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This is a regression analysis of the correlation between the Meta Critic score for all Paramount wide-release films from 2010-2014 and the percentage of overall domestic box-office that’s made up by the opening weekend gross. You can see that the polynomial trend equation matches the data pretty well by eye, and this is confirmed by the R^2 of 0.3695.
Basically this proves that the quality of a film has a pretty large impact on how well a film does after its initial weekend’s performance.
However, when you run a regression analysis comparing the opening weekend box-office with the Meta Critic score. There’s clearly no meaingful correlation at all.
These two exercises prove something that I’ve suspected for a while. The quality of a film has very little impact on its opening gross, but it has a pretty large impact on how well it will do over its whole life.
Personally, I find this refreshing. You can prove that quality does matter when it comes to the overall financial success of a film. It just doesn’t seem to matter opening weekend.
So what does this mean to the overall gross of a film? If a film opens to $20,000,000 opening weekend and has a 25% score on Meta Critic, then this model predicts the total gross of the film will be $46.51 million. If a film opens to $20,000,000 opening weekend and has a 75% score on Meta Critic, then this model predicts the total gross of the film will be $58.82 million. That’s a pretty significant difference!
It’s been reported a number of times that honey badgers are tenacious little animals. Such is the case with Stofle, a honey badger and former domestic pet who could not be released into the wild. Instead, Stofle was brought to a sanctuary in Kruger National Park where his stubborn nature almost got him killed by a den of resident lions. Keeper Brian “knew he had to get his honey badger under control” and despite the many different designs, locks and materials Brian used, it began to appear that no enclosure would be able to cage the incredibly clever honey badger.
In the end, and at great expense, Brian had no choice but to build his own “Badger Alcatraz“. “I said ‘Stofle, the days of your escape of over pal.’ That night they called me and said, ‘Brian, Stofle’s out’ I said, ‘Impossible’ but we had trees in there and he’d climb up the trees and he’d lean over onto the wall and he was out. So we cut all of the branches out of the trees near [the wall] and left the trees in the middle. Then he dug up the rocks and he’d roll them with his back feet to the wall and he pile them high enough and then he’d get out. So we took all the rocks away. This was like a game for Stofle. Every time I’d devise some plan, it was like a game for him to work out how could he get over this.”
After all, honey badger don’t care.
When it comes to choosing an action cam to film your daring, crazy and possibly stupid adrenaline–fueled endeavors, there is no shortage of options. To help you make a more informed decision based on your needs and performance of the cameras, Gizmodo has tested six different action cameras, quite literally putting them head-to-head.
Using what I can only describe as a monstrosity of a helmet-mounted rig, Brent Rose took a quick dip in the ocean and a speedy trail ride down the mountains of Santa Monica to gather some useful test footage. The cameras tested were, in no particular order: The Ion Air Pro 3, the Garmin VIRB Elite, the GoPro Hero 3+ Black, the JVC Adixxion GC-XA2, the Sony Action Cam 2 (HDR-AS30V) and the Drift Ghost-S.
Head on over to Gizmodo’s for a full breakdown and review of each camera, and to find out which of the six cams came out on top.
Germany-based journalist and photographer Jonas Ginter has created a mind-bending video using six GoPro cameras attached to a 3D-printed mount. After the cameras were done filming, Ginter stitched the footage together into incredible moving spherical panoramas. More about the process is available on Ginter’s website.
image via Jonas Ginter
Digital painter and concept artist Piotr Jabłoński creates brutally detailed paintings for videogames and comic books which often veer into the realm of horror, but in his spare time dabbles in somewhat tamer sketches and other random ideas that he shares with fans on Facebook. A few months ago he stumbled onto the idea of two small brothers in futuristic space helmets who explore the world with a feline pal, a giant cat mural that follows them everywhere, provided there’s a wall. The response online has been incredible, with fans demanding an art book or even an entire comic book series. While nothing is concrete yet you can see more on Behance, and a few of the panels are available now as prints.
It can be hard to find good smack without leaving the comfort of your own home. At least it used to be. A new search engine for black markets is making it easier than ever to find anything from high quality heroin to assault rifles. The site even looks just like Google. It's called Grams, and it works remarkably well.
"World War II affected our college life as most of the male student body joined one of the services. Women assumed some of their roles by taking jobs in armament industries. During the summer, I worked from early morning to evening in a public school caring for infants whose mothers were working in aircraft factories or other related industries."
"But now, before starting our careers, we decided that the coming summer after graduation would be the ideal time to have our adventure. We had a limited period of time to accomplish this. I had signed a contract to begin teaching first grade in Middleport, New York, on the Erie Canal on September 4, 1944. And so - with the leanest of equipment - we made our preparations and were ready to leave on June 22, 1944."They camped outside, slept in barns, hitched rides on riverboats, went to church on Sundays, and worked at a Walgreens serving Cokes when their money ran low. They wrote letters to their families, and nearly every day Thelma wrote in her diary. The entire diary was transcribed and can be read here.
