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11 Aug 18:54

WOC Astronaut Mae Jemison Talks About Fulfilling Her Space Dreams - Flawless lady is flawless.

by Sam Maggs

Mae Jemison is a boss. Not only was she the first African-American woman in space, she was also the first astronaut who landed a guest spot on Star Trek. Citing Uhura as a major influence on her life, Jemison (who was able to chat with Nichelle Nichols before traveling to space) used to open communication to mission control every day by saying “hailing frequencies open.” Here, Jemison talks about her journey. Love her as much as we do.

Oh, and here’s Jemison on Star Trek: TNG, like a total boss:


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11 Aug 18:53

radicalfarts: eraserheadsbaby: the ol’ razzle dazzle IM...



the ol’ razzle dazzle


11 Aug 18:52

Coleco Mini Arcade being remade ⊟ Coleco Holdings, the company...

by 20xx

Coleco Mini Arcade being remade ⊟

Coleco Holdings, the company that currently has the rights to ColecoVision games and is using them to produce a ColecoVision Flashback console (which I will write a lot about, guys, seriously; send me one), has plans to follow up that release with new versions of the excellent Coleco Mini Arcade games.

In case you weren’t alive when these came out – and I’ve seen our demographics – these were little LCD versions of popular arcade games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Galaxian, with bright colored screens and loud bleepy noises, presented on tiny replicas of the arcade machines. I’ve had Pac-Man and Galaxian since I was little, and I love them! Images via Handheld Museum, news via @gamespite.

11 Aug 18:51

Kill the messenger

11 Aug 18:48

Boxing Legend Frank Maloney: 'I'm Undergoing A Sex Change To Become A Woman'

The tough-talking promoter and manager who made Lennox Lewis the World Champion now lives as a woman called Kellie.
11 Aug 18:46

Awesome Wonder Woman Things: Diana vs. armies HA! These were...

Awesome Wonder Woman Things: Diana vs. armies

HA! These were some of my favorite scenes to write.

My thinking was…”Maybe you guys should go get some more armies?”

11 Aug 18:41

The Kardashian index: what happens when scientists Tweet more than they publish.

by Seriously Science
Does the science world have its own version of the Kardashians? According to this article (written by a British geneticist Neil Hall, who himself has >1500 Twitter followers), certain scientists have way more Twitter followers than should be warranted by their publication records. To measure this effect, he invented the "Kardashian index", which is a metric similar to the h-index; however, instead of productivity, it measures the "discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and
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11 Aug 16:22

professorthorgi: Happy Shark Week I give you your...


Happy Shark Week

I give you your king.

He’s a shark.

11 Aug 16:22

Cacophonous Video of People Trying Out Instruments at the Times Square Guitar Center

by Brian Heater

A roomful of guitar players noodle around with instruments at the newly opened Times Square Guitar Center location in Manhattan in this extremely noisy video uploaded by YouTube user Chodorovski, who describes the clip as “36 seconds of hell on Earth.”

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11 Aug 15:57

imgur: the simple image sharer

by djempirical
11 Aug 15:57

The classic ‘Star Wars’ poster and The Force of history | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

by hodad


Star Wars poster

The Brothers Hildebrandt created one of the signature images of the 1970s with this striking, cosmic tableau showing the Skywalker family, a craggy terrain and a space battle unfolding in the starry sky. I had a poster of this painting on the wall of my room as a child and, as with many moviegoers, this was the entry-point image for a new mythology — the first glimpse of the George Lucas universe before any of us actually sat down in the dark with the 1977 film.

Greg Hildebrandt (who lost his twin, Tim, in 2006 in a diabetes-related death) will be in Santa Monica this Saturday at Every Picture Tells a Story, the gallery and shop that has become a true landmark in Southern California for sci-fi, fantasy and comics art. The gallery is hosting an exhibit of Hildebrandt’s original art as well as his posters and prints. He and his brother gained fame with their “The Lord of the Rings” work, but no single image they made cut through quite like the one shown above.

“My brother Tim and I created the first ‘Lord of the Rings‘ calendar in 1976 and that brought us international fame — but when the ‘Star Wars‘ poster hit in 1977, it really blew us up,” the 71-year-old said. “The attention to that piece has never let up.”

An interesting tidbit: The image shown above is the one that the Hildebrandts sent to Lucas but it underwent a major change before it hit the lobbies of theaters. What did Lucas tell the artists to add to the scene? Click to the jump to the see the original poster and the answer…

Star Wars poster final

Yes, it was the droids you were looking for.

