Uwe Boll, a low-budget filmmaker who adapts videogames into movies, has a potty-mouthed message for everyone who didn't give him money on Kickstarter: "Fuck yourself... I have enough money to play golf until I'm dead." Read the rest
This fellow made a 40W laser shotgun that is quite powerful and, yes, ridiculously dangerous. Read the rest
Electrical engineer David L. Jones explains why claims made on behalf of The Batteriser--a gadget promised to get up to 8x life out of alkaline batteries--are nonsense.
The Batteriser is a really neatly designed product (apart from the shorting issue), I love the miniturisation technology in it, and I’ll be buying some once it goes on sale to check out how they have done it. And yes, it can and certainly will work on some, perhaps many products and get some extra life out of it. But the 800% claims are demonstrably untrue, and unfortunately this is what every media outlet ran with. They took a blue sky marketing estimate and ran with it because it made a great story. There was no basic fact checking. All the electronics engineers who immediately questioned the claims were right in doing so, it’s trivial to prove there are issues with even the most basic of engineering due-diligence. There are just way too many downsides and unanswered questions on this product. I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see until they start shipping so we can get one and actually test it.
Here's the trailer for The Martian, based on the excellent novel by Andy Weir about an astronaut stranded on Mars. It's coming out in November.
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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
In an odd move, Eastern Michigan University, proudly claiming to be among the first universities to retire an offensive racist caricature, brought the same red faced mascot back as a "historic tribute." Read the rest
The breathtaking, hyperreal sculptures of Ron Mueck are on display at Canada's Winnipeg Art Gallery until October 4, 2015. Read the rest
A Texas cop, filmed pulling a gun on children outside a pool party, has been named as Patrol Supervisor Cpl. Eric Casebolt. Moreover, a "police training" playlist linked to this name has been found on YouTube—and the latest entry is the one of him.
Casebolt was exposed on Twitter by the local Fox Affiliate after his ranting, abusive behavior was exposed over the weekend. The department had suspended him after the video surfaced, but did not disclose his identity.
Gawker's Brendan O'Connor reports that "decase73" did not take down his social networking profiles fast enough to stop the internet finding out about his "Police Training" youtube playlist, stocked with videos of cops brutalizing members of the public and showing off their toys and tactics.
Decase73’s Youtube playlist features a dozen videos with titles like “Man Attacks Baltimore Police Officer,” “Man Sucker-Punches Cop Gets Kicked in the Face,” and “Chief tells the TRUTH that Black People don’t want to hear.” All would appear to reflect a mindset that police officers are entitled to use any and all force necessary to subjugate those they ostensibly protect and serve.
Yesterday, the video of Casebolt manhandling a teenage girl and pointing his gun at two boys was added to the playlist.
The authenticity of the profiles hasn't been confirmed. They were all taken down soon after Casebolt's identity was made public. Read the rest
Watching this makes me feel very uncomfortable, because it is the culture of most of the presidential candidates most likely to win in the next U.S. presidential election. Read the rest