DeviantART member CARDI-ology modifies Xbox controllers with pop culture themes, such as Batman and Pikachu. Naturally, these pony controllers caught my eye. I'm especially impressed with the one at the top showing Vinyl Scratch, the most famous DJ in Equestria. Blue and white LEDs in the front give the controller the appearance of nightclub lighting.
It took 6 months of work, but it was time well-spent. Robson Menezes dos Santos created a short animated feature showing his son in the Dragon Ball universe. The Portuguese-language video is embedded below. It features the same voice actors from the Portuguese-dubbed version of the show. There's a lengthy photo show in the middle. You can find the animated parts at the beginning and the 6:59 mark.
With Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel in theaters now it’s time once again to play Wes Anderson Bingo!
Throw on your favorite older Wes Anderson flick, watch for the characters and concepts on the board and mark them off, or take the bingo card with you to the theater and see how long it takes you to score a bingo!
Each bingo card can be randomized and printed out over at Slate, so you and your friends will be playing your own version of the game, striving to become the grand champion of watching awesome movies! When it’s a Wes Anderson flick, everybody wins!
Some folks start their love affair with junk food at an early age, and when you’ve been sucking down cans of soda pop since you were in diapers it can be a hard habit to break.
Junk is an animated short written and directed by Kirk Hendry that deals with a kid named Jasper O’Leary’s strange relationship with food, and how giving in to an insatiable appetite can be hazardous to your health.
Even though it’s all CGI the characters and overall style seem like stop motion animation, and the narrator Barry Clayton has an awesome Haunted Mansion/Boris Karloff sounding voice.
-Via Cartoon Brew
We've featured some fantastic dream homes on Homes and Hues, but this is the first time we've covered a single room that has been done in one amazing theme. This delightful Haunted Mansion room features many of the great details we love from the Disney attraction.
From the door hanger to the throw pillows to the curtain hanger, this room is loaded with Haunted Mansion goodies we simply adore. In fact, I kind of wish this room was available for rent on Airbnb because I would totally stay there before traveling to the real Haunted Mansion.
Check out more great pictures over on Homes and Hues: A Disney Haunted Mansion Bedroom
A standard hairpiece has only one function- to hang out on top of your head and cover up your ever growing bald spot, keeping your scalp warm and covered.
But the hairpiece found on this interactive site by Old Spice doesn’t just sit around like a lazy lump of protein fibers- it plays Huey Lewis songs by request.
You simply log on to the site here, choose your favorite Huey Lewis track, like "Hip To Be Square" or "The Heart of Rock & Roll," and the furry little fellow gets to work cranking out a fairly shaggy rendition of your favorite track.
No tips needed, no two drink minimum-just you, your computer, and a Huey Lewis lovin' hairpiece. Smells like a million dollar idea to me!
-Via Topless Robot
Many people feel that Barbie is an outdated icon of femininity, and that nowadays girls would rather be empowered by their abilities rather than just their good looks and material possessions.
That’s why we need to replace Barbie with someone like Michonne from The Walking Dead, someone who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and scream at the post-apocalyptic world "I am woman, hear my battle cry!"
Doll modder Peewee Parker created this custom Michonne Barbie doll for a new age of fierce femininity, and the only thing it's missing is a couple of armless, jawless zombie Ken dolls with chained collars, so she can drag those smooth groined freaks around by the throat and show all the other misogynistic dolls what'll happen to them if they try and mess with Michonne!
-Via Nerd Approved
TrekBBS user Thrawn constructed an intricate flow chart to help you navigate the many Star Trek novels by where they fit into the continuity of the Star Trek universe. The screenshot here is just a small corner of the huge chart.
Whether you're a fan of TNG, DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise the chart below will show how they spin off into New Frontier, Titan, Klingon Empire, or Vanguard, and crossover into Destiny, Typhon Pact, The Fall, Mirror Universe, and more; letting you chart your own path through the Trek-litverse. Once you've got to grips with the flow chart you might also find some of my lists a useful reference too.
