Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar – a space opera spoiler review



Last night, I sat in a theater chair for almost three hours and watched Christopher Nolan’s latest work, Interstellar. Although this movie is an original idea created by Chris and his brother, it has a lot of film-school references and probably the most important one is Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).


The general setup

The movie is set in the near future, in an unknown place (probably US) where nothing but corn will grow anymore, where the humanity is doomed to fail and to perish. There are some minor references to time, but judging by the old-fashioned technology used by the characters, it doesn’t look that much into the future. Everything is recognizable. Interstellar begins slowly, introducing Cooper – McConaughey’s character, his family and his farm. To tell you the truth, most of the scenes that took place at the farm reminded me of “Field of Dreams” and “Signs”. Throughout the first 20 minutes of the movie, I was asking myself over and over again how would Nolan send Cooper from a farm into outer space using a story telling that’s not too far fetched. And he did. The transition was boosted by a strange ghost-like phenomenon that was happening in Cooper’s bedroom, a gravity malfunction that allowed them to find NASA’s underground base. There, Cooper learns that there is a bigger plan to save humanity, a plan that involves traveling through a worm hole to a distant galaxy where an exoplanet that could sustain human life may exist, a plan that also includes Cooper (if he’s willing to accept). Michael Cane plays the role of the scientist that created this ambitious project and he (apparently) hopes to solve a gravitaty equation that holds the key to saving human kind (plan B). There is also a plan A that involves colonizing the far-away planet with fertilized eggs. From here on, the space journey begins …

Home Made Spider-Man Webshooter

home made spiderman webshooter

If you combine a fan of comics with an inventor you’ll probably get this guy and his webshooter. This dude took his time to create a real life device that allows him to capture various objects around him. Just watch the following video to see how it works and how he managed to create the webshooter.

Download 1GB in 0.003 seconds. The invention that could speed up the Internet


A group of scientists from Netherlands and US was able to transfer digital information at the speed of 255 terabits per second (Tbps), ie 32 terabytes per second. If you do the math you’ll learn that 255 Tbps is just enough to transfer a 1GB movie in three milliseconds. That’s pretty fast, right? The team of scientists managed to beat the speed record for such a network transfer on a single optical fiber.

So far, the fastest transfer rate achieved in the lab was around 100GB per second, and that is 2550 times slower than the this one. A rate of 255Tbps is similar to the sum of the entire Internet data traffic at peak hours. Scientists have achieved such speed by creating a multi-cores optical fiber. Before this project, it was believed that building such type of fiber would take a lot of time, since the technology was not yet there. But it seems that their research indicates the barrier was overcome and we could expect to enter a new age of the Internet. Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Central Florida have used fiber with 7 individual fiber cores, arranged in a hexagon pattern. Its length was one kilometer.

The best mobile games for iOS 8

Angry Birds HD

Ever since Apple released their new iteration of iOS called (naturally) iOS 8, fans had various opinions on the operating system: some love the new features, some think that it’s becoming more and more like the Android OS. To tell you the truth, I think that over the years, Apple’s iOS changed for the better, and the latest iOS 8 brings some of the best features and design you can possibly think of. I love playing games on my mobile device, so I decided to compile a list with some of the best mobile games you can play on the new iOS 8. I will try to pick games from all genres, starting with sports, adventure and finishing with casino games and mind games.

How to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7


iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus along with the new iOS 8 were just released. Although I can’t say too much about the new Apple smartphones, since I haven’t had the chance to play with them, I thought it would be a great idea to help people that just upgraded to iOS 8 and they are not so happy with it.

Most users have mixed opinions on the latest iOS, and those who doesn’t love it have the chance to perform a downgrade and return to iOS 7.1.2. The iOS8 to iOS7 downgrade option will be available for a short period of time, until Apple will release the digital signature for iOS 7.1.2, which will lead to the impossibility to return to the previous operating system. If you want to downgrade, you should probably hurry, since this option will be available for 2 weeks at most.

Apple’s iPhone 6: price and specifications (unnoficial)

iPhone 6 rumors

iPhone 6’s launch is just days away, but various companies are already allowing their customers to preorder the device. That’s the case with China Telecom and China Mobile, two companies that teased the device to their loyal customers. What’s interesting though is that on China Telecom’s website there is plenty information about the iPhone 6. The images seem to present a smartphone with the same design found in latest iPhone 6 leaked. The smartphone has curved edges, redesigned buttons and a larger display. Just like iPhone 5S, we may have 3 colors to chose from when we buy it: black, gold and silver.

The battery that can be charged in just 26 seconds


The Kickstarter portal probably brought lots of dollars to its founders, but it also created the perfect environment for inventors to get the necessary funding for their projects. One of Kickstarter’s users is Shawn West, and he says that he created the perfect battery: it can be charged in just 26 seconds. This type of battery could replace normal batteries like AA, AAA, C and D.

In addition, Shawn says that his invention could revolutionize mobile phones and I have to agree with that. The smartphone industry really needs devices with longer life per charge.

How much storage is needed to digitally save a human being?

digital brain

Last week I had the pleasure of watching Transcendence, a sci-fi movie that started from a great idea but failed sublimely on delivery. It reminded me of a book that I read when I was younger – “The Shaddows” by John Saul and it also reminded me of a movie I saw few months ago – “Her“. In fact, I think it’s sort of a combination of both, just like Edge of Tomorrow is a mix between “Groundhog Day” and “Starship Troopers”. But getting back on topic, in Transcendence, a scientist’s imminent death convince him to try to cheat the unavoidable finish line and to transfer his mind into a computer. This very idea sparkled a question in my mind: how much storage would such an operation need? Further than that, how much storage will be needed in order to save the information on a human being?

Communication technology and services for organizations

pri featured

The other day, I visited a large corporation in my city, and I noticed few interesting things about the way my friend that worked there and his colleagues communicate in order to achieve their goals and to finish the projects they are involved in. My first guess was that besides the Internet wires, they needed telephone wires and additional wires for the intranet to sustain all the possible ways of communication. Later, my friend told me that most organizations use special services that combines all their needs into a single line, thus reducing the costs and improving the performances. So, I thought it would be a great idea to write an article about it here…

The first poster of Legend of Conan: the movie

Legend of Conan premiere

Ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger ended his political career and returned to movies, we have seen him involved in various projects. So, besides the new movies, the famous actor revived some of the characters that made him famous over the years. A third Conan movie was teased for some time now, but we never seen an official release… until now. Today, a first photoshopped poster tumbles on the web, depicting a close-up with an older Conan and his famous sword.