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‘Merlin’ Recap – The Pause Button

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So this is not a Merlin recap. Sorry if you clicked on this expecting a recap of the latest episode.

While traversing the information super-highways this week, I happened upon the Sy-Fy website. Now this important because I watch Merlin on the Canadian channel Space owing to the fact I live in Canada, and Merlin has aired continuously since bowing in January. But what I didn’t know is that Sy-Fy is holding on to the finally five Merlin episodes until May, so while I’ve been merrily continuing on spoiler-filled recaps for the past three weeks, I was blissfully unaware that our American friends had not yet seen the episodes.

So for the benefit of all fans, I’ve decided to wait until Sy-Fy airs “Diamond of the Day” Parts 1 and 2 before recapping them. Now the episodes themselves have been in the internet ether since season 5 of Merlin debit last fall on the BBC, so if you want to find out how Merlin ends badly enough, it’s not going to be that hard for you, these are the times we live and I get it. But since I think the purpose of a recap is meant for the enjoyment of all who’ve seen a given episode, and since there are still many who insist on sitting in front of their TV to catch that new episode on the day and time it premieres, it seems to me better to wait till all fans have been able to see the show to recap.

So see in May Merlin fans for the series epic conclusion. Will Merlin’s secret be revealed to all? Will Morgana and Mordred have their revenge? Will destiny be met or defeated? See you in a few weeks for the answers.

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.

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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: Photographer Joey DeMarco and Allyson Averell (whose work we’ve featured frequently)  just released the 2013 15 Shades of Geek calendar, which features geeky chics painted to look like their favorite characters. Yes, lads, that’s all body paint. Purchase the calendar at Etsy.

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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: This R2-D2, made out of tuna and corn cans, is part of the San Francisco Canstruction Exhibit. Unfortunately, the exhibit is closed but you’ll be happy to know that all of the food from the cans was donated to the needy. [Obvious Winner]

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

There are things that we know we will never do. Fantasy is fantasy, but reality is a brick that hits us in the face to wake us from our dreams and sits on our chest to remind us of our limitations.

Jumping out of a pod that is connected to a helium balloon that is as tall as a skyscaper and flying within the cream colored stratosphere in an area known as “the edge of space”, seems like one of those things that might be out of reach, and for all of existence it has been — until now.

Felix Baumgartner is not like us. Born in Austria and born to swim in the air like some of us swim in the ocean, Baumgartner can fly — crossing the English Channel thanks to carbon wings and some kind of something that tamps down fear and pushes away the weight of realistic limitations. Yesterday, “Fearless Felix” broke the world record for both altitude and velocity, falling to earth from approximately 128,000 feet at a speed of 833 MPH. His free-fall lasted about 119,000 feet and took him a little more than four minutes. In that time he broke the sound barrier on the 65th anniversary of the day that Chuck Yeager did the same, in a plane, for the first time in history.

We know that we — personally — will never match Baumgartner’s moment, and because of that we are in awe of his achievement. But while we are tied to the earth by our human limitations, we also know that because of Baumgartner and his impossible fall, those limitations, those barriers that define our capacity, have moved ever so slightly toward the unknown and boundless.

Will one of our kind climb higher to fall farther and faster? Will one of us swim in space one day and dive back to the earth below? All things seem possible in the afterglow of this moment.

(Warning: This video may make you dizzy or queasy)

The biggest buzz out of Comic Con, so far, seems to be coming from the Elysium footage that was shown in Hall H. Coincidentally this is the one panel our 3 correspondents couldn’t make. Figures.

Admittedly, Elysium has been off my nerdy radar. I had seen a few goofy pics online of actor Matt Damon holding an alien gun w/ some bizarre arm contraption, but that’s about it. Up until today, I didn’t know a damn thing about it. After reading about the seven-minute reel shown at SDCC yesterday, the film has jumped up on my list of movies I’m most looking forward to.

Elysium is a new sci-fi film from Neill Blomkamp, who exploded onto the film scene with District 9. Blomkamp, along with stars Matt Damon, Sharlto Cospley and Jodi Foster set up camp at Hall H and blew some minds.

Blomkamp introduced a seven-minute reel, cautioning it was  “incredibly rough,” and saying that there’s a sales aspect to the shilling of a film that he is uncomfortable with, making him wary of showing off footage to other people. But, he was OK with showing something at Comic-Con because, “it’s a true, honest thing. There’s no lies about it. It’s completely about want to seeing cool footage.”

Gotta love directors who downplay raw footage. It lowers the expectation. Playing coy certainly worked, because, as word would have it, the footage  previewed was eye-gasm worthy.

The reel showed a world that is overpopulated with the wealthy living in a space station orbiting the planet. The character played by Matt Damon, a steel worker living in slums, needs to get to the station, but in order to do that, must kidnap an Earthbound resident. Chases and action featuring robots ensue, as well as mechanical enhancement and Sharlto Copley as a villain.

Post viewing, Blomkamp and crew talked about the film (obviously). Being that we don’t have a first hand account (again, we weren’t there) I can only recoup very little of what was said. The following quotes come from our friends at The Hollywood Reporter

“It was in such incredible detail. So arresting. And there was a whole corresponding book on weaponry and a whole book on vehicles,” said Damon.

Blomkamp also discussed the movies origins, saying it came from “an idea of a space station. In the film, the wealth was taken and separated from Earth, leaving an impoverished planet behind it.”

At one point, they shot in the second largest garbage dump in the world — with dust storms kicking up fecal matter. Blomkamp was forced to wear breaking masks; the actors… well, they were forced to endure.

