Robotics and Ping Pong – A Match Made In Heaven

It’s not quite Skynet, but this robotic arm is fairly decent at ping pong. Matched up against table tennis star (yes, that is a thing) Timo Boll, the robot, UHTTR-1 developed by robot maker Kuka, is able to hit the ball back independently and hang in there.

The video is shot much like a Michael Bay film, but it is somewhat fun to imagine what this robotic Forrest Gump would be like at the olympics someday.

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator draws first comic in nearly 20 years.

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ is back!

Ok, well, not really, but the creator of the iconic cartoon about a boy and his tiger has drawn his first public art in 19 years. The following is the movie poster for the comic strip documentary ‘Stripped’, which is billed as ‘a love letter to comic strips’.  The film features interviews and stories from a variety of well known cartoonists such as Jeff Keane of ‘Family Circus‘ and Bill Watterson himself.

Stripped movie poster

More information available at the film’s website: Stripped.

The “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Trailer Is Here!

The first trailer for Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuted on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, with star Chris Pratt on hand to introduce it.

The movie stars Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and a slew of others as something akin to misfit Avengers meets The Usual Suspects. Here’s the official synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Guardians of the Galaxy premiers in theaters on August 1st.

Welcome To The 1932 Olympics

Four sports, fourteen events, seventeen countries, and two hundred and fifty-two athletes – welcome to the Lake Placid, 1932 Winter Olympic Games.

The third-ever Winter Olympics doesn’t quite have the pageantry of Sochi but it also lacks Bob Costas’ pink eye.  Check out the footage below and then see the table of the comparison of 1932 and 2014:


Source: Internet Archive via The Wire

Lake Placid Sochi
Country: USA Russia
Year: 1932 2014
Nations: 17 88
Events: 14 98
Athletes: 252 2800+
Opened By: Franklin Roosevelt Vladimir Putin
Stadium: Lake Placid Speedskating Oval Fisht Olympic Stadium

Darth Vader – A Look Back

As part of their 10-year anniversary, Facebook created a “Look Back” video for every user that “compiles your highlights since joining.” And if we are really honest with ourselves, most of these are a just compilation of poor hair choices, cheesy status updates, and stolen quotes from Upworthy and aren’t really worth the minute it takes to watch.

Thanks to YouTuber Joshua Dill, that all changes; you can now see Darth Vader’s Look Back, complete with well-”liked” posts of “No, I am your father!” and shared pictures captioned ‘Slayin’ jedi. Darkside FTW!’

Beware watching this video however, it is likely filled with a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

A new Star Wars film, Episode 7, is due for release on December 18, 2015.

The Hip Hop Mashup That Was Beers In The Making

The history of hip hop has never sounded so much like Zamfir – master of the pan flute – but somehow it works when it comes from a beer bottle. The Danish group known as The Bottle Boys has created a medley of hip hop’s greatest songs from over the years.

The really give a whole new meaning to the term Bottle poppin’. Grab a beer and check it out.