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Dutch Angle

by Miriam - July 25th, 2016

The Dutch Angle is a film technique whereby the scene is shot with the camera at an angle.  The theory is that it adds tension to the scene.  This matchcut is by Jacob T. Swinney, and is delightful in the progression.

The Dutch Angle from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.

Ingrid Michaelson ASL Video

by Miriam - July 20th, 2016

My ASL skills have deteriorated from lack of use, but I still enjoy the beauty of the language. Ms. Michaelson recruited 6 actors from Deaf West to put this spin on her new single, “Hell No.”

The American Nations – Origins of American Political Philosophies

by Miriam - July 12th, 2016

The link below is to an intriguing abstract of a book by Colin Woodard, called, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.  Check out the full Tufts University article and learn more about the map posted below.

I find it interesting that the county in which I live is in the Midlands, but bordered on the south by the Greater Appalachia.   From my perspective, I cannot disagree with the article’s observations.


Farmers = Tech Innovators

by Miriam - July 11th, 2016

Farmers had self-driving technology before Google.  Farmers have been using GPS for both location and field mapping for years. With constant attention directed to the computer monitors and read-outs in the tractor or combine cabs, self-driving technology is a necessity.

The farmer is still needed in the cab, however, to monitor and adjust to changes in the field and crop.

Check out the latest from CNET: How Farmers Got a Head Start on Tomorrow’s Tech.

Tractor Tech


3D Violin

by Miriam - July 8th, 2016

So cool.

The making of the violin – more then just ‘print and play.’

Nobel Laureates in Support of GMOs

by Miriam - July 5th, 2016

June 30 article in the Washington Post discusses a letter signed by 107 (110 as of this post) of the 296 living Nobel laureates in support of GMO science, and urging Greenpeace to back off efforts to block the roll out of GMO rice that has been fortified to combat Vitamin A deficiency in Third World countries.

A significant quote from the Post article cites Nobel laureate Randy Schekman, who is a cell biologist at the University of California at Berkeley: “I find it surprising that groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change, or even, for the most part, in the appreciation of the value of vaccination in preventing human disease, yet can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future.”

Read the Washington Post Article:  107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs

Read the letter:  Laureates Letter Supporting Precision Agriculture (GMOs)

Learn more at the website:  Support Precision Agriculture

Image from California Rice Commission

Image from California Rice Commission – click image to visit the source site

Happy Independence Day!

by Miriam - July 4th, 2016

2016 July 4th Lawlatte

La Bamba – as told by Google Translate

by Miriam - June 17th, 2016

You have to hand it to Google – they know how to demonstrate a product.

Is the GMO question answered? Global Adoption of GMO crops continue to rise

by Miriam - June 13th, 2016

Click image for link to article by GMO Answers, an information website containing articles contributed by education and industry experts.


What makes Looney Tunes Great? The Philosophy of Chuck Jones

by Miriam - June 7th, 2016

From “Every Frame a Painting:” If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist.

Worth the 8 minutes – enjoy your coffee break.

2016 Webby Award – Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster

by Miriam - June 3rd, 2016

Cuteness done well.  Enjoy.

240 Years of US Army Uniforms

by Miriam - May 31st, 2016

Celebrating 240 years of American’s armed forces (in 2015), this interesting short video is worth a quick coffee break:

Pause and Reflect

by Miriam - May 30th, 2016

Memorial Day

This just in – GMOs are Safe

by Miriam - May 27th, 2016

The National Academies Press issued a 400+ page report this week on GMOs, with a generally favorable finding, and confirming what those of us in the Production Ag industry have known:  GMOs are not harmful to humans.

If you don’t want to read the entire study, check out the terrific summary provided by Willie Vogt at the Farm Industry News Blog: 5 Things I’ve Learned from that New GMO Report.


US approval agencies for different types of genetic modification


One observation:  The study reports that the introduction of GMOs did not cause a noticeable jump in reported yield.  While I don’t think the causation is quite that direct (or lack of direct), my prediction is that yield would dramatically drop if GMO seeds were suddenly not available.


This image was pulled from the Farm Industry News blog post, but it seems to be UK in origin (note references to “maize” instead of “corn.”)

A longer musing – GMO seeds were gradually adopted; meaning farmers who now use GMO seed did not immediately start using GMO seeds when they first became available.  That more gradual adoption might have some affect on the “lack of jump” in reported yield over the past 20 years.  Additionally, farming technology has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, compared with the previous 20 (or 100) years, so the impact of GMO seeds on crop yield might be diluted by the impact of farming technology, in general.


Food dollars to Farmers

by Miriam - May 20th, 2016

Below is an interesting infographic about in whose pockets your food dollars go. Note that this might not be logically linear (food services versus wholesale foods versus retail trade might not all be applied to the same apple), but it gives a fair understanding of proportionate dollars in the food production industry. Note that farmers only get about 10.5¢ of every food dollar spent.