Would be actor Aiden (Zach Braff) is someone who could never quite see the world for what it was, preferring to think he made his way through life as some sort of action hero. After his father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), reveals he is gravely ill though, Aiden is forced to reassess his lot, in Wish I Was Here, trailer, also directed by Braff.
Not only must Aiden change his attitude, he must also bring his socially inept, and reclusive, brother Noah (Josh Gad), around to the situation. At the same time he also takes on role of home teacher to daughter Grace (Joey King), and son Tucker (Pierce Gagnon), after Aiden and his wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), decide they can no longer afford their school fees.
As a coming of age story for thirty-something adults, “Wish I Was Here” makes a promising start, and certainly has its humorous moments. In trying to take on a number of issues though, religion, purpose in life, quality of school education, among others, it ends up spreading itself a little too thinly, and lacks focus as a result.
Whose to know if the dance mix you’re listening to is the product of a bot, or a real, live, human DJ? A technique known as miss-mixing, and one that is increasingly being employed by DJs, will help listeners make the distinction. In short, miss-mixing is the practice of deliberately making a mistake while re-mixing music.
“I like to drop in on the second or third beat, leave it play for a couple of bars and then quickly correct myself,” explained Mr. Briscoe. “It’s subtle yet affective, I call it The Perplexer. People who don’t know what they’re listening to won’t even notice it while other DJs will be thinking ‘that’s a great mistake, who is this DJ Whopper lad anyway?’ d’ya know what I mean?”
Get it, DJ Whopper? I suppose the… practice is a little like a writer purposely adding errors to their text, and seeing how many times the work is republished by people claiming they wrote the piece themselves, before the fault is noticed.
The SINTEF company MARINTEK is one of eight partners working intensely to develop systems which can function without human intervention. Both day and night watches will be taken care of by a control centre onshore, and the Norwegian researchers believe that a 3 to 4 Mbit broadband connection will ensure effective communication between the vessel and the control room.
Actually there’s nothing in this Futurity article directly suggesting that, but the tipping point, or threshold, for the rapid rise in the world’s population, can be traced back to Roman times, rather than perhaps the Industrial Revolution:
“The industrial revolution and public health improvements were proximate reasons that more people lived longer,” says Aaron Stutz, an associate professor of anthropology at Emory University. “If you dig further in the past, however, the data suggest that a critical threshold of political and economic organization set the stage 1,500 to 2,000 years ago, around the start of the Common Era.”
If you’re spending time on certain of the beaches along Italy’s Adriatic coast, I think it’s fair to say there’ll be a place on the sand just for you, so organised do these beaches – as photographed by Bernhard Lang – appear to be.
There’s bad news, and there’s good news here. British physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that particle accelerator experiments involving the Higgs Boson, or “God particle”, may cause it to become unstable, something that may result in the destruction of the universe. Thing is though, said particle accelerator would need to be the size of planet Earth…
He wrote: “The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become metastable at energies above 100bn gigaelectronvolts (GeV).” What might this lead to? Hawkins explained: “This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light. This could happen at any time and we wouldn’t see it coming.”
As a comparison, this beast would have been seven times heavier than Tyrannosaurus rex. Luckily for us – if people had been around at the time – Dreadnoughtus was a herbivore, meaning the species wouldn’t have had much interest in humans as a food source. Heaven help any creature that did something to annoy them though.
It’s quite possible we on Earth are the first born in terms of intelligent life in the cosmos, given the relatively young age of the universe. It’s something that makes the chances of our ever encountering extraterrestrial life pretty remote, and that may not, surprisingly, be a bad thing:
A message with a more straightforward intent could have equally ruinous effects. It could be a new scientific insight or technological blueprint sent as an item of interstellar trade or détente, but have a destabilizing effect on Earth’s economy. Or a message could contain a philosophical statement interpreted to have religious meaning, triggering conflict and disorder. Even “Is Anyone Out There?” would be problematic – the decision to answer or not could provoke more than just verbal conflict within our species.