Student films are looking pretty good these days, full of polished visuals and high definition detail, and this CG short created by six students attending The Animation School in Cape Town, South Africa is a great example of what can be achieved while still in school.
The short is called Big Game, and despite the somewhat predictable hunters vs. prey theme it’s a very entertaining romp full of digital eye candy and a lot of heart. Big Game utilizes classic gags and a cartoony look with great success, and the main character is so adorably goofy they should make him the star of his own animated series.
Here comes the Dalek all dressed in death. Yes, the least emotional creatures in the entire Who-niverse are now in love and ready to tie the knot -or at least that's the background story I made up for these great Dalek wedding cakes by Dinkydoodle Designs.
These wedding cakes each stand 5 feet tall and as if it weren't enough for this geeky bride and groom, they also had a Dalek ice sculpture and one with a Dalek and TARDIS in it.
Ordinarily, snow flakes are a peaceful and relaxing sight, but when the snow flakes depict the different houses from Game of Thrones, it's guaranteed to be a very blood red Christmas. We all know that winter is coming though and when you're working with snow flakes and winter, only one house can come out on top and that's the House Stark.
These lovely tributes to the world of George R.R. Martin are the works of Redditor Elizerdbeth and I'm very happy she made them.
Here's a good pun by cartoonist and animator Louie del Carmen. Or maybe, as Mr. del Carmen advises, it's a "sponsorship opportunity" for Wonder Bread. The jet fuel for Wonder Woman's invisible plane has got to be expensive. She should monetize her superhero work.
It's funny, but I've seen my kids do this exact thing. They beg for an opportunity to make money for Christmas gifts, but it turns out the gifts -or at least the biggest gifts- are for themselves. I've also had a problem with them buying what's on their wish list, thereby throwing the entire family back into the confusion of what to get them. Comic by Ryan Hudson at Channelate. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Opera ain’t just for sophisticated folks wearing fancy duds anymore, now geeks and gamers can enjoy some dramatic singing thanks to the virtual performance OPERAcraft.
Created by a bunch of music majors from Virginia Tech who were looking to bring a bit of culture to the video game loving masses, OPERAcraft stars pixelated Minecraft characters performing on the big screen while the VT squad sings, and the blockheaded characters on the screen even lip sync to the lyrics thanks to a Minecraft mod and the Pd-L2Ork orchestral software. This ain’t your grandma’s operatic performance, this is next gen virtual live performance/animated pixel art at its finest.
The past meets the future in the present! German cosplayer Genovefa designed and made these long dresses complete with corsets that resemble futuristic Starfleet uniforms. Here you see her wearing a Captain Janeway dress while her friend models a Data version. See more picture at her blog (which is in German). -via io9
Live long and stay cool -at least, that's what I take away from this awesome Star Trek ice sculpture. If you're more of a Star Wars fan though, then you'll probably prefer this Chillennium Falcon structure instead.
While this When Geeks Wed article suggests using these delightfully geeky ice sculptures for your nerdy wedding, really any of them would be fantastic for a Christmas party, convention, banquet or any other fun engagement with a geek theme.
If you plan on using these for a big party, I suggest using the Batman ice luge which is not only cool looking, but also a great way to cool your drinks.
The Team Fortress video game franchise is full of quirky characters trying their darndest to blow each other to bits in ferocious multiplayer combat, and the in-game characters don’t come much quirkier than the Pyro.
This fiery madman always seems to have his head in the clouds while he racks up team kills with his flamethrower and trusty fire axe, but the question remains- what is the Pyro thinking about while he eliminates the competition?
The animated short entitled Crackpot tries to answer that question, while reminding us that if we were able to see everything that goes on inside this guy's head we’d all end up stark raving mad!
Those darn Brits can make anything sound good, with their sophisticated pronunciations of words and smarmy attitudes as they sit there speaking proper English.
The latest pop culture obsession from across the pond is Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the hit BBC series Sherlock and bad boy Khan in the film Star Trek Into Darkness. Benedict is a big star, and not just because of his cool name. Here he is reading lyrics to the R. Kelly song “Genius” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, try not to swoon and hurt yourself as he reads the incredibly sexy lyrics aloud in that classy British way.
