Tag Archive: future


Teenie-tiniest spoilers – only for the food that’s briefly shown in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens!

If you’ve seen it, you may have noticed the food items that Rey earns for her scavenging, and then prepares and eats in her ramshackle, ex-Imperial Walker, home.  Those little vacuum sealed packets, or ‘portions’ as Simon Pegg’s character Unkar Plut calls them, are salvaged military ration kits which contain two foods – Veg-Meat, and Polystarch.

'Portion' description from the Star Wars visual dictionary, showing the octagonal, shrink-wrapped, scavenged military ration pack.

Reference for the ‘Portions’ seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I am a huge fan of sci-fi food, so of course, ever since I saw these, I knew I had to somehow make them.  My adventures with creating my Version 0.1, follows… Continue reading

Terry Gilliam, he of Brazil, 12 Monkeys, and Time Bandits fame (amongst others), will soon bring us The Zero Theorem.  From the leaked trailer and other clips, its going to be gloriously mad, full of half-laughing fury, and very touchingly human indeed.  There’s not enough fresh breaths of air in big movie sci-fi settings – but Mr. Gilliam delivers.

The Onion shows us the only news that matters – the news from THE FUTURE.

(I’m soon to run a cyberpunk-setting pen-and-paper RPG with some friends and this is just perfect setting fodder!  Marvelous slang.)

Two lady troopers ready to kill alien scum

Two lady troopers ready to kill alien scum and explore the galaxy

I like Games Workshop, and I really like 3d printing – and one day, quite soon, those two likes are going to have an epic battle of their own, off the wargaming table.

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I’ve not finished watching this yet, but from the 5 minutes I’ve seen so far, out of the 20, it’s amazing.  Richly detailed, oppressive, dark and beautiful – this cyberpunk/dystopian short from Luke Scott (and Ridley Scott) simply drips, reeks and oozes style.

View from a Curiosity camera on the Mars Science Laboratory rover.  History!

The most envy-inducing holiday photo ever – Curiosity on Mars.

Oh happy day!  On the 6th of August, 2012, the Curiosity rover made successful touchdown on the surface of Mars.  I stayed up last night to watch the control room feed, streamed live into my living room via the power of the internet, and I was SO HAPPY for those excited men and women the moment they called out ‘touchdown’.  I was almost in tears, just as they were.

More thoughts on this, and what it would have looked like if Curiosity had thrown a few Instagram-like effects on her snap, after the jump.

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A 3d printed, Warhammer 40k inspired dreadnought on the left, and an official Warhammer 40k dreadnought miniature on the right

On left - BomsaiBrain's 3d printed Warhammer style miniature. On right - an official GW dreadnought mini.

Anyone who’s into 3d printing is probably aware that the PirateBay recently announced a new category on their torrent tracking site for 3d model files, ostensibly for 3d printing, called Physibles.  Man do I have a lot to say about that.

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XKCD's 3d printing comic

XKCD addresses the inevitible future of 3d printing.

I admit, I wondered if people would start hacking into the networks of 3d-printing-enabled homes/businesses, and start printing things without permission.  The only thing that made me realize this future is unlikely, is that people haven’t been wardriving past 2d printers and sneaking documents and images to get printed out.  Probably because even the owners of 2d printers can’t get them working, 80% of the time!

XKCD comic, here.

This is fantastic – but I cry out for more information on it!  This machine (by Markus Kayser) uses Fresnel lenses and solar powered motors to focus the light and heat of the Saharan sun on to the moving bed of sand – melting it as it travels and forming a crude glass.  The bed is lowered, another layer is sprinkled and leveled, and the sintering, 3d printing, sun-worshiping, dance goes on.  But I have questions!

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OpenSCAD parametric, 3d printable key (on a RepRap)

Nirav Patel's successful RepRap printed house key test!

Imagine that one day, you get locked out of our home, but instead of calling the locksmith, or furtively smashing your own window, you call up a friend and ask them to print you a new one.  Better still, you ask to borrow your neighbors printer, just for a 10 minute print.

Over at his blog, Nirav Patel has done some tests with his RepRap printer, and created a pair of OpenSCAD files that can parametrically be set to print any possible key combination of the two most popular US door key types (Kwikset KW1 and Schlage SC1).  Cleverly, he didn”t try this in his door lock first try – having no desire to try to pick plastic out of his front door if the thing snapped off – but tried some second hand tumblers instead.  He was successful!

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