360 video shot with iPhone...

9to5 Mac and many other sites are reporting on an amazing video shot with an iPhone. Like many others I anxiously aswait the "makeing of" video that is promised soon. 

Here is a quote form the 9to5 article...

"It’s unclear exactly how the video was shot, but Vuignier says a “making of” video is coming soon. In the video, you can vaguely see the outline of at least one wire that Vuignier is using to swing the iPhone around him, but it’s unclear how the phone is mounted. TNW says that the setup, which Vuignier calls Centriphone, was created with a 3D printer and the video was filmed at 240fps. Vuignier hopes to release the template he used to make his phone mount available to the public so anyone can create a video like his."

New twist on infotainment

GE is starting up a sci-fi podcast series to entertain and to help push product. The podcast, called "The Message", is a mixture of sci-fi meets real science, and follows a group of cryptologists as they try to decipher a 70 year old alien message. This idea of infotainment is not new for GE, back in the 50s Ronald Reagan, yes that Ronald Reagan, hosted the GE Theater on television. The goal of this 8 part series is to entertain, but also to raise brand awareness. I actually have great hopes for the series. I generally like science fiction that has real science in it. There are too many shows nowadays where the science part was clearly written by someone who has no understanding of real science or scientific methodology. We can only wait and see how this new offering measures up. In the meantime you can read more about it here, or subscribe and listen to it here.

 

The best sci-fi book I've read in a loooong time.

I'm a huge fan of science fiction books. Unfortunately there are few books that rise to level of, what I consider, great books. Many books are "good", but there are only a handful that I put in the "great" category. The top of my list has the likes of Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", and Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles", and "Farenhiet 451". I think I have stumbled on another book that may make my list of "Great" science fiction. The book is called "The Martian" by Andy Weir. I'm just under half way through the book, and I reserve the right to trash it later, but, so far, it's a brilliant book. It's humorous, technical and intriguing in a way that not many books achieve. The story is about an astronaut's survival on the planet Mars after he's stranded due to a freak accident. You can read more bout it here. There's also a major motion picture coming out based on the book, but you know the book's always better:)