Vintage Shelf Revisiting Tim Burtons Batman

first_img You’re on a geeky pop culture site so you’re already familiar with Batman and you’re almost definitely familiar with his blockbuster debut (save for the serials and the Adam West movie), starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. It’d be a waste of my time and yours to rehash the plot of the movie (Batman does Batman stuff, fights Joker, there’s Prince music, etc.) and writers way smarter than me have already talked about what Burton brought to the directorial role and the effect it had on Batman’s trajectory as a cultural force in the coming decades. So what is there to talk about?I’ve been thinking about archetypes lately, specifically in relation to Batman and Superman (the back-to-back releases of Shazam and Brightburn, both of which play on the Superman archetype to some extent, are largely what’s prompted this). Superman hit the big 8-0 last year and his cranky best pal is joining the club in 2019. Eighty years is a long, long time for a couple of buff dudes in tights to stick around in the public mind. But it’s 80 years later and they’re more prominent than ever. Need proof? Just look at how Twitter reacted the day that it leaked that it was relatively likely that Robert Pattinson would be playing Batman in the next live-action movie.(Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)Revisiting Burton’s Batman provides a unique perspective on the character’s longevity and the reason we still care about him all these years later. The reason it does so might surprise you, though. See, Burton’s Batman isn’t eternal in the slightest. More than any MCU movie, more than Superman: The Movie, and maybe even more than The Dark Knight, Batman feels like a product of its time. This doesn’t apply solely to performance or production design or the film’s photography so much as it does the way it interprets the mythos of Batman.Think about the typical interpretation of Batman today, the one present in everything from writer Scott Snyder’s lengthy comic run with the character to Ben Affleck’s portrayal of him in BvS. He’s mostly seen as an uber-prepared physical specimen who has already thought out and prepared for every single series of events possible; a cold, calculating crime-busting machine. I’m not sure when this became the consensus take on the character but I know that it’s largely a reaction to the character’s appearances in The Dark Knight and back to back runs by writers Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder that furthered this interpretation.That’s why it’s so weird to revisit Batman ‘89 — the character was in such a different place in the public consciousness then and Burton and Keaton’s take on the character reflects this much. In Keaton’s Bruce Wayne we see a far more human man behind the mask. In his Batman we see the human behind the iconography — and this is a movie very heavy on iconography, so that’s saying something. Burton and Keaton craft a far more human, restrained Batman than we’ve seen in a while — likely because Batman wasn’t the might-as-well-be-superhuman character he so often is today back then.Full disclosure though, I wasn’t alive in ‘89 so I can’t speak to specifics. I’m sure plenty of y’all weren’t either. But that’s part of what’s so fun about watching this movie today — it’s so easy to glean from it how fans saw the character at the time. While I’ve read enough Batman comics of the era to know that the character wasn’t exactly the Gothic icon Burton makes him into in the movie, there are elements of the design and interpretation of the character that feel ripped from the pages of those comics — most notably the film’s interest in Bruce Wayne over Batman. When Keaton suits up he’s awesome as the legendary Caped Crusader but it’s out of costume that he really shines. It feels like a great deal of Batman discourse over the last decade or so has focused on the idea that Bruce Wayne doesn’t really exist — that the identity of Batman is all that exists anymore and Bruce Wayne is simply a mask he wears in public.Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger in ‘Batman.’ (Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)Aside from how boring and defeatist a take this has become (the idea of the clash between a superhero identity and a secret identity is half the fun of the genre!) it doesn’t allow writers or actors to explore how interesting a character Bruce Wayne is. That Keaton is given the space to make Bruce feel like a character in his own right — and an interesting one at that as Keaton is on the record as saying is take is that Bruce is a traumatized weirdo — feels revelatory today.Here’s the thing, though: I can’t say that I hope Matt Reeves or future directors take inspiration from Burton’s Batman. The character has evolved and shifted in the public consciousness since then and any interpretation of him in the future should reflect that. Batman is an archetype but an ever-changing one, a character that you can’t really break through experimentation. He’s inherently malleable and that’s why he has the longevity he does. Robert Pattinson’s rumored casting in the role seems like a bit of a curveball considering the last few men who have donned the cape and cowl but that’s probably a good thing — it means we might be in for something new, something modern. We might be getting the next Michael Keaton as Batman, which isn’t to say that the performance will resemble Keaton’s, but rather that 30 years from now it will feel distinctly of its time — in the best way.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: ‘The Hunger’Vintage Shelf: ‘In the Mouth of Madness’Vintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Stay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time last_img read more

