A guy walks through the history of video games, from Pong to Grand Theft Auto. I almost didn't recognize Pong because the original graphic display wouldn't work here at all; it's been somewhat modernized. Sometimes the guy has to win a round before he can proceed. Of course, since this is a three-minute video, you won’t see all of your favorite video games, just several insanely popular games as a representative sample of the past five decades. -via Geeks Are Sexy
The most predictable thing in the universe is still clouded by human perception. The biggest days of the year for a child become mundane occurrences when you are an adult. How many years did you wonder if you’d still be alive when the 21st century arrived?
My kids consider all the Star Wars movies to be ancient. They had seen the earlier movies by the time Revenge of the Sith came out in 2005, but I thought they were still too young to see that one in a theater. When they finally watched it, it was already an “old movie” in their eyes. This Star Wars tipping point is brought to you by Randall Munroe of xkcd.
Wonder Woman is one of the most enduring characters in comic book history, and even though she doesn't look like she has aged a day she has lived many different lives, and worn many different costumes, in the last 74 years.
Here's a collection of 30 different incarnations of Wonder Woman, most of which were actually inspired by looks seen in the pages of Wonder Woman comic books.
1. Little Wonder Girl-
Wonder Woman is an inspiration to people of all ages, but nobody idolizes the Amazonian warrior princess more than young girls. This heroic little Wonder Girl looks like she's ready to battle any bullies who threaten freedom on the playground.
2. Wonder Woman in Fancy Ball Gown-
When Diana Prince gets dressed up for a superhero's ball she likes to keep her look formal and fancy, and this unknown cosplayer perfectly captures that Wonder-fully fancy ball gown look in her mighty poofy dress.
3. Rockabilly Wonder Woman-
This rockin' good Rockabilly Wonder Woman costume is part of a retro inspired group costume created by cast members from The Home of Happiness Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast for New York Comic Con in 2013.
4. Atomic Wonder Woman-
Who needs a sword when you've got a chainsaw spear?! Cosplayer Meagan Marie created this extremely cool costume based on the post apocalyptic Atomic Wonder Woman character that appears in the game Infinite Crisis.
Crummy Gummy, an artist in Orlando, is most well-known for his sculptures made out of gummy bears, such as a Spartan helmet and an Alien chestburster. His most recent creation is this colorful 1:1 scale model of Darth Vader’s helmet. It required over 1,000 gummies and a lot of patience to make the Sith lord this tasty.
-via Geek Tyrant
There have been three Jurassic Park movies so far, and a fourth, Jurassic World, is on the way. If you are like me and only saw the first one, the series TL;DW is here to catch you up on the entire trilogy. Or at least the parts you need to know about. What I gleaned from this recap is that I probably didn’t miss anything. I’m still open to seeing Jurassic World (because: dinosaurs), confident that it will not depend on the previous movies for plot continuity. Or something like that. -via Gamma Squad
If the original Star Wars trilogy were made in the 21st century, the trailer would most likely look like this, a typical modern trailer modeled after the preview for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The clips are good, and would certainly make me want to see the movie. However, it doesn’t tell you anything about the plot. All we know from this is that the young fellow is the good guy, and the guy with the black mask is the bad guy, and they fight. There’s no indication of which side the other characters are on. Contrast that with the original 1977 Star Wars trailer, in which the narrator makes those alliances very clear, yet still makes you want to see the movie.
The one constant in blockbuster movie trailers is that both will show off the state-of-the-art special effects. I doubt that will ever change. -via Tastefully Offensive
Finding a pair of Hulk hands would make any Marvelite’s day, and the discoverer would probably take the hands home and set them on a shelf like a good little collector, but Hulk hands aren’t made for sitting- they’re made for SMASHING!
Now imagine if that smashing power was discovered by a wimpy nerd who was always getting picked on by a pack of jocks and you’ve imagined the premise of a short film called "The Incredible Hulk Hands" by Ari Fararooy.
"The Incredible Hulk Hands" kinda looks like an anti-bullying film made by Wes Anderson in collaboration with comedy troupe The State. It's genuinely funny, quirky in all the right ways, and even manages to add a touch of heart to the tale of nerdy David versus a jock triumvirate version of Goliath.
