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(Slate)   Slate blogger would like you to know that he never believed that whole hoverboard prank and certainly didn't fall for the joke and is only annoyed because golly why can't people be more grown up on the internet?   (slate.com) divider line 36
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2014-03-06 12:58:11 PM
"I care strongly about a random blogger on the internet being wrong."
--One of the few things that can make you sound even more pathetic.
 
2014-03-06 12:58:26 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-06 01:00:15 PM
So we're calling obviously fake videos a prank now?
 
2014-03-06 01:00:34 PM
Wow, subby, you're petty AND you can't read. Go to the original Slate post and tell me that guy thought the hoverboard was real. His whole original post was saying, "Stop making hoverboard hoax videos and lying to gullible people, you suck."
 
2014-03-06 01:01:00 PM
Christopher Lloyd is still alive?!?!?
 
2014-03-06 01:01:03 PM
How on Earth could that video fool anyone? TO caught a ball, and didn't drop it. Gotta be fake.
 
2014-03-06 01:02:18 PM
Sigh. Someday.

i.imgur.com

/always go for the power upgrade
 
2014-03-06 01:04:59 PM
I still remember when the movie came out and people were saying how hoverboards were real and the only reason they were not being sold was they were too dangerous. Even then I thought it was BS.
 
2014-03-06 01:05:54 PM
Funny concept... Especially bringing in Christopher Lloyd for believability factor...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_IudE9aPgg
 
2014-03-06 01:09:10 PM

generallyso: Sigh. Someday.

[i.imgur.com image 635x320]

/always go for the power upgrade


Nope. Too much power required, and no feasible way to apply it even if you could get the power to the board. We'll probably have interstellar spacecraft before we have hoverboards.
 
2014-03-06 01:11:20 PM
Awww but I really wanted one.
 
2014-03-06 01:13:48 PM
Your blog sucks.
 
2014-03-06 01:14:41 PM
Slate publishes the most erudite trollbait ever.  I really don't think any of them believe the nonsense they write, but they write it well.
 
2014-03-06 01:18:51 PM
So I watched both videos and all I can say is I agree, they were both completely unfunny and without apparent purpose.  And I love Christopher Lloyd.  What a farking waste of time.

/except for the page views that whereFunnygoestoDie got from me
/HACKER!
 
2014-03-06 01:29:31 PM
Because techno-fetishist nerds are more gullible than most toddlers.

See also: bitcoin
 
2014-03-06 01:45:50 PM

mbillips: generallyso: Sigh. Someday.

[i.imgur.com image 635x320]

/always go for the power upgrade

Nope. Too much power required, and no feasible way to apply it even if you could get the power to the board. We'll probably have interstellar spacecraft before we have hoverboards.


I could imagine that someday with some mag-lev technology you could maybe do it on a low-gravity planet in a specially made skate park.
 
2014-03-06 01:50:46 PM

ChipNASA: Christopher Lloyd is still alive?!?!?


He's 75, and hasn't aged a day in 50 years.
 
2014-03-06 01:52:21 PM
It's still not clear, though, what the point of the whole thing was.

This was my thought...

As my fellow not-impressed blogger Matt Novak at Gizmodo observes, driving traffic to the Funny Or Die Facebook page for a nonfunctional hoverboard giveaway "seems like a rather flimsy reason to go to so much trouble."

And this is why... It was a cool video and all, but holy shiat, that was a lot of work for a prank, I'm still waiting for the reveal on this. There has to be more to it than 'We wanted to make a funny video'. That's a LOT of trouble to go through.
 
2014-03-06 01:53:26 PM

mbillips: generallyso: Sigh. Someday.

[i.imgur.com image 635x320]

/always go for the power upgrade

Nope. Too much power required, and no feasible way to apply it even if you could get the power to the board. We'll probably have interstellar spacecraft before we have hoverboards.


Well, somebody is certainly a Negative Nelly today.
 
2014-03-06 01:56:13 PM

Mikey1969: It's still not clear, though, what the point of the whole thing was.

