The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the internet over the last few weeks. From friends and family to celebrities, everyone seems to be joining the cause and covering themselves in cold water to make a point. Just when you think you have seen it all, the above happens over at Kotaku.
Seems Minecraft creator Notch challenged one of his gamers to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in-game, and that is just what he did. The funny thing is, it involved a lot more than just making this scene happen. There was coding involved, and it ended up being a rather difficult process which you can check out in detail here.
Just shows you, when the whole world gets behind a cause, even video game characters are not immune to having pixellated buckets of ice poured over their heads.
Any of you fans of the brilliant Donald Glover (of Community and Childish Gambino fame) out there know he has pleaded and tried on a few occasions to land the Spiderman part, but it never worked out for him. There have even been a few running jokes on Community about it. Well, looks like Donald Glover is finally getting his chance to play the web slinging, joke slinging superhero he always wanted to. Just not quite in the way he imagined.
Donald Glover will be providing the voice of Miles Morales, who becomes Ultimate Spiderman in that universe when the real Spiderman meets and untimely end. Glover, who has quite a cult following, seems pretty syked about the whole thing. It may not be quite the way he envisioned himself donning the suit, but at least he gets a chance to play finally play the web head, even if only in voice.
Maybe if it is well recieved, he will get the Spiderman role he really wants. Well, a THIRD reboot? Maybe not yet, but at least the man dreams large. Catch Donald Glover as Spiderman on the season premiere of Web Warriors airing this Sunday on Disney XD.
Batman is not a disguise that Bruce Wayne wears. Bruce Wayne is a disguise that Batman wears.
He's never truly out of uniform. But when it's really hot, Batman's suit must be lighter and cooler than kevlar. A bit of sunscreen and a few hours on the beach are all the Light Knight needs.
-via Fashionably Geek
Time travelers come in all shapes and sizes, and from many different walks of life.
Sometimes they're doctors, or scientists, or intrepid adventurers, and sometimes they're just ordinary people brought along on a journey through space and time.
Here's a collection of time travel inspired t-shirts from The NeatoShop, to celebrate the return of our favorite lord of time, and our love of great sci-fi shows and movies!
First off let's discuss what a time traveler is made of- they're a pretty unique bunch:
They have to be brave, and adventurous, and sometimes foolhardy:
It also helps if they're easy going, because a time traveler must able to go with the flow:
Some people dream of traveling through time from the day they're born, and they spend their youth playing a different kind of doctor:
But unless you're born to travel through time, or happen to be a mechanical genius with a firm grasp of quantum physics, the first step to actually jumping into the timestream is to get your hands on a time machine.
Some people are lucky enough to have a time machine show up on their doorstep:
However, time machines don't always come built and ready to go, sometimes you gotta get in there and build it yourself:
Movie props demand big bucks at auction, especially if they’re iconic props from equally iconic films, and those who choose to collect movie memorabilia and props are used to paying a hefty price for each piece.
Because of the cost of collecting, and storing or displaying, movie props they're put up for auction from private sellers all the time, and some really amazing stuff inevitably makes its way onto Ebay.
Joe MacFarland from Ebay Stories shared an infographic that reveals the most expensive movie props ever sold, many of which were featured on Ebay.
It's no surprise that props like Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Marilyn Monroe's dress from The Seven Year Itch and the Delorean from Back To The Future have sold for a more than modest sum, but I was surprised to see Wilson the volleyball from Castaway sold for forty grand!
Anybody got a volleyball and some paint?!
image Via Cartoon Brew
Not even sure I can legally call this a game. It may be closer to an interactive vector art gallery than an actual game. But the interaction is what sets it apart from being a non-active display of eccentric art work. This is art work you manipulate by clicking various things and, well, feeding the head. It is exactly as odd as it sounds, but in the same breath, it is divinely unique and there is something oddly addictive to it. Just some simple point and clicks, but after a few (there are 27 steps to complete it for those interested), you just want to keep going.
