Crowdfund campaign for a 500-kilometer walk across rural Japan

Crowdfund campaign for a 500-kilometer walk across rural Japan

In January 2019, Peter Orosz plans to live broadcast his snowy trek across the Japanese island of Shikoku. He will also produce a printed field report. The story is that last year I walked 2,700 miles from one end of Japan to the other, and now I will go back to walk the most interesting 300 miles in the winter, then write and print a large format Field Report about it. You will also be able to follow it live on YouTube and Instagram. It costs $45 to support the…

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‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’ is the Wildest Nicolas Cage Movie Ever Made, According to Nicolas Cage

‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’ is the Wildest Nicolas Cage Movie Ever Made, According to Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage has developed a reputation as a bit of an eccentric. No matter what movie he appears in, audiences look forward to seeing the actor unleash some of his patented Cage Rage, in which he lets loose and goes wild. More often than not, Cage doesn’t disappoint. But we apparently haven’t seen anything yet. According to Cage himself, his next movie – Prisoners of Ghostland – might be his most wild movie yet. The film will team Cage with Sion Sono, the Japanese director behind Why Don’t You Play in Hell? We…

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Anki’s Vector is getting Alexa access next week

Anki’s Vector is getting Alexa access next week

Vector’s already got the adorable bit down, courtesy of a team staffed by former Pixar and Dreamworks animators. But Anki’s grownup version of Cozmo can use a bit of help when it comes to smarts. Starting next week, the desktop robot will be able to tap into Amazon Alexa’s deep base of answers. The new feature will arrive as a software update on December 17. As evidenced by the below preview video, it’s not a direct integration into Vector’s AI personality. “Hey Vector” will get you an answer from the…

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IMAX pulls the plug on its dream of VR arcades

IMAX pulls the plug on its dream of VR arcades

The company behind the biggest screens in cinema is giving up on bringing VR screens within a few inches of users’ faces. The company announced today in a SEC filing that it will be shutting down its three remaining virtual reality centers including its flagship location in Los Angeles. Via the filing: In connection with the Company’s previously-announced strategic review of its virtual reality pilot initiative, the Company has decided to close its remaining VR locations and write-off certain VR content investments. The locations in LA, Bangkok and Toronto will…

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Virgin Galactic’s most recent test flight looks pretty dang impressive in a new video

Virgin Galactic’s most recent test flight looks pretty dang impressive in a new video

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Is Sabine Wren from ‘Star Wars Rebels’ in ‘The Mandalorian’?

Is Sabine Wren from ‘Star Wars Rebels’ in ‘The Mandalorian’?

Is a character from Star Wars Rebels going to pop up in the upcoming live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian? That’s the latest unconfirmed rumor. Word on the intergalactic street is that the helmet of Sabine Wren, a dropout of the Imperial Academy and a former bounty hunter who appeared on Rebels, is being used in The Mandalorian in some capacity. For now, this is all we really know. But this is Star Wars related, and we’re a film site, which means we have to speculate about it. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. Sabine…

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New ‘Game of Thrones’ calendar teases a mysterious beast of legend

New ‘Game of Thrones’ calendar teases a mysterious beast of legend

The World of Ice and Fire books are filled with so much that never makes it onto Game of Thrones. But newly released art for the 2020 calendar has renewed hope that we’ll see a fan-favorite beast mentioned only once on the show. Giant. Goddamn. Ice. Spiders. SEE ALSO: Everything we know about the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series In Season 1, Old Nan (a true prophet ahead of her time) tells Bran of all the horrors living beyond the Wall. She describes how long ago White Walkers (#BelieveOldNan), “swept…

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Artist lovingly paints Texas fast food joints in Kinkade-esque scenery

Artist lovingly paints Texas fast food joints in Kinkade-esque scenery

San Antonio artist Michael Esparza‘s oil paintings put Texas-based fast food restaurants in the center of bucolic landscapes. It’s hard not to compare his work to Thomas Kinkade’s but that’s the point. (The main difference, imo, is that Esparza’s pieces are actually palatable.) Texas Monthly: The idea for the series, which Esparza describes as “a little bit Bob Ross and a little bit Thomas Kinkade,” came to him 2012, just after he came back to Texas from a year of studying art in Italy. In Italy, nothing was built taller…

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This year, foster a Christmas tree instead of throwing one away

This year, foster a Christmas tree instead of throwing one away

The weeks after Christmas always involve a brutal massacre — of trees. New York City is already a hideous, odiferous noxious cesspool of waste. The city is magically even more toxic in the days following December 25. All along along our broken streets you’ll see the bodies of the Christmas dead: Balsam, Douglas Fir, Frasier Fir. It doesn’t have to be this way. People can make a different choice: they can foster a lil’ Christmas tree and help it grow into a beautiful adult tree.  SEE ALSO: Half Christmas trees…

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