With 6 manned missions landing on the Moon, and nearly 300 hours spent on the surface, NASA was able to bring back countless images and videos of exploration and discovery. But with so much time spent up there, it was bound to happen that not every moment was quite so photogenic. Thanks to a gentleman named Joel Ivy, and the wonder of YouTube, we can enjoy a cheerful little compilation video. So without further ado–Astronauts Falling Down on the Moon.
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The age of silent films was nigh on one hundred years ago, and even in those early days the ideas of the future that science and technology would bring were being explored. This short film, ‘Dog Factory’, was the work of the Edison Manufacturing Company. The cinematography was done by Edwin S. Porter. Shot on 15 April 1904 at the Edison studio in New York, New York, it was released in may 1904. As you might surmise from the lead image, the highlight of the factory is a Patented! Dog Transformer, coupled with a varied selection that helps to allows these fine gentlemen to offer each customer just what they want!
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Once an analyst described the progression of technology thusly: “Everything is different, but the same… things are more moderner than before… bigger, and yet smaller… it’s computers…” I can think of no one particular technological area where this has been more evident than cellular phones. They have gone from bulky to ultra slim-fast and back again. More moderner, bigger yet smaller, and yes, it is computers–this is the story of the portable telephone, and included in that was a moment where minuscule ruled the day.
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I’m not sure that’s a movie I want to see..
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A movie opened 90 years ago today that, while technologically unremarkable at the time, would be wholly remarkable today. Not for dazzling special effects or intelligent conversation between characters. The Sheik was quite the opposite — a silent film made in 1921 where the height of special effects was filming in one place but making it look like another.
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In the foreword to the 20th anniversary edition of Neuromancer, author William Gibson lambastes himself for failing to anticipate the omnipresence of the cell phone in the future. His books, which are set in a time very near to now, still see payphones in heavy use. At the time of writing, cell phones [...]
Before there was Scary Movie, or Teen Movie, or any of the other “roasts” of their respective genres, sci-fi was properly skewered by Spaceballs.
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I think I have something in my eye, Dave. It's all red and glossy.
Now for a real test of time: I had never seen this movie before. No nostalgia, no fond memories, no childhood distortion. Pure analysis.
Bored. To. Death.
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One of the biggest problems with movies that feature tech geek culture is how poorly it resonates with geeks, because they usually get it all wrong.
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