Heres 20 Off a Fully Playable Mini Tempest Arcade Machine

first_img Tempest is one of the most celebrated arcade games ever produced. It was revolutionary for its time, offering a gameplay experience like no other. And that’s what makes this 1:6 scale playable Tempest arcade machine so exciting, especially since it’s on sale for just $99.99.It was all the back in 1981 that Tempest first hit arcade floors. What helped make it an instant classic was the fact that it offered 3D vector graphics and it gave players the option to skip levels they’d already mastered. The unique triangular aesthetic of the game cabinet was also a draw and continues to be a source of nostalgic euphoria for those that remember playing it.And that’s why original Tempest arcade cabs continue to be in high demand. Unfortunately, finding an original in working condition is difficult and, if you do happen to locate one, you can expect a huge price tag to be attached to it. That puts the ownership of an original cab out of reach for most, which is what makes this scale replica so exciting.From the folks at RepliCade, this 1:6 scale Tempest arcade cab is a fully playable work of art. It matches every aspect of the original in stunning detail. The angles of the cabinet are accurate, the side artwork is perfect, and even the marquee and coin slots light up.And, though the cabinet is scaled down significantly, it still manages to offer a gameplay experience that’s just like the original. It features modern controls that are as responsive as can be and the high-resolution screen will let you see even the smallest objects in great detail. The cabinet itself is made with wood and metal for durability and the game ROM is officially licensed from Atari.Never played before? Then this is a fantastic opportunity to experience what it was like to play Tempest in an arcade. To win, players rotate a gun around the edge of a geometric playing field and shoot enemies as they approach. The geometric shape of the playing field changes from level to level, becoming progressively difficult. Which was really unique for the time, as most other games — like Pac-Man — maintained the same playing field throughout.Start collecting your quarters because this vintage styled arcade cabinet would look great in any games room, office, or bar. Get your game on and save 16 percent off the cost of the Tempest 1:6 scale playable arcade machine, available now at the Geek Shop for just $99.99. Stay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves center_img Tempest x Replicade 1:6 Scale Playable Arcade Machine – $99.99See Deallast_img read more

Batman Art Exhibit Celebrates 80 Years of Caped Crusader Comics

first_imgStay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Before the Caped Crusader conquered every medium out there, from video games to movies to cartoons to Prince music videos, Batman was first of course a comic book character, the comic book character of DC Comics alongside Superman. And Batman’s history in his home medium is rich and unexpectedly varied if all you know of him is a gravely Christian Bale voice.If you want to familiarize yourself with Batman’s comic book legacy, you’ll soon have an exciting new chance. The Society of Illustrators, a New York City art society, is about to open three new art exhibits celebrating 80 years of awesome Batman drawings.Opening June 12 and running until October 12, these three exhibits collectively showcase over 200 pieces of original Batman art that fall under all sorts of different themes. If you don’t know where to start, consider going to the opening reception on June 21 kicking everything off.“Illustrating Batman: Eighty Years of Comics and Pop Culture,” the main exhibit, is a comprehensive look at Batman in comics. Famous Batman creators like Bob Kane, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Jim Lee are all featured. And along with illustrated art you can enjoy Batman toys and commercials and essays.“Batman Collected: Chip Kidd’s Batman Obsession” is a more personal collection from graphic designer Chip Kidd. But you’ll still recognize rare pieces from heavy hitters like Alex Ross and Bruce Timm.And for all you folks who wish Batman was more anime, check out “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan” and discover the quirky classic 1960s Bat-Manga by Jiro Kuwata.If you’re in New York and this all sounds cool to you, head over to the Society of Illustrators for Batman tickets while there’s still time. For more on Batman, get ready for Robert Pattinson’s take on the Dark Knight in the upcoming movie and revisit the 1989 Tim Burton classic.last_img read more

