May 13th, 2011
11:05 PM ET

Top Gun Day

I'm not sure what's harder to believe: That "Top Gun" is 25 years old, or that there's a whole day dedicated to the movie.

Either way, being the 80s movie buffs that we are, News Stream just had to join in the fun and celebrate Top Gun Day... which we did with a little help from our good friends at iReport. And aviator sunglasses.

Why "Top Gun"?

There's something about that movie that's struck a chord with people that makes it memorable 25 years on. It's hard to say it's a great film - but it's inspired so many to send us a ton of great iReports.

It is intensely cheesy. And yet it is incredibly enjoyable. It's extremely clichéd, but also eminently quotable.

It simultaneously panders to both sexes: Men get gratuitous shots of fighter jets set to rock music; women get that volleyball scene.

And while most movies have one iconic song associated with them, Top Gun has four: Danger Zone, Take My Breath Away, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', and Great Balls of Fire. (And I'm not including the theme!)

There is something strangely compelling about Top Gun that endures to this day, proving that it's always a good time to buzz the tower.

May 10th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

Microsoft buys Skype: What now?

Microsoft is buying Skype. One of the world's biggest software companies now owns the leading name in online telephony and video conferencing. It's the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's long and storied history.

So, um... what now?


May 9th, 2011
11:41 PM ET

From 3-D to 2-D

I can't think of many things that inspire as wide a range of reactions as 3-D films.

I know people who love seeing movies in 3-D. I know people who can't watch 3-D without getting headaches. I know people who've seen "Avatar" multiple times (which may explain why it made more money than any movie ever). And I know people who get upset about the idea of seemingly every big blockbuster being converted into 3-D.

Those people may get a kick out of this: Glasses that turn 3-D movies into 2-D.

I tried Hank's glasses while watching "Thor." And, well... they work. The question is, would I ever use them again? FULL POST

May 6th, 2011
01:45 AM ET

From Scottish Elections to Summary Executions: The Art of Spawning Speculation

From Abbottabad to Aberdeen, speculation is rife.

On Sunday night, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer had us in the palm of his hand. Carefully chosen words ensured that we stayed tuned to hear the headline news he was harboring.

“I suspect I know what’s going on, but I don’t want to speculate at this point.”

Closely followed by…

“Other news organizations are wildly speculating right now.”

Well, if they’re “wildly” speculating, then we probably shouldn’t reach for the remote, should we? Blitzer thought it more prudent to tantalize us – and we were, in turn, almost subliminally moved to indulge in a little “safe” speculation of our own…


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May 2nd, 2011
04:42 AM ET

Bin Laden is Dead: What Happens Now?

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For almost a decade, the U.S. has anticipated the moment it could tell the world with confidence: Osama bin Laden is dead.

Sources say that America’s most wanted was tracked down and killed at a mansion just a couple of hours' drive from the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Not in the Tora Bora caves. Not in the remote mountains of Waziristan. Osama bin Laden was – apparently – found in relative comfort.

The man whose image will forever be entwined with the indelible scenes of 9/11 is now a corpse under U.S. ownership. It’s an iconic occasion for President Obama and for the country as a whole. But its significance will only become apparent in time. Does martyrdom await? Will bin Laden’s death serve only to assemble the disparate factions of al Qaeda? FULL POST

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