Monthly Archives: April, 2010

Flash Forward: The Antikythera Mechanism, QED and Autistic Savants (Spoiler Alert!)

As the season progresses, I think Flash Forward is getting better and better. So we now know that the anti-blackout ring is a Quantum Entanglement Device; Janice is working for the FBI, CIA and a secret group; Olivia is the key to the puzzle; Frost used autistic savants in his flash forward experiments since they have detailed memories, and the secret group wants Janice to kill Mark.

So our “secret phrase” for the night was The Antikythera Mechanism. I took this directly from their site.

Enjoy!

The antikythera mechanism is currently housed in the Greek National Archaeological Museum in Athens and is thought to be one of the most complicated antiques in existence. At the beginning of the 20th century, divers off the island of Antikythera came across this clocklike mechanism, which is thought to be at least 2,000 years old, in the wreckage of a cargo ship. The device was very thin and made of bronze. It was mounted in a wooden frame and had more than 2,000 characters inscribed all over it. Though nearly 95 percent of these have been deciphered by experts, there as not been a publication of the full text of the inscription.

Today it is believed that this instrument was a kind of mechanical analog computer used to calculate the movements of stars and planets in astronomy. It has been estimated that the antikythera mechanism was built around 87 B.C and was lost in 76 B.C. No one has any idea about why or how it came to be on that ill-fated cargo ship. The ship was Roman though the antikythera mechanism was developed in Greece.  One theory suggests that the reason it came to be on the Roman ship could be because the instrument was among the spoils of war garnered by then Roman emperor Julius Caesar.

X-rays of the device have indicated that there are at least 30 different gears present in it.  British historian Derek Price has done extensive research on what the antikythera mechanism may have been used for. It was not until 1959 that Price put forth the theory that the device was used in astronomy to make calculations and predictions. In 1974, Price presented a model of how the antikythera mechanism might have functioned. When past or future dates were entered into the device it calculated the astronomical information related to the Sun, Moon, and other planets.

Some of these findings have been confirmed by more recent researches undertaken by scholars and scientists. However, the full extent of the instrument’s functions still remains unknown. Price had also suggested that the antikythera mechanism might have been on public display in a museum or a public hall. Some others have also come up with their variants of the ancient computer, based on Price’s model. Australians Allan Bromley and Frank Percival devised one such model as did Michael Wright, curator of mechanical engineering at the Science Museum, London.

A joint project is also underway to further study this astounding example of the advancements of technology in ancient times. Known as the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, it is a collaboration between Cardiff University, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, X-Tek Systems, UK, and Hewlett-Packard, USA. This project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and supported by the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece. Since the study started more progress has been made. More than 80 fragments of the mechanism have now been discovered.

Product Update for 04/29/2010

*Update for 04/29/10*

New Breakdown!

Hot Toys 300: King Leonidas

SDCC Exclusive #11: Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Bobble Head – Color Version

Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Bobble Head – Color SDCC Exclusive

 

Size: 

6 1/2-inches tall

Edition Size: 

1,500 pieces

Limit two (2) bobble heads per order.

  • A San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive!

  • Look into the future… with the Mystic Seer!

  • From the The Twilight Zone episode “Nick of Time.”

  • This bobble head includes fortune-telling cards!

  • Limited color edition of 1000 pieces!

Entertainment Earth Comic-Con San Diego 2010 Exclusive! “The hand belongs to Mr. Don S. Carter, male member of a honeymoon team on route across the Ohio countryside to New York City. In one moment, they will be subjected to a gift most humans never receive in a lifetime. For one penny, they will be able to look into the future. The time is now, the place is a little diner in Ridgeview, Ohio, and what this young couple doesn’t realize is that this town happens to lie on the outskirts of the Twilight Zone.” Based on the classic The Twilight Zone episode “Nick of Time” that starred William Shatner, this terrific Mystic Seer Bobble Head measures about 6 1/2-inches tall x 3-inches wide x 2 1/4-inches deep, and it even includes fortune-telling cards as part of the packaging. Wouldn’t this look great on top of your TV set?

Note: This item is a bobble head; it is not a full-size working replica of the Mystic Seer.

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop… the Twilight Zone.” (Spoken by Rod Serling at the beginning of each The Twilight Zone episode.)

Attending San Diego Comic-Con July 21-25, 2010? Just stop by booth #2343 and be the first to pick up this item anywhere. No need to order now. (Prices and availability subject to change.)

Can’t make it to Comic-Con? Order now from Entertainment Earth for shipment after the convention (while supplies last).

