5 Star War Technologies That are Actually Available

So to go hand in hand with my last post about cool technologies I wish existed, here’s a list of technologies from Star Wars that actually exist. 

1. Speeder Bikes: From Return of the Jedi; the price for one of these bad boys is a mere sum somewhere between $50,000-100,000 (pocket change, obviously)

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2. Laser Canons: The US Navy started using the Laser Weapon System in 2014. Sadly there are no “pew-pew” sound effects

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3. Floating Probe Drones: From The Empire Strikes Back; vBat is a drone vision camera that is primarily used to pick up things

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4. Remotes (Miniature Hover Bots): NASA made SPHERES, a little spherical robot commanded by astronauts in space

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5. Prosthetic Limbs with Feeling: DARPA has created prosthetic limbs (ReNET) that are capable of feeling; although this is still in beta

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By maggiebania

Favorite Fictional Technology

This stuff doesn’t exist (yet..) but it’d be nice if it did. Here’s a few of my favorite fictional technology devices/systems, that I wish were reality:

1. Cloak of Invisibility from Harry Potter (you are a liar if you say you wouldn’t want one of these)

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2. J.A.R.V.I.S. from Iron Man (robot butler? sign me up)

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3. Memory Eraser aka Neuralizer from Men in Black 

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4. Shrink Ray from Honey I Shrunk the Kids

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5. The Back to the Future Car [obviously one that does actually go back between times]

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6. The entire world of Matrix

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Mythbusters

I’ve recently been binge watching MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. Its not a new show by any means, (its first episode aired _). But I was recently introduced to this by one of my friends thats just as dorky as me. My favorite episode is when they revealed whether or not the underwater row boat scene from Pirates of the Caribbean was physically possible. Another favorite was when they did a Christmas special, in which they an out of this world Rube Goldberg machine. 

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The MythBusters team is really funny, and I definitely recommend watching an episode or two. Science man. 

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5 Internet Providers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!

I keep on seeing this commercial for this one internet provider, that I have never heard about. I don’t remember the name of it, but I see it at almost every commercial break. I have a few doubts about the speed, connectivity, etc., but it got me thinking about the different types of internet providers out there. I personally use Comcast’s internet service (its sooo slow.) But its the cheapest where I live. Without further ado, here’s a list of five internet providers you probably have never heard of!

1. Century Link

2. Charter

3. Cox

4. Frontier

5. Suddenlink

By maggiebania

5 Cool Tumblr Blogs to Follow

Tumblr is a great site to pass by time (aka procrastinate..) I’ve been trolling the web for some new blogs to follow, and found some that are actually worth sharing. Here they are:

1. Unhappy Hipsters :

Although the blog is obviously mocking hipsters, the images themselves are actually appealing. Their jokes are cheesy though– so be warned. 

2. STFU, Parents :

This blog makes me chuckle because I often see Facebook posts like this, and its just a little bit too much sometimes. For example, it mocks the new age-y names that are becoming popular and such. If you’re not a fan of babies, this is a hilarious blog to check out. 

3. Reasons My Son is Crying :

Ok, I swear I have nothing against kids. This blog is just too funny though. Basically, this blog started out with this guy taking pictures of his son every time he cried, following up with a short post as to the reason why his son was crying. Highly entertaining. Now, he’s a published author and has his followers/fans send in photos of their kids crying. #babyshaming ?

4. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (don’t judge me) : 

This blog is mainly dedicated to his company HitRecord, which we’ve mentioned in class. He’s also very good looking. Enough said. 

5. Texts from Bennett :

This is another hilarious blog I found. I mean this is the little excerpt “These are text messages I exchange with my 17 year old cousin Bennett. He is a white boy that thinks he’s crisp, is currently unemployed, has a girlfriend named Mercedes, and is one of the most unintentionally funny and brilliant souls on the planet.” Come on, you know you want to follow this one 🙂

By maggiebania

Amazon’s Streaming Device

Amazon is releasing a streaming device, Amazon Fire Tv, which will allow users to stream shows, game and use the internet all for $99/mo. This is very similar to Apple Tv, which is the same price for a monthly subscription. But, its a more advanced version of Apple’s product. Amazon’s Fire Tv has several unique features, including a remote control with a voice recognition search feature, so a user can speak the name of a show, actor or topic and find that content. I guess Amazon is trying to eradicate the use of a TV Remote. 

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Honestly, its no surprise that Amazon has come up with this, seeing as they’re constantly coming up with new and advanced services for their customers. I love Amazon, and order from there whenever I need to buy something online or within 2 days (Amazon’s amazing Amazon Prime has 2 day shipping included in its services!)

