Holy crap it has been a long week.  We’ve made it through another election season finally.  I understand the importance of voting and I exercised my right on Tuesday, but I am so glad it is all over.  The hype in the media is dying down and this will all be a memory by the time another two year old gets stuck in a well.  No more TV smear campaign commercials, no more signs stuck at every intersection and no more recorded telephone messages while I am trying to watch Attack of the Show.  So now I am finished the rant here’s this week’s edition of The Word.

Tech Nerd

Real Life Superhero Technologies/Gadgets & Powers
Ever wanted your own Iron Man armor or to be able to climb walls like Spider-Man?  Well your dreams might be coming true.  Here are some superhero gadgets and powers that could soon be a reality.  Check it out at Ranker.

London Tube Stations Get Wi-Fi
Starting on November 1, select tube stations in London will be Wi-Fi enabled.  The trial will be for six months from Charing Cross, Northern and Bakerloo platforms.  Access will not be available on the trains themselves once the doors are closed.  You can read more about it at Crave.

iTunes Extends Song Previews
For all you iTunes users out there, you might be pleased to know that the sample length for songs will be increased from 30 to 90 seconds and only applies to songs longer than 2 1/2 minutes.  This move was initially halted due to resistance by the record companies.  But it appears they have worked out their little dispute for now.  You can read more about it and CNet.

When Is It Time to Retire Your Old PC
We’ve all got that old workhorse PC sitting in the corner.  At one time it was cutting edge but is now a relic of days gone by.  When it is time to put the old timer out to pasture?  This great article from The Register gives you some tips for when it’s time.

Consumer Reports Recommends Plasma for Good 3D
I thought plasma TVs were on their way out.  But it seems that the 3D crazy might be breathing new life into this misunderstood tech.  You can read more about it at High-Def Digest.

Movie Nerd

Tim Burton Superman Reboot = Fail
Photos surfaced this week of the costume that would have been worn by Nicholas Cage in Tim Burton’s re-imagined reboot of Superman.  Although Burton’s vision for the film would have probably been dark and gloomy like the rest of his work, I would have been willing to give it a chance.  After all, he did do a pretty good job with Batman.  We can thank the gods that we were not subjected to Nicholas Cage’s performance of the Man of Steel.  He has only made one good movie in his entire career and I am sure his version of Superman would have gone down as one of the biggest blunders in movie history.  The costume he would have worn is interesting to say the least and a far departure from the normal blue and red we’re use to seeing.  You can check out the photos of the costume here.

Hi-Rez Pics from Green Lantern
I can hardly wait to see this movie and eagerly await more images to be released.  These pics aren’t new; they were released some time ago.  They are however now officially released and in higher quality than before.  Check them out at IESB along with the synopsis of the movie.

First Images from Captain America
We’re getting our first look at Chris Evans all dolled up as Captain America.  The movie, set to come out summer 2011 is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer.  Along with Green Lantern, Transformers and Thor, summer 2011 is going to be an epic summer for movies.  Check out the images from Captain America: The First Avenger at Collider.

Trailer for Sucker Punch Released
Hot steampunk girls with machine guns fighting robots and dragons; what’s not to love?  After getting the first images of Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, I just knew I had to see it.  The story is a mixture of Alice In Wonderland and The Matrix tells of a young girl who uses her imagination to escape her harsh reality.  Don’t take my word for it though, check out the trailer at Geek Tyrant

Ghostbusters 3 Could Begin Shooting Next Spring
With Dan Aykroyd now doing tweaks on the script, Sony is said to be moving forward on Ghostbusters 3.  No official word has been released but “inside sources” at Sony say a green light to begin production is coming.  Rumors started to surface about a third film being made and gained momentum when Bill Murray showed up at the 2010 Scream Award in his Ghostbusters uniform.  You can read more about it at Empire.

5 New Awesome TRON: Legacy Posters
I’ve been trying to convince my wife just how awesome and revolutionary the original TRON was back in the 80s.  It was cutting edge special effects that made nerds everywhere drool with excitement.  I will admit the story was a little weak, but it did not make it any less amazing; and with songs from Journey how could you go wrong?  I can’t wait to see this movie in 3D IMAX.  Here are 5 new posters for the movie.

MGM Files for Bankruptcy Protection
It was only a matter of time before this happened.  MGM has been in financial distress for a while now and even had to halt production on several projects including the latest James Bond film.  The studio has filed Chapter 11 in order to begin reorganization of the company.  The news is that although projects have been put on hold, this move will not affect production on The Hobbit.  You can read more about it Geek Tyrant.

Tom Hardy Offered Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
It’s been a big couple of weeks for Tom Hardy.  Last week it was confirmed he would be in The Dark Knight Rises and now it’s been reported that he was offered a role in the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s horror book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  The story is about Lincoln as a vampire hunter out to avenge the death of his mother.  Tim Burton is producing the film that is slated for release in June 2012.  You can read more about it at Bloody Disgusting.

