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Cars as a metaphor for understanding obesity

If we want to understand the accumulation of excess body fat, it's tempting to focus our attention on the location that defines the condition: adipose tissue.  Ultimately, the key question we want to answer is the following: why does fat enter adipose tissue faster than it exits?

It follows that if we want to understand why obesity occurs, we should seek to understand the dynamics of fat trafficking in adipose tissue, and the factors that influence it.  Right?

I don't think this is right, and here's a metaphor that explains why.

The speed of a car depends primarily on the force that its wheels exert on the asphalt below them.  If we want to understand why cars move quickly sometimes, and slowly at other times, we should seek to understand the dynamics of how force is transferred from the wheels to the asphalt, and the factors that influence it, right?

As you may have already surmised, that wouldn't be a very effective way of understanding car speed. To understand car speed, we have to move up the causal chain until we get to the system that actually regulates speed-- the person in the driver's seat.  Looking at the problem from the perspective of the wheels is not an effective way of understanding the person in the driver's seat.  Once we understand the driver, then we also understand why the wheels move how they do.

Similarly, in obesity, we have to move up the causal chain until we find the system that actually regulates body fatness.  The only known system in the human body that regulates body fatness is the brain.  Once we understand how the brain regulates body fatness, we'll understand why fat enters adipose tissue faster than it exits sometimes, eventually leading to obesity.

We already know a lot about how this process works, and that's why I focus my attention on the brain and behavior rather than the biochemical mechanics of adipose tissue.

Keep Left Jeremy Corbyn, It's the Key to Your Success

My latest column for Sputnik:

For a man who we're repeatedly told is "unelectable," Jeremy Corbyn seems pretty good at winning elections. He's been an MP since 1983, winning his seat eight times at a general election - and in 2015, he increased his vote in Islington North by 5.8%.

Against all the odds — and all the predictions of the "punditocracy," he was elected Labour leader last summer and increased his vote percentage again when challenged for the leadership this summer. That achievement was all the more impressive when you consider the large number of Corbyn supporting members who were prevented from voting in the poll by Labour's NEC and the party's Compliance Unit.


You can read the whole article here

CORRUPTION

Robert Hartford-Davis, 1968
Starring: Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Kate O’Mara, Noel Trevarthen

A renowned plastic surgeon, Sir John Rowan (Peter Cushing), is at a party with his young girlfriend Lynn (Sue Lloyd), a model, when things get out of hand. He wants to leave, but she’s being fawned over by a photographer, and a scuffle breaks out in the crowd; a photo light falls over, smashing right on Lynn’s face, ruining it. It becomes Rowan’s obsession to make a surgical breakthrough and repair her beauty, and he begins experimenting with a series of (I believe) hypothalamus transplants, which at first seems like a miraculous cure and her face is restored without any hint of scarring or trauma. But this is only temporary and soon Rowan must replace the transplant, causing him to find increasingly homicidal ways to procure new glands…

Anyone who reads this blog is well aware of my frenzied love for Peter Cushing (two words: slap fetish), but I have to admit that while I really enjoy Corruption, I don’t quite rank it alongside some of his other performances from the late ‘60s through early ‘70s, though the bar is set quite high with things like the Sherlock Holmes (1968) TV series, Twins of Evil (1971), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), Fear in the Night (1972), and — drumroll — Horror Express (1972). In a weird way, I think the fact that Corruption was unavailable for so long has inflated its reputation, a bit, as a truly nasty piece of work. Cushing is nowhere near as maniacal as he is in Twins of Evil or Fear in the Night, or even Madhouse (1974), and the film’s interesting twist (this isn’t really a spoiler) is that he is goaded into killing by Lynn, who is almost maniacally obsessed with becoming beautiful — and staying that way. Though they have some traits in common, Sir John Rowan is a far cry from the Baron Frankenstein.

