The Hobbit & The Demon


Some interesting reflections on the latest Hobbit film.


A small film was released late last year: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – you may not have heard of it. It’s basically about a group of short, angry men trying to get their money back from a bully. They get help from an even shorter man, and old man, and Orlando Bloom.

OK, maybe that’s not the best synopsis ever, but I’m going to assume you know the film that I’m talking about.

I attended a midnight screening of Desolation (one of the 9 that were available in my hometown!) and enjoyed it – far more than the first Hobbit film. It had a more coherent and singular style, plus a lot more story development.

Instead of putting up a review, I want to take a look at one of the major themes in the film. Just like LOTR, the book which this film is based on was…

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The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012


This is why I love photography.



After the positive reception from last year’s Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012.

That time has come! Below are the top 100 POTDs for 2012. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to check out the site. May you continue to be inspired, educated and entertained by our beautiful planet and all that inhabit it.

*Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a POTD this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking amongst the photos 🙂

Enjoy! And stay Sifty my friends



Chicago Skyline

Photograph by Robert Elves…

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