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  2. In the first season of Colony we find mankind living on an Earth where an Alien race has imposed a sort of marshal law. There's a curfew, limitations on travel, and law enforcement agencies have been replaced with "red hat" collaborators who show little mercy and are backed up by alien drones. All of this is already in place when Season 1 began, so when I realized that the Season 2 premiere was mostly focused on the the hours leading up to the aliens arrival I was quite intrigued. In retrospect, I have to say it was it was quite satisfying to learn the back stories of so man characters and sequence of events only hinted at in the original season, however I was left with little to know understanding of where season 2 is going. Hopefully, the next few episodes (which have already aired) will move the story forward and answer some of the questions like why the Aliens are here and what are they mining. That said, I wondering if anyone else is watching this show, and what do you think? Shawn T.
  3. I'm hoping the XBOX One Scropio supports multiple headsets already on the market - like the Vive and Oculus, and some of the new ones coming from other big electronics manufacturers. I'm also on the lookout for the next gen of the Gear VR headset / Phone combo as my phone is really showing it's age... not sure if it will launch with the Galaxy S8 this spring or Note 8 this fall? It's like four months away, but I really hope MS will give us Scorpio details at E3!
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  5. I watched The Expanse's Season 2 Premiere last night and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. While I felt the last season started a little slow, and ended a confusing mess, this new season's pilot makes the state of the system clear: Someone found Alien biological material/virus, and someone or some group is trying to get Earth and Mars to go to war. As for the effects and stages, I have to say the were for the most part very well done. All in all, I enjoyed the premiere and I'm looking forward to this season with the hope it doesn't get bogged down and keeps moving at good pace What did you think?
  6. I was very skeptical about VR as a whole until I had the chance to try the Samsung Gear VR. Although the only programs that were loaded on the phone were demos, I was VERY impressed with how well the whole thing worked. The motion as you moved your head around was extremely responsive, much more so than I thought it would be. One of the apps was a mine car ride. Pretty simple, right? That thing had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire ride and I was actually moving around with the mine car. Being able to look around and see firefly's and dragons flying around only helped to immerse myself in this 'simple' demo. And, this was only a phone powering the experience. I can't imagine what a dedicated unit, powered by a modern PC could do. So, now I'm sold on the whole VR thing. BUT, price is the biggest obstacle for me. Maybe by the time I've picked one up, the other issues you mentioned will be addressed!
  7. I'd REALLY like to get one of these headsets but the price is the biggest factor for me right now. If I was just getting the headset I MAYBE (very BIG MAYBE) would be able to get it but I'd need a better PC and even if I wanted the psvr I'd need a PS4 and I'd most likely would want the PS4 pro for the beefier specs so that will cost! Lots of speculation that VR will come to the Xbox but I have a feeling that will probably be scorpio only and not the current x1 models, we'll see.
  8. Science Fiction is becoming Science Fact! As someone who owns an Oculus Rift, I can confidently say I believe we are likely only one ot two hardware generations away from a VR solution for the masses. While the Oculus and other platforms work well, they have a few shortcomings that seem to be holding them back. The first is price. The Vive is $800, and the Rift is $600, and both require a fairly beefy PC. In fact, Playstation VR is the most affordable at $500, but only the future will tell if the PS4 will be able to run any "killer" VR apps. The next issue is one of resolution. Sometimes "in game" on today's models you will notice a screen door effect which is caused by having the "less than 1080p" screens close enough that you can make out individual pixels. This resolution issue also sometimes makes objects far away seem a little pixelated or jaggy. And finally, the lower resolution means less field of view, which also results in a blurry effect if you are no looking straight ahead. Basically, if you want to look at something and not see it blurry you need to tun your head to look at it straight on, and not just look in it's direction with your eyes. And the final issue is one of comfort. Of the current gen of VR HMD (head mounted displays) the PSVR is said to be the most comfortable. I'm not sure if this is because of it's design, or because some of the hardware (and weight) was removed to a separate box. That said, for VR to ever be accepted by the masses the headsets will need to be comfy, light, and allow nearsighted people to keep their glasses on without having to order a special "narrow" set of frames. ------------------------------------------------------ So what do you think? Are we only one or two generations of hardware away from the future of mass adoption of VR? Please feel free to post your thoughts below, Shawn T, Fan of Science, Technology, and Sci Fi
