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Ghostbusters 3 Set To Start Filming In May 2011?


There’s been almost no real movement on the eagerly anticipated, long-gestating Ghostbusters 3 for months. Because of that there’s been no reason to believe the movie, despite the best intentions of people like Ivan Reitman and Dan Akyroyd, will ever happen at all let alone any time soon. Except now, out of nowhere, not only does the oft reliable Production Weekly believe it’s happening, they believe Sony has actually set a start date for filming.

They say they’ve been hearing that Sony Pictures plans to put an Ivan Reitman directed Ghostbusters 3 into production in May of 2011. If true, that could mean you’ll see a Ghostbusters 3 in theaters during the summer of 2012.

Yet even Production Weekly seems a little uncertain on this rumor and if you’ve been following the somewhat tortured production process of Ghostbusters 3 at all, you know there are a lot of road blocks they’ll need to clear out of the way before they can begin filming in earnest. The biggest road block is Bill Murray who, up till now, has shown no sign of actually being interested in doing this movie. He’s demanded they kill him off, trashed the script, loudly proclaimed that he doesn’t think it’ll ever happen, and generally sounded like he simply doesn’t want it to. And without Venkman, there is no Ghostbusters sequel.

A few weeks ago, though, he did show up at the Scream Awards in full Ghostbusters regalia. Was that a sign that he’s had a change of heart and it’s full speed ahead on Ghostbusters 3? We’ll have more on this as it develops.

58-inch iPhone Table is multitouch on steroids

by Habibies

Steve Jobs says that multitouch must be horizontal, but for some reason, I don not think this is quite what he had in mind: the Table Connect for iPhone is a close-to-complete project that marries a 58-inch multitouch surface with your jailbroken iPhone 4 through a 30-inch Dock Connector… not only charging your iPhone but turning your desk into your iPhone.

I’d want one to perch my iMac, but seeing as how I have never once seen the surface of my desk underneath its perpetual detritus of tobacco ash, beer bottles and discarded Starbucks cups, it might be money ill spent.

Hope you see the product in the market soon. :)


90s Alternative Rock: the Best B-Sides and Rarities

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The 90s gave us some of the purest rock music ever, and it’s a testament to the quality of those bands that they were able to record dozens of solid albums and still have plenty of great rare material lying around. What follows is a list of some of the best B-sides, rarities, obscure tracks, and special releases from eight definitive 90s rock bands. Enjoy the flashback.

8. “Get Born Again” by Alice in Chains

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Recorded late in the band’s career and originally released on the boxed set Music Bank, “Get Born Again” highlights Layne Staley’s incomparably creepy vocal style. While it lacks some of the punch of songs like “Man in the Box,” it makes up for it with atmosphere.

7. “Cold Bitch” by Soundgarden

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Available on the single for “Spoonman,” “Cold Bitch” sounds like Black Sabbath’s self-titled track via the mind of an acid-tripping madman. Kim Thayil’s doom and gloom guitar tones complement Chris Cornell’s unparalleled vocal range. That “rare, unreleased track” that they recently slapped on their greatest hits album was a fluke; they have a lot of lesser-known material that’s just as good as the classics.

6. “So What!” by Jane’s Addiction

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Recorded specifically for the compilation release Kettle Whistle, “So What!” is an obscure Jane’s Addiction tune that is notable for featuring the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea on bass duties. His seductive rhythms provide the groove, while Dave Navarro’s psychedelic guitar tones and Eastern melodies ensure that Perry’s lyrics—“Life is for pleasure”—sound very, very appropriate.

5. “Fatal” by Pearl Jam

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Of all the 90s alternative rock bands, Pearl Jam has had some of the greatest success when it comes to staying relevant, and when you write enough material to release a B-sides album, Lost Dogs, that consists of two discs, it’s pretty easy to see why. “Fatal,” an outtake from the Binaural era, sounds simultaneously defiant and resigned, gentle and brutal. In strictly Pearl Jam terms, it is the middle ground between “Jeremy” and “Daughter,” featuring dark lyrics, acoustic guitars, heavy rhythms, and some of the most haunting vocal work Eddie Vedder has ever delivered.

4. “Search and Destroy” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Found on the “Give it Away” single, this cover of “Search and Destroy,” originally written and performed by Iggy and the Stooges, highlights the punk rock intensity that characterized the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s early years while maintaining their unique funk sound. The rough sound of the recording makes perfect sense for the song choice.

3. “The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Rage Against the Machine

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Bruce Springsteen was inspired by The Grapes of Wrath to pen this tune on economic inequality, and Rage Against the Machine was inspired by his socially conscious lyrics to cover it in their distinct rap-rock style. They did such a good job with it that, although originally released as a rare single, it ended up charting anyway. Zack de la Rocha’s voice is as angry as ever, and Tom Morello runs his guitar through so many effects pedals that you wonder how he made sense of what he was doing. Either way, it works, and the song was popular enough that another recording of it was made available on the band’s post-breakup cover album, Renegades.

