Writer/Creative Director and Founder of MyndBendr & Levl3 here, just posting random thoughts, observations, pictures, videos, and blurbs that tend to intrigue me.

Watch Dogs


I barely have enough time to play games but this is the main reason I’ve become tempted to even purchase a PS4. Based on the subject matter alone I’m definitely intrigued.

4 months ago
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Europa Report


This is in no way a film review…rather my random thoughts after viewing the film. I’ll do my best not to get into the scientific specificity of Jupiter’s moon Europa but what the film Europa Report captures is to me quite interesting and in a small way, reminds me of the Apollo missions. Directed by Sebastián Cordero the film follows a team of astronauts as they head to the ice covered moon Europa that many in the science community believe contains water beneath the iced surface and has the potential of harvesting life.

But it’s not filmed in a “traditional” way in a sense, the film is framed as an investigative report (the title kind of says it all) of what happened after transmission with the team had been lost. Cameras are positioned throughout the interior and exterior of the craft including personal cameras used by the crew and those within their spacesuits.



This is where the it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Apollo missions, fixed and portable cameras give us access to the crew’s life aboard this ship as they journey to the barren planet, on a manned mission by a private company, it’s the deep space venture where we follow the lives of these astronauts through space. 



In a way this film reminds me of Sunshine by Danny Boyle, only the difference between the two, in Sunshine the crew is trying to deliver a payload to save the Earth by reigniting the Sun, here in Europa Report it’s the pursuit of expanding on scientific curiosity, the potential of furthering human understanding of the possibility or potential of life on another planet. What Europa Report does is highlight the dangers of human space exploration, one of the many reasons behind the lack of sending humans to space are the unknowns behind prolonged exposure to radiation…but again I said I wouldn’t go so deep into the science.

Basically the film explores the missing transmissions from the team deployed to Europa for scientific investigation and real dangers of deep space flight before landing on the surface, which lead to events occurring that you should probably see for yourself. It’s a solid movie with a good cast, and a film I enjoy watching in terms of the scientific experience that’s expressed throughout the film.

4 months ago
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Europa Report


This is in no way a film review…rather my random thoughts after viewing the film. I’ll do my best not to get into the scientific specificity of Jupiter’s moon Europa but what the film Europa Report captures is to me quite interesting and in a small way, reminds me of the Apollo missions. Directed by Sebastián Cordero the film follows a team of astronauts as they head to the ice covered moon Europa that many in the science community believe contains water beneath the iced surface and has the potential of harvesting life.

But it’s not filmed in a “traditional” way in a sense, the film is framed as an investigative report (the title kind of says it all) of what happened after transmission with the team had been lost. Cameras are positioned throughout the interior and exterior of the craft including personal cameras used by the crew and those within their spacesuits.



This is where the it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Apollo missions, fixed and portable cameras give us access to the crew’s life aboard this ship as they journey to the barren planet, on a manned mission by a private company, it’s the deep space venture where we follow the lives of these astronauts through space. 



In a way this film reminds me of Sunshine by Danny Boyle, only the difference between the two, in Sunshine the crew is trying to deliver a payload to save the Earth by reigniting the Sun, here in Europa Report it’s the pursuit of expanding on scientific curiosity, the potential of furthering human understanding of the possibility or potential of life on another planet. What Europa Report does is highlight the dangers of human space exploration, one of the many reasons behind the lack of sending humans to space are the unknowns behind prolonged exposure to radiation…but again I said I wouldn’t go so deep into the science.

Basically the film explores the missing transmissions from the team deployed to Europa for scientific investigation and real dangers of deep space flight before landing on the surface, which lead to events occurring that you should probably see for yourself. It’s a solid movie with a good cast, and a film I enjoy watching in terms of the scientific experience that’s expressed throughout the film.

4 months ago
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Europa Report


This is in no way a film review…rather my random thoughts after viewing the film. I’ll do my best not to get into the scientific specificity of Jupiter’s moon Europa but what the film Europa Report captures is to me quite interesting and in a small way, reminds me of the Apollo missions. Directed by Sebastián Cordero the film follows a team of astronauts as they head to the ice covered moon Europa that many in the science community believe contains water beneath the iced surface and has the potential of harvesting life.

