So You Want to Make an Action Movie

The internet is full of flowcharts. But a lot of them are designed for strictly ridiculous or ironic purposes. Now, finally there's a series of flowcharts that instruct readers on how to do something highly achievable: becoming a successful filmmaker.

OK, maybe it’s not the easiest or most practical pursuit. But if you’re going to venture into the cutthroat world of cinema, you might as well have some guidance. That’s why Canal+ created a series of humorous and highly-detailed process flow that cover a variety of genre pictures.

Want to produce a family-friendly animated film? You’re all set.

More of a slasher film guy? Read up and get hacking.

Breakneck action films are more your speed? Yippee-kayay mental_flosser.

(Via Flavorwire via The Daily What)

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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