New sci-fi movie from M. Night Shyamalan starring Will Smith and son – After Earth

It wasn’t enough for M. Night Shyamalan and Will Smith to create a sci-fi film. For After Earth, they patterned an entirely new world history (or at least paid some really geeky people to do it for them).

The film is set 1,000 years in the future, and most of mankind has moved on to another planet light-years away. “Nova Prime has been colonized by humans for about 200 years,” said After Earth screenwriter Gary Whitta during a Comic-Con panel for the film, which is scheduled for release next year. “Earth is just kind of a memory that is taught in history classes.”

Nova Prime looks a lot like Utah (because it’s filmed in Utah), and that’s where the story starts. Smith plays Cypher Rage, a general in a military unit called the Rangers, while his real-life son Jaden plays his fictional son Kitai. The younger Rage aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Rangers. When an errant asteroid damages their ship, it causes them to crash-land on the most inhospitable planet in the universe — Earth.

Separated during the crash, Kitai must battle his way across an aggressive and deadly planet to reach his injured father, who is in bad shape. The journey will take Kitai through jungle, desert, forest and probably a few Shyamalanesque plot twists.

 

Learn more details: Wired – Universe-Building With Your After Earth Hosts, Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan

 

 

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The best snorkeling in Orange County

My neck is all busted up. Too much surf paddling. I’m shore bound.

But, you can’t keep a good watermen down. I’m gonna head out and do some leisurely floating and watching with some kicking, i.e. snorkeling.

My research shows that Shaw’s Cove is the best in Orange County:

“One of the most popular dive sites in Orange County. It is well-protected from large swells, making it highly suitable for the beginning beach divers.”

“Have dove here twice and so far it is my favorite shore dive in Laguna. Vis was excellent two weeks ago at about 35-40 which is great for this area. I saw a lot of fish live. I spotted two octopi, sea hares galore with one that was huge. It has a nice wall to dive near. There are a lot of divers on Saturday mornings because the conditions are usually good for the dive classes. The hike to the shore can be tiring depending on where you get a parking spot. It is a residential area so parking on the streets fills quickly and early on the weekends. There are about 40 stairs that you get to hike up as well. Great cardio workout.”

Of course, there are 7 other notable places to check out. Here is a full list from shorediving.com.

I will have to investigate to see which one I think is best, but I’m definitely starting with Shaw’s thanks to this personal video:

This is the first video I’ve ever shot in my life. I’ve been wanting to make some videos to share with my non-diving friends & family why each moment beneath the water is so special to me. I purchased a FlipHD and Ikelite housing for it, with their lighting system. The color is uncorrected and video is unenhanced. Conditions were a bit rough for the locale, but I’m overall happy with the quality of the output. Shot a few hours of video in the morning then edited down to 5 minutes. Enjoy!