R.I.P. HG Lewis.
You will be greatly missed.
Thank you for everything!
Bloody Disgusting reports:
"It’s with a heavy heart that we report the death of Herschell Gordon Lewis, the “Godfather of Gore”, who passed away at the age of 87. No reason for his passing has yet been released but we’ll update as more information comes in. The announcement was broken by Something Weird Video.
Lewis is the man responsible for such films as Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, A Taste of Blood, The Gruesome Twosome, Scum of the Earth!, and She-Devils on Wheels, which is only a few of the titles he worked on. Lewis took an extended hiatus from directing after 1972’s The Gore Gore Girls only to return for 2002’s Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat, the sequel to the 1963 film that is widely considered to be the first splatter film.
Herschell Gordon Lewis was one of Bloody-Disgusting’s first interviews, conducted in 2002. You can read it here.
We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lewis. We also want to send our deepest gratitude to a director whose films were the foundation and inspiration for countless filmmakers since.
Rest in peace, Mr. Lewis."
Original Bloody-Dusgusting Post
Monday, September 26, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
If you're fan of Iron Maiden, make sure you become fan of the legendary lamp post that influenced cover artist Derek Riggs for Maiden's first album cover!
Monday, September 19, 2016
Wicked news!! But I hope they won't forget about that flamethrower guitarist…
"Reports in Australia's Herald Sun suggest Theron and director George Miller may return for film that will focus on Furiosa's backstory.
A followup to Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller's surprise commercial and critical hit, is in the works, according to unconfirmed reports.
According to the Australian Herald Sun, the untitled prequel "will be filmed in and around Broken Hill", an area in New South Wales, and that shooting "could start as soon as later this year". The script is said to focus on the backstory of Furiosa, played by Oscar-winner Charlize Theron.
The enormous success of 2015's Fury Road has meant there is a keen appetite for another movie. At February's Oscars, the film walked away with six awards (the best result of the night) and took $378m worldwide.
In January, Miller spoke of his eagerness to explore Theron's character further, but said he was keen to tackle a smaller-scale project before returning to the vast canvas of Mad Max.
Theron has spoken of the challenges of the extended shoot in Africa. If the reports are correct and the film's events will unfold before she teams up with the titular character, then she will not have to work with Tom Hardy, with whom she apparently did not get along."
Source: The Guardian
I must say I'd probably do the same for my artwork.
"NEW ORLEANS — Avoiding a nasty real-life plot twist, a writer dashed past firefighters into a burning New Orleans house to rescue two completed novels stored on his laptop.
Thirty-five-year-old Gideon Hodge told The New Orleans Advocate that he didn't hesitate to rush into the burning multifamily house Thursday morning to grab the computer. He made it out safely with the laptop as firefighters battled the stubborn blaze.
The fire had spread to the house where Hodge lived from an empty, single-family house next door, where firefighters believe it started. Dozens of firefighters responded to the stubborn three-alarm blaze. A huge column of black smoke was visible for miles. Occupants of the second house escaped safely. No injuries were reported."
New York Post article:
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
"...Although digital has forced publishers of books and newspapers to reduce their print runs, the comic book industry remains largely unaffected by the emerging technology..."
"WILMINGTON, Del. — Brent Williams is a hardcore comic book collector.
The Wilmington resident will purchase multiple versions of the same book, hunting for issues with variant covers, industry slang for one book with multiple covers. Some of the rarer covers become valuable collectors items.
Despite his passion for reading the latest releases from Marvel, DC and other comic publishers, Williams has eschewed the immediacy and convenience of reading his books on a digital device such as a tablet, iPhone or even laptop. Instead, he will make the weekly drive to his local store, The Comic Book Shop in Brandywine Hundred, to add print copies to his already massive collection.
"I will always go to the comic book shop until my legs give out," Williams said Thursday, as he was rummaging through back issue bins at the store. "Even after that, I'll find a way to get to a comic shop."
Williams' prefers comic books shops over digital downloads because store owners can recommend books he might like, he can discuss the latest developments with other fans and the print issues he purchases have collectors value, something that is lacking in their digital counterparts.
"There is a huge benefit to coming to comic book shops," he said."
Read the full USA Today story here!
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
It's finally coming!
