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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Smurfs Theatrical Trailer 3D 2011

This looks fun especially in 3D

The Full Captain America Trailer is Here!


After teasing people for two days, Entertainment Tonight has posted the full trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger! This isn’t just a teaser, it’s a full 2 1/2 minute trailer showing how Steve Rogers goes from being rejected by the army for being too small, to the Super Soldier we all know as Cap. This is looking beyond awesome. It’s too bad that we have to wait until the end of July for this, when July 4th would be the perfect timing for it. It’s a real Captain America movie set in WWII; as it should be. Check out the trailer below.

Americas Funniest Home Video - Kid knows his President's

Autistic boy,12, with higher IQ than Einstein develops his own theory of relativity

ByDaily Mail Reporter


A 12-year-old child prodigy has astounded university professors after grappling with some of the most advanced concepts in mathematics.

Jacob Barnett has an IQ of 170 - higher than Albert Einstein - and is now so far advanced in his Indiana university studies that professors are lining him up for a PHD research role.

The boy wonder, who taught himself calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry in a week, is now tutoring fellow college classmates after hours.

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Gifted: Jacob Barnett is so far ahead of his age group he is now leaving university he is developing his own theory on how the universe came into being

Gifted: Jacob Barnett is so far ahead of his age group he is now leaving university he is developing his own theory on how the universe came into being

And now Jake has embarked on his most ambitious project yet - his own 'expanded version of Einstein's theory of relativity'.

His mother, not sure if her child was talking nonsense or
genius, sent a video of his theory to the renowned Institute for
Advanced Study near Princeton University.

Gifted: Aspergers syndrome and the conditions affecting child development

Autism: A condition that starts in early childhood, usually involving serious developmental disabilities with social interaction and communication.

People with this disorder can have a range of abilities, from being severely disabled to gifted. It is estimated one in every 150 child has the condition.

Aspergers: A syndrome that is similar to autism, but with the distinction that those with it typically function better, have normal intelligence and near-normal language development.

Savant: Rare condition in which persons with developmental disorders have astonishing islands of ability, brilliance or talent that stand in stark contrast to overall limitations.

According to the Indiana Star, Institute astrophysics professor Scott Tremaine -himself a world renowned expert - confirmed the authenticity of Jake's theory.

In an email to the family, Tremaine wrote: 'I'm impressed by his interest in physics and the amount that he has
learned so far.

'The theory that he's working on involves several of the toughest
problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics.

'Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize.'

But for his mother Kristine Barnett, 36, and the rest of the family, maths remains a tricky subject.

Speaking to the paper, Mrs Barnett said: 'I flunked math. I know this did not come from me.'

And it hasn't gone un-noticed by Jake, who added: 'Whenever I try talking about math with anyone in my family they just stare blankly.'

Jake was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, a mild form of autism, from an early age.

His parents were worried when he didn't talk until the age of two, suspecting he was educationally abnormal.

It was only as he began to grow up that they realised just how special his gift was.

He would fill up note pads of paper with drawings of complex geometrical shapes and calculations, before picking up felt tip pens and writing equations on windows.

By the age of three he was solving 5,000-piece puzzles and he even studied a state road map, reciting every highway and license plate prefix from memory.

By the age of eight he had left high school and was attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis advanced astrophysics classes.

Genius: Jake Barnett is now set to become a paid astrophysics researcher

Genius: Jake Barnett is now set to become a paid astrophysics researcher

His classroom presence is quite unnerving for many of the 18-plus year old students at his IPIU lectures.

Speaking to the Indy Star, Wanda Anderson, a biochemistry major said: 'When I first walked in and saw him, I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm going to school with Doogie Howser.'

She added: 'A lot of people come to him for help when they don't understand a physics problem.

'People come up to him all the time and say, 'Hey Jake, can you help me'.

'A lot of people think a genius is hard to talk to, but Jake explains things that would still be over their head.'

