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I recently saw the beautiful (and beautifully ugly) National Theatre production of Frankenstein – written by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, and projected into cinemas around the world (just like opera simulcasts). Here is a review of the play, written as an open letter to Dr. Frankenstein: Dear Victor, I just saw the…

Science Consulting for the Movies

I recently read David Kirby’s new book on science film consulting. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone even remotely or subconsciously interested in being a science consultant for the next Iron Man or Transformers, or smaller budget real-life dramas with real-life science in them. His book is both easy and interesting to read…

Even in the small theater where I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it was clear that this is, to some degree, a father and son movie – there were several father and son pairs in the audience – more than I’ve seen in any other movie. “Yes, son, now you will see…

Going to a party at Tony Stark’s house would be awesomely fun, and Iron Man 2 has its fair share of highly enjoyable scenes, though not as many as Iron Man 1, but it definitely could have used some science consulting help. Despite Tony Stark’s apparently scientifically flawless use of a soldering iron in #1,…

A few months back I had a chance to be involved with Dawkins’ visit to Vancouver, and here we had a chance to record his speech. Not a bad way to spend an hour on this particular day. Actually, Richard’s presentation is very good (quite humourous at times) and definitely worth checking out. Click on…

So I’m pleased to show off a goofy little video I prepared using the great suggestions made at a previous post (Hopefully, the start of a definitive list of things to avoid at all cost when speaking publicly.). It’s being used to promote a student conference I’m helping with – the one that borrows the…

A few days ago, I had a chance (with other ScienceBloggers) to check out Randy Olson’s new flick, Sizzle. Now let me first start by saying that I’m hardly a movie aficionado – my favourite movie is still Star Wars, and to be honest the last few movies I saw before this one were Camp…

I doodle a bit, and sometimes, it has this Breakfast of Champions look to it – which to be frank is deliberate, since I think it’s a great visual style, especially for the purpose of teaching. Anyway, since, I’m playing around with my relatively new flickr account (mainly set up so that I can start…

Do schools kill creativity?

I have to say that I really enjoyed this presentation by Sir Ken Robinson. Well worth the twenty minutes. Curious about comments too from you educators out there. Ben, do you think this guy is a contender for our advisory board?

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Ode to Altman)

Robert Altman died on Monday. M*A*S*H was his first hit, way back in the day (the 1970 day, that is). There were many more. And so here are some obits: this one (from the NYT), that one (from The Guardian), and the other one (from the world’s most reputable source). McCabe & Mrs. Miller was…