In 1996, Earth was invaded by extraterrestrials whose chief weapons were the cliches and tried-and-true tropes of science fiction. Gigantic spaceships positioned themselves over Earth’s major cities (Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke’s seminal novel of 1953). The aliens were discovered by the detection of a seemingly interstellar broadcast (John Varley’s superior 1977 novel The Ophiuchi Hotline and Carl Sagan’s brilliant Contact). They were biomechanical in nature (Ridley Scott’s classic Alien). They had a gazillion fighters (every Star Wars movie) and impenetrable electromagnetic shields (Star Trek, but only here and there, really). They did not come in peace (every invasion movie in human history, except Steven Spielberg’s amazing Close Encounters of the Third Kind). They were defeated by a computer genius with a Macbook that greeted him with “Hello Dave” (Arthur C. Clarke again in Stanley Kubrick’s singular 2001: A Space Odyssey). In short, way back when Independence Day came out and I saw it for the first time, I left the theater feeling like I’d seen it before.
While they’re still desperately difficult to get a hold of, this past week I was lucky enough to be provided with an Oculus Rift to take home and play with. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to keep it, but I sure did have some fun while it lasted!
(WARNING: I’ll try to keep the spoiler quotient low, but there may be a few. Be advised.)
It’s no mystery to anyone I’m a Star Trek fan. I loved the show in all its incarnations. I’ve adored all of the films (even Star Trek V: The Final Frontier had its virtues). So when it came time for the franchise reboot in 2009, I had hope and faith that J.J. Abrams would keep the spirit alive and give us fans a treat that we could cherish as part of the venerable Gene Roddenberry’s legacy and gift to the world. My words on exiting the theater when Star Trek was released seven years ago? “That’ll do!”
A year ago I was on a summer road trip visiting some family and friends. During the trip, we made a stop in Marceline, Missouri - where Walt Disney had considered his hometown. While Disneyland was celebrating their 60th anniversary, I was learning about Walt’s childhood, and the part that the town of Marceline played in inspiring his theme parks and movies. Now as Disneyland is celebrating their 61st year and the twelfth and newest Disney Park - Shanghai Disneyland - has been open officially for about a month, I look at how everything that Walt dreamt and created has meant to me.
Our Agent Kate B has been putting the Pokémon Go app on her smartphone through its paces the last couple of weeks. We recently persuaded her to take a break from her search for new Pokéstops and give us her impressions. Here is the first of a series of three posts.
After months of development and testing, UNICORN was launched on June 21st, 2014 at 9am CDT. The goal of the mission was to put the fate of the badge in the hands of our Agents, using UNICORN to maneuver the vehicle through the Magic Castle (aka Best Buy’s corporate headquarters) and to one of three rendezvous points that would determine the fate of the Agent’s badge.