Category archives: Events

Whats Wrong With Being A Hufflepuff

It is always the way with long running movies, games and books, there is always the team, club or house that nobody wants to join or be placed in. In popular Harry Potter series of movies and books, it seems that this is Hufflepuff. However there are those who feel that being a Hufflepuff is cool and one such group known as Not Literally have produced a cool video to show us all why using the words of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, what else!

Here is a little bit of information on Not Literally who are behind this brilliant video;

Dana and Ginny started working together after Ginny’s Friday parody, Ravenclaws, accidentally went viral. The demand for House Pride videos was surprisingly high, so they worked their hardest to accommodate. By now, they’ve set their sights far beyond the four Hogwarts houses! With plans for expanding into The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Disney, and more, there is no end in sight for how far the Not Literally girls’ reach will extend.

So, do you want to be in Hufflepuff now?

Source [Nerd Approved]

 

Is This Geekiest Wedding Ever

Here is something that you do not see at every wedding, it is a gothic, geeky and Star Wars style wedding with a touch of the zombie uprising thrown in for good measure. It was held at the Gatehouse at Lionsgate Event Center, Lafayette, CO in the US! It is the idea of Deyanna & Dustin and to be honest isn’t this how we would all like to get married, if we had the chance. Congrats to the happy couple!

According to the bride and groom, this is what the wedding was all about;

We basically scrapped a cohesive theme and dubbed our wedding a “hodge-podge of awesome.” We took wedding party photos at a graveyard. The groomsmen were Stormtroopers. Two zombies followed me down the aisle. We chopped up a zombie head with a machete in lieu of a unity candle. Our ceremony music included Guns N’ Roses, The Beatles, Queen, and AC/DC.

Source [Off Beat Bride]

 

Human Powered Helicopter Takes To The Air

 

 

The idea of a human powered helicopter is no longer the domain of the movies or comic books! For this is the Gamera II it’s the second pedal powered helicopter from a team of students at the University of Maryland. The first Gamera hovered for just eleven seconds, but after improvements this is Gamera II and as you will see from the video, it stays hovering for fifty seconds, but if they are to claim the $250,000 (£160,000) AHS Sikorsky Prize the human powered helicopter must remain in the air for one minute!

 

 

These are the details for the Gamera II HPH 50 second flight!

 

Turns out this video is “only” a 45ish second flight, click the link above for the real 50 second record flight! Gamera II is the second human powered helicopter from the University of Maryland’s Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center. This flight was piloted by Kyle Gluesenkamp.

 

 

Source [Geeky Gadgets]

 

 

NASA Probe Finds Mickey Mouse On Mercury

 

 

This is something that you could not make up, well you could, but nobody would listen! However, this is not made up, these are actual images sent back to Earth from the NASA Messenger spacecraft close to Mercury! Clearly, this is not mercury but the Disney Planet and image is branding to make sure that there is no mistake. Alternatively, it is an image of a rock formation and shadows, but I prefer the Mickey version, what about you?

 

 

According to a statement by NASA, this is what they have to say about finding;

 

“The shadowing helps define the striking ‘Mickey Mouse’ resemblance, created by the accumulation of craters over Mercury’s long geologic history,”

 

Source [Neatorama]

 

 

The Truth About The Baltic Sea UFO

 

 

A while ago, we featured the project that was setting off to explore the depths of Baltic Sea, where sonar images had picked up on a circular shape, which of course hinted at being a sunken UFO. Well the Ocean X Team have done their stuff and concluded that it is definitely not a UFO although the team still have yet to come up with definitive answer as to what the object is.

 

The Truth About The Baltic Sea UFO

 

According to Peter Lindberg, who is one of the founders of the Ocean X Team, he said;

 

“We’ve heard lots of different kinds of explanations, from George Lucas’s spaceship – the Millennium Falcon – to ‘It’s some kind of plug to the inner world,’ like it should be hell down there or something,”

 

As to what the object actually is, he said that it was surrounded by;

 

“Something resembling soot. Since no volcanic activity has ever been reported in the Baltic Sea, the find becomes even stranger,”

 

Source [RT]

 

 

Is ET Waiting For Us To Call

 

 

Over the past couple of years there has been change in how we see the galaxy and beyond, as technology improves and more earth like planets are discovered, it stands to reason that at some point life beyond our planet will be found, be it intelligent or some other life, eventually ET will be found as Dr. Seth Shostak explains;

 

 

According to TED this is a little bit about the ET lecture;

 

Dr. Seth Shostak participates in the search for extraterrestrial life at the SETI Institute. He heads up the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Committee, and hosts a weekly radio show, “Big Picture Science”. Shostak has published more than 400 popular articles on science, and his most recent book is Confessions of an Alien Hunter, A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Life (National Geographic). Shostak is also an accomplished photographer. His photos have been featured on the cover of Time magazine.

 

Is ET Waiting For Us Call

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

Darth Vader Tries To Buy Guns

 

 

Here is the answer to that burning question, just where does the empire get its weapons from? Well clearly not from the gun makers FN Herstal’s factory in Belgium! Even when the big guy steps out of his limo, they are not having any of it. This is on fact a video made to highlight the debates on the arms trade being organised by the UN in July.

