This is pretty cool:
NASA is planning to have mission to one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa ready in 2025:
For a little while now, NASA has been hinting at the idea of sending a craft to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The theory is that this little frozen sphere could harbor life below its crust, but proving that will cost NASA in both dollars and lost sleep. To build a spacecraft capable of surviving the radiation and massive gravitational forces Jupiter hurls into its environs, NASA will have to put in quite a few extra hours.
The idea is to have a mission to Europa ready by 2025, one year after humanity reaches Mars.
Doesn’t anyone remember HAL’s admonition to stay away from Europa at the end of 2010: The year we make contact?
For more than 40 years, Ramis was a leading figure in comedy. A veteran of the Second City troupe in his hometown of Chicago, he was a writer for “SCTV” and wrote or co-wrote the scripts for “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “Caddyshack” (1980), “Stripes” (1981), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Groundhog Day” (1993) and “Analyze This” (1999).
The films often featured members of his generation of comedy talents — veterans of the National Lampoon’s recordings, “Saturday Night Live” and “Second City TV” — most notably Ramis’ old comedy colleague and fellow Chicagoan Bill Murray.
“Harold Ramis and I together did ‘The National Lampoon Show’ off-Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’ He earned his keep on this planet,” said Murray in a statement. “God bless him.”
He wrote some of my favorite comedies from back in the day including Stripes:
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.
Leave it to the TSA to harass a 69 year old actor who has trouble getting around without a cane:
Peter Mayhew detailed an incident where he said security initially wouldn’t allow him to take his “Star Wars”-style cane through the airport.
Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, apparently took issue with airport security after they spotted his lightsaber-styled cane. Mayhew documented his frustration — and vindication — on Twitter, writing that TSA “won’t allow me through the airport with me cane!”
While the TSA debated whether to confiscate the lightsaber cane, Mayhew took to twitter to express his frustration.
Magic words to TSA are not "please" or "thank you".. It's "Twitter".. cane released to go home.. pic.twitter.com/pb4r8g3DH7
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) June 3, 2013
Sad, however not surprising, given the TSA’s track record.
Good news is Mayhew was finally allowed to keep his lightsaber cane.
Sometimes, “Star Wars” family stickers just aren’t enough. You need to make a bigger statement. That’s when you need to turn to “Star Wars” car-wraps and really get in-your-face with your fandom.
The partial wraps from FanWraps come in a multitude of different flavors. You can get a leaping, light saber-wielding Yoda, a stern-looking Darth Vader, a ready-for-action Boba Fett, a cuddly R2-D2, and a comic-book version of slave Princess Leia, among others.
DARPA has developed a cheap robotic hand that can almost match human performance in dexterous activities, like changing a tire.
Humanity’s greatest advantage over other forms of life is our ability to use tools (or, relatedly, that our intellect allows for the ability to use tools).
Here’s the video:
Also, check out this walking robot:
Walking robot + Robot that can grasp and manipulate tools =
Alain Block is an instructor with the Golden Gate Knights. And his martial arts and stage combat experience has earned him Jedi master status.
He says picking up a lightsaber is like an initiation to a whole new world.
“When a person gets their lightsaber, suddenly you’re part of this other group of people that are a little
more in touch with the secrets of the universe, I don’t know.”
He teaches students how to do lightsaber twists and turns.
Asked what people think of the idea of Jedi training, student Julio Reyes says people are incredulous
but enthusiastic about the experience.
“At first they giggle, because they think it’s a little silly. Then they’re like, actually that’s kind of cool.
Then they start asking more questions.”
Many students want to be their childhood hero, Luke Skywalker
And here is the video. Remember what is seen can never be unseen..
I hate mixing movie and T.V references, but I think Shatner had it right…
What is it with Rolling Stone and their lists?
Actually the RS movie list isn’t too bad. Either that or (more than likely) I’m not enough of a movie buff to get worked up over their omissions.
That being said, I do think they missed the mark on one of my all time favorite movies (the British Invasion music is fantastic) Rushmore. They singled out ‘Ooh La La‘ from The Faces but left out Wasting Time from The Creation.
Left of the list is the My Sharona scene from Reality Bites.
I’m sure I missed other excellent great rock and Roll movie moments.