From the art style to the fact that is seems to evolve the more you play it and acclimate yourself with it, spend five minutes with it today. You will find it to be a nice distraction from your usual day-to-day activities.
In an internet full of movie trailers, it takes a very special kind of movie to stand out. While the idea behind the Automata seems recycled (that is wordplay because we are talking about robots), it wont take long for you to realize that this movie seems to be doing something most sci-fi doesn't get right. A mix between the fantastic and the believable. Granted, some may think it is just another "I-Robot" type of movie, there seems to be a lot more here than just shiny action going on here. It looks like Automata is, essentially, science fiction done right.
Yes, it seems the typical "we build smart robots to help us only to have them evolve beyond what we expected" storyline, but its visual look (think classic Ridley Scott) mixed with the old-school design of the robots has got my interest piqued about this one.
While it may not have Nic Cage in it (< sarcasm font), it still looks like a science fiction film geeks may want to keep their eyes peeled for. Set to be released in October, expect to be hearing more about this movie the closer we get to its release date.
Sometimes, we underestimate kids. We see them as kind of useless (sorry kids), as if children just want to play games and have fun and be silly. At least that is primarily how they come across sometimes, and that is perfectly fine. That is part of the joys of being a child. But what about the kids who are changing the world? What about the kids who are showing us that not all kids want to sit back and be silly? Some kids realize there are issues in this world that need addressing and are doing all the can to change those things. Students like Kylie Simonds, who was diagnosed with cancer but was always being tripped up by her I.V bag. So what did she do? She invented an pediatric I.V backpack which would ease the burden for children with the disease. Thing is, that is just one out of ten.
So the next time you see a group of kids and naturally assume they are just playing around, stop and take a moment to realize one of those kids may just have the intellect, passion, and drive to change and better the world.
Remember the good old days of the internet, when AOL sent us new coasters every week, Google was still a force for good, and many websites sported that cheesy Geocities style?
The late 90s and early 00s really weren't that long ago in the grand scheme of things. In fact, it was such a short time ago in terms of webpage lifespans that many of these sites are still up and running, in all their early internet glory.
Missing those simpler days of dial-up romance, chat rooms and email love letters? Then you'll appreciate the fact that the You've Got Mail website is still up and running, even though it doesn't appear to have been updated since 1998:
Longing to revisit your favorite dinosaur movie sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park? Visit a website from 1997 that is somehow still up and running, a magical site that transports you to the InGen website via the Intranet:
Having rescued the princess, Link stands atop a pile of his enemies. Jeremiah Lambert composed this image inspired by a famous (and somewhat risque) painting of Conan by the great fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. It was his contribution to Art Jams, an online community of artists inspired by pop culture.
-via Geek Art Gallery
Attack on Titan is an anime series with a pretty unique storyline which is introduced by a totally rockin', yet somewhat generic sounding, theme song.
However, if you're using the theme song for a mashup generic is good, generic means the song will work with all kinds of shows, from zombie shows to prison shows to American cartoon shows.
CountDownToDisaster created a mashup video that shows how well the Attack On Titan theme song works as an intro no matter what the show's genre, but they left one very important genre unrepresented-sitcoms.
Imagine how amazing Perfect Strangers would have looked with this rockin' theme song playing in the background, or a Family Matters intro-Titan style, with Urkel standing there looking all heroic in his highwater pants and suspenders... (Barely NSFW due to language)
-Via Nerd Approved
(The Good, The Bad, and The Vicious t-shirt now on sale at the NeatoShop)
I learned about Knights of Sidonia from Richard Eisenbeis, Kotaku's anime critic. He calls it "a mecha anime with a realistic twist." Knights of Sidonia, which is remiscent of Battlestar Galactica, is the story of the remnant of the human race struggling to survive in an inter-generational war against genocidal aliens. It is a superb series that demonstrates thoughtful and thorough worldbuilding. Some of these elements are truly original--not rehashes of common tropes. In any science fiction series, that is a tremendous advantage.
In real history, Japan National Railways--the government agency which operated that nation's rail network--was privatized in 1987. In the series Rail Wars, this event never took place and the JNR is still in operation. The series, which you can watch on Crunchyroll, shows the adventures of four young high school trainees who are trying to secure permanent positions.
Now the story of people trying to get jobs at a government bureaucracy might not sound exciting, but it is when it's a quasi-military organization beset with terrorist attacks and conspiracies. Even if you're not a railroading junkie, you'll be impressed by the complexities of modern railroading that the characters find so fascinating.
Are you tired of living life headache free, with perfect eyesight and a firm grasp on reality?
It’s like watching 3D modeling software invade your computer via LSD virus, and the techno-tastic song by BRDG is perfectly complemented by the ever changing, eye-popping visuals.
So grab some aspirin, turn the speakers up to max, and enjoy this visual assault...if your head can handle it!
What is up with reboots? We can understand wanting to make the most out of an intellectual property, but what happened to original ideas? Sorry, getting a bit ahead of myself. Seems some recent news has leaked that Steven Spielberg will be rebooting his Minority Report movie into a TV show. As stated on Pajiba:
"Steven Spielberg is developing a TV series based on his 2002 hit sci-fi movie “Minority Report” that will be written by “Godzilla” scribe Max Borenstein and produced by Amblin Television, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap."
For those who may have missed the Tom Cruise flick, Minority Report is about a "pre-crime" unit who can assess the likelihood of someone committing a crime and can stop it. There is fine print, though, as there is with all good science fiction. This procedure in which they find future crimes seems to hint that our protagonist is going to commit a future crime, and he ends up having to go on the run and figure the whole mess out before he, himself, is taken out.
Keep in mind, that is just the movie (and book) version. Details on how the show will play out are still very vague except for the fact that we know Spielberg is on-board in some manner. Though TV needs more original ideas and concepts, we will be curious to see how this show plays out. More details as they emerge.
Link Via Pajiba
We love all of our artists on the NeatoShop, but with over 125 tees in the shop, Aniforce is one of our most popular. BlondeNerd.com is also a big fan of Aniforce, which is why the three of us partnered together to give away one of his great, derptastic tees. Enter below and you could win any Aniforce tee we carry in the NeatoShop!
There was once going to be a movie called Superman Lives, directed by Tim Burton with a script written by Kevin Smith and featuring Nic Cage as Superman.
This crazy little movie might have turned out to be quite the sci-fi spectacle, a dark tale that would feature the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday, but between unending script conflicts and budget cuts the film was left to die.
The Death of Superman Lives is a documentary produced by Jon Schnepp that tells the tale of this doomed superhero flick, with all the production team drama, amazing props and concept art, and Nic Cage in the Superman suit looking like a slightly crazed version of the beloved hero.
Gotta catch ‘em all! Matthew Sullivan did just that: he caught all 719 Pokémon, a project that started in his childhood and became an obsession as he got closer to his goal. He tells us how he did it, although only another gamer would understand.
Now I will say I love breeding pokémon and never shy away from breeding pokémon for other people — I'm doing that as you read this article - but collecting and hatching around 300 eggs can wear you down. Then the thought of evolving half of them was equally daunting but slowly, overtime, I got it done. With 820 minutes on the clock I had obtained all but a few pokémon. I was so close I could taste it and it was sweet!
Sullivan’s goal took almost two decades, and six generations of Pokémon. If you know something about Pokémon, you can read his story at Polygon.
Harley Quinn and Deadpool come from different universes, have different methods to their madness, and work for different sides of the law…sort of.
Okay, so depending on what’s happening in the storyline they’re pretty much the same kinda crazy, and they have similar color schemes to their costumes, so maybe they would make a perfect couple?
Illustrator Marco D'Alfonso has brought this bizarre coupling to life with an extremely appropriate Married With Children inspired artwork that should immediately become the basis for a new web series starring the two loving loons.
Can't you just hear Harley now, as shey yells "Waaaade! Waaaaaade!" in a screechy Peggy Bundy style voice? And Deadpool mutters something about how his amazing healing factor just won't let him die...it's comic book comedy gold!
You know this little dumpster is going to cause you a lot of trouble. But at least he doesn't have a bad motivator.
Crummy Gummy, a street artist in Orlando, Florida, painted this dumpster to look like R2-D2, the most foul-mouthed character in cinematic history. He made it for the Mills 50 district, a trendy neighorhood in Orlando.
-via Global Street Art
image via i09
The future looks bleak. At least according to futurists, economists, and science fiction authors (as well as pretty much anyone else). Seems we are getting closer and closer to Mad Max than we may actually think. Though a great many of us love playing through war torn and battered future landscapes in video games, and reading or watching them on TV, did you know those dystopian science fiction worlds have rules? Writer Annalee Newitz over at i09 has put together a very solid list that shows some of the basic rules that all fiction set in a dystopian world must follow. In talking about class systems she makes some brilliant points:
It's not enough to call the groups "haves" and "have-nots." They each need peculiar, evocative names like The Aspiring and The Disdained. Or they should only be known by the place they come from, like Quadrant 6 or The Outer Rim.
The piece is wonderfully written, and shows us that even lawless, brutal, dystopian societies that are crumbling have unspoken rules to follow. By the way, did I mention how bad the traffic was today in Quadrant 6 on my way to work? Man, we need to do something with The Disdained. Their highways are a mess.
Image via Noonee
Bionic pants are one of those things you thought you would never want because perhaps, like us, you thought they would never exist. You hear the term and you are not even sure what they would do, anyway. Could you super jump like Mario in bionic pants? Could you kick like Chuck Norris in your bionic pants? Well, they exist now, and the answer to the preceding questions is no. So you must be wondering what they do, right? The above photo explains it all. They defy physic by letting you sit anywhere without a chair.
We just can't understand why they didn't name them "chair pants" or something. Bionic pants make them sound way cooler and way more capable than they actually are. Truth is, if they were called chair pants we probably wouldn't be talking about them right now. Also, one more side note to developers. Can you make them look cooler than leg straps? Once you make a leather pair of chair pants, we will probably be all about it. Now that sounds sleek and futuristic.
The first internet connection in China was established in 1987, and now they have the most internet users in the world, but they’ve been a bit slow to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of internet trends.
Memes, silly animal videos, and nerd rage are all relatively new to Chinese users, but there is one area where they’re quickly catching up- trolling.
A uniquely Chinese form of trolling is taking place, based around hilarious photoshopped images, and it’s the most adorable form of trolling ever.
These trolls aren’t particularly vicious, nor are they preying on unwitting members of the online community, these trolls are being fed by people who want to see what the trolls will do with the images they receive:
It's the kindest, gentlest form of trolling you can find on the internet, and the idea of turning an image like this:
Into something as innocently 'shopped as this will make you want to go "d'awww!":
The ronin rabbit Usagi Yojimbo was created by Stan Sakai in 1984, at the height of the anthropomorphic comic book character craze, but Usagi has always been a bit different than the other critter comic stars.
His tales were less about life as a rabbit and more about the life of a ronin, because in Usagi’s alternate version of Japan's Edo period every character is an animal, so he doesn't have to wear a disguise or deal with mutant problems like his friends the Ninja Turtles.
(Image Via tmntentity)
Usagi was a fan favorite from day one, and his action packed comics are just as fun to read today as they were when they first came out, so why hasn’t Usagi Yojimbo been adapted for the big screen?
