PA Leads the way

•December 16, 2014 • 1 Comment

In Bigfoot sightings for the year of 2014 according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers study.

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Image Borrowed from http://www.Slate.com

Over on iO9 there’s a post about PA and Washington leading the country in Bigfoot sightings according to the Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings report form online.

‘Tis the season for year-end stories wrapping up the cultural and political goings-on of 2014. So why not … “The Year in Bigfoot“?

CityLab went through the submissions sent to the admirably user-friendly website run by the nearly 100-year-old Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, crunching the numbers like leaves under suspiciously large, hairy feet.

The results, CityLab reports, are surprising:

The way I understand it, this is based only on the BFRO B/SSRFO. It’s an online form that can be filled out and submitted for investigators to take a look at it and try and track down the…Bigfoot/Sasquatch so that it can either be once and for all proven, or debunked.

I would have to say that out of everyone in the country that has seen or has thought they saw a BF you’d have to wonder why isn’t Oregon, or some of the other Northwestern states leading.  Well, this is only compiled from what has been submitted.  And it’s only for 2014, so if no one submitted them, it didn’t happen according to BRFO.  I personally think that Washington state has WAY more sightings than most people know about, but that’s just my opinion.

iO9 also has mention of Joshua Stevens map of bigfoot sightings and includes some map porn.  Interesting how it plays out depending on the density of population, where in the country it is and what the year is.  It seems as though it picked up, and is now starting to die down again.  Only time will tell what’s going to happen.

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I personally feel that there ‘may’ be something like a bigfoot out there but not sure what it is or could be.  Some of the sightings could be a bear, some an ape maybe, a man in a suit, a woman in a suit or some of the pictures out there may be of me without a shirt one. (only people that know me personally will understand that one).  But either way, believe, don’t believe but at least have an open mind about it and don’t make fun of someone who has beliefs other than yours.

And head on over to the BFRO and check out their data. It may just make a believer out of you…

So where’s my flying car?

•December 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We are living in the future (duh, yeah…) but more importantly, things that we had hoped for in the past have come true.  Let’s look at this.

Communicators from Star Trek, yes, we have them, they’re called hand held radios or cell phones.  I know cordless phones were definitely not around when the Original Star Trek originally came out.  People saw Kirk and Spock would pull out their communicator, flip the lid and instantly be connected to anyone they wanted to.  They were even able to use them as locator devices, et al.

Now, we have phones on our wrists, in pens, in our pockets, even in our shoes (sort of).

stcomCommunicators were used by Starfleet landing parties and away teams; occasionally, communicators were used in situations where normal intra-ship communications were inaccessible (or inadvisable), during the 22nd and 23rd centuries. (TOS: “Mirror, Mirror“, et al.)

Employing a flip-top design, a member of Starfleet spoke directly into the device to give commands and speak with other personnel. (TOS: “The Cage“, et al.)

In the alternate reality, Starfleet communicators could also receive text messages. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

In some cases, these communicators served purposes beyond basic communication. By 2152, for example, the power signature of a Starfleet communicator could be amplified by an inverse carrier wave, making the communicator detectable by sensors. This method was used when, in 2152, fears among the crew of the NX-class starship Enterprise arose regarding how a communicator that Lieutenant Malcolm Reed had accidentally left behind on an inhabited planet might affect the evolution of a pre-warp culture on that planet. Reed’s communicator was retrieved, but not without avoiding cultural contamination partly caused by the device. (ENT: “The Communicator“) Communicators were also often used to allow transporter locks for beaming, thus acting as homing transponders. When used in tandem, two communicators could produce a sonic disruption by using sound beams to create a sympathetic vibration in an unstable object, such as a cliff face. Kirk and Spock used such a technique to ward off a party of angry Capellans on Capella IV in 2267. (TOS: “Friday’s Child“)

Borrowed from Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wikki

We had robots way back then, but not like we have today.  There’s even robots that look and act like humans.  They’re still distinguishable from the real deal, but before too much longer, I can see us having “Life Model Decoy’s” like S.H.I.E.L.D has.