When the good ol’ boys from hit “reality” TV shows like Finding Bigfoot go out Squatch huntin’ they'd better watch their backs, 'cause there might be a new breed of Squatch lurking in them thar woods. His name is Megafoot, and he’s hungry for two things- motor oil and human flesh!
The mashup nobody could have ever seen coming is at last a reality- the cyborg bigfoot movie Megafoot is in production! So polish up your MST3K routines, get a group of friends with some booze and a sense of humor together, and bask in the glory of godawfulness known as Megafoot. You won't be disappointed, unless you were hoping to watch a really good movie.
I actually just used my Disneyland pass yesterday to enjoy another great day at the themepark. While I was with a special someone, it was far from a date, but now that I heard about Disneyland's organized "Date Nites" that took place back in the 50s and 60s, I kind of wish it was.
Imaging getting dressed up, meeting up with your best guy or gal and then hitting the dance floor at Disneyland before riding the Matterhorn together. The best part was -if your date was a dud, you could still have plenty of fun at the happiest place on earth.
Buzzfeed has plenty more about the organized events, and I can't help but wish we still had these available as a romantic Saturday night option. Maybe we could organize one already -there's already a Harry Potter day, a dapper day and a goth day, so why not a date day?
Look through the window at your car -now look back at me...No wait, look at this car in this post. It is cooler than your car and it always will be. That's because this car wasn't just painted to look like an Agents of SHEILD car, it actually was really used on the show. Only ten of them were made and it just sold on eBay for $42,900.
Want something even cooler, though admittedly a little less speedy and not legal on most streets? Then you really missed out on this sweet Batman Tumbler golf cart. It may not have actually been used in the films, but it's pretty much the coolest thing you could ever hope to drive around a retirement community and it was a steal compared to the SHEILD car at only $17,500.
Roy Doty designed this Rube Goldberg Christmas card in which Santa wishes you a Merry Christmas in the most inefficient way possible. It's today's treat from the Science Geek Extravaganza Advent Calendar at Science Creative Quarterly, now in its fifth day.
Day four looks into the possibility that the G protein-coupled receptor agtrl1b is responsible for the Grinch's heart being three sizes too small.
Day three proposes the theory that Rudolph's red nose was due to a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
Day two presents vintage biodiversity images with a Christmas twist.
Day one shows us the Christmas Tree Cluster near the Cone Nebula, or NGC 2264. That's a picture from space.
A mashup of Star Wars and "Bohemian Rhapsody"? That's right up our alley! Now, if they'd only thrown a cute cat in there… This video was produced by the Digital Video Program at University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona, starring the Arizona Star Wars cosplay community. One guy, Adam Newton, sings the whole thing! -via Geeks Are Sexy
They're so adorable! Although they're not ready to save the world, these little superheroes may be able to solve their own problems. Alberto Varanda, a Portuguese-born artist who lives in France, drew images of 9young superheroes at play. I can easily imagine a young, sensitive Wolverine catching leaves on his claws and Catwoman dragging her unwilling cat into her imaginary adventures.
The Mandalorians aren’t known for adorning their armor with bright colors and fancy artwork, probably because they prefer to stay out of the spotlight when they’re flying around zapping people with their blaster pistols.
But if they decided to decorate their plate armor, perhaps for a snazzy space party, they’d definitely appreciate the awe inspiring designs found in the ArTmor Project.
Created by 60 fans, artists and design Jedis, the works in the ArTmor Project collection range from crossover (Skeletor, The Punisher) to gloriously venerating tributes to the mighty Mandalorians, and they are all being auctioned off for the Character Star Wars Toy Drive benefitting Toys for Tots.
Video games have become way too interesting, with compelling storylines and jaw dropping visuals, so it’s about time a game came out which bores players to death and makes them wonder why they’re even playing the game at all.
