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Friday, January 7, 2011

Star Wars on Blu-ray!

Darth Vader announced the release of the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray. This announcement was a lavish event held at the Panasonic Booth at CES. Not only did Darth Vader show up with his “friends,” but major representatives from 20th Century Fox and were on hand. Check out the press release below:

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas’ epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)

Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)

Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.

Flanked by a legion of his finest Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.”

“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”

“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”

“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon’s customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”

Pre-order Star Wars on Blu-ray now!

F**k The Future: sometimes Technology Just Takes to Long

posted by: Sam Wow
Growing up we all watched Back to the Future and wondered what it would be like 25 years from then. Well it is now 2011 and it’s been the 2 1/2 decades since Marty and Doc gassed it up to 88 MPH.
Now that the time has arrived we’ve gotten a few new technologies. But how do those compare to what we had back then? And are we more fortunate to have all the glitter and gold of current day, or are the easier, more simple technologies better?

Winter Fridge

looking on ways to cuts costs....

John Lydon Thinking About A Sex Pistols Reunion

By Jeffrey Hyatt

John Lydon Thinking About A Sex Pistols Reunion John Lydon Thinking About A Sex Pistols Reunion
John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – has let it be known that he’s game for a Sex Pistols reunion and co-writing new material with the band.
Lydon and fellow original members Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock haven’t spent any studio time together as the Sex Pistols since 1977’s Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.
The band has reunited on five separate occasions for tours since their initial break-up in 1978, but those shows featured only the old songs and covers.
In an interview with Stereogum, Lydon said that the success of his recent gigs with Public Image Limited had led to him considering regrouping the Sex Pistols once more.
“For me, there wouldn’t be a PiL if it weren’t for them lads in the Pistols, so I feel responsive to their needs,” he explained.
“If they want me to go out on tour with them I’m happy to oblige… until three weeks later when I’m not. That’s how it is.”
Now that the Pil tour is wrapped up, it appears Lydon is comfortable kicking around the idea of not only touring again as the Sex Pistols, but actually working up new material.
Maybe the time is right for the Pistols to get back in the studio and see what kind of musical mayhem they come up with, perhaps something to counterbalance some of the pop trash out there.
Said Lydon:
“Because I’ve been able to get PiL back together – and because I’ve really been in a songwriting mode – can now look back on the Pistols and imagine writing with them too.”
As Lydon mentioned above, the whole idea of a Sex Pistols reunion could be kaput – like any minute now. But at least he’s thrown the idea out there. And no doubt it has folks talking and wondering what the Sex Pistols might deliver three decades removed from their classic debut.

70-Year-Old Woman Discovers World's First Orange Alligator

by Jerry James Stone

Orange Alligator Photo
Photo courageously taken by Sylvia Mythen

Sylvia Mythen, a 70-year-old grandmother from Venice, Fl, has discovered what appears to be the world's first orange alligator.
  She was returning from work on Thursday when she drove by the gator and promptly had to back up for a double-take. Luckily, Sylvia wasn't frightened enough to miss out on a great photo opportunity. "I thought this is great...I'm going to snap a picture and send it to my grandkids so they think I'm one of the coolest grandmas in Florida," she said.

You can see the full high-res photo here. She was not the only Sorrento Woods resident who saw the reptile. Phillip Crosby also told ABC 7 that "He was just sun basking right here on this cement pier minding his own business." After sending the picture to her local news station she also contacted a biologist who believes the gator is really just half-albino. That said, he says he has never seen or heard of one. But Gary Morse from Florida Fish and Wildlife feels the orange color might be from some environmental element. Regardless, the University of Florida Gators might have a new mascot.

Eyes on With Samsung's Stunning D8000 TV

The Samsung D8000 is the company's new top-of-the-line TV, and it's a stunner. It's a miraculously thin, Internet-connected, 3-D, LED-backlit piece of beauty. It even comes with a touchscreen remote that lets you watch video and check your social networking accounts. But the most impressive things about the D8000 are the incredible viewing angles (the picture being almost perfect even from the sides), and the 0.2-inch bezel, which practically disappears when the TV is turned on. Samsung hasn't announced a release date or a price, but you can be sure it won't be cheap. Check out the video below.

Flash Mob Wedding

A whole wedding in a mall …. flash mob style! [Ed. note: This is a nice cheap way to have a wedding, as you don't have to pay for the venue, and your guests are just the other people in the mall. So, also a little bit depressing, perhaps.]

Natalie Portman Shows Her Highness | Red Band Trailer

This is Hilarious, No Ifs, Ands, or... Nevermind

Your Highness movie poster
By Lee C. Jaster
Natalie Portman may earn an Oscar for her role in Black Swan, but it's her tongue and cheek (especially the cheek) comedy chops that are earning her a lot of buzz these days.

Your Highness, which has been described as a prequel to Pineapple Express by some, has an awesome restricted Red Band trailer online.

This content is NSFW (Not Safe for Work), so bear that in mind before you check out the trailer.

