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1  Other / Off-topic / Doing the splits. Going backwards. on: November 14, 2013, 07:59:57 PM
A commercial from Volvo.
2  Other / Off-topic / Battle of the movie clips: filmshool in a virtual box on: September 24, 2013, 03:33:39 AM
Post your favorite movie clips, but with the caveat that you must offer criticism, analysis, or discussion of some movie clips that have come before yours. Watch your fellow members' clips. Specifically, look for any of the following within the clips, and try and offer insights in to what you have seen, with regard to the following:

- Use of color and color palettes
- Compositional separation
- Mise-en-scène
- Alternative stories or metaphors within reflective surfaces
- Acting
- Underlying subtext
- Confined spaces, voyerustic views
- The withholding of data, through obstructed views
- Note where the director has put questions in your mind about things that you see
- Continuity, or lack of
- The use of pillow shots
- Choice of camera angles
- Choice of camera movements, and what those movements symbolize
- Overarching themes
- Soundtracks, and the possible use of metaphor within song lyrics
- Sound effects, for atmosphere and mood
- Use of slow motion

Anybody may begin. Post a clip you really like. Please provide the title of the movie and the director if you can. Please limit clips to five minutes or less if possible. However, there are no hard and fast rules. Anybody may then post their own analysis, critique, or discussion regarding the clip, and post their own clip. When someone has posted regarding your clip, make an attempt to defend your choice, or learn from it.

If you're unfamiliar with any of the concepts listed above, feel free to ask, or use google.
3  Other / Off-topic / List your top 10 favorite directors; enumerate 2 films from each and explain why on: September 17, 2013, 12:16:37 AM
Title says it all. And please, don't hesitate to discuss, disagree, and converse. Nothing is more boring than lack of dialog. Shall I start? I think not. I'll chime in after the ball is rolling.

And if you can't think of ten directors, that's fine. List five. Or three. Or seven.
4  Other / Off-topic / Asian films old and new: recommendations, discussion and appreciation on: September 12, 2013, 05:02:10 PM
Hlynur was going to start this thread, but I'll just go ahead and get it going. Off the top of my head, I can think of the following important film movements:

- The Golden Age of Japanese Cinema (the 1950s)
- The Japanese New Wave (the 1960s)
- The Taiwan New Wave (the late 1980s to about 2000)

Also, of course, is the distinction between mainland China films, Hong Kong films, and Taiwan films. Older films and contemporary films from the entire region should be discussed.

And finally, for those who aren't well versed in these films, please view the thread, ask questions, and so on, as some of the most famous films ever made came from Asia. The Asian film canon is rich and diverse.
5  Other / Off-topic / Some films that are bit longer than usual on: September 12, 2013, 03:37:59 AM
Cleopatra: 192 minutes
Celine and Julie Go Boating: 193 minutes
Eros + Massacre: 202 minutes
Seven Samurai: 207 minutes
Das Boot: 209 minutes
Ben-Hur: 212 minutes
Lawrence of Arabia: 216 minutes
Eureka: 217 minutes
The Ten Commandments: 220 minutes
A Brighter Summer Day: 237 minutes
Gone With the Wind: 238 minutes
The 47 Ronin: 241 minutes
Norte, the End of History: 250 minutes
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty: 288 minutes
Carlos: 338 minutes
Florentina Ubaldo, CTE: 360 minutes
Century of Birthing: 360 minutes
Satantago: 450 minutes
Death in the Land of Encantos: 540 minutes
Shoah: 550 minutes
The Human Condition: 574 minutes
Evolution of a Filipino Family: 593 minutes
6  Other / Off-topic / Movies you really want to see but haven't been able to yet on: June 29, 2013, 08:06:51 PM
Please post links to trailers or informational pages of movies you really want to see but haven't been able to yet.

I am going to start aggregating my choices in this first post:

The Devil's Backbone:
The Spirit of the Beehive:
Werckmeister Harmonies:
Pastoral: To Die in the Country:
The Color of Pomegranates:
Summer with Monika:
Odd Obsession:
The Mirror:
The Scent of Incense:
House of Bamboo:
Nostalgia for Countryland:
Times of Joy and Sorrow:
Full Moon in New York:
Spirited Away:
Pacific Rim:
The City of Lost Children:
Ivan's Childhood:
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia:
With Beauty and Sadness:
The Insect Woman:
The Vertical Ray of the Sun:
I am Waiting:
Capricious Summer:
Inside Llewyn Davis:
History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess:
I am Cuba:
A Legend or Was It?:
The Professor and his Beloved Equation:
The World of Apu:
Hour of the Wolf:
Come and See:
24 City:
All About Lily Chou-Chou:
Linda Linda Linda:
Irma Vep:
An Inn at Osaka:
Take Care of My Cat:
As a Wife, As a Woman:
Daughters, Wives and a Mother:
A Wife's Heart:
Two Wives:
Wife! Be Like a Rose!:
The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka:
Seisaku's Wife:
A Wife Confesses:
Woman of the Lake:
Flame and Women:
Women in the Mirror:
The Garden of Women:
The Crucified Woman:
A Woman's Story:
Hideko the Bus Conductress:
Immortal Love:
Carmen Comes Home:
Carmen's Pure Love:
Scattered Clouds:
Floating Clouds:
Sudden Rain:
A Wanderer's Notebook:
Sound of the Mountain:
Medium Cool:
A City of Sadness:
A Story Written With Water:
Eros Plus Massacre:
Heroic Purgatory:
Coup d'état:
Once Upon a Time There was a Singing Blackbird:
Giants and Toys:
Cruel Story of Youth:
The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era:
Killers on Parade:
Funeral Parade of Roses:
The Sun's Burial:
Where Chimneys are Seen:
The Crucified Lovers:
A Brighter Summer Day:
Taipei Story:
That Day, on the Beach:
A Confucian Confusion:
Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees:
The Sandwich Man:
A Summer At Grandpa's:
Profound Desires of the Gods:
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors:
Taira Clan Saga:
The Naked Island:
Silence Has No Wings:
Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice:
Temptress Moon:  
From Up on Poppy Hill:
La Notte:
The Life of Oharu:    
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp:  
Plastic City:                      
Still Life:    
The World:
Our Ten Years:
Unknown Pleasures:
She and He:
Confessions Among Actresses:
The Devils:
Leningrad Cowboys Go America:
Wonderful Town:
The Strange Tale of Oyuki:
The Big City:
Tony Takitani:
Affair in the Snow:
The Affair:
What Time is it There?:    
Older Brother, Younger Sister:  
Love for an Idiot:
Farewell to the Summer Light:  
An Actor's Revenge:
The Sword of Doom:
Fighting Elegy:          
Jackie Brown:
Black Lizard:        
Gate of Hell:  
Red Dust:
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles:
Alone on the Pacific:
A Simple Life:
Shanghai Triad:
City of Life and Death:
Black River:
Cloud Atlas:
Beasts of the Southern Wild:
Away With Words:
East of Eden:
The Goddess:
Everlasting Regret:
Eat Drink Man Woman:    
The Ice Storm:
Farewell China:
Song of the Exile:    
Comrades: Almost a Love Story:
Children of Nagasaki:  
The Munekata Sisters:
The Story of Qiu Ju:
Breaking the Silence:
The Burmese Harp:  
The Red Shoes:
Red Beard:        
A Japanese Tragedy:
The Ball at the Anjo House:
Here's to the Girls:
The Ruined Map:
Flame of my Love:
I was Born, But...:
The Lonely Voice of Man:
By the Bluest of Seas:
The Lower Depths:
Through a Glass Darkly:        
Winter Light:  
Diary of a Country Priest:
Hold You Tight:
Humanity and Paper Balloons:
Samurai Spy:              
Children of Hiroshima:
Caught in the Web:    
Lullaby of the Earth:
Her Brother:
Capricious Young Man:
The Grandmaster:                
Fallen Angels:
Punishment Room:
Glass-Hearted Johnny:
This Transient Life:    
Raging Bull:
The Double Life of Veronique:
Night of the Living Dead:
Andrei Rublev:
Paths of Glory:
Paris, Texas:    
Days of Heaven:
The Night of the Hunter:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring:
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom:
The Sacrifice:
Inland Empire:
Belle de jour:
Das Boot:
The Leopard:
She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum:
Ten Dark Women:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest:
The Woman Who Wanted to Die:
Rusty Knife:            
Dirty Ho:
King of the Children:
The Straits of Love and Hope:
Scenes of City Life:  
Foundry Town:
Goodbye, Dragon Inn:
Dispersed Clouds:
Children of the Beehive:
The Rickshaw Man:
Spring in a Small Town:
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief:
Violence at Noon:
The Man Who Left His Will on Film:
Afraid to Die:
A False Student:
Black Test Car:
Red Angel:
Irezumi - Spider Tattoo:
A Certain Killer:
Blind Beast:      
A Hen in the Wind:
Miss Oyu:
Chikamatsu's Love in Osaka:
Go, Go Second Time Virgin:
Sing a Song of Sex:
Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter:
Stray Cat Rock: Female Boss:
Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal:
Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo:  
Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion:
Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion: Beast Stable:
Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song:
Wandering Ginza Butterfly:
Gate of Flesh:
Three Extremes:
Tokyo Decadence:
Stolen Desire:
Endless Desire:
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty:
Céline and Julie Go Boating:
The Girl Who Picks Flowers and The Girl Who Kills Insects:
A Page of Madness:
My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?:
Shozo, a Cat and Two Women:
March Comes in Like a Lion:
The Days of Evil Women:
The Man from London:
Death in the Land of Encantos:
I Saw the Devil:
Spring Snow:
Autumn Adagio:
Like Someone in Love:
7  Other / Off-topic / Favorite movies done a different way on: June 29, 2013, 05:25:23 PM
Mention a favorite movie of yours. But please do it in the way described below, as posting a title of a film and fleeing seems so vacuous:

1. Look at the trailer or clip in the post above you, or if there isn't one, then one further above. Make some comments or ask some questions about the movie. This is what earns you the right to post your own trailer or clip.

2. If another member has posted some comments or asked some questions about a movie you recommended, try and discuss.

3. And finally, in the last part of the your post, post the title of one of your favorite films and optionally the director, and then a link to a clip or trailer of the film.

I will refrain from starting, and leave that to the next person who posts.
8  Other / Off-topic / Recommend me some movies on: June 18, 2013, 03:42:07 AM
Title says it all.
9  Other / Off-topic / Woman in the Dunes on: May 13, 2013, 05:32:06 PM
I mentioned this in the Cannes thread, but I think only about two people actually read that thread.

Just a heads up here. For what I believe is a limited time Hulu via Criterion is offering Woman in the Dunes for free. Very famous semi sci fi film by Hiroshi Teshigahara. It poses some interesting questions about personal identity. It's a tad erotic, and has interesting cinematography. If you like it, check out Teshigahara's The Face of Another as well. Welcome to the Japanese New Wave.

You can watch Woman in the Dunes here:
10  Other / Off-topic / Like a futuristic city on: April 02, 2013, 06:00:03 PM
Inside the cell. Watch at 1:14 as the large balloons are transported via the 'walkers' which tow the balloons.
11  Other / Off-topic / Supplementary to the thread "Post a comment or question about the movie..." on: March 21, 2013, 03:18:37 AM
This is the supplementary thread to the thread found here entitled Post a comment or question about the movie above, and then post a movie you like:

The purpose of this thread is to encourage discussion about the films posted in the other thread, without disrupting the flow of the other thread.
12  Other / Off-topic / Post a comment or question about the movie above, and then post a movie you like on: March 21, 2013, 03:18:23 AM
This thread has a companion thread entitled Supplementary to the thread "Post a comment or question about the movie...". Use that thread to carry out additional discussions about a movie commented about or in which a question is asked in this thread which forms here. That thread may be found here:

In this thread, follow these instructions:

Step 1: Look at the post preceding the one you wish to make, and then post a comment about the film posted at the bottom of the post.

Step 2: Start a new paragraph, and then proceed to share a film yourself, presumably one you enjoyed. At the very least, share the title of the film, and optionally more information, possibly including a picture, the director, who stars in it, a link to a trailer, etc.

Regarding the post above the one you make: the person who made the post above yours should try and answer or discuss the comments or questions posed to him or her in the companion thread, found here:

Since there is no post above this one, there is no comment or question for me to make about a film posted in a post above me. Therefore, I will start by simply posting a movie. In subsequent posts, follow the instructions above.

2001: A Space Odyssey:
13  Other / Politics & Society / I acquire property, and through my hard work, improve the land I now own. on: October 28, 2012, 04:05:53 AM
Please explain. It's such an obvious thing.
14  Other / Off-topic / Alpha Centauri B moves to and fro at about 20 inches a second. on: October 17, 2012, 04:37:35 AM
Alpha Centauri B, one of three stars that are the closest to our solar system moves to and fro at about 20 inches a second. This is perhaps one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the decade. Now, Alpha Centauri B is about 25 trillion miles away. So it's nice that we can now detect such small velocities in the star's wobble. Half a meter a second, it wobbles this way and that.

