It was a red letter day for women in the film industry yesterday as Kathryn Bigelow became the surprise first woman to win Best Director at the Oscars for “The Hurt Locker.”
It was a red letter day for women in the film industry yesterday as Kathryn Bigelow became the surprise first woman to win Best Director at the Oscars for "The Hurt Locker," a film about the Iraq War which also took the Best Picture and four other awards. Bigelow’s win was all the more impressive because her film, the story of an Army bomb disposal unit in Baghdad, was made for a modest $11 million, beating the $100 million blockbuster "Avatar", hotly tipped to win, and incidentally directed by Bigelow’s ex-husband James Cameron. Bigelow is only the fourth woman to have been nominated for a Best Director academy award in the Oscars’ 82-year history. Meanwhile another female triumph was won by Sandra Bullock, who scooped the Best Actress gong for her performance in "The Blind Side", just a day after winning the Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her role in "All About Steve" - making her the first person to win both awards in the same weekend!
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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