‘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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Nerdy Bits: Fabulous Batman Heels, Weaponized Robot Dogs, Minion Cupcakes, and MOAR!

- 07-18-13Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Tech, WTF? Posted by James Daniels

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Male or female, nerd or non-nerd, ANYONE can appreciate the majesty of these Swarovski crystal-encrusted, handmade Batman heels from the Etsy store Wicked Addiction. [Fashionably Geek]

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Not just another Spidey tee: This shirt comes with an honest-to-Crom ultrasonic motion sensor sewed into the back of the neck that can supposedly detect moving objects from up to 5 feet away. The “Spidey Sense” shirt will make its first public appearance at SDCC, but will not be available for purchase until October. [Fashionably Geek]

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Got any friends who you think could be personally responsible for the unpleasant stereotype of nerds as poorly groomed? Fear not! This Integrated Circuit hairbrush by Think Geek is the perfect gift for the unkempt nerd in your life….Remember, it’s Comic-Con season: Our people are going to be all over the mundane news–let’s try to look presentable, eh? ;) [Geeks Are Sexy]

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Why?

Because deep down I’m still about six years old…

If you are too, you can order your own Zombie Boogers at the aptly named site Stupid.com–Enjoy! [Laughing Squid]

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If you’re done with your good-natured chuckle over the Zombie Boogers, it’s time to soil yourself in abject terror. That is the Combat Alpha/Big Dog concept, and while it is supposedly ONLY a concept, it’s still gonna cost me a few night’s sleep. I mean we just found out our government (and I’m addressing American readers exclusively) has us under 24-hour surveillance…Bad enough when all we had to worry about was CIA spooks, now Big Brother can send in effing K-9 to waste anybody who gets on their bad side?

Canada is looking better and better. [Geekologie]

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Hostess brought Twinkies back just in time for some creative individual to come up with these brilliant, and scrumptious-looking Minion cupcakes (as in Grue’s Minions from Despicable Me–if you’ve been living in a cave for the past couple years). This photo comes to us via Long Island radio station WALK 97.5

My only objection is that they all have two eyes….

[Laughing Squid]

 


Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, the live-action webseries based on the immensely popular FPS franchise has been nominated for a Prime-time Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design.

I’ll be honest here: I’ve never seen this series, mostly because I’m not a Halo player (I’m a Playstation man), but it’s hard NOT to be impressed by a webseries about a video game getting nominated for television’s highest honor–even if it is only a technical award.

 

And now, T-Shirts You Gotta Buy…TODAY! (Before they’re gone.)

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And don’t forget the ever-popular official Nerd Bastards tee available at Red Bubble:

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Nerdy Bits: Steampunk X-Men, Words with Hobbits, Unpublished Harry Potter Art and MOAR!!!

- 07-17-13Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Tech Posted by Regina Lizik

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: If you’ve been paying attention to my other Nerdy Bits columns, you probably know that I love steampunk. You also probably know that Jean Grey is my spirit animal. So, this cosplay featuring two corseted X-Men, including my favorite fellow ginger Phoenix, is making me drool, big time! Photo by Ron McKitrick. [Fashionably Geek]

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