Tuesday, November 21, 2017


The image above is of a man in a very bizarre looking helmet, with an oxygen tank attached. Is it cosplay? an astronaut? or maybe underwater gear? Nothing that cool. This happy little device is called, "The Isolator" invented in 1925 by Hugo Gernsback to eliminate noise. Yep, that's right, if you are sitting at your desk right now at work trying to concentrate on reading this and having trouble, it's a good time to slip one on and focus.


It was ahead of it's time indeed, because in 1925 they didn't have nearly the amount of distractions that we have today. The only problem I can think of is that while wearing it, I probably wouldn't get much work done anyway because I would be constantly checking my oxygen gauge to make sure it didn't run out. Death by suffocation at your desk is not fun.


We all know that technology has shrunk in size over the years, the chart above confirms that, but what about technology that was ahead of it's time?


Smart Phone Circa 1880, this early switchboard operator hardware weighed 6 pounds.


TV-Helmet (Portable living room), 1967

Prototypes, a series of sculptures made in the ’60s by Walter Pichler, explore the overlap of architecture/design/sculpture. The materials (polyester, Plexiglas, PVC, aluminum, inflatable elements) used by the Austrian artist were new at the time. The idea is there, and it's solid even if it looks weird. But think about augmented reality glasses, Augmented Reality Smart Glasses or your portable smart phone today. Video-on-demand had it's price in 1967.



Vintage Sound locator's are strange, and they came in a whole range of different sizes.
The Topophone, as it is known, was invented by Alfred M. Mayer in 1880. We still use them today, and the amazing thing is how much it has changed over time. Bionic Ear Electronic Listening Device



This is possibly one of the first hearing aids created in 1912. We know now that today might not even be able to see it if someone is wearing one. Micro Hearing Amplifier



Hugo Gernsback wearing his "teleyeglasses" in 1963. Yep, he's back with another invention ahead of it's time. This is pretty impressive seeing how Virtual Reality Headsets Virtual Reality System are just now really starting to pick up steam, to be practical.  



The moral to this story, is that if you have an idea and it sounds really wacky, it might be today, but not tomorrow.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Here are some wonderful cult classic movies in Sci-fi and Horror. Be safe, don't watch them all in the dark... Alone.


House 1977


Baskin 2015


Raw Meat 1973


Repulsion 1965


Vampyr 1932

Want more...


Monday, October 30, 2017



Replicants and humans alike can uncover a thrilling conspiracy as they explore their memories with the help of a holographic AI. Featuring fully volumetric characters and interactive elements, this sprawling 360° experience lets you dive into the Blade Runner universe like never before, uncovering clues—and evidence you’ll need to hide.

Step inside the shoes of a blade runner in Memory Lab on Gear VR and Rift today!

— The Oculus Team



More info here...



Sunday, October 29, 2017


Here's a cool new stop motion film produced by artist Yamiken.

In the distant future, humanity is hurtling down a path of ruin. Global environmental destruction caused by chemical contamination, radioactive fallout, and UV rays coming through the patchy ozone layer has lead to deterioration of the human genome. In an attempt at escape, humans expanded their sphere of daily existence underground, but they were decimated by an ancient virus that had been sealed there. However, by developing gene recombination technology using the virus’s genes, mankind was able to attain a lifespan that could be called “immortal.”

The human body became inorganic at the molecular level. No breathing or blood circulation was necessary; as long as a faint electric stimulation was present, even existence as a disembodied head was possible. (It was popular to change one’s body as fashion, and bodies that were no longer needed were fitted with AI heads and sold as laborers.)




However, mankind’s new atomic structure was unstable, so once every 10 years it had to be reconstructed. As long as that reset was accomplished, humans could expect “eternal” life, but in exchange, they lost the ability to reproduce. In order to maintain their dwindling workforce, they started to create new beings patterned after humans using cloning technology, but the clones rebelled.

At the end of a long war, a ceasefire was reached that has now lasted 1,200 years, with the two sides living separately_the humans on the surface and the clones below ground. (However, at the border there are incessant skirmishes, and this story’s protagonist is unable to evade one of these attacks.) MORE...


It is truly an amazing time to be alive.

Purdue Engineering researchers have developed a system that can show what people are seeing in real-world videos, decoded from their fMRI brain scans — an advanced new form of  “mind-reading” technology that could lead to new insights in brain function and to advanced AI systems.


The research builds on previous pioneering research at UC Berkeley’s Gallant Lab, which created a computer program in 2011 that translated fMRI brain-wave patterns into images that loosely mirrored a series of images being viewed. To read the rest of the article, check it out here. MORE...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Here's an interesting article on human computer interface over at FUTURISM

"A future allowing the biological enhancement of our bodies could let us increase aspects of our selves like intelligence and personality. However, with these enhancements, we run the risk of losing our humanity and simply becoming the sum of the products used to enhance us." ~ Futurism
by Aeon (Michael Bess)


It's an interesting read and it's something that I have included in my own writing a number of years ago. My graphic novel Prisoner of the Mind deals with similar themes, (see above image from my book) the only difference about my cyberpunk neo-noir thriller is that these things are becoming a reality now.




Tuesday, October 17, 2017



MegeBots VS. Suidobashi. If you haven't been following along for the last two years, there are plenty of videos on youtube to catch up. It's USA VS. Japan in this Giant Mech challenge.



Above is a teaser of the event that will be streamed on Twitch, with commentary provided by Mike Goldberg of the UFC and robotics expert Saura Naderi. Tune in at Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. PT for all the giant mech-on-mech action.




Here's a better look at the contenders.


If you missed it, here it is below. I wish it was more exciting, but it's no Transformers.





Sunday, October 15, 2017


When NASA’s InSight lander reaches Mars in November 2018, it will carry with it hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public. In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names to a silicon microchip on-board the robotic spacecraft. NASA is now adding another microchip, giving the public a second chance to send their names to Mars. 

Here's my pass on the first microchip.

Here's my pass on the second microchip.

“Mars continues to excite space enthusiasts of all ages,” said Bruce Banerdt, the InSight mission’s principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “This opportunity lets them become a part of the spacecraft that will study the inside of the Red Planet.”


An example of a “boarding pass” that members of the public can download by participating in NASA’s Frequent Fliers program. With each NASA mission that flies their names, individuals can accumulate “miles” on their boarding pass. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


New name submissions will be accepted through November 1, 2017, at this link.


Participants in the fly-your-name opportunity receive “frequent flier” points that reflect their participation in NASA’s exploration of Mars. Individuals who submitted their names during the earlier Insight opportunity in 2015 can download a “boarding pass” and see their “frequent flier” miles.

In 2014, a chip carrying the names 0f 1.38 million people flew aboard Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the first flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The next opportunity after InSight to earn frequent flier points will be NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight which will bring the Orion spacecraft together with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to travel thousands of miles beyond the Moon.

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander will be the first mission to explore the deep interior of Mars. InSight will set down a seismometer to detect marsquakes and meteor strikes, using the seismic energy of these phenomena to study material far below the Martian surface. The lander will also deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any previous device on Mars.

InSight is scheduled to launch atop an Atlas V 401 booster from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in May of 2018. MORE ...


Friday, October 13, 2017


10 Video Games to Play After Watching Blade Runner 2049 
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If you, like me, left the theater after watching Blade Runner 2049 completely blown away by the modern return to Ridley Scott's sci-fi universe, then you're probably desperate to revisit K and Deckard's perilous cyberpunk world again. If that's the case, then there are a variety of video games that have taken inspiration from the original Blade Runner's setting that are available to play today. Here are our 10 favorites:

Satellite Reign


A spiritual successor to the '90s RTS Syndicate, Satellite Reign envisions a dystopian cyberpunk world in which an oppressive government keeps its citizens in check by any means necessary. Playing as a team of cyborg agents, you're tasked with guiding your ragtag group of highly trained androids throughout its neon-lit world, pulling off increasingly difficult heists in a sprawling city where more-or-less everything wants you dead.

Thankfully not as difficult as the Syndicate series, which was notoriously brutal even for its generation, Satellite Reign blends XCOM-esque cover-based tactics with Blade Runner's perennially rain-soaked visual direction, with its roguelike gameplay also making your android player-characters just as depressingly disposable as the Replicants. MORE...




Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's Inktober again and here are my art entries.


If you haven't heard of Inktober read on. This is an artist motivation site created by Jake Parker to get artists to ink a drawing everyday for one month. This is probably my third year doing this and I just realized that I haven't really posted my entries this year for this little game. The above graphic is from his website and he typically lays out a theme for each day. Some artists follow this and others don't. Below are my entries this year. I will update this list daily until October is no more. Newest art at the top. Come on back and check it out.

31. Mask

30. Found

29. United

28. Fall

27. Climb

26. Squeak

25. Ship

24. Blind

23. Juicy

22. Trail

21. Furious

20. Deep

19. Cloud in color

19. Cloud

18. Filthy

18. Filthy in color

17. Graceful


16. Fat


15. Mysterious

14. Fierce

13. Teeming


12. Shattered

11. Run

10. Gigantic

10. Gigantic in color

9. Screech

9. Screech in color

8. Crooked

8. Crooked in color

7. Shy

6. Sword

5. Long

4. Underwater

3. Poison

2. Divided

1. Swift

Check back for more...