Nick_Fury_(LMD)A Life Model Decoy (or LMD for short) is a S.H.I.E.L.D.-designed robot that duplicates all outward aspects of a living person. The owner can see through, speak through, and control everything the Life Model Decoy does. Nick Fury’s Life Model Decoys are probably the most common in the Marvel Universe.

It is designed to function as an exact body double for VIPs. Their design is such that they mimic the subject’s outer appearance (i.e., fingerprints, hair, all details of the skin), speech patterns, scent, iris and retina patterns, body language, thought patterns (to fool telepaths), and any other biological indicators. Aside from any invasive procedure or strong EMP, they are indistinguishable from the original.

LMDs first appeared in Strange Tales #135 (August 1965), in which the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. created LMDs of agent Nick Fury to use as decoys for an attack by HYDRA.

Borrowed from WIKIPEDIA

We’ve also got holograms that you can see using only your phone, or a pair of 3D goggles, superstructures that were never though possible, flying fortresses that put the B52 to shame.

Medical advancements are out of this world.  Even 20 years ago, we didn’t have some of the prosthetic devices we do now.  You can ‘print’ a new arm, leg, hand, foot, etc in a short amount of time in the comfort of your own home with a 3D Printer.  Which by the way I believe is the precursor to the Star Trek replicator.

strepAlthough previous sci-fi writers had speculated about the development of “replicating” or “duplicating” technology,[1] the term “replicator” was not itself used until Star Trek: The Next Generation. In simple terms, it was described as a 24th century advancement from the 23rd century “food synthesizer” seen in Star Trek: The Original Series. The mechanics of these devices were never clearly explained on that show, but the subsequent prequel series, Star Trek: Enterprise, featured a 22nd-century version referred to as a “protein resequencer.” Additionally, that ship had a “bio-matter resequencer” which was used to recycle waste product into usable material.[2]

According to an academic thesis: “The so-called ‘replicators’ can reconstitute matter and produce everything that is needed out of pure energy, no matter whether food, medicaments, or spare parts are required.”[3] A replicator can create any inanimate matter, as long as the desired molecular structure is on file, but it cannot create antimatter, dilithium, latinum, or a living organism of any kind; in the case of living organisms, non-canon works such as the Star Trek: the Next Generation Technical Manual state that, though the replicators use a form of transporter technology, it’s at such a low resolution that creating living tissue is a physical impossibility.

In its theory it seems to work similarly to a universal assembler.

Borrowed from Wikipedia

And while we’re at it, let’s talk about the holodeck (speaking in ST terms).  With the Oculus Rift goggles and an Omni treadmill, we’ve got it.  Sort of.  It’s not hard light like in ST, but how much longer before it is?  And I can see someone designing an entire floor based on the Omni.

oculusLow Latency 360° Head Tracking

The Rift uses custom tracking technology to provide ultra-low latency 360° head tracking, allowing you to seamlessly look around the virtual world just as you would in real life. Every subtle movement of your head is tracked in real time creating a natural and intuitive experience.

Borrowed from the Oculus Rift website

omniThe Virtuix Omni™ is the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in your favorite game.

Catapulted into the gaming world by a Kickstarter campaign with more than 3,000 backers and more than one millions dollars, the Virtuix Omni™ is an immersive, first-of-its-kind gaming system that takes virtual reality to the next level— allowing anyone to stand up and traverse virtual worlds with the natural use of their own feet. Walking and running in virtual reality creates an unprecedented sense of immersion that cannot be experienced sitting down. The Omni transforms the gaming experience into a highly interactive, energetic battle royale between players fighting for virtual supremacy.

Borrowed from the Virtuix Omni website

And beyond that there’s so much more.  I’ll be doing a few followups to present more info for you.  Stay tuned.

Can’t decide on a Christmas present?

•December 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Well, fear no more.  Sad and Useless has come up with a series of interesting presents that you could give this Christmas (et al) that will make any gift giving event a little brighter…

There’s the Ugly Christmas Sweater kit (yes, kit), the Bacon puzzle kit for the bacon lovers out there, there’s even something for the exotic meat lovers (Unicorn Meat) among your friends and family.

