Benedict Cumberbatch makes the Time 100 most influential people of 2014 list
Entry by Colin Firth
When I was about 25 years old, I worked with two very good actors. The encounters were brief, but I’ve remembered them both with great admiration. Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton both embodied qualities which one is fogyishly tempted to look at with nostalgia. Along with very considerable talent, they had elegance, glamor, wit, kindness and decency.
I didn’t know at the time that they were married or that they had a son of about 10 who was quietly gestating all the same attributes. And now, 30 years later, the boy has been let loose. He has taken the form of Benedict Cumberbatch.
His parents’ qualities are on rampant display. It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage — and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it.
He must be stopped.
HIS ARTISTIC MERIT IS IS OVER 9000!!!
Another gem written by Owen Parsons before he moved on to The Daily Show, where I hope he’s busy writing just as many erotic anime jokes.
Here’s to the start of the end of innocence…
Source: College Humor
Via PolicyMicBy Lucky Tran March 14, 2014
Movies like Goodwill Hunting and A Beautiful Mind have helped us all to appreciate the beauty of mathematics in a similar way to art. New research by University College London shows that this might not just be due to good cinematography, but because our brains actually do respond to beautiful equations in the same way that they respond to great paintings or masterful music.
The study involved giving 15 mathematicians 60 different formula to assess, while measuring their brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The result? This was rated the most beautiful equation:
And this, the most ugly:
Interestingly, when you look at them it isn’t hard for those of us who are not mathematicians to see why. The former explains complex elements within a simple framework. The latter is long and messy.
The fMRI results show that the medial orbito-frontal cortex region of the brain increases in activity in response to pleasing equations. This is the very same area of the brain that fires when people see or hear an appealing work of art such as a Mozart, Shakespeare or Van Gogh. So it seems that the brain appreciates all beauty in the same way, no matter what form it comes in.
The beauty of math: If you’re still not convinced that equations can be as beautiful as other forms of art, you might want to check out this stunning video that Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux have put together. The film presents everyday events as described by math, and shows an equation on the left, a diagram in the middle, and real-life version on the right.
Although some artistic liberties are taken and not everything here represents perfect science, the piece brilliantly achieves its goal of showing people that “mathematics aren’t that abstract useless concept that we often find it to be when we study it at school,” Pineill told Fast Co.Design. “It’s an awesome universal language that is the foundation of every science and thus the tool to understand fully every single thing around us.”
WhatsApp Co-Founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton
Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion. It’s a spectacular milestone for the company’s co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, and their remarkable team.
From the moment they opened the doors of WhatsApp,…
Rule one: Always post the rules
Rule two: Answer the 11 questions the person tagged you asked
then ask 11 new ones.
Rule three: Tag 11 new people to this post and link them
Rule four: Actually tell them that you tagged them
Because thisloveisforreal had nothing to do and imposed this on me. Not gonna do rule three and rule four… rule breaker!
- What was your nickname as a kid?
Had plenty. One was Abo, short for a WoW character.
- When was the last time you felt pure, unbridled joy?
When my mom came over to see me in the UK
- If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?
Does telekinesis count?
- Do you like wearing makeup?
It’s my second skin
- What’s your favourite feature?
A physical feature? My face! Gotta love my face.
- Best compliment you’ve ever received?
You are a wonderful human being (Compliments from myself count right…)
- Tea or coffee?
Tea. No question.
- What was the last book you enjoyed?
- Best advice you’ve ever received?
There isn’t really a single best one… but what’s relevant now is “Take life in one step at a time, and be at ease with yourself”
- What’s the “weirdest” food you like eating?
Octopus! The tiny baby ones served in Japanese restaurants. Or tamarinds. I think tamarinds look weird, but they’re so good.
- Are you going to regret eating that bag of chips?
Nope. Life’s too short to not indulge in simple pleasures.
So I bought this book because it actually produces some really great prompts. If you ever need any ideas for an au or something original holler at me I’ll dial you up one of these.
I want this.
Looks like some real spontaneous fun
One of the best things to do in Oslo was definitely the visit to the Oslo Opera House. There is a tour of the house (back-stage stuff!) which is inexpensive to do, or you can just bask in the beauty of the building and its surroundings.
Look at how the golden sunset rays are reflected on the surfaces!
Architecture students take note.
Yellow, blue and laundry. That’s how the buildings along the river at Porto do.
I like how hanging laundry is a sign of occupancy, especially outside old buildings. They’re like flags of “I live here”.
One time I went shopping for shirts and suits, but then I found the most beautiful pair of socks and I thought, “I just have to buy this”. So when I did, and I was at the counter, the cashier told me, “You can get another pair of socks for a half off since we’re having a special sale.” So I did, I went and got another pair of socks and then they told me, this time, that if I buy another pair of socks, I’ll get another pair of socks for free…And so I bought another socks to get another pair of socks for free and they told me again that if I buy another pair of socks, this time, they’ll let me have two pairs of socks for free. And I did. So by the end of the day, I had bought about 7 pairs of socks and no new suits or shirts. And I thought to myself, “This is my life now. Spending money on socks.”
Benedict Cumberbatch, excerpt from Neigh magazine (via rosenlaui)
This is why he’s not allowed to go shopping without Martin Freeman. He does this
Lol oh my god dying from the cute
That’s a sassy sock-shopping sweetie right there