This was my thought...

As my fellow not-impressed blogger Matt Novak at Gizmodo observes, driving traffic to the Funny Or Die Facebook page for a nonfunctional hoverboard giveaway "seems like a rather flimsy reason to go to so much trouble."

And this is why... It was a cool video and all, but holy shiat, that was a lot of work for a prank, I'm still waiting for the reveal on this. There has to be more to it than 'We wanted to make a funny video'. That's a LOT of trouble to go through.


Why do people keep saying this?  What "trouble"?  Other than the cameos -- they're in California, I doubt it was terribly difficult to find some spare celebrities -- it's a couple of cranes, some terribly cheap looking wood or foam for the boards, and a little video editing.  Oh, and a fake web site.

Lloyd's the big get, but it seems he still works cheap.
 
2014-03-06 02:01:09 PM

Far Cough: So I watched both videos and all I can say is I agree, they were both completely unfunny and without apparent purpose.  And I love Christopher Lloyd.  What a farking waste of time.

/except for the page views that whereFunnygoestoDie got from me
/HACKER!


Maybe it's because he went to the year 2015 in the movie, and they already had hoverboards.  I guess it makes sense that they would have been invented at least by the year 2014.  In the movie, it seemed like hoverboards were pretty commonplace by 2015.

Go back and watch the movie again.  Now look how badly we failed to live up to expectations.  (ESPECIALLY the weather forecasting)
 
2014-03-06 02:05:45 PM
Far Cough:
Why do people keep saying this?  What "trouble"?  Other than the cameos -- they're in California, I doubt it was terribly difficult to find some spare celebrities -- it's a couple of cranes, some terribly cheap looking wood or foam for the boards, and a little video editing.  Oh, and a fake web site.

Lloyd's the big get, but it seems he still works cheap.


That thing was put together nicely, probably took more than a day to shoot. If it was done in a day, it was the whole day, you have more than one guest appearance there, the digital effects, and it's far more professional than most Funny or Die shiat. That was put together very well. A lot of time went into it, especially when you add up all of the people involved. Just seems like it's a lot to go through for a joke video. I've worked on simple film shoots, even THOSE aren't simple.
 
2014-03-06 02:09:34 PM

Mikey1969: Far Cough:
Why do people keep saying this?  What "trouble"?  Other than the cameos -- they're in California, I doubt it was terribly difficult to find some spare celebrities -- it's a couple of cranes, some terribly cheap looking wood or foam for the boards, and a little video editing.  Oh, and a fake web site.

Lloyd's the big get, but it seems he still works cheap.

That thing was put together nicely, probably took more than a day to shoot. If it was done in a day, it was the whole day, you have more than one guest appearance there, the digital effects, and it's far more professional than most Funny or Die shiat. That was put together very well. A lot of time went into it, especially when you add up all of the people involved. Just seems like it's a lot to go through for a joke video. I've worked on simple film shoots, even THOSE aren't simple.


Look up ^

Maybe they are gearing up for some 30-year anniversary event or something.  Maybe they're planning to release some bastardized 3D-ified version of the movie.  Maybe someone just realized the movie imagined that hoverboards would be around by now.  Maybe they were all just bored.
 
2014-03-06 02:23:20 PM
They began the shoot around November, if you follow some of the articles and check the domain name.  Someone writing on Wikipedia says Turner Entertainment is involved:

The company's hoverboard that they supposedly invented was later revealed to be an elaborate hoax perpetrated by the comedy video website [2] Much of the special effects used to give the illusion of a board actually hovering above ground was achieved using Adobe After Effects CC, a popular video editing application developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Michael Kitterman, a freelance motion graphics editor from Antioch, California, provided much of the final video editing, and served as lead consultant during filming to Turner Entertainment Digital Network who produced the promotional videos.[according to whom?]

But we're giving this more attention that it deserves, so I'm out.
 
2014-03-06 02:53:56 PM
Fark 'em if they can't take a joke.
 