The long-awaited fifth and final entry in Don Coscarelli's
classic horror Phantasm film series is coming soon.
Starring Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin and, yes, Angus Scrimm.
The long-awaited fifth and final entry in Don Coscarelli's
classic horror Phantasm film series is coming soon.
Starring Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin and, yes, Angus Scrimm.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
E-Books Are No Match for Printed Books
With smartphones, tablets and e-readers reaching mass adoption over the past few years, many have predicted that printed books would soon become a thing of the past. And while it's true that people use their electronic devices to read, they still rely heavily on ink and paper when it comes to reading books.
According to a new report on book reading published by the Pew Research Center, not only did 73 percent of U.S. adults read a book in the past 12 months, but the vast majority did so using actual ink on paper. Compare the 65 percent of Americans who read a print book to the 28 percent who read an e-book during the same period and it becomes pretty clear that, as of now, most readers don't see e-books as a replacement for printed books but rather as a complement. People may grab an e-reader when they head to the beach or commute to work, but as far as actual books go, there's nothing like the real thing.
Friday, September 2, 2016
The 'physics-defying' thruster even NASA is puzzled over
An EmDrive paper has reportedly passed peer review
Even if you don't keep up with developments in space propulsion technology, you've still probably heard about the EmDrive. You've probably seen headlines declaring it the key to interstellar travel, and claims that it will drastically reduce travel time across our solar system, making our dreams of people walking on other planets even more of a reality. There have even been claims that this highly controversial technology is the key to creating warp drives.
These are bold claims, and as the great cosmologist and astrophysicist Carl Sagan once said, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." With that in mind, we thought it'd be helpful to break down what we know about the enigmatic EmDrive, and whether it is, in fact, the key to mankind exploring the stars.
So without further ado, here's absolutely everything you need to know about the world's most puzzling propulsion device.
An EmDrive paper has finally been accepted by peer review
Originally, this article pointed out that previous studies and papers on the EmDrive have either not been submitted, or passed peer review. Those days are in the past, however, given a NASA Eagleworks' paper on the EmDrive test which has reportedly passed the peer review process and will soon be published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.
This is an important step for the EmDrive as it adds legitimacy to the technology and the tests done thus far, opening the door for other groups to replicate the tests. This will also allow other groups to devote more resources to uncovering why and how it works, and how to iterate on the drive to make it a viable form of propulsion. So, while a single peer-reviewed paper isn't going to suddenly equip the human race with interplanetary travel, it's the first step toward eventually realizing that possible future.
What is the EmDrive?
See, the EmDrive is a conundrum. First designed in 2001 by aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer, the technology can be summed up as a propellantless propulsion system, meaning the engine doesn't use fuel to cause a reaction. Removing the need for fuel makes a craft substantially lighter, and therefore easier to move (and cheaper to make, theoretically). In addition, the hypothetical drive is able to reach extremely high speeds — we're talking potentially getting humans to the outer reaches of the solar system in a matter of months.
We're talking potentially getting humans to the outer reaches of the solar system in a matter of months.
The issue is, the entire concept of a reactionless drive is inconsistent with Newton's conservation of momentum, which states that within a closed system, linear and angular momentum remain constant regardless of any changes that take place within said system.
More plainly: Unless an outside force is applied, an object will not move.
Reactionless drives are named as such because they lack the "reaction" defined in Newton's third law: "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." But this goes against our current fundamental understanding of physics: An action (propulsion of a craft) taking place without a reaction (ignition of fuel and expulsion of mass) should be impossible. For such a thing to occur, it would mean an as-yet-undefined phenomenon is taking place — or our understanding of physics is completely wrong.
How does the EmDrive "work?"
Setting aside the potentially physics-breaking improbabilities of the technology, let's break down in simple terms how the proposed drive operates. The EmDrive is what is called an RF resonant cavity thruster, and is one of several hypothetical machines that use this model. These designs work by having a magnetron push microwaves into a closed truncated cone, then push against the short end of the cone, and propel the craft forward.
This is in contrast to the form of propulsion current spacecraft use, which burn large quantities of fuel to expel a massive amount of energy and mass to rocket the craft into the air. An often-used metaphor for the inefficacy of this is to compare the particles pushing against the enclosure and producing thrust to the act of sitting in a car and pushing a steering wheel to move the car forward.
