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Sci-Fi Movie Interfaces: Why Transparent Screens Are Miserable to Use

Yesterday, we sat in on the excellent 'Made it So (Interface Makers in Movies)' panel at SXSW with Chris Noessel, Mike Fink, Mark Coleran and David Lewandowski, some of the designers behind the on-screen interfaces in movies ranging from '80s classics 'Blade Runner' and 'WarGames' to modern day blockbusters 'Avatar' and 'Tron: Legacy.' The panel followed a simple question and answer format, ...

Totally Reasonable UFO Ballot Initiative Rejected by Cheerless Denver Voters

What the hell, America? First, your stupid voters deny Massachusetts women the right to go topless in public, and now you've crushed the hopes of space aliens who might, just might, have wanted to drop by Denver for some Rocky Mountain hospitality. The Colorado city has overwhelmingly rejected Initiative 300, which called for the establishment of an Extra Terrestrial Affairs Committee. The initiat...

Neal Stephenson Launches Serialized Digi-Novel, 'The Mongoliad'

The book business is changing, or better yet, it has changed. Kindles are outselling hardcover books for crying out loud! The next step, sci-fi writer Neal Stephenson hopes, could be using an online platform to sell digital books with material contributed by a team of writers and readers. According to Venture Beat, Stephenson launched the first installment of a serialized digital story called, 'Th...

Stop Your Grinnin' and Drop Your Linen: Ripley's 'Aliens' Reeboks Soon on Sale

The 'Back To The Future' hoverboard and self-lacing sneakers have already been wrenched from the film world and into reality. (Even Nike is patenting its own 'BTTF' lacing tech.) But, as definitive proof that everything old eventually becomes new again, you can soon get your hands on Ellen Ripley's Reeboks from 'Aliens,' although maybe only in Japan. "That's it, man! Game over, man, game over!"...

Star Wars Kid Returns, Without His Lightsaber

He's back. Believe it or not, it's been a full eight years since we last saw Ghyslain Raza -- or, as he's more commonly known, the 'Star Wars Kid.' But now, according to Motherboard, Raza has returned to public life -- although the road back has been far from easy. Shortly after he ascended to the zenith of the Internet on the strength of the lightsaber swordplay video he made as a chubby tee...

Steve Jobs Keeps E-Mailing Mac Faithful, How to Create a Panoramic Photo

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Steve Jobs has been answering e-mail from the Mac faithful left and right lately, and the most recent response from the turtlenecked one promises a new and improved Fi...

William Shatner Starts Sci-Fi 'MyOuterSpace' Social Network

Nothing about William Shatner has ever been exactly subtle. But with one nonchalant tweet last week, the Shat quietly entered into the social networking foray by announcing the creation of his very own site. Shatner's oh-so-originally-named MyOuterSpace.com is geared toward not just Trekkies, but to creative sci-fi aficionados of all shapes and sizes. A self-proclaimed "Sci-Fi Social Networ...

Pending Solar Flares Could Throw GPS Accuracy Off by 30 Feet

Share You might not realize it, but satellite navigation has become widely used in everyday life. Not only do drivers use it to get from point A to point B, but large ships use it to safely dock, the military employs it for a variety of purposes, and emergency vehicles depend on it to save lives. That makes a recent report from BBC News troublesome. A number of U.K. researchers say that solar ...

Recreating 'Star Wars' on the Web, 15 Seconds at a Time

Casey Pugh, an enterprising blogger and Vimeo employee, has embarked on an auspicious film project bringing together hundreds of amateur contributors on Vimeo to recreate 'Star Wars,' piece by piece. He broke down the first film, 'Star Wars: A New Hope,' into 473 15-second clips and put them up on StarWarsUncut.com for the Web community to claim and create their own interpretations. Pugh said th...

The 'Matrix' Merovingian's Tie, and Other Sci-Fi Styles

For tie-wearers who abide by the fashions of geek chic, the ultimate is most certainly the Ediety Knot, unofficially titled the "Merovingian knot" due to its being worn by the French hedonist in the 'Matrix' trilogy. Known as being incredibly complicated and definitely suave, this how-to video breaks down the knot so anyone can imitate the slick rogue 'program' with a taste for French expletives....

Whoopi Goldberg Going Back to Sci-Fi -- on the Web

Whoopi Goldberg is going back to her roots. Her science fiction roots, that is. The Oscar-winning actress and current host of 'The View' is starring in and producing a new online sci-fi thriller series called 'Stream' on FEARnet. FEARnet is a horror Web site and video-on-demand network. Goldberg had briefly retired as an actress, but the 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' alum saw the chance to re...

Scientists Erase Memories in Mice

Movies have long had an obsession with erasing memories. 'Total Recall,' 'Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind,' and 'Men in Black' all feature the intentional manipulation of memory as a central plot point. Until now, the concept of selectively erasing memories has dwelt in the realm of science fiction, but scientists believe they have made a major step towards making such a procedure a reality. A...

Could This Flying Car be for Real?

Could this finally be it? We've been promised flying cars since the 1950s, but so far nothing has made it past the prototype and demo film stages. The father and son team of Chris and Jame Milner seem to think they can bring this dream to reality by 2010. At the New York International Auto Show later this month the pair will unveil their prototype convertible car / plane. The vehicle is small, n...

Homeland Security Goes Sci-Fi

If there's one thing U.S. government institutions lack, it's imagination. So, we're happy to hear that the Department of Homeland Security is actively pursuing the talents of some extremely creative thinkers -- namely, science-fiction writers. The Department admitted it needed "people to think of crazy ideas" and turned to a group called Sigma. Created 15 years ago by science fiction author Arlan...

Your New Boss Is a Robot

Amazon's latest patent, called the "Hybrid Machine/Human Computing Arrangement," has people a little freaked out. As reported by Slashdot, the patent describes a, shall we say, situation, in which some program or robot called "Task Server" arranges humans to do things called "subtasks". While that may at first sound like a benevolent division-of-labor scheme, things get very creepy when the pate...