With his latest film coming out, Rock the Kasbah, sees Bill Murray play the manager of rock star Zooey Deschanel as they both travel to Afghanistan for a gig. The film follows Murray as he loses his star in the middle of Afghanistan. Murray then finds another singer he sees potential in, and attempts to get her to Kabul in order to sing in a competition. In celebration of the great funny man, we take a look back at his incredible career so far, spanning five decades and over 60 feature length films, not to mention a four year run on Saturday Night Live.
William James Murray was born in Wilmette, Illinois in 1950 to Lucille Collins and Edward Joseph Murray II. Bill got his first shot at acting in a short film back in 1973 in The Hat Act, playing a bookstore owner, but it only took two years for Murray to receive his big break on comedy sketch show Saturday Night live, along with soon to be collaborator Dan Akroyd. His first major feature film was 1979’s Meatballs, where he played Tripper, a film about counsellors and campers at a summer camp. Over the next three years, Murray starred in multiple comedies, including the two cult classics Caddyshack and Stripes.
What started as an idea of paying tribute to everything that was great about 80s action films; buddy cops, cheesy dialogue, ninjas, dinosaurs and of course over the top action, Kung Fury swiftly picked up traction online and a Kickstarter campaign was underway. Adam Sandberg, the man behind Kung Fury, set out to make a short film which involves everything he loves about the 1980s.
He had always wanted to make a film about dinosaurs, robots and cops, and felt the 80s were a perfect decade to combine them all. Prior to Kung Fury, Sandberg worked as a commercial director, where he shot music videos and television commercials. Upon quitting his job, he focussed on writing and directing a comedy action film that pays tribute to the 1980s. In December 2013, Sandberg decided it was time to start a Kickstarter campaign, hoping he would reach the goal of $200,000 in order to make the short film. Little did Sandberg know, but the project was about to explode, exceeding anything he expected. In just under a month, the campaign garnered over 17,000 backers, combining for an incredible $630,000.
I just came across this amazing TV series adapted from William Brinkley’s best-selling novel, The Last Ship. The season premiere actually aired back in 2014 and I was quite disappointed having only watched it in reruns, but it was rewarding nonetheless and it got enough fan support and audience share for the studio to make a second season.
It’s normal for people to think about their safety, in fact, psychologists say that we think a lot about our safety all the time that through the evolutionary process, we’ve developed several defense mechanisms in our mind and body in order to survive.
Today, however, it’s not just about hunting food or fending off predators, but a lot of complicated things thrown into the mix of feeling secured. Besides thinking about our well-being we also think about our properties and how to keep them safe from thieves and burglars, our money from getting robbed and all other material possessions. So we made our homes hard to invade and even keep one or more firearms to fend off intruders, while in outdoors we lock our cars, bikes and other modes of transportation and keep our money in bank vaults with several security guards and a cutting-edge security system just to keep it safe.
But whatever your material possession is it will always require a lock and a key and these days that could be an inconvenience, so the guys at FUZ Designs created NOKE – a tough metal padlock that was built to respond to digital signals in order to lock and unlock itself. It requires no key you see, that’s why they gave it the name “NOKE.”
NOKE only recognizes Bluetooth signals, so it’s almost impossible to hack it, plus FUZ Designs added extra security measures in it in order to make it impregnable. You’ll need to use your smartphone in order lock or unlock the device; however, you don’t need an app or adjust the settings on your phone to do this, because it responds to the proximity of your phone, so all you have to do is bring the phone closer to it. If you have an Android phone that supports Bluetooth 4.0, then you can use the NOKE padlock as it is specifically compatible with it. FUZ Designs had intended to designed this device for multipurpose basis which will make it usable in almost anything and gives the user flexibility.
NOKE was made to look attractive on the outside but on the inside it is made of a very tough allow of hardened steel and boron which can withstand temp eratures of up to 2,348 Kelvin, you can be sure that your padlock will last through anything. This unique padlock is actually weatherproof and the hardened shell casing is very advantageous for its Lituim-Ion battery also. The NOKE keyless padlock is perfect for outdoors and using your smartphone’s Bluetooth 4.0 technology and lock or unlock it from 10 feet away (its minimum operational range). You can also share access to your NOKE with your friends by simply including them in your NOKE app, then they can use their smartphones to unlock it as well. Also, a special bike cable that cost $20 which stands as a shell for easy locking bicycles. It costs $59 for preorders and its retailing price will costs $89.
Your personal safety is of paramount importance, second comes your property and possessions and the rest is just pawn and loan stuff on a daily basis, but at least you got the NOKE keyless padlock for the little things that you cherish. Technology when used properly can be very advantageous for us all.
While we enjoy the little things in life and wallow in the routine and the familiar, we tend to forget some of the important stuff. Small items that are also very important such as watches, laptops, mobile phones and wallets gets misplaced and before you know it, they’re missing. Tile has found a way to help you keep track of your things without having to think about them all the time. Introducing the Tile Tracker! It is a fixed double sided adhesive object that you can stick on anything or hook it to your keychain in order to track the exact location of your important items all the time. By using the Tile app which is exclusive to iOS devices, the app itself will automatically notify you if either you or your personal belonging is getting left behind or being taken away from you.
