David Saltzberg has a bachelor’s in physics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago. He worked on the Cyclotron, at CERN, and the European nuclear research center. The man also teaches a full course load at UCLA. But, if you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, odds are there’s a completely different way you should know him. Saltzberg is the show’s fact checker for everything from the equations seen on Sheldon’s white boards to the science-speak heard week after week. Wired has an interview with Saltzberg that fans of the show, or anyone interested in how a scientist got involved and works with the show, should give it a look.
Taken from last week’s The Daily Show, here’s Jon Stewart outlining the basic difference between Democrat (“Hey, how about we tax those uber-rich guys a little?”) and Republican (“Why aren’t the poor paying more! After all, they can afford refrigerators!”) plans to solve the National Debt.
However I’m forced to remind myself that my first reaction to a Thor or Captain America still was “oh, crap”, and those costumes ended up looking fantastic on the screen. So here’s hoping Selina Kyle in motion looks better than a still. Also: We hope Bruce isn’t too mad she totally boosted a Bat-Pod.
Welcome to the Digital Age, boys and girls. If you’re a fan of Eguchi Aimi, and we know you’re out there *cough*Fork*cough*, you might be surprised to learn the Japanese pop star isn’t real. She’s actually nothing more than a digital mashup of parts of seven members of AKB48 blended together to create a pop sensation in Japan. Take a look…
Well, crap…. I’ve kinda let myself not think about BioWare’s big foray into MMORPGs, aka Star Wars: The Old Republic. However, BioWare decided to drop a new trailer at the 2011 E3 designed to grab me by the collar and smack me around until I needed to grab a textbook to hide my nerdly shame/excitement. Behold! The lastest SWtOR trailer, “Return” :
I’ll let you clean yourself up a little.
All better? Let’s talk turkey for a sec: As a fairly long-term World of Warcraft player, this trailer got me excited for how the classes fit together (especially since this is the first cinematic to give us any idea what the fighting styles might look like). Trooper, Bounty Hunter (or in this case) Smuggler, Jedi (up to 4 specializations IIRC) are meant to be able to balance the needs of the fight without requiring a specific class (Goodbye to waiting around for 2 hours while someone tracks down a tank or that last DPS player!) I’m not sure how cover mechanics will fit into gameplay (though I’m curious to find out), but I don’t mind admitting: SWtOR is the first SW themed property I’ve seen in ages that gets me EXCITED to spend more time in that galaxy far, far away. And this trailer (which is apparently the opening clip of the game) has certainly upped that ante a bit.
So yes, George Lucas will once again get to slide his childhood-rapist fingers deep into my jean pockets for another go. I suppose I’ll just have to take comfort in the fact that I’ll just be one of thousands. And since the Cap’n's fondest wish is to mow down thousands and thousands of innocents under the vicious blades of his Sith lightsaber, I won’t be alone.
Yeah, I figured out a way to make an Usher/Star Wars reference in the title. THAT’S HOW I ROLL.
Last night Mr. Sparkle and I attended a screening of Fast Five, the latest of the The Fast and the Furious franchise. You’ll have to wait until Friday for the review, but to wet your appetite we will share with you this video of The Onion’s exclusive interview with the movie’s screenwriter.