Month: October 2015

BLOOD AND MADNESS: 8 Cinema Creepers for Halloween

Getting ready for Halloween is one of my cherished times of the year. I start hoarding skull travel cups from the drug stores, I blueprint what costumes I can make for my kitties, and finally, it’s considered “normal” to binge watch a lot of my favorite films. Instead of making a list of the best horror films to watch this season (I hope we all have seen the Shining, Halloween, and the Exorcist by now), I ruminated over a different kind of list… Most of these could be considered sci-fi or psychological thrillers, and even “tame” in the eyes of many horror cinephiles, but I prefer creepier— more imaginative— horror plots. Here are my own recommendations for everyone who’s in the mood for something spine-tingling, sinister, disturbing, shocking, but nonetheless— human (even when they are monsters).

8. Altered States (1980), directed by Ken Russell.

This one is for the sci-fi lovers out there— A doctor who experiments on himself with hallucinatory drugs and isolation chambers, this movie comments on creation and the power of the human ego. It’s packed with visceral visuals, accompanied by bits of pseudo-intellectual gab.

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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67lYG7a4YOA

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IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN… AND A HALLOWEEN COSTUME FOR MY ENTIRE GROUP OF FRIENDS.

So you waited until the last minute (again) to throw together your Halloween costume, and all the aisles at Party City and Spencer’s are picked over,  so you’re left to choose between purchasing a size XXL sexy referee costume or a stringy werwolf/witch wig that smells obviously used. Not to rub it in your face or anything, but you could have gone as a very well-dressed minimalist crew of Oz characters. Imagine skipping down a Yellow Brick Road wearing these spiffy shirts you can purchase at Society6. (Pro tip: Don’t be a tool. Plan ahead for next year, and call dibs as the Flying Monkey of your group.

 

Are Smartphones Making Us Dumb?

The answer is, probably not. But “dumb phones” are making a comeback. 

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The Petersen Automotive Museum Official iOS App Release

SPOILER ALERT: It’s awesome.

If you’ve ever been to The Petersen, you know what a “must-see” attraction it is, and not just for car-lovers. Some of the world’s most iconic and rare automobiles are kept here on display to help tell the story of our city, which was built around and for the automobile. So you’ll see the Batmobile, but you’ll also see an original Model T.

There’s only one small catch: The museum actually won’t be open until December, on its 20th birthday, after its massive renovation is complete. The cost is said to exceed $125 million, and the redesign includes a building facade of chrome silver ribbons that will be lit from beneath, evoking the “image of speed and organic curves of a coach-built automobile.” Check out this cool time-lapse video of construction progress. 

What else can you expect? Oh, not much, just TWENTY-TWO NEW GALLERIES OF CARS, CARS, AND MORE CARS. Plus, all the interactive technology to put you in the driver’s seat of automobiles from your wildest fantasies. You’ll be able to check out a revolving collection of BMW’s “Art Cars,” designed by artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, and more. Watch how a Maserati gets built from concept to completion, and take a spin one of several legendary racing circuits in a virtual reality driving simulator. That’s what’s up.

Before you visit, make sure you download The Petersen app. You wouldn’t go into a 3D movie without your 3D glasses, why would you go into this epic museum experience without the app that opens up new ways to explore, engage, and interact with the exhibits? Check out the demo video below and then visit the App Store to download!

The Petersen from O&O, Inc. on Vimeo.

 

GREAT SCOTT, #FutureDay is Finally Here!

As everyone knows, in the classic film “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly time travels to October 21, 2015 to save his family. It’s been twenty-six years since the 1989 movie hit theaters, and that glorious day is finally here. Chicago Cubs were predicted to win the World Series, television screens will be HUGE, and everyone is supposed to be riding hover boards.

To commemorate #FutureDay, AMC, Regal and other North American theater chains will screen the trilogy today, Wednesday (AMC at 4:29 p.m. local time, the time Marty arrived). The movie trilogy is being re-released on Blu-ray, and  Pepsi is selling bottles of”Pepsi Perfect,” the cola McFly orders in the second film.

 

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[TUTORIAL TUESDAY] Drupal 8 Custom Theme

And we’re back with a fresh tasty new tutorial for you!

In this tutorial I’ll review how to make a custom theme for a Drupal 8 site. I’ll show you how to define regions, attach css style and javascript files, and override the default design by using a Twig Template.

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The Instagram of Health is Here. And it’s not as creepy as it sounds… Or is it?

According to the USC Body Computing website, “The CBC is an innovation incubation center that commercializes wireless health products.” Partnered with the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and venture capitalists, they make products that mobilize, digitalize, and gamify health.

“Who will be the Facebook of medicine?  Who will be the Angry Birds of healthcare?” – Dr. Leslie Saxon

Or perhaps, Instagram? Biogram is a photo sharing app that lets users attach their heart rate to the photo. ;

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