It’s also strange to think how neglected director Robert Hartford-Davis has been compared to other British genre directors; no disrespect to Terence Fisher or Pete Walker, but there are other talents out there. Hartford-Davis directed some other horror films, such as The Black Torment (1964), Incense for the Damned (1970), and The Fiend (1972), all of which I’ll be reviewing for my British horror series. If I had to sum up these titles (including Corruption), I think the best way I could describe them is flawed, but always interesting, and as far as low budget genre cinema goes, there’s not a lot more than I could ask for. I’m hoping some of his other titles get more attention and wider releases in the future. Unlike some of the other British genre directors, who as a rule tended to stick to similar themes, Hartford-Davis is at least in part interesting because he was all over the place. Corruption is essentially a riff on the glorious Eyes Without a Face (1960), but is a thoroughly British grindhouse interpretation of the material (though admittedly it doesn’t approach the level of insanity found in Jess Franco’s The Awful Dr. Orloff or Michael fucking Pataki’s Mansion of the Doomed…).

One of the best — and also most awkward — things about the film is that everything is set in swinging London. This results in a lot of unintentional, often unpleasant humor, and it has everything from a ridiculous party to an Austin Powers-like photo shoot that must be seen to be believed. Swinging London is admittedly one of my favorite time period settings for late ‘60s/early ‘70s horror and I hope that one day I can do a swinging London film festival, complete with things like Psychomania, Deadly Sweet, Dracula A.D. 1972, Raw Meat, and Scream and Scream Again. (Appropriate costumes will be mandatory.) Speaking of costumes, Cushing’s Sir Rowan is endearingly out of place in his fiancee’s world and, like so much British cinema from this period, much of the tension — and his encroaching, increasingly sweaty and disheveled madness — comes from this divide between free-wheeling youth and the reserved, traditional older generation.

I think part of why this film was soured a bit for me — and where some of the aforementioned youth comes into play — is the twist ending, although it’s not quite a surprise twist, but more a directional change of course, a sharp left turn that basically transforms this into a home invasion film (and with very, very few exceptions, I hate those). Rowan and Lynn go off to an isolated seaside cottage and hope to ensnare a lonely young woman, but she isn’t all that she seems. And so on. Despite that, this is a solid effort from Hartford-Davis and Cushing, who both seem to be having a great time, though I believe Cushing later said it was one of his worst films. Hammer-regular Kate O’Mara (The Vampire Lovers, The Horror of Frankenstein) is sadly underused, but keep your eyes peeled for other genre actresses like Vanessa Howard (Girly) and Valerie Van Ost (The Satanic Rites of Dracula).

Even though it’s not among my favorite Cushing films, or even British horror movies, Corruption is one of those sleaze gems that soundly fits under the description of “grindhouse” — so of course it’s fitting that it was restored and released on Blu-ray by the great Grindhouse Releasing with two versions of the film (the US/UK version and the gorier and more explicit European cut) and a load of special features. They go above and beyond with all of their releases — and all of the titles they chosen really have something special — but this was an obvious labor of love and both the release and the film come recommended. And let us not forget the amazing tagline: “CORRUPTION Is Not A Woman's Picture! Therefore: No Woman Will Be Admitted Alone To See This Super-Shock Film!” Perhaps the real problem is not with Corruption, but that I’m a woman and I watched the film alone.

Episode Delayed till Next Week

Hello to all followers of the History of Islam podcast! Unfortunately this week's episode will have to be delayed until next week due to issues in the production process. Hopefully this won't happen again, I could have forced out an episode but it would have been incredibly rushed and the quality would be almost certainly sub-par. Essentially it is an issue of quantity vs quality and I hope you all are in support of my decision to favour quality over quantity. What I definitely do not want to do is to just publish an episode for the sake of doing so, my ultimate goal is for every second of every episode to be valuable to the listener whether it be as an informative or entertaining device. Please bear with me in these coming weeks, I promise that we will eventually return to a smoother, more reliable schedule.

That is all from me for now, I will see you next Monday which is the 3rd of October till then take care of yourselves!

中華電信軟體開發大賞決選會議


上星期是中華電信舉辦的軟體開發大賞的決選會議,
會議地點位在板橋的中華電信學院/訓練所,
很棒的一點是中華電信提供了免費住宿給所有入圍決選的團隊,
方便外縣市的開發者前一天就來這邊休息準備。

中華電信軟體開發大賞除了獎金是目前所有參加過的賽事最高的之外,
在賽前接到工作人員打來詢問各種確認事項,
以及包含簡報會場的各種軟硬體設施,工作人員陣仗,
都讓人覺得這真的是一個高規格的活動!

