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The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

October 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

Erich Goode’s book, ‘The Paranormal’, has the sub-title ‘Who Believes Why They Believe And Why It Matters’. The comma is missing on the cover but has two in the indice inside to make up for it. The title should give a clue as to the book’s subject matter. Sensibly, Goode explains the scientific rationales of […]

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South Korea’s new surprise for the North: robot sentries!

October 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
South Korea’s new surprise for the North: robot sentries!

Somebody at South Korean robot company DoDaam has been watching the movie Aliens a little too much – as demonstrated by their new Super Aegis 2 robot sentry – handy for use against hostile xenomorphs and North Korean invaders. Watch the video of this bad boy at work and be glad you’re not coming up […]

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Shock Value by Jason Zinoman (book review).

October 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Shock Value by Jason Zinoman (book review).

They sure don’t make them like they used to. ‘Shock Value’ by New York Times film critic Jason Zinoman covers how a few young directors shook up the system and redefined horror. Before these wunderkinds came along, the genre was suffering and hadn’t moved on from shuffling monsters in dodgy make-up. It took a group […]

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From Inside (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Brett Smith (album review).

October 13, 2012 | By | Reply More
From Inside (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Brett Smith (album review).

An apocalypse tale is never going to be the source of the most upbeat music and you don’t get any less upbeat than a young pregnant girl struggling to find salvation while dealing with the memory of her lost husband. ‘From Inside’ is based on the graphic novel of the same name, written and illustrated […]

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Thus, the fate of all villain cars!

September 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Thus, the fate of all villain cars!

When mine car doth breaks, my friends and I will seek out the lady Death to undo whatever we must to make things right. For that, we will need an army. I shalt ask thee to gather and join me in battle… All of us. For no one of us could smash this Nissan Micra […]

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The Tweed Album.

September 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Tweed Album.

From Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer‘s latest work, ‘The Tweed Album,’ we have some rather spiffing chap-core, specifically, a song called Bullingdon Breakdown. In the best tradition of the genre, Mr B. has a very interesting dis-agreement on with steampunk rapper Professor Elemental. Now, I won’t swear to it, but it rather looks like Mr […]

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Wil Wheaton vs Matt Smith. Who wins, who dies?

September 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
Wil Wheaton vs Matt Smith. Who wins, who dies?

It’s a Doctor Who versus Wil Wheaton slam-down in this bowling tourney, where Team Timelord (Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat, Arthur Darvill) take on Wil Wheaton’s motley regiment of geeksters (Wil plus Chris Hardwick, Alex Albrecht, Chloe Dykstra). Who wins, who dies (forgive the pun). Watch the video to find out, my nerdlie readers.

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Telepathic robot bunny ears.

August 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Telepathic robot bunny ears.

Here’s an interesting concept. Telepathic robot bunny ears, from Japan (of course), where sporting a pair of ‘Necomimi‘ ears – a headset with bunny ears that move according to the user’s feelings and emotions in real time – is frankly becoming de rigueur. Three emotional states create bunny-like reactive movements that show how interested or […]

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Sometimes there’s a man, I won’t say a hero.

August 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sometimes there’s a man, I won’t say a hero.

Thanks to Boingboing for highlighting the existence of this amusing documentary on the real Dude that the character of the same name was based on in the Coen Brothers’ movie, The Big Lebowski. It seems that The Big Lebowski has become more of a cult hit than I was aware, with its own cons and […]

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Robo Sandcastle Builder.

August 7, 2012 | By | Reply More
Robo Sandcastle Builder.

While everyone may be familiar with Robocop, they might be less familiar with its arm-like cousin, Robo Sandcastle builder. Actually, the project is called Stone Spray, and was set up by three architects, Petr Novikov, Anna Kulik and Inder Shergill. Sandcastle competitions are big events in many places where there is sand and sun (most […]

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