  9. Me too - I'm soooo happy to have my Kinect back!
  10. It's pretty good, my son has watched it a few times.
  11. This is our planet, and while we might not currently be taking good care of it I think we will get much better at it in the near future. So while aliens are welcome to visit in small groups after going through interplanetary customs, they can't have our planet as it's ours
  12. I remember seeing the commercial - looks like a fun movie!
  13. There is a Dreamworks animated movie called Home, I would like that kind of alien invasion then say Independence Day! Instead of destroying everyone and everything they were looking for a planet to colonize so they abducted everyone on earth and relocated them, onto the ship I think or maybe one area on Earth can't remember now. Granted you're not in your own home anymore but at least you're not obliterated.
  14. I also found both The Time Machine movies extremely interesting - I love seeing how different people imagine the future. I really enjoyed the book Timeline, and the movie was ok. As to my fav... hmm I'll need to think about it and post again
  15. Wow, two good choices! Jurassic and 1000 years into the future! Not sure I could top that!
  16. My favorite movie is the original Time Machine (the remake was fine). Lot of time travel TV shows, especially lately, but I'd have to say Quantum Leap was my favorite, so far. It was a little different take on the genre as he didn't physically go through time but rather switched conciseness with someone in the past. So not only did you get to see the different time periods in the past but a little of the future. Another small difference was he could only travel within his life time so he couldn't go back to the dark ages or dinosaurs. I guess that was one way to keep the budget down so you didn't have to get too crazy with the sets (also no CG when this was out). What is your favorite?
  17. If you could travel in time would you go into the past or the future? If the past, when/where would you go? I'd go into the future, far into the future like a few thousand years. I'd like to see if we (humans) are still around and if we are still on Earth. If I did go into the past I'd go back to either Egypt when the pyramids were being built to see how they did it or probably when the dinosaurs were around (probably the jurrassic).
  18. I'm a HUGE sci-fi fan and predominately gravitate toward this genre with all media I consume. I started out with the old Ray Harryhausen movies and go all the way up till today (and in the past) with star wars or interstellar (sometimes you need some deep stuff sometimes you need the popcorn movie!). I used to read Dan Simmons books when I was younger but fell off on reading a while back. I'm now starting to read again but right now I'm reading a non-fiction book but maybe I'll jump into something after that. Actually now that I think of it I'm going to read Kingdom Come again for the millionth time when I'm done with my current book. I guess you can call that science fiction and I would recommend it if you haven't read it before. It's a comic from DC that deals with the future of the DC universe and what happens when the super hero youth take over after the old guard has all but left. Pretty good stuff and I think a timeless concept, this was originally created back in 1996!! It was written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross with beautiful painted art by Alex Ross.
  19. Yep, the future is NOW!!! Pretty cool stuff out now and coming up. The only thing I have now that I use voice control for is the Xbox One and I use it quite often when I'm playing.