因為忘記拍住宿的環境了,
網路上找了一下,
可以參考這一篇"住宿篇-中華電信板橋訓練所"
房間雖然舊,但是還算乾淨,
比較感到不便的除了wifi非常慢之外,房內的插頭居然全部都是2孔的!!(°Д°)
在害怕macbook沒辦法插電,簡報前就電力用盡的情形下,
當天晚上什麼事都做不了,好處是,回到房間就專心休息吧^^"


全家出動是慣例,順便在第二天簡報結束後來個板橋半日遊,
雖然板橋離基隆不算太遠,但其實也不算太近,
如果不是因為這次的機會,其實也不會特地住在板橋一個晚上。

入圍名單,大概一半是學生組,一半是社會組。
很開心能看到獨立開發者小型同學會^^

帶著桐寶一起參加活動愈來愈累了,
可以說是痛苦而快樂著,
不過想一想明年之後就不太可能再這樣了,
還是很珍惜最後的這段時光,
可以的話盡量全家一起完整的走完Roll Turtle所參加的活動。

這次桐寶有進步了,
在佩宜不斷的脅迫教導下,
這次沒有大喊"不要講!"了,
而是在我要講之前說"把拔加油!",
講完之後等人都走了,他怯生生的跑來抱著我說,

"把拔好棒!"

這句話,是最棒的肯定。

[遊戲設計]有趣邏輯謎題的培育



原作者:Paul Hlebowitsh 於 09/19/16 09:51:00 am


以下文章內容,除經另行註明,係由Gamasutra社群的成員所著。

其中表達的想法與意見為該作者所有,並不代表Gamasutra及其母公司。

  我會在這篇部落格文章中把本人自製的邏輯解謎遊戲《RYB》裡,其中一道前期謎題的建構流程給交代清楚。

  大概講一下背景:我是2016全美解謎冠軍賽(2016 US Puzzle Championship)前十強。我持續設計謎題大約有十年了,而《RYB》是我的第一款遊戲。

  我們要瞧仔細的謎題是這一個:



  在我們深究設計之前,且讓我先向各位講解《RYB》的機制,這樣各位才明白我們有著甚麼樣的限制。

  《RYB》非常類似「踩地雷」和「Hexcells」,但使用的不是數字或符號,而是顏色。在多邊形裡頭的色點告訴你鄰近的多邊形該是什麼顏色。舉例來說,想想底下的謎題範本:


  中央的三角形有三個紅點,而且有三個鄰近的多邊形。一個點告訴你至少有一個鄰近的多邊形是那個顏色,所以三個紅點和三個鄰近的多邊形就代表它們都是紅色。填好了之後我們會得到:


  我們有了新的情報!黃點出現了。三個在外側的三角形各有一個鄰近的三角形,也就是中間那一塊,而每一個外側三角形都有一個黃點,所以中間那塊就一定要是黃色才能滿足全部這三個線索。


  然後我們搞定啦!一旦所有的多邊形都上好色了,謎題就此完成。

  為了要從這個機制做出一個有趣的謎題,我們需要一個適合用來設計優秀謎題的多邊形。當我開始製作本文開頭所示的那個謎題時,我是從一個中央的正六邊形著手,這是因為我想要把玩許多可以互動的形狀,也許可以將其打散成一系列互相牽連的各個形狀。在建構過程的這個當下,我對於這個謎題到底會長成什麼樣子沒什麼概念,只知道我就是想要一個正六邊形在中間。我一向使用紙筆來設計謎題,但為了這篇文章之故我用上了向量圖形,這樣各位就不用為我糟糕的畫技所苦了!