Lost Chess Piece Found in Drawer Could Fetch 13M at Auction

first_img A long-lost chess piece missing for almost 200 years was unknowingly kept in a drawer by a family in Scotland, and now it could fetch up to $1.3 million in an upcoming auction.The chess piece was purchased for $6 (£5) by the family’s grandfather, an antiques dealer, in 1964. Stored in a drawer for 55 years, the piece could now fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) at auction after the late owner’s family took it to Sotheby’s auction house in London for assessment.Family members had no idea that the object — one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen — is one of the most famous chess pieces in the world, and among the greatest artifacts of the Viking area.(Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s)The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in the form of Norse warriors, carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century.A hoard of 93 chess figures was dug up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides more than 180 years ago, but five pieces have been missing for years.The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) piece, which will be auctioned July 2, the equivalent of a rook, is the first of the missing chessmen to be identified. It was passed down to the family of the antiques dealer, who did not realize its significance.The Lewis Chessmen are among the biggest draws at the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, according to BBC News. They are seen as an “important symbol of European civilization” and have inspired everything from children’s show Noggin The Nog to part of the plot in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.“My mother was very fond of the Chessman as she admired its intricacy and quirkiness,” the family, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a statement obtained by the BBC. “She believed that it was special and thought perhaps it could even have had some magical significance.”“For many years it resided in a drawer in her home where it had been carefully wrapped in a small bag. From time to time, she would remove the chess piece from the drawer in order to appreciate its uniqueness.”Sotheby’s expert Alexander Kader, who examined the piece for the family, said his “jaw dropped” when he realized what they had in their possession.The Lewis Chessmen set includes seated kings and queens, bishops, knights and standing warders and pawns. Some 82 pieces are now in the British Museum and 11 pieces held by the National Museum of Scotland.From the British Museum’s collection: Five of the Lewis Chessmen, ivory chess pieces from a collection of 93 found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (Photo Credit: CM Dixon / Print Collector / Getty Images)Since the hoard was uncovered in 1831, one knight and four warders have been missing from the four combined chess sets.The newly-discovered piece is a warder, a man with helmet, shield and sword and the equivalent of a rook on a modern chess board, which “has immense character and power.”“There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up,” Kader told the Independent.Kader estimates the warder could fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) when it goes up for auction next month at Sotheby’s. “We can safely say that a million pounds will transform the seller’s life.”He added: “There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up.”More on Geek.com:Rare Apple-1 Computer Goes Up for Auction, Could Fetch Up to $650,000Instruction Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up for Auction‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life When It Deflected a Bullet Goes Up for Auction Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Grieving Dolphin Captured on Video Carrying Dead Calf in Florida Waters

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Orcas Hunt, Kill Dolphins Next to Whale Watching Boat Footage captured in Florida appears to show a grieving dolphin carrying and pushing her dead calf through the waters.(WARNING: The video may be disturbing to some viewers)The See Through Canoe company shared video of the heartbreaking scene, spotted in the intracoastal waterway in Indian Shores, Florida, on Twitter Monday.Mother #dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway.It’s hard to say for sure without examination, but the calf may have been hit by a boat. Please don’t assume that because #dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them. #sad pic.twitter.com/Le2MAwvPIB— See Through Canoe (@SeeThroughCanoe) June 3, 2019“Mother dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway,” See Through Canoe’s tweet said.The company said that the calf may have been struck by a boat. “Please don’t assume that because dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them.”Scientists have long tried to get a handle on grief-like behavior to determine if cetaceans — dolphins and whales — really do experience the emotion.Accounts of whales and dolphins caring for or attending dead or dying individuals have been reported since the 1950s, and are observed by cetacean watchers and researchers worldwide, according to Cosmos magazine.A 2018 study published in Zoology suggests that this behavior exhibited by a female dolphin carrying its deceased calf around for days (sometimes until the body is in such a state of decomposition that only the head or part of the body remains) is evidence that dolphins grieve for their dead.An earlier study, conducted in 2015, also showed that Atlantic spotted dolphins seemed to show grieving behaviors for several minutes or sometimes hours after the death of a calf. “Species that live in a matrilineal system, species that live in pods of related individuals, such as pilot whales whose pods can comprise up to four generations of animals — when they spend a lifetime together, sometimes 60 years or more, yes, I believe they can grieve,” said the study’s lead author, Filipe Alves of the University of Porto, Portugal.More on Geek.com:Watch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish CoastPacific White-Sided Dolphin at Chicago Aquarium Is Pregnant — Here’s the UltrasoundBaby Dolphin Stranded on Florida Beach Had Belly Full of Plastic Trashlast_img read more