2014-03-06 02:58:33 PM

offmymeds: Fark 'em if they can't take make a joke.


Fixed that for FoD.
 
2014-03-06 03:31:59 PM
The name of the website is Funny or Die. Well, I hope they die, because this was not funny. The whole internet hoax thing is just stupid. Everytime I see anything remotely interesting, now, I fully expect it to be some stupid Jimmy Kimmel hoax.
 
2014-03-06 03:34:21 PM

ReverendJynxed: ChipNASA: Christopher Lloyd is still alive?!?!?

He's 75, and hasn't aged a day in 50 years.


Christopher Lloyd looks 25 to you? mmkay
 
2014-03-06 03:45:37 PM
Did people really think that was real? Really?

/idontwanttoliveonthisplanet.jpg
 
2014-03-06 03:56:03 PM

abhorrent1: Did people really think that was real? Really?

/idontwanttoliveonthisplanet.jpg

I

could build a hoverboard.  I couldn't build one that would hold up a human, but quadrotors(or probably hexarotor for that shape) are actually quite flexible in layout.
 
2014-03-06 04:25:10 PM

groppet: I still remember when the movie came out and people were saying how hoverboards were real and the only reason they were not being sold was they were too dangerous. Even then I thought it was BS.


I owned a skate shop at that time and someone would ask almost every damn day if I was going to carry them.  Mostly little kids and clueless parents.  The little kids I could understand, but supposedly intelligent adults?  I would openly mock them.
 
2014-03-06 04:36:14 PM

mtbhucker: groppet: I still remember when the movie came out and people were saying how hoverboards were real and the only reason they were not being sold was they were too dangerous. Even then I thought it was BS.

I owned a skate shop at that time and someone would ask almost every damn day if I was going to carry them.  Mostly little kids and clueless parents.  The little kids I could understand, but supposedly intelligent adults?  I would openly mock them.


Cause and effect?  :)
 
2014-03-06 04:55:03 PM

Far Cough: mtbhucker: groppet: I still remember when the movie came out and people were saying how hoverboards were real and the only reason they were not being sold was they were too dangerous. Even then I thought it was BS.

I owned a skate shop at that time and someone would ask almost every damn day if I was going to carry them.  Mostly little kids and clueless parents.  The little kids I could understand, but supposedly intelligent adults?  I would openly mock them.

Cause and effect?  :)


Nope.  I sold it years ago and the shop is still open.
 
2014-03-06 05:59:37 PM
People actually believed that video? I watched it for a little bit and turned it off because it was 1. obviously fake and 2. boring as hell.
 
2014-03-06 07:52:51 PM

mbillips: generallyso: Sigh. Someday.

[i.imgur.com image 635x320]

/always go for the power upgrade

Nope. Too much power required, and no feasible way to apply it even if you could get the power to the board. We'll probably have interstellar spacecraft before we have hoverboards.


Seems to me that a strong enough magnetic coil could lift the board easily enough.  Power is a problem.  Especially if you want it to work when it's not over a magnetic surface... that's going to be expensive, like mini-sun-inyourpocket-fusion-reactor expensive.

I'll bet we have hoverboards before interstellar travel though.  No one is even pretending to work on that.
 
2014-03-06 11:18:15 PM

Kahabut: mbillips: generallyso: Sigh. Someday.

[i.imgur.com image 635x320]

/always go for the power upgrade

Nope. Too much power required, and no feasible way to apply it even if you could get the power to the board. We'll probably have interstellar spacecraft before we have hoverboards.

Seems to me that a strong enough magnetic coil could lift the board easily enough.  Power is a problem.  Especially if you want it to work when it's not over a magnetic surface... that's going to be expensive, like mini-sun-inyourpocket-fusion-reactor expensive.

I'll bet we have hoverboards before interstellar travel though.  No one is even pretending to work on that.


Hoping for further extreme scientific developments like these is somewhat similar to hoping that the typewriting monkeys are getting close to churning out the next work of Shakespeare.  Most of our major scientific developments have been more dumb luck than deliberate.
 
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