By maggiebania

Hey Girl Extension

I read an interesting post on Cnn Money’s Tumblr. While its somewhat disturbing that CNN has a tumblr, I think we’re all willing to overlook this (I take this akin to a grandparent tweeting or instagramming.) Apparently there is a Google extension called Hey Girl that will replace all images from a website with steamy photos of the one and only, Ryan Gosling. Here’s the extension: http://heygirl.io/

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While this is obviously not groundbreaking, its nice to see that we can tweak with the web and customize it. I think this also fights ads which are annoying. So not only does Ryan Gosling star in your favorite films, but he can also pop up all over your computer. Swoon. 

 

By maggiebania

Gmail reads your emails?

Reading CNN, I stumbled upon this interesting article about Gmail. We all know Gmail, since we were all obligated to create a Gmail account for this class. The great thing about Gmail, and most email services is that its free. But apparently theres a catch. Theres a reason why ads on the side of your email service seem oddly appealing. 

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Apparently Gmail has been collecting mass amounts of personal information from its users to create ads that are personalized for its user. This breech in security is what gives email services such as Gmail, its revenue. I know about the NSA and all that jazz, but I felt a little betrayed by Google after reading this article. Is nothing private anymore? I try to cheat the system by using an Adblock extension, which as the name suggests, blocks annoying advertisements that is used for the sites revenue. In fact, that is how Youtubers get paid; ads. Anyway, here’s the article I mentioned: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/31/tech/web/gmail-privacy-problems/index.html?hpt=te_t1

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Eat your kimchi

Eatyourkimchi has become my recent obsession. Its a foreign start up company in Seoul, South Korea that is run by a Canadian couple, Simon and Martina Stawski. The couple moved to Bucheon, South Korea some six years ago to work as ESL teachers at Korean public schools. They created a blog and Youtube channel dedicated to their Korean assimilation and culture. The company has since grown, putting out content daily via social media. 

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On mondays, one can expect a video about Kpop (Korean pop music), in which they review a recently released song, or interview Kpop artists such as Neon Bunny or 2NE1. Then on wednesdays, they do TL;DR videos which are viewer questions answered. These are very interesting because they expose “foreigners” to Korean customs, a how to on getting by in Korea without speaking the language, and explaining the process of going to a Korean bath house. Thursday videos are my favorite because these are either FAPFAP (Food Adventure Program for Awesome People) or WANK’s (Wonderful Adventure Now Korea). The first mentioned, are videos of local Korean cuisine (Korean Shabu Shabu or Samgyeopsal for example) and Korean inspired cuisine, such as Koreanized Chinese food or “Western” pizza. Fridays are dedicated to LiveChats on Google+ Hangouts, and on Saturdays they do a segment called WTF Korea (Wonderful Treasure Find), where they review “odd” finds such as Melon Milk or Yogurt Doritos. Finally, they end off the week with Korean Indie Playlist on Sundays. 

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I really enjoy watching their videos and learning more about Korean culture. It has even sparked my interest in learning about its counterpart, North Korea. I recently watched these two documentaries about the harsh conditions in North Korea, which are a stark dichotomy to thriving South Korea.

In addition, I’m looking into studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea next summer, at Ewha University, seeing as I’m becoming obsessed with all things Korean. I think its really cool how a start up company in South Korea can reach an international audience. It really emphasizes the power of social media and the internet. Side note: South Korea has the fastest internet in the world. If you like watching travel shows or are interested in learning about Korean culture, I definitely recommend http://www.eatyourkimchi.com or http://www.youtube.com/simonandmartina.

 

By maggiebania

Transcendence..

Ok, so I wrote up this post before checking to see if anyone else wrote about it.. And I have horrible horrible luck. Clearly. But maybe, since there are two posts, that just emphasizes that you should check it out! Anyway, here’s an annoying double post (sorry!):

I’ve been seeing the movie trailer for this movie everywhere. Lets be honest, it caught my eye because Johnny Depp stars in it. Despite this fact, the plot actually seems really intriguing. Based on the 90 second trailer, I surmised that a brilliant researcher, aka Johnny Depp, is shot and put into a coma. He isn’t going to make it, so using super nifty technology, his wife/girlfriend/ladyfriend convinces other researchers to upload his consciousness into a computer system. And, of course nobody is happy about this because he will probably become unstoppable! [Note: The trailer actually explains the plot much better and more accurately. As does the other post.]

 

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This got me thinking about our discussions about computer systems mimicking human speech, emotions, etc. If this somehow became tangible for us in the future, uploading the consciousness of someone nearly departed, this could link us to them. However, I think its a bit extreme– sometimes its just someone’s time to go. This seems like the film’s moral as well; s*** hits the fan when Johnny Depp’s consciousness starts to create things that affect the physical world. Needless to say, I plan on seeing this film.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcendence_(2014_film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2209764/

 

By maggiebania