  20. Not yet but I really want to start it soon before it gets totally spoiled for me!!
  21. Reading the news stories from CES 2017, it dawned on me that very soon real life is going to catch up with Science Fiction in the area of total voice control of our homes and devices. And I'm not just talking about asking your phone or smart speaker to look up information on the internet, or play a song for you. You'll soon be able to pre-heat your oven, check if there's any milk left in your fridge, and even request your favorite refreshment be brought to you, all using voice commands from the comfort of your easy chair. The Road to Total Voice Control: While speech recognition voice control has been around almost as long as electronics and personal computers, in most cases it was limited to dictation and controlling the software applications installed on your PC. And while many high end cars like my 2011 Dodge Charger came with voice control of the entertainment center and Bluetooth connected cell phones, it seems like Smart Phones was where voice control seemed to find its first foothold with the masses. Most would credit the release of Siri (in Beta) and the Apple iPhone 4S in late 2011 as the first iteration of this trend. Unlike many previous attempts at voice recognition and control which either had a very limited number of commands or required a long period of training the software to recognize your speech patterns, Siri used its persistent connection to the internet to offload this work to the server farms back at Apple. And the fact that Siri didn't work without a connection to the internet wasn't a major concern for most users since most of their requests involved asking Siri to look up information on the internet. The success of Siri in 2012 wasn't missed by other tech companies, and many began to bring their own voice control product to market. In our home, the next voice control product landed in 2013 in the form of the Kinect 2 enabled XBOX One. Being able to turn a gaming console on and off with voice commands was nice, but being able to record a clip to share on your XBOX activity stream (like a Facebook wall for the XBOX) and start and stop Twitch streams verbally without stopping gameplay, was a much used and welcomed feature. Then came the Amazon Echo, aka Alexa, in 2014. As a Prime member I got a chance to pre-order the unit before it was released to the public, and even though I didn't know what I was going to use it for I jumped at the chance to get early access to one. In many ways Alexa was like Siri, but a standalone speaker version. And as a long time Amazon and Audible customer, the fact that Alexa had instant access to my substantial music and audio book library made using Alexa to listen to that library as simple ask just verbalizing the request. Not to be left out, Microsoft jumped in by releasing its own "build-in" version of voice control for Windows 10 PCs in 2014. Dubbed "Cortana," its release brought the friendly voice control features most people first because aware with Siri back in 2012 to the PC free off charge through Microsoft's no-cost Windows 10 upgrades. Total Voice Control: Coming soon... With that short history of voice control in mind, it seems to me that Amazon's foresight to license Alexa to be used in nearly anything is going to pay off. I say this because so many products at this year's CES were shown with Alexa integration it's kind of hard to keep count. From refrigerators with built-in LCD displays and cameras, to personal "Robot" assistants, to Ford vehicles, it seems like everything is getting voice control, and it is being made by the seemingly easy integration of Amazon's voice control technology. If you want to see it for yourself, check out the below article which details many of the new products which will soon be releasing with voice control And if you have an option about the future of voice control, please feel free to post them as a response to this post! Sincerely, Shawn T
  22. Has anyone else watched "Stranger Things" It started out a little slow for me, but I enjoyed how it ramped up towards the end. Also, most of the kids in the show just look, arkward! And I'm not sure the very final clip made me want to come back for season two though... seems like they may retread the season one? What do you think?
  23. Ok, definitely have to start reading because I don't know any of these characters......... lol
  24. Man Of War (M.R. Forbes) Great new series, but a couple things didn't make sense NOTE: You can read my review of the book here: I just finished Man of War and have to say I did really enjoy it! That said, four things at the end didn't make sense to me... 1) Why didn't they give Gabriel the alien fabric? With all the discussion earlier about how the fabric was so unique, and maybe even alive, why didn't they give a sample to Gabe along with the plasma gun? 2) Why transition to FTL going through the earth - why not go FTL through the satellite defense grid. Maybe I missed something, but I don't remember any issues with getting up to FTL speeds before hitting the defense satellites... so why not just fly through them? 3) Ehri set up Donovan to enter the Alien ship? Huh? I don't think this is plausible. The trip down the pipe to the water collection area was too crazy to be sure anyone would try it. 4) Gabriel's mom was the Alien leader’s best friend? Hard to believe she could do that Ok, this is the worse one because no one who was as passionate about human life could befriend, never mind bestie the alien in charge of wiping it out of existence. Just saying. That said, I still really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next one in the series! Peace out, Shawn
  25. Envisioning FTL I thought it would be cool to list the many ways different "faster than light" has been envisioned. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Star Trek's Warp Drive In Star Trek lore, the warp drive uses a matter/antimatter reactor to create plasma, and by sending this plasma through warp coils, creates a warp bubble which moves a craft into subspace, thus allowing it to exceed the speed of light. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Star Wars Hyperspace In the Star Wars movies and books FTL is accomplished using "Hyperspace," an alternate dimension enabling starships to travel faster than light through "hyperspace lanes" When entering hyperspace, a starship takes advantage of the wrinkles in the fabric of realspace to reduce journey time, "jumping" from one point to another without having to travel directly between them. However, large objects in realspace also cast "mass shadows" in hyperspace, so hyperspace jumps necessitated very precise calculations, and there are also many predetermined "safe" hyperspace routes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please feel free to post your thoughts, and I'll occasionally update this first post list.
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