We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: How NASA got Discovery to stay on top of a 747, Michael Fassbender's flawless robot sheds light on the plot of Prometheus, and Zooey Deschanel is selling Siri.
Here's timelapse footage showing how the Shuttle Discovery was placed on top of a 747 for its journey up to Dulles Airport. We're grateful to NASA for including this footage, since the question of how, exactly, trip organizers got the space shuttle to stay on top of a moving airplane has been nagging at us all day. It should be noted that we can't even do this with a mattress, unless we're given our weight in twine, something NASA obviously didn't need. [NASA]
Because Ridley Scott's Prometheus is one of the few upcoming would-be summer blockbusters that isn't a sequel or based on a board game, we're okay with not knowing what it's about. (Something Alien-ish, but not quite an Alien reboot.) The film's new slice of viral video chum in which a robot named David that looks remarkably like co-star Michael Fassbender discusses how he can do "almost anything asked of me" suggests that Scott may have a movie where perfect things from the future behave imperfectly and murderously, but that seems too pat. Scott knows this terrain: at 74 is Scott really interested in a big, spectacular movie where Michael Fassbender tries to kill Charlize Theron and his maker Guy Pearce because a few of his wires are too loose? Prometheus, it seems to us, is after bigger game. [PrometheusNews]
Zooey Deschanel: finally starring in an iPhone commercial where she bosses Siri around. There's also rain and music and takeout tomato-soup. Deschanel fans will surely enjoy it. Siri fans might enjoy it, but could be turned off by the sharp tone the actress uses with the tiny robot who lives in her cell phone. [via Paste]
Here's Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz — who has been known to burst into song to explain why he opposes the construction of certain bike lanes — singing a little bit from GZA's "Liquid Swords," in proximity to the Wu-Tang Clan founding member. Our only objection is that his rendition is sadly incomplete. [The L Magazine via Vulture]
Also on the Apple front: the Apple II personal computer is 35 years-old today. Here's a gently sexist ad for the product in which a lady thinks of all the ways a computer in the home could change her life, and pitchman Dick Cavett noting it will be very good for homemaking tasks as well. [via Tech Crunch]