Why is there an ancient network of tunnels underneath Bavaria?
Underneath the German state of Bavaria is a strange and unexplained ancient network of over 700 tunnels. And the strange part is that these aren’t natural geological phenomena. These winding labyrinthes are man-made, with entrances popping up under churches, on farmland and in people’s back yards. But who built them and why?
Good news: Debt crisis averted for now, President and Congress reach a debt ceiling deal
Just in the last hour, the President and Congress reached a deal on raising the debt ceiling before the August 2nd deadline. Congratulations America, you can pay your bills, but you’re still going to be a dick about doing it when the next deadline comes up I’m sure.
Wired solicits two pitches for a new Terminator movie
Just because Arnold’s not going to be doing a new Terminator movie, or so I think, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream about a glorious return of the franchise. Wired wrote two people in Hollywood, Paul WS Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Three Musketeers) and Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek, Cowboys and Aliens) to come up with two separate pitches.
I’ve been having a wonderfully fun debate on this issue at the link’s comment area. Lots of thumpers. One gentleman decided it was fair to have a cross to remind those who were saved they get Heaven, and those who weren’t saved get wrath. Thus in his mind, the cross is fitting for all involved…. SICK!
Matt Smith wants every Doctor possible to come back for the show's 50th anniversary
Chris Eccleston may have rejected the idea of returning to Doctor Who for a moment, even for the show’s 50th anniversary, but Matt Smith said the other day that he’d love to have all living Doctors to come back for the event.
Things that really exist: A Gundam GPS that lets you fight battles en route to your destination
Currently only available in Japan for $45 a year, this app for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 not only plots your driving destination, but gives you points as you drive by various bosses and “defeating” them. This is way better than my Garmin, and if George Lucas doesn’t do a Star Wars trench running app like this, he’s missing out.
SpaceX to launch ISS-bound supply ship in November
Just because we don’t have a space shuttle anymore doesn’t mean that the human appetite for space travel is quelled in the least. Now begins the era of private commercial space flight, and SpaceX is spearheading that frontier. This November, SpaceX will be sending a test pod full of cargo to the ISS and bringing back home again.
Hellgate London just re-opened as a free to play game. I had a hell of a good time playing it when it first launched several years ago. For those not familiar, it plays kind of like Diablo but with a sci-fi/FPS twist.
Check it out, I (h4xx3d) will likely be on quite a bit as h4xx3d or dregg, hit me up and let me know chaos sent ya!
House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months
Late last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-10 for H.R. 1981, a data-retention bill that will require your ISP to spy on everything you do online and save records of it for 12 months. California Rep Zoe Lofgren, one of the Democrats who opposed the bill, called it a “data bank of every digital act by every American” that would “let us find out where every single American visited Web sites.”
Sometime last fall there was a link to a guy's vimeo videos, all of which were crazy. There was one where a bunch of guys wake up after a party, one still wearing a gasmask bong, and they stab someone who's passed out in the kitchen. I was really hoping someone might remember this and have bookmarked it or something. Please help me out?
I don’t know. You sure you don’t have something to confess?
So I was watching an old South Park episode tonight (titled “Ike’s Wee Wee”, where Kyle tries to stop Ike from getting circumcised), and at the end of the episode I noticed a weird sign along the top of Mr. Garrison’s chalk board. Thanks to the wonders of DVR, I was able to go back and take a picture of it. In case you can’t tell from the picture, it says “DiOsMiOhAnMaTaDoHaKeNnYbAsTaRdOs…” (Dios mio! Han matado ha Kenny! Bastardos!) which I’ll let you translate yourself…
Expendables 2 in development with John Travolta, Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris
Shooting of The Expendables 2 is about to get underway in Bulgaria, and it’s assumed that all or most of the original Expendables cast— Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jet Li and possibly Bruce Willis— that are returning, but there’s a few new names rumored to be joining as well. John Travolta, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and a larger role for Arnold Schwarzenegger are all possible.
Scientists create a simple DNA neural network that can think
How simple can a brain be and still have some function of a brain? About four neurons with 112 DNA strands seems to work just fine. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology say they have built what they call the world’s first artificial neural network out of DNA molecules and that it can answer questions correctly.
So you were hoping for more Torchwood after this season? Yeah, maybe not so much.
Despite solid ratings and a large fan base, it looks possible that this current season of Torchwood may be the last. Apparently, the only reason that the BBC put their money behind this new season was because of Russell Davies, but Davies may be moving on to other things and Starz has said that even though they’re happy with the show, they won’t be renewing it for another season. Apparently, they never really intended to do more than one.
I apologize that the IHC review of Captain America is a week late. I was under the impression that someone else was going to review it last week and that never happened. So now I probably won’t get around to seeing Cowboys and Aliens til next week and then we’re all kinds of fucked. But I never saw Thor to review it and no one threw any tomatoes at me. I still wanna see Thor though, and both Thor and Cowboys and Aliens are up for the reviewing if anyone wants to grab it.
Britain bans L'Oreal ads for being too photoshopped and full of shit
By now, you’re probably pretty used to seeing ads for make-up that feature impossibly perfect skin, with the implication that using said product will make your skin 110% wrinkle free and glowing, no matter how old you are. It’s just marketing, and hopefully you know it’s not true. But in the UK, L’Oreal was told that two of their ad campaigns featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington were banned for being too full of shit.
AT&T using its powers of the dark side to choke your unlimited data plan deader than dead
If you’re on AT&T’s unlimited data plan, your days of unlimited data are numbered. On October 1st, AT&T wil start throttling data if you use too much, making it not really much of an “unlimited” data plan. Perhaps they’ll still call it unlimited, as long as they have the (*not really unlimited) next to it, as so many other companies like to do.
Supermarket carts in China now come with a built-in tablet
I’ve always thought it would be neat for grocery store shopping carts to come with a little touchscreen map that you could plug your grocery list into and it gives you the most efficient route through the store to get what you need. While that’s probably never going to happen because stores would lose money on your impulse buys, a grocery store chain in Shanghai is experimenting with putting tablets on carts that would give you coupons and discounts as you walk through the store. Not the same, but still pretty neat.
Geekcraft of the Day: Real firebreathing LEGO dragon
When this LEGO dragon, built by Aaron Amatnieks, isn’t belching flame, one’s reaction would simply be “Oh yeah cool dragon.” But due to some interior piping and care to make sure that the hot part of the flame isn’t too close to the mouth… voila. You’ve got yourself a real firebreathing LEGO dragon. Video below.
Meet "Kitler", the cat that no one will adopt because it looks like Hitler
Generally, it’s pretty easy to adopt out kittens. They’re cute as fuck and everyone loves kittens. But at one shelter in Godmanchester, Cambridgshire in the UK has one kitten that for the life of them they can’t find a home for, and they suspect that it has to do with the kitten’s Hitler mustache and apparently its propensity to sieg heil, so the shelter staff has named the cat “Kitler”.