Watch Rude Alligator Crashes Couples Picnic Date in Florida

first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida In Florida, a couple’s cute picnic date turned into a hair-raising situation when a hangry alligator decided to interrupt their intimate hangout and gobble up all their food, including some guacamole.On Thursday, Taylor Forte planned the date with her fiancé Trevor Walters near Lake Alice in Gainesville, Florida, CBS4 Gainesville News reported. When they were about to enjoy their feast, the pesky alligator swam up to the bank and sprinted to their picnic site.The couple immediately left the blanket and watched the alligator nosh on their picnic goodies.“He annihilated an entire block of cheese,” Walters said in an interview with Fox4 News. “Gobbled it down, lickity split. The salami didn’t stand a chance.”But, that wasn’t all: The alligator then ate half a watermelon, a pound of grapes, and a fresh batch of guacamole.A Florida couple, enjoying a nice picnic by the lake, got a surprise from an unwanted guest. #FOX35 https://t.co/GMppQE2aBS— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) June 3, 2019Walters proceeded to make a lot of noise and distract the alligator, who eventually ran back into the water.“Unfortunately it sounds like that gator has been fed previously and has lost its weariness of people and is beginning to associate people with food,” Karen Parker with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) told CBS4 Gainesville News.Parker warned people to not feed alligators, because they become a big issue for people and have to be removed by the FWC for safety reasons. If there is an annoying alligator, Parker urges a quick phone call to the FWC (866-392-4286) for assistance.More on Geek.com:8-Foot Alligator Spotted Hiding in Hallway of Florida Elementary SchoolMassive, 11-Foot Alligator ‘Breaks Into Home’ at 3 A.M. in Florida 10-Foot Alligator Takes Late-Night Stroll Across Florida Highway Stay on targetlast_img read more

Freaky Human FleshInspired Coin Purse Goes Viral on Twitter

first_img Got change? You can place your quarters in this human flesh-like coin purse and freak everyone out at the grocery store or laundromat.Doooo, a Japanese DJ, designed the almost-realistic purse, which resembles a man’s mouth with five-o’clock shadow stubbles, AOL.com reported. The music producer uploaded a video of his bizarre creation on Twitter and it has generated more than 250,000 likes and 150,000 re-tweets.人肉小銭入れ作りました pic.twitter.com/k6SIDETWD5— doooo (@44doooo) June 1, 2019“I made a human flesh coin purse,” Doooo wrote on Twitter. In the video, he demonstrates how to use the coin purse, which includes opening a fake jaw, plump lips, and carefully placing some coins in the super-tight space. Even the teeth look real, since they’re not perfectly straight.人肉小銭入れと人肉印鑑は首にかける事ができます pic.twitter.com/aP3qyV3hjD— doooo (@44doooo) June 3, 2019If you’re interested in this wacky coin purse, it’s sadly not up for sale at the moment. However, you can enjoy Doooo’s other odd projects, including a human skin-inspired finger seal and squishy phone case, on his Twitter account.More on Geek.com:Man Wins $344M Powerball Jackpot With ‘Lucky’ Fortune Cookie Numbers Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the WildSan Diego Padres Criticized for Needless Bee Murders Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

Memes Brought Back SpongeBob SquarePants Battle For Bikini Bottom

first_img Timberland Announces SpongeBob SquarePants CollaborationHere’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack Stay on target They might as well shut down E3 2019 because THQ Nordic just made the biggest video game announcement you could possibly imagine. And they didn’t even have to go on 8chan to do it. Imagine our surprise this morning when the publisher dropped the absolute bomb that the one and only SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is coming back. No, you aren’t dreaming.Check out this first teaser for SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated!Okay, so why is the return of this random licensed cartoon kids game from 2003 being treated like a bigger deal than the Final Fantasy VII remake? As usual, you can blame the internet. The original Battle for Bikini Bottom seems like a fine enough game of its kind, a mascot 3D platformer with a Donkey Kong 64-esque character switching mechanic you don’t really see a lot these days. But it’s definitely not something worth remembering.And yet for some inexplicable reason the internet latched onto this game as an ironic cult classic to keep championing. There’s a vibrant speedrunning community surrounding this game. People hired weird old men on YouTube to make new trailers for this game. Combine all that with developer Heavy Iron Studios expressing interest in a remake (along with THQ Nordic surely trying to foster the good relationship with Nickelodeon its namesake once had) and now we can look forward to this remaster. It’s the video game equivalent of those SpongeBob meme toys.So look forward to SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom coming in 2020 to all consoles and PC. Along with upgraded visuals we can also expect a new multiplayer mode. And if that’s not enough, there’s a new SpongeBob prequel cartoon coming, too. Following next summer’s film It’s a Wonderful Sponge, the prequel Kamp Koral will follow a 10-year-old SpongeBob at summer camp. And we thought the SpongeBob broadway musical was a lot.last_img read more

