Travel posters are great and all, but why go to a far off land when you can be lazy!? Caldwell Tanner’s group of such posters caters to us online junkies.
Blasting around on the internet, video games, at home and watching television is paradise!
Via: College Humor
Cathedral of Light
The Luminarie De Cagna, a towering cathedral-like structure, was host to the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium, featuring myriad exhibits from projection mapping to luminous flowers, but the real show was the cathedral itself, illuminated in 55,000 LEDs. Oooo, purty!
‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ Pirate Sentenced to One Year in Prison
By Andy Khouri
A man who’s confessed to uploading an early cut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to the Internet a month before the film was to debut in cinemas has been sentenced to a year in federal prison. Deadline reports that 49-year-old Gilberto Sanchez pleaded guilty in March to one count of “uploading a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution,” a charge which United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow described as “extremely serious.”
The early leaking of the DVD-quality workprint of Wolverine created quite a commotion back in 2009. The pirated cut was downloaded at least four million times, which according to Reuters could have translated to $28.7 million in lost ticket sales if the downloaders opted out of seeing Wolverine in the theater. Compounding fears, the leaked copy was missing final special effects shots and other material, and the advance spoiler-filled reviews were incredibly damning of the X-Men sequel, which cost $150 million to produce.
Sanchez bought a DVD of the Wolverine workprint from a street corner bootlegger. It’s unknown who actually leaked the film, but it was reported at the time that while critics’ early copies of films are carefully tracked, security during the post-production process is relatively lax.
In any event, Sanchez was described by prosecutors in language that suggested something of a piracy supervillain who shared other people’s intellectual property without restraint. He “uploaded the workprint more than one month before theatrical release, he has a prior conviction for a similar offense, he had been regularly uploading pirated movies for four or five years, and did not appear remorseful after charges were brought,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. Additionally, Sanchez promoted his actions on several heavily trafficked websites, posting links to the Wolverine print using screennames that were variations on the word “skillz.”
“The federal prison sentence handed down in this case sends a strong message of deterrence to would-be Internet pirates,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “The Justice Department will pursue and prosecute persons who seek to steal the intellectual property of this nation.”
In addition to the one year federal prison sentence, the judge sentenced Sanchez to a year of supervised release and has also imposed “numerous computer restrictions.”
Despite heavy proliferation of the pirated film and the memorably bad word-of-mouth that resulted, X-Men Origins: Wolverine earned $85 million in its first weekend. The film currently holds the record for 16th highest-grossing opening day, and Box Office Mojo lists it as having made over $370 million worldwide, numbers that fuel debate over whether Internet leaks can actually enhance sales.
Wait, this isn’t even the guy who LEAKED it? just acted as an initial seed on one of the torrents? He DOES NOT MATTER. These show trials do nothing to curb piracy.
Children of planet Earth can now own and operate their very own bully exterminating Dalek! This motorized / talking Doctor Who beast is now available at ThinkGeek for $300.
- For Ages 3 - 6 years old or small older kids :)
- 6v rechargeable battery powered motor
- 360 degree steering and a maximum speed of nearly 2 mph
- Flashing lights give an eerie Dalek technology glow
- 10 authentic Dalek phrases can be triggered on the steering wheel
“It occurred to me, immersed in my 50th hour of Just Cause 2, how far beyond that silent audience, proscenium arch, here’s some well-paid ‘actor’ pretending to be someone else experience we’d gone and how very timidly other forms of storytelling entertainment had reacted to the challenge of the beast in their midst; this ultimate choose your own adventure playground that in some cases simulates ‘life’ and terrain so effectively it’s like actually like going on vacation.
How many gamers know the geography of Silent Hill as well as their own town? Do streets and locations from Liberty City, Panau, or Saints Row, turn up in the dreams of other gamers like they do in mine? I’ll lay odds they do.
These amazing virtual environments appear in my memories as real as Chicago or London. Paris, Venice, New Delhi, Jogjakarta or any of the non-CGI cities I’ve been to.”
- Grant Morrison
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