For some Black Metal is the sound of happiness, but most hear dark and dismal band names, guttural singing and appropriately metal guitar sounds howling and screaming in their ears.
That Black Metal sound is made from sinister sounding scales, such as the harmonic minor, and as YouTuber Steve Terreberry proves if you simply change the scales Black Metal can have a happy sound.
At first glance Stevie T might not look like he knows anything about Black Metal, but Stevie T does know that the sound relies on (as he puts it) those evil sounding scales, and his minor change to major scales infuses happy sounds into that bleak sounding nightmare.
So whaddya think musicians? Is Stevie T on to something, or is he oversimplifying the essence of the Black Metal sound?
-Via Metal Injection
Avid Star Wars fans Tony Giordano and his wife Stefaney are expecting a baby soon. They got artist Nick Wolfe to paint Stefaney’s expanding belly with R2D2’s dome! They surprised the obstetrician with the artwork, then visited fellow fan Daniel Deutsch (previously at Neatorama) and his personal office droid.
It was a great opportunity for photographs! You can see there’s a distinct likeness between the two. -Thanks, Daniel!
(Images credit: Daniel Deutsch)
Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine gang scrambled into our toon lovin’ lives back in 1969, and though they’ve long since retired from the ghoul chasing game they’re still the most popular meddling kids ever.
It has been forty six years since the Scooby Doo, Where Are You! show hit the airwaves, and although the characters on the screen never seem to age the *cough* real life cast have grown grayer and longer of tooth.
Thanks to artist Dan Meth we're able to see how those cartoon crime solvers look nowadays, and it appears time hasn't been kind to Shaggy's mind...or Fred's hair.
But what about that strange talking dog star of the show Scooby Doo? Alas, even he couldn't outrun death, and his gravestone has become a popular tourist destination for stoners and fans of Scooby Snax brand snack food. Rest In Reace, Rooby!
Todd McFarlane’s iconic Hellspawn anti-hero started out as the little indie comic that could, turning the reputation Todd garnered working at Marvel into sales of over one million copies of the first issue, which helped launch Image Comics.
Spawn has gone to Hell and back again many times in the last 24 years, so in celebration of the 250th issue of the core series Todd shared an illustrated chart depicting the evolution of Spawn.
This illustrated chart shows how much Al's demonic getup has changed over the years, and how different artists like Angel Medina, Greg Capullo and (soon) JonBoy Meyers handle his iconic spikes and chains style.
McFarlane is such a generous guy that he made this illustrated chart available to download in poster sized hi-res format, so the truly devoted can print it out and pin that hellish hero up in their lair. You've come a long way, Spawny!
When two sci-fi geeks wed, they have a common interest that will give them plenty to talk about for the rest of their lives. And they might want to show their love with a Doctor Who-themed wedding ring set! Not only is this set beautiful, it bears the inscription “Together forever through space and time.” Get more details on the rings at Fashionably Geek. -via the Neatorama Facebook page.
It’s unclear what metahumans like the Flash and Aquaman do when they need to expel solid waste from their bodies, but when Batman needs to go number two he sits down on a toilet just like everybody else.
Batsy’s bathroom time may not seem like a moment you’d want to commemorate with a trading card, but back in 1966 that Batman bathroom card became a reality thanks to some bored employees at Topps.
According to eBay seller clubhouse this crazy card was created as an inside joke and was never released to the public, a fact which they figure warrants an opening bid of $3500:
The holy grail of all BATMAN CARDS. A 1966 TOPPS Batman black cape BATMAN ON BAT THRONE. A family member use to work at the Topps printing plant in CT during the 1960′s. That is where this card originated from. It appears some Topps employees were bored one day and made a card of Batman sitting on the toilet. This card was never released.
If this card had been sold along with the rest of the set it might have changed an entire generation's mind about the Caped Crusader, resulting in Aquaman becoming bigger than the Bat!
-Via Comics Alliance
Patrick Stewart played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was an early pick for casting directors, but they took some time to develop the character. Although the character is a Frenchman, the English actor played the role with a more neutral accent.