Enter Waiting In Line 3D- a totally dull game that is lackluster in every way, with blocky visuals and an utter lack of gameplay that will have you screaming for less. It’s either a post-modern comment on the time wasting nature of video games, or a really clever way for game designers Rajeev Basu and Patrick T. Lo to poke fun at the gaming masses.
During the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the crew of the Enterprise wore as their Starfleet uniforms zip-up spandex bodysuits. The actors hated them. They were smelly and tended to be a bit too, uh, form fitting. Patrick Stewart’s chiropractor told him that he might become permanently injured if he continued to wear the binding bodysuit. So Bob Blackman, a costume designer on multiple Star Trek series, designed new uniforms. In an interview, he explained the look that he was attempting to create:
At the beginning of that third season, you will see that the uniforms change structure during that time period, eventually ending up with that Eisenhoweresque mandarin collar, leaving the black yoke, leaving the angled colour panel on the front, but removing all of the piping that was on the yoke and all of that sort of thing, making them, essentially, more formal. Er, more dignity.
Some of that was necessary, because of Patrick, because of Americans and their sense of the English and the sound of an English accent. To make it more casual seemed inappropriate.
With Our Powers Combined, a husband and wife crafting team, made this tree skirt. When patriots become decorators, they add Captain America colors to their Christmas trees. It’s made of felt and stitched onto the top of a dollar store tree skirt. You can find a complete pattern here.
Captain Picard gets into the holiday spirit with a song we all know and love -but changed just a little to reflect the sensibilities of the Enterprise crew as seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation. You'll want to make sure there's no liquid in your mouth when Wesley Crusher shows up. Edited by James Covenant, the song is only a little over a minute long, despite the length of the video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Tired of using conventional methods to decide which board game to play? Do you have so many board games that deciding which one to play takes twice as long as actually playing the game?
Well then this handy dandy flowchart is just what you need- it helps guide you towards the perfect board game with questions like “do you think everyone should just get along?” and “is chess too cliché?”.
When you’re finished navigating through the maze of thin white lines the choices are laid out before you in easy to read boxes, and if you’re playing a game like Warhammer or Arkham Horror this flowchart will be the easiest guide you read all night!
I now pronounce Claptrap and wife. Is there anything more romantic than two Borderlands fans getting married? Well, maybe...
That is, if you're a bigger fan of Nightmare Before Christmas than Borderlands. And if you're a big fan of Doctor Who, you'll dig this Dalek one instead.
All of these adorable handmade wedding cake toppers are brilliantly geeky designs made by Etsy seller Gammaraybots. Aside from awesome wedding goodies, the shop also sells all kinds of great Krampus stuff, so if you're looking to balance out all the happy Santas out everywhere, they can help.
Now that our long weekend nightmare is over, we can look back and see how The Avengers dealt with getting their Christmas shopping done during Black Friday. Do you think they harnessed that power to score that 72" TV? Or maybe it was such a disaster that next year they'll remember not to include a superhero whose powers are activated by anger! From artist sairobee. -voa Geeks Are Sexy
Star Wars now has an Instagram account. It just launched Monday and already has 50,000 followers -but only three pictures! The first is a selfie, of course, by the most popular character in the franchise, despite the fact that he has no redeeming qualities. Or maybe it's because he has no redeeming qualities. There will no doubt be many pictures to come at the Star Wars Instagram. -via Laughing Squid
The handgun used by Harrison Ford in the films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is up for auction online. From the auction page:
This non-firing blaster was created for The Empire Strikes Back and was also used in Return of the Jedi. It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han’s hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels’ encounter with Imperial forces on Endor. Based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol, this piece, measuring 11 in. long, was custom made for the film from resin by casting the original hero prop from the first Star Wars: A New Hope, it therefore exhibits the same serial number as the hero prop, which is thought to no longer exist. The blaster is exactly in its original filming condition and therefore exhibits wear from use, but retains all of the original details, including the flash suppressor and scope (the eye-piece of which is detailed with reflective scotch-lite tape). The added distinction of this particular piece is that it was also likely used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, as both characters shared the same style of weapon in Empire.
The starting bid is set at $200,000 and there are no bidders so far, but the auction will be open until December 21st. -via mental_floss