While tests have been done on experimental versions of the drive — with low energy inputs resulting in a few micronewtons of thrust (about as much force as the weight of a penny) — The first peer-reviewed paper has only been recently accepted, and none of the findings from other tests have ever been published in a peer-reviewed journal. It's possible some positive thrust results may have been caused by interference or an unaccounted error with test equipment. The fact that NASA Eagleworks' paper has been reportedly accepted by peer review and will be published in AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power does add quite a bit of legitimacy to these claims, however.
Although there's been much skepticism regarding the EmDrive prior to the Eagleworks paper, it's important to note that there's been a number of people who have tested the drive and reported achieving thrust.
In 2001, Shawyer was given a £45,000 grant from the British government to test the EmDrive. His test reportedly achieved 0.016 Newtons of force and required 850 watts of power, but no peer review of the tests verified this. It's worth noting, however, that this number was low enough that it was potentially an experimental error.
In 2008, Yang Juan and a team of Chinese researches at the Northwestern Polytechnical University allegedly verified the theory behind RF resonant cavity thrusters, and subsequently built their own version in 2010, testing the drive multiple times from 2012 to 2014. Tests results were purportedly positive, achieving up yo 750 mN (millinewtons) of thrust, and requiring 2,500 watts of power.
In 2014, NASA researchers, tested their own version of an EmDrive, including in a hard vacuum. Once again, the group reported thrust (about 1/1,000 of Shawyer's claims), and once again, the data was never published through peer-reviewed sources. Other NASA groups are skeptical of researchers' claims, but in their paper, it is clearly stated that these findings neither confirm nor refute the drive, instead calling for further tests.
In 2015, that same NASA group tested a version of chemical engineer Guido Fetta's Cannae Drive (née Q Drive), and reported positive net thrust. Similarly, a research group at Dresden University of Technology also tested the drive, again reporting thrust, both predicted and unexpected.
Yet another test by a NASA research group, Eagleworks, in late 2015 seemingly confirmed the validity of the EmDrive. The test corrected errors that had occurred in the previous tests, and surprisingly, the drive achieved thrust. However, the group has not yet submitted their findings for peer review. It's possible that other unforeseen errors in the experiment may have cause thrust (the most likely of which is that the vacuum was compromised, causing heat to expand air within it testing environment and move the drive). Whether the findings are ultimately published or not, more tests need to be done. That's exactly what Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory intend to do. For EmDrive believers, there seems to be some hope.
In mid-2016, a new theory was put forth by physicist Michael McCulloch, a researcher from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, which may offer an explanation of the thrust observed in tests. McCulloch's theory deals with inertia and something called the Unruh effect — a concept predicted by relativity, which makes the universe appear hotter the more you accelerate, with the heat observed relative to the acceleration.
McCulloch's new theory deals with the unconfirmed concept of Unruh radiation, which infers that particles form out of the vacuum of space as a direct result from the observed heating of the universe due to acceleration. This theoretical concept largely fits into our current understanding of the universe and predicts the results of inertia we currently observe, albeit with one notable exception: small accelerations on the scale of about what has been observed while testing the EM Drive.
This acceleration comes as a result of the Unruh radiation particles, whose wavelengths increase as acceleration decreases. Unruh particles at different wavelengths would have to fit at either end of the EM Drive's cone, and as they bounce around inside the cone, their inertia would change as well, which would ultimately result in thrust.
McCulloch's theory is, admittedly, a bit difficult to parlay into succinct layman's terms. If you're curious and want to delve into further reading on the theory, you can read McCulloch's entire paper discussing his theory here. The point here is that, should the Unruh Effect and Unruh Radiation be confirmed, it offers an entirely plausible explanation for the EM Drive's seemingly heretofore impossible thrust observations. This will require further research and experimentation, and gives the propulsion system even more momentum for testing.
Implications of a working EmDrive
It's easy to see how many in the scientific community are wary of EmDrive and RF resonant cavity thrusts altogether. But on the other hand, the wealth of studies raises a few questions: Why is there such a interest in the technology, and why do so many people wish to test it? What exactly are the claims being made about the drive that make it such an attractive idea? While everything from atmospheric temperature-controlling satellites, to safer and more efficient automobiles have been drummed up as potential applications for the drive, the real draw of the technology — and the impetus for its creation in the first place — is the implications for space travel.
