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Special Ops Wants Commandos to Have Invisible Faces

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 12:01
Special ops commandos are already the savviest, most covert of all soldiers: They fly in stealth helicopters, wear high-tech camo suits and use nothing but the best face paint Pentagon cash can buy. But they've still got weak points. Most importantly, their own body heat and even the swiftest of movements can give them away.


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'WTF Mobile Web' Tracks Terrible Mobile Web Design

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 11:36
Building great mobile websites is not easy, even some of the best in the business get it wrong. Now you can learn what not to do from a new website dedicated to calling out the worst of the so-called mobile web.


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Volcanoes Blamed for Greatest Land and Sea Extinctions

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 10:30
The biggest volcanic eruptions of the past half eon had seemed a likely culprit in the greatest mass extinction Earth has seen -- both biotic cataclysm in the sea and on land.


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How Many Sips in a Bottle of Beer?

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 08:32
Physics professor Rhett Allain investigates the rings of foam in his glass of beer.


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Vulcan's View: Eruption News and Volcanoes From Space for November 18, 2011

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 08:06
The week's volcanic eruptions as seen from space (and in space).


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Mr. Know-It-All: Speed Trials, iTunes Royalties, Dirty Bombs

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:30
Itching to test your hot rod's limits? You'll be happy to learn that on Utah's salt flats, you're free to go fast (just not all furious).


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How Falcons Protect Planes From Gulls and Geese

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:30
NATO, as well as airports around North America, have enlisted the Falcon Environmental Agency to keep planes safe from geese and gulls.


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Nov. 18, 1913: U.S. Pilot Loops the Loop

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:30
Lincoln Beachey's aviation acrobatics astound America. For a few years, anyway.


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Cartel Plot: Use U.S. Guns for Massive Mexico City Attack

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:30
In October of 2008, the boss of Mexico's deadly Sinaloa Cartel proposed buying heavy weapons from returning U.S. troops -- and then using those arms to stage a massive attack in Mexico City. "Let it be a government building," the chief said, "it doesn?t matter whose."


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9 Gadgets That Prove You're a Hard-Core Early Adopter

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:30
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Buying Guide: Earbuds Under $100

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:30
You've had enough of those crappy earbuds you got for free with your phone. Not only are they cheap and flimsy, but they don't sound very good. You're ready for an upgrade. Luckily, there are plenty of options between $20 and $100.


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All Aboard New York City's Geek Train

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:30
There is now Wi-Fi access on the New York City subway. Well, only on the "L" train. Okay, just the last two cars of the L train, on a portion of the line, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Only for the week of Nov. 14?19.


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Infinite Encore: Catch Epic Fugazi Concerts in Online Archive

Wired Magazine - Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:30
Fugazi?s label, Dischord Records, has launched an online archive that will host more than 800 of never-before-heard live recordings, each newly mastered and most available for the band?s traditional $5 fee.


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Darkmatters Review: Immortals

DARKMATERS - Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:17



Immortals (15)

Dir. Tarsem Singh

Reviewed by Matt Adcock

Prepare to get knee deep in hand-to-hand carnage as Immortals, a hyper-stylised 300 wannabe, brings all kinds of good looking battling to the big screen – in 3D too if you swing that way!? Opening with an unlikely line from the great philosopher Socrates: “All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.” Immortals packs a lot more punch than the insipid Clash of the Titans remake.

Set in the aftermath of the Greek gods winning their mythic struggle against the evil Titans and imprisoning the feared combatants in Mount Tartaros.

We find dastardly King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke hamming it up and having lots of fun) bringing his massive army of bloodthirsty soldiers against the peaceful land of Greece – who just might need a young peasant named Theseus (Henry ‘new Superman’ Cavill) to save them… Hyperion has designs on finding a legendary ‘Epirus’ Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares.

Whoever wields the bow can unleash hell on mankind and the noble gods can only look on as the tide of death brought by Hyperion sweeps over the land (the gods can not affect man's conflict unless someone lose the Titans...



So can the good-hearted Theseus save his people and take down Hyperion?

Director Tarsem Singh has fantastic eye for visual flair – as demonstrated in his gorgeous looking last film ‘The Fall’. With Immortals he is given a more epic canvass on which to wreak stylish destruction - rumour is that the violence has been toned down but the film still manages to make viewers squirm with some memorably nasty moments. Heads are casually loped off, people are encased in specially designed metal bulls and roasted in order to make them scream and Hyperion has a taste for having his enemy’s balls smashed to pulp with war hammers.

Immortals is a testosterone drenched macho-em-up in which females are only represented by the likes of a Virgin Oracle (Freida Pinto) or the sexy goddess Athena (Isabel ‘Transformers 2’ Lucas).

There’s a good amount of bromance happening here too though as heroic Theseus bonds with his surrogate Greek army brothers when not working on changing the Virgin Oracle’s job title.

The ending also sets up a potential sequel with a large-scale battle taking place in heaven, so get ready for Immortals 2 if this one finds a big enough audience.

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:

ööö1/2

3.5 – The gods need a better hero than this but will have to make do

Awesomeness öööö – there are a couple of awesome moments!
Laughs öö – camp acting?
Horror öööö – nasty in places
Babes ööö – Isabel Lucas is hot god
Spiritual Enlightenment öö – don't trust fickle deities

"Isabel Lucas as Athena"


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