Bryan Singer and James McAvoy talk more about what to expect from X-Men: Days of Future Past. The BBC releases a metric ton of Doctor Who hints. Godzilla confirms its prestigious cast and starts filming. Check out new images for The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2, and Pacific Rim. Plus Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and more! Spoilers from here on out! Top image from Pacific Rim. X-Men: Days of Future Past Director Bryan Singer explains how this movie will address X-Men: The Last Stand: There are parts of X-Men 3… it isn't what I would have done, but parts of it, I liked. Ellen Page was something I liked in X-Men 3 and I'm bringing her to Days of Future Past. Certain things are different. There was a lot going on in it and I wasn't so happy with so many people dying, but then there were some really sweet moments with that kid, the cure kid... I said I'll "fix a few things" [with Days of Future Past]. It won't be its primary function but there will be some … [Read more...] about Major Hints About
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Amazon made waves when it announced late last week that it planned to spend $700 million to retrain one-third of its U.S. workforce—100,000 employees—as part of its ‘Upskilling 2025’ initiative. The sizable commitment, which the Wall Street Journal notes is “among the biggest corporate retraining initiatives” yet announced, will fund pilot programs, classes, and tuition fees for employees. “The American workforce is changing,” Amazon’s announcement proclaims, and “there’s a greater need for technical skills in the workplace than ever before.” Translation: We will be automating your job soon, and if you want to keep a decent paying gig here, study up. As is often the case when the online retail giant makes a sweeping, headline-grabbing announcement, we’re left with at least as many questions as answers. The first among them being: Is upskilling—or retraining, or reskilling—that many employees even … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
Online dating apps, pornography, advertising, and the continued existence of the human race all testify to a healthy, ongoing interest in sex among human beings, despite the fact that millennials appear to be having less of it. Until the day pills or radiation extinguish the last embers of human horniness, sex will likely continue to shape and govern society in all kinds of ways. It’s worth wondering, though, what a world without a sex drive might look like. How would it affect the way we interact with one another? What would it mean for the environment? And with the species potentially at risk of extinction, would it be ethical for governments to intervene in some way? To address these questions in this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of sociologists, population scientists and bioethicists with a range of opinions, who among other things pointed out that “sex” and “sex drive” haven’t always historically had a lot to do with one … [Read more...] about What Would Happen If Everyone in the World Lost Their Sex Drive?
It seemed virtually inevitable that I would be thrown out of AutismOne, a yearly conference that has been accused of being a hive of anti-vaccine sentiments, bad science, scaremongering and worthless products. The conference has, after all, ejected several science bloggers who have previously attended, as well as a Chicago Tribune journalist, a filmmaker, and a representative from the California Department of Public Health. Also, I did not have a press pass. I will spare you the suspense: I was thrown out of AutismOne. Specifically, I was politely taken out of a lecture by an ex-police officer working security, stripped of my attendee badge, and accused, wrongly and at some length, of working with a journalist for NBC. They also gave me my money back. “We don’t want you to do a hacked-up job,” explained the ex-police officer, guiding me hastily towards the exit. In truth, and this has been the case for a long time, AutismOne doesn’t want journalists to do any … [Read more...] about Everything I Learned While Getting Kicked out of America’s Biggest Anti-Vaccine Conference
Imagine yourself on a beautiful, tropical vacation—or just fake it. For around $40 and a couple hours of your time, you can have a highly-usable portable green screen and put yourself anywhere. IndyMogule takes you through the build steps and other things you'll want to consider (like proper lighting), but basically you're going to need a bunch of PVC pipe and some thicker green fabric. It's a pretty simple, intuitive process of just assembling the PVC pieces into a stable frame and hanging the green fabric tightly. I built a larger version back in 2006 and, aside from cutting the pipe, it was a pretty effortless undertaking. I used it to make a video that got me involved with a very cool project at my job at the time, so never underestimate the wonders of where DIY can take you. Either way, it's still pretty awesome to have a green screen you can collapse and take with you. Advertisement Green Screen on the Go Build [IndyMogul via WonderHowTo] … [Read more...] about Make a Portable Green Screen on the Cheap