All right, you won’t be in space, and actually only one of the astronauts will be off world as well, but still, THIS IS THE FUTURE. Here’s what’s going down, tomorrow morning, May 16th, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Chris Pine, Alice Eve and John Cho will be holding a live space chat over Google+ with astronauts Chris Cassidy, Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren. Cassidy is currently aboard the International Space Station, y’know, in actual space, not CGI space.
Best part is you can participate by asking questions of either the fake spacemen or the real spacemen, take your pick. The details are as follows,
A GOOGLE+ HANGOUT IN SPACE: “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” DIRECTOR J.J. ABRAMS, WRITER AND PRODUCER DAMON LINDELOF AND STARS JOIN NASA ASTRONAUTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
In this live Google+ Hangout, NASA astronauts will connect with “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” director J.J. Abrams, writer and producer Damon Lindelof, and stars Chris Pine, John Cho and Alice Eve to discuss the emerging intersection between the fiction of Star Trek and the reality of NASA’s current programs.
Director J.J. Abrams, writer and producer Damon Lindelof, and stars Chris Pine, John Cho and Alice Eve will video chat with astronauts Chris Cassidy, who is currently on the International Space Station, and astronauts Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
This is the first time talent from a major motion picture is participating in a NASA Google+ Hangout. The participants will ask each other questions, as well as take questions from fans on social media, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City (home of the space shuttle Enterprise)” and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
Just the thing to do after seeing Star Trek Into Darknesstonight in IMAX 3D, or before you see it in whatever format you want tomorrow when the film officially opens.
We all know it’s hard enough to maintain movie set-secrecy in the age of internet journalism with potential spies and secret spillers everywhere, but et tu, Google?
Yes indeed, if you want to not be spoiled abouta key set in this fall’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, then avert your eyes now. In other words: SPOILERS!!!
For the rest of you, you may or may not know that Catching Fire brings us the 75th edition of the Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell. In the book, champions from all previous Hunger Games are entered to be competitors, including our hero Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). The layout of the arena is, shall we say, unique. Check out the view from Google Earth:
If you’re curious, and you haven’t read the book, the arena is clock shaped, like a giant sundial. New horrors are unleashed at the top of every hour as the light of the sun or the moon moves across the sky. You can click to embiggen if you like.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer opens November 22nd.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Leather-clad woman pays tribute to Peter Gabriel song. [Comic Book Movie]
Whether you want to cosplay as the Batman/Bane amalgamation known as “Batbane” or add some panache to your gimp costume, this latex face covering is the one for you.
Designed by crafty Etsy user Ministry of Masks, this mask can be yours for $163. Warning: This will not treat your sleep apnea. [Fashionably Geek]
A woman painted her preg-bell-bell to look like a Pokeball and then birthed a Pikachu (not a real one, that would be horrifying). Three cheers for starting the geekization process early. [Geekologie]
You’re not tired of Star Wars yet are you? Too bad. Here’s a Disneyfied musical diddy/training montage with a musical Yoda and Luke from the Clarkson Twins via Obvious Winner
And now your daily Brony Ponygasm: Lord of the Rings Pony Style via Geeks are Sexy
Remember when the most annoying side effect of our descent into techno-reliance was douchebags who text-walked into you and bluetooth users who look like Rhythm Nation tour castoffs that were indistinguishable from twitchy sidewalk Jesus talkers? We’re goona file that under “Good Old Days” because “Augmented Reality” is the Philip K. Dickian phrase that keeps popping up and Google — the masters of giving us things we aren’t looking for — decided that we need to pretend that we’re walking through a World of Warcraft-like MMORPG with the aid of our Android phone.
The game is called Ingress, the trailer is above, and there is no word if you will one day be able to use it with your Google Internet Glasses, though I personally can’t imagine that that won’t be a thing and that we won’t have to deal with people running into traffic chasing after a fleeing pedestrian that may also be a necromancer or a mystical troll. Ah well, natural selection. No word on a release date but I didn’t really try hard to find one. Via Geekologie
Oh SNL, why must you suck so hard in-between the bi-monthly Stefon bits? On Saturday, the Governor of my state (Chris Christie) embarrassed himself, but not nearly as much as Jeremy Renner, who let himself star in a sketch lampooning The Avengers. Yes, Hawkeye’s quiver was empty and his worthlessness was even more pronounced in a sketch that seemed like an excuse to trot out a Hulk costume that seemed to have claws (are we reusing a giant alligator costume from the Farley era?) and the remnants of the Party City post-Halloween clearance bin.
