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Inter-Dimensional Traveler or Total Bullshit?

Check out the vid of this guy narrowly escaping a potentially fatal collision with a delivery truck and read below.  Real, or no real?


I’ve often joked with family and friends about how Jules Verne must have been a time traveler.   I mean, the things the guy predicted in his writings were pretty astounding.  Watching this video as a graphics guy, I was skeptical.  Still, though…when watching the video, it seems the time doesn’t jump, skip or delay anywhere, while the shadows and resolution seem to be consistent.  Also noteworthy, it seems that the bicyclist is in borderline shock/surprise and doesn’t notice his rescuer, nor does the driver of the oncoming truck seem to take notice of the rescuer calmly walking away.    If this is a doctored vid, it seems to be a pretty good one.  What do you think?  Time/inter-dimensional traveler, teleportation or total shite?  Who knows?  It could be the guy on the bike’s future-self coming to save his own arse.  Fact or fake?  Compelling video, either way ;) Tell us your thoughts  in the comments area below!

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NASA Visualization Explorer App Now Available For All iOS Devices!

“This is the NASA Visualization Explorer—the coolest way to get stories about NASA’s exploration of the Earth, sun, moon, planets and universe delivered right to your iOS device.”

Nasa_transGREENBELT, Md., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire — The popular NASA Visualization Explorer app, first launched for the iPad in July 2011, is now available for the iPhone and all Apple iOS devices.

The app, which features the data visualization work of NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, Earth Observatory and others, publishes two stories per week about the full range of NASA’s astrophysics, planetary, heliophysics and Earth science missions.

A new universal version of the app is now available for download in the iTunes app store. Since its original launch and through multiple previous updates to the iPad version, NASA Visualization Explorer has recorded about 1 million unique downloads.

The app’s design has been modified to optimize it for viewing on the iPhone and the iPod Touch, as long as they are running iOS 5.1 or newer.

The app’s archive of 274 stories – covering NASA scientists’ studies of the sun, planets, Earth’s climate change and deep space – will be immediately available in the new version. The app’s editorial team will continue to publish a new story every Tuesday and Thursday.

Have We Lost the Social in Social Media?

Panel at Social Media Marketing World Keynote Set for Debate

SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER PANEL

SAN DIEGO, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire – The largest conference dedicated to social media marketing, Social Media Marketing World, plans to open the floor to three top experts for the debate.

Social media is big business today, with billions of dollars spent on advertising in social networks by corporations, businesses of all sizes and social media consultants. But even so, has the communal spirit that made social media so popular gone missing?

Keynote moderator, Jay Baer will pose that query and more to noted social media expert panelists, Ted Rubin (author, Return on Relationships), Jeff Rohrs (author, Audience) and Nichole Kelly (author, How to Measure Social Media) in a lively debate about whether it’s more about the media or more about the social.

“All is not lost, but this is an important crossroads that marketers face today and really cuts to the core of where engagement and communities related to social networks are headed,” explained Jay Baer of Convince and Convert. 

General Mills Partners w/ Warner Bros. Consumer Products And DC Entertainment For A Limited-Time-Only In-Box Promotion

Four exclusive DC Comics featuring Justice League Super Heroes are now available in specially marked boxes of Big G cereals

GENERAL MILLS DC COMICSMINNEAPOLIS, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire – Back by popular demand, select General Mills Big G cereals now include four collectible comic books featuring the iconic DC Comics’ Justice League characters, on shelves now through April 2014. Four specialty issues created exclusively for General Mills, in partnership with DC Entertainment (DCE) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), can be found in grocery retailers nationwide, with a bonus fifth issue available only in select boxes of Cheerios™ at Target.

“There is a certain shared fanaticism among cereal lovers and comic book fans, which is why Big G cereals, WBCP and DCE make a super team,” says Lisa Tomassen, integrated communication manager at General Mills. “We’re excited for people young and old to discover these comic books in their favorite cereals, giving them a strong, confident start to the day.”

Each specially marked box of Big G cereal also features several DC Comics Super Hero costume piece cutouts on the back. Fans are encouraged to put them on to strike a Super Hero’s pose, with chest out and hands on hips, to participate in #SuperHeroing, a social media movement to show how to start off the day with confidence… just like everyone’s favorite Super Heroes. Photos can be shared over Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #SuperHeroing.

Oh Myyy! George Takei Treks to SXSW ; Confirms Season 2 of AARP’s YouTube Show Takei’s Take Planned for 2014

Actor, Pioneering Social Justice Activist, Social Media Mega-Power and Host of AARP YouTube Series, Takei’s Take, Set to Take the Stage at SXSW March 11th at 12:30 p.m. CDT

George_TakeiWASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire – Social media icon and social justice champion George Takei is boldly going where he has never gone before— SXSW Interactive on Tuesday, March 11. Takei will be sharing his take on the social and digital universe at what is known as the ultimate social and digital media conference. Perhaps best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, Takei has firmly established himself as a leader in the social media world, recognized for his wit and savvy digital curation. He has amassed a devoted following across social media platforms with 6.1 million Facebook likes and more than one million Twitter followers.

