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The Muppet With the Dragon Tattoo

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

A parody on the trailer for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, with…y’know, the Muppets!

Just when you think the Muppets can’t any more awesome, they do.

The Muppets opens November 23, 2011.

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‘The Amazing Spiderman’ Trailer!

July 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Omigod, omigod omigod!

Moon Motion Movie Madness!

June 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Alliteration is fun.

Anywhooo…a lot of people know that only one side of the moon faces the Earth. That is because the moon rotates on its axis at roughly the same rate that it orbits the Earth.

The side of the moon which faces away from the Earth is commonly referred to as the Dark Side of the Moon (also one of the best album’s of all time).

In actuality, through the course of a year we see about 59% of the Moon’s surface. That is because the moon tilts and wobbles a bit, so sometimes we get a little more moon for our buck.

This video by the Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio shows one whole year of moon motion in a 2.5 minute time lapse video.

Pretty cool stuff!

Also, don’t forget to check out today’s Google Doodle, which is a nifty little animation showing today’s total lunar eclipse.

 

‘Star Wars’ Blu-Ray Release Date Announced. Also, May the 4th be With You!

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Yup, it is Star Wars Day. The one day a year when all Star Wars fans prove how truly nerdy they are.

Be sure to say ‘May the Fourth be with you’ to a non-nerd today and be amused at the pitying head shake you will no doubt receive.

I have already gotten several.

And oh yes, Fox has chosen this most holy of holy days to announce that the Star Wars Saga will be released on Blu-Ray in September 2011.

What does this mean for Star Wars fans? It means we will all soon own the original Star Wars trilogy in 3 different video formats. Go us!

My Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books: #10 – Watership Down

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

So yes, I am away on vacation.

You can hear about how things are going by checking my Twitter feed. I’ve never driven across British Columbia before so I’m sure I’ll have lots to tweet about.

But in the meantime, you are getting a special treat. My second Top 10 list! This time it’s my top 10 sci-fi/fantasy novels. (The first was my Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies)

A quick caveat. These are my favourite novels. Not necessarily the most well written, well crafted, though provoking, social commentating sci-fi books of all time. They are simply the books I can read over and over and over again and never get tired of them.

If you disagree, let me know! I’d love to hear about your favourites, and I really enjoy getting book recommendations too, so don’t be shy.

Ok, let’s get started with…

#10 – Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972)


Watership Down

Image via Wikipedia

You might think that a group of rabbits trying to find a new home sounds like a Disney movie. But Richard Adams turns this mundane idea into an enthralling heroic fantasy story.

Engaging characters and a surprising amount of creepiness (the strange rabbits in Cowslip’s warren gave me the heebie-jeebies) set this novel apart from other, more childish stories.

A good deal of violence and religious overtones make this book a grown-up fantasy that anybody would find entertaining. There was also an animated version that follows the novel quite closely, though I would not recommend it for young children. (Apparently there is a Facebook support group for those who were traumatized by the movie as a child)

So this book is a great start to my Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels. And there is a lot more yet to come!

All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.

– Richard Adams, Watership Down

All Entries

#10 – Watership Down

#9 – The Harry Potter Series

#8 – The Wheel of Time Series

#7 – The Stars My Destination

#6 – To Say Nothing of the Dog

#5 – Doomsday Book

#4 – Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

#3 – The Farseer Trilogy

#2 – Flowers for Algernon

#1 – The Martian Chronicles

Can Statistics Predict the Body Count in Scream 4?

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m usually not a big fan of slasher movies, but Scream was an exception. It has a self mocking, ‘we know it’s kinda stupid but it’s entertaining so shut-up!’ attitude which I found very refreshing.

The sequels weren’t as good as the original, but they were ok. And with Scream 4 being released on April 15, the question is: What will the body count be?

Well, you have to follow the rules of the sequel, of course.

There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to create a successful sequel. Number one: the body count is always bigger.

Forrest Wickman and others on Brow Beat went through the data and created a chart detailing the body count as a function of franchise installment number for many popular horror franchises. They were looking to see if the body count “rule” was actually followed. These are the results:

As you can see, in general the body counts do go up with sequel number.

They also came up with an empirical formula for predicting the number of kills in each installment. This takes into account certain factors such as the ‘zombie factor’ and the number of colons in the title of the movie.

Using this formula, they predicted the body count in Scream 4 would be 11.

One can only hope that David Arquette will be one of those 11.

Hurray for using statistics for something useful!

 Update (April 15, 2011) *SPOILER*

Turns out, the actual body count is 15. Meh, not bad.

Why I Already Like The New Spider-Man Movie

February 15, 2011 3 comments

Even though its not coming out until next summer, “The Amazing Spider-Man” already looks like it will be an improvement on the Tobey Maguire incarnation of the lovable web-slinger.

Here’s part of the reason why I’m getting impressed. This photo was just released by Sony:

Photo Credit: Peter Tangen

And as pointed out on Collider, if you zoom in on the hands you can see something weird…

See those devices on his wrists? In the original comic books, Peter Parker was quite adept at chemistry and applied science (skills I appreciate). Although his radioactive spider bite gave him super human strength, agility, the ability to climb walls, as well as a “spidey-sense” that alerts him to danger, he did not have the ability to shoot web from his wrists.

Those devices were actually an invention of Peter Parker’s to enhance his spider-like abilities.

This concept was not in the first few Spiderman movies, which had Tobey Maguire actually shooting web from weird growths on his wrists.

Is it a fine point? Yes. But I like that this movie seems to be paying a bit more attention to detail. It also looks as though this reboot won’t be as campy as the previous Sam Raimi directed movies.

Nothing against Sam Raimi, but he should stick to Evil Dead and Xena: Warrior Princess type stuff.

Egyptian Crisis Explained using Indiana Jones

February 2, 2011 1 comment

As explained on Moviefone, @furrygirl has devised a way to explain the Egyptian crisis to Americans, or those who simply need a more visual and familiar medium to understand the underlying causes of the unrest there.

Good stuff.

Turning Boring Data Into Awesome Movies

January 21, 2011 Leave a comment

As reported today on Scientific American, the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), turn terabytes worth of data into majestic astronomic visual treats.

They talk more about the process in the Scientific American piece.  For me though, sometimes you just want to see the Universe in all its awesomeness, and leave the data analysis to the experts. (That last statement is a bit ironic since I am a data analyst, but that’s not important right now…)

The first mini-galaxies formed when the universe was just a few hundred million years old. Over time, these small galaxies interacted and merged to build up ever larger galaxies, including big spirals like our own Milky Way. Credit: NCSA/NASA/B. O’Shea (MSU) and M. Norman (UC San Diego)

Two spiral galaxies undergo a protracted crash lasting two billion years, eventually merging into a single elliptical galaxy. Credit: NCSA/NASA/B. Robertson (Caltech) and L. Hernquist (Harvard Univ.)

Beginning when the universe is about 20 million years old and continuing to the present day, this visualization provides a glimpse of how the cosmic web may have developed. Credit: NCSA/NASA/R. Cen and J. Ostriker, (Princeton Univ.)

You can see a few more videos like these at the James Webb Telescope page.