Geek News – March 2012

Here is an assortment of good geeky news you may have already seen, but if not…

James Cameron: we knew him as someone who introduced us to new worlds through his movies (Aliens, Avatar, and fittingly The Abyss; and who could forget that he wrote Rambo: First Blood Part II), and now he’s gone and actually visited another world.

From the article:

Filmmaker and ocean enthusiast James Cameron became the first solo explorer to reach the deepest point of the ocean — almost seven miles down — when his custom-built one-man submarine touched down in the western Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench at 7:52 a.m. local time Monday (5:52 p.m. Eastern time Sunday), according to a statement from the National Geographic Society, which is sponsoring the filmmaking and scientific expedition.

The Academy Award winner radioed “All systems okay” after hitting bottom at a depth of 35,756 feet, according to the statement.

This is, of course, about the same distance under the ocean as commercial jets fly above our heads. More impressive still, he basically designed the submersible he used for the descent. He has a true talent for imagining things that don’t yet exist and making them happen – I find this very inspiring.

And, lo and behold, this guy making an ascent is also in the news within two weeks of Cameron’s descent. The bounds of man on Earth: 7 miles down and 22 miles up. Think about it: 29 miles doesn’t seem so far but the technology (and guts) needed to traverse that distance vertically rather than horizontally is pretty intense.

Lastly, geeks with perhaps too much time on their hands don’t always need to be trying to break records and make the rest of us ponder how we’re wasting our lives playing Skyrim, sometimes they can do a great good by making some sick kids smile. Can you imagine the conversation the cops had with their dispatch after realizing they just busted The Batman?