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3-D horror movies

When I was young there was a brief fad for 3-D movies. You had to wear those red/green glasses they gave you in the movie theater but the effects were pretty spectacular. I remember seeing Vincent Price in House of Wax and it was pretty impressive to my 11 year old psyche. But 3D faded.…

The American Scientist is the magazine of the scientific society, Sigma Xi. You can get it on the news stand, and that’s where I bought the latest issue (March-April, 2009). One of the articles is by historian of engineering, Henry Petroski, and it’s about the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The bridge was a product of Depression…

If the 1960s film, The Graduate, were to be made today (Graduate, II: The Stimulus), the iconic scene at the party where a friend of the family takes Dustin Hoffman aside and whispers in his ear, “I have only one word for you, Plastics“) would be transmogrified into, “I have only three words for you,…

The Wilhelm Scream

I like movies but I’m not a film buff. I have no reason why I find cinema’s most famous scream interesting. But I do: In case you haven’t had enough, here’s a Wilhelm scream compilation: Just because.