Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Captain Marvel has been chosen

Los Angeles Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson will play the lead role in the upcoming superhero film Captain Marvel, Marvel has announced.

The studio, in an announcement at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, said Larson would play the title character Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, reports aceshowbiz.com.

The 26-year-old, who won an Oscar award for her role in Room earlier this year, surprised the crowd by showing up on the stage with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige as well as the cast of "Doctor Strange", "Black Panther", "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" for a group photograph.

Captain Marvel marks the first Marvel film with a woman in the lead role. The character debuted in the comics in 1968 as a human companion to the original Captain Marvel (the space alien Mar-Vell). She developed super powers of her own in a mid-1970s storyline and was initially called Ms. Marvel. She was given the title Captain Marvel in 2012 in tribute to the original, who was killed off via cancer in 1982.

Captain Marvel is slated for release on March 8, 2019.

Source: http://www.news18.com/news/movies/brie-larson-all-set-to-enter-marvel-universe-as-captain-marvel-1273644.html

I am looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I know the Marvel fanboys, myself included, will be enough to make the film a success as far as making a profit, but I would love to see it do as well as the male lead solo films.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

DeepMind saves Google money

Google's DeepMind has reduced its power consumption thanks to artificial intelligence

Google is using the firm's artificial intelligence system to control parts of its data centers, DeepMind cofounder Demis Hassabis told Bloomberg on Tuesday. DeepMind, which Google acquired in 2014, is using its AI engine to change how data center servers and cooling systems work to reduce power consumption.

The company didn't say how much it's saving Google. Hassabis tipped a 15 percent improvement in power efficiency since Google launched the program this year, which he said is a "huge savings in terms of cost."

The average electricity price in the US can range from $25 to $40 per megawatt hour, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. At a 15 percent savings, it's possible Google, which operates massive data centers, is recouping millions in energy costs simply by relying upon DeepMind.

Hassabis said Google was "astounded" by what his company's technology could do, and has been surprised by how many "variables" in data centers it could address.

"It controls about 120 variables in the data centers. The fans and the cooling systems and so on, and windows and other things," Hassabis said. "They were pretty astounded."

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/news/346288/google-is-using-ai-to-cut-its-power-bill

Monday, July 18, 2016

Star Wars

This past weekend Star Wars Celebration took place. It was Europe’s turn to host the event. Unlike last year, I was not able to watch the live stream. I did however watch a number of the panels as they were put up on YouTube. I’m still going through them, but what I have seen so far was enjoyable.

I am a Star Wars fan and I always will be. They would have to do something tremendously bad for me to stop loving this franchise. When the new ownership took over I knew they push the money machine that is Star Wars. I am happy with what I have seen so far. Rebooting the EU was a bit worrisome, but I understood why it was needed. I am currently reading Aftermath: Life Debt. Good book so far.

To all my fellow Star Wars fans, enjoy the time we live in. At one time I never thought I would see another Star Wars movie come out. Now they may go on long after I am gone.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Exercise is good

The last few days has been a change of pace in a good way. My wife and I have been working on being more active for the last year and a half. We have had up and down results. Our spurts of daily activity usually end up being interrupted by other events that demand our attention more. Since Sunday evening we have been at the park every evening. Yes, we are catching pokemon. I was surprised Sunday when I saw how many people were downtown walking around. We have talked to strangers that we normally would never have a reason to speak to. It has been fun. Next week her work kicks off their yearly fitness challenge. Our fitbit data should be interesting with all the walking we will be doing.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pokemon Go

Oh yes, I am playing as well. My daughter downloaded it first. I have a few friends that are playing also. I decided to try it out. Got my wife to download it too. She loves any type of virtual creature games that has a collection mechanic. So the last 3 days we have been out to the park 3 times and my fitbit has been hitting my 10k step goal with ease. Went downtown last night and the people out playing was awesome. That was the most people i have ever seen at the park when there wasn't an event going on.

May stay in tonight though, my legs are worn out.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Wonderful Game coming to PS4

"Kerbal Space Program" is set to launch on the PlayStation 4 on July 12.

"Kerbal Space Program," also known as KSP, is a space simulator game, which features fictional humanoid characters on a seemingly Earth-like planet. Players are set to venture on a journey much like how people perceive how NASA operates, Engadget reported.

The Kerbal development team first revealed the plan to bring the game to the PS4 during this year's E3 event. Although no release date was announced during the gaming conference, but PlayStation had recently made the announcement that the space simulator game would come to the console on July 12.

KSP had displayed a lot of potential during its beta version, and it has become a fan favorite in just short notice. The alpha version has been on Steam for quite a while now, and it has garnered a 97 percent positive rating on the online store.

"Kerbal Space Program" offers a lot other than space simulation. Players can develop designs building rockets, as well as planes; both space-bound or conventional planes, according to the PlayStation blog.

The game features a relatively complex physics engine with a lot of creative freedom allowed for the players, but it also caters to casual gamers, as well. The developers had created a balance between technical accuracy and fun mechanics.

Players can choose between three game modes to best suit one's playing preference. Game modes can range from Sandbox, whereas the player has complete freedom over the game mechanics without any distractions from mission objectives, Venture Beat reported.

In Science mode, players have the objective to perform scientific experiments wherein one could collect credits to purchase more equipment, eventually progressing in the game. The last of which is the Career mode, where players take on a full journey that "Kerbal Space Program" has to offer.

The developers revealed that the PS4 version of the game utilizes the DualShock 4 controller with a new control map for a more precision.

 Source: http://www.universityherald.com/articles/33846/20160709/kerbal-space-program-set-launch-playstation-4-july-12-ksp.htm

Friday, July 8, 2016

No Man's Sky is finally coming

Colourful space simulator No Man's Sky has been tantalizing the community for a couple of years with its awesome looking universe. Finally the endless tease is coming to an end - No Man Sky has gone gold.
The creator of No Man's Sky, Sean Murray, tweeted a celebratory image of the development team standing behind a disc of the finished code. 
It must have been an emotional moment for Hello Games, a modestly-sized studio whose ambitious project has attracted the right kind of attention from all corners of the globe.

The game is set in a massive procedurally generated universe in which every planet is unique. Elite Dangerous plays a similar trick with its gargantuan galaxy map, but the worlds of No Man's Sky have stolen hearts because they're just so damned beautiful.
You too can chart a course to uncharted planets on August 10 when No Man's Sky will be crash landing on PS4 and PC.
It was originally scheduled for a June release, but was pushed back to allow for some more time for developmental polish. 
Or maybe it was because of that Sky TV lawsuit. Either way, bring on August 10.

Source: http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a800601/no-mans-sky-is-complete-at-last/

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Busy Times

Life gets busy, at least that is what I tell myself. I want to write and I try to make time. One week I do great, the next not so much. Then you throw in the last few months. My wife needed surgery and was out of work for six weeks. I took care of her and made sure she had what she needed during recovery. The problem is that when she is off work I can never find a writing groove. There were other family things thrown in there as well, but it is just life. I also keep telling myself to post on this blog more often. I mean too, but I get side tracked. That is a direct result of what I think is adult ADD. I can get side tracked very easily.

So, why am I posting today? Because I need to make it a habit. I have posted so many times that I need to post more often. I am setting myself a goal of at least one post a day. It may very well be a copy and paste news article that I found interesting. It may be something I write myself. Any way around it I want to make it a daily goal.

All this while I strive to put myself behind the keyboard for 4 hours a day working on my newest book project. I really want to get an agent with this one and a traditional publishing deal. Only time will tell if that dream comes true.