More Batman 3 Rumors

With the title of the film confirmed and word that the villain will not be Riddler, the rumors surrounding The Dark Knight Rises are once again in overdrive.  It’s been reported that Kacie Thomas, Vera Farmiga and Charlize Theron have all auditioned for roles in the film.  It is not yet known exactly what characters they would play, but rumors are that they will have ties to Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne.  Speculation now is that based on the female casting, the possible villain could be Clayface.  You can read more about it at IESB.

Jon Favreau Predicts Summer 2011 Will Be a “Blood Bath”
From May through July 2011 there will be 13 big budget genre movies hitting theaters.  That’s nearly every weekend with a new potential blockbuster.  How are Hollywood and the public in general going to deal with the potential financial gains and losses?  Stakes are high as each of the films battle for box office revenue.  You can read more about it at Hero Complex.

Rise Of The Apes “Just The Beginning”
Director Rupert Wyatt wants to tell a true origins story in his remake of the classic and widely successful Planet of the Apes franchise.  This new retelling will use realistic apes instead of humans in costumes and will hopefully pave the way for numerous sequels.  The film due June 24, 2011 stars James Franco, John Lithgow and Andy Serkis as the intelligent ape Caesar.  You can read more of the interview the Wyatt at CBM.

TV Nerd

BSG Spared From “Techno babble”
Working and writing for shows like Star Trek, you often have to be inventive when it comes to explaining how and why things work.  Star Trek is famous for it’s hard to pronounce and even harder to understand “techno babble”.  When Ron Moore set out to recreate Battlestar Galactica, he wanted to spare the viewers all that and concentrate on the story.  BSG set new standards for science fiction in a world where spaceships used real bullets instead of lasers and nuclear missiles instead of photon torpedoes.  Courtesy of The Register a great four page article into the science and the fiction used to create the more “realistic” world of Battlestar Galactica.

Tanit Phoenix Up For Wonder Woman?
Along with Eliza Dushku, South African actress Tanit Phoenix is rumored to be up for the roll of Wonder Woman in the new David E. Kelly written series.  Due out next year, it is not yet known just who will take on the roll of the amazon princess, but after seeing photos of Phoenix, I sincerely hope she gets it.  Eliza Dushku is probably more suited physically for the role, but in my opinion isn’t quite pretty enough.  You can read more about it at What’s Playing.

Transformers: Prime Footage Disappointing
Some fans are screaming that the footage released of the new Transformers: Prime on The Hub isn’t living up to expectations.  Noting that in two pieces of footage released, the animation looked “terribly bland and boring backgrounds”.  The series still has a few weeks before its premiere and maybe the footage shown wasn’t complete.  I’m glad I am not the only one feeling this way.  You can read more about it and see the new trailer yourself at Topless Robot.

New ThunderCats Series Details
ThunderCats are goooooooo!  News of Cartoon Network working on a new ThunderCats series broke some time ago.  Since then there has been no news or updates as to the status, until yesterday.  It seems that MTV has been sitting on news of the series since the San Diego Comic Con when they spoke to producer Michael Jelenic.  For those of you along with myself who spent their weekday afternoons after school watching such great shows like G.I. Joe, Transformers and ThunderCats, this was wonderful news.  Jelenic plans to bring a lot of the classic characters into the new show including (unfortunately) Snarf.  You can read more about it at G4 and MTV.

G.I. Joe: Renegades Sneak Peek
The Hub’s new G.I. Joe series finally premieres on November 26.  Here is a sneak peek at what you can expect from the series.  It’s suppose to be a mix of G.I. Joe and The A-Team about a team of Joes wanted for crimes they were set up to take the fall for by COBRA.  The team fights to clear their names and expose COBRA.  I’ll give it a shot, if the action and story are good.  Check out the short video at IGN.

Comic Nerd

Bruce Wayne Shocks World
Bruce Wayne, recently returned from the dead, dropped a bomb on the world that will shake up the DC Universe for some time.  Although he didn’t reveal to the world he was really Batman, he did however announce that he has been secretly financing Batman and his war against crime for many years.  He dropped another bomb by announcing the continuation of his support by creating Batman Incorporated.  All this revealed in the Batman & Robin #16. You can read more about it along with a two page preview at The Source.  **Contains Spoilers**

Marvel’s New Pricing Misleading
In a move to match DC Comic’s announcement that they were lower the cost of their comics.  Marvel made the same announcement almost immediately after but their new pricing scheme is exactly that, a scheme.  It appears that the lowering of prices only applies to its new line of Point One titles.  The Point One series is a new initiative to draw in new readers.  But trust me Marvel, you’ll lose established readers if you keep up this kind of shenanigans.  You can read more about this smoke screen at Topless Robot

Gaming Nerd
Supreme Court Weighs In On Gaming Ban
Although it is far from over it seems Round 1 has gone to the gamers.  Supreme Court Justices gave their opening opinions on the California law to ban violent video game sales to minors.  In the report from Gamasutra several of the Justices criticized the law based on how little sense it made to target video games specifically and not other media forms.  The Justices won’t make a ruling on this until June 2011 and could go either way.  You can go to the following links to read more about.  MPC, Gamasutra, G4, G4, G4, G4.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Cheats & Unlockables
Yes, after my many tirades about cheaters I am posting cheat codes.  Well this is only to the single player version of the game and I am not against that.  There are also a few cool unlockable features as well.  Check out the full list at Ripten.