But it’s not filmed in a “traditional” way in a sense, the film is framed as an investigative report (the title kind of says it all) of what happened after transmission with the team had been lost. Cameras are positioned throughout the interior and exterior of the craft including personal cameras used by the crew and those within their spacesuits.



This is where the it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Apollo missions, fixed and portable cameras give us access to the crew’s life aboard this ship as they journey to the barren planet, on a manned mission by a private company, it’s the deep space venture where we follow the lives of these astronauts through space. 



In a way this film reminds me of Sunshine by Danny Boyle, only the difference between the two, in Sunshine the crew is trying to deliver a payload to save the Earth by reigniting the Sun, here in Europa Report it’s the pursuit of expanding on scientific curiosity, the potential of furthering human understanding of the possibility or potential of life on another planet. What Europa Report does is highlight the dangers of human space exploration, one of the many reasons behind the lack of sending humans to space are the unknowns behind prolonged exposure to radiation…but again I said I wouldn’t go so deep into the science.

Basically the film explores the missing transmissions from the team deployed to Europa for scientific investigation and real dangers of deep space flight before landing on the surface, which lead to events occurring that you should probably see for yourself. It’s a solid movie with a good cast, and a film I enjoy watching in terms of the scientific experience that’s expressed throughout the film.

4 months ago
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Apple - 30 Years

5 months ago
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Google & Looking Forward

So…Google has made a few acquisitions that people won’t take too much stock in, personally I look to look at this as an inquisitive puzzle piece. I won’t go long here, below are a series of videos behind some of the companies Google has recently acquired. Deductive reasoning leads to my conclusion that many will find to be completely bats*** crazy but I’ll get to that later



Google purchased Boston Dynamics, one of eight robotics companies purchased in a six month time span last year for their robotics venture. Then they make a purchase for Nest the company behind the Nest thermostat and the Nest Protect, for an amount that’s dramatically more than Nest is actually worth (discussion for another day). Though it’s rumored that Nest’s next product would be home security and when looking at the thermostat and protect though seemingly basic household products, one could imagine what a security system from former Apple engineers and one of the forefathers of the iPod would look like and how it would function. 



Add in the new prompt featured on the Moto X hardware of “Okay Google” an active listening device without having to press down any buttons on the phone one would simply state the command “Okay Google” and the device wakes up waiting for a verbal command to be made.



And yesterday, news comes out that Google has acquired a pure AI company called DeepMind, a company that many have never heard of and know very little about. The likely is looked at as a pure talent acquisition likely to bolster AI for the robotics team and Google Now. 

Looking at these acquisitions over the last couple of months you have to wonder…what are they doing? Google continues to gather the worlds information (making their acceptance in the regular consumer space more suspect), the device in the hands of a few thousand Google Glass has been welcomed with fists and annoyance versus open arms (the phrase “Glasshole” is without a doubt a beautiful reflection of the people that praise the device), and lets not forget about the driverless cars. My best educated guess in terms of what Google may be doing…



Now remember what I said at the start of this, you’ll think this is completely nuts, now I’m not concluding that Google is making Rosie, what I’m suggesting is that Google may develop a device that may be able to follow one around the home, awaiting commands such as “Google Now turn temperature down to 65 degrees” the robotic device will communicate with the home over WiFi going through with your command. Or asking the device who’s at the door using facial recognition that has been improved upon from it’s efforts with Google Glass it’ll be able to let you know who’s at the door or communicate with letting them in and guiding them to your whereabouts if you’re not home or within the home. 

As ridiculous as this all may sound, how many people made the assumption that we’d be able to talk to our mobile phones where they provide a fluid response while sending a text message to your contacts? Keep in mind this embedded AI is actually learning and improves upon receiving additional commands. The radical advancements of technology are escalating at a rapid scale and things we would’ve never imagined will be available at our fingertips in a matter of months. 

