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ThinkGeek beams into San Diego Comic Con 2014 with functional Star Trek Phaser!

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FAIRFAX, Va., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – ThinkGeek is proud to announce the reveal of The Wand Company’s latest Universal Remote Control – a Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control. This exceptionally accurate and highly detailed working replica will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con on July 23 and can be experienced first-hand at ThinkGeek’s booth (#3849).

star_trek_phaser_remote_replicaCreated from meticulous 3D scans of the last known hero prop from the original Star Trek series, the Phaser Universal Remote Control is a fully functional gesture-based universal remote control suitable for controlling many home entertainment systems and other IR controlled devices.

“The Star Trek Phaser is one of the most iconic pieces of sci-fi gadgetry,” said Chris Barnardo from The Wand Company. “We’ve spent hundreds of hours creating a collectable prop replica gadget that will bring new levels of action and enjoyment to Star Trek fans as they boldly go on their adventures.”

Seamlessly blending functionality and perfect form, the 1:1 scale Phaser is equipped with 10 authentic phaser firing sounds, tactile force-feedback, a customizable personal lock code, and can store up to 36 remote commands.

Activision Blizzard Announces Sale of Common Stock by Vivendi S.A.

activision-blizzardSANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) today announced a public offering of 41,499,689 shares of its common stock by Vivendi S.A. The offering and sale of shares owned by Vivendi S.A. are being made in accordance with the agreements entered into in connection with the transactions previously announced on July 25, 2013. The offering is expected to close and settle on May 28, 2014. The company will not receive any of the proceeds from the offering of shares by the selling stockholder. The last reported sale price of the company’s common stock on May 20, 2014was $20.83 per share.

Barclays and Credit Suisse are acting as joint bookrunning managers and underwriters for the offering.

A shelf registration statement (including a prospectus) relating to the offering of the common stock has previously been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has become effective. Before investing, you should read the prospectus and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about Activision Blizzard and this offering. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at: www.sec.gov.

Alternatively, copies of the prospectus may be obtained from: Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com(888) 603-5847; or Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY10010, Attention: Prospectus Department, newyork.prospectus@credit-suisse.com or by telephone at 1-800-221-1037.

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IMAGE COMICS: SCIENCE-FICTION ADVENTURE TEACHES KIDS SCIENCE IN HOWTOONS: (RE)IGNITION

Comic series with DIY projects kids and parents can learn from and enjoy together!

howtoonsThe awe-inspiring, adventure-loving, science-doing, energy-literacy series co-created by EAST OF WEST’s Nick Dragotta returns with an all-new story from superstar creators Fred Van Lente (Incredible HerculesAction Philosophers), Tom Fowler (Mysterius), and Jordie Bellaire (PRETTY DEADLY) in HOWTOONS: (RE)IGNITION #1.

Tuck and Celine’s parents put their family in suspended animation to ride out the ecological apocalypse—but when the kids wake up to find Mom & Dad are gone, they have to make their way across an exciting and sometimes scary new world to find the ‘rents… depending on only their HOWTOONS projects to survive!

“I was thrilled and honored Nick and Ingrid [Dragotta] asked me to be part of theHowtoons team,” said Van Lente. “We’ve come up with a story that should excite and delight both kids and parents and teach them about every known kind of energy through super fun projects. And that Fowler and Bellaire art will make this a post-apocalyptic adventure for the ages (and all ages)!”

GODZILLA (ゴジラ): History Shows Again and Again…

Review by Charles Meier

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©Toho. Photo from Comicvine.com

The United States has a lousy track record when it comes to Godzilla.  This has been the case pretty much since day one–American studios couldn’t seem to resist splicing Raymond Burr into the U.S. version of the original film for a bunch of superfluous talking-head scenes, perhaps in the belief nobody would go see the movie unless there was a white person in it.  Admittedly, this may not have been a completely crazy assumption back in 1954.  Interestingly, Raymond Burr would do this again for Godzilla 1985.  At least Nick Adams had the decency to only do this once, for Godzilla vs. Monster Zero.  Say what you will about goofy dubbing, but you have to admit tricking an entire nation into thinking a film has white people in it is a whole new level of bastardization.

LATEST TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION TRAILER #2 RELEASED

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise. The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

Video Game Homes Built With LEGO Bricks!

Written by Randy Nelson of Movoto Real Estate

15 Famous Video Game Houses Built With LEGO Bricks

From Bowser’s Castle to Croft Manor, here’s the lowdown on the number of bricks and amount of cash you’d need to build life size versions of some of gaming’s most beloved homes.

This time last year, Movoto figured out how to bring four of our absolute favorite things together on the Movoto Real Estate Blog: Real estate, math, building things, and video games.

They combined those elements to produce a calculator that tells you how many blocks from the Game Boy version of “Tetris” it would take to build your house. It was actually inspired by an earlier calculator they made based on one of their other big hobbies: LEGO. You put in your house size, and it spits out the number of LEGO bricks you’d need to replicate it.

Recently, while playing the “LEGO Movie” game, a thought occurred to them: How could they combine their LEGO obsession with video games and houses? The results are below: 15 of our past video game property evaluations calculated in terms of their LEGO composition, along with their “real world” prices and cost in LEGO bricks. We think it’s pretty cool, and hope you agree.

1. Bowser’s Castle — Super Mario Bros. 3

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Number of LEGO Bricks: 306,247,937
Square Footage: 2,895
Property Value: $455,000
LEGO Building Cost: $30,624,794
This was their very first video game property evaluation, produced way back in 2012. Movoto decided to go with Bowser’s base of operations from “Super Mario Bros. 3” rather than the first game simply because we’d spent so much more time trying to master it in our youths. Aw, who are we kidding, we’re still trying to perfect our speed run through that game. At least now we know we could build a life-size version with “only” 306,247,937 LEGO bricks for a real challenge if we wanted—it’d just require a lot of actual gold coins.

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

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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.