What causes that wobble? An earth sized planet which orbits the star. While extrasolar planet detections have become commonplace, we've never been able to determine if there were planets around the nearest star, until now. An added bonus: the earth sized planet is one of the smallest ever detected. It's a rocky world. Unfortunately, it's too close to the star to support life.

However, in general, where there's one rocky planet, there's another. Now we need to find one which orbits not 4 million miles from it's host star, but about 65 million miles away. That would put it in the habitable zone, where there could exist liquid water. If such a detection was made, the next step would be to apply technology in such a way that we could get one pixel in an image representing light from the planet. Difficult task. For every photon coming from such a planet, about 2 billion photons or so would come from the star.

But if we could get that pixel, we could do spectrographic analysis on it, and determine what kind of molecule it bounced off of. You know, molecules like water vapor, carbon dioxide, and so on. Observations over the course of a year, yielding just one pixel in each image, could tell us if there were specular reflections, which would indicate oceans of water. Such a pixel, and all its information, might be able to tell us if there was life on that planet, if it existed.

And it would only be 25 trillion miles or so away. Practically spitting distance. Why, a spacecraft like Voyager could get there in less than 70 thousand years.
15  Other / Off-topic / There are films. And then there are films. on: September 16, 2012, 03:47:33 AM
Please discuss and share. Try to do better than just posting a link with no explanation. The point is to discuss.

Try not to provide spoilers. Always assume others have not seen the film you are discussing. If you must, and I firmly object, then be courteous enough to provide a very clear BOLDFACED CAPITAL LETTER warning like this:

Try to make the spoiler have enough verbiage leading into the spoiler itself such that the information is not immediately visible to the eye. Then you can proceed with the relevant information that you really shouldn't be saying, such as Darth Vader is Luke's father. Keep the WARNINGS above and below without extra linefeeds so the spoiler text does not stand out. I'm serious. Spoilers wreck the film watching experience.

But there's really no need to provide spoilers. Films can be discussed intelligently in very interesting ways without spoilers. When providing links, try not to create links that would create too much of a spoiler. Trailers sometimes are spoilers themselves, but if it's the official trailer, then that's okay.

53 films to watch right now:

Tokyo Twilight: This is an exceptional film from director Yasujiro Ozu. It will leave you in tears. More info:

In the Mood for Love: This film is pretty much considered to be Wong Kar-Wai's masterpiece. However, watch his other films as well. In the Mood for Love is actually the second in a very loose trilogy, comprised of Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046. More info and trailer for the film:

Let Me In: This film is very underrated. The problem is further compounded by those who watched the Swedish version first, and can't accept the fact that Let Me In is actually an astounding film. Why? It has an extraordinarily beautiful soundtrack, superb acting, beautiful lighting, metaphors within the cinematography and lyrics, and the story is simultaneously tragic and beautiful. A clip from the film:

2001: A Space Odyssey: Maybe you've seen this. But if you haven't seen it properly, then you need to watch it again. It is generally considered the greatest science fiction film ever made, is pretty much considered one of the greatest films ever made (consistently in the top ten - Sight & Sound's Directors Poll rates it at #2), and is generally one of the most discussed films ever, and will continue to be for the next 100 years. Watch every minute of this film with rapt attention. It is simultaneously very slow (sometimes boring), and yet also the most incredible trip anyone will ever go on: I defy you to watch the following clip and tell me it isn't art of the highest form. And remember this film was produced 46 years ago. Yes - 46 years ago, as production began in 1966. A clip from the film:

Pale Flower (subtitled): I truly love this film. It's a beautiful example of the Japanese New Wave of the sixties. It's a noir with the deepest blacks and whites that almost seem blue. It's a morality tale (or would that be an immorality tale?). Whatever the case, you should watch it. The original trailer:

Hunger: This film will take you to the grave. Fassbender's performance is dedicated, to say the least, and McQueen's direction is fantastic. The trailer:

The Face of Another (subtitled): This is another film from the Japanese New Wave. However, it's also a film from Hiroshi Teshigahara. That means a lot. Please do not consider passing this one by. Tell me, how many films have you watched which belong to the category of avant-garde existentialism? I thought so. This film will stay in your mind. Trust me. The trailer just doesn't do the film justice. The trailer:

Yi Yi (subtitled): How can I convey what a beautiful film this is? So poignant, powerful, touching, sad, and wonderful. It's long, but worthy of several viewings. The trailer:

Never Let Me Go: Carey Mulligan and Izzy Meikle-Small's performance are beyond measure. The cinematography is beautiful. The story just stabs you in the heart. The trailer:

2046 (subtitled): Are you prepared to watch what many consider to be one of the most beautifully filmed movies ever? Until you've watched a Wong Kar-Wai film, you're not yet complete. There are films, and then there are Wong Kar-Wai films. Words to describe his works? Dreamy. Sublime. Swooning. Meditative. Sumptuous. Beautiful. He is the master of love found and lost across the hallway corridor, and his films are a visual and auditory experience that just sings to the soul. The trailer:

Here's an example of Wong Kar-Wai's film grammar (and Zhang Ziyi's incredible performance). In this clip from 2046 (only this scene is in black and white), Zhang's character realizes she's just fallen in love. The clip:

Mystery Train: I don't know how to describe this one. All I can say is, it provides fond memories after having watched it. The trailer:

Woman in the Dunes (subtitled): This is pretty much the most famous film from Hiroshi Teshigahara. And it's actually a very famous film, period. It's another film that belongs in the category of avant-garde existentialism. It's a deep probing film about identity, freedom, and life. It will not go away when it's over. More information and a trailer:

Inglourious Basterds: This movie has grown on me. On the second and subsequent viewings, I have come to really enjoy this film. More info:

Chungking Express: Wong Kar-Wai banged out this movie because he and his actors needed a break while filming Ashes of Time. Despite the quick production, it's a beautiful and fun movie to watch. Faye Wong, one of the stars in the film, also covers a song by the Cranberries, in Cantonese! More info:

Barry Lyndon: This is a Stanley Kubrick film. He actually used special lenses from NASA to film many of the scenes lit only by candlelight. More info:

An Education: Carey Mulligan shines in this modern film about a student in 1960's London coming of age. More info:

Three Colors: Blue: Juliet Binoche stars in this in this beautiful french film about surviving tragedy. More info:

No Country for Old Men: Who doesn't like this movie? One of the Coen Brothers' best. More info:

The Innkeepers: Horror done right. It's not about blood. It's about what forces lie down the hallway when you're alone at night. More info:

Lost in Translation: Sofia Coppola says she was most inspired by Wong Kar-Wai's film In the Mood for Love (see further above) when she directed this film starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. More info:

Secret Sunshine (subtitled): This film features a devastating performance by the lead. It asks some tough questions. Midway through might put the viewer in a position to judge, but nothing is cut and dried in this film: The trailer:

True Grit: I love this film by the Coen Brothers. Hailee Steinfeld steals the show. More info:

The Makioka Sisters: This film might not be for everyone. But if you give it a chance, you'll be drawn into the lives of these four Japanese sisters. More info:

Jane Eyre: The cinematography in this film is excellent and the dialogue between Jane and Mr. Blackthorne is top notch. Some of the shots look like Rembrandt paintings. More info:

The Thin Red Line: A surreal existentialist piece by Terrence Malick. More info:

The asterisk next to the following movies indicate that I actually have not yet seen the following films, but they are so highly critically acclaimed or loved by many, and on my soon to watch list, that they bear mentioning.

*Raise the Red Lantern: More info:

*Cyclo: More info:

*The Human Condition: More info:

*Seven Samurai: Without a doubt Akira Kurosawa's most famous film. More info:

*The Cranes are Flying: Russian film. More info:

*The Spirit of the Beehive: Spanish film. More info:

*Tokyo Story: Yasijuro's most famous film and voted the greatest film of all time. More info:

*Raging Bull: A Martin Scorsese film. More info:

*Lust, Caution: More info:

*Fallen Angels: A Wong Kar-Wai film. More info:

*Oldboy: More info:

*The Mirror: One of Andrei Tarkovsky's most famous films. More info:

*Woman of the Lake: More info:

*Twenty-four Eyes: A Japanese film very much loved film by the Japanese. More info:

*Vengeance is Mine: More info (trailer contains nudity):

*Ashes of Time Redux: A Wong Kar-Wai film. More info:

*The Insect Woman: More info:

*Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring: More info:

*Adaptation: More info:

*Poetry: More info:

*Farewell my Concubine: More info:

*Intentions of Murder: More info:

*Sansho the Bailiff: More info:

*Rashomon: More info:

*Ivan's Childhood: One of Andre Tarkovsky's most famous films. Actually, does Tarkovsky have any films that are not famous? More info:

*When a Woman Ascends the Stairs: More info:

*Yojimbo: An Akira Kurosawa film. More info:

*Harakiri: More info:

*Cafe Lumiere: More info:

*Ugetsu: Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. More info:

*Street of Shame: More info:

16  Other / Politics & Society / What is environmentalism, really? on: July 28, 2012, 04:36:12 PM
This thread arose out of a discussion between TheBitcoinChemist and myself. It's so we can continue our discussion, with the participation of others, regarding what it means to be green, how people perceive environmentalism, what the benefits of it are, how it should be implemented, whether it's important, why it fails or succeeds, the character of those who embrace it or call it foolishness, and the science behind it.

