Month: December 2014

SCIENCE AND CHRISTMAS

PBS show It’s OK To Be Smart brings you the science behind Christmas. Why do the damn Christmas lights always tangle? How could Santa deliver all those presents (and none to me)? Why does Rudolf has a red nose? Hint: It’s not cancer. Check out the REAL science behind the questions:

VIRTUAL WINDSHIELD

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a virtual windshield system complete with interactive heads up display, ghost car navigation, and a 360 degree unhindered view of the road and I want it in my PT Cruiser CONVERTIBLE (playa’s gotta play) yesterday. The windshield system displays useful information like speed and rpm and also eliminates blind spots with video screens embedded in vehicle pillars. Check out the demo video:

ROBODUDE

That’s right folks the future is nye. A team of researchers at John Hopkins have fitted Les Baugh, a double amputee of nearly 40 years, with two robotic arms that he is capable of controlling with his mind. Les underwent an operation to reassign nerves in his chest to the mechanical devices which enable him to intuitively control the arms with 30 degrees of total motion. Ok sure we’re a few years away from seeing full on Robocop-types, but a man can dream.

If you want to skip the gobbledygook and get to the real (somewhat anticlimactic) meat jump ahead to the 2:25 mark.

YOU’RE NOT QUITE EVIL ENOUGH

After a disappointing threat to Sony from hacker group ‘Guardians of Peace’ (aka ‘The Crazies’ aka ‘All of North Korea’) last week, Dr. Evil makes a return to the spotlight to school the group on what it means to be truly evil.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Kim.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron team up to take out a bunch of angry dudes in the upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road. The fourth installment of the epic dystopian series follows the style of its predecessors in what looks to be holy-sh*t-balls-to-the-wall action-packed fun. Set for a May 15, 2015 US release, check out the trailer.

FOR THE WINOS

Trekkies rejoice! Release your inner Klingon with their famed drink of choice–bloodwine–now available on planet Earth. Typically made from fermented blood and sugar and renowned for its highly intoxicating properties, this version has been tailored to suit a much wider audience.

“Klingon Bloodwine is a wine traditionally consumed in celebration and victory. Whether drunk while reveling in triumph or simply enjoying life among friends, this could be the finest vintage of Klingon Bloodwine until 2309. Traditionally twice as strong as whiskey and best served warm, this sanguine version of Bloodwine is more human-friendly at 13% ABV and can be served slightly chilled or at cellar temperature (60-65 F)”.

Get yours here and make Warf proud.

A HEAVY METAL HOLIDAY

Get yourself in the Christmas spirit with the help of Saruman himself, actor Christopher Lee. At 92, Lee has recently released a metal version of the classic Christmas song, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” now retitled “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.” Some of Lee’s former releases include “Jingle Hell” and “Silent Night”. Have a listen to Lee one-horse-open-SLAY IT.

CINEMA SPACE TRIBUTE

Check out beautiful footage from 35 of the most visually stunning space movies in this video collage edited by Max Shishkin. The piece combines the soundtrack of Interstellar to the narration of Anthony Hopkins and includes footage from space epics like Gravity, Aliens, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.