No we won’t have Rosie rolling around our homes providing us with dinner or medication etc, but what you’ll likely see on sale from Google inside an Apple store or inside any Google stores will be something similar to what was seen in the ill fated show Caprica (should’ve been given another season at least, but this is also for another discussion). The robot’s name was Serge…ironic. Give it a few years before you see the fruits of Google’s labor, at least 2-3 but rest assured we’ll see something no one could’ve imagined roaming around at the Google I/O conference in 2016.


5 months ago
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2013 Resources for Writers

kamimcarthur:

Last week I posted about the best books I found this year. Today, I’m listing all of the valuable resources I’ve found for writers, including a site where you can create your own audiobooks, references for writing tips, and a word processing plugin that will actually teach you to write better.

6 months ago
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Cowboy Bebop

In 2071 there’s an accessibility of traveling through the solar system by way of hyperspace gates, earth is barely habitable due to an explosion with one of these gates damaging the moon and causing meteor strikes. Essentially that’s the setting of Cowboy Bebop, people have to colonize “inner planets” like Mars, Jupiter’s moons, the asteroid belt all of which transformed into habitable zones for humans. That’s the foundation of what is without a doubt my favorite anime of all time that I somehow discovered in high school.

In this series, interplanetary crime syndicates exert influence over varying government factions, and numerous jobs are done throughout the galaxy from space pirates to bounty hunters known as “Cowboys”. Spike Spiegel; former member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate, Jet Black; former Inter-Solar System Police Detective, Faye Valentine; an unpredictable bounty hunter with a mysterious past, Ed; resident computer genius, and Ein; the “data-dog” are the crew of the Bebop. There’s also the thematic issues brought to each episode drug dealing, kidnapping, and many others that highlight the fact that this is obviously not a show aimed at children.



Though the titles may raise an eyebrow or two everything in the series isn’t immediately thrown at you, you start the series off introduced to Spike and Jet waiting for the next alert of a new bounty where money is gravely needed and throughout the one run series we’re introduced to Faye, a reckless and selfish bounty hunter that eventually begrudgingly teams up with Spike and Jet, and throughout this series we learn about the past of our crew traveling on the Bebop. From Spike’s tormented past with the syndicate, Jet’s lost love and former partners in the police, Faye’s mysterious past that she struggles to make sense of and remember, and the foundations of Ed and Ein.

With episodes named after song titles a lot of us may know and love, Bohemian Rhapsody and Ballad of Fallen Angels to name a few, to the noir style and influences spread throughout. One of my favorite aspects of the show is the fact of Spike’s knowledge and varied use of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, and I tend to enjoy every single episode though there is one that immediately comes to mind with a psychotic assassin named Mad Pierro (think a mixture of the Joker, the Pinguin, Guile from Street Fighter, and Bane) in an episode titled “Pierrot le Fou” where to say Spike meets his match would be a serious understatement and is defiantly one of many episodes that stand out.

The world itself though taking place in 2071 the future isn’t as “hyped” as many movies have portrayed the future to be. The vehicles used are a mixture of wheeled cars and motorcycles that we see as concepts in auto shows today, aircraft for use within the earth’s atmosphere and small and large spaceships. It provides a way of seeing what technology could potentially look like in the event that we can travel to other planets in ways we drive across the country and fly around the world. 

Overall this is a show I anticipated each week, anxious for the next episode and completely drawn into the story, into the characters, into the world. I would argue and many would likely agree, that this is an anime that still holds up today, but I don’t like arguing so we’ll just go with it. Once upon a time there was a film version that was in development with Keanu Reeves, and though I’m probably one of a handful that actually enjoy Reeves I was happy this didn’t go through even during the time of the announcement he was obviously too old to play Spike and the whispers around the project weren’t too encouraging. 

Below is the first episode of the series “Asteroid Blues”. If you have 20 or so minutes to spare give it a try, as it’s possible you may enjoy the show (maybe not as much as I do) but you will never know.


