I had no idea until watching this video (an excerpt from the documentary Sense of Scale) that the miniatures and miniature effects for James Cameron's 1986 were done on a very modest budget. Given that constraint, lots of old-school practical and in-camera effects were employed.
Explained long ago by experts as small objects made mysterious by the optical aberrations and peculiarities of military camera systems, the skimming and spinning stars of spectacular "UFO" clips released by the Pentagon were officially explained yesterday. Optical artifacts, drones and trash. Military officials told the New York Times that most resolved UFO cases can… READ THE REST
DarkForestSim lets one simulate the answer to the Fermi paradox, modeling the emergence of radio-emitting civilizations and the blindingly obvious reason we're the only one broadcasting today. The creator, Aristotle Evangelos, offers some thoughts after running it through a few million iterations: It's possible that we're in a late process [and] that we are very… READ THE REST
Monsters of California is the directorial debut of Tom Delonge, the ex-Blink-182/current Angels v Airwaves frontman who recently began a second career as a high profile UFOlogist (using money borrowed from a literal hot dog cart, according to their SEC filings). Here's the setup: Described as a coming-of-age adventure with a sci-fi twist, Monsters of California follows… READ THE REST
Sometimes, the holidays sneak up on us. You have to buy someone a present, but you don't know what to get them — and of course, there's the fear it won't show up on time to be under the tree Christmas morning. That's why our Last Chance sale is an excellent opportunity. It provides great… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. There's nothing more nerve-wracking than wondering if the holiday gifts you ordered will arrive on time. Unfortunately, on-time delivery is hardly promised this season, except during our Last Chance Shipping Sale.… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. It's time for some holiday shopping, and if you're not doing it online, you'll be, well, in line. Since there aren't many folks who find hanging out at big box stores… READ THE REST