Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Video of the Day: The Human Torch Drone

What would the Human Torch (from the Fantastic Four comic books) look like in real life? Did That Just Happen went to find out.

First Amputee Competes in the Olympics

Oscar Pistorius was the first amputee to compete in the Olympic Games
August 4, 2012
On this day in 2012 in London, Oscar Pistorius of South Africa became the first amputee to compete at the Olympics by running in an opening heat of the men’s 400-meter. Pistorius finished second out of five runners and advanced to the semifinals, where he finished eighth out of eight runners. Nicknamed “Blade Runner” because of the J-shaped carbon fiber blades he wears to run, Pistorius inspired people around the world. The future seemed bright for the athlete, but all of that changed in February of 2013 when Pistorius was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend. On September 12, 2013, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide. As of June 2015, Pistorius was recommended for early release as early as August 2015. Prosecutors are appealing his conviction, seeking a conviction of murder which carries a longer jail term.

Monday, August 3, 2015

LEGOs by the Numbers

In celebration of the release of the documentary about LEGO, Brickumentary, here are some trivia facts you don't know about LEGO:

The number of LEGO bricks needed and stacked on top of each other to become the height of a minifigure. (1.5” tall)
The number of times larger the minifigure population is compared to the population of the United States
The number of times around the world if all of LEGO bricks produced in 2014 were laid out end to end.

Video of the Day: Ballin' Out of Control

Is it really the "world's bounciest ball?" Yep. (From Corridor Digital)

‘Brickumentary': Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Legos

Review of the documentary, "Brickumentary"
Dave and Stacy Sterling are just two of those adults who build for fun. (Radius TWC)

Movie Review

“Although we’re both known for more ‘serious’ films,” says Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson in a statement for the documentary, A Lego Brickumentary, [this movie] might be the most difficult film we’ve ever made.” And for those who think that this is just a big infomercial for the toy brand, you would be wrong. “Once [Lego] were sold on the approach, they were pretty hands off,” says Davidson. “We got to make the film we wanted to make while being granted all of the access we needed.” Which is as it should be when making a documentary – having the freedom to spread out all of the good, the bad and the ugly on the table. Then again, trying to dig up any dirt on Lego is a lost cause.  
At first, the film appears to have been made for young children as a yellow-toned Lego mini-figure, (voiced by Jason Bateman), pops on the scene and explains the wonders of the building block toy. However, the film quickly shifts focus from children to adults. Dave and Stacy Sterling are just two of those adults who build for fun and their “play room” would make most kids jealous.

The “Macarena” Song and Dance Craze was Born

The Macarena dance craze began in August 1996
August 3, 1996
The original Los Del Rio recording of "Macarena" was a hit in Latin America but would not have gained much attention in North America if it weren’t for John Caride, a DJ at a Miami radio station who asked the station manager if they could add the song to their play list. He was told no as the station did not play songs sung exclusively in Spanish. With the help of producers Carols De Yarza and Mike Triay, the song was recorded with English-language verses and remixed to make it more dance “club-friendly.” The new version, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" was soon played at wedding receptions everywhere. The song became a #1 hit on this day in 1996 and stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 for 60 weeks.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Quiet 'Stanford Prison Experiment' Film is Plenty Creepy

Review of the movie "The Stanford Prison Experiment"
Michael Angarano (Christopher Archer), Ki Hong Lee (Gavin Lee/3401), 
Brett Davern (Hubbie Whitlow/7258), Tye Sheridan (Peter Mitchell/819),
 Johnny Simmons (Jeff Jansen/1037), Ezra Miller (Daniel Culp/8612), and 
Chris Sheffield (Tom Thompson/2093) (IFC Films)

Movie Review

While you may have to hunt around a bit to find a theater playing the indie film, The Stanford Prison Experiment, it will be well worth it if you enjoy thrillers based on true stories. The film is based on a Stanford University psychology study performed in 1971 where 24 students voluntarily applied to act out as either prison guards or inmates. Each was paid $25 a day, (a nice chuck of change back then), but it did require the inmates to stay in their mock prison 24 hours a day. The “guards” were to work either the day shift of the night. The study was to last for two weeks but they only made it through six days.

Billy Crudup gets all the accolades for playing the role of professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, which he does an excellent job, but the tensions rests in the hands of the character actors playing the students who either give a chilling performance as intimidating guards or persecuted inmates. The film is a surprising psychological thriller, probably more so because it is based on true events. The real Dr. Zimbardo himself was on hand during the making of the film to assure its accuracy.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Wins Gold…Again

Jackie Joyner-Kersee received her second gold medal on August 2, 1992
August 2, 1992
Jackie Joyner-Kersee  grew up in East St. Louis, fighting off poverty and asthma by winning a scholarship to UCLA where she was a standout on the basketball and track teams. She attended her first Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984, but missed the gold medal in the heptathlon by just five points. A sore hamstring was to blamed. In 1988, she competed in the Seoul Olympics where she won the gold medal and on this day in 1992 she became the first woman ever to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in the heptahlon. In 1996 she tried it one more time, but had to withdraw do to a hamstring injury.