  中央正六邊形看起來像這樣:


  十分簡單!除此之外就沒什麼能做的。畫好了正六邊形後,我在周圍弄了一些多邊形。三角形是我第一個想到的。


  建構過程來到這一步,是該開始胡搞一下了。

  謎題的建構是設計者和謎題之間的對話。在設計謎題的途中,設計師一定要傾聽謎題想要訴說的事情。儘管我們毫無頭緒,手邊只有幾個多邊形,這道謎題已經向我們說了很多事情。思考一下當中的任兩個三角形,比如像下圖圈起來的兩個三角形。


  這兩塊能互動的唯一途徑就是經由那個大正六邊形。事實上,隨便哪兩個三角形都只能經由那個大正六邊形互動。易言之,這個正六邊形會限制所有六個三角形的顏色!這樣是不可能作出有趣的謎題的。

  我們馬上能想到兩個解決方案。

  1. 將中央那塊切成幾個小的多邊形,如此就有更多塊多邊形來對外面的東西下條件。

  1. 加入幾塊能夠提供更多條件給外側三角形的多邊形。

  就這一道謎題,我決定要採用二號方案。在遊戲後期有了不同的機制之後,我反而用的是一號選項,看起來像這樣:



  不過我不想要離題太遠!

  在這道早期的謎題中,我選用的是二號。

  因為我得要加個幾塊圖形,所以我就加在最明顯的地方,也就是每兩個三角形中間的空位。


  這幾塊的加入讓外側三角形多了另一項限制。我玩了這道謎題很久,試著想出要怎麼把這個多邊形弄成有趣的謎題。然而它有個怪毛病。也就是說,這些多邊形組的高度對稱性質很難弄出有趣、卻又不會一下就把謎題給解開的邏輯。這道謎題有著軸線,沿著這些軸線看上去謎題長得都一樣,我將其中三條標在底下的圖裡。想要讓這些軸線從圖形中分離開來,卻又不會破壞謎題的對稱性是很難的一件事。


  要解決這個問題,我決定嘗試限制謎題最邊邊角角的兩塊多邊形(編註:如下圖中最左和最右的兩個三角形)。它們沿著同一條對稱軸,不難理解它們受到的限制也會是對稱的。照這個想法瞎弄一會兒後,我突然想到要加一個外側的正六邊形,這樣它們就有了共通的一塊多邊形,給它們施加更緊密的限制。


  胡亂搬弄了一陣子之後,我瞭解到如果我只給一塊多邊形紅色和藍色線索,另一塊則只給黃色和藍色線索,那外側正六邊形就只會是兩者共通的顏色,也就是藍色。這就是這道謎題背後主要的想法。

  這個主要想法只是經由非常普通的理性分析而來,聽聽謎題想要告訴我們什麼,然後改動一下這些多邊形,直到有趣的東西自己跑出來。在這一刻,我決定要限制所有的內側三角形,所以我加入了會限制這幾塊多邊形的線索。


  現在我有更多線索可以玩啦!任一個顏色已經揭露的多邊形都可以拿來放新的線索。當大家解這道謎的時候,這就是他們的第一步。他們會解出外六邊形,再來內三角形,然後有了更多線索可用。

  對稱對於謎題來說很重要。當今構築邏輯謎題的潮流是主打對稱為「美麗的構造」。在這道謎題中,我想要解謎者再次用上相同的邏輯,即實際解法架構內的對稱感。如果你有注意到的話,我們和之前一樣位於相似的處境。一組在對角線兩端的線索有著共通的同一塊多邊形,只是這次是在內側而非外側。


  我加了線索,所以同樣的邏輯會再次出現!只是這次它們要上色的是內六邊形。(說明一下,已著色多邊形上的線索只會在著色後出現。)謎題看起來是這樣:


  可以解成:



  最後,我得要限制最後兩塊多邊形。所以我把線索加到了外六邊形上,作用就像內六邊形在第一組線索那邊幫上了忙一樣。


  解謎過程看起來是這樣:



  到這邊我覺得我有了一道優秀的謎題。它有一種「啊哈!」的感覺,因為外六邊形在這道謎題中有兩個不同的使用方式,同時也於中間階段提供了幾個簡單的填空,有助於解謎者建立信心。

  希望各位喜歡這篇邏輯謎題建構的深入探訪!

