After a year or so of finding dog and cat gifs for you on the internet, we’re going back to the old way. So here we chronicle the stuff going on in all our heads. Expect this to descend back into cat and dog gifs over the next few weeks. So without further ado:
Continuing on my space theme of late, I watched this presentation by Elon Musk this week. In it he talks about the future plans for SpaceX and how they will use their next generation of rockets to land on the moon and mars. One of the most interesting parts of the talk however was at the very end where he mentions using these rockets to travel to other places on earth, which is something I never talked about I wont spoil it for you and it’s deffo worth a watch!
As a developer and a lazy person, I’m always on the lookout for technology that will make my life easier, I watched the tech preview of a new front end framework based on Microsoft’s .NET this week called Blazor. Because the new web assembly API’s are supported in all modern browsers now you soon will be able to run what is essentially the .NET framework in a browser! Exciting times.
This week, Vanta Black – if you know it already then you’ve already been wowed by this strange paint coating which absorbs as much light as does a black hole.
The possibilities for this coating are exciting and frightening at the same time. Cloaking is just one of the many applications for this coating.
Read more about it here.
Check out the Olympic Pavilion coated in this stuff
Finally – it’s a British invention – booyah! brrrrp!
Now I can write about anything I want for my weekly blog post, rather than any old nonsense from the World Wide Web that I’ve dredged up with my cyber net, I can’t think of anything to write about.
For inspiration, I revisited my old blog posts, so I’ve decided to do another informative and educational ‘Today in History’ entry.
Today in History
1071- Battle of Cassel; Robert the Frisian defeats Hitler 1. Hitler would later rise back to power in Hitler 2: Judgement Day.
1632- Astronomer Galileo observes intricate structures on the planet Mars, appearing to spell out ‘It is lit fam, come thru’. Later observations see nothing.
1630- Native American Indians introduce pilgrims to Instagram. First recorded Selfie.
1656- New Amsterdam granted Centaur burial site.
1732– An infant George Washington is found atop mount Denali, in what would one day be Alaska. Curled up in bald eagle’s nest, swaddled in a striped red and white blanket, it is said he would only suckle from the barrel of an AR-15.
1784- 1st US ship to trade with China, “Trady McTradeface” sails from New York.
1821- Spain sells east Florida to United States for 800 Dogecoin.
1825- Russia & Britain establish ‘Bro’s before Ho’s’ treaty
1861- On a bet, Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to a Sheffield Burger King.
1882- The Serbian Kingdom is fired at the planet Venus.
1909– the Great White Fleet, a naval task force sent on a round-the-world voyage by President Theodore Roosevelt, returned after one day cos they couldn’t be arsed.
1948- Czechoslovakia becomes a communist state following a 3 day piss up that got out of hand.
1967- 25,000 US & South Vietnamese troops launch Operation Dairylea Dunkables. The largest airborne vacuum packed plastic lunch initiative in history. 1000’s die.
1997– Dolly the sheep, the worlds first cloned sheep, is discovered to be 48 guinea pigs glued together.
1998- 18th Winter Olympic games hosted at The Lost City of Atlantis. After the closing ceremony, the city returned to the ocean with the loss of all athletes.
Many of my Best Of The Web blog posts have involved articles from the IFL Science website. So perhaps it’s time I bigged the site itself up a bit.
‘I f**king Love Science’ started life in 2012 as a simple Facebook page set up by Elise Andrew to share bizarre facts and cool science related pictures.
The page quickly attracted a large following, and the IFLS brand grew from there. There are now several other social channels and, of course, the website itself.
IFLS brings together all sorts of interesting science stories from around the world making them accessible to everyday people.
I’m never likely to read a peer-reviewed paper about the effects of coffee on horses in Venezuela (not a real example… I don’t think), but the team at IFLS take things like that and turn them into easily digestible articles.
If school had been more like IFL Science I wouldn’t have melted so many pens on Bunsen Burners.
This week I’m going to talk about films, I have only recently got into watching films. I used to watch films here and there but I was never “in” to watching films, where I would actively seek out new films and keep on top of new releases and what I’d like to see.
I still haven’t seen all those films that “everyone” has seen and to be honest I don’t care so I’m going to focus on present and future films starting with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.
This is a cracking film, one of the best I’ve seen for a while, a must see.
Next up, Lady Bird. Another great film, another must see.
Next up, Isle of Dogs. Yet to be released but looks amazing, it involves Japan and Dogs, two of my favourite things so this is sure to be a hit in my book.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before on the Steady Go blog posts, but just to clarify, I’m a massive fan of Ozzy Osborune and when I say that I mean the man himself. Of course I love his Black Sabbath days, his Solo records but most of all I love watching him navigate his way through life. The guy even made reality TV tolerable with his families show The Osbournes. So when I found out he’s bringing out a weekly podcast in March it made me very happy. Of course it will take 3 or 4 listens to work out what he is saying but once you get the past that the content is bound to be fantastic. The podcast stats on March 5th so until then I’ll be watching some classic Ozzy clips:
Here are some recommendations for films you may not have seen or even heard of.
I stand alone (Seul contre tous)
An incredibly intense and dark film from the director of Enter the void and Irreversible. Follow the relentless descent of an aging, out of work butcher and he struggles to make sense of society, deal with his situation and also the people around him. Brutally honest film making and darker than dark. An insight into how dark the mind can become in some people. If you have seen any of Gaspar Noé’s films before then you will probably know what to expect. Not for the faint hearted.
The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen
This is an gloriously bonkers adventure yarn directed by Terry Gilliam (from Monty Python). The productions design is out of this world. The basic premise is centered around an old man called Baron Munchhausen who tells outlandish tales of adventure from his younger days and embarks on a surreal new adventure with his old band of mates and a plucky young girl in tow. Is it real? Does he really get younger on the adventure? Is he just making the whole thing up? Who cares, it’s a brilliant, exciting and funny tale that goes from one side of the Earth to the other and even to the Moon and back. If you want fun, this has it in spades.
By the director of The Exorcist and The French Connection, this is a cracking tale. Four men from very different lives and up taking a job in south America to transport some highly explosive material in trucks over a mountain to a mine. Sounds simple enough but the drama and tension in this are often staggering. There were moments in this film where I was literally holding my breath and gripping the sofa with white knuckles, something my film jaded self has not done for quite some time. Absolutely masterful film making.
One of the best films about mental illness I’ve ever seen. That’s all i’ll say about it.