Robert Downey Jrs Footprint Coalition Saves The Earth With Tech

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Iron Man may be dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Endgame (no matter how loudly you whine on your stupid fan petition that shouldn’t even exist) but actor Robert Downey Jr. sure isn’t. The reformed former prisoner now has more money than God following his decade-long career as Iron Man. And fortunately, it appears he isn’t about to use that cash to fall back into old bad habits.Instead, Downey Jr. has announced a new Earth-saving initiative, The Footprint Coalition, to clean up the planet through the power of advanced technology that actually exists.Downey Jr. announced the organization at Amazon’s re:MARS, a conference dedicated to fields like robotics and space and machine learning and other Iron Man-esque topics. And lucky for us our best and brightest minds are still trying to think of ways to save this planet from the ravages of man-made climate change instead of just exporting human capitalism across the Solar System.“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” Downey Jr. said according to Variety. “God I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects.”The Footprint Coalition is slated to launch next April. We’re also looking forward to Downey Jr.s’ upcoming YouTube Red documentary about artificial intelligence. Hopefully he gets some help from his fellow wealthy Avengers actors. This is a way better solution for saving Earth than just wiping out half of humanity. For more on how the Earth is doomed unless we radically act now here’s why climate change is forcing reindeer to eat seaweed and why global income inequality is on the rise alongside global temperatures.last_img read more

Koeman on Holland defeat I am really angry now

first_imgNetherlands coach Ronald Koeman was left fuming over his side’s costly mistakes following their 2-1 defeat to FranceA Kylian Mbappe first-half opener was cancelled out by Ryan Babel after the break for Holland.But Olivier Giroud muscled past Virgil van Dijk and produced a superb volley from Benjamin Mendy’s cross to seal France their fifth successive victory over the Dutch.“‘You play against France and do not expect you to be in charge of the field for ninety minutes but the dangerous moments also came from our mistakes. That’s what it’s about. I am really angry now,” said Koeman, according to Football-Oranje.“Fortunately, we have some colour on our face. We have not only worked hard and hard, but also the way we have played. After the break, we were better and France had to return.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“But at a number of crucial moments it was not good on our part. The 2-1 of France was painful and unnecessary. That is not allowed, it has nothing to do with quality.”But there were some aspects of the performance that the former Everton boss was happy with.“I think we are on the right track. We have shown that in large parts of the match,” he said.“But we also need to improve things, certain moments are punished.”last_img read more

DOC Reports Death Of Seward Inmate

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An inmate from Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward died while in custody on Saturday, February 24, according to the Department of Corrections. At this time the cause of death is still be investigated by the state Medical Examiner’s Office and Alaska State Troopers.  This marks the first Alaska DOC death for 2018. According to courtview, Iyapana has been in custody since September 2007, serving time on the charges of first-degree sexual assault, as well as second-degree and fourth-degree assault. Romeo Iyapana, age 30, was pronounced deceased at Alaska Regional in Anchorage after he was taken to prison’s medical ward for evaluation before being transported to Seward Providence Medical Center. A short time later, Iyapana was flown to Anchorage for further medical treatment. According to reports, Iyapana began demonstrating concerning medical symptoms Saturday morning while housed in a cell alone at the correctional facility.last_img read more

