Monthly Archives: March 2011

SGU Stargate Universe: watch to keep, sign the petition

One of the greatest TV shows on the air is facing cancellation. Not a rumoured cancellation, but an assured “yes, this show is cancelled” by the executives. I am talking about Stargate Universe.

With a cast that has the splendid Robert Carlyle as the sarcastic and anti-social Dr. Nicholas Rush and Louis Ferreira as the military father-figure, this crew, stuck on a millenia-old ship will be parked unless fans really get organized and succeed in either raising the viewership numbers, or extending their petition.

Sign it here. Watch it here. Love it everywhere.

Captain America: First Trailer

The first trailer is out. Long awaited Captain America is inching towards the screen while we nitpick at the production that does at least 2 things wisely: has a ton of British actors, and uses CG only inasmuch as to tell a story. That being said, I am deeply annoyed at anything portraying Nazis as some kind of innocent Germans who are pawns in interstellar war, manipulated by alien forces. Quite frankly, that stuff pisses me off on Tom Cruise level. Not only does it allow us to feel better about WWII and potential family members we lost to human cruelty, but it also washes those very much involved in genocide of the crimes they committed. Alright, now that that’s off my shoulders, enjoy the trailer!

Superman: New Lois Lane will be Amy Adams

amy adams is lois lane

Snyder’s latest stab at Superman has some pretty interesting casting choices. Amy Adams has been announced as the latest incarnation of Lois Lane, Superman’s love interest, known as a woman with a fierce passion for journalism, the guy in the cape, and her own career.

If you take a peek at ComicVine, Lois Lane is a brunette with a hunch for a story, in many case, Pulitzer-prize winning stuff. She is also married to Clark Kent, who happens to be Superman. The married part is very much belonging to the comic world Superman universe, rather than the cinematographic one.

Last attempt at making the Superman franchise revival, resulted in a flop and a giant disappointment for the fans of the Christopher Reeves film version of the comic. The reason? Mainly lack of originality.

But attachment of Snyder, who is currently punching competition at the box offices with his Sucker Punch, seems promising. That is, of course, unless he avoids remaking the Superman films shot for shot, which was more or less the annoying bit about Singer’s Superman Returns.

HiSciFi: What do Sucker Punch, Warp Drive and Hobo With a Shotgun have in common?

This week we talk about Warp Drive technology: is it possible?, what does it entail, how it works and whether we can use it to traverse across the universe some day.  We also give you the scoop on Sucker Punch, and Hobo With a Shotgun, two most anticipated films of this weekend.

Listen in and enjoy!

HiSciFi – Sucker Punch, Hobo With a Shotgun, Warp Drive Technology

Why I Hate Wonder Woman, Part II

Wonder Woman always sucked in comparison to far savvier, more interesting female comic heroes (here’s looking at you, Modesty Blaise), but despite my protests, Wonder Woman is a bit like paying attention to a car crash – it is horrible, insulting, low-brow, and tragi-comic all wrapped in sexy.

As it happens, we’re going through some kind of cyclical recycling stage. When I was a kid, it was all about reruns of dated shows like Knight Rider, Charlie’s Angels, Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman. Also, the ever coll, Manimal (oh, Doctor Jonathan Chase!) It seems that we’re on the brink of a full-fledged revival of all those. Charlie’s Angels (brrrr) is getting a reboot, and so is Wonder Woman.

Now Adrianne Palicki is going to fill the boots – yes, those awkward gogo take on wrestling boots by somehow attaching a two inch heel on them for no particular reason – and first images of Palicki, known for her roles such as “evil mermaid” in failed Aquaman pilot, and Friday Night Lights.

The first glimpse of the costume released []  indeed reveals a new Wonder Woman; the kind that relies on cheap hookerish Halloween costumes, swathed in vinyl and cheap plastic jewelry. The kind that we will see reenacted for many more decades of cheap, drunken Halloween nights. []


Hackteria. I really enjoy this blog. It details efforts of electronically inclined individuals to build their own biological lab equipment. The author of the blog includes projects such as turning a laser pointer into a projection microscope, making homemade microelectrodes for electrophysiology, or hacking computer mouses or Playstation 3 components to make microscopes and other biological lab equipment. Something I found particularly cool was the nematode theremin – a theremin operated by a dish full of swimming nemotode worms.

To me this marks the beginning of the age of basement biohackers. It follows in the tradition of people who take the principals of free and creative use of technology and apply them to new paradigms. Much like how the open source and do-it-yourself movements were major creative forces that drove the silicon revolution, such ideas may play a role in the future of biotechnology. Although biotechnology of today is ruled by strict proprietary patents and strategic lines drawn by brutal legal warfare, there exists hope for a future where such technology is openly accessible and people are free to use it in creative new ways.

The projects on Hackerteria are some really amazing and cool stuff. It’s a stunning illustration of what’s possible using available equipment and ingenuity. Do check it out.

Journal of Visualized Experiments

This is a handy online science journal that I’ve been visiting quite a bit recently. I may have mentioned this site on a previous episode of the show when I was giving examples of how I use streaming media for scientific research. This website has a huge searchable catalog of experiments performed on camera to illustrate proper laboratory technique and to provide a visual example for how to do a certain experiment.

Not all of the videos are freely accessible, but a number of them are. But unlike other scholarly science publications *cough-cough-Nature-cough* JoVE isn’t currently triple dipping – it doesn’t simultaneously charge fees for contributors, user access, and advertising all at the same time – either you get an ad with your download or you get it through a subscription, but not both.