 

 

This is the information that comes with the video to put into perspective;

 

Air has put together a persuasive little video for Amnesty International. It shows a black limo pulling up at the entrance of arms manufacturer FN Herstal. A gangster-type in suit and sunglasses gets out and asks the security guard if he can buy some arms. His boss, who is waiting in the limo, is looking to make a big purchase. The guard is a little surprised but eventually calls the marketing department…you can see what happens in this video. Sufficient to say that the aim of this stunt is to collect a maximum of signatures for a petition demanding that the treaty on arms trade is applied effectively.

 

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

One Image All Five Star Trek TV Series Captains

 

 

We have to first thank the Wizard World Philadelphia event that took place the other day. However, this is something very special indeed; This is the event that could down in history as being the first and only place where the five captains from the Star Trek TV series were all captured in a single image. This is all fine, but now we have to ask the question, which one of these five captains was the best?

 

 

Source [Nerd Approved]

 

 

Its Star Wars: The Radio Play

 

 

There is a new Star Wars doing the rounds and this time there are no special effects, animations or hundreds of actors, this time it’s Star Wars for the radio, yes that’s it, the radio! Check out the video below to see what the all of the fuss is about, it took place at the Emerald City Comic Con and there were some interesting surprises that evening.

 

 

This is whats happening in the video;

 

It’s the Star Wars Trilogy like you’ve never heard it before! Join voice actors Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen as they re-create the magic of the Star Wars films, albeit in their own special way! You never know what you’ll hear when this cast gets together.

 

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

Space Command The Series Backed By Fans

 

 

It is the same old story when it comes to cool science fiction, you find a great show, there are plenty of fans and it gets cut from the schedules for no apparent reason. So when a team of cool sci-fi creative’s get together and come up with Space Command, it has to be worth looking into. Well everything seems to be going fine here, the project is one Kickstarter and with 45 days to go the backers have almost doubled the required goal! But this success does not mean its closed, fan can still back this project and bag a good deal in the process!

 

 

This is the reasoning behind the cool and interesting new science fiction idea, Space Command;

 

Marc Zicree here.  As a kid I loved STAR TREK, TWILIGHT ZONE, OUTER LIMITS, FORBIDDEN PLANET and grew up to write for such great shows as STAR TREK – THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, BABYLON 5, SLIDERS and more.

I often hear fans say, “Why are there so few good sci-fi shows on TV, and why do so many go south?”  I can tell you – frankly, most of the network suits just don’t get it.

But you and I do. So when I recently got the idea of creating a new show inspired by the sense of wonder and possibility science fiction gave me as a kid, I realized I didn’t need a network or studio to make my dream come true — just Kickstarter and you.

 

 

The Space Command team are currently crowd funding through Kickstarter where bids start at as little as £3.20 ($5).

 

Source [Science Fiction]

 

 

Leonard Nimoy Addresses Boston University

 

 

It is a great day when you get to see the great Leonard Nimoy speak to the graduating class at Boston University, but here it is and even though it might drag on a bit, nineteen minutes, it is well worth listening too! Live long and prosper!

 

 

This is why Leonard Nimoy, Spock, William Bell or whatever he is calling himself these days, is at the college;

 

Accomplished actor, director, poet, musician, and photographer, Leonard Nimoy (Hon.’12) delivers the College of Fine Arts convocation address. Hosted by Boston University on May 19, 2012.

 

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

SpaceX Good To Go On The 19th

 

 

History is about to be this Saturday (19th May) when the privately funded SpaceX is set to launch its first cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX Dragon capsule is in place at the top of a Falcon 9 launch vehicle and will take off at 08.55 (GMT) 04.55 local time from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

 

 

According to the SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham, she said;

 

“SpaceX and NASA are nearing completion of the software assurance process, and SpaceX is submitting a request to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a May 19 launch target. Thus far, no issues have been uncovered during this process, but with a mission of this complexity we want to be extremely diligent.”

 

Source [PC Mag]

 

 

Prometheus Has Landed First Online Clip

 

 

This is a great clip that shows the final moments as the crew prepare to land the Prometheus on the planet, where there is a massive surprise waiting for them.

 

 

Here are some further details on the cool and much awaited film Prometheus;

 

 

First Clip Online – “Prometheus Has Landed” – Prometheus – A Film by Ridley Scott – More at http://www.PrometheusForum.net

 

Source [Movie Hole]

 

 

Interactive Billboards At Euston Highlight Domestic Violence

 

 

We mainly use our Smartphone’s and apps for fun, possibly a little bit of work, but it has to be said that they hardly ever used for good! This is what the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) is trying to change with an interactive display at the busy Euston Station in London. The Smartphone is asked to visit the NCDV website, where they can simply drag aggressive man away from the woman before it all gets out of hand.

 

 

According to the NCDV, this is what the campaign is trying to achieve;

 

The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has launched an interactive billboard campaign at Euston Station to raise awareness about how people can intervene to help put a stop to domestic violence. The campaign, which launched 30 April 2012, runs on JCDecaux’s large format e-motion screens and encourages passers by to get involved in the advert by controlling the scene using their mobile phone.

