Monday, August 16, 2010

News from the Fish Bowl

Oh, wow, the new computer is, like, so nice!  When I first met him he told me my scales were pretty and that I had a really nice bowl.  The Deej never pays me compliments like that.

I have neeeews!!!


This is an independent monster movie coming out near the end of October, and you can watch the trailer on iTunes.


Ray Bradbury turns ninety on August 22, and UCLA is paying special homage, partly because he typed Fahrenheit 451 in the basement of UCLA's Powell Library.  Read all about it here, where you can even leave a message for the birthday boy!


For the first time in, like, ever, one of those @home programs actually did something.  Idle computers running the Einstein@home program have found a previously unknown pulsar in data from Arecibo Observatory.
"This is a thrilling moment for Einstein@Home and our volunteers. It proves that public participation can discover new things in our universe. I hope it inspires more people to join us to help find other secrets hidden in the data," said Bruce Allen, leader of the Einstein@Home project, Max Planck Institute director and adjunct professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. [more...]
The discovery is credited to the computers of Chris and Helen Colvin, of Ames, Iowa, and Daniel Gebhardt, of Universität Mainz, Musikinformatik, Germany. They were recently seen discussing the matter with some suspicious-looking men in dark suits and sunglasses, and have not been seen since. At the time of writing, the Colvins and Gebhardt were unavailable for comment.


Head over to SF Signal and catch the video of a fantastic tour of a painting of the solar sytem by Licoti.  Note how the music crescendos when it gets to Pluto, which I think really is a planet just because I like it a lot, and because I once met a really nice fungus from there who was kind of cute, sorta.


In its Monday Hate, i09 explains why toy tie-ins suck:
And who could have predicted the insane extent of today's synergy between the toy biz and the movie biz? I'm not talking about the very excellent and story-driven Toy Story movies — I'm talking about Cinematic Ouevres that are Noticeably Designed Only for Merchandising. (Or CONDOMs, for short.) You can't even make sense of these films if you only think of them as vehicles for a story, it would be like watching a 3-D movie with only one eye. They only make sense as toy-selling vehicles. And now you have movies based on toys, which used to be the province of Saturday morning cartoons — in development, you've got a Stretch Armstrong movie, a Battleship movie, a Monopoly movie, and many others. But there are also plenty of movies that aren't based on toys, but might as well be. [more...]
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