Around the Web January 30, 2015

Of course the biggest news this week is the announcement of an all female cast for the reboot of Ghostbusters. Reactions have been mixed and I have to say that I’m a bit skeptical myself. Now, to be clear, I have no issue with the fact that it’s an all female cast, or any of the specific women that were cast. My skeptisism comes from the idea of the movie being a reboot. Sure, I’d love another Ghostbusters movie and when this one comes out, you can bet that I’m going to go see it. But as a friend of mine recently put it, why would you reboot what is possibly the most perfect comedy in history? Unfortunately, no matter how good the movie is, it is likely that people will think less of it because of its amazing predecessor. On the positive side,  both Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson have come out in support of the new cast (as has Terry Crews).

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I’d also like to point out that Ghostbusters II was not as good as the original, and it had the exact same cast.

Lego has announced a brand new model, and this one is not for the faint of heart. The newest model is the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from Avengers. This thing comes in at a whooping 2996 pieces! While this is about 900 pieces fewer than the massive Lego Death Star (which also weighs in at eighteen pounds), the Helicarrier is almost three feet long. This is both amazing and massive. Part of me really wants this. The other part of me is terrified that I would get it together and would then drop it, watching it explode into 3000 razor sharp Lego blocks.While this may seem like an irrational fear, remember that so far in the Marvel cinematic universe, 75% of all Helicarriers crash. Those are not good odds. Thankfully this set comes with a $350 pricetag, so I won’t be getting it any time soon.

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For those who doubt that those pieces would be harmful to walk on, take like 20 Lego bricks,walk on them, see how it feels,and then tell me I’m wrong.

I don’t know about other people, but I never really understood the differences in shutter speed on a camera. I mean, I understood the physical difference, which ones were faster and what not, but I didn’t get what was physically going on. Thanks to one of my favorite YouTube channel, The Slow Mo Guys, I can see exactly what is going on in a DSL camera. In the video Gavin uses one of his high speed cameras to examine his own DSL camera and how it works. It’s also cool that this is the camera that has done all the real speed shoots for The Slow Mo Guys. It is quite the battle tested work horse.

There is some kind of bizarre irony about filming a camera film another camera, but I like it

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