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Our Attraction with the ‘Future’

First prize goes to Hendo Hover by Arx Pax.

Second place is awarded to SLIDE by Lexus.

While the interiors differ by way of a supercooling superconductor and the exterior designs differ in function versus luxury, the undeniable correlation between Arx Pax and Lexus is their dependent use of magnetism used to glide their respective hoverboard inches above the ground. Thus far, principles of physics have revealed magnets as the primary source of generating a hovering effect with a person riding a wheel-less skateboard above a metal/magnetic surface.

To create the illusion of a hoverboard Marty McFly might ride to perfect his riding and escaping skills, Lexus built a skate park in Barcelona, Spain with magnets underneath the surface and just below a sleek water strip. The promotional video for the company (which was devised to showcase its innovative prowess) will admittedly not lead to a hoverboard for purchase down the road (well, technically not for the “road”) or any further hovering parks. That’s a bummer.

Still, their finished product is pretty damn cool.

Arx Pax and Lexus clearly have the best taste in entertaining cinema and they also understand the wonderful power of dreaming big. We all wanted to travel to “2015” when we saw Back to the Future: Part II in movie theaters in 1989. Besides buying a pair of Nike power lace shoes (later this year!), wearing a power-drying jacket and getting our hands on “Grays Sports Almanac from 1950-2000,” we wanted a hoverboard. As our pop culture-driven scientists are in the alpha stage of developing an anywhere-anytime hoverboard, it’s exciting to be on any path that resides above the ground.

Every life-altering invention started somewhere stuck between limitation and doubt.

And then the future arrives…

3-2-1…

Hamingjusamur Nýtt Ár!
(“Happy New Year!” in Icelandic)

The best part about tonight is how the entire world celebrates New Year’s Eve. If there was ever a day to literally hang out in Space, it would be tonight/today. The colors seen in the night sky will represent every color in that gigantic Crayola crayon box from our elementary school days.

“Was that firework orange with twirling turquoise?”

It’s a continuous stream of fireworks, light shows, boisterous music, confetti, happiness, kissing, goofy hats and crowds of people joyously dancing in the streets, homes and in hotel lobbies that’s a spectacular display of hope and the infinitely possible. Welcoming in the new year is a universal truth that’s proven in every language in every corner of the globe. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to fully report on each city’s unique festivities. Fortunately though, there are plenty of places to choose from. As it’s become commonplace, Bing posts a picture each day that dazzles the eye. Today was no exception.

When my family went to Iceland, we were there for New Year’s! Luckily, there’s a photo of what it would be like to be on the pristine glacial lake of Jökulsárlón, Iceland, which is a better sight than the much-hyped, expansive collection of celebratory bonfires around Reykjavík we were told about…

 

(© Norbert Eisele-Hein/Aurora Photos)

(© Norbert Eisele-Hein/Aurora Photos)

Here’s to a Perfectly Picturesque 2015! 

Happy Monday!

As we prepare to ring in the new year later this week, it’s important to have the right attitude. Entering 2015 with the proper mindset is paramount to achieving all those resolutions we’re planning (well, at least 1 or 2 of them anyways). Among other characteristics, confidence and bravery are quintessential to success. Perhaps no other family demonstrates these traits quite like the Crane boys:

How will you spell “winning” in 2015?

Hopefully not, “Charlie Sheen.”

Enjoy the Final Monday of 2014!

Happy Monday!

There were several highlights at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego. For instance, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki disguised himself as a, “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” character and asked a question in front of, “The Big Bang Theory” panel on a main stage area. Once he removed his mask, the crowd erupted in cheers. Galecki then joined the panel on-stage.

Awesome!

However, there was one announcement that flew above the rest. With regard to superheroes, this paring absolutely takes the cake.

For those of us who have been following the subsequent moves of the super hit, “Man of Steel” and for those of us who love, “The Dark Knight” trilogy, Saturday morning was the day we had been waiting for…

We’ve all heard the news, but now it’s time to watch it: 

What does this all mean exactly? While director Zack Snyder has said the sequel will not be an adaptation of, “The Dark Knight Returns” comic from which the quote was taken, it does offer an initial clue about the story. A few of the initial and prominent questions will nonetheless include the following:

Will we get the lighthearted jokes between Clark Kent and Lois Lane? How about some playful flirting between Superman (“that’s what they’re calling him”) and Lois Lane? Will we see more Superman rescues a la Christopher Reeve in 1978’s, “Superman?” Who will play the new Bruce Wayne/Batman? What will his personal story entail? What characters will surround Bruce Wayne/Batman? Will Superman and Batman have a common enemy/enemies? How will Metropolis and Gotham City merge?

We’ll all just have to wait and see. Unfortunately, the first teaser trailer won’t be released until well into the future. For now…

Have a Super Week!