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Archive for January, 2011

Coming Soon to a Torrent Site Near You!

So here are some new movie trailers from the internet that tickled my fancy.

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

kinda District 9, kinda Mars Attacks, twenty bucks says michelle rodriguez dies near the end.

IRON SKY

not sure how excited i should be about this movie but im really excited. it has a certain magic shittyness that we havent seen much of since the golden age of movies ended. filming is still going on so we wont be seeing this one for a while and the whole project has a “might not ever happen” feeling to it, but im pulling for them. check out the official site for tons more about nazis.

FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED

Adam Yauch, better known as MCA of the popular hip and hop ensemble The Beastie Boys, directed himself a short film. Little is known for sure about the film but the internets are abuzz with excitement and speculation. the most popular rumor seems to be that the film will act as a sequel to the Fight for your Right music video, and after taking one look at the cast list omg i cant waaaiiit…

THE TRASHMASTER (im calling this one an honorable mention)

this link doesnt jump to a trailer, this one is actually to a full length movie. well, not a real movie. french filmmaker Mathieu Weschler played way too much GTAIV for two years and the product is an 88 minute long machinima made using the euphoria engine. as far as watchability goes this movie is seriously the worst, but you have to give the guy a little credit for the scale of the whole project. but not much credit, seriously this movie is fucking awful.

and in “Why Do Assholes Insist on Remaking Movies that Don’t Need It” news, this means, um, something? complete lack of deets FAIL imdb. a quick google search turned up this link which proves there is no god.

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Sick Pen and Ink Drawings

Luke Dixon is an incredible artist, but i have a sneaking suspicion he might be a hipster.


OOOLALA

So io9 has this post about the greatest zero gravity sex scenes. So glad to see supernova made the cut. Apparently there are a bunch of these lists, it’s such a hot topic it has its own wiki.

The main kink in off-Earth reproduction is the lack of a 1G gravitational field. We are constantly effected by it, from birth to death, so growth, reproduction, and birth could turn out…well…kinda weird in 0G.

“Studies conducted on reproduction of mammals in microgravity include experiments with rats. Although the fetus developed properly, the rats that developed in microgravity lacked the ability to right themselves.[8]Another study examined mouse embryo fertilization in microgravity. Although both groups resulted in healthy mice, the authors noted that the growth rate was slower for the embryos fertilized in microgravity than for those in normal gravity.[9]

Apparently in 1989 a NASA document was given to a Usenet newsgroup claiming these astronauts when to space to figure out which sex positions worked best in 0G. BUT it was a hoax. Dammit NASA I NEED TO KNOW, that kinda info would totally rearrange the order of the greatest zero gravity sex scenes.

“This fictional document was rediscovered and widely publicized by astronomer and scientific writer Pierre Kohler, who used it as a major source about sex experiments in space in his 2000 book, The Final Mission.[4] Kohler conceded in his book that astronauts are mute on the subject of human sex in orbit, even if they have conducted reproduction research on South African frogs and Japanese fish.[5]

Ok so I always thought that the History Channel lately has sucked balls, but when did this episode of the Universe air?!

Let’s see the greatest zero gravity fight scenes already. I’d like to know how the fuck they pulled off that inception scene. OH WAIT


I Can’t Take It Anymore, I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT WIKILEAKS

Egypt is following suit with Tunisia if you haven’t heard. Lots of protests goin down

Thanks to twitter we can see it happen live

Check. It. Out.

Twitter is currently blocked in Egypt. Looks like the government over there has its own killswitch.

These protests are a little scarier since American funds Egypt much more than Tunisia (including $1.3 billion in annual military aid). If the Egyptian government decides to fight back, they’ll be using firearms paid for by America to fire into a crowd.

Egypt is ranked 138th of 167 countries on The Economist‘s Democracy index, a widely accepted measure of political freedom. That ranking puts Egypt just seven spots ahead of Tunisia. And Egyptians are significantly poorer than their cousins to the west.

Meanwhile Tunisia is trying to sniff out the bad eggs and get their government up and running again. People are still taking to the streets and protesting the corruption and political injustice seen in their government officials, much of which is thanks to wikileaks.

Now if you haven’t been keeping tabs on the wikileaks in the last few months, you’re retarded. Cyberwars, Low Orbit Ion Cannons, Sex Scandals, Hillary Clinton’s face getting more wrinkles…who isn’t interested?

I’ve been planning on doing a wikileaks post for a long time now, and it’s reached its boiling point. So here it goes…

Wikileaks raises incredibly concerning issues for society. This is the first time in history where we as a culture must look at our government’s secret actions, which IS all for the preservation of our society, in the face. Even if it means murder, theft, and bullying. What do we do? What CAN we do?

For one thing, we can help Bradley Manning, who is the soldier who allegedly leaked this video a couple years ago by copying to a CD and smuggling it out of Afghanistan by labeling it as a Lady Gaga album. This started it all for wikileaks in American mainstream media. Be warned, it’s kinda hard to watch

Manning is currently being held by the military in solitary confinement, even though there is evidence linking him to wikileaks.

