"The Fallen of World War II is an interactive documentary that examines the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war. The 15-minute data visualization uses cinematic storytelling techniques to provide viewers with a fresh and dramatic perspective of a pivotal moment in history."
"ShortsTV is the global home to short film, where short stories come to life in stunning high definition. Available across the USA and Europe, the channel brings audiences captivating contemporary short form content from filmmakers across six continents. Following unprecedented growth in the demand for short films, it is now available to 40 million homes and is successfully entertaining over 11 million subscribers. ShortsTV is a world–leading short film media group, designed with movie enthusiasts and experimental 'lean forward' viewers in mind. Combining cutting edge short films with new spectacular HD technology, audiences of all ages can expand their viewing pleasure from the comforts of their own home, or on the move through mobile devices. ShortsTV obtains only high quality live action, animation, and documentary movies from the world's most famous film festivals and independent suppliers. Through the acquisition of these films, the channel offers professional short filmmakers an unparalleled commercial medium to develop their careers.
ShortsTV is owned and operated by Shorts International Ltd, headquartered in London with its US head office in Los Angeles. Since 2006, Shorts International has produced the OSCAR Nominated Short Film theatrical release, distributing it to cinemas across North America and Europe with its special global media partners. In 2008, Shorts International became one of the earliest iTunes movie partners, bringing hundreds of the world's best independent shorts to the iTunes audience, years before the iTunes Movie Store launched. The films are now available in 54 countries worldwide."
"Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop–motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series (which was released by Wallace & Gromits Aardman Studios), Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events.
Cowboy and Indians plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. Whoops! This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy–headed (and dishonest!) creatures. Each speedy character is voiced – and animated – as if they are filled with laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier–mâché burg, will Horse and his equine paramour – flame–tressed music teacher Madame Longray (Jeanne Balibar) – ever find a quiet moment alone? A sort of Gallic Monty Python crossed with Art Clokey on acid, A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy and altogether insane–y!."
"What a great way this map is to present global levels of wine consumption (red wine, 2006). A shame there's no legend to provide context (by way of litres consumed per country, a ranking and a bit of explanation).
Why did the Luxembourgers consume such an inordinate amount of red wine in 2006? Was it the Grand Duke's jubilee, perhaps? Or did the local, tiny wine industry have a bumper crop in 2005? And why is Brazil so tiny by comparison? Doesn't the South American giant have a wine industry of its own? Or at least a wine–drinking culture – it's hard to imagine the laid–back Brazilians not having one.
But what do those numbers mean? If this is litres per head per year, then those Luxembourgers haven't exactly been swilling in the stuff, and the 0,17 litres ingested by the Brazilians suggests far too much sobriety than they can be suspected of.
All this graph/map teaches us, therefore, is relative wine consumption. Apart from the aforementioned Grand–Ducals (who seem to be world champions), other red wine aficionados appear to be the French (unsurprisingly), the Italians (also no shock there), followed by the Portuguese, the Swiss (bet you didn't think of them), the Croatians, the Spanish, the Danish, the Austrians, the Greeks, the Argentinians, the Georgians (the Sakartvelo kind obviously, not those of Atlanta and environs) and the Hungarians."
(anonymous, Strange Maps)
"Spotify has come to the attention of those forward–thinking folks the work in record publishing, and has now been forced to restrict some of their playlists, and indeed remove many tracks altogether.
Basically, Spotify is a revolutionary web–based streaming service with an awesome collection of tunes and an excellent interface to create and share playlists.
Of course, it's just the sort of thing that makes record companies sweat. Despite the fact that there's no way to download or own any tracks on Spotify, this seems a concept too far–streaming and sharing music for discovery and enjoyment.
In a statement released last week, the Luxembourg company that owns Spotify said that it is removing songs and adding restrictions acording to country. This is because licensing varies from country to country, so something that we can play in the UK for example, may not be legal to broadcast on a playlist you share with someone from Sweden."
(Linsey Fryatt, 02 February 2009)