Hildebrandt explains: “Incredibly, the first version of it — without the droids — was created in a feverish, nonstop effort over just 36 hours! George Lucas asked for the droids to be added and for our signatures to be larger. We made those changes at the ad agency, and off it went!”

– Geoff Boucher

Original Source

11 Aug 15:48

There’s an intruder on the couch!

by Georgia Dunn


11 Aug 15:44

NeoPixel Glass Skull Lighting Effect (A.K.A Mr. BlinkySkull) #NeoPixels

by Matt

Dan Ternes shared a fun NeoPixel Glass Skull project he created with a NeoPixel ring and an Arduino Pro Mini: “The setup requires few parts, is not very expensive, and is very appropriate for soldering beginners.”

NeoPixel Glass Skull Lighting Effect (A.K.A Mr. BlinkySkull) from Maniacal Labs:

I’ve had this (empty) bottle of Crystal Head vodka for a while. Admittedly I mostly bought it because the bottle was really neat and I wanted to make it light up. Up until this point, I was using a small version of the RGB clock to illuminate it. It was a neat effect, but not very bright. It was time for an upgrade.

I have used before and really like the Arduino Pro Mini. All the Arduino power and flexibility in a cheap, tiny package. I picked up a 16 LED NeoPixel Ring not too long ago, and I really like how neatly the APM fits inside of the ring (held in place with some solid-core wire. I can definitely see using this combination in other projects. For this project, the wiring is pretty basic. The ring power and ground are soldered to extra VCC and Ground pins respectively on the APM, and a barrel jack is soldered to the RAW (voltage regulator input) pin and another extra ground pin. Yet another nice thing about this configuration: the APM has enough extra pins to attach a peripheral and an extra power tap. The ring Data pin is connected to digital pin 7…..

Read more. And check out the code on GitHub here.

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NeoPixel Ring – 16 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers: Round and round and round they go! 16 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.75″ (44.5mm) outer diameter. The rings are ‘chainable’ – connect the output pin of one to the input pin of another. Use only one microcontroller pin to control as many as you can chain together! Each LED is addressable as the driver chip is inside the LED. Each one has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making the design slim. Power the whole thing with 5VDC (4-7V works) and you’re ready to rock. (read more)

11 Aug 15:21

bug fix

by Ian

bug fix

11 Aug 14:26

Movie Curiosities Lurking on BitTorrent Networks

by Andy

via Tadeu

One of the most fascinating things about early “shared folder” P2P networks and protocols such as FastTrack (Kazaa) and Gnutella (LimeWire) was the amount of unusual content that turned up online.

In the end, however, this ungoverned and unmoderated publication of content became the undoing of these and similar networks, with malware, viruses and badly (even maliciously) labeled files taking over.

With the advent of BitTorrent with its reliance on managed indexes, publication of content became significantly less accessible. That cut down hugely on junk but also much of the desirable oddball content too. However, torrents ate big files for breakfast and heralded something new and exciting – leaks of movie content never intended for public consumption plus exclusive fan-modified versions.

Also noteworthy with BitTorrent is longevity of content availability. With both in mind we took a browse around to see what unusual movie content is still being seeded today.

Fight Club – Workprint – 1998/1999

According to the iMDb, Fight Club is one of the world’s most-loved movies with countless millions having seen it to date. However, lurking away on file-sharing networks is a special version of the movie sporting hundreds of changes from the final version including 13 reported cuts for violence.


Showing that something as important as the intro isn’t always set in stone, this video claims to depict an earlier intro to the movie accompanied by “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters instead of “Stealing Fat” from the Dust Brothers.

Curiosity value: At least 127 documented differences compared with the original.

Halloween – Workprint – 2007

As the world waited for the return of Michael Myers in the 2007 remake of Halloween, scene release group mVs (Maven Supplier) had a surprise in store. On August 27, 2007, three days before its official release, mVs released an unfinished version of the movie online.


Curiosity value: Missing final edits, some scenes added, and general polish. Full extensive details are available here.

Alien “Virtual Workprint” – 1979

From release notes: A fan-edit of the film ALIEN which interpolates all existing deleted scenes and a variety of unseen footage and unused score cues to create a version that runs considerably longer than both the 1979 theatrical release and the 2003 director’s cut.