Spacecraft equipped with a reactionless drive could potentially make it to the moon in just a few hours, Mars in two to three months, and Pluto within two years. These are extremely bold claims, but if the EmDrive does turn out to be a legitimate technology, they may not be all that outlandish. And with no need to pack several tons-worth of fuel, spacecraft become cheaper and easier to produce, and far lighter.
For NASA and other such organizations, including the numerous private space corporations like SpaceX, lightweight, affordable spacecraft that can travel to remote parts of space fast are something of a unicorn. Still, for that to become a reality, the science has to add up.
Shawyer is adamant that there is no need for pseudoscience or quantum theories to explain how EmDrive works. Instead, he believes that current models of Newtonian physics offer an explanation, and has written papers on the subject, one of which is currently being peer reviewed (separate from the Eagleworks paper). He expects the paper to be published sometime this year. While in the past Shawyer has been criticized by other scientists for incorrect and inconsistent science, if the paper does indeed get published, it may begin to legitimize the EmDrive and spur more testing and research.
Spacecraft equipped with a reactionless drive could potentially make it to the Moon in just a few hours.
Despite his insistence that the drive behaves within the laws of physics, it hasn't prevented him from making bold assertions regarding EmDrive. Shawyer has gone on record saying that this new drive produced warp bubbles which allow the drive to move, claiming that this is how NASA's test results were likely achieved. Assertions such as these have garnered much interest online, but have no clear supporting data and will (at the very least) require extensive testing and debate in order to be taken seriously by the scientific community — the majority of which remain skeptical of Shawyer's claims. Hopefully, with this new peer reviewed paper, more EmDrive tests will be undertaken, helping elucidate just how this thing works.
Colin Johnston of the Armagh Planetarium wrote an extensive critique of the EmDrive and the inconclusive findings of numerous tests. Similarly, Corey S. Powell of Discovery wrote his own indictment of both Shawyer's EmDrive and Fetta's Cannae Drive, as well as the recent fervor over NASA's findings. Both point out the need for greater discretion when reporting on such instances. Professor and mathematical physicist, John C. Baez expressed his exhaustion at the conceptual technology's persistence in debates and discussions, calling the entire notion of a reactionless drive "baloney." His impassioned dismissal echoes the sentiments of many others.
Shawyer's EmDrive has been met with enthusiasm elsewhere, including the website NASASpaceFlight.com — where information about the most recent Eagleworks' tests was first posted — and the popular journal New Scientist, which published a favorable and optimistic paper on EmDrive. (The editors later issued a statement that, despite enduring excitement over the idea, they should have shown more tact when writing on the controversial subject.)
NASA Eagleworks' paper opens the door for better understanding of the technology, and for further refinement of it. A demonstrable, working EmDrive could open up exciting possibilities for both space and terrestrial travel — not to mention call into question our entire understanding of physics.
Digital Trends article:
Thursday, September 1, 2016
2016's Annual Celebration for World's Most Popular Super Hero Slated for September 17
DC Entertainment will join millions of fans in celebration of the pop culture phenomenon as Saturday, September 17th is officially announced as BATMAN DAY 2016.
Celebrating Batman's endearing legacy with generations of fans, DC Entertainment will once again fete the iconic legend with festivities at thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries across the country. Retail activities include free comic book giveaways and talent signings. Confirmed signing events feature blockbuster talent like Frank Miller, Scott Snyder, Tom King, James Tynion IV, and Greg Capullo with many more to be announced.
In addition to DC Entertainment, BATMAN DAY participating partners include many Warner Bros. divisions, as well as Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensees -- Capstone Young Readers, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, DK Licensing, Bendon, and HarperCollins. These partnerships provide the unique opportunity for retail and digital promotion across various media in celebration of the Dark Knight.
The annual fan-favorite event, now in its third year, was first introduced to honor the iconic character's 75th anniversary. Continuing the BATMAN DAY tradition, DC Entertainment will present Bat-centric promotions, fan giveaways and more, all to honor the character that has become a Super Hero to many generations and continues to inspire fans across the globe.
The official BATMAN DAY event kit will include activity sheets, trivia, and games and will be available for download on www.dccomics.com/batmandaykit.
DC's Official Press release: