"I'm going to be having a meeting in LA with the people that the film rights have been sold to," he confirmed. "I'm going to be... talking to them, find out where they're going and if there's any way that I can help."
He also described the unnamed director attached to the film as "a genius".
Video at the link.
Related: The title of the Neil Gaiman episode for the next season of Doctor Who has been revealed. And it's a spoiler.
A purportedly ancient collection of seventy small, lead books has come to light. If these are early Christian records, they represent the most significant archaeological discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls.
And perhaps more than that.
On pages not much bigger than a credit card, are images, symbols and words that appear to refer to the Messiah and, possibly even, to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book Of Revelation.
Jordan, a country invented by the British to annoy the French, claims the books are rightfully theirs for some reason.
Related: Heed the warning! Prepare for the Final Conflict!
Peter Thonemann at Oxford has staked his career on the conclusion that the lead codices being discussed recently are forgeries executed within the last 50 years. The following is what he wrote to Elkington in an email after he was asked late last year to comment on the authenticity of the plates based on some photos.
Glenn Reynolds sits down with science-fiction master Jerry Pournelle to discuss the Japanese reactor meltdowns, atomic energy, the climate, and the future of artificial intelligence. How prepared is the United States for disaster? Pournelle wonders whether FEMA and the decline of civil defense has put America at even greater risk in the event of disaster.
Saiorse Ronan, the breakout "Atonement " actress who worked with Jackson on the 2009 spiritual drama "The Lovely Bones," says that while her much-rumored casting in the fantasy franchise isn't "confirmed," she's optimistic that she'll be starring amid the dragons and wizards.
"Pete is adding a lot of characters in the film adaption," she said. "Hopefully they have a part for me."
While I wish her the best in her acting career, I can only wish the young the lady is mistaken.
Airport security officer Carole Smith was fired from the TSA after a co-worker accused her of witchcraft and putting a hex on her car. Her termination also came after she complained about lax security.
Limbo is a 2D sidescroller, incorporating a physics system that governs environmental objects and the player character. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as the boy searches for his sister. The developer built the game's puzzles expecting the player to fail before finding the correct solution. Playdead called the style of play "trial and death", and used visually gruesome imagery for the boy's deaths to steer the player from unworkable solutions.
Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, according to this disputed article on Wikipedia “best known for his ceramics and his cross-dressing”, is the artist behind this obsessively detailed cartographic self-portrait.
His Map of An Englishman (2004) is a mock-Tudor etch of an imaginary island, not coincidentally resembling a brain, surrounded by Psychopath, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Delirium and other unpleasantness at sea...
I was just reminded of something I had to abandon when I left England (I am referring to material possessions, here). Now on a quest to track down a copy of Westwood Studios's Bladerunner (1997).
The player assumes the role of "Blade Runner" Ray McCoy, who must hunt down a group of replicants—bioengineered beings—in 2019 Los Angeles. The new story takes place at the same time as the events of the film. Several of the film's characters are also in the game, with the original actors returning to voice them. Although the film's main character, Deckard, only appears fleetingly in a non speaking role in Blade Runner, he is referred to multiple times, and his recent activities are mentioned by non-player characters. Other parallels with the film include the in-game reproduction of several prominent locations, buildings, and scenes.
As "the first real time 3D adventure game" it is a useful reference. Plus, there is a scene on Deckard's balcony I would just let run and run.
Considering the scale of our galaxy, one might expect it to be teeming with life and our planet a tourist destination for extraterrestrial civilizations. As Enrico Fermi once asked: "Where are they?"
My bet was on Berserkers. Though it turns out any potential alien visitors may have all been fried by supernova radiation.
A massive white dwarf star in our galaxy may become a supernova several million years from now, and could possibly destroy life on Earth.
Most astronomers today believe that one of the plausible reasons we have yet to detect intelligent life in the universe is due to the deadly effects of local supernova explosions that wipe out all life in a given region of a galaxy.
I bitterly regret not have a ticket to the Toronto performance/enlightening. The window opened at noon on Saturday and sold out in less than an hour. Despite my roving media eye, I only found out after the fact.
Damon Albarn has written and will star in a stage show about 16th Century alchemist, astrologer and spy John Dee.
A musical work based on Elizabeth I's medical and scientific adviser, Doctor Dee will have its premiere in July at the Manchester International Festival. It will then be staged at the home of the English National Opera as part of London's Cultural Olympiad programme.
This is most excellent news as the John Dee opera had at one time been canceled when Alan Moore withdrew from the project.