Product Update for 04/28/2010

*Update for 04/28/10*

New Breakdown!

Mattel Ghostbusters Peter Venkman (Very Limited Supply)

SDCC Exclusive #10: The Twilight Zone Invader Bobble Head – Color Version

The Twilight Zone Invader Bobble Head – Color SDCC Exclusive

Size: 6 1/2 inches tall

Limit two (2) bobble heads per order.

  • A San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive!

  • Limited edition of only 504 pieces!

  • Color bobble head based on an episode of The Twilight Zone.

  • Available only from Entertainment Earth!

Entertainment Earth Comic-Con San Diego 2010 Exclusive! “These are the invaders, the tiny beings from the tiny place called Earth, who would take the giant step across the sky to the question marks that sparkle and beckon from the vastness of the universe only to be imagined. The invaders, who found out that a one-way ticket to the stars beyond has the ultimate price tag. And we have just seen it entered in a ledger that covers all the transactions of the universe, a bill stamped ‘paid in full,’ and to be found, on file, in the Twilight Zone.” Standing about 6 1/2-inches tall, this eye-catching, authentically detailed color statue is based on the memorable “The Invaders” episode of The Twilight Zone that starred Agnes Moorhead. Answer its beckoning call by ordering this one-of-a-kind collectible today!

Note: This item is a bobble head; it is not a full-size replica of an Invader.

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop… the Twilight Zone.” (Spoken by Rod Serling at the beginning of each The Twilight Zone episode.)

Attending San Diego Comic-Con July 21-25, 2010? Just stop by booth #2343 and be the first to pick up this item anywhere. No need to order now. (Prices and availability subject to change.)

Can’t make it to Comic-Con? Order now from Entertainment Earth for shipment after the convention (while supplies last).’

Anaheim Comic Con – Part IV (Costumes)

This is the 4th and final blog about the Anaheim Comic-Con. I am sharing some blogs that MiceChat Moderator Coheteboy had blogged about on Micechat.com.

No convention would be complete without attendees wearing costumes of their favorite characters. Here are some from the convention.

 

Product Update for 04/26/2010

*Update for 04/26/10*

New Breakdown & Restock!

Dragon WWII Russian Pavlo Romanovich Titov

Hot Toys Terminator Salvation: John Connor Final Battle

Sideshow Star Wars Utatpau Trooper

Soldier Story CIA SAD Night OPS Version 2

Virtual Toys Stone Cold Killers

Pre-Order page for all upcoming boxed figures and parts!

Anaheim Comic Con – Part III (Guests)

According to MiceChat Moderator Coheteboy, the biggest draw this year seemed to be celebrities as almost half of the convention floor was devoted to signing autographs. There were quite a few Disney celebrities such as Charles Fleisher (Roger Rabbit), Mickey Rooney (Fox and the Hound, Pete’s Dragon), Bill Farmer (Goofy), Ed Asner (Up), and the latest member of the Disney team, Stan Lee. William Shatner and Billy Dee Williams were also on hand though Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back had to cancel.

Adrienne Curry and Christopher Knight

 

Futurama voice talent Phil Lamarr and Billy West

Stan Lee


Jason Mewes 
The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase

Mickey Rooney

Ed Asner


Star Trek Next Generation stars Michael Dorn, Levar Burton, Brent Spiner

The Ladies of Batman

Tomorrow: The costumes

SDCC Exclusive #9: Mattel DC Universe Plastic Man Figure

This had got to be one of the coolest figures that will be at SDCC this year!

DC Universe Plastic Man Figure from Mattel
SDCC price: 
$20

DC Universe Plastic Man has interchangeable standard arms, stretchy arms, giant form hands (a fly swatter and a bouncy ball with racket), and interchangeable stretchy neck and leg springs.

DC Universe Plastic Man Suitcase (free with purchase)

This Plastic Man Suitcase is packed in a poly bag and comes free when you purchase DCU Plastic Man at SDCC (available only while supplies last). You can attach his arms, head, and neck to the suitcase as if he has disguised himself as a suitcase. Open up the suitcase and find chip art comic book covers from the 75 years of DC Comics. Looks like he’s been doing some shopping while at SDCC! The Suitcase will not be sold online after the show.

Anaheim Comic Con – Part II (The Goods)

According to MiceChat Moderator Coheteboy, the Con was weaker this year with fewer dealers than usual which means finding  that long sought out collectible wasn’t as easy. But there were still a few unique items to flesh out your collection.

I wish I had been there. I would have seriously bought this for the store.

Tomorrow: Who was signing autographs. Stay Tuned.