Truly, I wish to do this with my laptop. A lot.
The actual point of this video is to promote an imminent Kickstarter for a computer that anyone can build, called the Kano. Now, why they'd name it after the most annoying character in the first Mortal Kombat game, I do not know. I just hope it doesn't make you want to claw your eye out.
Like the older, less preachy Michael Moore movies, or Sacha Baron Cohen's prank films if they had a point beyond mocking people's eagerness to please and play along, A Journey to Planet Sanity looks like a fun "reality based comedy" (they prefer not to use the d-word, documentary, presumably to defuse hyper-literal criticism right off the bat) in which Noobz actor/director Blake Freeman tries to help an elderly man break his financial addiction to anti-alien gimmickry. While on a road trip to debunk the various conspiracies "out there," Freeman does come up with the best crop circle gag I've ever seen (above).
The director/star was not on my radar before, but based on this trailer, I think he may have found his true calling, like when Joe Rogan became a UFC commentator, or Justin Willman went from cupcakes to magic. Check out both trailers after the jump - they're different enough to be worth it.More >>
We're so fond of fantasy action it can be easy to get jaded - but then real-life stuff like this comes along. Holy crap.
RELIEF SPOILER: they all survive.
Your Blu-ray column will be up a little later today so I could bring you the bravery of these true badasses...after the jump.More >>
Tim Cannon calls himself a biohacker, and talks a good game about transcending the body's limits and living for thousands of years, all while raging against the machine of the medical industry.
And he fights the power by surgically embedding a giant Bluetooth thermometer in his arm. It can monitor his body and send him a text if it detects that he might be getting a temperature. Because we have no other ways of checking for fevers in this day and age, apparently. He gets this thing embedded unanesthetized, because no licensed anesthesiologist is going to sign off on something like this. No doubt part of their censorious plan to keep geniuses like Tim from living forever.
Given that the device lights up under his skin, I'm wondering how he intends to change or charge the batteries. And I'm thinking that like so many party people with tramp stamps, he really just wants a little attention.
Anyway, video after the jump. You decide.More >>
I'm not entirely certain what the twisted Canadian creator's Body/Mind/Change project is, but apparently it will let you "create a next generation bio-tech recommendation engine, called Personal-On-Demand (POD)," i.e. the creepy thing pictured above, and is "an episodic interactive narrative that functions as a simulator for training their PODs." By the end of it, you generate your own custom mutant organ thingy and you'll actually get to own it.
The official website remains poker-faced about the whole thing, but claims there is "an eight-figure licensing deal to obtain the biology and technology IP found in Shivers, Rabid, Scanners, The Brood, Videodrome, and eXistenZ." That's a pretty good chunk of bio-mechanical, creepy crawly, suggestive organs.
After the jump, David Cronenberg himself will tell you all about it and you'll probably still be none the wiser. Took me a fair bit of digging to figure out it's not a horror maze. I think it's a web series of sorts now.
I just know that if anything goes wrong...blame Canada.
No, you don't have to be a Mustafarian lava mite - or whatever the hell the canonical name for those things is - to live in a house made from molten rock. By the time things come together, it has cooled down.
As of now this is only a concept, but it's basically akin to your everyday Jello mold in execution. Giant casting beds (that won't melt, somehow) in the shape of walls and a roof are dug in the path of an active volcano before it erupts. The lava fills them up, then eventually cools and solidifes. Dig those puppies up, and it's insta-houses all around!
"Lava as a material is naturally light and thermally insulating and has the potential to be a strong building block," said [Kieren] Jones, the guy who came up with this notion. With great optimism, he also adds, "The United Nations are currently able to predict with relative accuracy when each Decade Volcano is likely to erupt and determine the direction in which the lava will flow."
Nothing should go wrong with us trying to control natural disasters, right?
Remember the robo-roach kit, that can turn a bug into a momentarily programmable toy?
I'm sure it'll come as no surprise to you that PETA objects to it. But their objections are interestingly composed.
...cutting body parts off live, unanesthetized animals and super-gluing and surgically implanting electrodes in them--and providing online written instructions and a video demonstration on how to do so--may constitute illegally practicing veterinary medicine without a license, which is a felony.
I don't think concern for veterinary competition is their main issue, though.
Researchers have found strong indications that cockroaches are able to experience pain as well as evidence suggesting that they have complex memories, complex forms of learning, and spatial awareness and possess a level of consciousness paralleling that of vertebrates.
"Cockroaches are living beings with the ability to feel pain--not inanimate objects for kids or anyone else to stab and cut apart for 'fun,'" says general counsel to PETA Jeffrey Kerr. "The RoboRoach kit teaches kids the dangerous lesson that it's OK to hurt and torment animals--something that PETA believes is not only never OK but also clearly illegal in this case."
I wrote back to PETA to ask them if they felt the trapping or poisoning of roaches in the home was okay, and if not, what would be appropriate? This was their answer:
Thanks so much for your questions.
It's never okay to torture and mutilate cockroaches. Even if you hate or fear someone, that doesn't make torturing them right, just as it's not right to pull the wings off flies.
Homeowners in the U.S. spend nearly $5 billion a year on toxic pesticides in a vain attempt to create "pest-free" homes. The best way to remove roaches from your home is simply to keep a clean house. Eliminating sources of food, water, and shelter is a far more effective--and certainly more humane--way to resolve conflicts with these critters.
I offer all of this without comment, as I don't think it needs any. I wish you all good conflict resolution.
While people have put actual dead things on quad-copters before, this simulated spook with its glowing red eyes seems like a better bet for the insta-scare. Last weekend I frightened preschoolers at a Halloween event just by standing under a tree wearing a sheet with two eyeholes cut out, so imagine what more havoc this could create?
(The kids got their revenge, incidentally, by way of the stomach flu.)
Hit the jump to see the creepy copter in action.More >>
Seriously, major freakin' kudos to the guy who pulled this off. it's an outfit that's fun for baby, has nothing inappropriate to piss off mommy, and yet would scare the ever-lovin' shit out of me if I saw it coming my way in a darkened hallway like the one above.
if you don't believe me, hit the jump to see it in motion. You may not know whether to say "D'awwww!" or "HOLY JESUS FUCK!!!"More >>
I just had a very productive discussion with Patrick Wang, account manager for Livefyre at the VMG sites. He is aware of all the issues, as I have made him so at every opportunity!
Now, here's the part where he'd like to hear from you. This is your space to vent (please be polite to Patrick, who'll be reading, but say whatever you want about his product. He can take it). Not just about pet peeves and ongoing issues - please DO reiterate those - but ideals. What would you like to see comments do that they don't yet do? What features of the old system do you miss that have not carried over to Livefyre? For example: would you like to have ways to display images other than imgur? Cumulative "Like" counts (and if so, where would those be displayed)? Something Disquus does that they don't?
Hell, do you have some really out there idea nobody has thought of yet? Bring it on!
Neither Patrick nor I wants to just accept broken comments as a running joke. Let's all make it better than ever.