Mini Tech that Matters
This little gizmo is quite amazing even though at first it may seem insignificant, it has Bluetooth connectivity that links with your iPhone or any iOS device and it also has a GPS locator. This solves the problem of keeping track of your things and a worry less life is a wonderful life. Since Tile is using Bluetooth 4.0 it only works with the latest generation of iOS devices such as the iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad touch 5; and what’s more amazing about Tile Tracker is that you don’t have to worry about recharging it, because according to the developer will continue to function for up to one year from its activation date. The range of the Tile Tracker is approximately 100 – 150 feet radius which is huge considering the size of this device, it’s almost unbelievable, but we’re in 2015 now, so try to get over it. If in case your personal belongings got out of range, a crowdsourced solution website called Reveal Labs will help you find you lost items via homing in on the Tile Tracker device that’s unique to your iOS device. Reveal Labs will find the nearest iOS device to your lost/misplaced item and then notify them through the Tile app and in turn, the iOS device user will notify you exactly where your personal belongings are. Nifty trick, isn’t it?!
Because the Tile Tracker uses a very small amount of energy, which is surprising since it’s using Bluetooth 4.0, you can use it 24/7 for up to 11 months, and the developer will send you a notification to have your Tile Tracker replaced.
Tile Tracker Specifications:
The iOS app will give you accurate details about the distance of your personal belongings from where you are and it also points you in the right direction, so you can easily find your items.
By simply tapping on your iPhone app the Tile Tracker will ring which will guide you to its ringing sound and help you find your stuff.
If the reverse were to happen in a worse case scenario and your iPhone is the one that got misplaced, then you just simply press the Tile Tracker device and this time it’s your phone that will ring.
The real GPS (Global Positioning System) will cost too much to install in the Tile Tracker, not to mention that no GPS uplink will fit in its dimensions, so Tile came up with an inexpensive way to zero in on any Tracker and it’s called Crowd GPS. It works with the assumption that there are a few Tile Tracker users that are moving in a given space and each one will transmit and receive signals to and from your unique Tracker. Once your Tracker has been identified, it will notify you exactly where your lost item is with reference to the nearest Tile Tracker user. It’s almost like a high-tech eco-location of some kind.
Now you won’t have to worry about leaving things behind, because the separation alert will remind you the instant you leave it.
This Tracker is made of anodized aluminum. The Tile is pretty affordable, each Tile costs $25 only and looking at its advantages it is highly recommend for use rather than losing $250 in your wallet, you credit cards, your IDs and other valuables. In the future Tile will use a battery-less sensor for their Trackers, so that there will be no need for replacement parts or recharging, but for now you can enjoy the Tile Tracker just the same as it has really cool features.
The 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic Jaws hit us on the 28th of May, the film that spread terror across beach goers worldwide and prevented many from entering the sea. The film is now regarded as the original summer blockbuster, and captured the imaginations of people everywhere, forever ingraining the fear of sharks into pretty much everyone who watched it. The film is based on the book of the same name by Peter Benchley, and went on to become the highest grossing film of its time. Nobody at the time expected the success the film went on to enjoy, the $8million budget paled in comparison to the film bringing in over $260million worldwide. But the film only held the record for highest grossing film for two years, until Star Wars came along and blew Jaws out of the water, raking in over $775million worldwide.
But the film’s production wasn’t the smoothest road to success, with many obstacles and mishaps that would shut most productions down. Problems arose on the set almost every day, ranging from near drowning to faulty mechanical sharks. The shark in fact drove Spielberg near crazy, nicknaming the machines ‘the great white turd’ due to the number of times they broke down throughout filming. As with most films, especially the big budget variety, Jaws ran into the usual problems; the shoot running longer than expected, going wildly over budget, and of course, the problemswith the three full sized Great White mechanical sharks nicknamed Bruce after Spielberg’s lawyer.
The three mechanical sharks, built by over 40 effects technicians, were constructed in California at Rolly Harper’s Motion Picture & Equipment Rental and designed by Joe Alves, the art director. One shark, the “sea-sled shark”, was used in scenes that required the shark to be travelling at the surface, where it was towed by a line. The other two sharks were used for closeups with only one side of the shark actually modelled, the opposite side an open array of wires and control panels. Each of the sharks required up to 14 operators to control all of the moving parts. But the first problem with the sharks came when they were being lowered into the water after completion when the platform capsized, forcing divers to retrieve the sharks.
The film’s plot takes place in the seaside resort of Amity Island, popular with tourists during summertime, when a teenager goes missing after a party. The local police chief is called in and a search party is called, until the missing girl’s body parts are found on the beach. Brody, the police chief, urges the town’s mayor to close the beaches until the shark is found but Mayor Vaughan overrules the decision and decides to keep the beach open, as tourism is the town’s main source of income. Brody reluctantly goes along with the mayor until a second shark attack occurs, this time sending the town into a frenzied panic. Shark hunter Quint teams up with Brody in the hunt for the great white shark that continues to terrorise the beach resort.
Cast and crew soon started to name the production ‘Flaws’ due to the sheer number of mishaps and troubles everyone encountered. Quint’s boat in the film, the Orca, actually sank unexpectedly during filming, taking cameras, sound equipment with it, along with all the day’s completed footage. The recovered film stock was completely waterlogged and was immediately flown out to New York for technicians to recover it in a lab, luckily it was all saved.
Jaws had such an impact on viewers that interest in sharks rose incredibly, much how later on Spielberg inspired a generation in interest in dinosaurs with Jurassic Park. Suddenly, sharks became the number one fear, preventing many from stepping foot into the ocean again, and in some cases, even swimming pools. But it wasn’t just the fear of going into the sea that Jaws caused, but also a new, and potentially damaging, way of looking at these predators of the sea. The film has long been accused of portraying negative stereotypes, which inspired legions of fishermen to actively hunt and kill sharks, as it was thought they were solely a menace to humans. Conservationists have also had a hard time in convincing the public that sharks should be protected and are not mindless killing machines.
Just as it seems safe again to venture into the ocean, The 4oth anniversary of Jaws saw many cinemas playing the film on a limited release worldwide, reminding the world of ‘men in grey suits’ lurking in the deep blue sea.