Architecture: The History Of Movie Theater Design

Architectural Digest (March 7, 2023): Richard Weiss has been a movie theater architect for over 25 years, designing Alamo Drafthouses across the United States. Today on AD he joins us to break down the evolution of theaters from the dawn of commercial motion pictures to the present day.

From the earliest projections featuring Thomas Edison’s Vitascope in converted vaudeville theaters to the contemporary multiplexes we visit now, learn the detailed history of where and how we’ve gone to the cinema for over a century.

Travel: Hiking Up Yushan, Highest Peak In Taiwan

Yu Shan or Yushan, also known as Mount Jade, Jade Mountain, or Mount Yu, and known as Mount Niitaka during Japanese rule, is the highest mountain in Taiwan at 3,952 m above sea level, giving Taiwan the 4th-highest maximum elevation of any island in the world.

Video timeline: 00:00 Drone Intro 1:49 Meeting up with Curtis and Larry 2:07 4 hour drive to trailhead 2:53 Yu-Shan National Park 3:37 Trailhead Police Station 3:52 Yushan Trailhead 4:08 Day 1 – Trailhead to Paiyun Lodge (5 miles) 6:50 Day 2 – Paiyun Lodge to Summit (11 miles) 9:29 Tataka Visitor Center 9:47 Why did I visit Taiwan? 10:22 Which route did you take? 12:57 How much did this hike cost? 13:33 Who did I hike with? 14:53 How did you shoot this video?

Filmed and edited by:

Kraig Adams

Reviews: The Best New Science Books (Mar 2023)

nature Magazine Science Book Reviews – March 2023

The Good Life

Robert Waldinger & Marc Schulz Simon & Schuster (2023)

Isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the link between happiness and good relationships. Scientific evidence for the importance of relationships motivates this always engrossing, sometimes moving, study of happiness, grounded in the Harvard Study of Adult Development. Beginning in 1938, the project has followed two generations of the same families. Current director Robert Waldinger and associate director Marc Schulz show in detail how “the good life is a complicated life. For everybody.”


Paul R. Ehrlich Yale Univ. Press (2023)

Biologist Paul Ehrlich is best known for writing — with his wife, conservation biologist Anne Ehrlich — the 1968 book The Population Bomb, which sold two million copies and was widely translated. Its controversial warning of a crisis of overpopulation gave him global exposure. He became a public scholar working with people from many disciplines: economics, political science, history, law, aviation, military intelligence and dentistry “to name a few”, he remarks in his frank, polyphonic autobiography, dedicated “For Anne: Sine Qua Non”.

Masters of the Lost Land

Heriberto Araujo Atlantic (2023)

Since 2000, more than 2,000 people worldwide have been murdered for defending their lands or the environment. About one-third were Brazilian, mostly from the Amazon rainforest, notes investigative journalist Heriberto Araujo. He tells the story of the courageous Maria Joel, widow of Dezinho, the leader of a small Amazonian farmworkers’ union. Joel has fought to bring to justice the land baron who ordered her husband’s death. Based on four years of research in Brazil, the book is original, detailed and persuasive.

The Leak

Robert P. Crease & Peter D. Bond MIT Press (2022)

Seven Nobel prizes have been awarded for work at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. Yet a leak of radioactive water from the facility turned its 50th anniversary in 1997 into a year of “chaos rather than celebration”, write philosopher of science Robert Crease — author of a history of the lab — and former Brookhaven physicist Peter Bond. Although the incident posed no health hazard, according to federal, state and local officials, it sparked a “firestorm” of activism and politics, captured in this vivid first-hand account.

Graph Theory in America

Robin Wilson et alPrinceton Univ. Press (2023)

The modern development of graph theory — which models relationships between pairs of objects in groups — began in 1876 with James Joseph Sylvester, a British mathematician then in the United States. His work was first published in Nature. In 1976, US mathematicians Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Haken solved a long-standing conundrum in the field, the four-colour problem. The intervening century is described in this graphically illustrated historical treatise by three British and US mathematicians.


Director’s Reel: An Aerial Tour Of Europe And Asia

March 2023: The Seeker is my new drone 2023 reel.  This short film is a kind of aerial footage reel that showcase the variety of different videos that I shot during the past several years. 

Divided into two categories “nature and city” this 2-and-a-half-minute reel reveals just a glimpse of the diversity of some of my drone footage. 
Shot primarily in European locations this reel featured countries such as Russia, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Italy, Norway, UAE and others. 

Filmed and edited by: Madebyvadim

Special Report: ‘Frontline Formosa – Taiwan In Peril’


The Economist – Special Reports (March 11, 2023)

Taiwan is a vital island that is under serious threat

Taiwan’s fate will, ultimately, be decided by the battle-readiness of its people

News: The Aftermath Of Earthquake In Turkey & Syria, Pakistan Bans Khan

March 7, 2023: Almost a month on from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, we unpack the consequences of the disaster and look at the particular impact on refugees. Plus: Imran Khan is banned from Pakistan’s airwaves, the latest business news and episode two of our spy series.

Front Page: The New York Times – March 7, 2023


Republican Votes Helped Washington Pile Up Debt

While Speaker Kevin McCarthy voted against large spending bills in recent years, he also voted for trillions of dollars in pandemic aid and backed President Donald J. Trump’s tax cuts.

As they escalate a debt-limit standoff, House Republicans blame President Biden’s spending bills for an increase in deficits. Voting records show otherwise.

Protests Over Netanyahu’s Judiciary Overhaul Spread to Israel’s Military

The military leadership is concerned that anger over the government’s plan, with some pilots saying they will skip some training sessions and operations, could diminish military capabilities.

U.S. Considers Vaccinating Chickens as Bird Flu Kills Millions of Them

The largest outbreak of avian influenza in U.S. history has driven up egg prices and raised concerns about a human pandemic, though C.D.C. experts say the risk of that is low.

How Nature Comes Alive in the Winter

If you look closely, there’s so much to see.