SmartSole. Somebody please put an end to this.
SmartMove's sensor-laden shoe insole can recognize and monitor the intensity of different activities, such as standing, walking, running, cycling, and stair climbing.
Activity monitors have morphed into different forms since the days of old-school pedometers. Fitbit came out with a wearable device that clips onto people's clothes to count their steps. Jawbone went with a wristband packed with sensors to monitor the wearer's activity and sleep quality. Now SmartMove hopes to produce a smart shoe insole that can measure physical activity more accurately than the wearable products that already exist on the market.
Human medical implants keep people alive, but keeping those devices working depends on some kind of power source. Understandably, keeping the power source outside of the body presents logistical problems. Keeping the battery inside the device means that painful procedures are required to remove or replace it. John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a battery that is biodegradable and dissolves in the body on its own. The batteries are obviously meant for temporary use since they break down after a time in the patient’s body. They could be used to wirelessly monitor vital signs in a patient following a surgery.
The materials used – biodegradable metal foils and polyanhydride packages – are safe to the human body in small amounts. At the time of publication, these batteries are about one square centimeter and provide 2.4 milliamps of energy for one day. The researchers hope that, with time, the size will be reduced by 3/4ths and the power output greatly increased. The batteries could be useful in other applications as well, such as dropping thousands of tiny chemical sensors into an oil slick to help measure environmental impact. After the little robots do their job, they would simply dissolve harmlessly.
i had the same idea. got to get one.
Like it or not, cameras are everywhere – and not just security cameras. Individuals taking pictures of themselves and their friends can inadvertently catch you in their snapshots, indoors or out. If you’re particularly paranoid about your image being in the hands of someone you don’t know, the Justice Cap can help you stay hidden…kind of.
The baseball cap features a small strip of high-powered LEDs on the brim. When on, they create a face-obscuring glare for any camera that might be trained in your direction. It works best in low lighting conditions since daylight or natural light will obviously balance out the LEDs and illuminate your face evenly.
(Spoiler alert/NSFW-ish warning: the video above contains a lot of upturned middle fingers.) Of course, the brim of the cap itself will partially obscure your face even in bright sunlight. If you are adamant about keeping your face off of cameras for whatever reason, the Justice Cap will keep you anonymous “from dusk ’til dawn.”
So this gadget right here that looks almost like a weighing scale (oh wait, it actually also happens to be one!) could get rid of towels once and for all. Aptly called the Body Dryer, it promises to dry you off in half a minute or less, which is way faster than you could ever dry yourself off with a towel.
The Body Dryer has been in development for over two years, creator Tyler Overk explains. He adds: “We realized that there’s so many germs, so much bacteria that we’re reusing and putting back onto our bodies after we’ve cleaned ourselves from the shower or even coming out of the pool. We came up with eliminating towels.”
But how does it work? Basically, the Body Dryer blows “super ionized air” at “strategic angles” to push all of that water away from the person’s body, drying them in the process.
The Body Dryer is currently up for funding on Indiegogo, where it has already raised thrice its target goal. Pledge at least $150 to get one of your very own.
The post Dry In 30 Seconds: Body Dryer Eliminates Need to Towel Off appeared first on OhGizmo!.
One new confirmed piece by graffiti artist Banksy, as well as one new suspected piece, in the United Kingdom has been revealed. The confirmed piece — currently featured on Banksy’s website — is a stencil of two lovers embracing with mobile phones behind each other’s backs. The specific location of this piece is currently unknown.
The second piece, which is suspected to be but not confirmed as a Banksy piece, features three men in coats with sunglasses and old reel-to-reel spy gear outside a phone booth. The suspected Banksy is located in Cheltenham, a borough of Gloucestershire, England.
With his wife, Anthony of the blog Daddy’s Little Prop performed “The Magic Show,” a fun photo series that shows the couple dressed like a magician and his assistant. As the series progresses, you find out that the “magician” has magically made the “assistant” pregnant. Of course, the big adorable reveal is shown in the final image in the series, their baby girl. Ta-da! Here’s a look at some outtakes from “The Magic Show.”
Rolling coffee up into "caffeine sticks" and smoking it is a hot new trend, and it's turning America's teens into "bean-heads," according to one specious local news report.
Babies are cute. Babies that beatbox are just plain AWESOME. Meet the talented Jonah!