A film adaptation is finally being discussed, and as this proof-of-concept short film released by Lintika Films reveals it might actually live up to the geeky dreams of Usagi Yojimbo's fans.
Lintika seems to be staying faithful to the source material, but they still have to overcome a budgetary hurdle before the film can actually begin production.
-Via Cartoon Brew
When toy companies keep pumping out product you end up with a bunch of figures that never should have seen the light of day, figures that are lacking one key word- action.
The Doctor Who craze ushered in by the series reboot resulted in a bunch of bad action figure releases, but no figure in the collection was more pointless than Destroyed Cassandra, the frame from which an animated flap of skin once hung:
The Waltons wasn’t a very exciting show, but even they got their own toy line, and for the sake of completion they released every member of the family- including Grandma and Grandpa Walton, the least action packed figures ever.
On the other hand, Starsky and Hutch was an action packed show worthy of having an action figure line, but releasing a figure for a drunken bearded man who never appeared on the show is the epitome of pointless:
And, last but certainly not least in terms of pointlessness, what action figure collection is complete without a side of beef? That's right- it's the iconic 1/2 cow Sylvester Stallone socked up real good in the movie Rocky.
Check out the rest of the figures that made io9's list of13 More of the Most Pointless Action Figures Ever Made, and see what your toy collection has been missing all along!
The future of facial enhancement in film will be digital, and fairly creepy…at least according to this video by Nobumichi Asai, which demonstrates the latest in digital makeup technology called Omote.
Omote combines face tracking technology, motion capture concentrated on facial points rather than the whole body, with a digital image projection that changes and moves along with the face in real time.
It's fascinating to watch the facial projection change along with the soundtrack, and the video really shows the potential applications for this kind of digital facial enhancement in film, but how will this new technology affect those famous Hollywood faces? Only time will tell...
-Via Boing Boing
Image Via Microsoft
Do you remember the web from 20 years ago? With its five colors and thin, ugly fonts? Every website seemed to have a space theme, and you could tell people were clearly working on a canvas they were not yet familiar. Though the web has undeniably come far, sometimes it is cool to flashback willingly and see just how cheesy and simplified it was.
In case any of you have forgotten, Microsoft have recently re-released their websites in 1994 format, which you can check out right here. It is exactly as ugly and odd and cumbersome as you would think. Yet, it also stands as a time capsule to how far we have come aesthetically and otherwise in these last two decades.
So check it out. They tell you how they built the site and there are some other cool little odds and ends once you get to clicking. Mainly, though, you will be laughing that we once thought this all looked incredibly cool.
Monsieur Caron of BrickFun spent all summer working on a LEGO movie version of Ghostbusters. Now that school is about to start, he must go back to teaching history. But what a great project to show his students! And you may be surprised and delighted by who gets to play the role of Slimer in this. The behind-the-scenes video is pretty cool, too! -via Geeks Are Sexy
Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen lived fast, died young and made quite an impression during Sid’s few years of fame, but their love never really rang true, and never really seemed worthy of dramatization.
John Simon Ritchie made himself into Sid after all, and Nancy made herself famous by hooking up with Sid, so it was far from a fairytale romance.
But if you believe in the existence of parallel universes then it's possible Sid and Nancy’s relationship could have easily played out like a romantic comedy in an another dimension.
Video mashup raconteur Robert Jones paid a visit to this rom-com dimension, and he brought back this intro clip from the other side's most famous sitcom Sid & Nancy, with a theme song that sounds mighty familiar...
-Via Dangerous Minds
It takes a certain amount of confidence to be a solo musician, but what if you are a whole band and still solo? That, we would think, takes even more confidence. Or does it take less because you have a whole bunch of "you's" backing you up? Well, YouTube user csvy attempts to answer that with his awesome, solo, acapella rendition of the Super Mario Brothers theme. Please note, he also looks a lot like the chef from the animated movie Ratatouille. See for yourself and admire his vocal stylings.
I would say that is worthy of an extra guy.