Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Flying People Over NYC

These days you need to be creative about marketing to really get the desired attention.  In an effort to promote the new movie Chronicle that comes out later this week, Thinkmodo designed three cleverly designed radio-controlled airplanes.  From the ground they looked eerily like real people.  Obviously it had to be quite the sight to actually warrant the attention of New Yorkers who, let's face it, are pretty used to almost anything happening around them.

Thinkmodo is a company that specializes in creating viral videos for promotional purposes.  Clearly they succeeded in getting attention.  Only time will tell how well that success translates to the box office.

Time Lapse View of Planet Earth

I've often wondered what it would be like to fly over the Earth, but as of yet, I've never had a chance to do it. However, when I first saw this video, it amazed me. Our world looks so small and beautiful, and sights like these only make me love outer space even more.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Millennium Falcon a Seafaring Ship?

This is crazy. This image of an object located under the Baltic Sea looks eerily like the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. As of this time, diver Peter Lindberg and his team hope to go and thoroughly investigate in May. It seems the most likely explanation is that this is a cluster of sunken Russian ships, but that's not quite as exciting as the more otherworldly theories floating around.

Can't wait to see for sure what it is. Of course, if it turns out to be something truly bizarre, we'll probably never hear about it.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Lego Man!

Wow!  While most kids spend their weekends at the local mall or cruising with friends ( I wouldn't know for sure what most kids do because I wasn't cool enough to be among them), two Toronto teens were playing with legos.  But their lego dreams went beyond the normal scope of things as they, for a mere $400, sent a lego man 78,000 feet into the air!  The video is awesome.

Now I find myself wondering what kind of crazy things I could have done as a kid if only I'd thought of them.

Friday, January 27, 2012

More Extrasolar Planets Discovered!

NASA Ames/UC Santa Cruz (Gray planets only planet candidates, not confirmed).  
As a geek who dreams of encountering alien planets and species, I'm always excited to hear about these types of discoveries.  The Kepler spacecraft has confirmed the existence of 26 more extrasolar planets (planets in solar systems outside of our own), and over 2300 potential candidates have also been located.

Though most of these planets are larger and closer to their suns than Earth is, the possibilities are very exciting to a nerd like me.  Discoveries like this always make me think about what all might be out there.  Makes me wish I had access to a ship with warp drive right about now.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sci-Fi in Space!

As a science fiction nerd, I can hardly contain my excitement about this.  We may soon have the first science fiction film shot in space!

Apparently the footage was shot in 2008 by a visitor to the International Space Station (ISS), Richard Garriott.  Legal issues ensued because the filming wasn't included in the agreement that Garriott had with NASA, thus delaying the release of the film.

Gotta love the bureaucratic obstacles we face in modern society.  

Yet there's hope as it seems NASA may soon approve the film.  It's called Apogee of Fear.  Oooh.  The title's giving me chills already!

One thing I'm sure of on this one.  Whatever the quality of the film may be, this is awesome!

Image Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Creative Projects Galore

It seems that I have too much ambition, but unfortunately not all that much success as of yet.  However, I am not about to give up.

My primary passion has always been for writing, but there are a lot of ways to utilize that passion.  I recently started an online store with Cafe Press where I've been designing shirts and other accessories.  My goal is to celebrate geek culture with witty sayings (at least I hope they're witty), and to get some of my work noticed.  My store is, like this blog, called Warped Nerdiversity.  The name comes from many sources.  First of all, I've loved Star Trek all my life, so I took the word "warped" from their use of the warp drive.  Geeky, right?  "Nerd" is obvious, of course.  The word "nerdiversity" as a whole comes from my love of college, or university, and the multitude of smartass shirts I saw people wearing there.  And, happily enough, the word also contains "diversity," which is appropriate since I want to have a diverse range of products that will appeal to geeks everywhere.

Anyway, the store is new and the apparel limited, but feel free to check it out.