Is this the funniest thing from SNL in, like, forever?

I record SNL each week, and they pretty much stack up unwatched until the wife erases the folder.

Why?  Because the show has become woefully unfunny.  If there is ever anything worth watching it is almost exclusively involving Kate McKinnon, Justin Timberlake  or  – it’s a pre-recorded bit.

Certainly the time and thought that goes into creating these shorts provides a level of freedom and polish the live sketches so very lack.

This weekend with Martin Freeman as the host, maybe the very best short they’ve ever done was shown.  The Hobbit + The Office = great.

While I wasn’t looking, drone photography got very cool

I’ve had a passing fascination with the idea you could buy a quad copter for a few hundred buck and fly it around your hood.  In fact, in the last year the many posts of people creating really compelling videos of landmarks and events from above.  With sweeping shots of buildings and monuments from perspectives you’ve never seen from previously.  It’s all really neat.

This weekend I was at a local hobby shop and when I pulled into the parking lot everyones face was gawking skyward.  I realized what they were looking at was a drone and it’s camera.  The operator, a store clerk, was using a standard two toggle control with his Galaxy 5S mounted on it.  The drone had a ball shaped camera underneath and was sending live video back to the phone, while also recording full 1080p/60fps.  The control over the drone was stunning.  It was a windy day and the drone moved about as if it was still outside.  He could send the thing far enough away that I would lose site of it in the sky and he pointed out that all he had to do was press a button and via GPS the unit would simply return back to his location.  Sure enough it came zooming back into view, slowed down and landed near us.

That package, the Blade QX3 350, sells for less that $1000.  That’s a lot of money, but considering the technology, that sure seems a good price.

Doing some digging now it seems there is a growing list of drones that will fly and shoot video while following you automatically.  Meant for those extreme sports guys, who all love to video their fun, now can do it alone.  The Hexo+ and AirDog are small drones that connect to the user via a tracking device and simply take flight and follow your movements, actions and spills all while shooting full HD video.

Now, I realize I’m really late to this party, but I assume that many are.  I’m told every six month a bigger (or smaller), badder more versatile drone hits the market and in short time, what is possible is going to be very much like having a robot pet follow you wherever you go.

Maybe I do watch a lot of videos online

The Verge posted this and I really enjoyed it.

Don’t want to spoil the twist, the interesting spin on a midwestern father/son in the 60’s after a UFO crashes into their field.

I think the kid actor is really great.  It appears to be a couple of years old and won several awards.  Enjoy.

 

Mad Max promises proper destruction

George Miller has created a new, proper, Mad Max movie and it arrives in 2015.

Watch the trailer and you will see what the old pro is capable of creating, even after all these years.

Funny, I’ve been lamenting the onslaught of “destruction porn” run of movies in the last few years.  Especially those based around comic book characters (how many times do we save the Earth?), but here, the full on spectacle of hopeless mayhem and utter lack of concern for human life is something to look forward to.  If only because it looks so beautifully choreographed.

Put 7:46 of your time to good use

I’m not one to sit and watch a batch of videos online.  But every once in a while I come across something that I think is really clever, different and worth watching.

This is a great example of that.  A sci-fi short called “Time Trap” by Michael Shanks.  It’s got a low-fi vibe, but one particularly interesting hi-fi time travel concept and I think you’ll enjoy.

If the US can get back to space exploration, I can update my blog

I’ve been wanting to update this site for a long time, but laziness and Destiny have been keeping that from happening.

This morning I woke up and via a tweet was reminded the good ol’ USofA was just minutes away from returning to space.  Punched a link just in time to watch the launch of Orion, the country’s new stab at putting people on Mars.  This mission is more about testing these new rockets and other stuff and this particular launch is un-manned. If you’re interested in learning more, this article in Air & Space is a good starting point.

Anyway, for reasons I can’t fully explain, seeing that pushed me to decide I was going to try and start posting here again…On the regular.

Let’s see if my commitment is equal to all those smart space engineers.