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...
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.
Stop motion animators employ many different techniques, materials and styles to create the props, backgrounds and characters for their unique three dimensional films.
Some people make latex or silicone puppets for their films, others use paper, found objects, or wet clay to create their piece, but animator and director Mikey Please of Parabella Animation Studio used a rarely utilized material to create his latest short- Styrofoam.
Batman has been battling crime for seventy five years, even though he doesn’t look a day over forty, and along with a long and storied career in crime fighting comes the daunting task of keeping track of every criminal he ever busted.
Batman has the Batcomputer in the Batcave to help him keep it all sorted out, but what about readers who are looking for their own map of Gotham's corrupt and infamous?
Countries around the world make movie posters their own way, using their own native art techniques and imagery that appeals to their own people, and whether the movie is local or imported from LaLaLand every release gets its own custom poster treatment.
Nigerian artists have a very unique style when it comes to creating a painted movie poster, and this style is partly derived from the subject of their paintings- the freaky films being created in Ghana:
Movies like Wondeful Dog, Why Should I and Blood Money look like the African equivalent of Grind House cinema, and they've inspired some wonderfully terrifying movie poster masterpieces which can be found in a gallery created by Imgur user iliketechno.
Oh, and there are a few whacked out versions of Hollywood movie posters in there too:
The internet is full of first person footage these days, whether it’s fun action footage or boring everyday stuff, because everyone loves their GoPro cameras or their Google glasses, and they’re dying to share their video view of the world with the world.
However, that footage is usually way too long, with lots of camera shake and bounce, so even when it’s shortened into a time lapse the footage is really hard to watch.
A new Microsoft Research Project is concerned with creating a solution to those first person footage problems, and they’re about to introduce an app that will allow users to create hyperlapse videos that run at 10x the speed of the original video without all that shake.
You'll be able see the world through someone else's eyes without feeling sick to your stomach, although you still may feel a bit queasy after watching some of those stunt videos...
Nobody knows how old you are when you’re playing a game online, but there are certain things that can tip you off about the age of your opponent- overly cheerful cursing, lack of post-pubescent knowledge and the sound of a mom's voice in the background are all clear signs you're battling a bunch of kiddos.
So how do you properly handle the pimple faced masses online when you're busy growing a beard and having a girlfriend, and other rather grown-up activities?
You act like a grown-up and shove that game aside, for the good of your love life...and your sanity!
With all of the presentations in the Star Trek franchise, it can be a stretch for the more soft-core Trek fans to stay ahead of the game. Neil Cicierega comes to the rescue with this video guide to end Star Trek alien species confusion. Via The Presurfer.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who my wife informs me is "a hottie," is not just a fine actor. He's also an excellent impersonator.
MTV host Josh Horowitz interviewed him at the San Diego Comic-Con. During their conversation, he asked Cumberbatch to give his impressions of Jar Jar Binks, a Star Wars character widely despised by fans, and Gollum, a mutated hobbit from The Lord of the Rings.
Cumberbatch did a great job! He should definitely play either of those roles in future movies. Or, preferably, both in a crossover film.
George Takei, the actor who played Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, loved the episode titled "The Naked Time." In that episode, many Enterprise crew members became mentally unstable. Sulu expressed his madness by stripping off his shirt and running around the ship with a rapier.
The giant green Kaiju known as Godzilla has always had a love-hate relationship with humanity- we love him when other giant monsters attack us and he comes to the rescue, hate him when he stomps our cities into dust, and hate how much we love to watch him on the big screen.
He’s an enduring, yet monstrous, figure in the world of film, and people all over the world have enjoyed watching that rubber behemoth bash his way to becoming king of the monsters over the last six decades.
The ridiculously outdated forces of anti-Dungeons & Dragons righteousness are about to rear their ugly head in the most modern way possible- with a video available to stream via the internet.
The movie is called Dark Dungeons, and it's very appropriately based on Jack Chick’s tract (mini-comic) of the same name, which reveals the link between D&D and witchcraft.
It’s full of ominous messages like “roleplaying games are the perfect gateway to embracing Satan” and (unspoken) "frat guys are starting to host massive rpg parties", and the only real problem with this movie lies with the people who actually take it's message seriously.