In 2013, Takei expanded his social media footprint by teaming up with AARP to launch Takei’s Take, an original series on YouTube that takes a smart, funny, irreverent look at our shared digital experience. AARP today announced the wildly successful show is beginning production on the second season and will start shooting in Austin during SXSW. Takei’s Take netted an impressive twenty-four thousand subscribers in the first twenty-four hours of its launch and to date has 1.5 million video views. AARP partners with Fullscreen, a media company for the connected generation, on the production of this original online program.

“I can think of no better place to launch our new season of Takei’s Take than at SXSW Interactive, where the most creative and tech savvy players in the business converge. I’m thrilled to be among those presenting this year,” said Takei.

17 Famous Movie Homes Built With LEGO Bricks Find out what it would take to build a full-size Hogwarts, Stark Mansion, and more using LEGO bricks

Find out what it would take to build a full-size Hogwarts, Stark Mansion, Thor’s Castle, Howl’s Moving Castle, Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and more using LEGO bricks!

Movoto Real Estate seems to be somewhat obsessed with building things on their blog (same team that came up with how much Naruto’s apartment would cost in real life).  They’ve assembled (virtual) homes out of everything from Rubik’s Cubes to Lincoln Logs, but nothing has quite fuels the obsession with construction like good ol’ LEGO. They’ve taken this passion for interlocking plastic bricks and focused it into two blog posts so far: a construction calculator and an infographic exploring what could be built using all the world’s LEGO.

This Friday, theaters will be filled with our fellow LEGO Maniacs as our childhood (and now adult) obsession finally hits the big screen in “The LEGO Movie” which will be a mix of CG animation and actual stop-motion.  LEGO action has stoked the fires of fandom to the point that the team at Movoto just had to take another look at housing through a LEGO lens.  In keeping with the Hollywood theme, they decided to see how many of the bricks it would take to create full-size plastic versions of some of the famous movie homes they’ve evaluated over the years. Not just how many it would take, but how much they’d all cost and weigh, too!  So, grab some popcorn and let’s roll film…

Famous Movie Houses In LEGO By Movoto Real Estate

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Wins First Place in Video Contest

Nasa_transGREENBELT, Md., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire – The data visualization studio at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., was awarded first place for its video entry in a visualization challenge sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation.

The winning entry was created by the Scientific Visualization Studio to show how the particles from solar storms bombard Earth and how the sun’s heat energy drives Earth’s climate and weather. It won first place in the video category in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

The visualization was created for a movie called “Dynamic Earth,” a full-length planetarium film produced by Thomas Lucas and narrated by actor Liam Neeson.  The film is showing around the world to an estimated viewership of 500,000 people.

While the full movie highlights many aspects of Earth’s complexity, the contribution from the SVS depicts the vast scale of the sun’s influence on Earth, from the flowing particles of the solar wind and the fury of coronal mass ejections to the winds and currents driven by the solar heating of the atmosphere and ocean.

#Stormtrooper Twerk…Screw You Miley Cyrus ;) #StarWars

IDW Publishing & Comickaze Comics, Combine Forces To Host Benefit for Artist Joe Phillips

San Diego, CA (January 15, 2013) – San Diego based artist and all-around great guy, Joe Phillips (Silver Surfer, Wonder Women, Star Trek) received the shocking and very unfortunate news last November that due to complications from undiagnosed diabetes he would have to undergo surgery to amputate his right foot.

Many freelance artists struggle with the high costs of health insurance and sadly Phillips is no different. Therefore, IDW Publishing and Comickaze Comics, Books and More are joining forces to raise funds to help Phillips with the financial burden resulting from this unexpected and tragic event. We invite you to join Joe’s friends, family, and fans for an evening of art, local craft beer, and loving support.

Attendees will have an opportunity to get sketches and signatures from local artists, including Joe, and mingle with IDW staff, including Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher, who will be available for portfolio reviews and conversation about the comic business.

Video Game Marathon Raises Over $1 Million in 1 Week for Cancer Prevention

PREVENT CANCER FOUNDATION AGDQHERNDON, Va., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Donations to the Prevent Cancer Foundation tallied more than $1 million when the sun came up on Sunday, the end of the non-stop, weeklong “Awesome Games Done Quick,” (AGDQ) a video game marathon.

The fourth annual marathon, hosted by Speed Demos Archive, began January 5, with the goal of raising $500,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the only U.S. nonprofit organization solely devoted to cancer prevention and early detection. Over the past three marathons, a total of more than $646,000 was raised to benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Proceeds from AGDQ for the last two years have funded 2 two-year cancer prevention research grants.