“U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, the 22-year old shouldering blame for leaking the U.S. Embassy Cables, spends his days pacing and sleeping, which he does on a prison bed with no pillow or blanket since the guards at the Marine Brig in Quantico, VA took his away. He isn’t allowed to exercise. In general, Manning’s detention seems designed to break his will and his humanity in maximum security lockdown. For 23 out of the 24 hours each day Manning is alone. Without any record of misbehavior or disciplinary issues, he’s been deemed a “Maximum Custody Detainee.” That designation means Manning’s been in solitary confinement since he entered Quantico. And here’s the kicker: Private Manning remains un-convicted of a single crime. He’s been accused of leaking classified document to Wikileaks, but after five months of solitary and some time spent in a Kuwaiti prison, the 22-year old is still being held on accusations alone. As long as the Department of Justice’s investigation is pending, he’ll be held at Quantico indefinitely.”

(See the rest at VBS.TV: THE UNFORTUNATE CASE OF BRADLEY MANNING – SAM OSBORN | VBS.TV Blog)

The U.S. is mighty P.O.ed at Julian Assange, the face of wikileaks, after the leaks about the U.S. foreign policy which reveal “memos under Clinton’s name suggesting America’s top diplomat asked subordinates to spy on their foreign counterparts, Agence France-Presse reported.In one instance, a memo signed by Clinton wanted U.S. diplomats to get “biographic and biometric information” on top North Korean diplomats at the United Nations inNew York.”

Hillary was PISSED.

This really fucked with America’s game. Wikileaks was pulled from Amazon.com’s hosting (thankfully millions of mirror sites shot up instantly) and Mastercard and Paypal refused to allow customers to donate to wikileaks, all due to pressure from the government. In response, the 4chan hacker group Anonymous declared war on all enemies to wikileaks and took down Mastercard’s website. They use Low Orbit Ion Cannons to flood the website with requests, overloading the site and subsequently shutting it down.

Anonymous has been at war ever since, and is still carrying out operations even though their twitter was suspended. Same with wikileaks, who plan to release some interesting material about swiss bank accounts.

But the US government isn’t out of the game by any means. There is a grand jury currently in Alexandria, VA digging away at anything they can find to make a case against Assange. They want to extradite him to America and charge him of espionage crimes against the U.S., but he’s already got his hands full with the sex scandal which landed him in a British jail cell. The “sex crime” he was charged for apparently boils down to a broken condom. C’mon, you think this guy would sexually assault a lady?

The world is going crazy people. Wikileaks is the biggest thing since sliced bread, keep an eye out. And remember, no matter what happens, what they say, Julian’s death WILL BE MURDER.

For more info check these out

WL Central

Foreign Policy Wikileaks

MotherBoard’s Wikileaks Pool


KILLSWITCH ENGAGE BROSEPH

Yet again I NEED to repost a motherboard.tv link. Apparently a bill is being pushed through congress to give the President an ‘internet killswitch,’ which would give President Obama the power to “issue a declaration of a national cyberemergency.” Honestly, just read the motherboard post; this guy did his homework.

The bill requires that U.S.-based companies such as Google and Yahoo, as well as broadband providers and software firms, comply with any and all measures that the government sees fit in an emergency.

This bill is old news; it was introduced last year with little hooplah but this revised version includes new language saying that the federal government’s designation of vital Internet or other computer systems “shall not be subject to judicial review.” Companies can object to these emergency regulations, but they can only appeal to DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, and the buck stops there.

Companies like Microsoft and Verizon were initially on board for the cybersecurity when the bill was first introduced, but the absence of a court system in the new bill is mighty unnerving.

Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include “provider of information technology,” and a third authorized the submission of “classified” reports on security vulnerabilities. So now there are 3 requirements to be subjected to the emergency killswitch: First, if the disruption of the system could cause “severe economic consequences” or worse. Second, if the system “is a component of the national information infrastructure.” Third, if the “national information infrastructure is essential to the reliable operation of the system.”

So what does that all mean? “President Obama would then have the power to ‘issue a declaration of a national cyberemergency. What that entails is a little unclear, including whether DHS could pry user information out of Internet companies that it would not normally be entitled to obtain without a court order. One section says they can disclose certain types of noncommunications data if ‘specifically authorized by law,’ but a presidential decree may suffice.”

Bottom line, the bill is allowing the government to control “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.

Lieberman is pushing this shit hardcore. “Lieberman, who recently announced he would not seek re-election in 2012, said last year that enactment of his bill needed to be a top congressional priority. “For all of its ‘user-friendly’ allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets,” he said.”

Cybersecurity has been a major issue for the US lately, so who knows if this bill is in it to win it this time. HUGE implications for the internet though.


Enthiran…The Terminating Dance STAR

I saw this on the vbs blog today, and I am PUMPED UP

It’s the second highest grossing Indian film of all time and KILLED IT at the box office, but it’s seemingly unknown in the US. IT also won the Special Jury Award For Spectacular Cutting Of Age Technology at the Star Screen Awards. Kinda a big deal.

This is looks like one big ball of epicness. Get on it already


It’s Like Chess… AT WARPSPEED