Sunday, May 30, 2010
I mean, can you imagine if the first contact we have with aliens is through Japan's robotic moon colony?
"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."
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
"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
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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.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.
"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"
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"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
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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
Thursday, May 06, 2010
"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
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.
Not even kidding.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
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
"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...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.
"The specs are sponsored by a local health-insurance company."