Category: Movies


princess-leia-regalGirl Geeks everywhere are in mourning. Carrie Fisher, the embodiment of true butt-kicking girl geek power, is dead. While Star Wars fans everywhere may be sad, this is especially difficult for the girl geek squad because it took so long for women to be accepted as action heroes. Princess Leia may have been the pinup dream girl of young boys, but for girls she made it ok to pick up a lightsaber, laser pistol or tree limb and be the rescuer, not the rescued.

Princess Leia laser pistol

Princess Leia on HothPrincess Leia brought princesses out of the ivory tower and into the action-packed fray of real life. Girls every where saw that they could give orders, deliver justice and even fix a beat up Millenium Falcon. Princesses began to pick up wrenches, learned to code, joined the military and became heroes.

And in real life, Carrie Fisher spoke bravely and honestly about struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. She also detailed her family struggles with grace, humor, and dignity.

Thank you Carrie Fisher, girl geeks everywhere are lighting their lightsabers in salute. May the Force be with you Always.

Great design requires inspiration and preparation. Sitting at a desk for long hours can cramp muscles and distract the brain from inspiring thoughts. So Techsnoop has a great solution for you inspired by the perennial geek favorite, Star Wars.

If you have been spending too much time at the keyboard or desk and need a break, try this great Tai Chi routine led by none other than the great former Jedi Darth Vader himself. And while you are getting your geek exercise, maybe the great animation will inspire you.

Thanks to John Leo for the great work on this animation project. Techsnoop feels inspired already.

Star Wars Tai Chi from John Leo on Vimeo.

Transforming Feathers

The birds from Rovio are back at it. This time partnering with the long-running franchise of Transformers for a fresh take on a fan favorite. While no official release date has been listed, matching up with the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie on June 27 would be a good bet.

While recent title sales have fallen off from the original smash=hit numbers, Angry Birds titles are still popular. And the games are still addicting. The physics based Angry Birds Space launched a new type of play where strategy is just as important as aim. If Rovio sticks to the formula, there are many possibilities offered by the mash up with transforming robots, cars and planes.

Tell Techsnoop what your favorite Angry Birds title is in the comments.

Angry Birds Transformers

Get a Taste of Geek

If you don’t understand the geek trend, May is a great month to test run your inner Geek. Try out some comics, movies or dress up as your favorite super hero.

Free Comic Book Day

Wonderworld ComicsIf you missed Free Comic Book Day, stop into your local comic store and talk to the staff. Chances are they still have some free stuff and some deals on popular story lines. As a newbie, they will be happy to catch you up on the latest. Techsnoop’s favorite store is Wonderworld Comics, located on Ecorse Road in Taylor, Michigan. The staff is ultra friendly and knows everything comic-related. Click here to find a store near you. As a bonus, most comic shops are small businesses and supporting local small business is great for everyone.

May The Fourth Be With You

Finally, celebrate today with a marathon of Star Wars movies. They were all released in May and the tag line is catchy. Here’s a salute from Techsnoop’s pal #SmuttyCat.

SmuttyCat Jedi

 

 

Happy Friday everyone.  Today we bring you a new video from DKemp Designs using After Effects to create a 3D environment.  Please let us know in the comments what you think.  This is part one of a 3 part movie short.

And if you like animation, be sure to check out Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel today at 8:00 pm EST.  Techsnoop and SmuttyCat will be there.

 

Multi-ScreenWhen it comes to technology, the budget can quickly get out of hand.  Between buying the tech itself and content and subscriptions to make it useful, a trickle of money can soon grow into a river.

Techsnoop is here to help with tips on what to buy and not buy.  As a card-carrying geek, Techsnoop has trouble deciding what to buy and what to skip in the gadget world.  But one thing is a deal-breaker for tech Techsnoop buys.  Freedom.

This means that software, content and apps are the choice of Techsnoop, not the manufacturer.  Techsnoop is a control freak and cannot be held hostage to specific sites or fixed prices for content and tools.  For example, the HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone allows you to install apps from Google Play, Amazon app store and even copy books from a computer to the phone all while offering superior phone service.

To Stream or Not to Stream

For streaming, decide what content you view most frequently, then review the offerings of each service.  Don’t buy separate streaming boxes unless you ditch your cable box.  The cable box and wireless router allow you to stream directly from each site so no extra device is needed.  Generally Netflix offers movies and older TV episodes, Hulu focuses on newer TV.  Each comes with a trial period to test out the offerings.  Due to the full Star Trek content and new Disney deal, Techsnoop is a Netflix junkie.

