Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Honda Humanoid History

Honda Worldwide posted a history of the two-legged walking humanoid from conception (E0) to now (ASIMO). See it here.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Milton Bradley = Nostradamus?

In 1986, Milton Bradley released a game called Fortress America as a part of the Gamemaster Series of strategy games from the '80s (ie: Axis & Allies, Shogun).

The premise is the United States has been invaded by China in the West, the Soviet Union in the East and Central America in the South, with each player playing one of the invaders (or a combination thereof if you have less than 4 players) and one player playing the U.S. It takes place in the "not too distant future" as you play with "hovertanks" and whatnot. It's a pretty straight-forward strategic war game scenario. The goal of the invaders is to take (and hold for one turn) 18 American cities. America simply needs to wipe out all the invaders.

NOTE: Since 9/11 Fortress America has enjoyed a notable resurgance in popularity, particularly the first edition with the Saddam look-alike on the cover (this was removed from later editions).

Friday, May 05, 2006

Han Solo Shot First

FINALLY, the original version of the Star Wars trilogy is being released on DVD... coming in September. That's right, i'm a geek.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Detroit Techno Goes Symphonic

I remember Jeff Mills when he was know as the "The Wizard" of 98FM in Detroit back in the '80s. At the time i was in college in Ann Arbor where he would sometimes guest at the local club (Nectarine aka Necto). He also DJed the black fraternity parties regularly. When you saw his name on a party invitation you knew the night would be off the chain!

Now one of the hottest techno DJ/Producers out there has expanded his resume in the form of collaboration with a symphonic orchestra. It's a new DVD titled "Jeff Mills & The National Orchestra of Montpellier - Blue Potential."