I could begin by explaining what the point of contention between TheBitcoinChemist and me was, but I'd like to get a fresh start. I'll let BitcoinChemist begin, unless I choose to write a second post before he gets to it. Also, anybody else can jump in right now if they wish.
17  Other / Politics & Society / Ecosystems (edge effects and related environmental issues) on: July 12, 2012, 06:51:14 PM
This thread is in response to various comments in other threads by myrkul. It is intended as a serious discussion with regard to the following concepts:

- Ecosystem fracturing
- Edge effects

Edge effects are a direct result of ecosystem fracturing, which will be defined and discussed. There is a whole cascade of effects and interrelated issues that apply here. They are:

- The importance of wildlife corridors
- The dangers of ignorance
- Exploitation via corporations
- Lack of regulation
- Solutions via private enterprise
- Habitat loss
- Information loss
- Bioproductivity loss
- Natural capital
- Water quality
- Trophic cascades
- Policies

The list goes on. And on.

The whole substrate upon which humanity, society, and life depend on begin in the soil and water (essentially our planet), as nourished by the incoming sunlight from above.

Here's a thought for you: the very complex systems which naturally occur within the soil and above the soil define everything we have to support ourselves and they define everything we have available to educate ourselves (outside cosmology and related fields). There is more going on here than you think. Humanity thus far has been built from those systems, but humanity itself is also depleting, fracturing (and thus destroying) the very systems which allowed it to come this far.

Edge effects: What are they? Imagine a parcel of land that is fairly large and of a particular shape, mostly undisturbed. Let's say it's unspoiled rainforest. We'll begin with a circle 100 miles in diameter.

The circle: A circle 100 miles in diameter has an edge that is 314 miles long. It's area is a little more than 7,500 miles. The ratio of area/edge is 7,500/314 which equals about 24.

The fractal shape: A fractal shape with an area of 7,500 miles but with a ragged edge that is 1,000 miles long has a ratio of area/edge of 7,500/1,000 which equals 7.5.

Among the two shapes described above, each say being a rainforest ecosystem, the circle will generally be healthier and more viable. What does this mean? The circle, will in general, be richer in all of the following:

- Number of species
- Lower extinction rate
- More nutrients within the soil
- Lesser vulnerability to drought, heat, cold, etc.
- More information, complexity and potential knowledge to be discovered within
- Greater productivity within: (i.e ability to nourish, support and grow)
- Ability to support larger fauna

A circle was used above as an example. One could just as easily substitute a square instead and get similar results. Therefore, consider a square 100 miles on a side. It has a ratio of area/edge of 10,000/400 which equals 25.

Assuming that square contains rainforest (but it could just as easily be another type of ecosystem), let's now fracture it. We'll turn it into a checkerboard of 64 black and white squares. Black are rainforest squares. White are squares burned to remove the trees, and then tilled for agriculture.

Our total area of rainforest within the checkerboard is now half what it was. The original square contained 10,000 square miles of rainforest. It now contains 5,000 square miles of rainforest. But look at the change in rainforest edges. The original square had only 400 miles of rainforest edge. The checkerboard has 1,600 miles of rainforest edge.

And so we can get a sense of the difference between these two extents of land. Recall that the unspoiled square had 10,000 square miles of rainforest and total edges measuring 400 miles with a ratio of 25. Look at the ratio of the fractured checkerboard to get a sense of how less rich its potential is. It's ratio is 5,000/1,600 which equals 3.125.

Compare the two numbers: 25 vs. 3.125.

More to say later.
18  Other / Politics & Society / DamNation on: July 12, 2012, 05:39:53 AM

19  Other / Politics & Society / What provisions does NAP have to stay NAP? on: July 05, 2012, 06:39:27 PM
I don't get it. NAP has no means of remaining NAP. NAP is meaningless and useless.
20  Other / Politics & Society / Resources on: July 05, 2012, 03:45:15 PM
Please help me out here...

Does Bitcoin analogize to gold? Is gold an excellent example of a precious resource?

Let's discuss resources. Let's discuss free markets.
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