The chart encourages a reader to start anywhere they like, as the novels themselves fill you in on what you need to know. However, the chart will help you to decide what to read next and how the stories fit with each other. There aren’t many novels included from the era of Kirk and Spock, just a few that were set after the movie era began. More reading suggestions can be found with the chart at the Trek Collective. -via Metafilter
(Photo: Janet Galore)
In a fascinating article for Tablet, a Jewish magazine, Liel Leibovitz argues that playing Dungeons & Dragons is a good analogy for the Jewish religious experience:
The first thing you need to know about D&D is that it takes place entirely in your head. It’s not a computer game. There’s no board, no visuals, only a manual, a few chewed-up pencils, and stacks of papers on which to record your statistical progress. Everything you do, from attacks on monsters to attempts at magic spells, is determined by the aforementioned dice. It’s hopelessly procedural, deeply detailed, wonderfully abstract, and decidedly conducive to argumentation. It is, in other words, a wholly Jewish experience.
Leibovitz remembers one gaming session in which some players argued with the Dungeon Master over the legality of one of his decisions. They cited the rules at length and ultimately persuaded the Dungeon Master to reverse his ruling. This experience, Leibovitz asserts, is quintessentially Jewish:
It hardly occurred to us at the time—adolescents aren’t known for their facility with insight—but we were engaging in more than a mere pastime for the socially awkward and the romantically inept. In the best tradition of rabbinic Judaism, we were studying in a small group, with an authoritative but by no means infallible scholar as our guide. We were being told a story—all good Dungeon Masters craft compelling ones, often based on existing campaigns but sometimes largely innovative—and the only way for us to follow that story, to be a part of it, was by following the rules. Or not following them: In the proud Jewish tradition of questioning and defiance, D&D allowed for, even encouraged, players to query one another, to cast doubt, to demand satisfaction. It provided a codex but acknowledged that the game only got interesting when players sought to interpret, adapt, or reject the rules, not follow them blindly. It offered clearly prescribed campaigns but allowed both human ingenuity and blind luck, represented by all those funky dice, to meddle with and reshape destiny. You don’t have to be a rabbi to realize that these are precisely the things religion does; in Avi’s room, strewn with pizza crusts and thoughts of monsters, we got the finest theological education.
-via Jeremy Barker
Porn Burger Shows the Most Heavenly Burgers on Earth (Porn Burger)
Superhero Poop is Available on Etsy...Because the Internet? (The Mary Sue)
This Cologne Seriously Rocks (Incredible Things)
This Abandoned Outdoor Movie Theater in Sinai is Amazing (This Is Colossal)
Image: Stumpthulhu Will Rise (Nerd Approved)
According to these vintage illustrated movie posters from Poland watching a movie of any kind is a terrifying ordeal, and moviegoers who had to choose which movie to see based purely on these scary looking posters had better be fans of horror or they’re out of luck!
The collection starts with posters for Rosemary’s Baby, Poltergeist, Alien and The Birds, all admittedly scary movies, but then there’s a Cabaret movie poster featuring a swastika made from a dancer’s legs, a terrifying Tootsie poster that makes the main character look like a serial killer, and a grinning half skull, half flesh faced reaper type dude on the Young Frankenstein poster.
Either Polish movie poster artists are seeing Hollywood movies in a different way than we Americans, or they designed the posters before they actually watched the movies.
-Via Dangerous Minds
Star Wars characters are happy to dance to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy,” even Storm Troopers and Tusken raiders! The delightful video is almost as interesting as the group of folks who made it: Star Wars Tunisia.
You recall that Tunisia is where the scenes on Tatooine were filmed, and the sets are still there. These Star Wars fans take full advantage of that fact, and are “happy” about it.
STAR WARS TUNISIA is a fan club. It aims to gather and inform Tunisian Star Wars fans, and communicate with others all over the world.
So from Tatooine, welcome everybody :)
Here’s a far out music video for a groovy track that will take you way, way back, to a time when spacemen battled rubber aliens, UFOs flew through space on strings and a kidnapped dame or two needed saving just in the nick of time.
This spaced out song called Science Fiction by The Telekinetics, and the chorus is sure to become the mantra of those who trek around with stars in their eyes- I want to live in science fiction.
The Telekinetics have a timeless sound that goes well with the vintage black and white footage in their video, reminding us how charming sci-fi movies used to be before CGI brought the likes of Jar-Jar Binks and the Sharknado to the silver screen.
I do like the idea for the design. It would make any Browncoat proud. But being on the losing side of a war--and one that lasted only one season--may jinx a relationship. It will be a truly beautiful and memorable relationship. I'm just not sure it's going to last long.
Maybe Etsy seller Sarah Mineur has a friendly return policy.
At her shop, you find other pieces of silver jewelry, including works inspired by Doctor Who and The Legend of Zelda.
