(Source:┬áfilmonic.com) 20th Century Fox pushing Avatar back 7 months from May to December was a good move, for both business and creative reasons. It gave time for more 3D screens to be set up, and it also gave director James Cameron enough time to finish the film. According to an interview with Phillipine Daily Inquirer Cameron’s main duties as director are pretty much done, however he still has to finish the visual effects:

(Source: Ain’t It Cool News) ┬áParamount Pictures and Marvel Studios are considering releasing Iron Man 2 in 3D format, and possibly the first Iron Man as well. Here’s an except from the article:

Right now, there is a 1 minute demo of IRON MAN 2 converted to high quality digital 3D. I’m told this one minute is totally like Kim Basinger & Mickey Rourke in 9 1/2 WEEKS. HOT! Crazy Hot! Right now the Suits at Marvel & Paramount & now also Disney are considering this 1 minute.

(Source: BoingBoing) September 2, 1969: Forty years ago today, in Leonard Kleinrock’s UCLA lab, a group of computer scientists managed to pass bits of data from one computer to another over some some gray cable. In doing so, they created the first node of what we now call (long dramatic pause)… the Internet.

Kleinrock and colleagues were working with the government-backed Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), without which I would not be blogging these words today.

Now, some folks believe the actual “birthday” was October 29, 1969 – when Kleinrock sent the first message between two nodes, UCLA to Stanford. The message? “LO.” As in “LO AND BEHOLD, THE INTERNET.” Well, okay, not really. It was supposed to be “LOGIN” but the system crashed after Kleinrock typed “L” and “O.”

Video: Kleinrock talks about that first connection. Here’s an AP item. I was a guest for a discussion about this anniversary on the NPR show “Tell Me More” today (segment link).

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