Having Sound Issues With ‘Interstellar’? Take It Up With Christopher Nolan

- 11-14-14Film, Tech Posted by Derek Robertson

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You ever notice these days that when you are watching a movie the dialogue seems way too low in comparison to the soundtrack and special effects? It’s like the sound engineer has failed to stick a compressor on the audio, it’s categorically annoying (similar – if not worse – than a baby crying in the near vicinity of your personal sonic space on a two hour flight), and it is becoming ever more popular within the film industry. It started off as a Bay-ism, were one would find themselves either becoming a manual compressor with the power of the remote control, turning it up at the talky dialogue based parts, only to turn it back down when the action kicked pack in – we find ourselves sitting in our homes behaving like automated oscillators. There is also the subtitle option, which is quite handy if one decides to sit and watch a movie in the small dark hours of the night. Then there is the headphone option – that’s when s**t just starts getting crazy. Well, you catch my drift; it’s a problem, and it’s goddam annoying (goddam you Michael Bay, why you gotta go ruin everything…). (more…)

Because Defense Contractors Gotta Eat – U.S. Gov Wants to Build Helicarriers

- 11-12-14Comics, Film, Tech, WTF? Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Did you read a Marvel Comic, or see The Avengers, and upon glancing at the S.H.I.E.L.D. flying fortress known as a helicarrier think to yourself, “I have got to get me one of these!” Well so did some people at the Pentagon. The notion of a helicarrier is nothing new, after all it combines all the mobile command awesomeness of an aircraft carrier without that icky possibility of getting splashback from the world’s oceans. It’s the best of both worlds! It’s worth noting that this comes from the government themselves, and not one of those silly Change.org petitions like the one that wants the government to dump trillions into building a Death Star. Nope, the government wants helicarriers legit, and they`re currently accepting proposals on how to get the job done. (more…)

‘Back To The Future’ Hoverboards Are Finally Here! But, There’s A Catch…

- 10-21-14Cool Stuff, Film, Tech Posted by Aspry Jones

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Whenever I’m channel surfing on a boring Monday night and land on ‘Back To The Future’, I just put the remote down without even thinking. It’s a brilliant film with oodles of complexity and a tight hold on one of Hollywood’s various ideas on time travel. I don’t think we’ll ever navigate the past or the future, but there’s a good chance that some of the movie’s technology could come to fruition. Take hoverboards, for instance. In the movie’s somewhat inferior sequel, protagonist Marty McFly zips from 1985 into 2015 and experiences his first encounter with the floating device. Director Robert Zemeckis lied in an interview, saying the contraption was real. But we told science that, according to the movie, they have until 2015 to make that shit happen. Did they or didn’t they? You be the judge. (more…)

Some Clowns Take Hours To Text Back. They Ain’t Groot! He Hits Me Up Pronto!

- 09-17-14Cool Stuff, Film, Tech, WTF? Posted by Aspry Jones

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I can’t say that Groot was my favorite character in that stellar opus ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ but I’d love to have him as a friend. I imagine he’d be a fantastic listener. Reaching out to the happening sapling would be easy as pie. He could nod in understanding, give my shoulder a good pat and respond with kind eyes. Our timbered comrade is the type of guy who won’t screen my calls. He’d pick up asap because he genuinely values friendship as a priceless gift. In a perfect world, cell phone towers would sprout from the moon and bridge signals across planets, allowing me to give him a shout with no dropped calls! I could text him a simple, “hey buddy!” whenever I felt like it and he’d immediately respond back with an epic: “I am Groot.” In fact, he just did. (more…)

E3 2014 Takes Us Back With New ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ Trailer

- 06-09-14Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture, Tech, Videogames Posted by James Daniels

 

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When i was asked to cover E3‘s release of the new Star Wars trailer, I came close to crapping myself! An Episode 7 trailer? At E3? ALREADY???

Well, as you’ve no doubt gathered from the headline, E3 has NOT released a trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII….

But honestly–even if you’re like me and not big on modern video games–what we have here is damn near almost as good.  (more…)

The Science Behind Captain America’s Shield

- 04-22-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture, Tech Posted by James Daniels

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Scientists who don’t live in comic books have yet to unlock the secret of the serum that turned a 98 pound weakling into a block of ultra-patriotic, Nazi-pounding supermuscle, sadly.

However, Suveen Mathaudhu, a program manager in the materials science division of the U.S. Army Research Office and adjunct materials science professor at NC State University (plus a big, damn comic book geek), thinks he can explain certain aspects of Captain America‘s trusty vibranium shield to us mortals:  (more…)

Facebook Buys Occulus VR Inc for $2 Billion: Should We Care?

- 03-26-14Internet, Nerd Culture, Tech, Videogames Posted by Mark Poynter

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The news of Facebook‘s acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion dollars is rippling across the Internet today. What does it all mean, for virtual reality, social media, and the future of VR gaming? (more…)

Sony Introduces Morpheus VR Headset, Pushes Us All One Step Closer to Living In a Cronenbergian Reality

- 03-19-14Cool Stuff, Tech, Videogames Posted by Jacob Knight

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“You’ll forgive me if I don’t stay around to watch. I just can’t cope with the freaky stuff.”

Those were Barry Convex’s last words to Max Renn before leaving him alone with a giant, pulsing headset wrapped around his skull; a device that would send Renn further down the rabbit hole of distorted reality that is David Cronenberg’s Videodrome. During their 2014 Game Developers Conference presentation, PlayStation head Shuhei Yoshida presented a Virtual Reality prototype for “Project Morpheus”, a head-mounted display featuring a white visor with a black wrap-around piece along the eye-line that will transform anyone who wears it into James Woods.

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The Future is Here! ‘Back to the Future II’ Power Lacing System Coming to Nike in 2015

- 02-16-14Cool Stuff, Film, Tech Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Well folks, we’ve got good news for people that just never figured out how that darned shoelace tying trick works. It looks like Nike, taking a cue from one of their mock products from Back to the Future II, has created functional power laces. Better yet, we shall be seeing them hit the market sometime in 2015 (the same time that they appeared in the movie, coincidentally). (more…)

Official Line Up of Xbox One Games Released

- 08-21-13Tech, Videogames Posted by NickBungay

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After wasting our time with their announcement conference and all the backlash former CEO Don Mattrick pulled at E3, Microsoft hasn’t been too kind to the Xbox One. With no official release date announced fans are wondering just when they’ll need to make camp at GameStop stores around the world. We might not know the answer, but at least we know what everyone is going to be playing.

Over at the Gamescom trade fair in Germany, Microsoft announced their line up of games available once the Xbox One hits store shelves. A lot of these titles were already on hand to players, running off PC specs during E3, so none of this should come as a surprise. The official releases are:

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