It’s been a ridiculously newsy week for geeks and non-geeks alike. With Haiti’s devastating earthquake, Sarah Palin’s appointment to Fox news, Gay marriage on the line in the proposition 8 hearings, and Google putting the smack down on Chinese censorship, things have been a bit busy on the old interwebs.
It’s been an exciting time for gadget-and-games geeks as well, as we just saw the end of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2010. For the uninitiated, CES is a massive, throbbing hive of a trade show, where electronics-related companies show off everything from wireless chargers to awesome 3D TV’s to ridiculously thin laptops.
What was the coolest gizmo of all? In this amateur filmmaker’s opinion, that has to be Panasonic’s 3D Camcorder. If you buy in to the whole 3D craze and purchase yourself a 3D TV, you can make your own 3D movies! Just imagine; the very first 3D lesbian film is on its way. Maybe AfterEllen.com vloggers will one day be recording with an extra dimension!
It’s pricey, of course, and its almost certainly going to be supplanted by cheaper, better models down the road, but just the fact that consumers can get their hands on this baby later this year is a very cool sign of progress.
Speaking of films in the third dimension, this whole “Avatar broke $1 billion” business has a few other big time sci-fi directors (and studios) very excited. According to an article at the The Times Online (spotted via a news blurb in The Underwire).
What’s on the shortlist? Oh, say, the original Star Wars Trilogy and the Lord of the Rings films.
I can tell you now that this would be a very, very smart move. I can think of a whole legion of folks who’d pay good money (and perhaps go out in public dressed as a stormtrooper) to see the good Star Wars flicks in big, beautiful 3D. The same goes for the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy — Sauron’s terrifying eye and the sheer scale of the battle scenes should prove that you don’t need explosions and spaceships to make 3D exciting.
Who’s with me?