Orbital Mechanics

 

Who says video games aren’t educational? This low-key endorsement from Randall Munroe at xkcd (who is a former NASA roboticist) will probably do more for the game Kerbal Space Program than all the splashy ads they could buy.  

If you have no clue what orbital mechanics are, another word for the term is astrodynamics, meaning the science of how spacecraft move.



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The Most Frustrating Moments In Video Games

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Video games can be downright frustrating at times, especially old school games that rely on precision button mashing and level pattern memorization.

A gamer’s rage cannot easily be suppressed when the game they’re playing makes them want to throw the controller against the nearest wall, which is why most gamers will relate to this video entitled The 50 Most Frustrating Moments In Video Game History.

Now these aren't official rankings or anything, and there were definitely some NES and SNES moments they missed in their collection, but overall you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement at video game moments that once made you want to smash things in a frustrated fit! GAAAAHHH!

-Via Nerd Approved



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Scottish Batman Wears the Batsuit "Regimental Style"

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They say that no true Scotsman wears underwear beneath his kilt. To do so would be indecent. But the truth is that it is not the underwear (or lack thereof) that defines the Scotsman. It is what he does while wearing his kilt that makes him a Scotsman.


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Sillof Does The Awesomes

Master figure builder Sillof was commissioned by Mike Shoemaker and Seth Meyers to make figures of the characters in the Hulu series The Awesomes. They, along with Lorne Michaels, produce the show, which stars Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Rashida Jones, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch, Kenan Thompson, and Ike Barinholtz. The action figures were to be given to the cast as gifts. Sillof blended the animated likenesses with the real actors behind the characters in his design. See all of the individual character figures at his site, and you may be able to pick out who plays who, even if you haven’t seen The Awesomes. -Thanks, Sillof!  

See also: More pop culture action figures by Sillof.



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3D Printed Stop Motion Short - Bears On Stairs

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Bears on Stairs isn't a high concept art piece, or a stop motion short that features revolutionary digital techniques or a highly detailed puppet cast. It's a simple short which showcases a simple idea that is sure to be imitated by many animators to come.

DBLG has come up with a rather ingenious way to create a stop motion short with the help of 3D modeling/animation software and a 3D printer- they created the bear character and the stairs using 3D animation software, animated the bear walking up the stairs then printed out each element frame by frame.

It may not be the most efficient way to create a stop motion short, but Bears on Stairs is a good example of how 3D printing can be integrated into a traditional artform like stop motion animation.

-Via AnimalNY



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Footage Of The First Legoland Park Opening In 1968

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LEGO was a relatively unknown company in America circa 1968, but in Billund, Denmark they were already constructing the very first Legoland, which attracted over 600,000 visitors in its first year alone.

The power of those little building blocks was put on display in the form of highly detailed scale models- miniature towns, environments and landmarks populated the ten acre theme park and showed that LEGO bricks were more than just toys.

It's interesting to see how the LEGO empire has grown over the last fifty years, and the original Legoland revealed in this vintage footage is a far cry from the chain of LEGO theme parks we know today.

-Via Topless Robot



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Bad Screenshots From Otherwise Good Looking Video Games

Game designers put their heart and soul into making video games an enjoyable, and extremely good looking, experience for the often highly critical gaming community.

However, there are always moments contained within the production as a whole that, when taken out of context, make the whole thing look like amateur hour.

Here is a collection of screenshots from a thread on NeoGAF that make otherwise good looking video games look really bad. Fan favorites like Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XIII and Uncharted are all represented by a screenshot taken at just the wrong moment, capturing those WTF moments all gamers have experienced while playing an otherwise great game.

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Behind The Scenes Look At Sylvain Chomet's Simpsons Couch Gag

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We recently shared a post about the amazing couch gag Sylvain Chomet created for The Simpsons, and though to some it may not have been obvious a whole lotta work went into this short intro sequence.

Now, thanks to the London based production company behind the opening th1ng, you can take a peek behind the scenes and see all the hand drawn awesomeness Sylvain and his team put into this incredibly stylish sequence.

This rare peek into the process will give viewers a better appreciation of the hard work many animators put into their productions, even the projects is simply a short intro sequence for a TV series.

-Via Cartoon Brew



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Star Wars Adventures in Miniature

Malaysian photographer Zahir Batin uses Star Wars figures in natural and created settings to illustrate further adventures in the Star Wars universe. Some are funny and some are dramatic, but all evoke an entire story with a single picture. At his Facebook page, you can find the process of creating many of the images. Bored Panda has an overview of his Batin's work, and you can see more in Zahir Batin’s DeviantART gallery. -via Everlasting Blort



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The Glorious Reboot of Ninja High School

To my enormous delight, this comic book arrived in my mailbox on Friday. It's the first issue in the relaunch of Ninja High School, a classic American manga.

