, if you disagree with the numbers, you can create a hedge, i.e. buy one asset while selling another in proportions, to exactly express the valuations you believe are correct. Battlefield states only matter partially -- this prediction market is focused solely on the final outcome which does not necessarily reflect the preference of the populace but rather how it plays out among the 538 electors in the U.S. Electoral College. - Adriano
ok, again this sounds like a misunderstanding. my point was that a 50-50 with some few percent of error should appear in the bets but there were too many people betting for Obama. today it's at about 58% for Obama which is a good correction - ؛ patrick
The Economist's updated interactive US election polling map and electoral-college counter http://www.economist.com/blogs... - Amira
nice link to graphics, Amira, thanks! Interestingly, it says, "the popular vote and the electoral college may not be in tandem after all the votes are counted for the first time since 2000." !!! - Adriano
yes, and the intrade numbers are back to 61% - 39% again - ؛ patrick
Looks like Rasmussen was the most accurate and the most consistent pollster in 2008 - http://electoralmap.net/2012... - ؛ patrick
2012-11-04 Obama 64.0%, Romney 36.5% -- does not look "deadlocked" as widely reported in the news. - Adriano
2012-11-05 Obama 68.2%, Romney 31.9% -- zooming up, equivalent to 367 electoral votes for Obama (only 270 needed to win), one day prior to elections. - Adriano
up - ؛ patrick
FINAL: Obama got 332 electoral votes out of 538, thus the observed realization of the probabilistic event resolves to 61.7%. (The Obama binary option paid out 100% at settlement.) Although the popular vote had no bearing on the contract settlement, we note Obama received 51% (62,088,847) of such votes. It was indeed a close race from the polling perspective, but it's noteworthy that the prediction market was not perturbed by the media. - Adriano
Art of the EPIGRAPH :: Be brief, funny, and wise - http://online.wsj.com/article...
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"Horace: "Begin, be bold and venture to be wise," -- advice that certainly applies to the enterprise of writing but also works for the pleasurable task of choosing an epigraph. \\ Balzac: "Behind every great fortune is a crime." Is the epigraph unforgettable because it is so pithy and sinister? Or because juxtaposed with the novel it introduces, Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" (1969), the statement somehow becomes more true? Brevity amplifies truth and seals it in our memories." - Adriano
David DEUTSCH :: Constructor Theory (2012) . [Algebra generalizing relativity and quantum mechanics | Constructor theoretic information theory] - http://edge.org/convers...
David DEUTSCH :: Constructor Theory (2012) . [Algebra generalizing relativity and quantum mechanics | Constructor theoretic information theory]
"Many mathematicians to this day don't realize that information is physical and that there is no such thing as an abstract computer. Only a physical object can compute things. Information has to be a physical quantity, and yet, information is independent of the physical object that it resides in. [C]onstructor theory consists of a language in which to express scientific theories. But these laws are not about physical objects. They're laws about other laws obeying constructor theoretic principles." \\ Really interesting remarks about von Neumann and cellular automata theory. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
the papers in preparation with Chiara Marletto are listed here: http://goo.gl/ipoCi esp. "An algebraic approach to constructor theory" and "Constructor-theoretic foundations of quantum and classical information." \\ Paper on the "Quantum Logic of Self-replication" is still being refined, currently at the dissertation stage. - Adriano
thinking of this as an axiomatic system covering all possible physical laws, using information units as initial elements, the mathematical structure similar to C*-Algebras and von Neumann Algebras (operator algebra) -- bounded by an explicit set of physical constraints (the impossibilities). But will the rules of logical inference be non-classical? - Adriano
Constructor Theory by David Deutsch | Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford (2012) (pdf) http://arxiv.org/ftp... - Amira
Ancient tsunami devastated Lake GENEVA shoreline :: "We can expect that it will probably happen again sometime,” says geologist Guy Simpson . [2012 Nature Geoscience] - http://www.nature.com/news...
Ancient tsunami devastated Lake GENEVA shoreline :: "We can expect that it will probably happen again sometime,” says geologist Guy Simpson . [2012 Nature Geoscience]
Ancient tsunami devastated Lake GENEVA shoreline :: "We can expect that it will probably happen again sometime,” says geologist Guy Simpson . [2012 Nature Geoscience]
"In 563 AD, a deadly tsunami on Lake Geneva poured over the city walls. Originating from a rock fall where the River Rhône enters at the opposite end of the lake to Geneva, the tsunami destroyed surrounding villages, people and livestock, according to two known historical accounts. Researchers now report the first geological evidence from the lake to support these ancient accounts. The findings suggest that the region would be wise to evaluate the risk today, with more than one million inhabitants living on the lake's shores, including 200,000 people in Geneva alone." http://dx.doi.org/10... - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Jeff BEZOS :: People who are right a lot of the time are people who often changed their minds . [via Jason Fried, 37signals] - http://37signals.com/svn...
Jeff BEZOS ::  People who are right a lot of the time are people who often changed their minds . [via Jason Fried, 37signals]
"[Bezos] doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today. He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a well formed point of view, but it means you should consider your point of view as temporary. \\ What trait signified someone who was wrong a lot of the time? Someone obsessed with details that only support one point of view. If someone can’t climb out of the details, and see the bigger picture from multiple angles, they’re often wrong most of the time." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Sam Mendes :: SKYFALL > 9 Nov 2012 . [new 007 trailer] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Sam Mendes :: SKYFALL > 9 Nov 2012 . [new 007 trailer]
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+1 "So what's your hobby? Resurrection." \\ Curious to see how Mendes has evolved since directing "American Beauty" in 1999. It would be good to see Javier Bardem, an extraordinary actor... IMDb info http://www.imdb.com/title... ... listen to the theme song by Adele at http://ff.im/15XaMU - Adriano from Bookmarklet
+2 Roger Deakins, the nine-time-Oscar-nominated cinematographer... the Coen brothers’ cinematographer for 20 years. - Adriano
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