  如果您喜歡這篇文章,煩請考慮支持一下Steam Greenlight上的《RYB》,或追蹤我的@FLEBpuzzles,裡頭有更多的謎題內容喔。



翻譯:milkreaver
校正:xdorz87

Edward Snowden: The hypocrisy is in the (Washington) Post

My latest article- for RT.com OpEdge

Consider the following: A newspaper receives documents about mass state surveillance from a whistleblower. It publishes a selection of the material. It is awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of the leaks.
Then, a couple of years later, having made money from the whistleblower and gained a prestigious award - it publishes an editorial arguing that the whistleblower- who had to leave his country, his family and loved ones and claim political asylum in another - does not deserve an official pardon.
Whatever your views are on whistleblowers, I’m sure you’ll agree that the newspaper has behaved pretty reprehensibly. We can talk about hypocrisy, betrayal, double standards, treachery - and also think of quite a few unprintable words to describe what the paper has done.
But really, the behavior of the Washington Post - the newspaper in question - should not surprise us.

You can read the whole piece here.

Sabia que a casca da fruta...

A casca da fruta e a pele dos frutos gordos (ex: amêndoas e avelãs) são as mais ricas em fibras, vitaminas e fitoquímicos antioxidantes. Para tirar o máximo partido das mesmas e evitar componentes nocivos, opte por fruta biológica, bem lavada.
No caso dos frutos gordos, antes de os ingerir, opte previamente por demolhá-los. Rejeite a água de demolhe e seque bem os frutos gordos.
Imagem retirada daqui.

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第14屆金企鵝獎獲獎的是...


Roll Turtle !

今天早上收到mail通知,《 Roll Turtle 滾滾龜 》得獎啦!(゚∀゚ )
一共入圍2個項目,
分別是"年度最佳國際發展獎"以及"最佳應用獎 - 娛樂類",
真沒想到雙雙獲得獎項了!

金企鵝獎是由經濟部主辦,目的是為了發掘國內優秀卻不為人知的app,
一度被業界譽為「臺灣僅存最具指標性之 APP 競賽」,
http://penguin.transactiontaiwan.org
仔細閱讀官網上的說明,會發現獎金的金額對公司規模的團隊來說其實並不算高,
(但對我這樣的開發者來說等於1個月多月的生活費^^")
甚至大部份獎項是沒有提供獎金的,
但是它卻提到了會提供得獎app協助廣宣曝光,
或許這才是最重要的吧。

看到獲獎名單時真的感到很意外,
因為金企鵝獎並不是針對遊戲舉辦的活動,
是不分類別,全部種類的app都混合在一起的,
尤其攤開不管過去、或是這次的app名單,
遊戲類的app出現在其中都是非常難得的一件事。

這次一共有5個app獲得獎項,分別是:

《停車大聲公》 (年度最佳 APP、年度最佳新秀獎、最佳介面獎)
《Roll Turtle 滾滾龜》 (年度最佳國際發展獎、最佳應用獎 - 娛樂類)
《微光計畫App》(最佳技術獎)
《Whoscall》(最佳應用獎 - 公共服務類)
《友善新竹好藥局》(最佳應用獎 - 健康類)

除了Whoscall之外,還真的都是第一次聽到 (゚Д゚≡゚Д゚)?
主辦單位的資料提到,從2000多隻app篩選出來,
到上次去Digital Taipei現場決選簡報的時候有10組團隊,
Roll Turtle有幸能成為最後獲得獎項的這5個app其中之一,
真的太開心啦 (・∀・)

其實獲獎這件事情本身,除了獎金的實質幫助之外,
最大的優點以及好處也正是在於宣傳推廣的時候可以說嘴提到,
另一方面也感到非常心虛,
尤其是"年度最佳國際發展獎"這個部份,
畢竟Roll Turtle在下載量的部份其實還有很大的成長及努力空間,
也希望看看能不能透過獲獎的好兆頭,讓Roll Turtle能創造更好的下載成績。

這幾天仍然在準備簡報...
因為這星期緊接著就要去中華電信的Hami app決賽了,
中華電信的部份就幾乎都是熟面孔啦,
入圍決賽的作品除了Roll Turtle之外,
還有甜點王子、OPUS、符文重生、末日之子...等等,
基本上就是獨立遊戲開發者的同學會了,
(當然有許多的遺珠,因為沒有報名所以沒有出現在決選的名單)
每個都是非常用心的優質國產獨立遊戲,
這裡面任何一個作品拿到獎,我想都不會讓人感到意外,
最重要的就是保持平常心,
做好自己能做的事,
比如說把簡報做好,盡量把遊戲好玩有趣的地方說明清楚,
剩下的不是自己能掌握的事就不要太過在意了,
評審也是人,每個人喜歡的東西跟胃口都不一樣,
有時也是需要一點運氣的。

經過了最近這幾次的經驗,
深刻的體會到把話說清楚是一件多麼困難的事,
當了獨立遊戲開發者,才發現想專心做遊戲有多麼難...

