In part one of the two-part video, Heck started building the quadcopter from scratch -- the first time he has attempted building one -- using model aeroplanes cannibalized for their propellers, controllers, motors, and wires. Part of what he wanted to do was cut down on the wire tangle that's usually found in homemade quadcopters. … Read more
The announcement that Ben Affleck will don the hallowed Batsuit for the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel has led to what can fairly be described as a massive hissyfit from some fans. To see just how massive, we can check in at Change.org, where more than 75,000 people have signed a petition to register their disgust and demand Affleck's removal from the role.
The petition gives a litany of reasons why Warner Brothers should dump Affleck from the film project. These include inadequate acting skills to portray Bruce Wayne. ("He's not intimidating enough for the role of Batman," writes petition-starter John Roden. Says a signer, "He can't carry a movie on his own and is certainly no superhero.") Also cited: his "atrocious" portrayal of superhero Daredevil in the 2003 movie of the same name. … Read more
Steve Ballmer made "Gigli."
He thought it was a good idea at the time and the public decided it wasn't. And anyway, he was in love with the, um, concept.
Ben Affleck was the man responsible for Vista. He hurried it through, the people recoiled. His reputation suffered.
Oh, and then he won another Oscar.
Yes, I know I've inverted the names. But for the last few days Ballmer and Affleck, two men who have enjoyed perfectly successful careers, have been treated like related Enemies of the Twitter State.
One was vilified because he … Read more
Are you ready for a new caped crusader?
Ben Affleck was unmasked Thursday as the actor who will portray Batman in "Man of Steel 2," the planned sequel to this summer's Superman blockbuster. Movie fans got their first taste of the new movie, which pairs up the two superheroes for the first time on the big screen, during a panel discussion at Comic-Con last month. … Read more
Talking Ben the Dog is one in a long line of talking apps that manages to combine the benefits of the iPhone technology with an interactive experience that is exceptionally entertaining. The reason Talking Ben the Dog (and his Tom Cat sibling app) works so well is because it sticks to the basics. The dog responds to just about everything you do onscreen, from calling him and having a conversation to poking his feet, ribbing him in the stomach, or manipulating the environment around him.
The app amounts to something of a sandbox, allowing you to do any number of … Read more
Engineer Ben Kokes is a lot of things. He's an outdoor enthusiast. He's a Bronco mechanic. He's a tinkerer who builds electronic gadgets for fun. He's also in love.
I'll let him tell his story in his own words: "Once upon a time, a boy met a girl. Then a short amount of time later, the boy decided to design and build a ring for the girl, because doing things in the most complicated way possible is just what he does to show the love." To that end, Kokes made a ring. But not just any ring. It's a titanium ring with internal illumination.… Read more
NICASIO, Calif. -- Growing up in the 1960s, Ben Burtt was such a big "Star Trek" fan that when he went off to college at a school where he had no TV, he had his father record the audio from each week's episode and mail it to him.
Sitting in his dorm room, Burtt would listen to the shows with headphones on, taking in each new episode with no pictures. But he didn't need the video to understand what was going on. "It was so vividly portrayed with excellent sound effects," Burtt said, "… Read more
The one thing everyone wants to know about Christian Gheorghe's life is the one thing he won't talk about.
In Silicon Valley, where the top talent at the hottest companies -- the Zuckerbergs, the Brins, the Cooks, and so forth -- are household names and paparazzi bait, Gheorghe's name isn't in play. Though he is a Silicon Valley CEO, his company, Tidemark, makes enterprise-focused performance and financial management applications, certainly not the sexiest of products.
But to a category of people who matter a lot in Valley -- the VCs -- Gheorghe is a bona-fide hero, … Read more