the-overlook-hotel:

The original, unaltered period photo into which actor Jack Nicholson was composited to create the iconic photograph seen in the final shots of The Shining.

These images were found in a book entitled The Complete Airbrush and Photo-Retouching Manual, which was originally published in 1985. The author of the book was the retouching artist responsible for creating the composited image.

The original photographs of Jack Nicholson are located in the Stanley Kubrick Archive in London, and inspection of them reveals that only Nicholson’s head, collar, and bowtie were used; the rest of the figure is the anonymous man in the original 1923 photograph.

Interestingly, close examination of images from the film reveals that two different photo-composites were used: one for the long tracking shot which pushes down the hall towards the photo, and a different one for the extreme close-up. Nicholson’s composited head rotates from one photo to the next, and his shoulder shifts, partially obscuring the woman holding the cigarette behind him.

(Image source: Quasi-Interesting Paraphernalia Incorporated)

Attn #RyGoldStandard: Your team live blogs for discussion today

Team 1 (Thursday 10:45a) http://bit.ly/yVDEka

Christina Ciddio (ME)
Elisheva Baer (Copy)
Joanna Adams (Reporter)
Arman Aghbali (Reporter)
Maria Assaf (Reporter)

Team 2 (Thursday, 2p) http://bit.ly/yq1v9I

Shannon Cuciz (ME)
Astoria Luzzi (Copy)
Sebastian Novais (Reporter)
Alexa Huffman (Reporter)
Harlan Nemers (Reporter)

Team 3 (Thursday 2p) http://bit.ly/yA51Dq

Julia Mohamed (ME)
Alexandra Sanders (Copy)
Jason St. Jacques (Reporter)
Amanda Soufi (Reporter)
Erynn Sally (Reporter)
Jacob Horowitz (Reporter)

Team 4 (Friday 9a) http://bit.ly/wp4PEf

Luc Rinaldi (ME)
Roald Regtien (Reporter)
Nuruddin Qorane (Reporter)

Team 5 (Friday 9a) http://bit.ly/wnbpbY

Carolyn Turgeon (ME)
Jasmine Pazzano (Copy)
Nicole Servinis (Reporter)
Tess Martin (Reporter)

#yearinhashtags: The @globeandmail’s complete series on 2011’s biggest social media stories

Social media played a significant role in many of the major news events in 2011. As the year comes to a close, The Globe and Mail’s #yearinhashtags project examines the impact social media had on five of the year’s biggest stories. Below is the complete series.

#egypt

After one man’s protest, a global torrent of message saw dictators fall

Without social media, Mohamed Bouazizi’s suicide would have likely been a lone rebellion. Instead, it set off protests in previously silent capitals that morphed into million-man marches that ultimately led to the toppling of four dictators, dramatically reconfiguring the world in the space of a single year. Read more

#winning

Charlie Sheen’s Twitter antics redefined celebrity microblogging

This time last year, Charlie Sheen probably thought hashtag was a game where you chased the guy carrying the drugs. He learned quickly, though, with a little help, and #tigerblood, the cryptic hashtag he coined, became the second-most popular of 2011. He also popularized “#winning,” which was seized on by his millions of followers and opportunistic retailers from Target to McDonald’s. Read more

#canucksriot

When rioters trashed Vancouver, Twitter fanned the flames – and gathered the evidence

As the clock ticked down on the Vancouver Canucks’ run to the Stanley Cup final, Dave Teixeira’s focus wasn’t on the barroom television broadcasting Game 7. His eyes were glued to Twitter. The owner of communications firm Dave.ca spied some troubling tweets. More than 150,000 people had gathered downtown to watch the game on a giant outdoor television and reports of violence were pouring in with messages like, “It’s getting bad downtown. Fans flipping cars, #Canucks jerseys being burned.” Massive fights were also breaking out, and bottles and bricks were being hurled at overwhelmed police. Read more

#occupywallstreet

Canadian activists put out a simple Twitter hashtag: #OccupyWallStreet. After that, ‘it just went crazy’

The genesis of Occupy Wall Street can be traced back to a group of Canadian activists and a picture of a ballerina poised atop a charging bull. Fuelled by millions of mostly young protesters around the world, the Occupy Wall Street movement has not only redefined the terms of the debate around income inequality, but also revolutionized the very act of protest. Despite almost no hierarchy, the largely unco-ordinated protesters around the world have managed to speak in a much more unified voice, thanks in large part to social-media outlets – especially Twitter. Read more

#itgetsbetter

For gay teens, words of understanding and support on YouTube

Here’s the life cycle of a typical viral video: It’s uploaded to YouTube, picked up by a high-traffic site such as BoingBoing and then shared widely on Twitter, Facebook and corporate e-mail. Traffic soars and after a few weeks, or sometimes even days, it flat-lines. We’ve all seen them: mildly amusing, occasionally shocking, ultimately forgettable. But a funny thing happened when sex columnist Dan Savage uploaded a video he created with his long-time partner Terry: YouTube became an agent for grassroots social change. Read more

Today in flying rhinoceroses (rhinoceri?)

Great visuals in this file on via Storyful:

Pigs may not fly, but it turns out rhinos do, at least when they’re part of the World Wildlife Fund’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. Watch them take to the skies in the video below as they’re transported over 1,000 kilometres in South Africa to new homes. The project, which has been going for eight years, is aimed at increasing the numbers and growth rate of the critically endangered black rhino. 

Watch the WWF video:

nationalpost:

Graphic: Beavers vs. bears. A scrappy new contender — the polar bear — has entered the fight to represent our nation

"Polar bear: Can murder you."

nationalpost:

Graphic: Beavers vs. bears. A scrappy new contender — the polar bear — has entered the fight to represent our nation

"Polar bear: Can murder you."

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nationalpost:

NDP leader Jack Layton’s letter to CanadiansBefore his death, Jack Layton wrote a letter to Canadians. Read the full letter.

nationalpost:

NDP leader Jack Layton’s letter to Canadians
Before his death, Jack Layton wrote a letter to Canadians. Read the full letter.

Taken with Instagram at The Paddock

Taken with Instagram at The Paddock

Watching Peter MacKay convincingly play soldier on CBC. (Taken with instagram)

Watching Peter MacKay convincingly play soldier on CBC. (Taken with instagram)

When I was 16, this album basically lived in my walkman. (Taken with Instagram at 1993)

When I was 16, this album basically lived in my walkman. (Taken with Instagram at 1993)

OCAD + moon = real-life prog rock album cover happening right in front of me. (Taken with Instagram at OCAD University)

OCAD + moon = real-life prog rock album cover happening right in front of me. (Taken with Instagram at OCAD University)

Brainstorming our 9/11 online visuals, the original 2001 edition gets pulled out. It’s a rare paper, only one left in the office. (Taken with Instagram at National Post)

Brainstorming our 9/11 online visuals, the original 2001 edition gets pulled out. It’s a rare paper, only one left in the office. (Taken with Instagram at National Post)

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