看到桐寶最愛的波利Poli小車車系列已經壞的差不多了,
輪胎斷了幫他用3秒膠黏了又黏,
賀利的手斷了一隻找不到,螺旋槳也不知道消失到哪去,腦袋空空的,
他仍然玩的很開心,每天拿著它假裝飛來飛去,
等獎金發放下來,也該買台新的給他慶祝一下了,這次就買會變形的吧 (o゚ω゚o)


"如果拿到獎金,你想做什麼?"
"買台波利車車給桐寶"

TWISTED NERVE

Roy Boulting, 1968
Starring: Hywel Bennett, Hayley Mills, Billie Whitelaw

“No puppet master pulls the strings on high
Proportioning our parts, the tinsel and the paint
A twisted nerve, a ganglion gone awry,
Predestinates the sinner and the saint.”
—George Sylvester Viereck’s “Slaves”

A troubled young man, Martin, spies a pretty girl in a toy store while she’s making a purchase and he’s in the act of stealing a duck. Pretending to be mentally challenged, he gets away with a minor complaint against him and the girl, Susan, a librarian studying to become a teacher, takes pity on him. This leads to a dangerous infatuation with Susan, who comes to know him as “Georgie”; he goes so far as to get himself invited to live at the boarding house run by Susan’s mother. Martin’s brother Pete, who lives in an asylum, is actually handicapped and it is their family that seems to somehow be the root cause of Martin’s own disturbance; his anxious mother and domineering stepfather certainly don’t help matters. These tensions, combined with his fixation on Susan, lead him down a dark and violent path...

What the actual hell? Twisted Nerve has what is probably the most insane premise out of all the British young psycho killer films (with the possible exception of the far more brutal Night Must Fall, though that film begins far more conventionally); at minimum, Twisted Nerve definitely has the most tasteless premise. It certainly couldn’t be made today and even though this is likely to offend someone, somewhere, I can’t help but love the sheer cheek of it. Directed by the somewhat unknown Roy Boulting — of films like Design for Murder and There’s a Girl in My Soup, though he’s perhaps best known for producing his brother John’s absolutely amazing British noir Brighton Rock (1947)he does a solid job building suspense here.

But the film absolutely belongs to British television fixture Hywel Bennett, whose performance as Martin/Georgie is nearly able to overcome some of the film’s issues. In particular, his facial control is unforgettable, and much of his subdued, almost sedate performance lies in subtle changes of expression that indicate whether he’s still Martin or has switched into Georgie. Often this happens without a moment’s notice. And if it wasn’t enough that he’s pretending to have some sort of mental disorder out of boredom (and barely masked psychopathy), the film also pushes the limits of sexual content with some scenes of male nudity and implied masturbation. Martin seems to have body dysmorphic disorder, or at least some very serious sexual issues, akin to those of Peeping Tom.

An obvious precursor to this film, Peeping Tom’s screenwriter, the wonderful Leo Marks, also penned Twisted Nerve. Disturbingly, the title is taken from the above quoted poem by a fascinating but basically forgotten figure, George Viereck, a German-born writer. Viereck emigrated to the United States in the 1890s (around the same time as my own family, as a random side note of absolutely no interest to anyone but myself), where he developed a reputation as a poet — curiously one with homoerotic themes, which also appear in Twisted Nerve. As his writing career grew, thanks to some work in the fields of psychoanalysis and science, he met and developed relationships with everyone from Tesla to Hitler, and even Aleister Crowley. But Viereck was a staunch supporter of Hitler and eventually landed himself in prison in the US for his vigorous support of Nazism. He doesn’t have a whole lot to do with Twisted Nerve, but was too fascinating for me not to at least mention, and I can’t help but wonder if the well-read Marks — himself a veteran of the espionage and code-breaking fields during WWII — used Viereck as something of an inspiration for Martin.

