Some props are sketched by a conceptual artist and painstakingly assembled by union craftspeople piece by piece. Many more, though, are simply castings. This is particularly true of movie prop firearms. Matt Damon can’t pistol-whip a bad guy with a real Sig Sauer 9-mm hero gun in The Bourne Identity. A “live gun” is used strictly for close-ups and shooting blanks, where filming anything but an actual Sig just won’t do. To pull off a pistol-whip scene, the prop department must cast a Sig Sauer stunt gun out of soft rubber. Guns are also cast in hard rubber, resin, and even metal depending on what function they need to serve in the film. In the prop collecting community, castings and recastings (castings of castings) are highly contentious subjects. “If you look for cheap movie prop kits or ‘raw castings’ on eBay, you’ll find hundreds of people all over the world who bought some shitty rubber prop and made it shittier by recasting it,” says former Lucasfilm VFX designer and MythBusters host Adam Savage. “Because every time you cast something, each successive generation gets crappier.” So when Savage decided to add the comically oversized Samaritan handgun to his prop collection, he went straight to the source: Guillermo del Toro, director of the Hellboy franchise. Unlike a lot of iconic props, there aren’t many genuine Samaritan castings on the market. Del Toro owns the only hero Samaritan, which was cast in aluminum by the famous Weta Workshop in New Zealand. He also had a spare screen-used hard rubber Samaritan casting, which he traded straight up for a casting of Adam Savage’s immaculate scratch-built Blade Runner PKD blaster. A perfect clone of visual designer TyRuben Ellingson’s original concept for the film, the Samaritan is one of the heaviest stunt handguns ever cast. “My Samaritan weighs 5 or 6 pounds,” Savage says proudly. “Guillermo had the stunt guns cast in hard rubber because he wanted them to feel heavy when [Hellboy star] Ron Perlman picked them up.” The Weta detailing is so accurate that this thing could pass for the hero Samaritan in a tight shot. “The gravitas and veracity of this prop is exceptional,” Savage says. “It feels luxurious to hold.”
Sites related to musicians, bands and the music industry, as well online radio and other destinations that offer streaming audio content.
The office’s statement noted that “this is not the first instance of direct assault on the operations of the Secretary of State’s office.”
The very first tenant of the Batavia Industrial Center, back in 1959, was Ted Snell, a sign maker who built the large metal sign that still hangs outside the front door of building one. Snell was also a poet, and in his 1943 volume, Treasure Trove, he sang an ode to Batavia: “Here Industry employs and Labor thrives / And sweet content in living still survives / And humbly here the simple creed sustains / Of honest effort and its honest gains.”
Previously, for example, teaching students about inner ear anatomy meant carving up a corpse’s ear. Calgary’s new VR system allows researchers to simulate and study an ear without ever touching a human body.
After the turkey is consumed and the pie covered in whipped cream, I’m bringing out the Awkward Family Photos board game. And afterwards, we just might take some awkward family photos of our own!
In a company presentation, one slide read, “Jeff Bezos has predicted that, by the year 2020, one out of every four workampers in the United States will have worked for Amazon.”
Fair use: Another section says that if anyone wants to use the copy-protection standard, to be drafted by the Federal Communications Commission, they have to use the whole thing. That’s designed to preserve at least minimal “fair use” rights. [Section 6(b)]
An agent from the William Morris Agency saw a trailer for Moonshine while surfing the net, and helped usher the film into Sundance.
Google agrees. “Along with many in the industry, we feel passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe,” Grosse and Upadhyay write in their paper.
During the trial, U.S. District Judge Robert Jones had told the jury the posters and Web site should be considered threats if they could be taken as such by a “reasonable person.” Jones also had instructed the jury to consider the history of violence in the anti-abortion movement, including the slayings of Slepian and two other doctors whose names had appeared on the list.
Early demand for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is strong, with 6,635 people reserving cars in just three days – a figure that represents more than 10 percent of the Leafs Nissan will build in its first year of production.
ITS America was mandated by Congress in 1991 to coordinate the development and deployment of intelligent transportation systems in the United States.
With the advent of 5G, Deutsche Telekom may receive offers for T-Mobile from other U.S. companies, such as DISH Network Corp and Comcast Corp. Sprint could also be an acquisition target for other companies, the sources said.
ID Analytics, a fraud-fighting firm, has produced numerous studies through the years examining millions of fraud reports and credit applications in data it collects from lenders. It had never studied the direct relationship between sharing information online and the odds that someone would become a fraud victim, however. Until now.
That being said, Yellowstone is still a very exciting place. It is one of the only active continental hotspots on Earth – and by far the most active. It was one of the most vigorous geothermal areas in North America and as I mentioned before, the Yellowstone hotspot produced three of the largest explosive eruptions in the Cenozoic. For all these reasons and more, Yellowstone is definitely an exciting place, even without the fearmongering that comes in most media coverage.
“Today, how people sync music is they’re manually connecting that USB cable, they have to transfer all their files, and any time your library changes, you’ve got to sync up,” Tsui told Wired.com. “With the music now in the cloud, we believe you don’t have to do that anymore. Any changes happen in the background, and you see that on your mobile device.”
“We don’t know if the study of high-resolution images will shed any light on which way (Gutenberg) may have printed the edition, but the images will certainly be used to try to make such determinations,” Grycz said.
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The notion that telephone support “engineers” in India speak English is folly – a folly that becomes a fact maybe, because enough people, wired.com included, repeat it and repeat it and repeat it (“Microsoft Cuts U.S. Jobs,” July 3, 2003).
“Every day since March, I checked Salam Pax’s Baghdad blog. I’ll bet you did, too,” Jarvis wrote. “It was like having a missing relative.… Most times, there’s an unhappy ending to that story. But now, it appears, we have our happy ending.”
Wired.com: Is that because there are things you could do to make a lot more money right now?
Name just about any terrifying infectious disease, and no matter how Grand Guignol its symptoms, some people who get it also get better—that’s true for smallpox, polio, even Ebola. In a broad range of viral diseases, says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “the overwhelming majority of people survive, and when they do they completely eradicate the virus. And not only that, but they’re immune for the rest of their lives.”
Having launched a month ago and hindered with some slowdowns from Hurricane Sandy, the site is now in full swing. Let’s hope delayed Kickstarters start showing up in a more timely manner now.
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In its hockey incarnation, speed and spatial data is captured though a radio tag, or “player patch,” placed on a player’s helmet. Equibase, which serves as the thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information, approached Trakus for a similar application.
“People that are against it will click,” Cheit said, “But they might not raise their hand and say it.”
“(ATI) says they launched, but no one except reviewers can seem to get a hold of them,” said Reverend Love. “WTF? Vaporware.”
Developer Jonathan Zdziarski followed up with his own announcement Monday, claiming that the latest version of his Dspam antispam software, which is also an open-source package, achieved similar rates during a test on “live” data this month. According to Zdziarski, the filter missed just one spam message out of 3,000, and erroneously marked one legitimate message out of 3,250.
I was 11 when my father destroyed the condominium where he was living. Searching for hidden transistors or other devices that might be beaming voices into his skull, he took a hammer to the walls, shoved his fists into the holes, and pulled off chunks of plaster. He shut off the power generator and cut the electrical wires in the walls. He put his ear to the floor. He ripped up the carpet. He called 9-1-1.
For the time being, state regulators appear content standing in the lobby. The settlement, announced Monday, wrapped up a broad investigation into privacy practices at DoubleClick, which is no stranger to regulatory scrutiny.