While a guest on the CBS talk show The Talk, Stewart says that at the beginning of the show's development, the directors wanted him to speak with a French accent. Skip to the 0:58 mark to hear Stewart present the opening narration of the show with a delightfully overwrought French accent.
Then continue watching to learn about Stewart's experiences getting a urinary catheter.
There are a lot of twists on Mario cosplay characters, but I totally love this great punk take on Princess Peach. She was one of a whole group of punk Super Mario characters cosplaying at Ichibancon. This lovely cosplayer is Amanda Finley and the photo is by Double Stomp Productions.
If this look seems a little familiar to you, it's probably not because you've seen a similar cosplay before, but because Nevermind the Blocks is a popular NeatoShop tee that we've featured on the main blog before.
Via Fashionably Geek
(Photo: Storming Australia)
If you’re not wearing stormtrooper armor right now, you must have a death wish. Scott Loxley was on Wednesday and that’s why he’s still alive.
Loxley is currently walking across Australia in stormtrooper armor to raise money for a children’s charity. Last week, he had just departed the town of Yalboroo, Queensland when a King Brown snake tried to bite him. This deadly predator has the largest venom output of any known snake. Only one thing saved Loxley from its fangs: his armor. ABC News reports:
"He's lunged at me and bit me but the good news is the armour, he bit me in the shin, the armour actually protected me and stopped the bite," Mr Loxley said.
Thankfully, the force of the bite was not enough to penetrate the armour.
"I could feel the teeth on the plastic scraping but the armour actually stopped something," he said.
"So all those people who rag on the old stormtroopers, 'you know, the armour doesn't do this, it doesn't do that' … it stopped the snake bite and probably saved my life today."
-via Dave Barry
Star Trek fans know that suspension of disbelief is crucial to their enjoyment of the space opera, especially the 1966 version. After all, the Enterprise was built by TV producers, not engineers. And those shows have been seen so many times that real fans have gotten a really good look at how unsuitable the Enterprise is for its mission. Some of the design flaws are pretty technical, while others are quite evident to everyone, like
9. No Seatbelts
We get it. It's fun to watch a dozen or so people get tossed around a bridge during a battle sequence — definitely more fun than just seeing a camera shake up and down while all the crew members remain safely strapped into their seats. But seriously, you'd think that after enough concussions caused by people falling out of their chairs, the Enterprise designers would just add some damn restraints. Class action lawsuit, anyone?
In most cases, drama trumps common sense, because a flawlessly-designed ship wouldn’t lend itself well to a crisis every week. Read about the most egregious design flaws on the USS Enterprise at io9. -via Metafilter
It's easy to love comic books, even if you're only a casual fan of the movies that are made based on the characters. It's a bit harder to love the big comic book publishing companies though -and the more you learn about them, the more you have a hard time defending their actions.
This great Top Tenz article provides ten great examples of comic book companies screwing over the creators that developed all the characters we've come to love. While you probably already heard a bit about the whole Jack Kirby issue, you might not know some of the stories, like how Marvel countersued Gary Friedrich after he lost his case against them regarding royalties for the Ghostrider movie -claiming he had no right to sell merchandise based on the character he created.
Does the image of John Candy in that cat dog alien costume come to mind every time you hear the word Barf? Does the word Vespa make you think of a princess from the planet Druidia instead of a motor scooter? Do you imagine Pizza the Hutt is on the other end of the line when you call in an order to Pizza Hut?
Then you have great taste in sci-fi spoofs, and Spaceballs on the brain (which you should probably get checked out).
You may have seen Spaceballs a million times, with the Barf t-shirt and Lone Starr mug to prove it, but there's bound to be some new factoid to discover about your favorite sci-fi spoof on GeekTyrant's 10 Fun Facts About Spaceballs.
For example- everyone knows Michael Winslow did his own voice effects in the film, but did you know the vocal work he did for this hilarious scene saved the production a thousand bucks? Now that's putting your money where your mouth is, Michael Winslow!