It’s also a bit unfair to just rest the complete success of the film at the feet of either Marks or Bennett, as there’s a great supporting cast, which includes a number of established stage actors who also made appearances in genre films, such as Billie Whitelaw (The Omen) as Susan’s mother, Frank Finlay (The Deadly Bees) as Martin’s stepfather, and the delightful Barry Foster (Frenzy) as a lascivious tenant, whose side role is my favorite thing about the film. He's so wonderful that it's almost unfair to the other actors. It’s weird for me to see Hayley Mills in a horror movie — I’m familiar with her solely because of the Disney Channel’s incessant screening of The Parent Trap when I was a kid — but she’s very well used here in the sort of wide-eyed, well-meaning innocent role that pops up in a lot of these types of films. She begins to get wise to "Georgie," which at least elevates her a bit from the hapless victim type that Hammer couldn't get away from during this period.

Twisted Nerve comes recommended, though it’s probably not quite what you’d expect, unless you've seen a lot of these English psychopath films. There are a few murders — Martin uses his sudden lack of fixed identity and new residence to provide him with an alibi — though they are relatively bloodless or occur off-screen. The most famous thing about the film is actually the Bernard Herrmann score, which has one of the single most punishing songs in any horror film, though it should come as no surprise that Herrmann turns it into a compelling and oddly flexible theme that repeats throughout the film in several different ways; you’ll also probably recognize it from Kill Bill. Pick Twisted Nerve up on DVD. It’s got nothing on Straight on Till Morning, but really, what has?