New Unannounced Battlefield Game Revealed
An exec with Easy, the company that runs EA’s business unit tweeted that he was on his way to London to show the new Battlefield game to the press.  The news is to be released publicly on Friday.  There is much speculation as to this unannounced title (that’s not BF3).  I guess we’ll find out on Friday.  You can read more about it at G4.

Use Your iPhone to Invade Your City with TIE Fighters
Vertigore Games and THQ have released this awesome new game for the iPhone.  I have been wavering back and forth about getting an iPhone, but now I hear of this game and that Verizon will probably start offering them.  I can’t think of any more excuses.  Go read more about it and watch a demo of Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner at Gizmodo.

Crysis 2 Multiplayer Footage
The original Crysis was one of the most visually stunning games ever made and quickly became the standard for other games to outdo.  It is still used as a benchmark for gaming hardware today.  When Crysis was released, hardware struggled to keep up with the resource heavy title.  Now the sequel is at hand and there is new footage of the multiplayer game play.  You can see it at MegaGalak.

Gadget Nerd

TRON Themed Custom 360, PS3 & Wii Controllers
I almost passed out from extreme envy when I saw these beauties.  I am tempted to buy one of each even though I only own a 360 and Wii just in case I ever get a PS3.  They are due for release on November 11 so start saving your pennies.

First Smartphone That’s Wi-Fi Direct Certified
The Galaxy S is the latest cutting edge smart phone by Samsung.  The only way they could top having the first smart phone to be DivX certified was to have a handset listed on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi certification docket.  You can read more about it at Engadget.

Verizon to Unveil “Iconic device” on November 9
All the signs are pointing to Verizon’s release of the new iPhone later this month.  We’ve been teased that the carrier would begin selling the iPhone for quite some time.  Emails set through the company indicate that an “iconic device” would be released for pre-sale beginning November 9.  Cross your fingers and read more about it at Ripten.

Pure Nerd

Star Wars Tourism Posters
Check out these awesome 60s style posters for different Star Wars locales.  I am particularly fond of the Rebel Transport, Inc. poster, being a huge Empire Strikes Back fan.  Check out some of the posters at Unreality and some more of the artists work here.

Takei Goes After Anti-gay Bigot

George Takei went after the Arkansas school board member who publicly lashed out at homosexuals that got nationwide attention.  Clint McCanse posted anti-gay comments on his Facebook page about his displeasure with the “wear purple” campaign to help raise awareness of gay bullying in schools.  McCanse used anti-gay slurs and invited all homosexuals to commit suicide on his Facebook posting.  Takei called McCanse a “douche bag” for his comments and expressed his disapproval of his conduct as an elected official.  McCanse has since resigned from his position on the school board.  Bravo George, bravo!  You can read more about it and watch George Takei’s video here.

WoW Kid Gains Internet Fame
The kid I posted about who owned some Blizzard staff with facts about the game that even they didn’t know has become an Internet celebrity.  The kid now known as The Red Shirt Guy has been poked fun at by some, praised by others and has taken his new found fame in stride.  He has posted a graceful and dignified rebuttal on YouTube admitting he suffers from mild Asberger’s syndrome to explain his nervousness at the event.  This kid rocks and he should be commended for being proud of who he is.  Blizzard couldn’t buy this kind of publicity; and as a result has added him into the game as the Wildhammer Fact Checker complete with red shirt.

Cool Star Wars Art
Star Wars: Visions is an awesome collection Star Wars inspired art now on sale at Amazon.  Artists like Alex Ross, Harley Brown, H.R. Giger, Moebius and many more have contributed to this amazing collection.  You can read more and see select works from the book at Geek Tyrant.

Trek Producer Bennett Talks about Roddenberry
In a recent interview Harve Bennett, the producer of Star Trek 2, 3, and 5 said that he and creator Gene Roddenberry shared a mutual dislike for one another.  Later in the interview Bennett gave insights into the production of Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan.  You can read more about it at Examiner.

The Science behind Folding @ Home
Whether you’re helping out SETI search for extraterrestrial life or looking for a cure for cancer, this noble and inventive project allows people to help make a difference while getting something cool out of it.  If you ever wondered about what the Folding @ Home project is all about, check out this interview from Maximum PC.

ISS Marks Ten Years
Although operational two years prior, the International Space Station celebrates ten years of continuous occupation.  It has also set a record for the longest continuous manned spacecraft held previously by the Russian MIR.  On October 31, 2000, the first three man crew launched into space to dock with the station two days later.  The station has been constantly occupied ever since.  You can read more about it the NASA website.

Pic of the Week

 
The Nerd says, “I like Kirk and Picard equally”.

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