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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.


Epic Star Wars Fights Imagined As Scenes From Mega Man

Mega Man was a good time. Admittedly, that was also the last generation of video games I paid much attention to (I don’t have the manual dexterity for controllers with more than two buttons), and it holds a special, nostalgic place in my heart. So of course you have my attention when you mash that particular property together with iconic moments from the Star Wars universe.



Adaptable GlassFloor Makes Your Basketball Court Look Like Something Out Of Tron

When it comes to innovations in sports, it usually has something to do with changes in the rule book, the uniforms, or adding gigantic scoreboards and television displays to the inside of the stadiums. But not since the invention of AstroTurf has the actual game setting seen such a dramatic update.

The Germany company ASB Systemsbau has created the GlassFloor, “the most advanced flooring system in the world,” which substitutes paint for LED lights to map out the lines across the floor, allowing for a wide variety of sports to be played without confusion. Should their product become the norm, gone will be the days when volleyball or badminton games had to put up with the painted lines of the basketball court. “Get those pesky basketball court lines out of here,” said one angst-ridden badminton player.


Goggles Invented To Thwart Facial Recognition Software

gogglesBeyond the crowded aisles and long checkout lines, shopping at grocery stores or department stores during normal daytime hours is a hassle because there’s always I’ll hear through the din: “Nick? Nick!” And it ends up being one of several hundred people I could have easily gone the rest of my life without having to talk to again, much less having to rehash the last 5-15 years of my life. But I don’t want to wear glasses with a fake mustache and oversized hat in order to fool people. So I shop at night.

Minus the hat and mustache, a pair of glasses – regular lab goggles to be more precise – developed by Japanese researchers can fool facial recognition software. Inspired party by artist Adam Harvey’s face-paint and hairstyle methods of thwarting facial detection technology, Isao Echizen, an associate professor at Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics, and Seiichi Gohshi, a professor at Kogakuin University, developed the glasses, which house a series of circular lights that emit near infrared light, invisible to our eyes, which distorts the features when viewed by cameras and Facebook imps. The glasses are connected by wire to a battery carried in the pocket.

Considering we’ve gone this long without having facial recognition assimilated into our everyday lives, and the privacy issues it has already brought up are quite a headache to sit through. I think John Woo, Nicolas Cage, and John Travolta unintentially showed us the negative consequences of what happens when people’s faces are their only link to…you know, I don’t really remember what the movie was about.


Leaked RoboCop Set Image Reveals New EM-208 Drone

Over the past few months we’ve seen numerous leaked photos and videos of the upcoming remake of José Padilha’s RoboCop. Now an image of an Omnicorp humanoid drone model EM-208 has found its way onto the Internet. Apparently the EM-208 will be used to work with the ED-209 in the new movie. Check out the image below.



Fringe Post Game: Liberty/An Enemy Of Fate

Goodbye, Fringe, it’s been fun.

Back-to-back episodes marked the conclusion of the fifth and final season of Fox’s embattled sci-fi police procedural. Despite near rabid fanaticism from fans, not to mention widespread critical love, the show never posted big ratings, and has seemingly been fighting for survival forever. Last season, when the network moved the show to a Friday-night time slot—widely regarded as a desolate wasteland where TV shows go to die—it became painfully apparent that Fringe was not long for this world. Many of us were surprised, if not shocked, when Fox re-upped for a fifth, albeit truncated, season. Watch the end of season four and you get the distinct impression that the producers weren’t certain they would get the chance to wrap things up.



AMC Responds To The Mazzara Controversy On The Walking Dead


The Walking Dead has seen some highs and lows over the years, not only on the screen but also behind the scenes. That history of bad luck continued recently as the series parted ways with its second showrunner, Glen Mazzara. This will be the third Walking Dead showrunner in as many seasons, and many are beginning to wonder just what the hell is going on at AMC. But the cable network defends its decision to replace Mazzara with long-time series writer and producer Scott Gimple.

In an interview with THR, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan talks about the Mazzara controversy and promotes AMC as a great place where “creative people can flourish.” He says that the number-one thing Sapan wants to do with AMC is create great television. Sapan says:

We love the show, and we admire and cherish the work of everybody involved who made it an extraordinarily well-crafted TV series. … In the case of Glen, we decided mutually to part ways … We really do believe that people who make great TV shows have a rare capability, and we hold them in extraordinarily high regard. Certainly it would be preferable to have as much continuity as possible. We’ll forge ahead and hope to make great shows and be the best place to work … We’ll do the best we can to be an environment where the best creative people can flourish. We’ll hopefully learn from everything we do.