Month: October 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’

TIME

The CEO of Apple announced he’s gay Thursday, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world.

“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Tim Cook, who took the reins of the world’s most valuable company from the late co-founder Steve Jobs, writes in Bloomberg Businessweek.

The highly private Cook has never publicly acknowledged his sexuality, though it was widely rumored outside the company, and he writes that colleagues at Apple already knew.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” Cook wrote. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their…

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Watch The Avengers Try to Lift Thor’s Hammer

Again, Marvel, stop teasing us!

TIME

Not content with revealing five years worth of superhero movies Tuesday, Marvel also revealed an extended look at the next Avengers movie.

Set for theaters on May 1, 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron will follow Tony Stark’s attempt to push a dormant peacekeeping program, but ends up leading to a showdown between the villainous Ultron and The Avengers team.

This preview features the average cocktail party: a dozen superheroes in a room attempting to lift Thor’s hammer. The party is broken up by an unwanted guest.

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Making a Japanese Wooden Doll

I don’t know if it’s a product of Japanese meticulousness, the Tokugawa caste system that forced artisans to stay in that profession for hundreds of years, or a combination of both along with other factors. But Japanese crafts have a certain beauty in their intricacy. I saw another video on making paper veneers, and it was as amazing.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: 2015-2019

So Marvel Studios just released their own slate of movie release dates just like DC announced a few weeks ago. The full release is as follows:

Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 1, 2015
Ant-Man, July 17, 2015
Captain America: Civil War, May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange, Nov. 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2, May 5, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok, July 28, 2017
Black Panther, Nov. 3, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, May 4, 2018
Captain Marvel, July 6, 2018
Inhumans, Nov. 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, May 3, 2019

A couple of things to note from the titles. Avengers 3 won’t be a continuation of the Civil War storyline. That’s a little disappointing, given how much there is to cover in that arc. But a condensed version might not be entirely bad either; I have utmost faith in Marvel to deliver big budget superhero blockbusters. Black Panther and Captain Marvel are going to feature the first black and first female superheroes too, which is great news. I’m not sure why they didn’t want to do a standalone Black Widow film instead of a Carol Denvers-Captain Marvel flick, but hey, it’s still a female protagonist driven movie.

One great part about Marvel’s plans is how tightly-knitted the stories are. Speculation states that Andy Serkis is probably playing Ulysses Kraw in Civil War, which will also feature a lot of Black Panther before he gets his standalone film. Kraw is a big villain of Black Panther, and is also a vibranium miner IIRC. That will tie in Ultron being made of vibranium, and segue perfectly into Black Panther; T’Challa’s home country of Wakanda is where Earth’s supply of vibranium comes from, after all.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is probably going to help integrate the Guardians with the Avengers in the Infinity War arc, which will probably star Thanos properly. Ant-Man will help establish Hank Pym, who should be integral to the Civil War story, as well as the creation of the clone Thor, also known as Ragnarok. Does that mean that’ll tie in Thor: Ragnarok? I sure hope so.

I don’t know enough about Carol Denvers, even in her previous guise as Ms. Marvel (rather than Captain Marvel). But I recall her being a part of the Avengers, so I can see her appearing in both Avengers: Infinity War flicks. The Inhumans and Doctor Strange are less known to me as well, but the Inhumans are linked to Captain Marvel as part of the Kree-Skrull War, which I’m guessing means those two films are setups for a possible Avengers 4 discussing just that.

Doctor Strange…well, he was name-dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and was involved in the Civil War I think. I do wonder what his greater role in the MCU will be, but it’ll be interesting, that’s for sure.

It’s amazing to see a possible plan unfold based on Marvel’s upcoming movie titles, showing their amazing commitment towards bringing their stories and characters to life in an integrated film universe. There’s less of this with DC, although of course, they are only just starting out with their own cinematic universe. I really, really can’t wait to see what Marvel will do with those films. Superhero movie saturation? What saturation? The best has yet to come.

Meet Black Panther, Marvel’s Newest Movie Superhero

Marvel is SUCH a tease.

TIME

Black Panther will officially join the Marvel cinematic universe in 2017, after the studio announced the superhero will get his own movie starring Chadwick Boseman, who previously starred as Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42.

The superhero, whose “real name” is T’Challa, hails from the fictional African country of Wakanda and uses claws and other weapons made from vibranium, a special metallic element that can absorb vibrations.

The movie comes out on Nov. 3, 2017.

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Google VP Breaks Record for Highest Skydive

Google says to Red Bull and Felix Baumgartner: “Your move.”

TIME

A senior vice president for Google cut himself loose from a balloon and parachuted 135,908 feet to earth on Friday, setting a new world record in skydiving.

Alan Eustace, 57, broke the previous record holder’s jump by more than 7,000 feet, the New York Timesreports. It took roughly 2 hours for Eustace to make the ascent into the stratosphere and only 15 minutes to plummet back to earth. He made the jump wearing a spacesuit specially designed to withstand extreme altitudes and speeds topping 800 miles-per-hour. Witnesses on the ground reported hearing a sonic boom.

“It was beautiful,” Eustace said after the jump. “You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before.”

[NYT]

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