A few weeks ago Code.org launched with the goal of getting more young people excited about coding. When they launched there were rumors that they were producing a video with some of the biggest names in coding like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Today they released that video, and sure enough, Gates and Zuckerberg are in there. They're in good company too, with some big name coders from Twitter, Dropbox, and for some reason will.i.am. The takeaway message? Being a programmer now is basically like being a junk bond trader in the 1980s, except the cocaine and strippers have been replaced with free pizza and awesome rumpus rooms, and the bond trading has been replaced with doing something of some utility to society.
We don't know how NASA administrator Charles Bolden won the rights to become the first human voice transmitted from Mars, but we dearly hope the matter was settled in the traditional way -- a lirpa-wielding battle to the death. Even if it wasn't -- and really, don't tell us if it wasn't -- this is still pretty cool. Bolden's dulcet tones rung out across the solar system yesterday from the recently landed Curiosity rover, offering a missive that is equal parts "Thank you letter to everyone involved in the project," and, "Yeah, we landed a rover on Mars," claim on bragging rights.
MegaUpload has been catching some flak in this most recent push against piracy. Neither the MPAA nor the RIAA are particularly fond of the site. But do you know some of the people who are fond of it? How about Kim Kardashian, P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil John, Mary J. Blidge, Jamie Foxx and more. In fact, they are so fond of it, they all contributed to a strange, but heartening little music-video-jingle sort of thing that talks about how awesome MegaUpload is, and how they all use and support it.
So director James Cameronisn't going to crawl under a rock for another 13 years (the epoch that transpired between Titanic and Avatar): In March, he was spotted filming a "top secret outdoor concert" of the Black Eyed Peas to celebrate Samsung's 3D LED TV campaign launch, covered in not-so-top-secret depth by various blogs. Now, it appears, Cameron is on board to direct an entire 3D concert documentary for the Black Eyed Peas' World Tour.
Band frontman will.i.am, not to be out done by Cameron's "I'm the king of the world!" Titanic Oscar speech, told VIBE: "Right now, we are planning our 3D tour movie, and James Cameron is directing it - we have the biggest director, because we are the biggest group on the planet."