Sunday, May 30, 2010

Moon? Shot.

"As currently envisioned, the robots that will land on the lunar surface in 2015 will be 660-pound behemoths equipped with rolling tank-like treads, solar panels, seismographs, high-def cameras and a smattering of scientific instruments. They'll also have human-like arms for collecting rock samples that will be returned to Earth via rocket. The robots will be controlled from Earth, but they'll also be imbued with their own kind of machine intelligence, making decisions on their own and operating with a high degree of autonomy.


"Those initial surveyor bots will pave the way for the construction of the unmanned moon base near the lunar south pole, which the robots will construct for themselves. That base will be solar powered and provide a working/living space future robot colonizers, as well as -- presumably -- a jumping off point for future human moon dwellers."
I mean, can you imagine if the first contact we have with aliens is through Japan's robotic moon colony?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Robo--stop!

Okay, look:



Now, seriously, there's no way you can watch that and justify the robot's existence. It's just wrong.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

What Makes The Redbirds Sing?

Jeeze. Not even a baseball-throwing T-Rex can get anyone to go to a Redbirds game.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Oh, The Majesty

"When I saw this setup, print in Esquire, I assumed they had built a physical crawl, dragged through the camera's field of view to create the effect. Looking closer, though, it's obvious that it was the camera that moved in this setup, slowly and carefully rolled back over the glossy, printed plate, which measured about six feet long."
It looks like a colored lightbox with the letters glowing through an opaque film. Awesome. You know, it's amazing what you can accomplish even without computers.

Click to see how they filmed the opening Star Wars crawls.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pop Quiz, Hotshot!


The Pop Quiz clock costs $30 and makes the perfect Easter gift provided you don't care about Jesus... and are tired of waiting for him.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

London Apalling


London just unveiled the new mascots (Wenlock and Mandeville) for the 2012 Summer Olympics and... well, let's let them try to explain:
"Two parts-Pokemon to one-part lava lamp with yellow 'Taxi' lights on their foreheads, the distinctive characters are intended to capture the imagination of children and work as well in the digital world as they will in costume form at trackside in 2012.
"They are a central part of London's £70 million merchandising budget, and organisers hope the mascots will contribute up to 20 per cent of that sum through sales of T-shirts, key-rings, tea-towels and the like.

The Cyclops design allows the mascots' eyes to work as lenses, and digital cameras in the shape of the characters will be available"
Two parts-Pokemon? I don't see a lick of Pokemon in either one of them. What I see is two grown-ass men in ridiculous costumes reconsidering the choices they've made in life.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Premake!

"Here is the recipe for the trailer: Flash Gordon (Deadline at Noon, Conquers the Universe), The Phantom Planet, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Invasion of the Animal People, Man Beast, Lunar Walker, Golden Bat (Ogon Batto), The Mysterians, Captain Midnight, First Spaceship on Venus, The Flying Saucer, The Fighting Devil Dogs, The Outer Limits (Second Chance, Soldier, I Robot, The Sixth Finger), Things to Come, Space Patrol, Atragon, Terror in the Midnight Sun, Forbidden Planet, Rocketship X-M, Latitude Zero, Space Flight, Metropolis, The Jetsons, Devil Girl From Mars, Tobor the Great, The Alligator People, The Return of the Fly, Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas, Starman (Attack from Space), Marvel Super Heroes (Iron Man), The Cyclops, The Sea Hawk, Kings Row, Mahler Symphony No. 6, Gustav Hoists The Planets (Mars), and The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama."
 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

That Guy Who Says "Dude" Abides.

Well, now. If you're looking for proof that Lost's Hurley says "dude" a lot, here it is:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You Rebel Scum.

I may not have had a Scout Walker Command Tower growing up, but I did have a Cabbage Patch playhouse with a hornet's nest inside.

So yeah, take that!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This Is No Cave!


This is an oven mitt made to look like a Space Slug  from the Star Wars universe. Like there's something else to know.
"The worlds of epicurean geeks and Star Wars geeks come crashing together with this Space Slug Oven Mitt. Based on the immense asteroid-dwelling slug who made a brief cameo in The Empire Strikes Back (I'm still not sure how it survived in the vacuum of space) this 12-inch version is made from a fire-retardent nomex cotton blend, which means it should survive rounds from a blaster, or a hot pair of barbecue tongs."
The $20 glove is currently available for pre-order and doubles as a "Shriveled Penis with Teeth" mitt if you're not into Star Wars.

Friday, May 07, 2010

The Yoda In The Sky Just Keeps Turnin'

This is a real picture of a real cloud taken by a real guy:


It's a Yoda face-shaped cloud. Granted, you could argue it's just a cloud-shaped cloud, but you would lose.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

You Damn Dirty Apes!

 "Twentieth Century Fox has set a June 24, 2011 release for RISE OF THE APES, a completely new take on one of the Studio’s most beloved and successful franchises. Oscar®-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for AVATAR – will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors."
Aaaaaannnndddd it's finally happened. Humans have been replaced by apes.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Does Whatever A Spider Can

In a case of life imitating art (in this case, comic book art), a man dressed as Spider-Man stopped a would-be thief from stealing a $160 comic  on Free Comic Book Day this last Sunday. He was aided in his crime-fighting by two Jedi knights and The Flash.

Not even kidding.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Let Your Ebon-Cloaked Master be Your Guide


Beginning this month, GPS  giant TomTom will be releasing one Star Wars character a month whose voice will be available for $13 download to guide you to your destination. They kicked it off with Darth Vader, but next is C-3PO, followed by Yoda and Han Solo.Like you won't be buying a TomTom now.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Avert Your Gaze And We May Yet Be Saved!


"The Rotterdam Zoo is giving away cardboard glasses that make it appear that you're looking off to one side; these are gorilla-viewing glasses, meant to avoid incidents in which gorillas attack visitors for making eye contact with them. The glasses' introduction follows an attack on a woman by an escaped gorilla...

"The specs are sponsored by a local health-insurance company."
Well of course the glasses are sponsored by a local health-insurance company. That's just good business. Nothing drives up your premium like getting beat to shit by a gorilla.