2. “Molly’s Lips” by Nirvana

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Found on the Incesticide collection, “Molly’s Lips” is a cover of a song originally performed by The Vaselines. While the original recording features shimmering guitars, it’s a slow, forgettable tune that sounds a little too hollow to love. The aggressive approach that Cobain and company took with the song transforms it into a classic and represents what made Nirvana so successful: they played catchy tunes while sacrificing none of the ferocity of their punk rock roots. Not only was Cobain a superb songwriter, but he could pick out an already decent song—“The Man Who Sold the World” also comes to mind—and make it much, much better.

1. “Starla” by Smashing Pumpkins

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Originally released on the “I Am One” single and made widely available on Pisces Iscariot, a collection of B-sides, demos and covers that kept fans pacified during the recording of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, “Starla” is a monster of a song, clocking in at just about eleven minutes in length.

Prior to branching out with arrangements, electronic beats, and synthesizers, frontman Billy Corgan was all about creating the trippiest guitar sounds he could. The result is a track that begins with a gentle, clean riff and culminates in a five minute long solo featuring layers upon layers of fuzzed out electric guitars. It’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” for the slacker generation.

Photos: The Making of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video | Rolling Stone Music | Photos

Photos: The Making of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video | Rolling Stone Music | Photos

It’s been 17 years since Douglas Kirkland had exclusive access as the sole photojournalist at Michael Jackson’s landmark “Thriller” video. It wasn’t until Jackson’s death in June, 2009 that the photographer decided to finally share the wealth of material he originally shot for Life magazine in book form, due out this month as Michael Jackson: The Making of Thriller/4 Days/1983. We asked Kirkland about a few of his favorite shots, as well as what they revealed about the singer.

Click here for the full GALLERY: Photos: The Making of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video | Rolling Stone Music | Photos

Marijuana Policy Project: A clean sweep in Massachusetts!

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November 3, 2010

A clean sweep in Massachusetts!

Yesterday, 18 legislative districts were given the opportunity to let their legislators know that marijuana policy in Massachusetts needs reforming. On ballots across Massachusetts, voters were asked if their state officials should support medical marijuana or taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. In all 18 districts, the voters sent a message to Boston. Reform must happen.

Nine districts had public policy questions on the ballot asking if medical marijuana should be available to seriously ill residents with a doctor’s recommendation. All nine districts agreed it should be. Nine districts asked if marijuana should be taxed and regulated, like alcohol, as opposed to the current outright prohibition, which creates violence and wastes millions in resources. They all said yes. Although these questions are non-binding, they certainly send a strong message to legislators that reform must happen.

Many thanks go out to the various organizations who worked so tirelessly on these PPQs, including the Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts and MassCann. These organizations have helped amplify your voice, now it’s time to make sure it’s heard in Boston!

Thank you kindly for all your support and help.


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Legislative Analyst
Marijuana Policy Project

Vending Machine Grows 20,000 Heads of Lettuce a Year Without Sunlight

by Brian Merchant


Photos: Dentu

This is how we shall grow produce in the post-apocalyptic future

Finally -- a device that will guarantee we can still grow vegetables in the dark, after a nuclear holocaust has blocked out the sun or rampaging zombies have taken over our farmland. This Japanese lettuce-growing vending machine has been making the blog-rounds over the last few months, both because it doesn't require sunlight (it uses fluorescent bulbs) and because of the surprising yield it can churn out: 60 heads a day, or over 20,000 a year.

DVice explains:
The machine, called the Chef's Farm, was developed by Dentsu and can produce 60 heads of lettuce per day (or 20,000 heads per year) grown under 40 watt fluorescent lighting housed in a chrome housing that can be stored conveniently in any restaurant.
It can evidently grow other kinds of veggies as well.


The portable fluorescent garden goes is on sale for $90,000, with the target market ostensibly being restaurants that want locally manufactured, sun-free vegetables on site.

Re-Nest has more:

Chef's Farm comes with five nutri-culture beds, which are each installed on long and thin metal frames. The lettuce seeds are planted in sponges in frames that have to be moved manually ... The lighting equipment, culture solution, and temperature can be controlled for each bed, and five different vegetables can be cultivated at the same time.


Obviously, shining twelve 40 watt bulbs on a shelf of seeds isn't the most efficient way to grow veggies, and there's no word on just how much water these 'nutri-culture' beds consume to pump out the lettuce at such a rapid clip -- and there's no word on the quality or nutritional value of the lettuce either. I suppose it would cut down on delivery emissions, but not much more than using locally-sourced produce.


But at least Soylent Green won't be the only menu item in the dystopic urban wastelands of the future.

Hero Dad Catches Toddler After Tumble From Paris Apartment Building Window

Filed under: In The News, Weird But True

Nice catch, Dad. Credit: Getty Images

Zut alors!

It was the catch of a lifetime for a French good Samaritan, who saved a Parisian toddler from certain death this week.

An 18-month-old baby tumbled out of an apartment building in Paris Nov. 1, only to be saved by the open arms of a father who was passing by on the street below. The little girl, who fell seven stories, bounced off a cafe awning and was caught by the unnamed man, the New York Post reports.