-via Fashionably Geek
The villains who go up against Batman are some of the most stylish, and most iconic, in all of comic book history. From the dapper Penguin to the clowny-yet-stylish Joker to the questionable attire sported by The Riddler, these villains ooze style and fashion sense so it’s only fitting that fashion designers would look to them for their latest runway inspiration.
Design duo The Blonds headed to Gotham City for their latest collection of cutting edge women’s clothing designs, and the Batman villain influence on their designs ranges from totally overt (Catwoman catsuit) to more subtle (Riddler purple jumpsuit with green furry jacket).
No word yet on whether this villainous collection has created a new batch of super posh criminals, but one thing's for certain- wearing that catsuit to a formal function will make you the center of attention!
-Via Fashionably Geek
Playing Star Wars with your kids is so much more fun when you can summon the power of… static electricity! Your kids may be impressed beyond belief, or they may be fighting off nightmares afterward. This moment of inspired scientific role-playing is brought to you by Lunarbaboon.
Star Wars themed stop motion shorts have looked better, had more of a plot and come in longer in length than Training Day by John Punsalan, but this short has something the rest are lacking- Burgess Meredith as the voice of Yoda.
Training Day gives you both that “You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!” feeling and a healthy dose of action figure based geekery, and it proves that Burgess Meredith would have made a great replacement for Frank Oz, and a very inspiring voice for Luke to have in his corner.
There’s all kinds of Game of Thrones inspired merch out there, from clothing to action figures, but the latest in the long line of official merch is also the strangest- an officially licensed hip hop album with tracks by Common, Big Boi and Daddy Yankee.
The mixtape is called “Catch the Throne”, and it was created to appeal to hip hop fans that might not be familiar with the show, encouraging them to catch up on the show before the fourth season begins.
Even though it’s just a musical advertisement for HBOGO and VIBE magazine the tracks aren’t half bad, and it will soon be available to download for free via Soundcloud so you can’t beat the price!
-Via Topless Robot
Frozen won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Academy Awards, which came as no surprise, but in the category of Best Animated Short the victor, which seemed to blow people’s minds, was a quirky short called Mr. Hublot.
Mr. Hublot ran up against Get A Horse!, a new Mickey Mouse cartoon drawn in the old noodle limbed style of the original Steamboat Willie cartoons; Feral, which was lauded and applauded by the animation community as a whole leading up to the awards ceremony; Room on a Broom, which is an adaptation of the children's book with the same name; and Possessions by Shuhei Morita, which is his first Academy Award nomination and part of the Short Peace film omnibus.
If you enjoyed Mr. Hublot you can check out some concept art and an interview with the creators Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares here.
The Simpsons couch gag intro has been recreated, interpreted and totally transformed by many of the greatest animators in the world, including Bill Plympton, John Kricfalusi, and the crew from Robot Chicken, and now Sylvain Chomet has applied his signature style to the gag for an upcoming episode.
Sylvain is best known as the director of The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, and when Matt Groening asked him to create a couch gag sequence for an episode which will air on March 9th he jumped at the chance to do The Simpsons his way.
Sylvain’s incredibly unique style may make the animation on The Simpsons look pretty crappy in comparison, but nobody watches The Simpsons to be wowed by the art style, right?
The new hit show True Detective features stellar performances by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and a gritty noir inspired storyline, but what the show doesn't have is a website that makes fans wanna yell "alright alright alright!"- until now.
A fan site created by Nigel Evan Dennis recently launched called We Keep The Other Bad Men From The Door, and this fun "updated graphic tribute to HBO's True Detective" is full of information on the characters, clues and a detailed map of Louisiana showing where the events in each episode take place, among other things True Detective.
But be forewarned- the site contains spoilers, so if you aren't caught up on the show you might not want to visit the site just yet.
-Via Dangerous Minds
Finally, A Business Card That Plays Tetris (Nerd Approved)
Mac and Cheese Bacon-Wrapped Taco!!!!! (Incredible Things)
Image: The Plushie Butcher Shop (Make)
The Simpsons stars a cast of extremely talented voice over actors, including the amazing Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer who voice many of the signature characters, but if they somehow lost the entire cast yet decided the show must go on they could hire Brock Baker and they wouldn’t miss a beat.
Brock is an impressionist who does a Marge that sounds more like Patty and Selma, thinks the Critic is actually part of The Simpsons, and notices that his impression of Moe sounds like Gilbert Godfried while it's tumbling out of his mouth.
