China reveals of its more or less indigenous J-15 Flying Shark, a "heavy fighter" purpose built for the Chongqing, formerly the Russian aircraft carrier Varyag.
It comes equipped with large surface area wings (for extra lift at low speeds) that fold (for a small footprint on a crowded aircraft carrier deck), reinforced landing gear (for high, sink-rate landings), a tailhook (for arrested landing on short carrier decks) and a light blue paint scheme to signal its role in the People's Liberation Army’s Navy.
Michael Podniestrzanski had a falling out with his cousin.
The Florida man, 23, was arrested last night after an argument over the new HBO fantasy show “Game of Thrones” turned violent.
As will happen during shows “based on medieval times,” Podniestrzanski and his cousin “got into a verbal altercation” over which of the cable program’s characters was going to win ... After scuffling for a bit, Podniestrzanski’s cousin “ended up getting thrown in to the front window during the altercation.”
Sadly, the police report sheds no light on which cousin was with House Lannister.
In At The Crossroads presents medieval and modern interpretations of the cuisine of Westeros and the lands across the Narrow Sea.
We are fans of the author George RR Martin, whose series A Song of Ice and Fire has recently been turned into a series by HBO. In the original books, there is frequent mention of food, most of which sounds mouthwatering (there is a lot of bacon). We had the idea one night to make dinner based on one of the dishes, and the whole thing sort of snowballed out of control!
Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, and Louis CK talk about comedy. Brilliant stuff. It is so rare to see master craftsmen of this particular art talking on the square about anything (and I was fascinated to see the reverence they hold for Seinfeld). Perhaps their usual reticence about their craft is something like that of stage magicians wanting to keep their secrets. Or perhaps these are real magicians not wanting to risk jinxing what works for them.
"No one is more judged in civilized society than a stand up comedian," says Seinfeld. In Canada, these days, we mean that literally.
Chris Rock explains his show had a rule: You make fun of the things people do, you don't make fun of the things they are. And that right there sums up the difference between the outlook of people I agree with and the outlook of people I don't agree with; the people who think we should be judged by what we do and the people who think we should only be judged by who we (supposedly) are.
Update: Mark Steyn on the big joke, Canada's justice system.
Luke Skywalker Ceremonial Jacket (with Medal Of Yavin)
"I bought this jacket for a co-worker in hopes that giving him a gift would inspire him to reveal his true feelings for me. He did look very nice in it, but maybe that's what caused the problem. He looked TOO nice. And kind of boring. Shortly after I gave it to him, I realized that he felt more like a little brother to me and that I actually have a thing for another guy at work who's kind of a scruffy smart aleck (a bit of a loser, really) and SO not my usual type at all who hangs around with some totally disreputable characters (some of them look like real hairballs ) and may not be strictly honest. But he has this sexy bad boy thing goin' on, IYKWIM and I'm finding it hard to resist. Heh, I haven't resisted AT ALL!
"It's a really nice jacket, even though it kills all your romantic feelings for the nice, responsible and even kind of attractive guy you give it to, so be careful with it."
Euthanasia Coaster: "a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely -- with elegance and euphoria -- take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster's track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death."
The Navy also placed a $526 million order for 16 MiG-29K aircraft, which began arriving last year and are currently on shore at Goa. These aircraft will fly from the carrier, which will be renamed INS Vikramaditya.
With the INS Viraat, formerly HMS Hermes, and the indigenous Vikrant class Air Defense Ship under construction, India will have three aircraft carriers in service by 2014.
"Space is freaking huge. Yeah, like this big. That's how space rolls."
Here is a new 'game' that lets you explore the entire universe. Most of it is procedurally generated so most things look one-of-a-kind and in a simulator with millions of stars and planets that's something.
The language of Ayapaneco has been spoken in the land now known as Mexico for centuries. It has survived the Spanish conquest, seen off wars, revolutions, famines and floods. ... There are just two people left who can speak it fluently – but they refuse to talk to each other.
This Sunday April 17, Game of Thrones premieres on HBO. At 45 million dollars for ten episodes, this is the most expensive television ever produced, qualifying this as an event even for viewers who have not read George R.R. Martin's novel or who might normally have little interest in fantasy genre productions.
