Archive for March, 2011

Android breaks down on newscast, tries to summon Cthulhu

That’s certainly one credible theory.

Mind-controlling fungi create zombie ants

National Geographic:

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

All four known fungi species live in Brazil’s Atlantic rain forest, which is rapidly changing due to climate change and deforestation, said study leader David Hughes, an entomologist at Penn State University.

We’re so doomed. You know those changes are never good. Soon the fungi aren’t going to use ants, they’re coming for people!

Hawass out

There’s very few Egyptian posts on this site that also didn’t have his name tied to them because of his penchant for publicity. New York Times:

Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s powerful and controversial antiquities chief, resigned on Thursday along with the prime minister, after posting on his Web site for the first time a list of dozens of sites that have been looted since the beginning of the uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

Reached by telephone, Mr. Hawass said he was happy that he had made the “right decision” in resigning and lashed out at colleagues who have criticized him, including one who has accused him of smuggling antiquities.

Perfect Creature

Speaking of steampunk, I really liked Perfect Creature, which I finally got around to viewing (my Netflix queue has a bit of a backlog). Perfect Creature is a vampire film with a twist where vampires are the priests who look out for humanity except for one who has turned into a killer. This is all set in an alternative dimension with a lot of steampunk elements that is advanced to a 1960ish setting.

The movie is not flawless, but considering what I like it really worked for me.

Steamcon III

Registration is open for Steamcon III and I envy those who get to attend.

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