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The Hobbit Behind-the-Scenes Production Video Blog #4

05 Nov 2011

 

Love what the makers of the Hobbit do with these video blogs. In this installment the subject is pretty much filming in 3D plus some cool behind the scenes raw footage of the Hobbit

Visit the Hobbit Blog for more updates.

Related post:
The Hobbits Video Blogs
The Hobbit Sequel Update (2012)

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Looks like Matt Smith is leaving Dr Who

22 Oct 2011

Watching Dr who reminds me of dating. You get attached to someone and then they are off with someone else and your back searching for someone new and then getting once again attached them or on some cases not liking them for one reason or another. In this case we have become attached to the actors that portray the Dr until they leave for better opportunities or get let go. Then we have to get use to the next Dr Who brings a new little quirkiness to the table that takes ...well some getting use to. As with the case of the 11th Dr Who Matt Smith who in a recent interview with VH1 a Music Entertainment channel here in America stated that he has a desire to come to America (see video clip to hear for yourself). Matt said in the interview "I've got another year of 'Doctor Who,' but then I'm certainly going to come and give it a shot". Looks like the next year will be the last of Matt Smith as the Dr unless some kind of contracting miracle happens. I guess this time we will have to ask the question that should never be asked (a pun on the last series story arc that is leading into next years Who stories) once again Who will be the next Dr Who ?

See the rest of the story at VH1's FabLife

There is an update on this article . For the latest news on the Dr see

DR WHO UPDATES AND BRIEFS

 

 

 

 

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Dr Who’s Season Finale and News of 7th season delayed

25 Sep 2011

Well we know this is not the end of the series because there was a confirmed signing with Matt Smith of a season 7. Sadly it also has been confirmed that the season 7 will be delayed as it is reported at io9.com. According to the article "Wayne Clarke, confirmed via twitter that "Danny Cohen says there won't be a full series of Doctor Who in 2012, but a special run for the anniversary in 2013." Most likely this means that there will be some specials for 2012 or just a handful of episodes . But you can bet that in 2013 when the 50th anniversary celebration of Dr Who arrives there will be some great episodes and hopefully appearances by past Dr.s. Let me go out on a limb and think (more like pray) that maybe the past Dr's save the present Dr ????? That would be a good plot if they hold steady to River killing the Dr off. Yep I am fan and this is just a whimsical speculation of what may be in store.
As for the season finale it looks like (and any one who has ever watched the last two seasons should of guessed) that River Song is the Impossible Astronaut . One thing that I keep thinking of is that she is also the future 1 eyed patch lady. It sounds crazy but being a fan you try to figure out plot arcs and I think a wild one would be that she somehow either hates the Dr in the future enough to have her younger self turn against him or makes sure that a prophecy of some kind happens. Who knows maybe to get the Dr thinking about being peaceful again. Just a thought. Well here are two videos of the upcoming episodes one is the trailer and the other is a short prequel of the season finale.
Plot Synopsis at BBC Dr. Who
Episode 13: The Wedding of River Song
Written by Steven Moffat
The big finale! This one remains shrouded in mystery but Karen Gillan has promised us that the series will contain 'possibly the biggest twist so far'... Is it possible that this is the adventure that delivers it? Steven Moffat penned last year's incredible finale but it's probable that this adventure will conclude the series with a bigger bang than ever!

Full HD Doctor Who Series 6 Episode 13 The Wedding of River Song Next Time Trailer

Full HD Doctor Who Prequel to Episode 13 The Wedding of River Song

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NASA new images of landing areas for Apollo

07 Sep 2011

The Apollo missions were a moment in history that caused our imaginations and creativity to burst forth and show the positive side of humanity. It gave rise to many dreams and spurred on creative juices that gave us new toys (technology) that we use every day like the cell phone , iPads , computers etc..... And in many ways gave us a sense of the skys were not the limit that we as humans could do anything when we worked together. And as a nation we proved that we had the right stuff. Many people looked at those missions and wondered . What if ? Are we alone ? How big is the Universe really ? How limited is our knowledge of life and beyond ? Some of those that asked those questions and more became scientist, some became philosophers, and others used those questions to fill the pages of books and create films of wonder.
40 years later after those historic missions were revisited when the NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) took snapshots that were the sharpest images yet of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites. Captured are foot prints in the moon soil left behind from Astronauts , vehicles , and scientific experiments that were left behind. Since there is no wind on the surface of the moon the imprints are just as they were when they were when the Astronauts stepped on the lunar surface. Makes you wish that they had continued with the moon missions and had set up bases there instead of these low orbit missions. All be it they are as important to further the understanding of how life in space for humanity can be sustained. The thrill of the final frontier should of always be part of the human experience .
If you go to NASA web page of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter / NASA Spacecraft Images Offer Sharper Views of Apollo Landing Sites there is some pretty cool photos along with a interactive image swipe that lets you compare images taken from 2009 of the same area to the ones just recently taken. You can see the difference in resolution and in the detail. As mentioned in the article the pictures do not exactly line up because of lighting and position but are close enough to get the point across. Look at the screen shot below to for an example. On the left of the dividing line you can see the LRO images compared with the right side which are impressive but not as clear as the LRO's. A good example are the moon buggy tracks . You can see them foggy but the screen shot bellow that one with the split view shows the full clarity of the images taken.

"The new low-altitude Narrow Angle Camera images sharpen our view of the moon's surface," said Arizona State University researcher Mark Robinson, principal investigator for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). "A great example is the sharpness of the rover tracks at the Apollo 17 site. In previous images the rover tracks were visible, but now they are sharp parallel lines on the surface."

Here is a short video that is on youtube of the images captured by the LRO.

I echo the sentiment of Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington when he said "These images remind us of our fantastic Apollo history and beckon us to continue to move forward in exploration of our solar system. " I really hope that this renews our interest in space and that it becomes once again more then the imaginations that are caught on film or in the pages of a book . I hope it does become fact .

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Something from the Light Side

06 Sep 2011

Here is something new that I would like to try for a bit . A weekly or monthly posting of humorous videos , ads , or cartoons that deal with what we here at Scifiology are all about.  My first addition to this new category is something I posted in videos and it is pretty immature as am I at times. But I found extremely funny especially that is has to deal with William Shatner as the old Captain Kirk. Considering he has a reputation of somewhat being into himself  this video  seems somewhat poetic in an adolescent way.  Personally I never know whether that is an act or it is real but I do enjoy when he performs. Billy boy will always be the Captain that started it all and he along with the original crew are the reason we celebrate Star Trek the way we do.  I guess he does have a reason to think his stuff does not smell.

If anyone finds something really funny that you think should join the weekly list then either contact me via  email or by posting it here or int he forums or you can actually if its a video from youtube or some other excepted site  post it in the video section yourself. Of course you have to register int eh community section to do that.But that is easy and no big deal just a security protocol .

This video was uploaded by Uploaded by  on Mar 12, 2006 and it is titled

Star Trek - William Shatner : Captain Kirk farts

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