Monsanto Bayer. It really is that ugly

They made explosives and lethally poisonous gases using shared technologies and sold them to both sides in both  World Wars. The same war chemicals were bought by the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers, from the same manufacturers, with money borrowed from the same federated reserve bank.
by Dr. Vandana Shiva, Global Research: 
GMO_vandanashiva650fiAward Winning Author and Scientist Dr. Vandana Shiva
India is steeped in synthesised controversy, created by Monsanto on the first GM crop supposedly-approved for commercialisation in India. Engaged in litigation on many fronts, Monsanto is trying to subvert our Patent Law, our Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Act, our Essential Commodities Act , our Anti Monopoly Act (Competition Act). It is behaving as if there is no Parliament, no Democracy, no Sovereign Laws in India to which it is subject. Or, it simply does not have any regard for them.
In another theatre, Monsanto and Bayer are merging. They were one as MOBAY (MonsantoBayer), part of the Poison Cartel of IG Farben. Controlling stakes of both Corporations lies with the same private equity firms.
he expertise of these companies are those of war. IG Farben – Hitler’s economic power and pre-war Germany’s highest foreign exchange earner – was also a foreign intelligence operation. Herman Shmitz was President of IG Farben, Shmitz’s nephew Max Ilgner was a Director of IG Farben, while Max’s brother Rudolph Ilgner handled the New York arm of the ‘VOWI‘ network as vice president of CHEMNYCO.
Paul Warburg – brother of Max Warburg (Board of Directors, Farben Aufsichsrat) – was one of the founding members of the Federal Reserve System in the United States. He was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Max Warburg and Hermann Schmitz played a central role in the Farben empire. Other “guiding hands” of Farben Vorstand included Carl Bosch, Fritz ter Meer, Kurt Oppenheim and George von Schnitzler. Every one of them were adjudged ‘War Criminals’ after World War II, except Paul Warburg.
Monsanto and Bayer have a long history. They made explosives and lethally poisonous gases using shared technologies and sold them to both sides in both  World Wars. The same war chemicals were bought by the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers, from the same manufacturers, with money borrowed from the same federated reserve bank.
MOBAY (MonsantoBayer) supplied ingredients for Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. 20 million gallons of MOBAY defoliants and herbicides were sprayed over South Vietnam. Children are still being born with birth defects, adults have chronic illnesses and cancers, due to their exposure to MOBAY’s chemicals. Monsanto and Bayer’s cross-licensed Agent Orange Resistance has also been cross-developed for decades.
Wars were fought, lives were lost, countries carved into holy lands – with artificial boundaries that suit colonisation and resource grab – while Bayer and Monsanto sold chemicals as bombs and poisons and their brothers provided the loans to buy those bombs.
More recently, according to Monsanto’s website Bayer CropScience AG and Monsanto Co. have “entered into a series of long-term business and licensing agreements related to key enabling agricultural technologies”. This gives Monsanto and Bayer free access to each other’s herbicide and the paired herbicide resistance technology. Through cross licensing agreements like these, mergers and acquisitions, the biotech industry has become the IG Farben of today, with Monsanto in the cockpit.
The Global Chemical and GMO industry – Bayer, Dow Agro, DuPont Pioneer, Mahyco, Monsanto and Syngenta – have come together to form Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII)  to try and become bigger bullies in this assault on India’s farmers, the environment , and democratically framed laws that protect the public and national interest.This is in addition to the lolly-group ABLE, the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises, which tried to challenge India’s Seed Price Control order issued under the Essential commodities Act, in the High Court of Karnataka. The case was dismissed.
The new Group is not “seed Industry”, they produce no seeds. And they try to stretch patents on chemicals to claim ownership on seed, even in countries where patents on seeds and plants are not allowed by law. This is the case in India, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and many other countries.
All the Monsanto cases in India are related to Monsanto un-scientifically, illegally and illegitimately claiming patents on seed, in contempt of India’s laws, and trying to collect royalties from the Indian seed industry and Indian farmers. The FSII is an “IG Farben 100 Year Family Reunion”, a federation is a coming together of independent and autonomous entities.
The Farben family chemical cartel was responsible for exterminating people in concentration camps . They embody a century of ecocide and genocide, carried out in the name of scientific experimentation and innovation. Today the poison cartel is wearing G-Engineering clothes, and citing the mantra of “innovation” ad nauseum. Hitlers concentration camps were an “innovation” in killing. 100 years later, the Farben Family are carrying out the same extermination, silently, globally, much more efficiently.
Monsanto’s “innovation” of collecting illegal royalties and pushing Indian farmers to suicide is also an innovation in killing without liability, indirectly. Just because there is a new way to kill does not make killing right, or a right. “Innovation” like every human activity, has limits – limits set by ethics, justice, democracy, the rights of people, the rights of nature.
I G Farben was tried at Nuremburg. We have national laws to protect people, their right to life and public health, and  the environment. India’s Biosafety laws and Patent, and Plant Variety Act are designed to regulate greedy owners of corporations – with a history of crimes against nature and humanity.
Industry is getting ready to push its next “gene” the  GM-Mustard (DMH-11). The GM mustard being promoted as a public sector “innovation” is based on barnase/barstar/ gene system to create male-sterile plants and a bar gene for Glufosinate Resistance.In 2002 Pro-Agro’s (Bayer) application for approval for commercial planting of GM Mustard based on the same system was rejected.
Although banned in India, Bayer finds ways to sell Glufosinate, to the tea gardens of Assam and the apple orchards of Himachal Pradesh, illegally. Sales agents show the Glufosinate sales under the ‘other’ category to avoid regulation. These chemicals are finding their way into the bodies of our children without government approval. Essentially all key patents related to the bar gene are held by Bayer Crop Science which acquired Aventis Cropscience, which itself was created out of the Genetic Engineering divisions of Schering, Rhone Poulenc and Hoechst. Then Bayer acquired Plant Genetics Systems, and entered into cooperation agreement with Evogene – which has patents on genome mapping.
Before any approval is granted to the Genetically Engineered Mustard, the issue of limits to patentability needs to be resolved on the basis of Indian law, patents on plants and seeds and methods of agriculture must not be allowed, because they are not allowed.
Pental, a retired professor and GM-Operative, will not commercialise GM Mustard seed. His Commanding Officers at Bayer/Monsanto/MOBAY will.
Given our experience with GMO cotton, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is considering the option of putting in place guidelines for socio-economic assessment to judge proposed GM varieties on the basis of factors such as economy, health, environment, society and culture.
At the core of socio economic assessment is the issue of monopolies and cartels and impact on small farmers. Even though patents on seeds are not allowed, for more that one and a half decade Monsanto has extracted illegal royalties from Indian farmers, trapping them in debt, and triggering an epidemic of farmers suicides. Monsanto’s war on India’s foot soldiers – farmers – is a war being waged by the Farben Family, on our Earth Family.