The Big Think

September 27, 2004

meRobot

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:30 am

Vstone robotics has about 20 short quicktime films of their robots doing amazing things. If you have QT and high-speed, and if you like bots, don’t miss this one.

The Return of the DVD

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:17 am

I’ve been holding out for it, and now the ROTK DVD is almost here.

LOTR Fighting

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:08 am

According to ars technica, Peter Jackson hired some fight choreographer to come up with middle-earthish fighting styles.

Mt. Doom

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:14 am

A few years ago I had occasion to visit the hulking remains of Mt. St. Helens up in Washington. My friend Giles and I were on a business trip and took a few hours to drive out to the visitor’s center, which is now situated on a ridge a few miles west (I think) of the mountain. Spectacular devastation. I can only imagine what it was like when it happened and immediately afterward. Our visit was made even more surreal by the fact that it was off-season, the visitor’s center is waaaay back up in there down a long road with no other attractions, and it was after closing time. We had the entire mountain view to ourselves. Kinda spooky and very, very cool.
Well, St. Helens is making rumbling noises again. It seems an amazing thing to me that something so utterly gutted as this place could be the site of more eruptions, but the possibility is there.

Road Trip

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:38 am

Across the United States in two minutes (time-lapse of a serious road trip in a convertible). Quicktime required. link

To The Moon, Richard!

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 9:30 am

via forbes.com:
“A Virgin flight to the moon? Not so crazy, according to British entrepreneur Richard Branson, who recently announced that his company Virgin Group plans to launch commercial space flights over the next few years. And while the effort may sound fanciful, Virgin is actually quite serious, having just struck a deal with pioneering aviation designer Burt Rutan to build an aircraft based on his SpaceShipOne vessel”.

One of the reasons I really like Virgin’s Richard Branson.

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