Thursday, August 23, 2007

That's no Moon! That's a space station!

Okay, so the one on the the top left is really Mimas, one of the inner moons of Saturn. The thing on its right side that looks like the Death Star's weapon is an Impact crater named Herschel.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Battlebots: Patent Infringment edition!

iRobot, makers of the Roomba are suing Robotic FX, claiming that the company's Negotiator tactical robot is a ripoff of iRobot's military packbot. iRobot also claims that robotic Fx's founder, a former iRobot employee, violated nondisclosure and noncompeting clauses of his contract. The best part of the story (which you can read by clicking on the post's title) is the part where iRobot demands that all existing Negotiators be turned over to it "for destruction". I say if you're gonna destroy robots at least make it interesting. Let's put the packbots and negotiators in an arena, arm them to the teath and may the best robot win!

Friday, August 17, 2007

R2-D2 spotted in Berkeley

Back in the spring the USPS dressed mailboxes across the country as everybody's
favorite astromech droid. I figured they would be long gone by now but as of last week Artoo was still faithfully accepting may. fittingly, he occupies the same block as a comic shop And The Other Change of Hobbit science fiction book store.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Roads? Where we're going we don't need Roads

One last Back to The Future post and I'll let it go... promise. Just as The BTTF ride is about to go dark things seem a little brighter for the Delorean. It seems that partly due to the films the car has gained a small but loyal following. How loyal? Loyal enough to make a Texas company mull building new ones. Click on the Title to read the story. Sounds cool but I think I'll wait until flight capabilities and Mr. fusion come standard.

Back To The Future: The Ride

In honor of the soon to be late ride I present the video. Maybe if you fullscreen it and rock back and forth in your chair it will be just like the ride!

Back to no future!

The blog is back, just in time to mourn the closing of the Back to the Future Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. The ride goes dark after Labor Day to make way for a Simpsons ride. Click on the title for the news. Okay, I like the Simpsons, and yes Back to the Future the ride is getting a bit... dated but is it really smart to replace a 14 year old ride with a new one based on an 18 year old TV show? and a Fox one at that? Maybe Universal should base a ride on one of there hits of the past year or so... Oh wait, they don't have any!