Ben Dunn, the creator of the series, first published the series in 1987. Although intended as a one-shot, three-part mini series, Ninja High School was immensely popular--at least by the standards of independent comic book publishing back in those days. Dunn, along with other artists and writers, continued it until 2009.

The story was set in a small town in American Midwest called Quagmire. It featured anthropomorphic skunk aliens, mad scientists, mecha, witches, time travelers, and, as the title suggests, ninjas. Both the art and the story were havily influenced by anime and manga.

It's a great story. When I was a teenager, it was one that I connected to. Ninja High School was, for reasons I find difficult to understand, let alone explain, deeply meaningful to me. Later struggles prevented me buying and reading it--money was just too tight.

It was only 2 years ago that I was ready to return to Ninja High School. I dragged out my long box of issues, read them, then began purchasing the rest of the series on eBay. It's been a joyful experience--like returning home after a long absence.

So I was delighted to learn that Ben Dunn planned to reboot the series through a Kickstarter project. Dunn acquired more than 3 times the money that he asked for. I happily threw in a contribution, of course. As a result, I acquired this copy of issue #176, the first issue in the reboot.

Readers of Ninja High School will recognize old, familiar faces. But #176 is clearly written in such a way that new readers could join in without needing to study the old comics. Just as people unfamiliar with the long-running Doctor Who fanchise could pick up the series fresh in 2005, so can people get started on Ninja High School from issue #176.

You can find more art from the issue here.



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Batman: Strange Days

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DC Comics has released a new Batman animated short in honor of the character’s 75th anniversary. "Batman: Strange Days" from producer Bruce Timm is a flashback to Batman’s earlier days. He encounters Dr. Hugo Strange and his henchman, who kidnapped an attractive blonde for nefarious purposes. The retro black and white artwork on this is just beautiful. Read more about the short at Crave.



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Empire Of Dreams - A Feature Length Star Wars Documentary

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Star Wars, crazy Star Wars, it's a blast from sci-fi history, with those kooky ewoks George Lucas kept it all PG... (sung to the tune of The Flintstones Theme Song).

If you have two and a half hours to spare, and a deep seated love of those wars in the stars, then you’ll likely settle in to watch this documentary called Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy, which first aired in edited form on A&E back in 2004.

Now restored to its gloriously feature length and available to view in its entirety on YouTube since 2012, it's an enjoyable way to renew your faith in the Force and remind yourself why you loved the original trilogy so much.

-Via GeekTyrant



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The Infamous Atari E.T. Landfill Will Be Unearthed By Microsoft

Most gamers have heard the legend of the New Mexico landfill where Atari supposedly buried thousands of unsold copies of the E.T. video game for the Atari 2600 console.

Apparently they were so embarrassed by the release, and its poor sales, that they took every remaining copy and buried them in a landfill in Alamogordo hoping they’d never again see the light of day.

The facts behind the “coverup” were never fully revealed, but come April 26, 2014 the truth will be told when Microsoft and Fuel Entertainment dig up whatever lies beneath the dirt in that Alamogordo landfill, and they want people to come and watch them dig up a piece of video game history.

Will they find thousands of unopened copies of E.T., or something far more sinister? Stay tuned and find out!

-Via Kotaku



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To Fix the Star Trek Plot Hole, Just, Um, Reverse the Polarity or Something

Or maybe channel power through the main deflector dish while routing the tachyons through the inertial dampers?

Jeremy Kaye writes, "Sometimes Star Trek is amazing. Other times though." Well, yes. The technobabble could be a bit much at times. But I think that anti-fans emphasize this point excessively. The Next Generation provided a steady diet of quality science fiction for 7 years. You can't have Darmok or The Inner Light every week.



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Using Drones to Make a Flying X-Wing from Star Wars

We all want to be Luke Skywalker on the trench run in an X-wing starfighter. With each passing day, we're getting closer to making that dream a reality. Rodger Cleye made this 5-foot long model as a part of that ongoing effort.

It's made of PVC pipe which is why it looks hollow. That was necessary because anything more would have been too heavy for the 3 drone motors that make it airworthy. Check it out in action:


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-via Hack A Day



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Massive Excavator Turned Into A Transformer

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Kids who grew up with a healthy love of robots, particularly the Transformers, most likely thought about what a real life vehicle would look like transforming just like their favorite robo-former toy.

One particularly cool example of a vehicle that never got the Transformers treatment is the Bagger 288 excavator, one of the largest vehicles of its kind in the world.

Animator Dan DeEntremont couldn't pass up the opportunity to turn the Bagger into a dream come true for robo-obsessed kids, using his considerable 3D modeling and animation skills to bring the Bagger's transformation to life in full detail.

-Via Jalopnik



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Realistic Mario

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The Super Mario Bros learn a lesson about trying to break blocks with your head. That doesn’t work all that well in real life. Don’t try this at home -unless you’re using a video game console. My, Mario can get emotional, can’t he? This video is from Pete Holmes. -via Gamma Squad



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The Math Magic Behind Pixar Movies

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Pixar movies look so good you know that loads of cutting edge software, mighty powerful hardware and months worth of rendering are the forces at work behind their studio productions, but the ultimate weapon in the Pixar arsenal, or any 3D arsenal for that matter, is math.

This TED Ed talk focuses on how math plays a major role in the creation of a 3D movie, with Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose demonstrating how math is the major force behind CGI.

If you'd rather see the math at work within Pixar's proprietary software Presto you should head over to GeekTyrant and watch the included bonus video Presto Demonstration at NVIDIA's GTC Conference, which gives us a rare look at how Presto works.



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Marvel At This Winter Soldier Inspired Meme - Hail Hydra

Internet memes are so timely nowadays that they spring up from pop culture the minute the source of their inspiration is released, often before many people have even seen whatever the meme is referencing.

The newest addition to this timely geek fare is the Hail Hydra meme, which sprang from a scene in Captain America Winter Soldier (no spoilers!) where one character whispers "Hail Hydra" into the ear of another character in a sinister manner.

Suddenly the internet is full of secret agents announcing their allegiance to Hydra with a whisper, in the greatest meme conspiracy of all time.

-Via Gamma Squad



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Neatolinks: Easter Toys That Will Terrify Your Kids

7 Great Places With Horrible Name (Mental Floss)

Alpacas With New Wave Hair Styles (Buzzfeed)

8 Easter Toys to Give Your Kids Nightmares (InventorSpot)

10 Odd But Adorable Pet Outfits (Oddee)

Image: Evil Banana Is Evil (BoingBoing)



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Everything We Know About Mad Men Season 7

The final season of the AMC TV series Mad Men will be a long one, cut into two parts to be shown over two years. In a logical world, that would be two seasons, but what do I know? They’ve already filmed the final episodes. Here’s some more clues to get you ready for the new season.

Season 6 ended at Thanksgiving 1968, closing out the emotional low point of the 1960s and heralding the end of cultural radicalism with Richard Nixon’s elections. Given that this show began with the new decade, it seems unlikely that Weiner will jump straight into 1970, though Mad Men has had 15-month time gaps between seasons in the past. Slate cites Stan Rizzo’s Midnight Cowboy-style jacket as further evidence that the action will take place in 1969, though we don’t quite buy Forrest Wickman’s theory that the pot-smoking creative type will turn gigolo.

There are more clues as to what we’re in store for at Flavorwire. Learn what we know so far, the rest we’ll find out when the new season starts this Sunday.



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Disney Princess Batman

"I am elegance. I am the evening. I am Batman!"

You may criticize the new Batsuit. But it is a definite improvement over the nipple armor in the movie Batman & Robin. Let us be content with that.

Batman is clearly embracing the Jayne Cobb hat argument. A superhero who feels comfortable going out in a ballgown has confidence. That's a man who's not afraid of anything.

Neither is cosplayer Elpeluka Sabe, who donned this outfit for Decade Three Pictures.

-via Fashionably Geek



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RIP Archie

The comic series Life With Archie will end soon, with Archie Andrews dying in issue #36, and issue #37 will be the last. Although the details are under wraps, Archie will sacrifice his life "for a dear friend." 

“We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched Life With Archie five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater in a press release. “Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. It’s the biggest story we’ve ever done, and we’re supremely proud of it.”

However, that’s just the series Life With Archie, which follows the Riverdale gang as they age into adults. The regular Archie Comics series, in which the characters are still teenagers, will continue as usual. To say goodbye to the adult Archie Andrews in style, issues #36 and #37 (which takes place a year after Archie’s death) will be released in multiple formats with many variant covers by acclaimed artists. You can see a roundup of some of those covers at Comics Alliance. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Cliff Chiang)



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Mario Is Destroying My House!

