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.
Why aren’t there more women in Star Wars? Why is Leia out there all (or mostly) alone? Hudson argues that this man-surplus is entirely arbitrary—and therefore easily reversible.
I’m not so sure, though. To me, Star Wars’s lack of women seems linked to a deliberate lack of interest in women. The film franchise is designed to be a series of male genre pictures, and for proof, all you need to do is look at the innovative, non-traditional approaches to gender other sci-fi works have taken—which Star Wars and other Hollywood films avoid.
First, though, I want to acknowledge the force of Hudson’s argument. In some sense, as she says, the dearth of women in Star Wars is arbitrary. There’s no diegetic or contextual reason for it. If Star Wars were the Western that it in many ways imitates, then of course you wouldn’t necessarily expect there to be lots of female gunfighters, because gender roles back in the time period when Westerns are often set restricted what women could do. But Star Wars isn’t a Western; it’s a science-fiction story, which means anything goes. As Hudson says, “Science fiction in particular has always offered a vision of the world not myopically limited by the world as it exists, but liberated by the power of imagination.” The creators of Star Wars could have used those powers of imagination to create a world with lots of important female characters. Instead, they chose to create a world in which women barely exist.
I hate to be nitpicky, but it is an important point. Star Wars is fantasy movie and not science fiction. And as such, all the drivel about ”science fiction in particular has always offered a vision of the world not myopically limited by the world as it exists” is pointless.
How ’bout a pay cut for government workers: Big pay cut contemplated for civilian defense workers
Via MIT Tech Review:
A leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil’s Singularity isn’t going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines.
Miguel Nicolelis, a top neuroscientist at Duke University, says computers will never replicate the human brain and that the technological Singularity is “a bunch of hot air.”
“The brain is not computable and no engineering can reproduce it,” says Nicolelis, author of several pioneering papers on brain-machine interfaces.
The Singularity, of course, is that moment when a computer super-intelligence emerges and changes the world in ways beyond our comprehension.
Among the idea’s promoters are futurist Ray Kurzweil, recently hired on at Google as a director of engineering and who has been predicting that not only will machine intelligence exceed our own but that people will be able to download their thoughts and memories into computers (see “Ray Kurzweil Plans to Create a Mind at Google—and Have It Serve You”).
Nicolelis calls that idea sheer bunk. “Downloads will never happen,” Nicolelis said during remarks made at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston on Sunday. “There are a lot of people selling the idea that you can mimic the brain with a computer.”
The debate over whether the brain is a kind of computer has been running for decades. Many scientists think it’s possible, in theory, for a computer to equal the brain given sufficient computer power and an understanding of how the brain works.
But Nicolelis is in a camp that thinks that human consciousness (and if you believe in it, the soul) simply can’t be replicated in silicon. That’s because its most important features are the result of unpredictable, non-linear interactions amongst billions of cells, Nicolelis says.
“You can’t predict whether the stock market will go up or down because you can’t compute it,” he says. “You could have all the computer chips ever in the world and you won’t create a consciousness.”
I guess man isn’t intelligent enough to design human capabilities and this is a good thing.
Too bad Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was canceled so quickly.
Sylvester Stallone says that despite his “Rambo” image and new shoot-em-up film “Bullet to the Head,” he’s in favor of new national gun control legislation.
Stallone supported the 1994 “Brady bill” that included a now-expired ban on assault weapons, and hopes that ban can be reinstated.
“I know people get (upset) and go, ‘They’re going to take away the assault weapon.’ Who … needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you’re carrying out an assault. … You can’t hunt with it. … Who’s going to attack your house, a (expletive) army?”
The 66-year-old actor, writer and director said he also hopes for an additional focus on mental health to prevent future mass shootings.
Right, this coming from a guy who made untold million of dollars appearing in dozens of movies with the same basic premise “lone tough guy arms himself to take on the crooks or rouge government agents.”
Saw a blurb on Drudge about the poor air quality in China and an entrepreneur selling ‘air in a can’:
The air is so bad that wealthy Chinese entrepreneur, Chen Guangbiao, is selling fresh air in soft drinks cans, similar to bottled drinking water. Each can is sold for 5RMB or about 80 cents. Chen is well known for his charitable donations and publicity stunts. He says he wants to stimulate awareness of environmental protection among government officials and citizens by selling the canned fresh air.
And the first thing that came to mind was this…
Hollywood has never found real replacements for the macho-men stars who dominated the action genre in the ’80s and ’90s.
These days, action franchises tend to be built around brand-name characters — “Batman,” “Superman,” “Spider-Man” — with assorted actors taking over the roles almost interchangeably.
This past summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” was a perfect example, with Andrew Garfield taking the Spidey role from Tobey Maguire.
Audiences didn’t care; the film still earned $262 million domestically. The actors, fine as they may be, don’t matter; the role matters.
Back in their heyday, and even now, the roles didn’t matter for Schwarzenegger or Stallone or Willis. The star mattered. It was a Schwarzenegger movie. It still is.
Even the actor who’s come closest to duplicating the action actors success of yore — Robert Downey Jr., 47, who has both the “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises — isn’t in the same class as the old boys. “Iron Man” is an Iron Man movie, not a Robert Downey Jr. movie. As much as he’s shined in the role, someone else could come along and do it.
No one else is going to come along and be Rocky or Rambo or John McClane or the freaking Terminator.
And it’s not just the 80′s and 90′s that had major action heroes starring in movies. John Wayne and Clint Eastwood come to mind as action heroes from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s who were major box office draws.
Oh, by the way, did someone mention The Duke? This interview (audio only) of John Wayne describing liberals is a must hear.