Curiosity value: Runtime of 139 mins (117 mins original, 116 mins director’s cut)

Apocalypse Now – Workprint – 1979

According to the information posted along with the release, this is the best workprint copy of the movie outside “Mr Coppola’s archives” although as the screenshots show, quality is stuck in the VHS era.


“I was given this on VHS many years ago. It was from a higher up source on the food chain and quite possibly one or two generations down from the source that leaked it to begin with,” a note with the release reads.

“The workprint ended right during the cow slicing. I then tacked on the finished
film ended but before the credits I also added the Kurtz compound destruction.
Now you have a super edition of the film running 30 mins short of 6 hours!!

Curiosity value: Unfinished, yet still 5.5 hours long. (original 153 mins)

The Mask – Workprint – 1994

This Jim Carey classic was nominated for a special effects Oscar in 1995, but people who stumbled across an unfinished version of the movie were seriously but interestingly short-changed in that department. This workprint copy is missing many special effects and in some of the more dramatic morphing scenes everything is replaced by hand drawn story boards.

Curiosity value: A full 20 mins longer than the DVD with unfinished scenes, scenes not present in the final version, additional dialogue and Jim Carrey acting scenes before CGI is added in.

Dune The Reconstructed Workprint Edition – 1984

From release notes: This edit attempts to reconstruct David Lynch’s workprint better than the official Extended Edition. It removes most (if not all) of the offensive elements that led Lynch to remove his name from the Extended Edition.

Erroneous FX shots are eliminated, and as much of the Theatrical Edition as possible is used for the sake of better sound and score. It also restores most of the
deleted scenes that were not present in the Extended Edition but finally showed
up as a supplement on the DVD.

Curiosity value: 41 mins longer than the official 137 min runtime.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Workprint – 1993

From release notes: The film was half-complete at this point. You’ll see a lot of finished scenes, including a few that don’t appear in the final movie, but you’ll also see scenes which are only storyboard drawings.

There is a lot of temporary audio and music. Oogie Boogie’s scenes, for example, aren’t ready yet – they’re storyboards, with temporary audio on his song, which is a longer version probably sung by Danny Elfman. “Making Christmas” is also just storyboards with an extra verse.

The final confrontation between Jack and Oogie (and pretty much the entire ending) is also just storyboards, and a bit vague compared to the final film.

Curiosity value: Seriously unfinished

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – 4.5 Hour Workprint

From release notes: This workprint of the film contains about 3 hours of footage not included in the commercial release. The picture quality is pretty bad; it’s dark and muddled, but you can see everything pretty okay.


The sound is really great, however. The audio also falls out of sync at certain points because it is an extremely rough cut of the flick and that stuff wasn’t finalized yet.

Curiosity value: Three hours of extra footage.

If you’ve found any obscure video content hiding away online, please feel free to detail your discovery in the comments section below. Please do not link to any copyrighted material or torrents since those posts will be removed.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

11 Aug 14:24

actualubisoft: I’m so glad this man is guarding our galaxy


via Tadeu


I’m so glad this man is guarding our galaxy

11 Aug 14:16

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane

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11 Aug 07:03

yoyosufo: the-jaeger-pilot: Chunk takes his education very...



Chunk takes his education very seriously

His name is Chunk omg

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11 Aug 07:01

artschoolglasses: Military uniform detail you like it you do




Military uniform detail

you like it

you do

11 Aug 05:05

utopographer, n.


A person who describes a utopia.

11 Aug 04:55



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11 Aug 04:52

1993 - 2013


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1993 - 2013

11 Aug 04:49

kingdomy: Shiba Inu “works” at a little shop in Japan (via)


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no god only shiba


Shiba Inu “works” at a little shop in Japan (via)

11 Aug 04:45



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11 Aug 04:45

Math and Science Week! Chien-Shiung Wu, First Lady of...


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Math and Science Week!

Chien-Shiung Wu, First Lady of Physics

Chien-Shiung Wu (simplified Chinese: 吴健雄; traditional Chinese: 吳健雄; pinyin: Wú Jiànxióng, May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997) was a Chinese Americanexperimental physicist who made significant contributions in the research of radioactivity.

Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium metal into the U-235 and U-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which contradicted the Law of Conservation of Parity. This discovery earned the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics for her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang, and also earned Wu the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978.

Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie, and her many honorary nicknames include “the First Lady of Physics”, “the Chinese Madame Curie”, and the “Queen of Nuclear Research”.

Further Reading: