I can't believe how many posts I see on a daily basis which are written by people who still call Kaneda "Akira", Link "Zelda" or Samus Aran "Metroid".
These people insist on writing about geeky stuff yet can't be bothered to do their homework and discover these characters' real names, and then they add insult to injury by calling R2-D2 and C-3PO "robots".
That's why Sephko Comics created this important illustrated message for the Learn the Damn Name Foundation, to show those lazy bloggers that people care- so learn the damn names already! *shakes fist*
Valentine's Day is coming soon and if you're looking for the perfect card for your special nerdy someone, now is the perfect time to start searching Etsy so you can be sure it will arrive on time. Here are a few of the most delightfully geeky cards we could find (and if you're a procrastinator, you'll want to keep a particular eye out for the printable designs you can just create at home).
AT-AT's and Hearts
Walkers mean something different to Star Wars nerds, but DoodleButton made a great card for someone you'd want to grow old with.
Isn't That Just Precious?
Sometimes a little obsession is a good thing and this card by CastleMcQuade is the perfect way to prove it.
Love Those Sensory Input Patterns
Say it like an eloquent android with this fun Star Trek card created by NotableLoot.
Isaac Asimov's three rules of robotics are at the core of all of his robot stories and fans of not only his works, but countless other authors who have touched on a future filled with robots are familiar with the results. But simply re-arranging the order of the stories makes for an entirely different set of scenarios -most of which are terrible. XKCD explores these other outcomes in this simple-but-effective comic.
They teased at the truth with Easter eggs and crossover clues in most of their movies, fans collected all the easter eggs and formed a unified world theory, and now Pixar has finally confirmed it- all of their movies exist in the same universe.
It's one of those announcements that make you say "yeah, I figured as much", and yet it's nice to hear it straight from the studio's mouth since most creators won't admit when their projects are all interconnected.
How would you explain your favorite grown up film to a five year old? That's exactly the premise of a recent Twitter hashtag and the results are hilarious. From Inception to The Breakfast Club, the simplified, chilld-friendly descriptions are brilliant:
The two cowboy friends go camping on a mountain once a year and like give each other lots of hugs.#ExplainAFilmToA5YearOld
Cosplayers already look cool when they're strutting around in costume, except for those rare awkward moments when their costumes clash with their surroundings, but posing for cosplay photos in the snow is the coolest!
But cosplaying in the snow requires a different kind of commitment than Con cosplay, and those cosplayers who decide to pose for a themed shoot in the winter know they have to go big.
For example- you can't ride a horse into a convention (Ellie from The Last Of Us cosplay by EndureSurvivor)
And a horse can complete a cosplay like no prop ever could (Ellie from The Last Of Us cosplay by EndureSurvivor)
Con cosplay also limits your use of props, because nobody wants to carry around a giant, and often fragile, prop all day while they navigate through a sea of bodies (Winter Wonderland Orianna from League Of Legends by Lulu Cosplay)
And Cons don't properly capture the feeling of the winter holiday season like a trip to a mall all decked out for Christmas, where the decor makes cosplay photos that much more magical (Winter cosplay gathering by ourlivinglegacy)
The unboxing videos featured on YouTube are an acquired taste, which is a nice way of saying most of them are pretty much unwatchable unless you have an unboxing fetish or never get any presents.
And yet this annoying trend isn't going away anytime soon, so people like The Over Enthusiastic Gamer have begun making unboxing video parodies for those of us who like a little deadpan humor with their box content reveals.
Honorable Mentions: Lotus World's Fair Imhotep Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Cottage Garden Arkham Horror LCG Islebound
11) Clank! 10) Inis 9) Adrenaline 8) Scythe 7) Vast 6) Terraforming Mars 5) The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire 4) Roll Player 3) Great Western Trail 2) Star Wars: Rebellion 1) Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition
Love them or hate them, at least hipster bartenders know how to make delicious cocktails (even if they are way overpriced) but it's safe to say robots won't be replacing human bartenders anytime soon.
That's because robots just don't have the finesse and flair to sling drinks, and they make horrible conversationalists because they don't possess an empathy chip.
There are a few robots out there who can effectively pour a pint of beer, but they clearly weren't built by roboteer Simone Giertz- because her beer-pourin' bot can't even set the glass down without shattering it! (NSFW language)
It's really hard to catch every horror movie that comes out in a year, and even harder to hunt down great new films when you have to hack your way through so many crappy horror flicks to find the choice cuts.
Add the international releases and the search becomes way too bloody tough, so rather than going mad reading movie reviews you should check out this list of 10 Horror Movies You Missed In 2016 and go global.
Rick and Morty is set to return to screens sometime soon, so fans need to prepare their eyeballs for all the muliverse madness, all the Meeseeks mayhem, and all those surprising twists that make us yell "WTF?!" at the TV screen.
Because there's never been another TV show, animated or otherwise, like the Rick and Morty TV show, and fans tune in to have their minds blown out of their skulls by all the madcap plots Harmon & Roiland create.
Dragons are still capturing the imagination of adults and children alike after centuries of breathing fire and battling armored knights, and yet artists often have a hard time coming up with original dragon designs.
This means most of the dragon-shaped stuff that comes out looks like the same olde same olde, but the felted characters created by Russian artist Alena Bobrova are fantastically unique.
Alena's dragons have lots of scales and spines and such growing out of their backs, and some are even sprouting 'shrooms because they're just that lazy.
The best thing about Alena's felted dragons is that each one's totally unique, with a very distinct color scheme and personality, so the humans who adopt them know their dragon is theirs and theirs alone!
The Walking Dead has accomplished something few other TV shows ever could- the mainstreaming of extreme horror.
No horror TV show has a demographic as wide as The Walking Dead, which is great for the people involved with the show but is seen as a problem by censorship groups who are afraid young children will be exposed to the show.
Alana says "all of the parents are 100 percent supporting me and love the pictures", and most of the photos look like kids horsing around, a bit violent perhaps but nothing too crazy...until you get to photos like these:
Maybe knowing what happened on the show is what makes this pic seem so creepy, but it's still a shot of a kid putting a revolver to the back of another kid's head execution-style, so it's easy to see why there'd be controversy!
Disneyland and Disney World have better restaurants than the typical theme park. Whether you're in the mood for fine dining, something perfect for kids or a little bit of both, the parks have you covered. And thanks to Travel and Leisure, now you can know which of the restaurants at the park are the best no matter what you're looking for.
Of course, if you want to visit all the restuarants, you'll have to travel both coasts and different parks and hotels, but if you're a big enough Disney fan, that won't be much of a problem anyway.
Disney's Adventureland has been overshadowed by flashier theme park areas like Toon Town or Tomorrowland, but back in the early days of Disneyland it was considered the most exotic and exciting part of the park.
Adventureland has it all- a boat cruise that takes visitors down the wildest rivers in the world, a Hawaiian-themed show where the birds all sing and the flowers croon, and a thrilling yet bumpy ride starring Indiana Jones.
But Adventureland was really different on paper- the Jungle Cruise didn't have any witty banter, there was supposed to be an Indiana Jones mine cart roller coaster in addition to the Jeep Ride, and the Enchanted Tiki Room was originally supposed to be a restaurant.
The singing plants in the Tiki Room may be fake, but the plants seen on the Jungle Cruise are the real deal- and really beautiful:
Morgan “Bill” Evans, Disneyland’s establishing horticulturist, turned the orange groves of Anaheim into a lush, low-key arboretum that includes a $100,000 palm tree, species of ficus he himself brought into California and even Queen palms native to Brazil that were rescued from the Santa Ana Freeway. The trees have reached up to 70 feet tall, creating a canopy—and plant life that thrives in the shade below—that’s truly reminiscent of its territories.
Architecture doesn't really factor into fairy tales much, and even though stories like Hansel & Gretel, the Three Little Pigs and Baba Yaga feature a building as a main part of the tale that's about as architectural as these stories get.
But that didn't stop Barcelona-based architect Federico Babina from imagining what fairy tales would look like as houses, and his imaginative interpretations are bringing a fresh look to the make believe neighborhood.
Federico has turned all kinds of different stuff into real estate properties, from bands to movies to famous artists, but his dreamy series Architale really makes me want to sign the lease!
Outside of the war, the entire plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led to Luke Skywalker being reunited with his personal lightsaber that was lost when Darth Vader cut his hand off in The Empire Strikes Back (yeah, his hand was lost, too, but we don't want to see that after all this time). I hope that doesn't count as a spoiler. But that reunion happened in real life, too, as Mark Hamill is shown what happened to the lightsaber he used while filming Return of the Jedi.
J.K. Rowling paid far more attention to minor details while writing the Harry Potter series than most children's authors do while creating their world, because they assume kids won't even notice these missing details.
From the type of clothing worn by each character to the significance of each color and animal used to represent the four main houses at Hogwarts to the shape of and material used to make each wand, there is no small detail left unaccounted for in the Harry Potter series.
The rich details included in the books gave the propmakers who worked on the Harry Potter films a clear idea of what each character's signature wand should look like, and their creations exceeded expectations.
Lucius's Wand might be the most spectacular looking of the bunch, with its shiny silver snake pommel, but the fun details included in Slughorn's Wand and the simplistic elegance of Luna's Wand give it a run for its money.
But the most famous of all is Dumbledore's Wand (aka the Elder Wand), which was crafted out of elder wood with a Thestral tail-hair core.
It has the fantastic look fantasy fans expect from a magic wand, with the pedigree and firepower to prove it wasn't made to be all style and no substance.
Those fudging cock-a-roaches! How could they possibly stop a child's dream of playing Scarface? Seriously, this absurdly adorable Scarface reanactment was actually performed as a school play. It's hard to believe until you see the parents applauding at the end. But as to why this was performed at school or who thought this was a good idea, these are the things that will continue to haunt you long after watching this video.
Update: Thank you Uncleblob for pointing out that this wasn't actually a real school play but was actually created by professional director Marc Klasfeld. Even so, the people in the audience are actually the parents of the children on stage, so that sense of paternal pride is certainly real.
Back in 1977, no one knew if George Lucas' space opera Star Wars would be a hit, or be remembered years later. Especially Lucas. Then he had to come up with a continuing story, which ended up being full of plot holes. Rabid Star Wars fans know this, and cannot stop talking about them. After seven movies in the saga, we get Rogue One, which was shoehorned into the time slot just before the first film (now called A New Hope) and patches up a big plot hole. There are plenty more where that one came from.
3. Leia’s Mother
Leia stated in Episode VI that her mother was “beautiful,” “kind,” and “sad,” which suggests personal knowledge. From Episode III, we know that this is impossible because Padme died not long after childbirth of a broken heart, which sounds over-dramatic but is indeed a real thing that can happen.
4. Skywalker Family Connection
There seems to be some sort of special connection between the Skywalkers, as shown by how the twins were able to sense one another as well as how Darth Vader was able to communicate with Luke via telepathy. However, this makes it strange that Darth Vader never noticed that he was torturing his own daughter in Episode IV, which must’ve made for a crushing surprise when he found out.
You'd think that if Lucas really wanted to tinker with his finished films, he would have changed the plot holes instead of adding CGI to the "special editions." Read the rest of this list of Star Wars plot holes at Unreality. On the other hand, if Disney decided to make a movie to fill each plot hole, they might end up being worth it.
The same group of cosplayers who did the Slave Leia Disney Princess Squad are back with a new Star Wars-Disney Princess cosplay group, featuring even more friends! The Jedi Princess Squad includes most of the Princesses, plus Chewbacca as The Beast and Peter Pan thrown in for good measure. Each of the participants has their own Instagram account with more. See each of the coplayer's portraits and links to their other photos at Geeks Are Sexy.
Romantic comedies are (arguably) the most formulaic of all movies, and studios use that rom-com formula to make a bunch of money with very little effort.
Many fans enjoy the predictable nature of rom-coms, and will actually get upset if a film strays too far from the norm, so it's no wonder filmmakers don't even try to do anything different with the genre.
In fact, romantic comedies are kept predictable right down to their poster layouts, of which there are exactly around five types.
There's the Back to Back, the Two Guys One Girl, the Pick-Me-Up, the Men Are Inept and the Well, Here's Everyone!!, five poster types used to advertise the less than five types of romantic comedy plots.
Once upon a time, particularly during the comics code days, comic book superheroes were written to be role models for kids, upholding "truth, justice, and the American way." Over time, that got pretty boring. As comic book writers made their characters more realistic, they struggled with the moral ambiguities of fighting super villains and dealing with modern life. And sometimes those superheroes could be plain assholes.
DC superheroes in particular have been saddled with the many ethical qualities that once made them so popular, but in recent decades have been shown to be much less wholesome than they were originally portrayed. Even the poster boy for DC, Superman, has been taken through a host of changes that have marked him as something less than the ideal superhero he was touted as in the beginning. As far as lying and cheating however, Superman is still a boy scout when compared to the five heroes listed below.
Companies like Amazon, Apple and Google would love to put one of their AI assistant units in every home, preferably with the owner's credit card info on file and one word payment enabled.
But they still have a lot of bugs to work out before those little voices in the speaker are of any actual use to people as a whole, and until then AI assistants will be seen largely as a source of entertainment.
One of the many things I liked about Rogue One was that it occasionally drew attention to things that weren't explained -just like real life. Overexplaining every McGuffin or expanded universe detail tends to drag one's suspension of disbelief down, like the endless political discussions in the prequels. Some of these unexplained shots were easter eggs for well-read Star Wars fans. For the rest of us casual but still excited fans, we can catch up with a rundown from Adrián Maldonado, who did the research so we could just enjoy the film, maybe even more next time.
While The Force Awakens had plenty of ruins, and featured one iconic artefact from the original trilogy, there was no real sense that history extended beyond the events of Episodes IV-VI. Yet with Rogue One, turn any stone and you’ll see the remnants of a past so deep that even its creators have only glimpsed it. The film also draws from the prehistory of George Lucas’ own writing, going back to his early journals from 1973. As if you needed another excuse to re-watch Rogue One, here is a handy guide to the archaeological items and motifs you may have missed. And do I really need to warn about spoilers? I’m surprised I haven’t spoiled anything already. Valar morghulis.
I'm not an active Pokemon hunter by any means, but it still irks me when people talk trash about geeky pursuits then proceed to obsess over something equally geeky yet hidden behind a veil of normalcy, like fantasy football.
The similarities between the two seem pretty obvious- both games involve an ever changing cast of characters, which you use to battle against your friends while hoping they don't suffer from a status ailment.
Both games are boring as hell to hear about when you're not a player, and those who are obsessed with the game let it bring out the worst in them even though the game itself is a waste of time.
The only thing this comic by Nathan Yaffe left out is the fact that you can win cash playing fantasy football, but it never seems to be enough to justify all the time and effort that goes into playing the game!