Air in a can, R2D2 high heels, Dead Space 3 and Indiana Jones! - Geek Things

Welcome back to my weekly wrap-up of all things nerd, tech, gadget and weird. Things and Stuff is sort of like a Whitman's Sampler for people who want something nerdy and odd, but who don't want to make choices. Also, maybe you were given this blog by your grandmother. Who knows. Either way, let's kick things off!

First up, Dead Space 3 is almost out! Several epic trailers focussing on different aspects of the title have been hurled out by EA, but if you're a Dead Space lore junkie (like myself) then this brand spanking new story trailer is for you. There may be a few spoilers in here, so be warned. Nothing major, obviously.

Oh, Isaac Clarke. You poor, poor bastard. Incidentally, you can read my interview with the producer of Dead Space 3, John Calhoun, right here

Next, we travel to China! Figuratively. There's no freaking way I could afford to fly you all anywhere at all, let along China. Anyway, Beijing has notoriously noxious air, and the inhabitants of the crowded city deal with some of the highest pollution levels of any city in the world. Chen Guangbiao, a Chinese philanthropist and billionaire, has decided to fix the problem/make a bold statement by selling canned air. Here's a look at how bad things have got, and what people look like huffing air from cans.

So... I guess you could say the world is doing fine. You'd be lying, but you're totally allowed to say it.

Now, a look at the photo Ashton Kutcher recently tweeted of his face and the face of the late Steve Jobs, side by side. In case you weren't aware, Kutcher was bafflingly cast as Steve Jobs for the upcoming movie about Jobs' life. Here's the side by side:

Ok, so Kutcher bears something of a resemblance to the late founder of Apple. But here's a clip of Kutcher actually performing in the movie.

Way to go, Kelso! Ok. So you see that chubby guy with the long hair and beard talking to 'Steve Jobs' in that clip? That's Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak. In response to this clip, Wozniak left the following comment on Gizmodo:

"Not close...we never had such interaction and roles...I'm not even sure what it's getting at...personalities are very wrong although mine is closer...don't forget that my purpose was inspired by the values of the Homebrew Computer Club along with ideas of the value of such machines and Steve J. wasn't around and didn't attend the club so he was the one learning about such social impact of the future."

So... pretty much depressingly standard Hollywood fare, huh? Great.

Fine, fine, so it's not all doom and gloom. This week I saw a cycling skinsuit modelled after one of my all time heroes, Pee Wee Herman! Here's Pee Wee in his trademark outfit:

TEQUILA! And here's the cycling skinsuit. Tell me this isn't cool. I dare you.

Must. Have. I mean, it costs $150US and I don't cycle, but still. MUST HAVE.

Next, we have a tutorial on how to craft homemade R2D2 high heels. " target="_blank">The tutorial is over at Instructables and to get an idea of just how awesome these look, here's a helpful gif:

I mean, come ON. I'm not a lady (I think), but I'm pretty sure if I was, I'd make those. Yeah. I'd be an awesome lady.

In other news, an old script has surfaced from Raiders of the Lost Ark. What makes this script so exceptional? Well, it belonged to Harrison Ford and is brimming with notes he made! Yep. He made notes. He also has the handwriting of a six year old with a concussion, but still, they're fascinating.

You can see more of Ford's scribbles over at" />

Oh, and guess what else you can do with some free time? Get your head 3D scanned and put onto a Pez dispenser! Hot Pop Factory have devised a way to use an Xbox 360 Kinect scanner to make these:

Those are the employees over at Hot Pop Factory. The 3D printing quality isn't anything to write home about, but damn. Your head on a Pez dispenser. WE TRULY DO LIVE IN AN AGE OF WONDERS!

And finally, when I get back from Perth Fringe, I shall be reviewing this gem for you: Ni No Kuni. It's from Studio Ghibli, which means it's essentially the next Miyazaki movie. So, so excited. Stay tuned!

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  • HisLordship's avatar
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    Friday 01 Feb 2013 - 7:46 PM
    Ah, air in a can? That is so 80s. Mel Brooks featured that in Spaceballs.
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  • simonibrahim's avatar
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    Monday 04 Feb 2013 - 6:50 AM
    Wow! Good jokes.
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