10 Insane Methods of Space Travel We Might See One Day

Traveling to far away planets has been a dream of humanity and a staple of science fiction for over a century.

The 8 Best Mario Kart Games

Okay, there are only eight Mario Kart games to begin with, at least if you don’t count the arcade versions. But with the release of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U, it’s time to take a look back at the series’ 22 year history.

Bloodstained: Castlevania successor gets Ayami Kojima cover art

The online response to Bloodstained, the new game from Castlevania series designer Koji Igarashi, has been positive to say the least.

The Failed Justice League Movie Is Getting Its Own Movie

Fate could have taken a dramatically different turn if one particular superhero project had worked out for Warner Bros. back in 2009. Presumably titled Justice League Mortal, it was to be directed by Mad Max mastermind George Miller… until it all fell apart.

10 Movies in Which the Statue of Liberty Gets Owned

Over the years she’s been blown up, decapitated, frozen, covered in ectoplasmic slime and even had her face shredded by the propellers of a helicopter. Here’s a look at ten of Lady Liberty’s most hair-raising silver screen encounters.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Uncharted movie taken off release schedules

Even though June 30th 2017 was supposed to be the release date of the Uncharted movie, it seems like Sony will postpone it after all. Not surprisingly, since a few directors were changed for the movie – David O’Rusell, Neil Burger, and Seth Gordon, namely – and still no one has been cast to play the role of Nathan Drake, the title role.

There’s still a lot to be done, and for the movie to be released next summer, filming would have to be well underway by now. Also, it’s unknown when the filming is actually going to start, and if it’s going to be any time soon.

Considering the announcement that Joe Carnahan, director of The A-Team and The Grey, will need to work on both the new script and directing the movie, and that Carnahan was also hired by Sony to work on Bad Boys 3, Uncharted won’t see the light of day for quite some time.

It’s no wonder, then, that Sony has removed the movie from their release schedules for the time being. Right now we can only guess when it’s going to be released – most likely summer 2018, or around that time.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Slayer’s drummer Dave Lombardo recruited by The Misfits for reunion dates

The Misfits have announced a new drummer for their forthcoming reunion shows – and it’s none other than Dave Lombardo, the former drummer of Slayer. He will be joining the punk rock group on stage in September, and play on their festival dates.

The Misfits, whose original lineup is Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang, first split up in 1983, but bassist Only revived the name in 1995.. Lombardo and Glenn Danzig know each other since 1988, when Glenn’s band at the time, Danzig, played four shows with Slayer in the US.

“Dave is one of the best drummers around, and I can’t wait for everyone to see him pounding Misfits songs live for these special shows,” Danzig said.

“The Misfits created the horror punk attitude and had a massive influence on modern rock, punk and metal,” Lombardo said.
“It was an easy decision for me to join them for these monumental shows. I was honoured to be asked, and am very excited to be playing with the band.”
This is the first time since 1983 that The Misfits’ original lineup will perform together. Lombardo will join them first at this year’s Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago on September 4th. They’ll be billed as “The Original Misfits”.

Glenn has not ruled out more tour shows after the Riot Fest shows, explaining: “We’ll see how it goes. It may lead to some other work, but who knows how it’s going to turn out? I mean, I don’t think it’s going to be a disaster; I think it’s going to be incredible.”

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift - The British: 139. Zulu Warriors: 4,000

One of the  world’s most remarkable military engagements happened in South Africa in 1879. It was the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, immortalized in the film Zulu with Michael Caine back in 1964.

During the 1870s, Britain had a sphere of influence in South Africa, and looked to expand its territory, so war was declared on the Kingdom of Zululand. Rorke’s Drift, a mission station occupied by the British troops, was located near the border between the Zulu Kingdom and British colony of Natal. When the battle broke out, there were only 139 soldiers in the station, unaware of what was coming.

On January 22, 1879 at 4:20pm, the station was besieged by a force of Zulu warriors 4,000 strong, and the siege lasted for almost twelve hours, until 4am the next day.

The British were lucky in one aspect: military equipment of the Zulus in most cases couldn’t compare to what they were armed with. A Zulu warrior most often wielded a short spear called an assegai and a cowhide shield, and even though some of them were armed with old muskets, antiquated rifles and such, Britain’s highly trained soldiers were far superior when it comes to firepower. However, they were vastly outnumbered – 139 to 4,000.

During the 12 hours of the siege, British soldiers repulsed wave after wave of attacks, which even involved hand-to-hand combat to preserve ammunition. Right when they were at the ends of their strength, with low ammunition and morale, and several soldiers wounded or dead, at dawn, the Zulus retreated, leaving behind around 500 of their casualties. The British soldiers had only 17 dead and 10 wounded in comparison.

Eleven Victoria Crosses, Britain’s highest medal for bravery, were awarded to Rorke’s Drift defenders, which is the highest number of medals ever received by one regiment in a single military engagement.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lyric Data-Crunching Helped Determine the Most Metal Word in Existence

After a long analysis of over 200,000 songs, a working list of the 20 most metal songs has been generated by a data science blogger.

Initially, I thought ‘obsidian’ and ‘pain’ would definitely make the cut but unfortunately neither of these feature in the top 20. The following methodology was used by Degenerate State for this compilation. The overall of 222,623 songs were cross-referenced from 7364 rock and metal bands on the database called Dark Lyrics with the Brown Corpus. Brown Corpus is a collection of documents, which was published in 1961 and covered a range of different genres.

This savvy guy combined various statistics to show the frequency of words in both sources, which presumably led him to believe that he was able to determine the “metalness” of each word.

‘Burn’ came out top, joined in the list by its hell-themed cousins ‘flames’ and ‘ashes’, followed by ‘cries’ and ‘veins’. Unsurprisingly, ‘demons’ and ‘beast’ came higher than ‘gods’ and ‘pray’.

Here’s the top 20 in full:
1. Burn
2. Cries
3. Veins
4. Eternity
5. Breathe
6. Beast
7. Gonna
8. Demons
9. Ashes
10. Soul
11. Sorrow
12. Sword
13. Goodbye
14. Dreams
15. Gods
16. Pray
17. Reign
18. Tear
19. Flames
20. Scream

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Queen’s Greatest Hits has been named the UK’s biggest-selling album of the past 60 years

Queen’s Greatest Hits has been revealed as the biggest-selling album in the UK.

The UK is proud to announce that Queen’s Greatest Hits is England’s biggest-selling album.

The Official Charts Company published alist to celebrate six decades of the very first UK chart on July 22nd, 1956 on which Sinatra’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers became the very first number one hit. As years went by, nearly 1,100 albums made it to the top spot on vinyl, cassette, CD and download.

 Queen’s Greatest Hitswas released in 1981, and stayed on the top 100 list for a staggering 729 weeks. The album also sold over 6 million copies in the UK andholds the record in sale to this day. Additionally, the rock band’s Greatest Hits II also has a spot in the top ten at number ten, with almost 4 million sales.

Guitarist Brian May told OfficialCharts.com that Queen’s chart success was a “great bit of news to wake up to and “beyond his boyhood dreams” while drummer Roger Taylor described it as “incredible, marvellous, humbling”.

Since its releasein 1992,ABBA’s greatest hits album Gold has shifted close to 5.2 million albums, while The Beatles’ eighth album from 1967 is the only other masterpieceto break five million UK sales. Adele’s 2011 hit 21 and Oasis’ 1995 favourite(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?have reached the top five at numbers four and five, while Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Dire Straits’ Brothers in Armscan also be found high up on the list.

The full Top 60 list is available here.