Cool, huh? High speed video of gelatin cubes being dropped onto a hard surface via http://www.modernistcuisine.com/
Well now, isn’t this interesting: Internet Video Contributes To Second Straight Decline In TV Households. “Nielsen is working with its clients on the evolution of the current definition of a TV household and a TV device for their ratings services, potentially qualifying video content delivered to a TV via the Internet,” the company says. That’s nice. Get right on that whole digital revolution thing before it really takes off.
Elderly couple cleaned out of all their worldly possessions following break in. Individuals responsible won’t face any jail time because they said it was a terrible mistake. Oh, and they’re a major bank. Owners Lose Possessions After Home Near Twentynine Palms Is Mistakenly Foreclosed
ESPN ranks the best (and worst) sports franchises in 2012, taking into account such variables as Bang for Buck, Fan Relations, Ownership, Affordability, Stadium Experience, Players, Coaching, and Title Track. Coming in at the very bottom (122nd spot?) – well, let’s just say we should make sure my buddies and former Toronto natives Rob and Ivon don’t see this: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/teamrankings#table
HD solar eruption compliments of the gang at NASA:
And our trip down Atlantis memory lane continues with…
When Paul and I took over as show runners for the show’s fourth season, a lot of fans wondered where Brad Wright and Robert Cooper were going. The answer: nowhere. They remained involved in the show’s creative, helping to break stories, write scripts and, in Rob’s case, direct and produce the occasional episode. This one was a lot of fun for all involved. For Joe in particular because he got to play a bad guy, something all actors love to do – unless they’ve made a career playing bad guys in which case they want to play the part of the hero.
I’m sure it was also a blast for Rob who really went all out with the fantasy sequences, drawing on some of his own childhood fears for inspiration. The whale nightmare, for instance, was no doubt influenced by Jaws, a movie Rob saw when he was admittedly way too young to appreciate the nuances of a man-eating shark. It apparently haunted him for years but, on the bright, help shape him into the fine storyteller he is today. There’s also an homage to one of the creepiest scenes in an SF movie ever when the creature bursts out of Teyla’s stomach a la Alien. This scene apparently earned the episode a “15” age restriction on the dvd release, which is kind of interesting given that the original scene was A LOT more visceral and ended up being toned down for air. I also had to laugh at the scene in which Sheppard realizes Teyla is mad at him for something he apparently did in her dream. I recalled Rob telling me that the exact same thing happened to him once after his wife had a nightmare.
Whenever the half-wraith Sheppard in rustic clothing attacked Teyla in her dream sequence, Martin Gero would shout: “No, hobo Sheppard. No!”.
One of the stunts during the climactic Good vs. Evil Sheppard sequence called for a ratchet pull which required Joe be jeked trough a portion of breakaway railing and cross the room. It was a bit of an unnerving stunt for the uninitiated since he needed to fly through the air, backwards, from a starting point of the set’s second level. Joe was harnessed, Rob called action, the countdown came “Three…two…ONE!” and…nothing. Our special effects coordinator called for a re-set and as everyone relaxed and prepared for an equipment check – the apparatus suddenly engaged. I remember watching (and rewatching) the shot in dailies, the exact instant when Joe realizes – eyes widening slightly, body tensing, managing an “Urk” before – being abruptly yanked off his feet, through the railing, and across the room. Acting is a tough business.