Seven-year-old Liam Porter of Augusta, Georgia, is growing up fast. So fast that he keeps outgrowing his prosthetic arm, and insurance coverage limits the number of new arms he can get. Meanwhile, John Peterson of Augusta got a 3D printer and volunteered with the organization E-nable, which coordinates a network of people all over the world to make prosthetics limbs. Peterson made a prosthetic for Liam that resembled a robot and called it a Clone Trooper arm. Liam got his arm during a surprise party after he and his friend Jacob watched a movie at a local theater. The Georgia Garrison of the 501st Legion was on hand to make it extra special.
The troopers of the Georgia garrison of the 501st Legion – whose motto is “Bad guys doing good” – presented Liam with a “Friend of the Garrison” certificate and he fits right in with them as he poses in his helmet with his left arm outstretched, looking identical to theirs. Inside their armor, Jake and Melissa Barnes, of Atlanta, and local artist Jen Belgin, who is some kind of Imperial officer, turn heads as they lead Liam around the lobby drawing smiles and stares and posing for pictures. Belgin painted the helmet and detailed the arm, writing Liam’s name on it in a squiggly language called Aurebesh.
Using his new trooper arm, Liam high-fives Melissa.
“Looking good, sir,” she said, since Liam is now a commander and outranks her. “I like the helmet.”
Later, things quickly devolve as Liam and Jacob grab their blasters and take the troopers hostage.
“Wow, that escalated really quickly,” Jake says, his hands in the air. Liam is a big fan of the Star Wars movies but the family didn’t know what was coming, Ryan said.
“We were just as surprised as he was,” she said.
The house where author Ray Bradbury lived for over 50 years went on sale last year. You can get a good look at it in the real estate listing photos. Renowned architect Thom Mayne and his wife purchased the house for $1.67 million. And Friday they had it torn down.
The discussion under all these stories, and the post at Metafilter, divides fans into two camps: those who don't want to see history being demolished, and those who say this is no big deal. Both have valid points.
Those who regret seeing the house torn down are sad that it wasn’t preserved for its historical value. It could have been made into a museum. It was a perfectly habitable house, built in 1937, with some interesting architectural details.
Others say the house was outdated and not particularly significant in its architecture. Bradbury’s legacy lives on in his writings. And no one wants to live in a house with only three bedrooms. If fans wanted to preserve it, they should have bought it. One commenter pointed out that if every home in Los Angeles where a celebrity once lived were preserved, there could be no new homes built.
(Image source: Redfin)
We now officially live in that far off future age presented by that most radical of 80s sci-fi flicks Back To The Future Part II, and yet the reality of 2015 looks a bit boring when compared to a future full of self tying Nikes and Mattel hoverboards.
Well, if you think our world is boring compared to the film wait 'til you get a load of the futuristic Hill Valley tech that didn’t make it into the film.
The film's "future consultant" Tim Flattery and concept artist Edward Eyth came up with all kinds of crazy cool gear, robotic technology and far out vehicles for possible use in the film, most of which stayed tucked away in Edward's sketchbooks.
Some of the concepts are a bit silly as you'd expect from the comedic tone of the film, but a Mobile Automated Hot Dog Vending Unit? Now that's just putting robo-technology to good use!
But not a small man. No, he was strong and powerful in the only way that matters. And, as a result, he would inspire others to be something other than small.
This is A Smallville Man, a short film by Mauricio Abril. We've previously featured another of his works called The Brave Knight: A Gotham Fairy Tale. As with that film, there's no dialogue. Abril tells the entire story with individual frames, like the panels of a comic book. It's a tale of Superman and the superman within.
The background music is "Walk" by Foo Fighters.
There is one character archetype in the world of pop culture that is so specific, so exact in attitude and circumstance, that it needs a combination adjective to describe it properly- sadorable.
Sadorable characters are basically a combination of Jungian archetypes The Innocent and The Orphan-they are adorable in looks and attitude yet powerless to control their sad little lives, with the power to thaw frozen hearts and inspire otherwise rotten people to do good.
Here’s an exploration of nine characters from movies and TV shows that epitomize the idea of “sadorable”:
1. Leopold "Butters" Stotch from South Park-
Leopold Stotch, aka Butters, is an innocent victim-he’s constantly getting punished by his parents for crimes he didn't commit, the other kids in South Park pick on him incessantly, and his only solace is the time he spends as his villainous alter ego Professor Chaos.
