May 27, 2010

Introducing: Nerd News!

Thank you to all of you who offered up suggestions for what to call Bits 2.0, and I apologize for not using any of them. This morning, I struck upon a title that made me smile. So, without further ado, I give you:
Nerd News will feature much of what you've come to expect from Bits, focusing mainly on the nerdier links and news I run across in my weekly Internet travels. And so you can mark your calendars, Nerd News will be posted on Thursdays. For some reason, Thursday strikes me as a particularly nerdy day.

Now, I couldn't just post this info and not give your something for your time, could I? Read on, friends, for the inaugural posting of Nerd News.

This most excellent video "premake" was sent to me by a coworker.
It's particularly fitting for this month, since May 21 was the 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back.

Along the same lines, check out this awesome Periodic Table of The Empire Strikes Back over on SciFi Wire.

I haven't played WoW in months—I hit 80, got kind of bored, needed to cut some expenses—but this mount makes me want to start up again.
And yes, if I was still playing, I probably would shell out $25 for it.

A Mass Effect movie is in the works:
The producers behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man are teaming for Mass Effect, a live-action, big screen adaptation of the Electronic Arts-BioWare videogame.

Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni have acquired the film rights to the game and will produce the movie along with former Marvel Studios honcho Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad. BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will serve as executive producers, as will Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson. Warner Bros. will distribute the film.

Furthermore, the producers are in negotiations with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, Thor) about penning the script. The Mass Effect movie is in the nascent stages of development.
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BioWare's epic science fiction series takes place in the year 2183 and follows Commander Shepard of the SS Normandy who leads a team on a mission to defeat an ancient alien race that invades the galaxy every 50,000 years, wiping out all organic life.
Full disclosure: Mass Effect (1 and 2) are the only video games I have ever beat. And I love them. I think the storyline of the games is certainly rich enough to make a movie of. The only beef I think I'll have is that the main character will probably be male. And I played Shepard as a female.

(Somewhat crap quality) photos of filming of the epilogue portion—when the characters are 40+ years old—of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have been leaked. Good gravy, they made them look old. It's both a bit creepy and really quite fantastic.

I love this side-by-side of the kids from Glee and Lady Gaga.

Hope you enjoyed it! I know it was a bit small, but I promise to work back up to epicness in the weeks to come.

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