Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Direct and Star in Neil Gaiman's Sandman

Following rumors of his involvement with the project as an actor last month, Deadline is reporting Joseph Gordon-Levitt is negotiating with Warner Bros. not only to star in a big screen take on Neil Gaiman's Sandman, but is planning to direct as well. David Goyer will provide the screenplay.

Read the article @ Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Direct and Star in Neil Gaiman's Sandman | Superhero Hype

Neil Gaiman novel wins Book of the Year | Books | The Guardian

Neil Gaiman has written short fiction, novels, comic books and graphic novels

Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel The Ocean At The End Of The Lane has been voted the Book of the Year, beating big names including Kate Atkinson, David Walliams and David Jason.

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Online "Best of 2013" Book Lists

For the sixth straight year, I am aggregating every online "best of 2013" book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to this master list, updating daily.

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Saturday, 28 December 2013

The 18 Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2013


A round up of breakthroughs and scientific discoveries from the last 12 month over on io9.com. On the surface, this could be seen a just a relatively mundane list, nothing more than a collection of words and hyperlinks appearing on a webpage, really. But if you stop to consider the possible ramifications of some of these developments and the changes we're likely to be seeing as a result, I defy your mind not to be blown!

For me, these are some of the highlights:
3. Brain-to brain interfaces arrived: Researchers demonstrated that signals from the mind of one rat can help a second rat solve basic puzzles in real time — even when separated by thousands of miles. 
Just to reiterate that - Brain-to-brain interfaces!!!!!!!!!!
7. The world's first government-recognized cyborg: Neil Harbisson became the first person on the planet to have a passport photo showing his true cyborg nature. In his UK passport, Harbisson can be seen wearing a head-mounted device called an eyeborg. The color-blind artist says the device allows him to see color, and he wants to help other cyborgs like himself gain more rights.
9. The world's first carbon nanotube computer: It's only got 178 transistors, but it's an important proof-of-concept that's poised to keep Moore's Law right on track. The breakthrough, in which a basic computer was powered by microscopic chains of carbon atoms, means we may have finally found a viable alternative to silicon chips.
This one may not sound all that interesting or revolutionary, but is the type of technology that will eventually lead to personal computing measured in the petaFLOPS range (i.e. one thousand million million, or one quadrillion, calculations per second). By way of comparison, the Sony PlayStation 4 is listed as having a peak performance of 1.84 teraFLOPS (trillion calculations per second), while the fastest computer in the world (as of November 2013), China’s Tianhe-2 Supercomputer, has been clocked at 33.86 petaFLOPS.
12. Biologists created an 'elixir' that reverses a known cause of aging: After administering a new compound to 2-year old mice, their muscles reverted back to 6-month levels. That's like regenerating the muscles of a 60-year old human to those of a 20-year old. The new drug improved muscle wastage, restored mitochondrial function and communication, and improved inflammation and insulin resistance. And incredibly, human trials may start next year.
OK, so, really! Aging has actually been reversed. And note that last sentence - human trials in 2014!
13. The first net-positive nuclear fusion reaction is recorded: In order for fusion power plants to be feasible, they have to produce more energy than they consume. It's a challenge that's confounded scientists for years. But researchers at the National Ignition Facility made it happen. During an experiment in September, the amount of energy released through a fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel. It's the first time this has been achieved at any fusion facility in the world.
14. Scientists created a cybernetic implant that repairs brain damage and a bioengineered patch that regrows damaged bones inside the body

Check out the full list @ The 18 Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2013

Friday, 27 December 2013

Blu-ray Review - Big Trouble in Little China (1986) | Flickering Myth

Monday, 16 December 2013

Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong



An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

See the review @  Blu-ray Review - Big Trouble in Little China (1986) | Flickering Myth

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

The Arlington Heights Public Library has added a new space designated for teens called The Hub. The Chicago Public Library is also considering new ways to use space. (Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Handout)

For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books. Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge: Americans are moving away increasingly from the printed page to digital screens for information and communication.

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100 Notable Books of 2013

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

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Empire's Movie Review Of The Year 2013

Monday, 23 December 2013

Fergster's Music Blog • My Favourite Albums of 2013

Got a list of my favourite albums of the year up on my music blog. Check it out here: My Favourite Albums of 2013

Action Cam by Sony: Casey Brown - Death Grip

Published on Nov 7, 2013

Shot 100% by Sony's Action Cam
For mountain bikers, going fast is just a part of what we do, but we do it knowing we have a safety net: brakes. But imagine if you didn't have brakes to stop you? Imagine voluntarily riding brakeless? Meet World Cup downhill racer Casey Brown.

#sonyactioncam #proveyourself #dreamcapture #deathgrip

David Byrne: 'The internet will suck all creative content out of the world'

Awhile ago Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead got some attention when they pulled their recent record from Spotify.

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Sorry, TV Host, That Is Not "Zelda"

Look, I hate to break it to you Arizona news anchor, but that's not Zelda you're talking about. That's Link, and I'm pretty sure he's a guy. In the clip above, a local news anchor and self-proclaimed Zelda fan mistakes Link's name and gender in the trailer for Hyrule Warriors.

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

The 10 Greatest Supernatural Stephen King Villains

There's no shortage of bad guys in Stephen King novels and movies. But the most terrifying are those with supernatural powers that really make life difficult for everyone around them!

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Where Do We Stand with The Stand?

Marvel's The Stand - Volume 1

Widely reported across the interwebs last month was the news that Scott Cooper had become the third director to leave Warner Bros. planned adaptation of Stephen King's epic, post-apocalyptic tome The Stand (following in the footsteps of Ben Affleck and David Yates, either of whose take on the novel I'd have been well happy to see). I can't help but think that once a project starts amassing a string of director's jumping ship (especially at WB - Wonder Woman, Superman, Akira, etc) that it's become cursed and will be doomed to remain in Hollywood's Development Hell for all eternity...or at least a decade.

Personally, I'm hoping they get this up and running soon (Paul Greengrass was rumoured around the time of Cooper's departure to be at the top of WB's wish list, and he'd no doubt make an excellent job of it, but who's to say if he's even actually been offered it yet); the last good film based on a King novel to grace theatre screens was 's excellent The Mist back in 2007 (oh, hey WB! give Frank a call...seriously, he understands King better than any other director working today), so we're well over due for some quality, big screen Kingness.

But if you're still unsure as to the need for this movie to get made, have a read of Christian Cintron's article "Why Stephen King's 'The Stand' Needs to Be Made", and then take a gander at Alex Zalben's frankly awesome suggestion that The Stand should be the first installment in an epic King Movie Universe - The KMU, if you will :)

New Stephen King Novel

Stephen King's next novel has been announced on the Hodder & Staughton website, due for release on 3rd June 2014 (UK date). You can view the official announcement at this link: A major new novel from Stephen King, or read on after the cover image to see the official synopsis.

Official Cover Art from stephenking.com