For the whole list, check it out on Sad and Useless:

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Eat Less Meat? NO, Frak That, I’m eating MORE meat…

•December 6, 2014 • 1 Comment

Seen on iO9.

They’re saying to eat less meat (no, not NO meat, just less meat) will help reduce our carbon footprint and in turn reduce global warming.  Let’s see a quick quote:

The reason for this is abundantly clear: Satisfying the world’s appetite for meat contributes to global warming in a massive way. More massive than most people realize, according to a new report from the non-profit, non-governmental thinktank Chatham House. Why don’t more people understand the environmental impact of livestock? When it comes to global warming, meat is the pig, cow, and chicken in the room that nobody wants to talk about.

(on a side note, iO9 isn’t saying this, they’re just reporting a story they found)

Ok, let’s take a quick look at a few things…

  • non-profit
  • non-governmental
  • thinktank

Yup, right there.  Don’t know them, don’t trust them.  I’ve seen too many non-profit, non-governmental, thinktanks say crap that is downright flat out BS.  Burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me.  I would like to see where their contributions come from to fund them.  I’d also like to see this online survey they did.  I’ve asked at least 100 people if they’ve heard of it and nobody has any clue.  Now, I know that’s like less than 1% of the people on the planet, but still, you’d think at least one of them would have heard of it.  Especially since a few of them were vegetarian/vegan and one was a militant vegan.

You give me raw data and I’ll show you whatever you want to see.

Either way, I’m not going to decrease the amount of meat I eat because someone says it’s causing global warming.  Period.  Done.

How about focusing on the food, we focus on ways of making vehicles cleaner.  Or energy plants cleaner.  Or how about some of these big wigs in Washington and in the corporate sectors start flying commercial instead of private jets, etc.

Either way, I know I’m going to get lambasted for this one and my opinion on it, but…it’s my opinion and it’s my blog.  If you don’t like it, don’t read it.

And before you say I didn’t even read the damn report, yes, I did.  And and if you want to read the entire report, you can get it here:

Chatham House

 

I’m just going to leave this right here…

•December 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The appeals court in New York state said caged chimpanzee Tommy could not be recognized as a “legal person” as it “cannot bear any legal duties”.

The Nonhuman Rights Project had argued that chimps who had such similar characteristics to the humans deserved basic rights, including freedom.

MArooned shared this the other day and because my already increased BS meter has gone WAY through the roof, I’m just going to let him talk on my behalf (he’s not really talking on my behalf, I just tend to agree with him wholeheartedly on this).

Head over and read the whole thing…And let’s see if you agree with me on this one…

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Judgement Day

•December 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

And in another big movie news, Nerd Bastards.com also shows us the new full trailer for the new Terminator Genisys movie.

Now, I’m not quite as excited about this one as I am the Deadpool announcement, but it looks like they’re going to do the reboot right.  Somehow, a Terminator is sent back before the first Terminator was sent back and he destroyed the original first Terminator, now Sarah saves Reese, etc, yadda yadda yadda.

I just hope they do the original justice.  With Arnold in there, it’s going to be interesting to see what he gets into, how they’re going to play him, how they’re going to explain the aging process, etc.  I know the original Terminators were to be able to blend in with the humans, so aging was built in as part of their ‘DNA’ structure, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Are you ready for this?!?

•December 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Ok, some of you may know Deadpool.  Some of you may know that Ryan Reynolds is my favorite actor that portrays Deadpool.  At least so far in the Wolverine movie.

Well, did you know that Ryan got together with some people and made a Deadpool Trailer?  Sort of a proof of concept this would really work kind of thing?

If you didn’t know, you know now.  Here it is:

Now, I saw over on Nerd Bastards that “Uh… It’s Chimichanga Time”

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You know what this means, right?
You guessed it, it means that Mr Reynolds is going to play Deadpool in a Fox movie of the same name with a 2016 release date…
Now, all we have to do is hope they don’t really screw this up and give it a hard R rating like it needs to be.
 
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