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Kung Fury!!

Kung Fury bannerIt’s rare to have my mind blown this early in the day, but as I sat down to surf the webz while enjoying a nice healthy bowl of goat’s milk yogurt with pomegranate, blueberries, and granola, I saw this.

Suddenly, I was compelled to stand up, throw my health bowl out the window and eat an entire puma. RAW!!!

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‘Pacific Rim’ Is Just What The Geek Doctor Ordered

Pacific-Rim-BannerLast night I had the opportunity to attend an early screening of Pacific Rim which releases this Friday, July 12th. I will start by telling you that THIS MOVIE WAS AWESOME.

Leaving this spoiler free won’t be difficult and there’s a great reason why.

If you’ve seen the trailers, you get what the movie is about, Giant Monsters Vs Giant Robots (Kaiju Vs Jaegers in the movie lingo).  Now I’m sure we’ve all been burnt before by

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The Latest and Best ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer Yet!

If you haven’t yet heard of Pacific Rim, now is the best time to acquaint yourself with this fantastic new trailer released today by Warner Bros.

I cannot easily or calmly express how excited I am for this film.

From the production description:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

 

"Prototype" the movie…not the game.

Written by: Christopher Lee

Checking out upcoming film trailers, I came across this interesting little gem. I’d heard nothing about it previously. 

Italian-Argentine filmmaker, Marcelo Grion wrote and directed this film where, from what I can piece together by the trailer, seems to be sort of a combination of the Fugitive and Robocop. 

To me, it looks as if the scientist profiled in the beginning of the trailer is perhaps killed for some reason and maybe transfers his consciousness into the experimental machine. At least, that’s what I take from it.

At any rate, I like the robot design, and the film itself looks like it’ll be pretty cool.

It currently has a release listed for some time in 2013.

Thanks Pentagon, now Skynet's got another tool in it's belt.

Written by: Christopher Lee

As a friend of mine would say, “I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.”

All kidding aside, this video shows some amazing leaps in mobile robotic technology. Once a practical portable energy source is created (if it has not yet been, where’s our Arc Reactor Mr. Stark?), the world is going to change. Interestingly, and arguably, sadly, it looks as if that change will first come on the fields of battle. 

The “Cheetah”, as it has been dubbed by DARPA, is the latest, fastest, robotic instrument in a long line of alternative, multi-terrain technology. Says DARPA:

The use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions already saves many lives and prevents thousands of other casualties.  If the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots can be overcome, robots could much more effectively assist warfighters across a greater range of missions.  DARPA’sMaximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program seeks to create and demonstrate significant scientific and engineering advances in robot mobility and manipulation capabilities. “

Okay, so they say this is for defense and bomb disposal, but in my mind (and I can’t lie, in my mind, this scenario looks AWESOME), I see hundreds of atomic powered Robo-cats streaming across the battlefield taking out the opposing forces in one of the most fear-inducing scenes of chrome and blood since the T-1000 pulled it’s eye out in the first “Terminator” movie. I also see a pretty interesting segue into the creation of real-life “rat things” (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go read “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson and you can thank me later).

But, as said previously, all this, whether it is to be utilized for “good” or “evil”, is still far off until…wait, didn’t I read some theory about the progression of technology creating the fabled AI Singularity very soon? Oh man……we’re screwed…I think we need to stop worrying about the zombie apololypse and start working on civilian level EMP cannons…

-Chris

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