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04 October 2013 @ 01:11 pm
Friday Fun Stuff (Another short one, sorry)  
First of all, JJ Abrams has admitted that he has a problem. He's addicted to lens flare. Okay, everyone already knew this, but it's kind of amusing (as well as kind of aggravating) to hear about how he actually had to go back and have some of the lens flare in Into Darkness removed during post-production because even _he_ thought he'd gone over the top.

http://io9.com/j-j-abrams-apologizes-for-all-those-star-trek-lens-fla-1429457615

But at least he's admitted that it's a problem now. That _almost_ makes up for that Daily Show interview where he pretty much said "I never liked Star Trek because it was for nerds, so I wanted to make a Star Trek that both regular people and nerds would enjoy."

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-13-2013/j-j--abrams

Here's some pretty cool images of crazy mountain cliff pathways.
http://io9.com/these-breathtaking-cliffside-walkways-will-give-you-ver-1425631631

I'm not a huge fan of animated gifs in general, but this tumblr has some pretty cool ones, pretty much all of animals or landscapes.
http://headlikeanorange.tumblr.com/

And now two YouTube videos that sound cooler than they actually are.

World War II in Europe: Every Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOVEy1tC7nk

This is an animated map of who controlled what during all of WW2 in Europe. However like a lot of wars, most of it is fairly static (at least at the resolution we're viewing it) with a few sudden flurries of change. It might have been more interesting if it had covered the entire world.

World Battleground, 1000 years of war in 5 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hsDn2kNriI

The same thing, but just major battles over a longer period of time. It didn't help that i wasn't watching it in full-screen so i had trouble reading the battle names. And then during actual wars there's too much going on to keep track of it all, often happening in close proximity and writing over each other.

Cross-posted from G+
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