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3D Hammers, Shiny Happy Sci-Fi and So Long Thanks for All the Fish : This Week in Geek

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  • Excelsior! in 3-D - Marvel's going 3-D for their upcoming superhero films Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. "The team has been doing a lot of research into 3-D processes," Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says. "And were looking at it on future films when we have the time. We will be doing it at some point." Say what you like about the format, but you know you want Thor's Norse god hammer flying right in your face. [SliceofSciFi]

  • MS and Apple Agree on Something - Last week, Steve Jobs caused a brush fire across the Internet by politely saying iPods and iPhones don't support Adobe "Flash" because it's garbage. Microsoft has weighed in agreeing with Apple and saying they're working hard to support the upcoming HTML5. This technology can provide video in the Internet browser, eliminating the need for a plug-in. Considering Microsoft is "Lady GaGa" over their video player "SilverLight," this is interesting. One day we'll laugh at video plug-ins the way we laugh at floppy disks.
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  • Buck Rogers Likes it Shiny Happy - Gil Gerard, who played the quintessential Buck Rogers in the 70s television series had a few words about a proposed reboot of the franchise. "...I would hope that whatever new thing they do isn't somber", he said "So much of the science fiction today is very dark, almost hopeless." The article then goes on to cite the recent Star Trek movie as a good example of an optimistic science-fiction movie. He makes a good point, and I think we'll see a backlash against "dark" sci-fi soon.
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  • "Happy" Anniversary - Nine years ago this week, on May 11, 2001, Douglas Adams passed away. He was the co-creator of a comedy radio show titled "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."  That science-fiction parody became a beloved series of books, a hilarious television mini-series, frustrating computer game and feature-length film. He was so well respected in Britain that his memorial service on September 17 was the first church service of any kind broadcast live on the web by the BBC.
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