Elon Musk jokes about Rick and Morty defense system for Teslas

first_img Tesla Sentry Mode will play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue during a robbery (and keep Summer safe)https://t.co/wnS5qLeB2E— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2019 The Rick and Morty comment refers to a more violent form of vehicle protection. In a second-season episode of the show, Rick and Morty go inside the microverse battery of the Space Cruiser, and leave teenage Summer alone in the ship.  2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2 Rick instructs the ship to “keep Summer safe,” which it does, to bloody results. If you remember the slice-and-dice scene from 1997’s Cube … yeah, like that. Let’s hope that Musk limits Sentry Mode’s reaction to damage or theft to classical music, not Rick-style vengeance.And yes, the term “Sentry Mode” is likely to sound familiar to Marvel fans — Iron Man uses the term for a feature that allows for remote-operation of his Mark XLIII armor.Rick and Morty writers are back at work, but there’s still no date for the show’s return.First published Jan. 27, 4:11 p.m. PT. Update, 6:55 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Tesla.  Rough beta in 2 to 3 weeks— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2019 The best NYCC 2018 cosplay: Black Panther, Rick and Morty and more 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 82 Photos Share your voice CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Follow the Money: This is how digital cash is changing the way we save, shop and work. More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value “Keeping Summer safe” is a pretty bloody reference for Elon Musk to make. Adult Swim Tesla’s Elon Musk knows his Rick and Morty episodes. On Saturday, Musk tweeted about the Adult Swim animated show — with a rather grim reference.”Tesla Sentry Mode will play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue during a robbery (and keep Summer safe),” the billionaire tweeted. Comments Elon Musk Tesla Electric Cars TV and Movies Car Culture Will Sentry Mode actually play Johann Sebastian Bach’s iconic Toccata and Fugue, that famed-from-horror-movies classical tune you may think of as Dracula’s theme? What exactly Sentry Mode entails is still mysterious. A Tesla rep told me in an email that the company wasn’t ready to say more than what Musk tweeted. Engadget has surmised that Sentry Mode will feature “always-on dash cam function or will switch on automatically when it senses a blow or break-in to the vehicle.”When asked about timing for the vehicle surveillance feature, Musk said on Friday he expected a “rough beta in two to three weeks.” Tesla Sentry Mode coming soon for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot https://t.co/x2buQWiABX— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 22, 2019 Tesla Let’s break down that sentence. Musk tweeted about Sentry Mode a few days ago, on Jan. 22, when a Tesla owner tweeted about a dent and wished the car featured “360 (degree) dash cam feature while parked.”And a Tesla owner’s wish is Musk’s command, apparently, as he responded, “Tesla Sentry Mode coming soon for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot.” Tagslast_img read more

Boeing will cut over 4500 jobs by mid2016

first_imgAirplane manufacturer Boeing Wednesday announced it would cut about 4,500 jobs by mid-2016. The company reportedly plans to reduce its workforce in a bid to control costs.In the commercial airplanes division, the company will lay off about 4,000 people. It will also cut about 550 jobs in the flight and lab tests division, company spokespersons were quoted as saying by Reuters. Spokesperson Doug Alder said the job cuts, which would include managers and hundreds of executives, will be done through voluntary layoffs.”While there is no employment reduction target, the more we can control costs as a whole, the less impact there will be to employment,” Alder added. As of Dec. 31, 2015, the company had a total of 161,400 employees, Reuters added. The commercial and defence aircraft manufacturer also planned to cut 10 percent of its 5,700 test and evaluation staff, which conducts flights and lab tests, a spokesperson was quoted as saying by the news agency.According to reports last month, the company was reportedly considering offering voluntary layoffs to its professional engineers and technical workers. Ray Conner, the Chief Executive Officer of Boeing’s air plane business, last month said the job cuts were necessary to “win the market, fund its growth, and operate as a healthy business.”The Boeing stock closed at $130.86 Tuesday, down 0.33 percent from its previous close on the New York Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Snap Close to Releasing TwoCamera Spectacles Report

first_imgSnapchat’s corporate parent Snap is getting ready to release a new version of its Spectacles eyewear, according to a new Cheddar report. The new model will cost $350, and feature two cameras instead of one, according to the report, which also states that Snap is aiming for a release by year’s end.A Snap spokesperson declined to comment.Snap released a revamped version of its original Spectacles product in April. This second generation of the device featured only moderate changes over the original, including a smaller frame and an option for prescription lens inserts.The upcoming third version seems to be a bigger departure: With two cameras, the model is supposed to be able to produce augmented reality effects for the videos it captures. In addition, the device reportedly features an aluminum frame. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Spectacles have yet to turn into a financial success for Snap. The company initially created some buzz for the product by limiting the release of the first version. This apparently led to Snap vastly overestimating the demand for the product, resulting in a $40 million write-down for unsold inventory.last_img read more