Nov 182008
 

Wild Wild West DVDs

We have another gift idea, in fact if the wife is reading this maybe I’ll be lucky enough to receive it! :-)

A few weeks ago on Nov 4 2008, The Wild Wild West TV Series on DVD was released as a complete series in a single package and Amazon has it on sale for $90. That’s all four seasons on 27 disks / 104 episodes, including the 2 television movies with original cast that aired in 1979 and 1980.

The Wild Wild West TV series aired on CBS from 1965-69. If you’re not familiar with it, it can be described as “James Bond on horseback”. The show incorporated classic Western elements with an espionage thriller, as well as science fiction/alternate history ideas and plenty of comedy.

James West and Artemus Gordon are two agents of President Grant who take their splendidly appointed private train through the west to fight evil. Half science fiction and half western, Artemus designs a series of interesting gadgets for James that would make Inspector Gadget proud. A light hearted adventure series that is still a fan favorite today.

 Posted by at 12:05 am
Nov 172008
 

Green Earth

Researches from the Future Chips Constellation have developed an anti-reflective film for solar panels to take efficiency from 67% today up to 96% within a few years. The film is made of seven layers of silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide nanorods positioned at an oblique angle. These nanorods effectively bend the light down towards the next layer, each one taking its part to reduce the solar loss of ultraviolet, infrared and visible light.

Highlights from the CNN article:

  • Scientists create a new coating that could make solar panels more efficient
  • The coating boost sunlight-absorption rates from 67.4 to 96.21 percent
  • The seven-layer, anti-reflective coating also captures sunlight from all angles
  • Researchers hope to have the product on the market within two to three years
 Posted by at 12:34 am
Nov 172008
 

Global Warming

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) announced that last month was the hottest October on record. At the same time in October, countries from America to China to New Zealand and more have reported over a hundred record low temperatures and snow storms aplenty. Is it a cock-up at GISS? Yes, and it appears their data collection assumptions that were also used by the UN and Al Gore have been exposed with a significant flaw they failed to previously report.

From the Telegraph:

GISS’s computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all.

A GISS spokesman lamely explained that the reason for the error in the Russian figures was that they were obtained from another body, and that GISS did not have resources to exercise proper quality control over the data it was supplied with. This is an astonishing admission

 Posted by at 12:29 am
Nov 172008
 

Variety is reporting that Showtime is developing a project from comic god Stan Lee that tracks the life of a gay superhero. The story is based on Peter Moore’s book ‘Hero‘.

To get a sneak peek at the storyline, here’s a synopsis of the book:

The protagonist is Thom Creed, a teen coming to terms with his sexual orientation. In an attempt to break away from his seemingly non-understanding father (an ex-hero with something to hide) and homophobic community, Thom runs away from home, only to find himself in the middle of a multi-hero rescue operation.

Using his ability to heal, he keeps an injured woman alive until the League superheroes arrive and impresses them enough to get an invitation to try out for a hero apprentice position. Thom is teamed with an old woman who can see into the future, a spiteful girl who unleashes her power through fire, a sickly boy who is able to inflict disease on anyone, and a demoted hero with insane speed.

Batman Kissing Robin

This pic is a t-shirt of Batman Kissing Robin.

[Picture is courtesy of wili hybrid via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0]

 Posted by at 12:12 am
Nov 142008
 

 News

Science:

- First photos taken of planets far, far away – This is cool! Hopefully in a few more years we’ll be able to make out details on the plane surface.

- Rare Treatment Is Reported to Cure AIDS Patient

Green Tech:

- LA the new Silicon Valley for “green tech

- ElectraTherm gets capital for ‘waste-heat generator’

- Lab Tests Show Wind Turbine’s Air Flow

- Obama & the global warming collective

Web:

- The Very Curious Microsoft-Facebook User Data Relationship

- Google Is Taking Questions (Spoken, via iPhone)

- Microsoft Live Search Cashback yet to pay off in market share

Gaming:

- World Of Warcraft Frenzy: Two-Hour Lines For Lich King

- Get Pumped For EA’s New Wii Fitness Game

- Guitar Hero mobile: New look, new sound, drums!

 Posted by at 7:16 am