Tech Toy Tuesday 05/07/13
5/7/2013 6:32:00 AM
Some weeks, I get to tell you about new music from legendary bands, other weeks, I get to tell you about remastered albums and box sets, and never before released live bootlegs from legendary bands, and this week I get to tell you about new Music from Joe Satriani. Satriani’s latest is out, it’s called Unstoppable Momentum, which is the most Joe Satriani sounding album title ever. If you like Joe Satriani and can find your way to a place that sells music, you can buy it today.
Two Blu Ray releases of note today. The first is Jack Reacher, which is not a porno, despite my initial assumption, rather, this is a Tom Cruise movie where he plays an action hero, which I realize describes about 20 films, but anyway Jack Reacher is based on a book by author Lee Child, and Reacher, true to his name, is a large man in the books, Cruise, famously, is a small man, and Child had this to say of the casting: "With another actor you might get 100% of the height but only 90% of Reacher. With Tom, you'll get 100% of Reacher with 90% of the height." I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to see it based on that.
The other Blu Ray release of note is the first time release of classic The Great Escape, which is one of my favorite movies ever, but has zero percent of the reacher.
The tech toy of the week this week is a 3D printer. What, in the hell, is a 3D printer, you ask? 3D printers could very well change the world, I’m talking on the level of the internet, steam engines, and electricity and I’m not exaggerating. They’re about the size of a microwave. You upload schematics into them and they work by spraying down layer after layer of plastic to create a 3d object.
So rather than buying your kid a toy for christmas, the time could come where you just go and buy a license to a blueprint online, upload it to your 3d printer, and make it at home. If the toy breaks? Make another. Accidently break the knob off your stove? Go to the manufacturer's website and find the schematics and print yourself off a replacement knob.
They’ve existed in engineering for 25 years and have been used to make prototypes, but the last ten years or so they’ve been working on making them affordable and the reason I’m talking about it today is by the end of next month, you’ll be able to buy one in Staples. The Cube 3D is the initial brand, and it can print anything up to 5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5”. That's not very big, but they'll only get bigger and more sophisticated from here. They start at $1,300 and like everything else, will get much cheaper very quickly.