Morning Links: Captain America, Watson’s Does it Like a Boss and The Future is Behind Us

A few things to get out day started, shall we?

1. So Marvel’s hugely anticipated Captain America movie comes out July 22.  Is anyone a bit surprised that it’s flying so far below the radar?  We’ve got tons of stuff leaking on the Green Lantern, including a trailer, and this photo of actor Chris Evans is really our first good look at him as Captain America.  I find it strange, for some reason, there hasn’t even been a teaser trailer of some kind.

2. There’s something hilariously perverse about Anthony Bourdain channeling his inner Sandra Lee on Jimmy Fallon’s show to share with the world his “10 second hangover cure foods.” He puts black pepper on drive-through mac and cheese, pours milk of Captain Crunchberries, etc.

3. Here are six really messed up origins to classic fairy tales.

4. Hell yeah: “This Z-Type game is simple enough – you just type the words as they fall and they get blown up as you type. It’s like a typing test crossed with the classic arcade game Missile Command. And for reasons I can’t quite figure out, it’s actually pretty damn fun.” [via]

5. We’re living in the future! Imagine for a moment it’s 1995:

The year is 2010. America has been at war for the first decade of the 21st century and is recovering from the largest recession since the Great Depression. Air travel security uses full-body X-rays to detect weapons and bombs. The president, who is African-American, uses a wireless phone, which he keeps in his pocket, to communicate with his aides and cabinet members from anywhere in the world. This smart phone, called a “Blackberry,” allows him to access the world wide web at high speed, take pictures, and send emails.

It’s just after Christmas. The average family’s wish-list includes smart phones like the president’s “Blackberry” as well as other items like touch-screen tablet computers,robotic vacuums, and 3-D televisions. Video games can be controlled with nothing but gestures, voice commands and body movement. In the news, a rogue Australian cyberterrorist is wanted by world’s largest governments and corporations for leaking secret information over the world wide web; spaceflight has been privatized by two major companies, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX; and Time Magazine’s person of the year (and subject of an Oscar-worthy feature film) created a network, “Facebook,” which allows everyone (500 million people) to share their lives online.

Holy shit, right?!?  We’re totally living in the future of a sci-fi novel!  How the hell did that happen.

6. Finally, IBM’s new supercomputer, Watson, you know the one that plays Jeopardy!, is laying pipe against past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  “Asked if he was nervous to be competing against a computer, Rutter quipped, “Not nervous, but I will be when Watson’s progeny comes back from the future to kill me.” Engadget has video of the freaky practice match.  Again, we’re living in the future.  Also?  Watson?  Sort of funny.  Also also?  Combined, not a single question went unanswered by these competitors.

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