Thursday, March 22, 2012

Government Explained to an Alien

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The X21 Flashlight. Ideal UFO Beacon?

Okay, so it's likely to take millions of years for your Morse code to reach the gang at Alpha Centauri but if there's an alien mothership lurking behind its invisibility shields, visitors from another planet/galaxy/plane/time should be able to read you loud and clear, as long as you're deploying the 1100 lumens of LED candlepower in your fist.

Produced by LED Lenser, this bad-boy isn't cheap but if you're looking for a seriously powerful electric torch that you can still slip inside a jacket, you may want to save up 500 bucks and get this one.

via Wired

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Prometheus - Official Full HD Trailer

It's been awhile in the making but Ridley Scott has just let loose the HD trailer for his latest sci-fi epic and it looks like a real whopper.

Not only that but it sounds like Prometheus is likely to have at least one follow-up release.

The film, which should be awesome in 3D, brings some well-known stars, including Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce, plus the rapidly-rising Michael Fassbender to the surround-screen fun of an interstellar horror mystery show that tells us yet again, to beware the unknown.

This looks to be no mere alien terror  - our brazen heroes are faced with the horrifying truth of how mankind faces a tragic destiny... unless they can slay their truly gigantic foe..

So, sounds like terrific fun, then!

Our sister blog, gearheads, has some videos of Michael Fassbinder on the BBC's Top Gear program.

More info on Prometheus at, wikipedia, and the movie's website (which was down when we wrote this).

Update: those incredible visual effects? That's MPC. Check out their site for more of this company's superb VFX.

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

TED offers an excellent and entertaining talk about the numbers spewed by the entertainment industry that appears highly-relevant in this era of SOPA, ACTA and the TPP. In keeping with the theme of this excellent TED Talk, I'm simply going to copy and paste the relevant information in here:
Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists. 
 My favorite quote from this witty, entertaining and informative talk is,
"[The first MP3 player] was a big Christmas hit, because what little hoodlum wouldn't want a million and a half bucks-worth of stolen goods in his pocket?"