Mobile devices on the Android platform have many free options.  For instance, Amazon offers one free app a day on the App Store and many free books from new and established authors.  Visit the App Store each day to get the free app.  Google Play also offers free books, apps, music and more.  Sign up to receive email notifications of specials.

Multi-Tasking Monster

Whenever possible, purchase items that are multi-functional.  Don’t walk around with a Bat-belt or people will take pictures of you and post them on social media.

If you need a tablet mostly for reading, email and low powered game apps, consider a large screen smartphone and great bluetooth headphones.  A good set of headphones coupled with voice service allows you to make and receive calls hands-free as well as listen to music while reading or checking email.  Spending an extra $50 to $100 on a phone can save you the whole “which tablet” question.  Check out some great deals and options here.

For more high-end computing, try one of the newer tablets.  Some are heavier than a regular tablet, but lighter than a laptop.  The Microsoft Surface Pro comes with full Windows 8 and has lots of power for updating and collaborating on the go.  Samsung has just released a slew of new tablets that justify a look over.  From serious gaming to business applications, the new tablets may have you leaving your laptop at home.

CNET’s video on the top 5 money sucking tech should help you decide which services to keep and which to ditch.  Let us know in the comments what you tossed overboard.

 

 

 

Credit: Yahoo! Movies

Credit: Yahoo! Movies

After Earth is the latest movie pair up of Jaden and Will Smith.  Jaden is shaping up to be a true chip off the ol’ block when it comes to acting chops.

But Jaden and Will both have to compete with the effects in this beautifully crafted movie. The creatures, landscape, technology and space scenes all hold their own as supporting acts.  And to complete this digital masterpiece, the website for After Earth is sublime. The scroll changes scenes, backgrounds, pages and creates character moves similar to the Iron Man 3 website. And all without Flash.  Techsnoop predicts that this trend will continue. While Flash will have a place in some games and apps, as a web animation, it is losing steam quickly.

While this level of interactivity could be distracting on most business sites, for the movie industry this is becoming the gold standard. Movie productions are followed closely in social media and websites have to go up far in advance of the actual opening. Adding interactive and animated elements keeps visitors coming back for updates and generates buzz.

It also provides a continuous marketing presence that the public promotes for the studio. A true win for the movie when it is a good one like After Earth.

Tony Stark is the ultimate geek.  He has the brains to consistently come up with the uber-coolest tech, and the money to make his designs come to production life.  What’s not to love?  Although he is arrogant and snarky, he pulls both off with such panache, you have to root for him.

In Iron Man 3, Tony appears to be grappling with the results of his hubris and trying to come to terms with the concept of consequences.  Robert Downey, Jr. excels at this type of “tortured genius” conflict so the character should prove compelling.  The movie also brings in the concept of “extremis” the nano-technology from the comic series that allows Tony Stark to control the Iron Man armor with his brain.  And it also seems they are bringing in the Iron Patriot who I hate.

But if they kill off Pepper, I’m going to be looking for my own suit of armor to start fighting.  Marvel/Disney, I hope you learned from X-Men 3, don’t kill off all the popular characters.

Darth Disney?

Darth DisneyThe takeover of Star Wars by Disney has many fans fearful for the future of the franchise.  Star Wars has a strong following over many generations of fans.  Even with Jar Jar Binks, a sappy unbelievable love story sub-plot and killing off the Jedi, the franchise stands strong.

Disney has a great track record with the Marvel franchise and many other beloved characters, but sci-fi fans stand in a category by themselves.  They don’t want their story lines drifting off center.  Don’t believe me?  Star Trek Enterprise anyone?  What killed that story was the radical shift from the known Star Trek universe.  Don’t play with my backstory.

So let’s give Disney a chance to expand upon the great foundation they inherited from Lucasfilms.  There is a wealth of material still to be explored, especially with The Clone Wars series.  If you haven’t seen it, tune in to Cartoon Network and catch a few episodes.  It is a great accounting of how Anakin transitioned from promising Jedi Master to Darth Vader.

If you are one of the many upset about the Disney buyout of Star Wars,  here is something to help you sulk it out.  A fantasy take on George Lucas’ revenge as if the buyout was a sinister plot.

Techsnoop loves all things tech and Sci-Fi so finding the pilot for the web series Tether is like an early Christmas present.  While the entire story arc has not been revealed, it is a post-apocalyptic Earth-based story with many mysteries that can be revealed slowly.  All the best elements for a great series.

The creators are seeking feedback and funding to continue this great project so be sure to click “like” if you enjoy this and consider contacting them regarding donations for future episodes.

Techsnoop will be rooting for this series to continue.