The rescuer, who also happened to be a doctor, was alerted to the situation by his own young son. The boy got a glimpse of the child, who was allegedly playing with her sisters, just before she fell out of the window. French authorities are praising the man's quick reflexes and credit him with saving the baby's life.

The petite enfant, who also was not named, was taken to the hospital. Miraculously, she suffered nary a scratch during her frightening fall. According to the Post, the children were unsupervised at the time of the incident and les gendarmes are questioning the child's parents as to why the kids were left in the apartment alone.

World's Smallest Solar-Powered Movie House Seats 8

by Jerry James Stone

Sol CinemaPhoto via Facebook/The Sol Cinema

The Sol Cinema is a tiny, solar-powered movie house that seats eight adults or twelve children. While it might not be the best screen for watching Avatar, I'm sure it will sell out for An Inconvenient Truth 2: When Zombies Attack!

Sol Cinema CaravanPhoto via Facebook/The Sol Cinema

The cinema is a converted two berth caravan from the 1960's commissioned by the media arts charity Undercurrents. It runs on four large lithium ion batteries charged by two 120W solar panels. Undercurrents encourages people to make environmental films.

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First 3D-Printed Car Hits The Road

by Lloyd Alter, Toronto

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Credit: Stratasys

The Urbee has been an Automotive X Prize candidate and will be on The Discovery Channel's Canadian flagship Daily Planet. The car, designed by Kor Ecologic of Winnipeg, Canada, is an electric / liquid-fuel hybrid that will get the equivalent of over 200 mpg on the highway and 100 MPG in the city.

But it is also the first car ever to have its entire body printed out on a giant 3D printer.

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Credit: Stratasys

According to a press release from Stratasys:

Urbee is the first prototype car ever to have its entire body 3D printed with an additive process. All exterior components - including the glass panel prototypes - were created using Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus 3D Production Systems at Stratasys' digital manufacturing service - RedEye on Demand.

The designers at Kor point out the benefits of Fused Deposition Modelling:

"Our goal in designing it was to be as 'green' as possible throughout the design and manufacturing processes. FDM technology from Stratasys has been central to meeting that objective. FDM lets us eliminate tooling, machining, and handwork, and it brings incredible efficiency when a design change is needed. If you can get to a pilot run without any tooling, you have advantages."

The implications for building prototypes are obvious; you go straight from computer to finished part in a lot less time. But imagine a few years down the road, when everyone might order up the car body of their choice from a catalogue and just bolt it on a standard chassis. Ding the side? Just print up a replacement.

Eternal sunshine? Scientists create technique to delete traumatic memories

By Daily Mail Reporter


Researchers have found a way of permanently deleting painful memories, which they say could lead to drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder.

A team at John Hopkins University in the U.S removed a protein from the region of the brain responsible for recalling fear in tests on mice.

The mice were then unable to recall fear associated with a loud sound.

Science-fiction could soon be reality after researchers found a way to delete painful memories

Science-fiction could soon be reality after researchers found a way to delete painful memories. The concept was explored in the film Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind where Jim Carrey (pictured) and Kate Winslet decide to erase each other from their memories after a difficult break-up

The method is similar to that imagined in the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, where Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet decide to erase each other from their memories after a difficult break-up.

The scientists, whose report appears in Science Express, said it had important implications for patients whose lives were blighted by fear.

Lead researcher, Dr Richard L Huganir, said: 'When a traumatic event occurs, it creates a fearful memory that can last a lifetime and have a debilitating effect on a person’s life.

'Our finding describing these molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in that process raises the possibility of manipulating those mechanisms with drugs to enhance behavioural therapy for such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder.'

Behavioural therapy has been shown to ease the depth of the emotional response to traumatic memories, but not in completely removing the memory itself, making relapse common.

Dr Huganir and post-doctoral fellow Roger Clem focused on the nerve circuits in the amygdala, the part of the brain known to underly so-called fear conditioning in people and animals.

Using sound to cue fear in mice, they observed that certain cells in the amygdala conducted more current after the mouse was exposed to a loud, sudden tone.

They found temporary increases in the amount of particular proteins - the calcium-permeable AMPARs - within a few hours of fear conditioning that peaked at 24 hours and disappeared 48 hours later.

These particular proteins are uniquely unstable and can be removed from nerve cells.

Dr Huganir said: 'The idea was to remove these proteins and weaken the connections in the brain created by the trauma, thereby erasing the memory itself.'

In further experiments, they found that removal of these proteins depended on the chemical modification of the GluA1 protein.

Mice lacking this chemical modification of GluA1 recovered fear memories induced by loud tones, whereas litter mates did not recover the same fear memories.

Dr Huganir suggests that drugs designed to control and enhance the removal of calcium-permeable AMPARs may be used to improve memory erasure.

Dr Huganir said: 'This may sound like science fiction, the ability to selectively erase memories.

'But this may one day be applicable for the treatment of debilitating fearful memories in people, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome associated with war, rape or other traumatic events.'

This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.