Video game characters often look impossibly extreme, with bodybuilder physiques and perfect hair. They are supposedly drawn that way because the players want to be those guys, you know, identify with them. But when does identification and admiration go just a little further than you might be comfortable with? Not that there’s anything wrong with that. After all, female game characters are also a fantasy, but there’s no pretense that they aren’t drawn to be attractive to the game player. The Warp Zone had fun with that idea in this parody of “She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds Of Summer. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Doctor Who is such a beloved character in the world of science fiction that it’s really quite surprising he hasn’t landed his own Hollywood blockbuster yet, and it’s doubly surprising that the entertainment powers-that-be have yet to bring an animated series to the small screen.
Animator Stephen Byrne decided to help the process along by showing the online world what the intro sequence to the animated Doctor Who show might look like, and now every Whovian in the world knows what they've been missing in their lives:
Don't expect Peter Capaldi to look this smiley and happy-go-lucky during the upcoming season of Doctor Who, but the animated versions of fictional characters are always a bit cheerier than their previous incarnations, right?
Pretty much everyone who has read a comic book with Groot in it since the "friendlier version" reappeared in the Marvel Universe in 2006 knew he'd be a fan favorite in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but when you add the fact that his best friend is Rocket Raccoon the appeal is undeniable.
After seeing the film artist Patrick Delahanty wanted to bring home his own dancing baby Groot, so he picked up one of those annoying dancing flower toys and got to work on a custom Groot creation.
I made this using a “Movin’ & Groovin’” flower I got from eBay, cut off the dumb daisy, and covered the stem on felt and twine. My fiancée sculpted the head from Model Magic. We then painted everything with brown and tan paint. He can now dance to Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mix”…or to my own mix.
It's one of the best time travel franchises ever made and a rare gem of a film that people from different age groups and different backgrounds can all appreciate. But even if you can recite all of Doc & Marty's conversations because you've seen it so many times, chances are you still don't know all of these juicy trivia bits.
It Was Set In the Fifties For Simplicity's Sake
The fifties were chosen for the past setting not because writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale had a soft spot for the era, but instead because they were easy. Essentially, the two wanted to make a time travel story that didn't require knowledge of the past to enjoy it. They figured the fifties would be far enough back that it would seem like a different setting, but still allow the main character to connect with people that he knew from his regular life.
It took the writers a while to come up with the perfect time machine. In fact, at one point they thought it would be cool to use a refrigerator that had to be powered by an atomic explosion to return home -until they started worrying that kids would lock themselves into them. Spielberg ended up using this idea as inspiration for Indiana Jones' nuclear safe-guard in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Ultimately, they decided on a DeLorean because the stainless steel construction seemed like a good method for flux dispersal during time displacement. Three DeLoreans were purchased for the original and another three were bought for the sequels. After the film's release, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis received a letter from John DeLorean thanking them for using his car in the movie.
It Was Both Too Tame and Too Controversial
Robert Zemeckis had to hit up quite a few studios while trying to sell the film. Since the biggest comedies at the time were much more raunchy, like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Revenge of the Nerds, a lot of studios turned down the idea because it wasn't risque enough. But then when Zemeckis took his idea to Disney, they rejected the story because they thought it was too scandalous to have a mother fall in love with her son.
It looks like a tiny cafe from the front door, but open up and you'll see an immense spread of artful Whovian decor at the Pandorica, a restaurant in Beacon, New York. It's named after a prison in the Doctor Who universe. Redditor jacquelinesarah describes the day she discovered it:
I spent the day in the quiet little artist town of Beacon, NY and passed a restaurant called "Pandorica" as I walked down the main street. I smiled to myself but didn't think much of it. On the way back, I looked inside and saw the giant mural of the exploding TARDIS. Of course, I then ran in and started talking to the owner (dressed head to toe in TARDIS blue). She took me around the entire restaurant pointing out every tiny detail, from the sunflowers on the tables to the "fish fingers" (aka french toast sticks) and custard on the dessert menu. I told her that I'll be moving to London this autumn (the mecca, really) and she replied that she's actually from there. It made a lot of sense seeing how much British influence is in the food--they do an afternoon tea that looks lovely.
As you can see, the menu is appropriate. It includes Whovian favorites, such as fish sticks with custard and K-9 corn dogs.