The book was written to be "unfilmable". Having worked on The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast, Martin was frustrated by the limits imposed on storytelling by the reality of film and television production budgets.
When he took up novel-writing afterward, he recalls: “I said, ‘I’m sick of this, I’m going to write something that’s as big as I want it to be, and it’s going to have a cast of characters that go into the thousands, and I’m going to have huge castles, and battles, and dragons.”
More of Martin's reactions to the HBO television adaptation at the link.
Related: George R.R. Martin talks Game of Thrones, the novel and the projected seven volume Ice and Fire series ("Seven kingdoms, seven gods, seven books.").
I do not think there is an aesthetic imperative for an English language film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Swedish film adaptation stands on its own (there is Stieg Larsson's trilogy to read as well, of course,and here the point of translation is more readily understood).
Even having accepted the box office temptations of the project, there is the thorny problem of who to play Lisbeth Salander. Noomi Rapace' portrayal was edgy, off kilter, sexy as hell and, once suspects, potentially emasculating to the sensitivities of North American film goers.
The small, terrifying and completely singular Yo-Landi Vi$$er of the notorious South African rap trio Die Antwoord was recently offered the main role in David Fincher's remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
First I was all. Then I was all.
She turned it down.
She told New York magazine that "They contacted my agency in L.A...but we said no because it's not something I want to do.”
I hold to this idiotic tradition because it’s one of those little details. You know the ones: If you don’t do it, it looks like you have no idea what you’re doing even if you do know what you’re doing and why you’re not doing it. Buttoning that bottom button will make every half-smart dick think they have something on you. And the only thing more insufferable than a half-smart dick is one who thinks he has the upper hand. So fuck it – I leave it undone.
But I yearn for the day when my vest buttons can all be done up. The day when I can stop aping some fat monarch.
Gabe Zichermann describes gamification as "the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage users and solve problems".
Here we can imagine a form of society– “game society” –where 1) there are no laws (rules of a game aren’t quite the same as laws), and where 2) we have no unity among the members of society (because they are in competition with one another), yet where, nonetheless, behavior is thoroughly regulated by participation in the game. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about this model of power that I find deeply horrifying.
In a gray, polluted country, where one's mind is expected to wear a uniform, where acres of books are indistinguishable from one another, where values are engineered, and attitudes are packaged like corn flakes, where a small number of individuals will determine what you may and may not read, something different, that hints at truths you recognize but have been ordered to ignore, is likely to attract attention.
1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don't need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Walker related: Robert Kirkman wants Charlie Sheen for season two of The Walking Dead.
"Charlie call us, we we will totally make that happen," he says, speaking from the Paley Center "Walking" Dead event Friday. "We'll do whatever you want."
"He can direct an episode," says Kirkman. "Actually (Sheen) could play a car for all I care," he adds. "He's awesome."
The Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission has sent back its first image of Mercury since entering orbit on March 17.
The dominant rayed crater in the upper portion of the image is Debussy. The smaller crater Matabei with its unusual dark rays is visible to the west of Debussy. The bottom portion of this image is near Mercury's south pole and includes a region of Mercury's surface not previously seen by spacecraft.
As you can see in the set of photos I took, it is an old wooden box. Inside were six different glass vials that each contained a different scent. There were also several scrolls, a map and two glass vials with location names on them that matched locations on the map. Finally there were some smelling sticks and little brass funnels that could be used to pour the oils into the glass location vials.
A Chanter M'er (I must sing of what I do not want), a medieval melody by Beatriz, Comtessa de Dia (The Countess of Dia) written in about 1180. Beatriz was a female troubadour (called a troubaritz) who lived in the South of France.
Retired author and lecturer David Baldwin believes he has identified a 13th-century yeoman farmer as the man behind the Robin Hood legend.
'His name is Roger Godberd and he was an outlaw who was active in the late 1260s. Quite a number of his activities seem to be replicated in the stories found in the earliest Robin Hood ballads.
He poached deer in Sherwood Forest, was captured by the Sheriff of Nottingham, was imprisoned in Nottingham Castle and had the assistance of a friendly knight who helped him stay one step ahead of the law. He certainly robbed churchmen, just as the legendary Robin Hood did.