Battlestar Galactica 1978: The Special Edition?

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Remember when classic Star Trek got a special-effects makeover? Unlike George Lucas revisionism, the original series saw re-release with an option to add CG-remastered effects, or simply show the originals.

There hasn't really been a clamor one way or another on Battlestar Galactica, a show for which the consensus seems to be that the reboot is way better, and the original is bad; something I will heartily dispute, as the original pilot has a lot of fully developed characters and a decent Twilight Zone-ish morality tale at its heart against the backdrop of a war for survival.

But anyway, special effects artist Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz has updated some classic sequences with modern CGI, and the result is a blend so seamless I can't tell what's new (granted, it has been a while, and in Ireland, season premieres were released theatrically as movies - yes, even the 1980 one). I don't find the adjustments to be in any way blasphemous...but see if you do.

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Dawn of the Daleks: Cone-Shaped Security Robots Are Now on Patrol

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

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They are not armed, we are assured, and people supposedly want to hug them.

Also they look like giant butt plugs. Which may or may not be related to the hugging.

Attack them, and they'll make a loud noise. You know, like everything that gets attacked. Really, these function most like Imperial Probots - they send constant camera feeds back home, and if you fuck them up, the operator will know something went wrong. And that's when we realize that the Galactic Empire never had to worry about budget.

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Net Neutrality: Won't Somebody PLEASE Think of the Kittens?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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I know I don't usually post political thoughts here, but this time, I could not sit back and be silent. There is an issue of vital national importance afoot, and it behooves us all to pay attention and take a stand.

Net neutrality will affect your kittens.

I know, I know. You thought it was just an issue of corporations versus government. In fact, though, it's about kittens TAKING OVER THE WORLD.

Watch and learn.

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Friday Round-up and Weekend Open Thread

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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-"Their defense is down!" It's San Antonio Spurs Ackbar.

-PlayStation is working on a TV on-demand device. I feel old for not quite understanding why I need it.

-Val Kilmer is selling some really awful "art" online.

-Video riff on "The Force Awakens" features Jar Jar taking a shit. Ahh, Internet.

-Underoos were cool for us as kids because regular T-shirts weren't cool back then. Adult Underoos seem like too little too late.

-The race to be the first zombie movie to exploit Ebola fears has begun.

-Tattooed scientist wears a shirt designed by the wife of his tattoo artist. Lands a goddamn probe on a comet. People online go into offense overdrive, prompting a tearful apology. This is why we (sometimes) can't have nice things.

But what would you like to talk about? There WILL be a recap thread this week, so go crazy.

Man to Be Eaten Alive by Anaconda on Discovery Channel

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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This is no gimmicky suicide attempt - Paul Rosolie is a wildlife filmmaker who simply wants to experience a serpent from the inside. He plans to survive it in the custom-made snake survival suit he has created.

Via communications in Parseltongue, we trust he was able to find a snake who prefers to swallow rather than spit. You can find out Dec. 7th.

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Surprised It Took This Long. Here's a Porn Short Filmed With Drones.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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As you can see, the porn part is sometimes a little difficult to make out, because this is one of them there artistic statements. The idea being, "What if we were randomly having sex in a really unlikely wide-open space and a drone flew overhead?"

"We wanted to see the artistic value of this perspective," says one of the filmmakers of "Drone Boning." "The plan was to take beautiful landscapes and just put people fucking in them," says another.

"Even drones know to make love and not war, maaaan!" said some random hippie I just made up.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How to Mess With Phone Scammers

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though. We're all mad here.

Happy first week of November. Wow, it is already November - how time flies. Well, I hope you all survived Halloween and got your day-after 1/2 price candy - I did. Only a few more weeks to Turkey Day and then Christmas. Last weeks events had their ups and downs. Starting last Thursday, Edison (our power company) turned off the power from 8 am to 5 pm. Such fun on a work day. So the night before I had to work late and then after it all came back online I had to work Thursday night to make up of the lost day of work. Such fun. But hey, it finally all worked out and I did get caught up. Learned that LYT survived Hello Kitty Con; there was no doubt that Julia would. Friday was Halloween - I stayed home and watched It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Then Saturday was the 1st Saturday breakfast at Copper Mountain - yum yum.

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Trailer for National Geographic Movie Robots 3D Will Reassure You They're Not Ultron

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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You've feared Ultron. You've felt for Chappie. But in this new trailer for an actual documentary about humanoid robots, you'll see that what they mostly do is paint, cut through stuff and fall down a lot.

Kind of like toddlers. Which leads one to question what will happen when they grow up...

Not that this movie will show that part.

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Tripping the Oculus Rift with Interstellar

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Fun fact about me: I didn't understand the appeal of the View-Master toy for most of my life. The reason was that rather than trying to focus my eyes through the viewer, I would always shut one for insta-clarity. And yet I had no idea - none - that in doing so, I was negating the 3D effect that was the main selling point of the thing.

No such mistakes with the Oculus Rift. Holy balls, is this thing amazing. And I say this after experiencing a three-minute "on rails" experience with no gaming element whatsoever.

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"Zombie Stars" Discovered Before Steven Moffat Could Invent Them

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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It's really just a sexy name, as far as I can tell, for a white dwarf that should have been obliterated in a supernova but remains partially alive. "Coma Star" doesn't sound as good.

But I am surprised science discovered this and came up with the name before we got an episode of Doctor Who in which Peter Capaldi finds that the sun is in fact an actual giant zombie. Like, maybe it died from eating a rotten egg that was actually a moon of something.

Actual science below...

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