Feb
21
2017
1

Hey, how was Hell or High Water, anyway?

I confess: I skipped it.  No spaceships, no ninja, no slo-mo techno combat scenes… you know the drill.  But Honest Trailers apparently loved Hell or High Water so much they’re practically ready to have its baby, so: worth it?  Keep in mind that I am a man of straightforward tastes in cinema, except when it’s something like Arrival because I’m not a complete Philistine…

Feb
21
2017
0

Peter Mayhew passes the bowcaster to Joonas Suotamo for Han Solo film.

This is… well, it’s not horrible news. Peter Mayhew is in his 70s, he’s playing Chewbacca in The Last Jedi, and probably will in the next one, too. And certainly Joonas Suotamo has been understudying for the role. But it’s still kind of sad to see how time marches on. Suotamo strikes the right note, here:

Feb
21
2017
4

Disney works on Tesla radiant power scheme for recharging devices, death rays, killer death robots…

Yes, I’m extrapolating. So far the prototype is only going to charge your devices for you while you’re close enough to the Tesla Omni-Directional Radiant Energy Projector* (but not too close).  But we all know that Tesla was working on death rays; and as for the killer death robots, well.

While their system is far from commercial ready, it’s no less impressive and as they develop it further in the coming years, it’s not hard to believe that Disney could (eventually) equip their theme parks with wireless power zones, allowing guests to charge their electronic devices by simply entering the space. If entire attraction queues were flooded with wireless power, guests would never have to worry about draining their batteries by killing time with their devices while waiting. Likewise, one could imagine Disney’s parks one day being populated by free-roaming Audio-Animatronics figures, able to run throughout the day via wireless power sources.

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Feb
21
2017
4

Quote of the Day, I Eat Bacon-Pineapple Pizza And I Don’t Care edition.

I’ll get grief for that title, sure.  People will confidently tell me that I’m wrong.  But that’s OK: I like what I like. As does this guy:

Faced with uproar at home and a social media storm abroad, the president of Iceland has been forced to clarify his outspoken stance on one of the defining questions of the age: whether pineapple should be allowed on pizza.

Still: the answer is, of course, ‘Yes.’ WITNESS ME!

Moe Lane

PS: Yeah, I know, but they were the first people to report on the conclusion to this story.

Feb
21
2017
0

Creature Seed: Hyper-Mega-Goanna.

Hyper-Mega-Goanna – Google Docs

Hyper-Mega-Goanna (HMG)

 

Well, goannas were merely mildly venomous Australian monitor lizards, about man-length in size; which is to say, no more or less unusual than any other animal native to Australia.  But then there was an almighty electrical discharge in the skies above Australasia; the first reports of somewhat altered goannas appeared shortly thereafter. The current generation of Hyper-Mega-Goannas (blame the tabloids) all have a length of about 15 feet, and it’s not entirely clear that the HMGs have stopped growing as a species.

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Feb
21
2017
3

So: weird cave, giant crystals, unusual microbes unknown to Science.

OK, look, I get it.  But stuff like this is too easy: I mean, you hear about this mine in Mexico where the crystals grow to ridiculous size, and where the researchers are finding all of these strange microbes that have evolved under insane conditions, and really, the horror scenario writes itself.  It’s effortless.  This is still the real world, and in the real world things don’t always fit the tropes…

Describing working in the cave [NASA astrobiologist Dr. Penelope Boston] said: “It was a transformative experience…it really felt strange. It was a very hard environment to work in, but tear-inducingly beautiful. It’s like being inside a geode.”

…Oh, come on.  Make me work for it a little. I don’t need coddling.

Feb
20
2017
1

‘Perform This Way’ (Pre- and post-CGI).

This is interesting in its own right: it’s a side-by-side look at what the Weird Al ‘Perform This Way’ video looked like before and after they put all the CGI in.  Turns out they muck about with a lot of stuff, these days.  Not just the faces.

Perform This Way, Weird Al Yankovic

Feb
20
2017
0

I don’t really have anything else tonight, sorry.

I spent a large part of the day at Carmax, watching a ninety minute job turn into a three and a half hour one.  Which I should have expected, but I didn’t. Thank God I ate lunch before that, though.  Other than that… I was going to snark on Conan Exiles some more, but it was essentially the same snark as before.  I figure that it’ll look more like the Hyborian Age after the next couple of patches, or something.

So let me load up the music tape and call it a night.

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Feb
20
2017
0

The semi-regular obligatory reminder that I have a Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/MoeLane).

Found here: one buck a month will get you early access to stuff, and I’m seriously considering putting up Patron-only material in the near future. Tell your friends! :dryly: No, really.  We just got the bill here for the replacement washer/dryer.  Good Lord, you’d think that these things were made of platinum or something.

Moe Lane

PS: We are neither starving nor in danger of doing so. But I went from five figures last year to the Patreon being the only thing keeping me from dropping down to three. I say this not to preen, but as an explanation for why I’m rattling the jar more. So… tell your friends!

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Feb
20
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, :Pointing: …Cow. edition.

Note that it’s ‘unfamiliar’ cattle.  Apparently, familiar cattle you can let right on in.  …Which, OK, makes sense, but only by accident.

Feb
20
2017
0

Forjas Taurus “Arpão” Deck-Mounted Mechanical-Action Ballista [Day After Ragnarok]

Needed to practice my Savage Worlds crunchy bit writeup skills a bit.

Forjas Taurus “Arpão” Deck-Mounted Mechanical-Action Ballista – Google Docs

Forjas Taurus “Arpão” Deck-Mounted Mechanical-Action Ballista

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

The Brazilian firearms company Forjas Taurus has been working on these monster-killers since just after 1945, thanks to a series of what turned out be prescient dreams suffered by the board of directors.  The Arpão is a fairly ingenious weapon: it’s basically a ship-mounted ballista that uses a small diesel motor to cock the swing arm that fires its forearm-thick bolts.  Interestingly, the Arpão is also designed to be cocked by hand – well, by using a hydraulic jack.  It’s obviously much slower to reload that way, but an experienced crew can still put out a decent rate of fire.

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Feb
20
2017
5

The new, official “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” trailer.

And it looks a good deal more coherent, now. It also knows its target audience.  Blasting stuff from Led Zeppelin 1 is pretty much a subtle signal to the SCA crowd.  You can trust us, it whispers.  We know what you like. We know what you need.

Movie out May 12.

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