What do you do if your name is Çetin İnanç , its 1982 and you are running out of idea’s for your next movie ? Simple : You start directing the epic adventure flick called : Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World). A wonderful B-movie full of horrible sets, bad acting, shaky storylines and Star Wars scenes. Wait .. WHAT ? Indeed , you read that right. To “dress up” his production of “The man who saved the world” (a movie that has a story line that does not even bother to be better then a 70’s pornflick) he used stock footage from Star Wars “A new hope”. For tunes he stole the theme songs from Battlestar Galactica and Indiana Jones to liven up the movie and apparently had no idea that something like “copyright” ever existed. Funny enough the movie became an instant cult classic , so who are we to keep you from its amazing trailer .. Enjoy and try not to ruin your shirt when your eyes and ears start bleeding.
In movie week we list 5 movies every geek should see. The one I saved for last is a cult flick that will go down in history as the coolest but also the corniest movie about hackers EVER made. In 1995 it was pretty hard to explain to “Joe Shmoe” what the internet was .. let alone what a Hacker was. This did not stop Ian Softley to direct “Hackers” (1995 imdb) . An entertaining movie that tried to explain what a hacker was and how he could get into all kinds of trouble. Featuring (a then rather unknown) Angela Jolie the movie is full of strange 3D animations, Noob-proof dialoge and bright pictures to explain what the frack is going on. If you remember one thing about this movie it has to be the line “Hack the Planet” !
Hackers is available on Netflix but if you know how to torrent .. you will find it too.
The one thing that has upset the previous generations the most in the modern digital age, is that sometimes a 12 year old kid could come along and be better at something then everybody else. No matter if you had a Harvard degree, or 20 years of experience .. Sometimes some kid came along and did stuff that made your jaw drop. This was the case with Aaron Swartz , a bright kid who founded Reddit. Aaron was an exceptionally gifted person with his own views on freedom of information. This often clashed with a surrounding world that was not quite ready for his pioneering vision. Unfortunately Aaron is no longer with us .. and the sad story why this the case can be discovered in the full documentary below. A “must-watch” !
You hear a lot online about net neutrality and governments who try to “protect” their citizens from the dangers of the world wide web. From the great firewall of China to the corporate IT control freak who wants to whitelist ‘his’ part of the internet. The world is filled with people who try to impose their view of what is wrong or right. Here is what I have to say about those who try to regulate what we see :” DON’T ! ” Yes, the internet is a crazy place without borders, and YES there are creepy guys out there trying to do all kinds of strange stuff… But its also a fun place, a wild unpredictable place where , under the banner of anonymity we can expose our soul , our strangest cravings and our weirdest creativity. But more importantly .. the free and wild internet lets us connect with other humans on a fundamental level. In the blink of an eye we can share a moment, and experience with a total stranger. Behind the veil of anonymity and far away from the social clutter that is called Facebook .. We find the one thing we share in common with EVERY stranger on the internet. The fact that we are both human and can share the most primal emotions. Watch the video below and watch the reactions on all those faces. It takes a minute to get furiously angry at someone .. It takes only a second to share a common smile. And I DARE YOU … try not to smile while watching the video … If you do ? Then you’re human after all 😉
I’ve been mocked many times for keeping hold of my old childhood toys. But where most men keep their toys in a box in the basement or the garage, some of my toys are proudly on display in our living room. Yes, I am fortunate to have a wife who is not only as geeky as I am, but who also follows me when we go out Transformer hunting. Where she got ‘into’ Transformers thanks to Michael Bay, the little Takara Tin Men were my favorite childhood toy back in the 80’s. So in the big display case in our living room, these two old geezers are on display. Mirage and Jazz, discolored by age and worn by age, stand together as veterans of the great wars of Cybertron. Compared to the newest Transformers that await eagerly in the shelves of the local toy store , they look clunky and primitive .. but they are a true classic.
If connoisseurs of Technology in general are terrible at one thing, then it must be their predictions. The question “How do you think the world of technology will look in 5 to 10 years time ?” will get you the most bizarre of answers. Just look around you. We are in a world where the kings of the mobile phone (Nokia and Motorola) are dragging their feet in both sales and innovation. We live in a world where our tablets are replacing our desktops but when I walk outside to hop into my flying car .. its not there. Somehow we are terrible at predicting the future. The mythical year 2000 has come and gone more then a decade ago and, even if we have made great leaps in technological progress, some of those things touted years and years ago to be ‘the common thing in the next millennium” still aren’t there. Let me share some with you in this great info-graphic. When did Scifi writers envision some inventions that we have today .. and how late where those inventions on their predicted due date … (click on the pic to get the full chart)
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