Right before Earth Hour – which is an event occurring on March 23rd (yesterday) encouraging people to switch their lights off for an hour to raise awareness for the environment – the Starfleet logo appeared in the sky over London as a promo for Star Trek: Into Darkness. A team from Ars Electronica Futurelab & Ascending Technologies (they’re really cool, and they do stuff like this all the time. Definitely check out the website.) assembled a series of quadrocopters, each carrying powerful LEDs, into the shape of the well-known emblem. Before Earth Hour actually started, the quadrocopters ascended, swirling about like extraordinarily bright fireflies before coalescing into the logo, looking awesome and doing their advertising thing. Then, when the lights of London dimmed, so did the LEDs on the quadrocopters. When the hour was up, as Tower Bridge came to life, the logo flickered back on…and then began to rotate, because the guys from Futurelab are show-offs.
The highest point was approximately 426 feet above the ground, the entire thing being about 308 feet tall. If this is the future of advertising, I think I might be okay with it…
Harrison Ford intimidates Ender as Hyrum Graff. Despite the fact that the colonel is supposed to be rather disgustingly overweight, I think Ford can pull it off.
At noon today, after fans had been chewing on several rather mundane photos of Battle School from Summit for a while now, Yahoo! Movies released the first ever Ender’s Game movie poster. The poster can also be found at the official Ender’s Game Tumblr. What the poster brings that the previous photos didn’t is our first look at the Battle Room. Now, if you haven’t read the book, the Battle Room was written as a large, closed, cubic room with zero gravity in which the students at Battle School played a tactically challenging game very similar to laser
tag. Except, you know, while floating around. The writers evidently thought that was too mundane, making the room spherical and transparent. Even though I feel some remorse over losing another aspect of the book, the final product looks pretty awesome. But if they screw up any scenes within the Room itself, no amount of movie magic can save them from the wrath of the rabid fans.
This tiny device constantly monitors the composition of a patient’s blood and sends the information via radio waves and/or Bluetooth to your smartphone and your doctor. The device is surgically inserted, using a needle, into the interstitial tissue (don’t worry, I didn’t know what it was, either). The patient wears a patch over the implant which contains its batteries, receiving signals from the implant and sending them to the receiver. According to Dr. Giovanni de Micheli, director of the Integrated Systems Laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the device is able to detect five compounds in the blood which can shed vital information on a patient’s current health. The implant can supposedly predict heart attacks hours in advance, monitor glucose levels in diabetics, and detect cholesterol, among other uses. Micheli hopes to have a commercial model ready within several years, but in the meantime researchers hope to begin testing the device on patients in intensive care.
What does all that boil down to? A modern-day tricorder may be just around the corner.
Here’s an interview with Dr. Micheli and Dr. Sandro Carrara about the implant:
On the 21st, Paramount released the Star Trek: Into Darkness international trailer.
Then, this morning, J.J. Abrams’ production company’s twitter feed linked to an extended version of the trailer. It’s only several seconds longer than the first – the two are nearly identical. The only difference is that the “extended” one has slightly longer establishing shots with labels telling the viewer which city they are seeing. Therefore, I will cover both trailers in one review.
Look at those lovely lens flares…
What to expect from the movie itself so far: explosions, awesome futuristic cities (that aerial shot of Starfleet HQ over nighttime San Fran looks amazing), plus a very Star Wars-y moment in which Kirk flies a ship that is the spitting image of the Millennium Falcon through a very narrow rift/air duct in what may be a space station. Abrams seems to have pulled back somewhat on the lens flares – they only seem to crop up in every other shot, as opposed to every…single…one. He did get a lot of flak for his overuse of the technique in the 2009 adaptation, even admitting himself that they were “overdone, in some places.” Ya think, J.J.? Also, I’m getting a noticeable Khan/Gary Mitchell vibe from Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, the so-called “John Harrison.” Namely: “ ‘I am better.’ ‘At what?’ ‘At everything.’ ” Way to toot your own horn there, Kahn/Gary Mitchell/Garth of Izar/whoever the heck John Harrison is.
Never to be accused of under-acting, Shatner gives it all he’s got.
This is the first post of the hopefully wildly popular new blog known as NeekTopia. I’ve had this idea in the works for a while. Today is Launch Day because it is a most auspicious day in neekly news: it’s William Shatner’s birthday, and is not-so-coincidentally also International Talk Like William Shatner Day! Co-established by Maurice LaMarche (voice actor most known for his television work on Pinky and the Brain – the spinoff from Animaniacs – Futurama, and The Simpsons) and Doug VanHorn primarily through Facebook, this holiday gives you the right to…putrandompausesinto…yourspeech…sometimes…inthe…middleofwords…and…masheverythinginbetweeninto…anin…comprehensiblemess.
Here is LaMarche’s vlog announcing his creation of the holiday. He also gives tips on how to maximize Shatnerization.