I hear today via http://www.aintitcool.com and MTV that casting has started on George Lucas’s Star Wars live-action series.  This series will cover the events between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.  For me this is great news.  I’ve never really cared for the animated ones being produced recently.  I’m really hoping the TV series is realized and has a chance to air.

Sources:
http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/03/09/exclusive-star-wars-live-action-tv-series-casting-underway/
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40384

Wow, it sounds like something out of Star Trek (see Hologram/Holodeck or maybe changeling might be more accurate), but Intel is claiming that “Programmable Matter” is 5 years away.  Whats more, from the commets they are making, these aren’t Holograms, these are actual objects with shapeshifting abilities.  See the next page for a video from CNN.

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Don’t forget, Comet Lulin is supposedly visible to the naked eye tonight (Monday).  Check the link below at Sky and Telescope for a map of the comet for the whole month.  If in need, download Stellarium to findout exactly where to look.

On Monday night February 23, in a moonless sky and near its peak brightness, Comet Lulin passes 2° south-southwest of Saturn.

Lulin’s closest approach to Earth, 0.41 a.u. (61 million km), occurs on Tuesday February 24th, when the comet may be at a peak of magnitude 5.0. By now it’s high up by late evening.

via SkyandTelescope.com – Observing Highlights – Catch Comet Lulin at Its Best!.

Here is yet another story of maliciousness in cyberspace today.  Turns out there is a bit of malware out there that will detect if you are trying to go to any review sites in a list, it redirects you to a site under the control of the botnet controllers.  See the Ars article below for more details.

“Once redirected, users are served up with what appears to be an actual, legitimate review of Anti-Virus-1 from a reputable source. These reviews appear to be thinly-veiled rips of what has been written about actual anti-virus scanners—in BleepingComputer’s example image, you can see where the words “Norton Antivirus 2009” were presumably removed, with “AntiVirus2010″ substituted. This leads to some odd-looking ad copy—”Win Your Own AntiVirus2010TM2008″—but the swap doesn’t stand out nearly as much as we might like.”

via New malware attempts legitimacy by spreading phony reviews – Ars Technica.

The replacement for the Hubble is scheduled to launch in 2013.  The James Webb Space Telescope will have the ability to see further than Hubble and feature mirrors over 20 feet in diameter.  Its sunshield alone is bigger than a tennis court.  This new telescope will be situated about a million miles from Earth, putting it beyond our current ability to service it.  However, scientists have taken the problems with Hubble into account and have made the appropriated modifications to allow the telescope to self-correct.

NASA: http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/

CNN Video: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tech/2009/02/11/eoj.hubble.replacement.cnn.html

Here are some Twitter Feeds of note in case any Twitter users reading this haven’t found them yet.Google Reader Team: http://twitter.com/googlereader

UStream: http://twitter.com/UstreamTV

Alaska Mt Redoubt Feed: http://twitter.com/alaska_avo

Wil Wheaton: http://twitter.com/wilw

Brent Spiner: http://twitter.com/BrentSpiner

Cobra Commander: http://twitter.com/CobraCommander

Mars Rovers: http://twitter.com/MarsRovers

LeVar Burton: http://twitter.com/levarburton

Patrick Norton: http://twitter.com/patricknorton

Leo Laporte: http://twitter.com/LeoLaporte

Alex Albrecht: http://twitter.com/alexalbrecht

Kevin Rose: http://twitter.com/kevinrose

Well, the Congress has now delayed the DTV transition from February 17 to June 12.  Let me ask you… What will be different then?  The answer may surprise you.  NOTHING.  That is if you don’t count the amount of tax dollars going into it.  If you ask me this has been the most botched operation in history.  Heck, if it can confuse the tech savvy (and I know it has) it sure confuses the heck out of the general population.  Who do I blame for all the confusion?  Its simple, number one I blame the government.  All these ads they’ve aired are completely worthless and have done nothing but add to the confusion.  The next entity I blame is the very media that is being transitioned.  I’ve listened to months of “In x days TV will change as you know it.”  Ummm how helpful is that?  Of course, the media thrives on ratings reaped from fear mongering these days.  Quite frankly I’m sick and tired of hearing about it.  I mean if people don’t have enough sense to have already prepared, postponing the date a few months isn’t going to change anything.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/04/digital.tv.delay.vote/index.html