Thursday, July 30, 2009
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” will be co-directed by Chris Renaud and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, with Paul & Daurio writing the script.
Though published in 1971, “The Lorax” has a timely “green” theme. It is narrated by a greedy entrepreneur who, despite warnings from the tree-loving Lorax, strips a forest of its stock of Truffula trees to manufacture clothing. The results are catastrophic as all the animals leave and nothing’s left."
I'm actually pretty glad The Lorax is being adapted. It has a really strong message that I think kids should be learning early: that we still have the same problems now that we did in 1971, you can't do anything about it, and everything is futile. You ARE the future!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
"When asked about the validity of one of the rumored reality show concepts would be about Federline getting back into dancer shape, he says: "It would probably be pretty interesting, you know?" "When Masekela comments he doesn't feel like people really know Federline, he says: "They know what they're told. I mean, you know, so... I mean, it would be relevant to make something like that happen. And if and when it does, I'll let you know. I mean, as long as I know who I am, and my kids know who Daddy is and love Daddy. At the end of the day, nothing else really matters, you know.""And suddenly, K-Fed's the smartest guy in the room. That's swell.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society's workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone.
"[They] generally discounted the possibility of highly centralized superintelligences and the idea that intelligence might spring spontaneously from the Internet. But they agreed that robots that can kill autonomously are either already here or will be soon"
That's right, AUTONOMOUS KILLER ROBOTS. You remember Twiki from Buck Rogers? He was one. Bidi-bidi-bidi!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
And now I have to sign up for Netflix again.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
"The secret lives of librarians took center stage at the American Library Association's annual conference earlier this month. There was dancing, there were costumes, there was music, and, of course, there were book carts.
"Teams bring acrobatic splits, book cart headlights, and dry ice effects to the floor in the quest to win first place and the coveted gold book cart trophy that comes with it. "It changes the whole image of librarians," added Ison."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
How is it somehow more normal to see them dressed in fur, robes, and helmets than in regular clothes? I feel like I'm looking at the employees of an insanely mismatched, carnivalesque accounting firm.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
"To begin teaching the robot, the researchers stuck Einstein in front of a mirror and instructed the robot to "body babble" by contorting its face into random positions. A video camera connected to facial recognition software gave the robot feedback: When it made a movement that resembled a "real" expression, it received a reward signal.
" "It's an iterative process," said facial recognition expert Marian Bartlett, a co-author of the study. "It starts out completely random and then gets feedback. Next time the robot picks an expression, there's a bias towards putting the motors in the right configuration." "
Friday, July 10, 2009
"The pop star's conservator-dad, Jamie, was especially alarmed when he caught his daughter popping over-the-counter diet pills, which she washed down with Red Bull, before a recent performance. "Britney was definitely trying to get high by taking too many diet pills and energy drinks," says a family insider. "Jamie thinks the combination of the two is making her whacked-out and, causing her to lash out in weird angry rampages." "
Right, I get it. It's the "diet pills" that are making her crazy.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
This is a little diagram showing how far our TV broadcasts have traveled out into space already (click for full-size version). As you can see, the aliens orbiting Procyon are just about ready for some Sopranos action. Then, they'll smash their televisions because they're advanced enough to know there's nothing good coming after. Watch the skies!