I watched Tim's Vermeer today. I had read about it on Boing Boing 2-3 weeks ago. A few days later Joe had mentioned he'd watched it from NetFlix and enjoyed it. I put it on my queue, bumped it up to the top, then pushed it down a couple of discs. It's a film about Tim Jenison and his theory on how Johannes Vermeer painted the pictures he painted. There isn't much known about the life and painting techniques of Vermeer who is now known as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. He died young and didn't make that many paintings. If he used the method Tim comes up with in the movie I can sure see why. The movie was produced by Penn Jillette and directed by Teller. It took a long time for the film to get made because it took a long time for Tim to recreate the setting of the painting and all the props in it. I enjoy watching people making stuff. It's just one of those things I like. Hell, I even like machines making stuff. To make the movie they used various video cameras and wound up with 2400 hours of video. Don't worry, the movie only shows you 80 minutes of that material. What is there is entertaining and educational. It's well worth a look. And if you tell people about it, they'll think you're all scholarly and shit.