Mr Halloween, Alice Cooper:
Piers Morgan, obnoxious tool:
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 25, 2013
The response below from Sarah is brilliant on many levels…
High power black rifle: Check
Large dead bear: Check
Witty retort to Piers Morgan: Check
The digital world has changed the world of practical effects — there are fewer opportunities now to build a life-sized animatronic T. rex, said Coulier and Clement. Computer graphics are simply cheaper for an effect of that scale.
But the art of prosthetic makeup is still going strong. Even the heavily CGI spectacle of 2013′s zombie-apocalypse film “World War Z” was underpinned by real-world makeup.
“We did close to 5,000 makeups on World War Z, because basically you’ve got these guys running down the street and there’s a hundred of them and you may glimpse a makeup on one of them, so you have to do the hundred, really,” Coulier said. His team’s work is spotlighted late in the film when Brad Pitt gets up-close-and-personal with a lab full of zombie scientists. [The 10 Scariest Movies Ever]
Meanwhile, 3D printing has changed the way Clement does business. The effects’ gurus can sculpt a monster head using a computer program, then make tweaks and print it out.
“It’s an extremely fast way of sculpting and of doing concepts,” Clement said. Concepts are the mock-ups shown to moviemakers as a sort of first draft of the effect. Instead of building them from scratch only to have to re-do them with filmmakers’ fixes, Clement’s team can now keep them digital-only until all the changes have been made.
While you will never get similar material proprieties (work hardening of metals during cold forging or molecular boding of plastic material during injection molding) using 3D printers as you would from conventional manufacturing processes, the things that can be done with the process are amazing in their own right.
San Francisco — The governors of eight states including California and New York pledged Thursday to work together to create charging stations and other fueling infrastructure needed to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on those states’ roadways by 2025 to curb greenhouse gas pollution.
Representatives from all eight states were gathered in Sacramento to sign a memorandum of understanding that would create a task force meant to help increase charging infrastructure, roadway signs and other changes in an effort to buoy the market for electric cars, hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. By 2015, there are expected to be more than 200,000 zero emissions vehicles on roads across the U.S.
The other states involved are Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. The eight states together represent about 23 percent of the U.S. auto market.
The idea of where spending public money replacing ‘infrastructure’ for cars when we already have more than enough ‘infrastructure’ is laughable. What the governors are proposing is a classic example of Fredric Bastiat’s broken window economics parable and unfortunately a much too large portion of the electorate buys into this nonsense.
This story illustrates the reason why people in government love the global warming hoax. Politicians and bureaucrats can implement all kinds of new spending, regulations and taxes that will line their donors pockets combating a (non) problem that will supposedly manifest itself years in the future, and the politicians and bureaucrats responsible for the massive scam are long gone.
One last point, if our intrepid clutch of leftists governors get anywhere close to their goal of 3.3 million EV’s on the road, it will be fun watching all the little eco-warriors lining up at the recharging station for hours waiting for drivers ahead of them to complete the charging process.
Sitting for an hour or two at a ‘charging station’ waiting for your EV to charge doesn’t sound like a good time. Especially when you have places to be and things to do.
FedEx expects that holiday shoppers will be more nice than naughty this year, with shipments rising from 2012.
The company said Wednesday it expects to carry more than 22 million shipments on the busiest day of the season, which it believes will be Monday, Dec. 2. It handled about 19.9 million shipments on Dec. 17, 2012.
The way the story is written, you would think December 17th aka Wright Brothers Day, is the ‘holiday’ in question.
Wright Brothers day, while interesting, doesn’t have the same pizzazz as Christmas.
Via The Freep:
Judges from around the state gathered at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in late August, taking time off from the bench for an educational conference.
Two Oakland County Circuit Court judges took those days off and listed them as “educational’’ days on their time cards. But they never showed up for the conference.
Records obtained by the Free Press under the Freedom of Information Act show Judges Rae Lee Chabot and Shalina Kumar marked down Aug. 19 and 20 as education days to attend the Michigan Judges Association Annual Conference. The county paid the $150 registration fee for Chabot. Kumar did not register.
Neither set foot on the island. Both called the time cards a mistake and said they would rectify them.
I know I’d be fired if I made a ‘mistake’ like that on my time card.
Senate leaders struggled to draft an accord that averts a U.S. default and restores full government operations, as the shutdown entered its 13th day with a lapse in borrowing authority four days away.
Reneging on its debt obligations would make the U.S. the first major Western government to default since Nazi Germany 80 years ago.
Germany unilaterally ceased payments on long-term borrowings on May 6, 1933, three months after Adolf Hitler was installed as Chancellor. The default helped cement Hitler’s power base following years of political instability as the Weimar Republic struggled with its crushing debts.
I’m reasonably confident we are also the only major Western government to operate without an actual budget three years running. That being said, the United States will not stop payments on its debt even if our beloved government remains barely shout down:
Not so, Moody’s says in the memo dated Oct. 7.
” We believe the government would continue to pay interest and principal on its debt even in the event that the debt limit is not raised, leaving its creditworthiness intact,” the memo says. “The debt limit restricts government expenditures to the amount of its incoming revenues; it does not prohibit the government from servicing its debt. There is no direct connection between the debt limit (actually the exhaustion of the Treasury’s extraordinary measures to raise funds) and a default.
The memo offers a starkly different view of the consequences of congressional inaction on the debt limit than is held by the White House, many policymakers and other financial analysts. During a press conference at the White House Tuesday, Obama said missing the Oct. 17 deadline would invite “economic chaos.”
Reading Bloomberg, you get the distinct impression they are providing Congress with political cover for the bad deal coming to the American taxpayer.