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.

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.

11 Facts About “Netflix” To Tell Your Friends At Parties

1. Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after racking up a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.

2. Netflix become the first original online programming service to earn a Golden Globe.

Robin Wright won Best Actress in a Drama Television Series award for her portrayal of Claire Underwood in House of Cards.

3. Netflix is watched more than any cable network in the United States with more than 40 million streaming

Almost 30% of US Homes with a TV subscribe to Netflix

4. Netflix launched a contest with a prize of $1 million dollars in October 2006 to improve the Netflix movie recommendation system by 10 percent.benj

It was awarded 3 years later to three teams — an AT&T Research Team called BellKor, commendo’s team BigChaos, and Pragmatic Theory – who joined forces to win.

5. Netflix considers Canada as “Third World” in Broadband Internet rating.

6. Netflix streaming accounts for almost 1/3 of all internet traffic (downstream traffic) in the US.

That’s more than YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Video, and Facebook.

7. Breaking Bad is the most watched show on Netflix.

8. Blockbuster turned down an offer to buy Netflix for as low as $50 million in 2000.

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and closed the last of its remaining stores in November of 2013.

9. There’s more British stand-up on US Netflix than on UK Netflix.

10. In March of 2013, Netflix announced a Facebook sharing feature to the Netflix interface.

This lets subscribers in the U.S. see “Watched by your friends” and “Friends’ Favorites” once they agree to share. This was not legal until the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act was modified at the beginning of 2013.

11. In 2011, Netflix announced it was going to split the company into two businesses, with Netflix being the streaming movie business and the DVD-by-mail service would be renamed Qwikster.

They abandoned plans do to this the following month after an outcry from customers.