Tag Archives: Video

Wednesday SciFi Flix: Short Film “Abe”

Short Films – The short (7:30) science fiction film “Abe” was posted to YouTube in June of 2017 by DUST. This is a very different kind of robot story. The synopsis:

A self-aware robot seeks out love and meaning with horrifying results.

This is as much a horror film as it is science fiction. I thought that the film was very well done, but then DUST does a great job of producing these short films. I liked this film though on IMDB it only achieved a 6.7/10 rating.

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Today is Pi Day!

So today is Pi Day, that is today celebrates the mathematical constant Pi. Why today? – Well, today is March 14. For those of us in the US, we write that as 3/14/19. The first few digits of Pi are 3.14.159. So March 14 is 3 14 – get it?

Below is a good history of Pi video. It will help you appreciate Pi a little more.

Friday WWII Flix: “Lost”

WWII – The very short (4:08) film “Lost” was published to YouTube in May of 2017 by ParaLight WorX. It was made as an anti-war film.

I thought this film was well made. Both soldiers show the grime and wear of time on the front. There is no dialog.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 200 links to museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

Wednesday SciFi Flix: Short Star Wars Fan Film “Whatever Happened to Mace Windu”

Star Wars – Short Films – The short (10:26) Star Wars fan film “Whatever Happened to Mace Windu?” was uploaded to YouTube in June of 2017 by blinky500. The synopsis:

Sometime after the fallout of “Revenge of the Sith” and before the events of “Rogue One”, Mace Windu found his way to a desert planet with no name, where he prepares his counter-strike against the Galactic Empire and his nemesis- Darth Vader.

I thought that this was a pretty well-done film, though it only earned a 4.1/10 rating on IMDB. I think that the results of just four Sundays of filming turned out well.

Wednesday SciFi Flix: Short Fan Film “The Fallen Jedi”

Short Films – The short (10:00) Star Wars Fan Film “The Fallen Jedi” was uploaded to YouTube in July of 2017 by GUWZs Productions. The synopsis:

Jaina and her darksaber battle Jacen Solo one last time to determine the fate of the galaxy!

This is not the best Star Wars Fan Film I have seen, but it is far from the worst. The special effects of the lightsaber fighting are pretty good. I also really like Jaina’s use of the “darksaber”. A real plus for this fan film is that it is not shot out in the forest. As good as this short is I am surprised that it still has less than 20,000 views after 18 months.

If you are a Star Wars fan I would recommend giving up the 10 minutes to watch this fan film.

Robot Delivery to University Students and Faculty

Robots – If you are a student, faculty or staff member at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia your next food order may be delivered by a robot. A joint program between Starship Technologies and the hospitality company Sodexo will provide autonomous delivery to the campus. Anyone on campus can order from Blaze Pizza, Second Stop, Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks (and more soon) through the Starship Deliveries app. Their order will be delivered by one of 25 Starship robots operating on campus.

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Most deliveries take less than 30 minutes and cost the user $2 on top of the price of the food. Orders and payments are handled through the App. The Starship robot can carry up to 20 lbs. This can easily handle up to three pizzas and salads while keeping them warm or cool respectively. The little robot travels at about 4 mph and is only able to deliver to building entrances. Faculty, staff, and students can keep up with news on the delivery program through the @StarshipGMU Twitter account.

These are not the flying drones that were often spoken about a few years ago to make deliveries, but this more practical approach seems to be an incremental step forward in delivery automation. How soon will it be before these, or a similar robot, are making deliveries in your neighborhood?

Visualization of WWII Allied Bombing Missions in Europe

[OC] Western Allies air missions through World War II, with period-accurate borders. from r/dataisbeautiful

WWII – I came across this earlier today. I think that it is an impressive visual representation of bombing missions by Allied aircraft in Europe during WWII. You can easily see how the Allies were pounding German and Italian positions through the later years of the war.


If you are interested in the World War II era of history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of links to  museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

 

Friday WWII Flix: Short Film “Only Few Seconds”

WWII – Short Films – This short (15:53) World War II-era film was uploaded to YouTube in June of 2016 by MHWL Productions. It depicts an encounter by German troops with American troops from the German perspective. Most dialog is in German but with English subtitles.

I think that the film was well made though as pointed out in the comments to the YouTube post there are some flaws – troops of both sides too neat and clean, poor tactics, and too many US officers on the front lines.

It definitely depicts a bloody and ruthless conflict from both sides.