And his Professor John Ross said his performance in lectures had been 'outstanding'.

'When he asks a question, he is always two steps ahead of the lecture.

'Everyone in the class gets quiet. Poor kid. . . . He sits right in the front row, and they all just look at him.

'He will come to see me during office hours and ask even more detailed questions. And you can tell he's been thinking these things through.

'Kids his age would normally have problems adding fractions, and he is helping out some of his fellow students.'

According to his parents Jake has trouble sleeping at night as he constantly sees numbers in his head.

But far from complaining, Jake has turned the sleepless nights to his advantage - debunking the big bang theory.

The next step, according to professor Ross, is for Jake to leave class altogether and take up a paid research role.

Rare Nirvana EP re-released for Record Store Day

By Emily Zemler


Record Store Day is rapidly approaching (April 16th) and the list of available vinyl is looking pretty expansive. One of the coolest offerings so far is a re-release of Nirvana’s Hormoaning EP, which was previously only released in Australia.


The EP was originally sold on the band’s 1992 Australian tour and featured two original tracks plus covers of numbers by Devo, The Vaselines and The Wipers (the two original tracks were “Aneurysm” and “Even In His Youth”). The songs were all recorded during a session with John Peel on BBC Radio 1. Four of the tracks previously appeared on the band’s 1992 b-side album, Incesticide, which has since gone platinum.


Like all the Record Store Day releases, the album will be limited edition and only 6,000 copies will be available. The album’s original run was limited to 15,000 copies in Australia and has since been considered a rarity. Go here to watch Nirvana perform “Aneurysm” live.


Check out the complete tracklisting below.


1. ‘Turnaround’ (Devo cover)
2. ‘Aneurysm’
3. ‘D-7′ (Wipers cover)
4. ‘Son of a Gun’ (Vaselines cover)
5. ‘Even in His Youth’
6. ‘Molly’s Lips’ (Vaselines cover)

All along the water tower: A nine-story Dutch design challenge


Matt Hickman

Zecc Architects transforms a decommisioned, mid-century water tower outside the Dutch city of Utrecht into a beautiful, vertigo-inducing private residence.

In “All along the water tower,” my irregular series of posts featuring derelict water towers converted into unique, stair-heavy residences — yes, there are enough out there to make a series of it — I’ve examined several fine specimens from Australia, France, and, most recently, Germany. Today, a water tower home from a country that’s very dear to me, the Netherlands, is up to bat.
Located in Soest in the Dutch province of Utrecht, this nine-story, mid-century (1931, to be exact) water tower home is a unique feat of adaptive reuse. As you can see from the photos, Zecc Architecten — a Utrecht-based architecture firm with a most ironic moto in this instance: "grounded architecture"— did a bang-up job on the conversion. Not surpringly, Zecc has taken on other re-use/cultural heritage projects in the region including church and factory conversions.
The most notable aspect of this particular project is the three-story wall of windows installed to allow light into the interior of the formerly dank, dark structure. The stark, minimalist interior pays homage to the structure’s industrial past although it’s a touch too sparse for my tastes. I think that the series of stacked rooms could do with some art on the walls, shelves full of tchotchkes, or a vase of tulips here and there.
Essentially, there’s a room on each circular floor and the bathroom, smartly, is centrally located in the middle. On the floors below the bathroom are the living room, guest room, kids’ room, and on the entry level, a kitchen. On the upper floors on the structure are a home office, master bedroom, and a “rooftop” terrace. There’s also a small floor, more of a landing, really, with a sauna just above the bathroom. Lovely.
As with the other water tower conversion homes that I’ve featured, the inhabitants in this one must be the fittest folks on the block with all that daily climbing … to think I had it rough living in a fourth-floor walk-up building. And as evidenced in the below photo, scaling the exterior of the home of a rope also appears to be an option.

Van Damme Friday - Learns How to Tell Time

make sure you tune on on Tuesday for Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors