Depending on who you ask, the best Alien film is celebrating a birthday today. James Cameron’s action-packed follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror flick turns 31 year’s old today. To this day, there’s still debate over which one is the better movie. The truth is though; it really doesn’t matter. Cameron did something entirely different from Scott, adding his own spin to the series while remaining faithful to the original.Aliens, which premiered on July 18, 1986, was an action movie. Instead of a single alien hunting down a spaceship full of miners, it was a whole colony of aliens taking on a crew of colonial marines. The playing field was more even. The marines now had weapons at their disposal that could easily kill the xenomorphs. That’s not to say the scares were gone completely. H.R. Giger’s body horror was still all over this movie, further fleshing out (ha) the xenomorph biology.Of course, we still haven’t mentioned Aliens’ most valuable contribution to the sci-fi world. It solidified Ellen Ripley into an action hero. In the first movie, she was mostly trying to escape from the alien until the final scene. In Aliens, she actively fought back. In a single movie, she became the coolest action hero of the ’80s (earning Sigourney Weaver an Oscar nomination in the process). There are a ton of great lines in the movie (“They mostly come out at night. Mostly.” and “Game over, man! Game over!” come to mind), but there’s a reason Ripley’s “Get away from her, you bitch!” is its most iconic. It’s the point where she becomes the sci-fi action hero she was always meant to be. Ripley was always one of the best-written women in sci-fi, but this one moment distilled everything that made her great into one shot. Plus, that mech suit is still the coolest thing ever put on screen. We still want one 31 years later.Here are 31 Ripleys to help you celebrate!View as: One Page Slides1. Jason Palmer2. Kreugan3. Chris Samnee4. Paul Jackson5. Brooke Regalado6. Rachel Petrovicz7. Daniel Murray8. ap6y39. Bene Hayes10. Kevin Wada11. 100% Soft12. skyblep13. Rachel J Pierce14. Gabriel Hardman15. Basils Hallward16. Ellinor/CurvedCat17. Alex Roca18. Nora Bean19. Nan Lawson20. Hey Moster21. Harriet-Julia22. Steven Lewis23. Ash Baharin24. Ohhh Dis!25. Otto Schmidt26. Adele K Thomas27. Glynrick28. Mixmaster Angel29. Jonathan B. Perez 30. Patt Kelley31. J GasstonLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
“Celebrities and others are using social media networks to encourage the public to purchase stocks and other investments,” the statement reads. “These endorsements may be unlawful if they do not disclose the nature, source, and amount of any compensation paid, directly or indirectly, by the company in exchange for the endorsement. Celebrities who endorse an investment often do not have sufficient expertise to ensure that the investment is appropriate and in compliance with federal securities laws. Conduct research before making investments, including in ICOs.”So yeah, probably don’t invest in this one, folks. I like Seagal well enough, but I have no faith in him as a financial… anything.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Bitcoin is probably a scam. If you disagree, that’s cool, but it’s your money. And, if you strike it big, you can tell me off. But, with that said, this market is definitely starting to get… uh… weird?90s action star Steven Seagal is, apparently, working on the second generation of Bitcoin, dubbed, hilariously, Bitcoiin 2nd Generation. Seagal’s official twitter account said as much, and there was an accompanying press release, claiming that the system would be based on the Ethereum blockchain.Making matters worse, the account also offered up this image showing their affiliate payout schedule. I dunno about you, but that looks an awful lot like a pyramid scheme.So, to recap: there are two “i”s in the name, for some reason, 2nd gen BitCoin is ostensibly based on Etherum (why?), the fact that Seagal is involved at all (again, why?), and the attached affiliate chart is exactly a pyramid scheme.Credit: Steven SeagalIf this isn’t already sending off like a million alarm bells, then you might want to reread all that. And again. Until it sticks.The affiliate payouts will only be for the initial coin offering, or ICO — essentially one of the few times it’s not the absolute worst idea to buy into a new cryptocurrency. The problem, of course, is that with these sorts of deals, it’s easy to promise massive returns, but almost impossible to guarantee. If you throw in a few bucks you don’t mind losing, great. If you’re betting a lot more on it, though, you’re almost certainly being taken for a ride. Thankfully, this one is pretty transparent.“As a Buddhist, Zen teacher, and healer,” the attached press release reads, “Steven lives by the principles that the development of the physical self is essential to protect the spiritual man. He believes that what he does in his life is about leading people into contemplation to wake them up and enlighten them in some manner. These are precisely the objectives of the Bitcoiin2Gen to empower the community by providing a decentralized P2P payment system with its own wallet, mining ecosystem and robust blockchain platform without the need of any third party.”If that isn’t a buncha words that mean basically nothing, I don’t know what is.Of course, the internet is having a field day, making plenty of cracks, but this type of offering may well be illegal. The SEC, which is typically in charge of investigating insider trading and similar financial crimes, made a statement about celebrity endorsements of cryptocurrencies last year.What if there was a cryptographically secured distributed ledger for tracking roundhouse kicks to the face https://t.co/yHrFJfgZ1Y— Tom Gara (@tomgara) February 20, 2018 Cops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation InsteadBitcoin Bomb Threat Scam Disrupts Businesses Across US, Canada Looks like the cryptocurrency market is…………Under Siege https://t.co/I6LQ2Q1h1X— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 19, 2018 Finally, the cryptocurrency endorsed by zen master and Russian diplomat Steven Seagal that we’ve all been waiting for https://t.co/OsXmW32fOW— max seddon (@maxseddon) February 19, 2018 Stay on target
Somewhere in The British Museum’s vault is the Siren Vase—an ancient Greek stamnos depicting the ship of Odysseus passing the Sirens.Somewhere in the Black Sea is a real barge, just like the one depicted on that urn. And its recent discovery is remarkable.An international team of scientists this week confirmed the Greek trading vessel is, in fact, the world’s “oldest intact shipwreck.”The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP) spent three years surveying some 770 square miles of Atlantic Ocean seabed, between Eastern Europe and Western Asia.Led by experts from the University of Southampton, the group uncovered 60-plus shipwrecks—from a 17th century Cossack raiding fleet to Roman trading vessels to a complete ship from the Classical period.Their most noteworthy find, however, came in late 2017: More than a mile under the Black Sea, where the water is anoxic (oxygen free), lies the oldest known intact shipwreck, preserved for 2,000 years.“A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in [more than 1 mile] of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” Black Sea MAP principal investigator and University of Southampton professor Jon Adams said in a statement. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”In 2015, the team set out to investigate changes in the ancient environment off the coast of Bulgaria—including the impact of sea-level change following the last glacial cycle.The project concluded in September 2017 with world-renowned maritime scientists returning with some astonishing finds and fascinating artifacts.In additional to shipwrecks, Adams & Co. excavated the remains of an early Bronze Age settlement at Ropotamo in Bulgaria. Built when the sea level was much lower than today, the settlement was abandoned as waters rose; residential remains now lie nearly three yards below the seabed.More archaeology coverage on Geek.com:Ancient Mayan Altar Reveals ‘Games of Thrones’-Esque EmpireEarliest Surviving Tattoos Discovered on Male, Female MummiesStanford Students Took a Crack at Brewing That 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe Stay on target Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France