4 months ago
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Europa Report


This is in no way a film review…rather my random thoughts after viewing the film. I’ll do my best not to get into the scientific specificity of Jupiter’s moon Europa but what the film Europa Report captures is to me quite interesting and in a small way, reminds me of the Apollo missions. Directed by Sebastián Cordero the film follows a team of astronauts as they head to the ice covered moon Europa that many in the science community believe contains water beneath the iced surface and has the potential of harvesting life.

But it’s not filmed in a “traditional” way in a sense, the film is framed as an investigative report (the title kind of says it all) of what happened after transmission with the team had been lost. Cameras are positioned throughout the interior and exterior of the craft including personal cameras used by the crew and those within their spacesuits.



This is where the it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Apollo missions, fixed and portable cameras give us access to the crew’s life aboard this ship as they journey to the barren planet, on a manned mission by a private company, it’s the deep space venture where we follow the lives of these astronauts through space. 



In a way this film reminds me of Sunshine by Danny Boyle, only the difference between the two, in Sunshine the crew is trying to deliver a payload to save the Earth by reigniting the Sun, here in Europa Report it’s the pursuit of expanding on scientific curiosity, the potential of furthering human understanding of the possibility or potential of life on another planet. What Europa Report does is highlight the dangers of human space exploration, one of the many reasons behind the lack of sending humans to space are the unknowns behind prolonged exposure to radiation…but again I said I wouldn’t go so deep into the science.

Basically the film explores the missing transmissions from the team deployed to Europa for scientific investigation and real dangers of deep space flight before landing on the surface, which lead to events occurring that you should probably see for yourself. It’s a solid movie with a good cast, and a film I enjoy watching in terms of the scientific experience that’s expressed throughout the film.

4 months ago
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Europa Report


This is in no way a film review…rather my random thoughts after viewing the film. I’ll do my best not to get into the scientific specificity of Jupiter’s moon Europa but what the film Europa Report captures is to me quite interesting and in a small way, reminds me of the Apollo missions. Directed by Sebastián Cordero the film follows a team of astronauts as they head to the ice covered moon Europa that many in the science community believe contains water beneath the iced surface and has the potential of harvesting life.

But it’s not filmed in a “traditional” way in a sense, the film is framed as an investigative report (the title kind of says it all) of what happened after transmission with the team had been lost. Cameras are positioned throughout the interior and exterior of the craft including personal cameras used by the crew and those within their spacesuits.



This is where the it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Apollo missions, fixed and portable cameras give us access to the crew’s life aboard this ship as they journey to the barren planet, on a manned mission by a private company, it’s the deep space venture where we follow the lives of these astronauts through space. 



In a way this film reminds me of Sunshine by Danny Boyle, only the difference between the two, in Sunshine the crew is trying to deliver a payload to save the Earth by reigniting the Sun, here in Europa Report it’s the pursuit of expanding on scientific curiosity, the potential of furthering human understanding of the possibility or potential of life on another planet. What Europa Report does is highlight the dangers of human space exploration, one of the many reasons behind the lack of sending humans to space are the unknowns behind prolonged exposure to radiation…but again I said I wouldn’t go so deep into the science.

Basically the film explores the missing transmissions from the team deployed to Europa for scientific investigation and real dangers of deep space flight before landing on the surface, which lead to events occurring that you should probably see for yourself. It’s a solid movie with a good cast, and a film I enjoy watching in terms of the scientific experience that’s expressed throughout the film.

4 months ago
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Europa Report


This is in no way a film review…rather my random thoughts after viewing the film. I’ll do my best not to get into the scientific specificity of Jupiter’s moon Europa but what the film Europa Report captures is to me quite interesting and in a small way, reminds me of the Apollo missions. Directed by Sebastián Cordero the film follows a team of astronauts as they head to the ice covered moon Europa that many in the science community believe contains water beneath the iced surface and has the potential of harvesting life.

