Digital Collage

My name is Dan. This this where I write about various pop culture things, and sometimes there's some personal stuff thrown in there too. I love movies, comics and photography. Every now and then I post a picture or two. Enjoy.


Rock mysteriously appears in front of the Mars Opportunity rover

Left: a photo taken 3528 days after the Opportunity rover arrival to Mars. Right: the exact same spot 12 Mars days later. Notice the difference? NASA JPL scientists did too: “It’s about the size of a jelly doughnut. It was a total surprise, we were like ‘wait a second, that wasn’t there before, it can’t be right. Oh my god! It wasn’t there before!’ We were absolutely startled.”

Yo, aliens.

Comedians have psychotic personality traits, study finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh, scientists said on Thursday after research showed that comedians have high levels of psychotic

In a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers analyzed comedians from Australia, Britain and the United States and found they scored significantly higher on four types of psychotic characteristics compared to a control group of people who had non-creative jobs.

The traits included a tendency towards impulsive or anti-social behavior, and a tendency to avoid intimacy.

"The creative elements needed to produce humor are strikingly similar to those characterizing the cognitive style of people with psychosis - both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder," said Gordon Claridge of the University of Oxford’s department of experimental psychology, who led the study.

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency’s goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They wanted to build Skynet.

I love the crazy stuff DARPA gets up to. Now if only DARP was operating on the level that conspiracy theorists think they are at, now that would be baller.

'Fast & Furious 7' Producers Considering Scrapping Production, Starting Over in Wake of Paul Walker's Death (Exclusive) - TheWrap

The producers of “Fast & Furious 7” are considering scrapping the entire film and starting over in the wake of actor Paul Walker’s death mid-production, TheWrap has learned.The nearly $200 million-budget production has been frozen in its tracks since the tragic death of Walker, one of the lead actors in the film, on Saturday. The production is more than halfway finished, but many of Walker’s key scenes remained to be shot.Universal Pictures, the producers and director James Wan have been in constant consultation this week to decide on different options, according to an individual with knowledge of the conversations.

Because the studio is insured for unexpected losses such as this one, the cost of scrapping the production is not a central factor. The studio would likely be made whole on that cost. One viable option would be to start over. One individual said they were considering making the movie without Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner. But another individual said that option was not under consideration.

What a production nightmare. There are so many factors to consider here. The studio not only has to respect the memory of the actor, but  they also have address the absence of the Brian within ‘Fast & Furious 7’ in some form. People love these films. They love the characters. They love the built up continuity between films.

Without Paul Walker who has been with the franchise from the start there will be a noticeable void in ‘Fast 7’. The unfortunate about the narrative of ‘Fast 7’ is that a large portion of the film would focus on Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) systematically taking out members of the team like we saw in the end of ‘Fast 6’. Do they write Brian’s death into the film, which many had speculated would actually be a part of the narrative of ‘Fast 7’ already, or do they write the character out of the film by saying “he’s retired from heists now that he’s a family man”. Or does the studio not even acknowledge Walker’s passing, scrap everything entirely and we get a ‘Fast 7’ film without a mention of Brian.

We’ve seen with the death of Cory Monteith this year that it’s possible to write the death of an actor and character into a show and have it be respectful. It allows for the actors to grieve on screen in a cathartic manner. It respects the fallen actor and character that fans have come to enjoy.

There’s no easy way to avoid Paul Walker’s death within the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise. If they do write-off Brian and his family, they do lose the ability to use Jordan Brewster on screen too. That’s something I just cant imagine happening. Family is a central narrative theme of the current ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise. If they have to acknowledge Brian’s character I personally think they should find a tactful way kill-off Brian, and work it into the story of ‘Fast 7’ even if it means scrapping whatever the current story is. It will give closer to the role that defined Paul Walker’s career. People knew Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner. It would be a one very somber scene, but fans are going to miss him in that role. I legitimatly love the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, and wouldn’t have a problem if this was the route the studio decided to pursue. Not acknowledging the actors passing and making the character vanish without explanation seems more disrespectful than anything else. If they really wanted to play it safe ‘Fast 6’ would be the end of the franchise, but that’s not going to happen. Studios like money, and people want more ‘Fast & Furious’ films. Actors have died while filming franchise films before, but this is the most notable in recent memory.

Movie Theater Sorry for Playing Graphic Sex Scene Instead of Frozen

The Florida theater played the red-band trailer for Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac instead of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and the trailer finished playing before the projectionist could fix the problem. For those not aware the red-band trailer for Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ features a blow job and various other sex-acts. It’s about as raw as red-band trailers get.

Also, of course this happened in Florida. 

Our Universe Might Just Be Fourth-Dimensional Black Hole Vomit

Scientists are proposing a radical new way of think about how the universe began. In a new imagining of the Big Bang theory, they think it could have been the result of a four-dimensional star collapsing in on itself to form a black hole, which then proceeded to spew its guts out and, kindly, form our universe.

Required reading.

New Harry Potter Movies, Because MONEY!!!

I’m hesitant to immediately embrace the news of a new series of films set within the ‘Harry Potter’ universe because this feels like J.K. Rowling embracing her inner George Lucas.