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Transparent Aluminum

Okay, Star Trek fans–remember this scene from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)?

It turns out that a transparent aluminum ceramic actually exists. It is aluminum oxynitride and is currently being marketed as ALON by Surmet.

From the following demonstration, it seems to live up to the hype.



January 6, 2014 Posted by | Science and Technology, Television, Video | , , , , , | Comments Off on Transparent Aluminum

Tom and Jerry Music Performed Live

I’ve never seen a percussion section have this much fun before. The last two minutes are crazy.

via Cartoon Brew

Thanks for the link, Tim!

October 2, 2013 Posted by | Music, Television, Video | , , , , | Comments Off on Tom and Jerry Music Performed Live

The Drunken Recount of Superman’s Death and Resurrection

The Drunken Recount of Superman’s Death and Resurrection


If you’ve ever wanted to see a film version of death and resurrection of Superman as told by the 1992 DC Comic, this may be the closest you’ll ever get.

Max Landis, son of famed Animal House director John Landis, has created this live-action, drunken short film entitled “The Death and Return of Superman”, which mocks the concept of the story and stars Mandy Moore as Lois Lane, Elijah Wood as Hank Henshaw and Simon Pegg as John Landis (among other surprises).

This had me in tears. Tears! The cameos are awesome.

Head’s up on language and some NSFW-ish scenes.

via Nerd Approved

February 7, 2012 Posted by | Humor, Movies, Television, Video | , , | Comments Off on The Drunken Recount of Superman’s Death and Resurrection

Artemis | Spaceship Bridge Simulator

Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator

This is extremely nerdy, but I’d be a liar if I didn’t want to get some friends together and play this simulator.

From the website:

What is Artemis?

Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers.

Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the "main screen", while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control.

Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room ("bridge") , and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.

Artemis is a software game for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.


My favorite bit from the FAQs:

Q: Why can’t my crew play over the internet, using some voice chat software?

A: I always wanted the players to be in one room together, just like a spaceship bridge. I want the captain to be able to push the helmsman aside and shout "Full power, DAMN you!!!" BUT, as a veteran game developer, I recognize that players play my game the way THEY like, not the way I like. V1.1 optimized the network code, and a server option that lets you adjust the network update speed, so Artemis plays across the internet just fine.

Artemis | Spaceship Bridge Simulator

via @pomorales

January 31, 2012 Posted by | Games and Gaming, Geeks and Gadgetry, Software, Television, Windows | , , | 2 Comments

Old Spice – Best. Commercial. Ever.

Best. Commercial. Ever.

Thanks for the tip, Brian!

July 7, 2010 Posted by | Humor, Television, Video | , | Comments Off on Old Spice – Best. Commercial. Ever.

MetaX – Video File Meta Data Tagging


I started a project not long ago to convert my physical DVD library into a digital movie library. One of the things I used to obsess over is entering every bit of meta data for each video file. Now with two kids, I slowly fell off that bandwagon.

Until now.

Luckily there are both Windows and Mac OS X versions of the software.

via via Lifehacker

May 16, 2010 Posted by | How-To, Mac, Movies, Productivity, Software, Television, Windows | , | Comments Off on MetaX – Video File Meta Data Tagging

The “CSI Effect” – CSI TV Shows Teach Real Criminals


Being a huge fan of CSI: Las Vegas, I’ve idly wondered if actual criminals take notes from the hugely popular franchise.

Indeed, criminals do, in fact, watch television, and they learn. This is referred to as the “CSI Effect”.

via The Economist via BoingBoing

April 27, 2010 Posted by | News, Television | , , , | Comments Off on The “CSI Effect” – CSI TV Shows Teach Real Criminals

Everything is Green Screened Nowadays

via BoingBoing

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Movies, Television, Video | , , , | Comments Off on Everything is Green Screened Nowadays

Battlestar Galactica, Simpsons Style

The Last Supper Revisited, Again (from

Here’s a great gallery of Battlestar Galactica characters drawn Simpsons-style. If you liked that, you might enjoy other sci-fi characters drawn Simpsons-style.

Two great tastes that taste great together.


June 30, 2009 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Humor, Television | , , | Comments Off on Battlestar Galactica, Simpsons Style

G.I. Joe: Resolute


Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has a series reboot of G.I. Joe that is definitely not the G.I. Joe from my childhood. Case in point, in the screenshot above you see the lifeless body of Bazooka.  That’s a grab from the first episode!

Now I’m fervently waiting for reboots of He-Man and Care Bears.

Thanks for the tip, Joe!

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Television | , , , , | 2 Comments