So, without any further adieu, here's the Red Band trailer for Your Highness, and Natalie Portman's highness is below via some screen grabs from the clip.

Your Highness opens on April 8th, 2011 and also stars Danny McBride andJames Franco.

[ -- The Following Is Not Safe for Work -- Seriously, Don't Be "That Guy" --- ] 

Natalie Portman ass in Your Highness

Cute Kid Video Alert: Dad, Daughter Duet Hits High Note

Trimensional: a 3D scanner for iPhone using just an app

By: Matthew Humphries

You may find it hard to believe, but it’s possible to capture 3D scans with your iPhone using just the screen and the camera. The solution comes in the form of an app called Trimensional.
The way in which it works is very simple, but the results are quite effective as the video above and images below show.

In order to work you need to turn the brightness right up on your iPhone display, then stand in complete darkness. Hold the phone screen up to your face (around 20cm away) with the Trimensional app loaded, and tell it to starts scanning.

The end result is a 3D scan of your face with the quality depending on how dark you managed to get the environment you are standing in.
Here’s the full feature list of the first version of the app:
  • Capture your own 3D scans
  • Browse your 3D scan library
  • Rotate and zoom your 3D models
  • Pick from 6 different 3D rendering modes
  • View a 3D slideshow
  • Email images directly to friends
  • Save images to camera roll for posting to the web
For $0.99 on the App Store it gives you a new way to capture images of yourself, friends, or random objects which you can then share with others over e-mail, or manipulate them directly on your phone.
The Trimensional website states it works best with iPhone 4 or the latest generation (4th) iPod touch. So if you have a previous generation phone or iPod check the iTunes comments first to see if anyone got it working.

One update we’d like to see to the app is the ability to export the 3D model in a standard format 3D art packages can handle.
Read more at the Trimensional website

The Kings' Dessert - or, how to create 16,000 honey strings in two minutes

Floating 'Slinky' Hotel Can Survive Rising Seas

by A.K. Streeter

Slinky Hotel rendering
Rendering courtesy of Remistudio.

Remember Biosphere 2? Well, fast forward to the Ark, designer Alexander Remizov's floating (or not) eco-friendly, energy-generating bubble hotel.
Remizov came up with the Ark's plans as part of a program on architecture and disaster relief through the International Union of Architects (UIA). According to the Remizov's Remistudio web site, the Ark is designed as: "an integrated energy system with an uninterruptible power supply using alternative energy sources." And instead of glass and steel, the Ark is made of durable 'self-cleaning' and reportedly recyclable plastic panels.

The Ark mimics Biosphere in its attempt to create a self-sustaining, oxygen-generating building. Rendering courtesy of Remistudio.

According to this Spiegel International article, the Ark would be built around a central, lightweight pillar connecting both to roof-top wind generators and heat pumps, as well as to energy storage and thermal conversion units in the basement. Remizov also plans to have a 'tornado' energy generating spiral at the top of the central pillar.

Slinky Hotel From Below graphic
Rendering courtesy of Remistudio.

The dome-shaped Ark, constructed of wooden arches falling out from the spire, steel cables, and transparent Ethyl TetraFluoroEthylene (ETFE) plastic (instead of glass) is made to be able to withstand earthquakes and stay afloat in the event of floods or rising seas. Remizov said on the web site that the ETFE foil shell of the building would also serve as a solar hot water collector as well as gutters to trap rainwater for us.

Slinky Hotel System graphic
Rendering courtesy of Remistudio.

Remizov collaborated with a German design and engineering firm and the Moscow-based scientist Lev Britvin, who, according to Remizov, has developed energy-saving solutions for space stations. The company is now searching, according to Spiegel, for investors to make the design a reality.
Remizov also told Spiegel that prefabricated sections of the hotel would make construction possible in three to four months nearly anywhere in the world. Perhaps his design firm needs to take a page from the Chinese construction company that erected this hotel in 6 days.
The Ark would contain 150,000 square feet of living space.

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Beats Cancer

The Beastie BoysEighteen months after getting diagnosed with cancer, Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch has been given a clean bill of health — and the hip-hop icons are forging ahead with their comeback album Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2, due out this Spring.
"[It's] a good thing," the Beasties' Mike D told the BBC of Yauch overcoming his health battle. "We're really happy about it." Despite the news, the group is still mulling over plans to tour: "We're still going to have to see how [Yauch] is doing."
Before the group drops their new album, they will finish making a music video — which D says will be more of mini-movie. "It's not a even a video, it's a film-eo," he said. "A cinematic, short film."
Expect the "film-eo" to be a remake of the group's 1986 classic "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)," which Yauch is slated to premiere at Sundance this month. The short film — titled Fight For Your Right Revisited — features an all-star cast of actors, including Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black. According to the Sundance website, the movie is subtitled: "After the boys leave the party…"
As SPIN previously reported, Beastie Boys announced plans to shelve Hot Sauce Committee, Part 1 and release Part 2 instead — although the only real difference is the title. Part 2 will feature the tracklisting that was originally slated for Part 1. As Yauch explained, "Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee, Part 1. So we've come full circle."