Is this the best that the SNL writers can do? Does SNL even have writers anymore? I saw the sin against humanity that was “The Californians”, so I’m not entirely sure. Also, Keenan Thompson is awful on SNL, isn’t it time that we give Kel Mitchel a shot?
Alright, enough shenanigans. The way this works is, I’m supposed to tell you about some nerdy clothes to put on your body and then I’m supposed to seamlessly glide into a whorish bit of self-promotion for our tee shirts, so above is a Joker sorta-snuggie from SuperHeroStuff. Does the design make Snuggies and pseudo-Snuggies slightly less sad? Maybe a little.
Alright, onto a group of tee shirts I would buy if these companies ever respected the style tendencies of bitch-tit havers who like their KFC. In order they are: the shirt I want to be buried in (many years from now), the Dinosaur I want to kill, stuff, and put in my Batcave, and an old school Green Lantern tee, cause I’m an OG.
Don’t forget about our Nerd Bastards’ tees, available at Split Reason! (Pretty fucking seamless, eh?)
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 email@example.com.
ABOVE: Because those days of being a Star Wars nerd and a perpetual virgin are long gone. Geeks are cool! But we still need to safe, and wrap it up. Which is why these Star Wars condom packaging designs are genius. Though, I can’t see Lucasfilm signing off on them anytime soon. [ObviousWinner]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an epic Star Wars: The Old Republic rap, indeed. From the mouth Dan Bull to your earholes, this rap is a must listen if your a lucky bastard already in possession of the game. Wait, if you have the game, you’re still in game. Meaning, you can’t be reading this. Okay, all you sorry bastards who don’t have SWTOR yet, here you go. It may soothe your pain. (Dorkly)
A few weeks ago was the anniversary of Pac-Man and Google did its part to celebrate it. Then a week later, we got news on how Google Pac-Man cost $120,484,800 in productivity, proving that no matter how old Pac-Man is, people will play it if given the chance. Well, almost everyone that is since College Humor has this audio clip of an older lady who didn’t want to do anything with Pac-Man and wanted it gone. I’m sure checking out the clip will bring back memories for some of us who had to help someone with their computer problems.
Last Friday/Saturday was the celebration of Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversary (His Japanese debut) and Google celebrated in a most awesome way. In what most figure would waste a lot of people’s time, well, it most certainly did. According to Rescue Time, it recorded that because of the playable Pac-Man logo, people wasted 4,819,352 hours on it. Now to translate that into money that was lost productivity wise, well, it will be $120, 484,800 (that is only assuming each person playing had a $25/hour wage).
One flaw I see in this is that more likely, probably a third or so people that played the Pac-Man game were people without a job. Also, I would like to know who is getting paid $25 an hour because I wasted time on the game and I’m just poor department manager that gets paid $8 an hour. Either way, this shows the power of the internet and that people does like to waste time on it, they just found another thing to blame stuff on for a while. Hell, once I live a full life, I may have wasted that many hours in all the nerdy stuff I would have done. That is of course, not adding all the porn I may have watch…which would probably be a scary number of hours.
Star Wars isn’t the only one celebrating a birthday today as it is also the 30th birthday for Pac-Man. Although the yellow round eater was released in May 22nd, 1980 in Japan, Google decided that since it’s already the 22nd in Japan, they wanted to celebrate the best way they could and that is with their logo. As shown on the image above, just head over to google.com and play a game of Pac-Man going around the words Google. I don’t know about you but this is awesome and I’m glad to see a gaming classic gets the respect it deserve so head on over to Google now to get your game on. We all can say thanks to Google for people not getting their work done today because of this.
Well, I’m sure that we have all used these browsers at one point or another, except for Opera.. WTF is that? These illustrations actually made me laugh out in a girlish manner. Especially the Internet Explorer picture. No one could have put it better. It’s that overexerted horse that you kick the shit out of when you still have a lot of work to do and it just lays down. And Safari… Let’s just put it this way, “Have you ever got laid by picking up some one on a bike?” (And not like grabbing a cyclist and lifting them in the air in some freak exertion of strength, but in a procreating manner) “What’s that? You haven’t? I wonder why..” And while you’re busy trying to figure out why I connected safari to picking people up on bikes I’m going to move on… And now, Google Chrome. This is the browser I use, and i must say this isn’t what i had pictured. I’ll try and explain. Google Chrome is like some poor teenager getting too early of a start during his first time.. You know. A PRE-lude for what would ensue. THAT fast. Because you guys know that fuse would take longer then some poor bastards preemptive strike against himself.. ENJOY!