What you see above is not an on-set photograph between takes during the filming of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic, ‘Alien.’
But it sure could be…
In the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate, which my 10th grade history teacher showed us under the mistaken impression that it could teach us anything at all about history, an American war hero is brainwashed by communists to assassinate a presidential nominee. It doesn’t work, because the reds went about the mind-control all wrong. They would have done well to take a lesson from the emerald cockroach wasp aka the jewel wasp, which employs a very real and far more disturbing and effective method of brainwashing.
And to think the life cycle of the creature in ‘Alien’ seemed so other-worldly…when we have something like this right here on planet Earth! Whew, makes me squeamish.
Check out the full story, with video, below.
A writer friend sent me this cool TED Talks video.
Hoffman’s passion for his work and his compassion for his fellow man, is revealed in the presentation as he shares recent developments in robotic technology and human interaction.
I’ve embedded the video below, or you can use the hyperlink to jump to the TED site directly.
The links in the Menu to two of my other blogs have been fixed.
When I changed the web addresses to “Dog blogging…” and “The Road goes ever on and on…” recently, I neglected to update the links to those blogs on their sister blogs:
Meet Me in the Sound
The Lightning Bug & The Lightning
The Road goes ever on and on….
If you have never visited them before, why not give ‘em a peek?
P.S. Isn’t my robot janitor just the coolest thing?
Robot by SixFatNinjas
Full Scale Falcon founder speaking at TEDx Nashville
Full Scale Falcon Project founder Chris Lee speaking at TEDx Nashville on March 22, 2014
Project founder Chris Lee speaking at TEDx Nashville
Our project founder Chris Lee has been invited to speak at TEDx Nashville on March 22, 2014. His talk is titled Robots, Spaceships, and Greeblies: Build Your Dream
To support the talk, our plan is to bring and display a more portable version of the rebuilt console, pilot seats, and smaller platform on display for this 1200 person, all-day event.
Pre-sale tickets available
From the TEDx Nashville web site:
Presale tickets are available now at a discounted price of $55. Lunch is included.
The promo code “TEDXNASH” will be automatically applied when you use the following link:
On February 25th, this pre-sale is over. Ticket prices will increase to $65.
The last two years, this event has SOLD OUT. Make sure to get tickets early. You can also buy tickets at the TPAC box office or by calling 877-216-7540. Use promo code TEDXNASH when prompted.
Technology, Entertainment, Design
On Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, TEDxNashville will host its fifth annual event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Distinguished leaders in technology, entertainment, design, science, art, education, government, public policy, healthcare and other areas will share their remarkable thoughts and ideas focused on creating positive changes in our society.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. This is only a test…
In this article from Tor.com, Asher-Perrini spins a different view of Luke’s strategy to spring Han from Jabba’s desert palace…
She is obviously a true fan!
You All Forgot That Luke Skywalker is a BAMF*
by Emily Asher-Perrini
I have this problem—because I’m not a kid anymore, I am expected to admit straight-up that Han Solo is far and away a better character than Luke Skywalker.