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|Lush rolling hills of the Munnar Tea Estates in Kerala, India|
|We leave the city of Kochi behind as we head into the Munnar Hills.|
|We passed the Kerala "Backwaters" on our way. Vacationers can rent houseboats|
and spend time relaxing in this natural and peaceful setting.
|One of the two waterfalls we encountered on the way.|
|One of the resort's gardeners.|
|Lake created by a dam that was built by the British during their occupation of India.|
|The patterns and textures created by the paths navigating the gently rolling hills and the|
individual tea bushes, was just breathtaking.
|What a brilliant morning!|
|Women plucking the tea leaves in the mid morning.|
|Detail of the tea plant. Only one variety of tea, Nilgiiri (blue leaf), an aromatic black tea, is grown here.|
|One of the tea leaf clippers.|
|Around lunchtime the tea pluckers bring their harvest down from the hills to be weighed.|
|Then they bag it up again to load on the truck.|
|A village near our lunch spot.|
|A Shiva Temple perched on the hillside amid the tea bushes.|
As often as we'd see a Hindu temple, we'd see a church or Christian shrine.
|The village where our bus was waiting to take us back to camp.|
|Children in the village are happy to pose together for a shot.|
|One last photo!|
Over the last year artist Blu has dropped a number of killer murals in several Italian cities, most recently in Niscemi (top) where he created a three-story piece depicting a military figure playing a weaponized xylophone. Despite the extreme visual density present in Blu’s latest works, it’s impossible to miss his perspective on contemporary society from his skewering of religion and consumerism to his distaste for war and injustice. The last images shown here are parts of a massive mural painted last August in Messina, Italy—you really need to see the piece in its entirety to grasp it fully.
If you want to learn more about the context behind all of these pieces, StreetArtNews has you covered.
“This Is a Generic Brand Video” features virtually every cliché found in your average promotional brand video, from “guy with lab coat” to “time-lapse of city a night.” The spot-on parody was created by stock footage company Dissolve from their own library of footage. It is based on the humor article “This Is a Generic Brand Video” by Kendra Eash.
Lest you think we’re a faceless entity,
Look at all these attractive people.
Here’s some of them talking and laughing
And close-ups of hands passing canned goods to each other
In a setting that evokes community service.
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Buried under miles of ice, astronomers have detected a liquid water sea on one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. The sea is about the size of Lake Superior and it touches Enceladus' silicate core… which means it could have minerals dissolved in it that are necessary for life. "It makes, in fact, the interior of Enceladus a very attractive potential place to look for life," Jonathan Lunine, a Cornell University astronomer who worked on the study determining Enceladus has an ocean, said during a teleconference for reporters.
This extraterrestrial sea could also be the source of water for those funny jets Enceladus has geysering out of its south pole, but scientists don't yet have data linking the two phenomena.
This new announcement comes from a team of Italian and U.S. scientists, who analyzed gravity data from the Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has been flying around Saturn for almost ten years now, passing close to the surfaces of Saturn's moons and taking sexy photos of Saturn itself.
Scientists had previously suspected Enceladus may have an underground ocean. This latest study calculated the density of material in different parts of Enceladus after three gravity-measuring flybys. Those measurements revealed there's something underneath Enceladus' ice in the south that's denser than the ice. Liquid water is the most likely explanation, says David Stevenson, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology who also worked on the study.
"When you interpret data like this, gravity, of course, doesn't tell you what kind of material [is there]," he says. However, because scientists know the most common materials in the outer solar system are rock and ice, they're assuming the density of material on Enceladus must be explained by rock and water in different forms, Stevenson explains. Later, the study's lead author, Luciana Iess of the Sapienza University of Rome, says the team is "very comfortable" with its results.
Scientists weren't always this excited about Enceladus, which is just one of Saturn's more than 50 known moons. It's small, with a diameter about one-seventh that of Earth's moon's. So at first, scientists thought it was likely inactive. Small objects like Enceladus cool quickly after they form, so they don't have warm, active cores. They also don't have enough gravity to hold an atmosphere. But in 2005, Cassini spotted plumes of ice erupting from Enceladus' southern surface, revealing this little moon has more up its sleeve than anyone suspected.
The secret to little Enceladus' activity is the strong tidal force it feels from Saturn's gravitational pull. Its parent planet pulls Enceladus' ice out of shape, creating friction and heat and melting ice into water. The liquid water then acts as a lubricant, encouraging more ice blocks to rub against each other and create more water. It's even possible that the moon's ice plumes come only from water created by flexing ice, not from the newly discovered under-ice sea. So far, scientists have no way of checking whether there's any interior plumbing connecting the sea to the plumes.
Cassini's immediate next plans are to make repeated flybys of the Saturnian moons Titan and Dione, which may also have underground oceans.
You can read about Enceladus' underground sea in Iess, Stevenson, Lunine and their colleagues' paper in the journal Science.
A team of researchers from the University of Virginia just made scientific history: They figured out how to turn stem cells into full blown fish embryos. In other words, scientists can now control embryonic development, a key to being able to grow organs and even entire organism from stem cells.
An internal Apple document Samsung used as evidence during its ongoing patent trial shows that some people at Apple fear that sales of the iPhone could fall as the competition releases better hardware and services.
Re/code's Ina Fried reports that Samsung presented the document during its cross-examination of Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller.
The document, which was put together by an Apple sales team and was not intended to be seen by the general public, reveals that people inside Apple do worry about the possibility of the iPhone declining despite the public reassurances Apple executives give when questioned about the iPhone's market share.
Here's what we learned from the portions of the document shown to the jury during today's trial:
Schiller responded to questions about the document by saying that he didn't agree with much of what it said and that it does not represent Apple policy.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.