The galaxy is mired in a cold war between the Illyrican Empire and the Commonwealth. Thrust between this struggle are Simon Kovalic, the Commonwealth’s preeminent spy, and Kyle Rankin, a lowly janitor happily scrubbing toilets on Sabaea, a remote and isolated planet. However, nothing is as it seems.

Kyle Rankin’s real name is Eli Brody, and he fled his home world of Caledonia years ago. Kovalic knows a top-secret Illyrican superweapon project is hiding in Caledonia. He also knows that the past Brody so desperately abandoned can grant him access to people and places that are impenetrable even for him.

Now Brody and Kovalic are on a mission fraught with dangerous unknowns, guaranteed to tip the scales of galactic peace. Sounds like a desperate plan, sure, but what gambit isn’t?

Tag: Video

  • Apple Commits to being Carbon Neutral by 2030

    To quote the late Carl Sagan:

    The Earth is the only world known so far to harbour life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit? Yes. Settle? Not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. … To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve, and cherish, the pale blue dot; the only home we’ve ever known.

    It is true, no matter how much Science Fiction and the actions of some may provide us the hope of being able to settle and colonize another planet, it is still a long, long ways away. It is not likely that we will be able to colonize another planet in my lifetime, or within the next 100 years.

    In order to be able to be able to colonize another world, we need to take care of this one. Apple is doing its part to help protect the one planet that we have. Apple has already been carbon neutral with its global corporate operations, but this goes well beyond that.

    Apple is hoping to be carbon neutral not just for global operations, but also for manufacturing, its supply chain partners, and even all of the products it sells. This is a big task, but it should go a long way to helping the planet. From the press release, here is Apple’s ten year roadmap:

    Apple’s Climate Roadmap

    Apple’s 10-year roadmap will lower emissions with a series of innovative actions, including:Low carbon product design: Apple will continue to increase the use of low carbon and recycled materials in its products, innovate in product recycling, and design products to be as energy efficient as possible.

    • Apple’s latest recycling innovation — a robot the company is calling “Dave” — disassembles the Taptic Engine from iPhone to better recover key materials such as rare earth magnets and tungsten while also enabling recovery of steel, the next step following its line of “Daisy” iPhone disassembly robots.
    • The company’s Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas, which is focused on innovative electronics recycling technology, is now partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to further develop engineering solutions.
    • All iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch devices released in the past year are made with recycled content, including 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in the iPhone Taptic Engine — a first for Apple and for any smartphone.
    • Apple decreased its carbon footprint by 4.3 million metric tons in 2019 through design and recycled content innovations in its products. Over the past 11 years, Apple has reduced the average energy needed for product use by 73 percent.

    This is just part of their overall strategy. This is a big undertaking and one that I hope they are able to achieve. There are many that claim that being carbon neutral, or even just moving to be more green is not fiscally possible. I disagree with them. Will it be free? No, but nothing is free. This video starring Bill Nye is still accurate, and we all need to do better to help the environment.

    We only have one planet, and we must take care of it in order to be able to have not only our species, but many other species, survive. It is good to see companies doing their part to help save our planet, since it is the only one we have.


  • Brexit Briefly Explained

    If you have been following world news at all over the last two and half years, you have likely heard about the referendum that the United Kingdom voted for in 2016 to leave the European Union. Even though it has been a big news story it may not be easy to understand. Thankfully, there is a video by CGP Grey to explain the issue with why an agreement cannot be made easily.

    There is also a footnote video that adds a bit more information. Both of the videos are worth watching to learn a bit about the struggles that the United Kingdom is having.

  • Gillette Steps Up

    This video by Gillette is causing a bit of a stir. I think this is a good one that everyone should watch.

  • How Will Smith Became the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    If you were a kid in the ’90s you are likely to have a soft spot for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Here’s Will Smith’s explanation of how it all began.

  • Above NYC

    I saw a video in my twitter timeline that claimed as “The crispest video I’ve ever seen” by MKBHD, this tweet to be exact.

    After looking at the actual video, it does not look real. It looks like something you would see at a video game, or one of Apple’s overhead screensavers on the Apple TV. The video is about 3 and half minutes, and it is well worth the view.

    The video was shot in 12K, uploaded at 8K, and if you have a 4K TV, try and view it on there. Personally, I would like to see one over London.

  • The Marvel Bunch

    It is very likely that you have seen this already, but it is quite good and gives a VERY brief overview of the characters in the Marvel Avengers. It is a short video.

  • The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant

    This is a 13 minute video by CGP Grey. It is not like his typical videos, but this is such a great one. The animations, music, illustrations, and narration are all spot on.

  • Trash Talking with Alex Trebek

    This is a great clip of Alex Trebek trash talking some nerds in a category. Even though I am a nerd, and do not really care about Football, even I knew two answers and double-guessed myself on a third. The ribbing is absolutely deserved.

    Via: Lisette Voytko.

  • HomePod Videos

    Apple has unveiled a set of HomePod advertisements. These are short 15-second ads, but they accurately show what the primary focus of the HomePod currently is, music.

  • Sphero Droids

    It is not often that an ad actually shows what a product can do, which is a sad thing to say in today’s modern world. But this Sphero commercial actually does. The Sphero droids are a fun toy, if you have the means to buy one.