But it’s not filmed in a “traditional” way in a sense, the film is framed as an investigative report (the title kind of says it all) of what happened after transmission with the team had been lost. Cameras are positioned throughout the interior and exterior of the craft including personal cameras used by the crew and those within their spacesuits.



This is where the it’s somewhat reminiscent of the Apollo missions, fixed and portable cameras give us access to the crew’s life aboard this ship as they journey to the barren planet, on a manned mission by a private company, it’s the deep space venture where we follow the lives of these astronauts through space. 



In a way this film reminds me of Sunshine by Danny Boyle, only the difference between the two, in Sunshine the crew is trying to deliver a payload to save the Earth by reigniting the Sun, here in Europa Report it’s the pursuit of expanding on scientific curiosity, the potential of furthering human understanding of the possibility or potential of life on another planet. What Europa Report does is highlight the dangers of human space exploration, one of the many reasons behind the lack of sending humans to space are the unknowns behind prolonged exposure to radiation…but again I said I wouldn’t go so deep into the science.

Basically the film explores the missing transmissions from the team deployed to Europa for scientific investigation and real dangers of deep space flight before landing on the surface, which lead to events occurring that you should probably see for yourself. It’s a solid movie with a good cast, and a film I enjoy watching in terms of the scientific experience that’s expressed throughout the film.

4 months ago
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Reminds Me of High Fidelity

This is interesting and the first thing that came to mind was…could a comedy in the vein of High Fidelity be made about movies at the last video store? Maybe there was a movie made in that light and I’m completely unaware, but as corballish as that may sound, I’d definitely be intrigued.


5 months ago
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parislemon:


evangotlib:

spytap:

The future is so great!

FUCK

Sigh.


Christ…pay attention people.

parislemon:

evangotlib:

spytap:

The future is so great!

FUCK

Sigh.

Christ…pay attention people.

(Source: )

6 months ago
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directingfilm:

In Why We Must Free Film From Running Time Prejudice, Andrei Severny discusses film length and attention span. He cites Roger Ebert to underline his premise:

Why is it nobody seems to realize how lots of short little things are exhausting? You have to keep setting your mind back to zero. But the long, deep stuff – the long books, the long movies, and even the TV miniseries – are refreshing, because they give you the time to understand other lives and even, for a time, seem to share them.

Andrei concludes -

With internet streaming we are no longer restricted by the length of reels, tapes, DVDs or preset air time. Festivals and distributors should revisit their policies of acceptable film duration. Theater programmers may consider running original sets of selected films of various lengths – a successful practice which existed in the 1930s - 1950s.
Let us set cinema free from marketing limitations and prejudice. The audience does not discriminate based on the film length. It is not the distributor who should dictate the running time, but the very thing cinema is built on – the RHYTHM.

I, of course, couldn’t agree more. In Minor Cinema, movies are intimate experiences. The manifesto’s modest distribution requirements idiosyncratically free the filmmaker from arbitrary restrictions placed upon the art form. 
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directingfilm:

In Why We Must Free Film From Running Time Prejudice, Andrei Severny discusses film length and attention span. He cites Roger Ebert to underline his premise:

Why is it nobody seems to realize how lots of short little things are exhausting? You have to keep setting your mind back to zero. But the long, deep stuff – the long books, the long movies, and even the TV miniseries – are refreshing, because they give you the time to understand other lives and even, for a time, seem to share them.

Andrei concludes -

With internet streaming we are no longer restricted by the length of reels, tapes, DVDs or preset air time. Festivals and distributors should revisit their policies of acceptable film duration. Theater programmers may consider running original sets of selected films of various lengths – a successful practice which existed in the 1930s - 1950s.

Let us set cinema free from marketing limitations and prejudice. The audience does not discriminate based on the film length. It is not the distributor who should dictate the running time, but the very thing cinema is built on – the RHYTHM.

I, of course, couldn’t agree more. In Minor Cinema, movies are intimate experiences. The manifesto’s modest distribution requirements idiosyncratically free the filmmaker from arbitrary restrictions placed upon the art form. 

8 months ago
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