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Form 1, High Resolution Desktop 3D Printing


This Techrunch review of the Form 1 from Formlabs is soooo drool worthy! I’ve been eyeing desktop 3D printers for a while now and the Form 1 looks like it’s the one for me. I love the fact that it uses freaking lasers to do the printing instead of those plastic spools like the Makerbot. I never liked the layered look of pieces that come out of a Makerbot which makes the Form 1 even that much more appealing.

Of course, the price tag is a bit too much for me right now.  Clocking in at $3,299, the Form 1 is a pretty substantial investment.  If I had a library of models ready to go and print, it might make sense.  But I think I’ll spend some time building a line of things and then see where I’m at.  Who knows, by then, the Form 1 might be old news.  The desktop 3D printing scene is pretty damn exciting and I think the Form 1 is pushing things even further.

Jay Z Returns July 4

Normally when a commercial pops up on a YouTube video, I hover over that skip button and click it as soon as those first five seconds are up.  But last night, this video for Jay Z’s upcoming “Magna Carta Holy Grail” popped up on eight of the videos I wanted to watch and I sat through all three minutes of it eight times.  That thing guitar part layered with those piano chords leading into the drop that blows out a speaker? That’s fucking Hip Hop!  And I can’t wait to hear the whole damn thing.

We’ve also got Timbaland and Pharrell lurking around in the studio, so you know the production on this thing is gonna be thick with crazy instrumentation and strange beats that all just fit together.  Honestly, I’d like to see a feature length film of Timbaland and Pharrell just dicking about in the studio creating magic.

Never expected to write so much about music, but this is shaping up to be an awesome summer!

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Soooooooo I don’t remember Legolas being The Hobbit.  I’m guessing that his appearance is part of the whole Silmarillion stuff that I never read.  It’s weird because he looks a bit older.  Also, something about the colors in the thing seem really saturated and bright. It could be something to do with the conversion from 60fps to 24fps or some shit.  I don’t know, the shit looks weird.

But who cares! THERE’S A BIG FUCKING SHERLOCK SINGH DRAGON STALKING WATSON BAGGINS!!!!!!!!  And I’m fucking there!!  I can’t wait to see this in the theater, although I will be avoiding high frame rate like the plague.

Pacific Rim is Basically Kamen Rider W With Giant Robots!

I expect we’ll be getting more of these featurettes as we get closer to the release of Pacific Rim. In this latest one, we get an insight into how the Jaegers, the giant robots, are piloted.  Because they are so large, it takes two people to control a single Jaeger.  The pilots connect to the each other and the mech via the “Drift” which allows them to sync to the unit.  The pilots mirror the sides of a human brain, left and right.  While in the Drift, the pilots thoughts and memories are shared.  They are an open book to each other.  Piloting a Jaeger requires more than just skill.  It requires trust.

It’s a neat concept that I think will be the emotional crux of the film.  Can you imagine how fucked it would be if Asuka and Shinju had to Drift together?  But I’m not sure I like the two pilot idea.  I’m terribly biased by my love of Gundam.  In a Gundam, Mobile Suits are always piloted by a single individual.  More complex suits are piloted by New Types, evolved humans with expanded mental capabilities.  The idea that once we unlock the true potential of our minds, we can do just about anything is one of the basic themes of the Gundam universe that really appeals to me.  The New Type phenomenon is a great science fiction high concept that gives the audience hope for our species.

Now, who’s to say that one of these pilots won’t outgrow the Drift and go on to pilot a Jaeger by themselves.  I have to admit, that would be really cool to see.  And from a story stand point, the Drift also gives us more of a reason to give a shit about our characters.  The plot almost writes itself.

Still very excited to see this in theaters.

Daft Punk Unboxes Random Access Memeories

I’m not really a fan of unboxing videos, but this made my pants all crunchy.  I hope we get to see more of Daft Punk’s secret lair in whatever videos are shot for their upcoming album because it looks like a lot of fun.  Definitely has a classic 70s sci fi feel to it.

All these teaser videos, releasing “Get Lucky” early, the postering campaign, everything they’ve done in anticipation of the album release has built such great anticipation for the thing! May 21 can’t come soon enough!!!

Iron Man 3, Trope Buster

If you didn’t get the notice, there will be spoilers all over this post so don’t read this shit unless you’ve seen the movie!

Did you see it?  Alright, you can stay.  I’m not going to do a full review but I will talk about two specific aspects of the movie that I thought were absolutely brilliant, Mandy and Pepper.  First up, let’s get this Mandarin discussion out of the way.

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I’ve never liked the Mandarin.  He’s a terrible caricature of an “Oriental” villain from period of time when the “Far East” was a thing to be feared and mocked.  The Mandarin is fucking awful and hearing the news that he would be the villain in Iron Man 3 made me bristle a little.

When word dropped that Ben Kingsley was going to play him, I thought it was an interesting choice.  Normally, you’d expect me to rail against the white washing of a clearly Chinese character.  Yes, I know Kingsley is part Indian, but when was the last time you met a Mandarin Indian.  Still, since I didn’t give a shit about the character to begin with, I didn’t really give a fuck about ethnic authenticity.

Then the trailers hit and I couldn’t stop laughing.  Every time I saw him or heard him I thought, man, how the fuck am I going to take this shit seriously?  He looks like the third member of LMFAO, he sounds like a fucking idiot, his rings are cheap costume jewelry.  Is this really the big bad of what could potentially be the biggest comic book film yet?

AND THEN TREVOR!!!!

Holy fuck, what an awesome reveal!  The trailers had me completely fooled and I fucking loved them for it!  I loved how meta it was.  The trailers make it seem like he’s our big bad.  We barely see any of Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian in any of the trailers.  Yet he turns out to be the big bad!  The trailers hid it from us just like Killian does in the film.  Oh, so brilliantly meta!

That turn alone would have made my film.  But it’s really Pepper Potts that had me cheering in my seat.

So Violent!

Pepper Potts

Though Pepper has been established as one of the most intelligent women in the Marvel movieverse, in the first two films she is very much the damsel in distress.  And even though we finally get to see her in the armor (damn the trailers for spoiling that moment), she was still distressing pretty hard throughout the film until the last awesome reveal of her Extremis powers.  God, such an awesome save!

The best part is that she has to become the ultimate trope, the trophy damsel, in order to turn it all on its head.  If Killian hadn’t kidnapped her as his prize and given her Extremis, Tony would be completely fucked.

I’m so glad neither of these reveals were dropped in any of the trailers.  I thought those turns really elevated the story telling and made for a much more compelling film.  Now I want to marathon all three to see it all come together.

The Question That Must Not Be Answered

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I’ve fallen behind on my Doctor reviews and I apologize for that.  I’ll get to them, maybe in a batch or something, but I’m still watching the show and keeping up with it.

So, the BBC dumped a whole mess of posters for upcoming episodes including this one for “The Name of the Doctor.”  And lookie whose name is in the credits!  That’s right, River is back.  I suspect that we won’t actually learn the Doctor’s for real name, but I have a feeling this episode is going to be legendary.  Clara and River in the same place can’t be good, especially not with all the flirting between Clara and the Doctor.  By the finally, I fully expect the TARDIS to be a Snog Box.

I’m also looking forward to “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS.”  As big as it is on the inside, we rarely get to see much beyond the control room.  It would be really cool to see all the crazy passages and hidden rooms that are flitting about in there.

From: Bleeding Cool

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