rifftrax live – anaconda


Thursday’s the night. The boys from Rifftrax will be giving Anaconda a good riffing. If you’re planning to go, you might want to grab your tickets now, before they’re all gone. I picked mine up last week. No sense taking any chances. Here’s the trailer, if you’re interested.

If you’re still not sure what this whole riffing thing’s about, here’s a smaple of the boys giving the treatment to “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

sir, do you know how fast you were going?

On this date in 1997 — fifty years and a day after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier — RAF pilot Andy Green became the first person to break the sound barrier on land. His jet-powered ThrustSSC topped out at 763 miles per hour. The record was set in Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Since seeing is believing, here’s a video of Green’s record-setting drive.

pedal to the metal


Dodge recently announced the latest addition to its muscle car lineup: the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat. Its supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi V8 packs a 707 hp punch. Yes, you read that right, 707 horsepower. This baby is a rocket on wheels. No word yet on the price, but it’s safe to assume it’s probably more than I can afford right now. So is the gas, for that matter.

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “supercharged” combined with “Challenger”, the first thing that comes to mind is this little cinematic gem from 1971:

more rocket coolness

As a follow-up to my recent post about the test of the SpaceX F9R, here’s a little video about the SpaceX Dragon, the F9R’s intended payload. The Dragon has been launched on resupply missions to the International Space Station. The unmanned missions have served as tests for the spacecraft’s real purpose.

For more about the Dragon, check out the official SpaceX website. There’s also a Wikipedia article on the Dragon.