 

 

Source [Mashable]

 

 

NASA Takes Images Of UFO Orbiting The Sun

 

 

Recently we have been seeing some real interesting images and video of unidentified flying objects (UFO’s) and even more interesting is that they appear to be coming from serious sources such as NASA! In this case, the images have been taken by the NASA Solar and Heliosphereic Observatory (SOHO) of the sun. but they also show a strange object in orbit around the sun, which is amazing to say the least! So what do you think it is?

 

 

According to Nathan Rich, who is the lead ground systems engineer at the United States Naval Research Laboratory, he says;

 

“The streaks in question are consistent with energetic particle (proton) impacts on the CCD, something which is apparent in just about every image,”

 

 

Source [Technabob]

 

 

Zombies Found In An Abandoned Shopping Mall

 

 

In the UK at the moment all talk is about the London Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee, but not everyone will be visiting these events because some folks are interested in entering an abandoned shopping mall in Reading that is been taken over by zombies! It is being described as the ultimate zombie experience day and going on the video, it could be true! It certainly beats going shopping with the wife!

 

 

Here is what to expect if you are considering signing up for Zombie Shopping Mall experience;

 

In this spectacular ‘full immersion’ experience, you’ll be briefed and armed by the Police Special Zombie Bashing Unit. They’ll fill you in on the full, unfolding, undead apocalypse that is going down in Reading town. An apocalypse that, for once, you didn’t cause, but will have to try and fix.

 

 

Then you’ll hit the spooky, deserted shopping mall, but you won’t be shopping for that lovely little Pashmina you saw in Littlewoods. Instead, you and your team will be depleting the zombie population with full Bronson-style perspicacity. Using state of the art special effects and large, blood-inducing props you will tackle a series of computer game like missions in a full-on ‘run and gun’ gore fest.

 

The price for this cool three hour plus zombie killing spree is just £119 ($192)

 

Source [Nerd Approved]

 

 

The End Is Coming Maybe!

 

 

 

It seems that we hear about the end of the world or the end of life as we know it on earth all of the time. Throughout history, dates have been predicted for this to occur and yet we are still here. However 2012 is a different matter, this is because so many different civilisations and predictions point to this year as being the one when things change. Could it be true, could the movie 2012 be right? Who knows and in any case if something like this were to happen is there anything that we could do about it?

 

 

This is why the world as we know it is supposed to end in 2012;

 

Mayan & Egyptian inscriptions talk about a planet returning in 2012. Axis shift patterns point to this year also. If you would like to support this research, please make an anonymous donation.

 

Source [9Nania]

 

 

Marvel Gives Hawkeye Own Title

 

 

 

The success of recent Marvel based movies and the even more recent The Avengers movies has brought us some interesting characters and one is to his own comic series this summer. Hawkeye is the hero this time; he is the one with the bow and the deadly arrows! Marvel says that the new comic series will be starting this August, which is great news for Marvel fans.

 

According to the writer of Hawkeye, Matt Fraction, he said;

 

“Never had the chance to write a character like him, or to do a book like this before. And I wanted to chronicle him in an ongoing series because it’d keep me from getting bored. Repetition bores me to death. I had this idea for how to do a book that wasn’t like anything else we’d seen him in before, wasn’t like anything I’d done before, and couldn’t stop thinking about.”

 

He continued to say;

 

“HAWKEYE is more about what inspires Clint Barton. We got Clint in AVENGERS, SECRET AVENGERS, and anywhere else at any given time—but we wanted HAWKEYE to be about what Clint does when he’s not at work, about what drives the guy.

 

The new ongoing Hawkeye comic book series starts this August.

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

NASA’s Mars Landing Plan

 

 

 

The Red Planet has taunted mankind for centuries and now finally in the 21st Century NASA are planning to land a robot onto the surface, but it is not as easy as it sounds because there are so many things that can go wrong before the landing even takes place. NASA explains in this cool animated video, the options available to them and what the difference is between the three landing plans. We like the one that uses the retro rockets the best.

 

 

This is how NASA says they would land a space craft onto the surface of the Red Planet, well one of the three;

 

Getting a spacecraft to Mars is one thing; getting it safely to the ground is a whole other challenge! This 60-second video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains three ways to land on the surface of the Red Planet.

 

Source [Gizmodo]

 

 

Atlantis Crew Caught UFO’s On Video

 

 

 

Back in 2006, the Space Shuttle Atlantis was in orbit above the planet when the crew notice something strange in the distance. Three metallic looking objects all moving independently from each other are spotted and reported to NASA in Houston. Naturally NASA are not buying the UFO thing and suggest that its several things such as reflections, but the crew insist that they are solid and as normal with this one you are going to have to make up your own mind!

 

 

According to crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, this is how they are describing what they are looking at from the Shuttle;

 

It’s a structure that’s definitely not rigid. Doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen on the outside of the Shuttle, that’s for sure [...] [it] quickly moved to the nose of the orbiter, moving away at least 100 feet.

 

Source [Gizmodo]