Children of the Stones is a television drama for children produced by HTV in 1976 and broadcast on the United Kingdom's ITV network in January and February 1977. Shades of Alan Garner or Robert Holdstock.
The series followed the adventures of astrophysicist Adam Brake and his young son Matthew after they arrive in the small village of Milbury, which is built in the midst of a megalithic stone circle.
Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson VC, the Controller of the Royal Navy, summed up the opinion of the many in the Admiralty at the time when in 1901 he said submarines were "underhand, unfair, and damned un-English. ... treat all submarines as pirates in wartime ... and hang all crews."
In response, Lieutenant Commander (later Admiral Sir) Max Horton first flew the Jolly Roger on return to port after sinking the German cruiser SMS Hela and the destroyer SMS S-116 in 1914 while in command of the E class submarine HMS E9.
In World War II it became common practice for the submarines of the Royal Navy to fly the Jolly Roger on completion of a successful combat mission where some action had taken place, but as an indicator of bravado and stealth rather than of lawlessness. The Jolly Roger is now the emblem of the Royal Navy Submarine Service.
More images at the first link. The above is HMS Sealion returning from nebulous deeds in 1987.
From 2002 to 2008 the U.S. Navy modified the four oldest Ohio-class Trident submarines to SSGN configuration. The conversion was achieved by installing vertical launching systems (VLS) in a configuration dubbed "multiple all-up-round canister (MAC)." This system was installed in 22 of the 24 missile tubes, replacing one large nuclear strategic ballistic missile with 7 smaller Tomahawk cruise missiles. The 2 remaining tubes were converted to lockout chambers (LOC) to be used by special forces personnel who can be carried on board. This gives each converted sub the capability to carry up to 154 Tomahawk missiles. The MAC tubes can also be used to carry and launch UAVs or UUVs which give the ship remote controlled "eyes & ears" allowing the ship to act as a forward-deployed command & control center. If the maximum of 154 Tomahawk missiles were loaded, one Ohio-class SSGN would carry an entire Battle Group's equivalent of cruise missiles.
The Deadline is a rock musical inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
Welcome to Miskatonic University! Dan and Jim have a paper to finish. But a blizzard is on the way and something sinister is brewing in the basement... Drugs, tentacles, robots, beer, babes, and blood splatter ensue!
Written by Andrew Bolduc and Nic Robichaud.
Performed at Colby College, February 2010
You would think the soft drink companies would take a hint from enthusiasts prepared to drive to Mexico for real Coca Cola or the seasonal scramble to find Coke that is Kosher for Passover. Pepsi, at least, may have got the message.
The beverage giant announced that it would be using real cane sugar and heritage 1970s designs in a pair of products that had previously enjoyed limited-edition releases.
That means consumers will be able to enjoy Mountain Dew in the old “miner” can. With Pepsi- Cola, it will be the vintage red-and-white meatball.
News that Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback - soft drinks sweetened with real sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) - are here to stay has lit the fire of hope for a permanent re-introduction of Heritage Dr Pepper.
In Tanelorn, the dream never died: In Dublin, Texas, they never stopped using Imperial Pure Cane Sugar, the original Dr Pepper formula. Sadly, my eBay search suggests shipping costs are prohibitive.
In the last sequence, Saturn looms increasingly large on approach as cloudy Titan swoops below. With Saturn whirling around in the background, Cassini is next depicted flying over Mimas, with large Herschel Crater clearly visible. Saturn's majestic rings then take over the show as Cassini crosses Saturn's thin ring plane. Dark shadows of the ring appear on Saturn itself. Finally, the enigmatic ice-geyser moon Enceladus appears in the distance and then is approached just as the video clip ends.
Bowie2001 is many things. It may even be what you are looking for.
It’s a compilation of brand new remixes of many Bowie songs. It is also, a non-stop continuous mixpiece comprising those remixes and other Bowie moments. And yet it is a movie, a re-imagined re-edited version of 2001, synchronised to this mixpiece.
...Graeme Thomson, author of a recent biography, Under the Ivy, said: "It's telling that she has chosen to build something new on the skeletons of her old songs. Although her music is frequently defined by a haunting nostalgia and repeat excursions to the shadowy dream country of childhood, in her attitude to her work she has always been resolutely forward-facing."
Kate Bush has not made any public comment on the project, no surprises there, but has also reportedly been working on a "fully" new album. So, Callooh! Callay! and all that.
Director's Cut will be released May 16; I shall be after the case-bound book edition.
Definitely, closing Tom’s deal was in their hands. He was without a doubt, absolutely in favor of being in the movie. We met extensively, both in Canada and the U.S., dozens of times. Final polishes of the screenplay met with his approval.
