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NASA Goes Back to the Moon - Sending More Weird Stuff Into Space Onboard the Artemis I Spacecraft

A suited manikin (named Commander Moonikin Campos during a public contest) will occupy the commander’s seat inside the Orion capsule  to provide data on what crew members may experience in flight. All going to plan, by the time this blog is posted, NASA's Artemis I spacecraft will be on its way to the moon. Scheduled to launch August 29th, the unmanned spacecraft will circle around the moon over 42 days before returning to Earth. The trip is a 'proof of concept' mission that will eventually lead to an astronaut training facility established on the moon, with a long term view of sending people to Mars. The Moon's No#1 Tourist Attraction: The Big Cheese ! As excited as I am for NASA once again setting its sights on manned missions to the moon, I'm equally delighted to hear they're still in the business of  sending weird stuff into space  (I'm still hopeful that one day they'll build a 'big cheese' on the moon). Mashable's  Elisha Sauers wrote

Speaking to Dead People with Artificial Intelligence (AI) - StoryFile Life Uses AI to Create Conversations with Real People Living or Passed

StoryFile Life - Have a conversation with William Shatner. Imagine future generations being able to have a conversation with you long after you've passed away. That's the basic premise of StoryFile Life a technology service using artificial intelligence to generate a conversational video experience with real people, even after they've passed away. In many ways their service is science fiction becoming science fact. Picture that scene in Superman the Movie (1978) where Kal-El (a.k.a. Superman) is inside the Fortress of Solitude, conversing with his long deceased father, Jor-El.  Superman talks with Jor-El in the Fortress of Solitude. Superman The Movie (1978) He's actually speaking to a recording of his real father controlled by some kind of AI so that they can interact as if his father was still alive and in the room. In essence that's what StoryFile Life is. The subject, while they are still alive, record themselves answering questions covering a range of topics

Movie Review: The Matrix Resurrections (2021) *Some Minor Spoilers*

I'm am a fan of the Matrix trilogy. Even the second and third movies, which were not as strong as the first but did a lot to expand the world and bring cool, new visuals to the screen. So I was looking forward to a fourth film, since it was announced. Unfortunately I didn't get to see it in theatres thanks to the pandemic, and it has taken too long for it to reach a streaming service that I'm subscribed to, so I finally decided to rent it through Amazon Prime. I knew going in that The Matrix Resurrections had not been well received and kind of faded away in theatres. Having now seen the film I'm not really surprised. In theory it sounds like a home run. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning as Neo and Trinity, a new, rebooted Matrix reimagined as a video game, and all new cast members who, maybe, could carry the mantle into another trilogy? What it ends up being, feels like a checklist of what people would expect to see in a Matrix movie, loosely tied together wi

Book Review: Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau - From Idea to Income in 27 Days. Build a Side Business and Make Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job

Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau Chris Guillebeau is probably one of the most unassuming, down to Earth entrepreneurs, authors in the side hustle space. Somehow he manages to give practical advice through his books and Side Hustle School podcast without actually looking like he's trying to sell anything. So how is it I'm now reviewing a fourth book of his that I purchased? He's clearly doing something right. I actually bought Chris' book, Side Hustle , quite some time ago but I've been so busy in my side hustles it's taken me a while to set time aside for reading.  These days if I don't schedule reading time and commit to it each day I just don't read actual books. So that's what I did. Cut down on my YouTube watching at breakfast by 30 minutes so I could read instead of watching videos. Well worth it, without a doubt. If you're like me, aware that you should also set time to work on your business rather than in your business, Chris' book,

Movie Review: Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) *Spoiler Free*

I'm going to preface this review by saying I am a fan of the original Ghostbusters movie and its sequel, and I did enjoy the all female 2016 attempt at a reboot . I also realize I'm very late to writing a review since I didn't get to see this in theatres and decided to wait for the film to come to streaming (Amazon Prime). Never the less, I feel compelled to write about Ghostbusters: Afterlife  because it really gets a lot of things right, while at the same time it feels like quite a lot of scenes were filmed but didn't make it into the movie. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a direct sequel to the first movie but set thirty years later (present day basically). Single mother, Callie (Carrie Coon), and her two kids, Phoebe (McKenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) move to a small, rural town, to deal with her father's estate after he recently passes. However everything isn't as straight forward as it seems. Meanwhile, school teacher, Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), is inv

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