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which director should you watch?

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Clever!

 

too cute: tiny robot busts out the dance moves


Japan has robots in just about every flavor you can imagine. There are ‘bots to care for the elderly and ‘bots to cook you ramen. There are even robots to belt out the latest pop tunes<read full story here> @ <http://www.cnngo.com/>

Makes me think of that great dance scene in Geisha…

wouldn’t it be great to have a full-size more human robo-geisha doing a full dance?  Cool stuff!

hi-tech eye exam shows jaw-dropping accuracy of webb telescope’s optics

James Webb Space Telescope

THE MOMENT  NASA engineer Ernie Wright examines 6 of the 18 segments of the James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror in preparation for a final round of testing at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama…  <read the full story here> @ <http://discovermagazine.com/>

Not sure about the whole eye-exam thing… but what an amazing photograph!!  You could write a whole screenplay around that shot!

10 real life “memoirs” that read like scifi and fantasy stories

10 Real Life "Memoirs" That Read Like Scifi and Fantasy Stories

There are people in the world with life-stories that defy human imagination and expand our idea of what the human experience is like. And there are some people whose stories cross out of reality and into what reads a lot like a science fiction or fantasy epic… <read the full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

I’m geeking out on this list…  Gonna try and get to them all, anyone have recommendations?

paintings of an aging superhero’s senior moments

Just because you’re getting older and the spandex doesn’t quite fit like it used to doesn’t mean you hang up the tights and stop fighting crime… <read the full story and see more images here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Great idea, and some top level concept work.  Couldn’t not pass it along!

the pentagon’s beetle borgs

Researchers create what may be the perfect scout: a bug controlled remotely through a chip implanted in its optic lobes and flight muscles…  <read the full story here> @ <http://discovermagazine.com/>

Awesome title!  Awesome pic! Awesome article!  AWESOME!

your picks: top 100 science-fiction, fantasy books

Illustration: A robot reads. (w)

More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR’s Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles… <read the full story here> @ <http://www.npr.org/>

Love books, and love NPR…  WOW, did I just type that?  I need to get out more!

this is what the patent for a dinosaur suit looks like


ON-ART Corp., Tokyo (“a top artistic structure airbrush paint production company in Japan”) have just been granted their US patent (7,997,991 B2) for a “Costume suit of large size animal.” <read the full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Wow, have we come full circle and now the cg guys have to worry??  Everyone loves dinosaurs!

the sorcerer and the white snake

An overzealous application of CGI is the figurative boa constrictor squeezing the life out of “The Sorcerer and the White Snake,” a silly, derivative supernatural-action extravaganza that would have been better at a fraction of its f/x budget… <read full story here> @ <http://www.variety.com/>

Yikes, that’s not a very good snippet is it?  Still, really interested in tracking East/West created/distributed films…

some good tips for data wrangling on a budget

Evan Luzi, who runs the camera assistant blog The Black and Blue (and who also wrote a guest post here on NFS), takes a look at the crucial but unheralded position of data wrangler… <read full story here> @ <http://nofilmschool.com/>

You can’t underestimate this role on-set.  Growing more and more important as we go more digital as well.  This is a cool little look at the position.  mmmmmmmm data….