Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This is Halloween!

In my country, Halloween isn't a tradition, though because of movies, american TV shows and the Internet, it's growing more and more popular. Pumpkin carving is something that I like a lot. We see every year beautiful pieces of art in vegetable form. I can only imagine how much time is spent in carving these babies...

And searching for this cool stuff, I found what I think is really the ultimate geek pumpkin! Pumpktris! It's a fully playable Tetris game... inside the pumpkin! It uses 128 LEDs for the display and the stem of the pumpkin is the controller! Pictures and the how-to video below :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oh god, this is amazing...

News of the day! The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. The deal includes the Indiana Jones franchise, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Not only that... A new Star Wars movie will be released in 2015! Now... let me cool down for a second... 2015 will be golden... Avengers 2, Justice League of America and now this... :D The press release is available here. According to IGN, Star Wars: Episode VII won't be the only film planned. It will be followed by Episodes VIII and IX "every other year" and then "we'll go from there". I just hope that these movies won't spoil the original ones...

(via IGN, The Walt Disney Company, image via Cheezburger)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Apple Autumn/Winter Collection: Take 2

Today, Apple unveiled some new gadgets to add to their family of products. To be honest, the most talked product isn't the one that amazes me. The iPad Mini was more than a rumour and now it "comes to life". Although, a bit too late (at least in my opinion).

Let's be fair: we know that it will be a smash hit. But it's nothing that we haven't already seen... And again they came with the argument that you can hold it with one hand (the iPhone 5 fits "magically"). Sorry to burst your bubble: it doesn't. My hands are waaaay too small to hold my 4 inch screen smartphone, how could I hold a 7.9 inch iPad Mini with one hand like that in the picture? The prices start at $329.

So, besides the iPad Mini, the 4th (yes, the 4th) generation iPad was introduced 6 months after releasing the New iPad. This one is just a bit faster and has the new Lightning connector. Prices start at $500.

But what blew me away was this thingy:

The iMac went on a strict diet and appeared like this. It looks scary thin, but yes, it's beautiful. I work on a 2006 white iMac and it still amazes me how beautiful it is. This one is a gem... A 5mm thin gem. The hardware was updated too, of course. Quad-core i5 and i7 processors, up to 32GB of RAM and a Fusion Drive. It's a 128GB solid state drive mated with a much larger normal hard drive to make performance better without sacrificing storage space. Prices for the 21.5-inch model start at $1300 and the 27-inch model at $1800.

There's also an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Retina Display, half the thickness (0.75 inches), it's lighter, more storage, more processor options and more ports. The prices start at $1700 (ouch!).

Last, but not least, there's a new Mac Mini. It's got new Ivy Bridge processors, 256GB of SSD storage or up to 2TB of HDD storage. Prices start at $600.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Iron Man is teasing us!

I'm a huge Iron Man fan. Loved it in the 90's when I saw the cartoons, love it now in the movies with Robert Downing Jr. The trailer for the new Iron Man movie franchise is out. And it looks really good! The new villian is revealed and the tone is set for a death/rebirth story of the armored hero. Check it out below.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Take a trip into Google!

Want to know how a Google data center looks like? No problem! Google shows it to you! Even better... you can walk inside it... through Google Maps!

Besides this Street View functionality, they also launched the website Where the Internet lives, where you can see photos of the technology, people and places that keep Google running. Look, there's a Stormtrooper there too!

Monday, October 15, 2012


On a random topic today... Ask yourself: which gender makes the best sound effects? We don't really know, but this video tries to give an answer to this.

Bleep Blap Bloop from Paul Constantakis on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

V-Ray Film & VFX Demo Reel

Demo reels are a little piece of eye candy to me. And I could not be more amazed by this one. This time it's the demo reel for V-Ray film & visual effects 2012. Enjoy!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Welcome to the Porkside! Wait... what?

Rovio pays a tribute to the star wars franchise with their upcoming game Angry Birds: Star Wars, available November 8th. The birds will have the looks of the characters from the movies and the sets will match those of the movies as well.

They will release a new line of merchandise matching the theme of this new game.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Google FTW!

Well, this is NOT Google Maps official account, but it's stil funny!

(via Geeks are Sexy)

Stop motion madness!

This video is really interesting. Chris Butcher did this amazing stop motion video with toy soldiers and flowers!