Okay, so maybe the Simpsons wouldn’t be able to survive with Brock alone to do the voices, but for a guy who sits around his house doing impressions and making YouTube videos all day he’s pretty good!
Your relationship and your warp drive are fully operational with this ring by Etsy seller Joel Wagner. It’s shaped like the VISOR (yes, all capital letters) worn by Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s sterling silver, made with 3D printing technology and can process light in the infrared and ultraviolet ranges.
Wagner, being a modern artist and businessman, accepts Bitcoin for payment. But why not gold-pressed latinum?
-via Fashionably Geek
(Image: Battlestar Galactica/Sci-Fi Channel)
At McSweeney's, Captain Ariel Karlin writes of her great dilemma. We all grow up with images of space captains sending their enemies out airlocks in quick but bloody deaths. But we never expect to end up doing exactly what they did:
Listen, I know how this looks. I always said I wasn’t going to be “that guy.” Just because I have an airlock doesn’t mean I have to throw anyone out the airlock. And yes, at this point, it’s pretty overdone. But seriously, please step through the first airtight door.
It probably seems like every jackass with a spaceship is constantly throwing someone or other into space. And I don’t necessarily think of myself as the type of person who does things just because I have a certain role and I’ve seen representations of other people in that role behave a certain way. I hope you don’t think I’m that type of person either. Now take five steps forward so you’re in the center of the pressure vessel passageway.
Don’t look at me like that. This is hard for me, too! It’s a kick in the gut when you realize that the person you are as an adult doesn’t match up with who you thought you’d grow up to be. I thought a lot of things about my life would be different. I thought I’d be married by now. I thought I’d still be on Earth. I thought we were many years away from perfecting humanoid cybernetic organisms who could successfully challenge the authority of humankind. And I just never really saw myself as the type of guy who’d let anyone be ripped out of his spaceship into the vast unknown darkness.
It's okay, Captain. You're doing the right thing. The rest of us are completely loyal and will back you up.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
These shapes certainly look familiar to Star Trek fans, and even the Shat. This is a picture of sand dunes on the surface of Mars, in an image taken by the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Technically, they’re called barchan dunes. They can form when the wind blows predominantly from one direction. If there’s an obstacle, like a big rock or small hill, the wind will blow around the obstacle, the same way water flows around a rock. Sand will pile up on the leading edge and also be swept around to the backside. Eddies in the wind create circular currents on the downwind side, building up walls of sand on the sides and creating that horseshoe crab-like appearance.
Phil Plait explains more about barchan dunes at Bad Astronomy.
(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)
In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, I did not miss a Batman comic (Superman, either), and even if I didn’t part with the 15 cents to take one home, I read them all through at the supermarket while mom shopped.
But since then, a lot has changed in the DC universe, and I read this comic from the top, hoping to catch some insight into Bruce Wayne and company that I should know. By the time I got to the bottom, it became clear that some things never change. Comic by Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman at Dorkly.
Despite what you may have seen in the movies, Godzilla is actually pretty cool. Except when he's hungry - so let's keep Tokyo safe from destruction by having some snack handy when you're out partying with the king of kaijus, as shown in this Snickers commercial.
A couple of trailers of the upcoming Godzilla movie:
We've told you about the awesome AT-AT rocker that our multi-talented pal Jen Yates of EPBOT and Cake Wrecks in our big The Best Geek-Themed Baby Nurseries and Nursery Decorations post over at Homes & Hues, but the completion of this epic project warrants another look here.
Jen has finished painting the AT-AT rocker, and the result is awesome! The rocker looks like it's ready for the Battle of Hoth.
We added a seat back and extra sturdy T-bar handle for safety, plus some extra-long bumpers on the bottom rails to prevent the rocker from rocking too far.
The rail bumpers might not be necessary for an older and/or more adventurous child, but our 4-year-old test subject Isaiah was afraid of rocking backward, so the stops helped him feel more secure. The bumpers are glued on with construction adhesive, so they're quite strong, but in the future they can be popped off with a hammer.
And if you're salivating for the build pics, Jen won't disappoint you:
How nice of Groot to give a weapon to Rocket Raccoon! See, there is camaraderie and selflessness even in an alien plant monster. This clever mashup of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was drawn by Isaac Goodhart. See the original at his DeviantART page. -via Daily of the Day