Cinematic Short Films: ‘The Lone Valley’ (2023)

Robin Pogorzelski

Robin Pogorzelski Films (May 10, 2023) – I met Antonio while hiking this summer in the French Alps. He was sitting with his two dogs at the top of a mountain pass, looking down on his flock of sheep. We talked for an hour. A month later, I came back with a camera to make this short film with him.

This documentary is a tribute to the shepherd.

With : Antonio De Feo
Shot & Edit & Color : Robin Pogorzelski
Sound Engineer: Simon Bourrat
Sound Designer / Mix : Raphaël Pibarot
Original score : Antoine Duchêne
Impeesa Production


Research Preview: Nature Magazine – May 11, 2023

Volume 617 Issue 7960

nature Magazine – May 11, 2023 issue: The human reference genome has been the backbone of human genomics since the release of the draft sequence in 2001. But it has its limitations: one genome cannot hope to capture the diversity of the human species. In this week’s issue, the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium presents the first draft human pangenome, which combines genetic material from 47 genetically diverse individuals to provide a more complete picture of the human genome.

They’re a couple: JWST is first to spot pair of mysterious ‘Y dwarfs’

A dark brown sphere with lighter bands seen against a starry sky.

Two extremely cool examples of ‘failed stars’ called brown dwarfs are found orbiting each other.

Politics: The Guardian Weekly – May 12, 2023


The Guardian Weekly (May 12, 2023) – The name Geof frey Hinton was little known outside the tech industry until last week, when the so-called “godfather of AI” gave an interview after leaving Google in which he warned that machine learning is leading us into uncharted territory.

So is now the time to get properly frightened about the capabilities unleashed by machine learning? Technology writer John Naughton in this week’s big story says an unequivocal yes as he explores a worrying near future, and what prompted Hinton to speak out. 

Britain spent last weekend watching avidly or determinedly avoiding the exuberant display of ancient ceremony around the coronation of King Charles III. Our coverage takes a fondly amused look at all the pageantry, personalities and gold braid with Rachel Cooke, while columnist Nesrine Malik unpicks the game of divide and rule, display and disguise through which the institution hangs on to popular support. We also visit Belize to find out how arguments about reparations for slavery are linked to its relationship to the British crown.

Travel In Poland: Top 3 Things To Do In Kraków

DW Travel (May 10, 2023) – Kraków is Poland’s second-largest city, and we’ve collected three things any visit there must include!

Video timeline: 0:00 Intro 0:30 Krakow’s Main Market Square 0:46 Cloth Hall 1:00 Poland’s National Museum 1:12 St. Mary’s Basilica 1:56 Must eat: Pierogi 2:05 Kazimierz 2:15 Starka Restaurant 3:06 Must visit: Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory 4:05 Krakus Mound

Kraków, a southern Poland city near the border of the Czech Republic, is known for its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Its old town – ringed by Planty Park and remnants of the city’s medieval walls – is centered on the stately, expansive Rynek Glówny (market square). This plaza is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church.

Tours: Reims In Champagne Wine Region Of France (4K)

A Walk in Paris Videos (May 10, 2023) – Reims, also spelled Rheims, city, Marne départementGrand Est région, northeastern France. It lies east-northeast of Paris. On the Vesle River, a tributary of the Aisne, and the Marne–Aisne canal, the city is situated in vine-growing country in which champagne wine is produced. It is overlooked from the southwest by the Montagne de Reims.

The Gallic tribe of the Remi (from which Reims derives its name) was conquered without difficulty by the Romans, and the town flourished under their occupation. In the 5th century, Clovis, the Frankish king, was baptized at Reims by Bishop Remigius (Rémi), and in memory of this occasion most French kings were subsequently  consecrated  there. (Charles VII, for example, was crowned there in 1429 in the presence of Joan of Arc.) 

Arts/Books: Times Literary Supplement – May 12, 2023


Times Literary Supplement (May 12, 2023) – This week’s @TheTLS, features Peter Thonemann on The Triumph of the West; @joemoransblog on imagination; @michaelscaines on The Motive and the Cue; @DrAliceKelly on graphic novelizations of Gatsby; @helenlpgordon on stones; @rinireg on surveillance – and more.

Tours: Historic Gardens Of Wightwick Manor, UK

National Trust (May 10, 2023) – The gardens surrounding Wightwick Manor, cared for by the National Trust, are influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, which started in Britain during the late 19th century.

This means the garden design extends into the house, where visitors can see flowers such as roses used as motifs for interiors and artworks. Watch this video to discover how politics has also left its mark on the gardens that are still enjoyed by visitors today. You’ll see architectural artefacts from the Houses of Parliament and a tree planted by Clement Richard Attlee, the Labour Prime Minster who served from 1945 to 1951.

You’ll also learn about the history of the estate and its planting schemes and find out more about what the National Trust is doing to make the gardens more accessible for visitors.

News: ASEAN Summit In Indonesia, China-Canada Political Rift, Swiss Trains

The Globalist, May 10, 2023: The Asean summit kicks off in Indonesia. Plus: the tit-for-tat diplomatic spat between China and Canada, train trouble in Switzerland and a special interview with Slovenia’s Eurovision entrant.

Front Page: The New York Times — May 10, 2023


Donald Trump Sexually Abused and Defamed E. Jean Carroll, Jury Finds

“Today, the world finally knows the truth,” Ms. Carroll said after court. “This victory is not just for me but for every woman who has suffered because she was not believed.”

The ex-president must pay Ms. Carroll $5 million. More than a dozen women have accused Mr. Trump of sexual misconduct, but this civil case was the only one tested before a jury.

George Santos Is Said to Face Federal Criminal Charges

Representative George Santos has been charged by federal prosecutors.

The first-term Republican congressman’s extensive lies on the campaign trail and questionable financial dealings were the focus of criminal and ethical inquiries.

Biden and McCarthy Reach No Consensus as a Possible Default Looms

In their first meeting in three months, the president and House speaker remained at loggerheads over the debt ceiling and spending cuts. But they agreed to meet again.

William Burns, a C.I.A. Spymaster With Unusual Powers

Mr. Burns, a key figure in bolstering the Biden administration’s support for Ukraine, has amassed influence beyond most previous spy chiefs.