This might make you feel old, but Luke Skywalker is all grown up. Mark Hamill posted a picture of himself on Instagram that gives us a small glimpse of what he will look like in Star Wars VII. He’s mentioned before that he was “contractually obligated” to grow his beard out for the movie. His son, who, like everyone else, is not allowed on the set, took the picture. -via The Daily Dot
The fundraising site Kickstarter officially jumped the shark recently when a young hustler raised over 50k to make potato salad for the first time, but there have been many Kickstarter campaigns over the last few years promising a product they can’t guarantee they’ll ever actually finish creating.
The main problem, as this comic by Dorkly’s own Tony Wilson and Andrew Bridgman demonstrates, is that you don’t need a completed project in any way to start raising funds.
Simply tell the online world that you’re going to make this great video game, show some concept art and a few seconds of gameplay footage, add some viral marketing and empty promises and you’ve got the makings of a free money storm ready to make it rain! That is, until your newfound funds get trimmed by the IRS and Kickstarter fees...
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you’ve no doubt already seen the preview trailer for season five, which begins in October. If you haven’t, you can see it here. But why watch the real thing when you can watch a LEGO version? YouTube member kristo499 went the extra mile to make sure this shot-for-shot LEGO trailer has all the fine details and that the characters are totally recognizable, even if they are minifigs. -via Warming Glow
This Gallifreyan love story is brought you to by T.J. and Timmy, who dressed up as the Ninth and Tenth known incarnations of the Doctor. Shaun and Shannon Menary, photographers in Dallas, shot them perfectly costumed in front of a TARDIS that they had built specifically for this purpose.
And, you know, because having a TARDIS is always a good thing.
T.J. and Timmy explain that Doctor Who is a refuge from the stress of their busy lives. Watching it together is an opportunity for them to re-connect:
Between running a business together, living together, and traveling through time and space together… an unhealthy obsession with a TV show is what keeps some sliver of sanity in our lives!
Director James Gunn pushed to incorporate plenty of practical and makeup effects into the production of Guardians of the Galaxy to give the film a classic sci-fi flick look, and now that the film’s out we get to see all the amazing behind-the-scenes work that went into the film.
Makeup effects is an area of production popular with film fans, and there’s plenty of goodness to be found in special effects artist Dave White’s amazing alien makeup designs.
From White’s original interpretation of the Guardians characters Drax and Gamora, to the incredibly detailed character designs created for supporting roles throughout the film, Dave White's fantastic makeup effects are a major part of what made Guardians of the Galaxy such an amazing film.
As a kid growing up in the 80s cartoon heroes didn't come much buffer, bolder, or more exciting than He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
He-Man was a toon descendant of the sword and sorcery fantasy subgenre that made Dungeons & Dragons obsessed kids like me go squee, and in a clever bit of marketing the characters on the screen matched toys available for purchase at your local toy store, sparking many lifelong addictions to toys and action figures.
He-Man isn't all muscles and might, and now thanks to io9's 12 Insane Facts About He-Man and the Masters of the Universe you can discover fun facts like- Skeletor's relationship to He-Man, the geek icons who started their career on Masters, and why Teela is more important than He-Man in the overall storyline.
Maisie Williams is quickly becoming a Game of Thrones cast favorite not only because of her amazing portrayal of Arya Stark on the show, but also because of her amazingly charming personality in real life.
She's a teenager having fun with her friends and her life, a young lady who just happens to be one of the stars of the biggest TV show in the land, but there's one thing missing from her life- exposure to television from the 80s and 90s.
Like many teenagers these days she hasn't been properly introduced to the magic of television that we grown folks grew up with, but thanks to the video series Teens React To... she can now spread the gospel of Saved By The Bell:
The guys from Kraftwerk might not seem like sitcom stars in the making, they’re quirky but they don't emote enough to make it in the TV comedy biz, but this "newly discovered footage" from a Kraftwerkian sitcom called Ralf and Florian shows how bizarre their show could have been.
You need only listen to songs like Showroom Dummies and The Model to know these guys enjoy tongue-in-cheek humor, but this pilot supposedly "discovered" by YouTuber Braces Tower in "a car boot sale in Dusseldorf" makes laughter feel uncomfortable:
Sprockets didn't kickstart a German avant garde sitcom revolution, so this "show" never had a chance to air alongside early 80s shows like Diff'rent Strokes and Silver Spoons, but Braces Tower's imaginative edit will make you want to pull out your Kraftwerk records and have an old school pop-lock dance party!