Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Friday Links: October/November

Toy Story refilmed with real toys.

$1 of drug treatment equals way more in enforcement and control. [link]
These are Canadian numbers, but I'd have to guess that America's numbers are similar.

Game: Mosaic Box - collect pieces of a song and then assemble it to make famous musical pieces. [link]

How to find out where your microwave heats. [link]

Obama's real economic record. [link]

Homeless man had his dog stolen by animal activists.

Homeless man's dog returned to him. [link]

Guinea pig bridge. (turn down volume)

SG1 reunion panel. [link]

Benny Netanyahoo blames the Holocaust on Muslims. Germany corrects him. [link]

Mortgage derives from the French for "death pledge". [link]

The Y2K bug did do something bad. [link]

Guns and Roses marionette in the subway.

Hillary e-mails prove Bush and Blair planned Iraq war. Thanks for exposing that Republicans! [link]

The clips on bread bags mean something. [link]

Watch the video - Tesla battery tech for the house. [link]

When you speed up a recording everyone becomes the Chipmunks. What happens when you slow the Chipmunks down? [link]

People have stripes, too. [link]

Super efficient lettuce farm. [link]

Photos of molecules. [link]

Failed islands make for successful coral. [link]

A prison with an open door model. [link]

Negatives found in Antarctica successfully developed. [link]

George RR Martin's house. [link]

That car from the Fallout games had a real world basis. [link]

The day the U-Boat washed up in Hastings. [link]

Talking with North Koreans. [link]

Will Barbie spy for you? Or for the government? [link]

Historical texts find no evidence of Jesus. [link]

Big badda-boom. [link]

DEA chief denies science. "Drugs are bad, m'kay." [link]

The Petticoat Rebellion - or that time women took office. [link]

Serotonin comes from your guts. [link]

Air Force dumped bodies of soldiers in a landfill. [link]

Mice sing, too. [link]

Who has a 3D printer?! [link]

Cats at the G20. [link]

It's harder to buy a barrel of oil than you might think. [link]

Paper e. coli. [link]

The budget camera rigs of The Evil Dead. [link]

It sucks to be Vigo the Carpathian or to be around him. [link]

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

This was my makeup for Halloween 2015.
I made a plaster cast of my face, filled it with foam created by mixing Gorilla Glue and water. I used a high heat hot glue gun and white hot glue to make the teeth on some glass, popped them off and trimmed them to shape. Used pink hot glue on the face to hold the teeth in place and to make sure they'd fit my face. Spirit gum held them on. Black sclera lenses on my eyes to make them black.

Bonus: the teeth on my eyes chewed when my real mouth did. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pre Halloween

A neighbor had me do her makeup for a party.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Movie Review: The Martian

Movie Review: The Martian

The movie version of The Martian came out last night. How did it come out so soon after the book? Apparently the movie and book deals were both struck within four days of each other. The movie was great. Yeah, some stuff was cut. Some stuff is almost always cut when they adapt a whole book to fit a movie sized spot. But some stuff is added. In the case of this movie they added some fantastic shots of Mars. We've had so many landers and rovers and satellites land there that they can do some super realistic shots of the landscape and the weather patterns. And it's gorgeous.

Let me tell you what they cut without giving away spoilers. Many of the problems and disasters. Most of the math is gone. Much of the botany and biology. Much of the chemistry. Not all of it. Some of it, one could argue, wasn't cut, but assumes the viewer isn't an idiot and knows what he's doing. Some of the chemistry is explained, but the movie doesn't tell where the catalyst was scavenged from. People who've read the book will know why Mark Watney is wearing a helmet indoors in one particular scene. It's not to protect his head.

You know how the Lord of the Rings movies were long, but on DVD they're even longer for all the fans to get the scenes they want? Most fans of the book want to add another hour to the movie just so the film makers can take the time to get into the details the book did.

The movie is hard science fiction. The only thing that is technically wrong is the weather. Mars does have storms that rage at 300+ MPH, but the air is so thin that you won't feel more push than you would in a breeze on Earth. The author knew that and twisted that fact anyway to tell a good story. He said that thanks to him the country is learning that fact about Mars and he's totally happy with that.

If you liked watching MacGyver then you'll love The Martian. Both tell about very smart people doing brilliant things with limited resources and with a good dose of action thrown in.

I'll absolutely get this on DVD. I may go and see it in theaters one more time.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Friday links - I got nothing

I got nothing this week.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Links

What if there was a black hole in your pocket?

Gamal Abdel Nasser on the Muslim Brotherhood

An Alaskan village about to wash away. [link]

A bike riding robot.

Ferrofluid art. [link]

Where punctuation came from. [link]