After calling up the knowledge he’d learned as a kid to manufacture unusually realistic space suits for such films as “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon,” he started getting calls from people outside the Hollywood realm. His suits came out nearly as functional as the real deal, at only a fraction of the cost, which got the scientific community interested in this bushy-haired man from the land of smoke and mirrors. “One day, I get a phone call from a professor at Berkeley, asking if I’d be interested in helping design a next-generation spacesuit for women,” Gilman said. “I tried to figure out who it was, thinking it was someone who was playing a joke on me.” It wasn’t. As he dabbled in space design, he developed a reputation as a Hollywood guy who cared enough to do things right, which led to another phone call from Gump to Global Effects in 2004. NASA was looking for replacement proposals for the space shuttle, scheduled for retirement in 2010 and t/Space needed Gilman’s help. So he took their designs, threw a team of 15 builders and $250,000 into the projects and built a full-scale mock-up of the crew capsule that would take astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station. T/Space has showed it off at trade shows and will be formally submitting it to NASA in February. If the space agency picks the design, it could be ferrying humans and cargo into the heavens by 2010. Being involved in a project that could be equally influential as any from NASA’s glory days doesn’t seem to faze Gilman, however. When asked a relatively straightforward question about how it feels to have his hands mixed into history, he nods, thinks for a moment and responds. “Well, it reminds me of an old blacksmith’s trick in sword handle design,” he said. Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card His mom, a librarian, loaded him up with books on craft work, and on weekends, they’d work on the family race car. It was not, to be sure, a regular childhood. And his current profession isn’t too regular, either. In Global Effects’ chilly workshop, not far from eviscerated dummies, an arsenal of wicked-looking crossbows, samurai swords and maces and a larger-than-life animated figure of John Lennon, sits a full-size mock-up of a replacement for the space shuttle. “Chris tells a pretty good story about adapting suits of armor to space suits,” said David Gump, president of t/Space, the Reston, Va., aerospace company that contracted Global Effects to provide the life-size model of its proposed CXV spacecraft. “If you’re not familiar with suits of armor, you don’t understand. In essence, they’re protecting you against the vacuum of space.” Gilman founded the company 20 years ago to serve as a prop shop and creature builder, doing things like enormous rats and ghouls for horror movies. In 1991, he won an Academy Award in the technical category for his development of a cooling system to be worn inside monster suits. But he was just getting started. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – When he was just a kid, Chris Gilman worked on the Apollo program. As an adult, he’s helping send astronauts back into space. The story behind both is an odd one, but for a guy who builds medieval armor for grins, it somehow makes sense. Equally versed in competitive sword fighting and astronaut suit construction, Gilman made his name in the special-effects business and now finds himself working on a space mission. “The way I grew up, I wasn’t taught problem solving as a path, but like the spokes of a wheel,” said Gilman, president of Global Effects Inc., which builds swords and monsters for Hollywood and spacecraft prototypes for the aerospace industry. “You look down on it, see all the different ways to go out and figure out the best one.” As a boy, he helped his engineer father inventory parts that ended up on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. This home-taught expertise landed him with the 12th-graders in his high school metal shop as a freshman, and he got so good at making leather goods that he ended up teaching a course before he even graduated.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 21, 2017 – Nassau & Grand Bahama – Friday night and if you weren’t at a rally somewhere across the Bahamas, you were probably tuned in via Television or Facebook. All three parties sought to capitalise on the LIVE feature on Facebook in the lead up to the 2017 polls. With numbers on the PLP and DNA pages fluctuating from 180 to 260 views, while the FNM seems to have to highest online viewership of 900.Shares via facebook ranked the highest for the FNM coming in at a whopping 27,000 views and 2,000 shares, while the PLP recorded just about 700 views and 14 shares. DNA live saw just over 1,100 viewed and 35 shares. The comments sections is not being spared either, as supporters take full advantage posting their support for their party or are either defending ‘haters’ ‘trolling’ the page with negative comments.Most rallies got on start around 8pm tonight and are expected to continue til midnight, as parties gear up their support into weekend walkabouts.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#FridayNightRallyNightBahamas Related Items:#FridayNightRallyNightBahamas, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp read more
Mannivanan K, an engineer and an MBA quit his typical sales manager job to pursue his passion for writing. Now he has come up with his brand new book, The Great Indian Democracy which he claims is semi-autobiographical. He has also started off his new food venture called the Moodle Stop, read on to know more about him…Tell us about yourself, how did you start off?I am a normal Engineer-turned-MBA from a middle class Tamilian family who was destined to complete 60 years of job in a well respected company. That’s how the script of my life should have been, until I decided to spice it up a little bit by starting to write this novel and starting my own venture in Chennai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Great Indian Democracy is your debut book. Tell us something more about it ?The idea as I started out writing was to provide a take on the various happenings in our country through the eyes of discerning and intelligent young guy. The way he looks at our politicians, our newspapers, our reporting and in general, what politics means to him. I did not plan on writing a satire at the first but when I wrote the first few pages, that is when I realized there was a huge scope for a satire built around ‘The Great Indian Democracy’. The book is from the viewpoint of a quirky lead character who looks at the happenings in our country for the very first time. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Is this book inspired from your own life?It is heavily inspired from my life and many of my friends. Various sub-stories in the book are my personal experiences, so in a sense Vikram’s mental voice is similar to what runs through my mind.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it for new writers to make their mark?From a personal journey of publishing this book, I think the biggest problem for writers is them believing in themselves and go on to complete a book. I have seen a lot of my friends start off and the interest wanes away after a couple of weeks. Yes, the industry is not very easy on new kid-on-the block, but I don’t think any industry is. However, with self-publishing gaining prominence and Amazon providing an option for ebooks, anyone can publish. What are your other interests that engage you apart from writing? I run my own start-up venture in the food industry which I am trying to establish as a big brand. So, I spend most of my time running around the city and hogging on some street food. There’s not much I do apart from that. What/Who inspires you?I started writing at a very young age. Most of them were crime thrillers which I wanted to write, majorly inspired from the Goosebumps series I was addicted to. But, the real love for the language and flowery English came through because of Nirmal Shekar and Jug Suraiya. I was so much enamoured by their language that left a lasting want in me to somehow write like them. read more
Potatoes are one of the world’s most commonly consumed foods — and are a high source of potassium. The findings showed that participants who consumed four or more than four servings a week of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes, are at an 11 per cent increased risk of hypertension. Also, a higher consumption of French fries was associated with a 17 per cent increased risk of hypertension in both women and men. However, consumption of potato chips (crisps) was associated with no increased risk. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In addition, potatoes have a high glycaemic index compared with other vegetables, thus it can also trigger a sharp rise in blood sugar levels. “In the study, participants who did not have high blood pressure at baseline, and consumed four or more servings a week of potatoes (boiled, baked or mashed) later had a higher risk of developing hypertension compared to those who consumed one or less than one serving a month,” said lead author Lea Borgi, physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixReplacing one serving a day of boiled, baked, or mashed potatoes with one serving of a non-starchy vegetable can lower the risk of developing hypertension, the researchers suggested. For the study, published online in the British Medical Journal, the team followed over 187,000 men and women from three large US studies for more than 20 years. Dietary intake, including frequency of potato consumption, was assessed using a questionnaire. The results “have potentially important public health ramifications, as they do not support a potential benefit from the inclusion of potatoes as vegetables in government food programs but instead support a harmful effect that is consistent with adverse effects of high carbohydrate intakes seen in controlled feeding studies,” the researchers concluded. read more