Damon recalled how he and Copley shot their fight scenes. “We would be black with dust. And we would look at each other and say, ‘This is fecal matter,’” he said. “And Neill would come over, take off his maks, and say, ‘I promise you, the photography looks great!’”

For a more detailed recap of what went down at the Elysium panel, check out Cinemablend’s live-blog.

 

 

First Look at the New Adventures of ‘Sinbad’

Monsters, pirates, dangerous storms on the high seas… Just another day for the legendary seaman Sinbad, who’s appearing in a new series produced by Britain’s Sky One. Sinbad premieres in the U.K. on Sunday (as well as on the Space Channel in Canada. Sorry, Americans), but a preview clip from the premiere episode has been released online. You can watch it below, and while I won’t say Sinbad’s in hot water, he’s most definitely in some deep $#!%.

Let’s roll the clip:

Sinbad stars Elliot Knight in the title role and co-stars Lost‘s Naveen Andrews as Sinbad’s archnemesis, Lord Akbari. Both actors actually have the same colored skin as the original characters, which is pleasant though genuine rarity for depictions of famous figures of Arabic mythology.

About the series:

Produced by Impossible Pictures, the 12 episode series follows the adventures of Sinbad, who is on the run from his home town of Basra and under a curse for a killing that led to the death of his much-loved brother. Sinbad finds himself cast out to sea on The Providence, a ship filled with a range of intriguing characters. After surviving a violent and magical storm, both Sinbad and his fellow shipmates are forced to band together to face their inner demons, hopes, loves and fears. Sinbad must embark on an epic and emotional quest to rid himself of the curse and embrace his destiny.

How about it Bastards? Want to see Sinbad on screens on American shores?

Source: Blastr

 

An inspiration to his fans, many of which became engineers because of him, James Doohan famously played Scottish Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. Since his untimely passing due to pneumonia, James’ ashes have been resting comfortably at their final rest place except for the one-quarter ounce now floating in high above the planet.

Shortly before his death in 2005, James requested that the portion of his ashes be saved, continuing the tradition of sci-fi heroes launching themselves into the great beyond. According to TrekMovie.com, after a failed attempt in 2008 and a launch delay this past Saturday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched yesterday, holding a payload of canisters – one of which held the ashes of the former TV and movie star.

Check out the launch below:

Several members of the Hollywood community including long time friends Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols, as well as current Scotty, Simon Pegg, paid their final respects to the sci-fi icon via Twitter. The capsule containing James’ ashes will continue to float aimlessly in Earth’s atmosphere, until harmlessly burning up upon reentry next year.

Source: Geekologie

Go Sailing With ‘Saw’ and Cameron Funds the Future

Here’s some news worthy of our “WTF?” designation.

Do you want to go on a cruise? Now say that in the creepy Tobin Bell through a tape recorder voice. That’s how Carnival Cruiselines is going to promote its latest theme holiday “The Saw at Sea Cruise.” Don’t worry, nobody tortures you in death traps, you just get to hang out with your favorite Saw celebrities that Carnival could afford to get. Here’s what the company has to say about the cruise:

Let’s play a game…onboard the beautiful and luxurious Carnival Glory! If you’re a Fan of the “SAW” movies, you don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise with your favorite “SAW” Celebrities. This amazing (5) night cruise departs from New York City and travels to the most beautiful points in Canada (the last six “SAW” movies were filmed in Canada). Your onboard meals are included. Each cabin will also receive a $50 Carnival Credit. During this amazing cruise, you will be able to party with the “SAW” Stars and meet other fans who love “SAW” just like you! You will attend fantastic pool and dance parties, question and answer Sessions and many special events. You can also get autographs from the “SAW” stars, take FREE individual photos with the “SAW” stars, attend FREE movie screenings, and much, much more.

I like how the cruise is plugging the Canada connection even though the movies were shot in Toronto and the cruise takes you to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, which, if you know your Canadian geography, is similar to the distance between Bangor, Maine and Buffalo, NY. Besides, given recent news, does the cruise business really want to foster a greater connection between taking a cruise and dying horribly?

If you’re morbid enough to want to read more about the cruise click here and click here if you’re especially disturbed enough to sign up. You could be eating dinner with the Drill Chair Man this August!

In other waste of money news, “King of the World” James Cameron is investing some of his in an endeavor at The Museum of Flight in Seattle called “The Future of Space.” The event takes place April 24, and the Museum website describes it thusly:

A new company will be unveiling its mission to revolutionize current space exploration activities and ultimately create a better standard of living on Earth. Don’t miss your opportunity to be among the first to find out what’s next from the world’s leading commercial space pioneers and the people who will chart the future.

Or, to quote MIT’s Tech Review:

Supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr., the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.

So I guess we’re one step closer to space miners. Or at least that’s how I read “a new definition of ‘natural resources.'” Honestly, can’t human beings go anywhere without mining the place?

Source: /Film

We’re afflicted, programmed to turn our heads and take notice of words like “Dinosaur” and “Sci-Fi Rock Opera”. MJ Hibbett, of the UK indie-rock act MJ Hibbett and the Validators, knows this and he feasted on our “weakness”, creating a unique, silly, and wonderful concept album that speculates on a world where Dinos dash back from an outer-worldly land to re-claim the earth… oh, and there are robots too. I spoke with Hibbett about a possible Dinosaur Planet live show, his ode to Alan Moore, Human/Dinosaur… “relations”, and  making nerdy music for all the right reasons.

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