We have all of us dodged a bullet.
Related: What is Guillermo del Toro thinking? Standing firm on the R rating is important. This isn't to do with gore - unless the screenplay has wandered off the reservation entirely - but intensity. But given every other film Tom Cruise has ever made, and I have enjoyed most of them, there is no way to make sense of this casting decision.
The movement of years is from left to right, tracing the figure of a tentacled beast, derived from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds Martians. Science Fiction is seen as the offspring of the collision of the Enlightenment (providing science) and Romanticism, which birthed gothic fiction, source of not only SciFi, but crime novels, horror, westerns, and fantasy (all of which can be seen exiting through wormholes to their own diagrams, elsewhere). Science fiction progressed through a number of distinct periods, which are charted, citing hundreds of the most important works and authors. Film and television are covered as well.
(Quotes from the bottom of the third linked page.)
He said Japan has put 39 billion yen ($473 million) into the project since 2009, after it became clear the United States was not likely to sell it the F-22 "Raptor" - America's most advanced fighter jet - because of a congressional export ban.
Brought to you by: Japanese engineering and materials finesse and, somewhat more cogently, a congressional export ban (on thirty year old stealth technology) and the current administration's policy of militarizing the entire planet, American hegemony no longer being quite as credible as once it was.
"We're talking about half a generation," he said. "The United States has always said it would never let another power get to parity so in the next few years it is going to have to make some very significant decisions on what it does."
These, for your delectation, are scans and photos of various pages from the astoundingly age-inappropriate Dune activity book series, published in 1984 to promote David Lynch’s movie adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert novel, produced by Universal Studios.
Auto Ink is a three axis numerically controlled sculpture.
Once the main switch is triggered, the operator is assigned a religion and it’s corresponding symbol is tattooed onto the person’s arm. The operator does not have control over the assigned symbol. It is assigned either randomly or through divine intervention, depending on your personal beliefs.
In this alternate version of historical Toronto, steam-powered airships have made "sky-seeing" trips a leisure pastime for the wealthy, while smaller airships make dangerous voyages to the farthest reaches of Canada's North.
The Difference Engineers: The Origins and Development of the Steampunk Counterculture Movement is hosted at the Level 6, !dea Gallery of the Ontario Science Centre.
Truth in advertising: I was interviewed for the show alongside a number of other, greater authorities on the subject. I will link to the interviews if the video installation pops up online. Otherwise, you will have to make your way to the Science Centre!
The following shots are, as Epic's Mark Rein told us today, the company's "love letter to hardware manufacturers." In other words, this is what Epic sees as the next next generation of graphics. Technically developers who use Unreal can play with this tech next month, though it would take a pretty beefy computer to run what you see here in real time (the demo we just saw requires three graphics cards).
Were you aware that the Smithsonian American Art Museum is planning an exhibition focused on video games as art? “The Art of Video Games” will be launched on March 6, 2012 in Washington D.C. The exhibition will explore video games as a form of creative expression over the last 40 years.
The past meets the present with the all-new Morgan 3 Wheeler, which features modern technology and WWII styling. The original Morgan 3 Wheeler was produced from 1909 until 1953 and nearly 30,000 of them were sold, while many more were made under license by Darmont Morgan of France.
Mark Harris laments risk averse production decisions in Hollywood.
It has always been disheartening when good movies flop; it gives endless comfort to those who would rather not have to try to make them and can happily take cover behind a shield labeled "The people have spoken." But it's really bad news when the industry essentially rejects a success, when a movie that should have spawned two dozen taste-based gambles on passion projects is instead greeted as an unanswerable anomaly.
Chloe Sevigny interviewed by Casey Spooner and Adam Dugas.
"For anyone who knows culture or style, Chloë Sevigny needs little introduction. Her big break in Larry Clark's 'Kids' (1995) came while she still worked at the downtown boutique Liquid Sky, her true New York cool preferred to an actress's imitation of it. With a personal style that drew early attention from Sassy Magazine and The New Yorker, it's no wonder she now presents her own designs."
Jacob Riis was a police reporter for the New York Tribune.
All too familiar himself with life on the NYC’s mean streets, he made it his personal mission to use his position to become the voice for the city’s suffering poor– especially the children. Jacob Riis strongly believed that the “poor were the victims, rather than the makers, of their fate.”
Christchurch Major Bob Parker said a handwritten parchment in a bottle and a sealed copper cylinder believed to contain historic documents were discovered inside the statue of one of the city's founders, Irishman John Robert Godley.