June 23rd, 2009

ronin

Video of the Martin Jetpack in action.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLccl_NWDQE

So, last I heard, there was speculation the Martin Jetpack couldn't fly outside of ground effect. The video doesn't disprove that, but it's still lots of fun to watch.

The engine is pretty cool. Though I have a feeling that they could still do better with a turbine. I mean if Wendell Moore could make a smaller jetpack than this in the 1960's, imagine what we can do today with inconel and hastelloy...

(Also, let's not forget that this was also done in the early 2000's by the SoloTrek.)
"Not an angel"

I don't think Ebert liked Transformers 2. ;]


Aware that this movie opened in England seven hours before Chicago time and the morning papers would be on the streets, after writing the above I looked up the first reviews as a reality check. I was reassured: "Like watching paint dry while getting hit over the head with a frying pan!" (Bradshaw, Guardian); "Sums up everything that is most tedious, crass and despicable about modern Hollywood!" (Tookey, Daily Mail); "A giant, lumbering idiot of a movie!" (Edwards, Daily Mirror). The first American review, however, reported that it "feels destined to be the biggest movie of all time" (Todd Gilchrist, Cinematical). It’s certainly the biggest something of all time.

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090623/REVIEWS/906239997

I'll still be watching it of course, purely for the Megan Fox special effects. Hopefully Moon will be a better sci-fi movie.