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It will probably come as no surprise that the moustachioed plumber Mario, who is known for busting blocks, kicking turtles and dramatically altering his DNA with drugs, is not fully housebroken.

He’s used to hanging around in the sewer all day and hasn't spent much time indoors since the princess was kidnapped for the first time, and when filmmaker John Huffnagle invited him in he discovered to his horror “Mario Is Destroying My House!”

John used his skills as a 3d animator and filmmaker to bring Mario’s home wrecking ways to life, and it looks like little Mario now owes Mr. Huffnagle a few hundred gold coins!

-Via Gizmodo



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All 5,179 Game Of Thrones Deaths In Under Three Minutes

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Game of Thrones is back and bloody as ever, but we’re not here to post spoilers. Instead we’re going to take a look back at all the bloodshed, mayhem, murder and deadly deception from the last three seasons courtesy of this supercut from Digg that shows all 5,179 on-screen deaths from Game of Thrones in under three minutes.

That’s like twenty nine deaths per second, how do they manage to find time to build such a compelling storyline with all that head chopping going on?

This video features tons of spoilers if you haven't seen the first three seasons of the show, and a whole cartload of violence which may be considered NSFW

-Via GeekTyrant



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Watch The Failed American Remake Of The IT Crowd

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Seven years ago NBC created a pilot for the American TV version of The IT Crowd, the hit British comedy produced by C4 that taught us the internet is a little black box and most computer problems can be solved by turning it off and on again.

They tried to make it work, casting Joel McHale in a lead role alongside hilarious star of the original series Richard Ayoade, but their remake proved that some shows just shouldn’t be remade, some shows are perfect just the way they are.

The worst thing about the remake is the fact that they tried to match the original show shot for shot, as you can see in the side-by-side comparison video, and the American show is missing a few more key components- namely Matt Berry, Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson and Noel Fielding, in other words virtually the entire cast of the original show! Richard Ayoade is an amazing comedy talent, but even he can't carry a show like The IT Crowd all by himself.

-Via Nerd Approved



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This Millennium Falcon Car Is Vintage 1970s

(Photo: the official Star Wars Flickr feed)

You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought.

Before you object to the builders' choice of vehicle, remember that the series takes place not in the future, but "a long time ago." Bill Deacon built this interstellar transport out of a 1974 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic. It's shown here at Star Wars Celebration IV in 2007.

See that cockpit mounted on passenger-side mirror? It has little action figures of Han Solo and Chewbacca insideOther photos show this car with a TIE fighter hood ornament. I like that, but it's likely to get you pulled over by Imperial forces.

-via Geek Art Gallery



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Disney Princesses Playing Dungeons & Dragons

It's a large gaming group. But, thankfully, most of them are paying close attention to the action. And Snow White, an experienced Dungeon Master, knows how to keep everyone interested and focused.

Belle, as you might expect, is the resident rules lawyer. Strictly speaking, Snow White should ask everyone to make a perception check at this point. But for the sake of narrative flow, she's dispensing with that formality. Be flexible, Belle.

Alexandra V. Mihai composed this fun image of the Disney princesses playing the best game ever invented.

-via Nerd Approved



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How To Deal With Missing An Episode of TV

Did you watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones last night? If you had to go fetch your child from Grandma’s, or fell asleep, or for some reason missed it, you may have a hard time avoiding spoilers online. What to do? The obvious answer is to  stop everything and watch the quickest replay available (I don’t know how HBO does that), but Dorkly has made a game out of the situation. The comic today follows a “Choose Your Own Adventure” format, in that you can explore your options. This being Dorkly, none of them work out as well as you hope. Choose wisely.



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Animators Collaborate To Create Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam

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When animators work together they draw together, and when studio employees are working on a project they usually spend their free moments drawing fun stuff, perhaps even getting together and creating an animated short for their own amusement.

Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam is an animated short put together by Jeff Chiba Stearns that's built upon the idea of artistic collaboration:

Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam is an innovative and global approach to animation filmmaking and unites animators from coast to coast, from Vancouver to Halifax and all parts in between, to self reflect on one day of their lives using only 4×6 inch yellow sticky notes, a black pen and animation meditation. Each of the animators created their sequence without knowing what the other participants were creating.

Starting with a ‘to do’ list written on the day of a memorable event, the animators transitioned from text to imagery by utilizing ‘animation meditation’ to create a visually animated poem representing how their lives were affected by that pivotal day. In the end, the thousands of sticky note drawings are linked together to create a dynamic and inspirational animated film that connects the human spirit while celebrating individual artistic expression with the goal of inspiring future generations of animators.

-Via Cartoon Brew



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