Yet somehow the sadorable little Butters continues to confess to crimes he didn't commit and let kids bag on him just to make everyone else happy, making young Butters tops in the world of animated TV show sadorability.
2. Bobby Boucher from The Waterboy-
Bobby Boucher, aka The Waterboy, is a grown man who lives with his mother in a swampside estate fit for a frog, his wardrobe looks like something you'd find in a thrift store dumpster, and he’s got a stutter that makes him sound like Elmer Fudd’s Creole cousin.
Despite all these setbacks he's still caring and happy to help others, which ups his sadorability factor by at least two touchdowns and a field goal.
3. Hans Moleman from The Simpsons-
It’s a wonder Hans Moleman lived long enough to reach his senior years, because he’s constantly being targeted for pranks, aimed at by angry drivers, struck by flying objects and generally serving as the butt of many jokes around Springfield.
And yet somehow, despite all of the bad life throws his way, Hans remains begrudgingly optimistic, continuing to make his way through a cartoon world hell bent on burying him before he can officially retire!
(Inside Ball t-shirt on sale at the NeatoShop)
The tag line of Alznoah.Zero is "Let Justice Be Done, Though the Heavens Fall." This is from the classical Latin proverb fiat justitia ruat caelum. It begins with peace negotiations between hostile powers--Earth and Mars--that are marred by a horrific crime. It appears obvious who the culprits are, but there is more that is unseen.
This is a complex, sophisticated story. It's a mecha anime, but not a simplistic one. Kotaku's anime critic Richard Eisenbeis says that unlike many heroic mecha stories, "Aldnoah.Zero takes this common formula and turns it on its head." It is a gripping, dark story that reminds me of Game of Thrones.
DeviantART member DrFaustusAU has given us many pop icons drawn in the style of Dr. Seuss, like Cthulhu, Batman, and horror movie characters. Now we get thirteen Doctors from the Doctor Who universe drawn in the style of the other doctor, Dr. Suess! That’s the twelve that are numbered plus the War Doctor. Keep going for a better look at each individual Doctor.
The 70s were a rather shaggy time in the world of rock music, and rock icons like David Crosby, Eric Clapton and Frank Zappa were still letting their freak flags fly high, living that rock 'n' roll lifestyle with reckless abandon.
These guys were, like, totally heavy, man, and so far out that it’s easy to forget they actually sprang from someone’s loins.
In 1971 LIFE Magazine photographer John Olson was tasked with shooting a portrait series featuring rock and roll royalty, so he took a wildly unexpected approach- he accompanied these rock legends to their parents’ homes.
Zappa doesn't seem too happy about revealing his parents' purple den of passion to the world, and Clapton doesn't dig spending afternoons drinking tea with Mum when he'd rather be out doing Cocaine with Cream. However, David Crosby seems strangely calm about the whole thing, maybe he popped a few 'ludes before the shoot?
-Via Pee Wee Herman
Not all librarians are Jedi like Jocasta Nu. But a lot of us are a bit Force-sensitive, which comes in handy when peering into a patron's mind during a reference interview or intuiting the best resources within a library collection.
It would come in handy if you land this dream job: science fiction librarian. The University of California at Riverside holds the Eaton Collection, a respository of "science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature." Among many other materials, the Eaton Collection includes over 100,000 books and almost 100,000 fanzines. The manager of it holds the position of Jay Kay and Doris Klein Science Fiction Librarian. It's currently open. Do you want to apply?
-via Allison M. Scott on popculture-l
Get your little X-wing fighter pilot started on his flight training with this variation on the classic rocking horse. DeviantArt member Steveswoodentoys made this beautifully-crafted ship. It measures 45 inches long, 47 inches wide, and 25 inches tall. He used pine, macrocarpa, and rimu. It comes with a removable R2 droid.
-via Geek Art Gallery
The Bat-slap meme is just one of those things that makes me crack up every time. If you're like me, that makes this dry erase board a must-have for your home. Just imagine getting to change the meme every time you think of something new and funny and letting your friends edit the board to write in their thoughts. It even works for your to do list as Batman can threaten to slap you if you fail. It's the perfect home accessory that combines function and style.
Via Nerd Approved