What is J.J. Abrams going to do with Episode VII of Star Wars? Given the success of his rebooting of the Star Trek franchise, these cookies illustrate a likely option. Sarah Trefney made these cookies mashing up the two franchises. Darth Vader is now a Klingon, Princess Leia Uhura works the comm station and Chewbacca is a tribble. You can view more photos of them at the link.
When we last saw master bladesmith Tony Swatton, he made a fully functional axe modeled after Gimli's from The Lord of the Rings. Most recently, he created a battle-ready version of the bat'leth, a sword from Star Trek. Qapla'! His tempered steel sword is ready to sever Jem'Hadar heads.
At the link, you can watch a video of Mr. Swatton making the sword. Be sure to watch until the end, which shows his assistants attacking targets with the bat'leth.
No, Doctor, I'm not going to lecture you on where to park your TARDIS. You can disregard my advice. But let's make sure that we lock the door when we leave.
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If you could arrange a race between famous science fiction spaceships, who would win? Would it be the Milliennium Falcon, the Jupiter 2, Serenity, the Enterprise, or some other ship? Find out in an online race to destinations light years away at Slate. They also explain the results, according to the canon of each science fiction universe as we know it. Link -via mental_floss
To help new writers on the TV series Star Trek, a 31-page guide was typed up to lay out the rules of the series and ensure continuity of style. It addressed each character's personality, the basic mission of the Enterprise, and the type of stories that work, among other things. Slate has three pages of the guide; the rest are at Harvard’s Houghton Library. Link
The artist Han Jan presents Rainbow Dash as Thor, Spike as the Hulk, Fluttershy as War Machine, Pinkie Pie as Iron Man, Applejack as Captain America, Rarity as Black Widow and Twilight Sparkle as Nick Fury. The last pairing is particularly apt because the black outfit and eye patch match Twilight Sparkle's appearance in the time travel episode "It's about Time."
Does Han Jan's style look familiar? We've previously featured his array of Gundam ponies.
Storm Neon Candy Trooper by DarkChoocoolat
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Why did Caleb Kraft build a massive version of the predatory plant from the Super Mario Bros. franchise? Because he could. A better question: why aren't we all building our own?
Kraft's plant has both indoor and outdoor variants. The outdoor version uses compressed air to shoot powdered creamer 6-10 feet into the air, then ignites the creamer. Obviously he wouldn't want to do that indoors. That's why he also has an indoor version that uses butane to shoot flames about 2-3 feet into the air.
You can watch a video of it in action at the link.
"He was twitching because he's got my axe embedded in his nervous system!" But if you have only a mass-produced reproduction of Gimli's axe, you probably won't have as high a kill count as the dwarven hero.
Tony Swatton, fortunately, is a master blacksmith and armorer. He forged a detailed, functional replica of Gimli's axe out of 148 layers of steel. Watch how he did it at the link.
Like many people, I watched Star Trek: TNG for years and never noticed how Riker sits down. And stands up. Jonathan Frakes is a tall guy with long legs, and was compelled to wear a jumpsuit uniform, so this might have been the easiest way he found to deal with chairs. Or it could be totally for style. But why did it take so long for anyone to notice? -via Metafilter
To celebrate Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios this year, Etckt made a periodic table featuring the characters from Star Wars! Of course, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are the most elemental characters, with Grand Moff Tarkin up there, too, for some reason. You can recognize some characters by their initials and standing, or see the full-size version at the link to read them.
The allegiances of the characters are categorized, and their order of appearance and movies are numbered in each cell, although in the Arabesh language. Read more about how the chart is put together at Etckt. Link -Thanks, Matthew!
For a long time, I've suspected that much of the footage of the Battle of Hoth was digitally altered. Now physicist Rhett Allain gives me reason to have those doubts. He's crunched the numbers and determined that the AT-AT that Luke Skywalker allegedly destroyed was actually a model. How can Prof. Allain be sure? Because a real AT-AT would have taken longer to fall over:
According to this, how tall would the center of mass have to be in order to just take 3.5 seconds to fall over? It would just be about 9 meters tall. So, here are my options.
- The gravitational field on Hoth is not like Earth. I crunched the numbers (re-ran the calculation) and you would need g to be about twice the value of Earth’s in order to get a tip over time of 3.5 seconds (starting from 5 degrees). However, this would not agree with the falling Luke.
- The center of mass of the AT-AT is not where you think it is. This could be the case if the legs were super massive. Why would they be so massive? Who knows? (well, maybe George Lucas would know)
- The AT-AT is not 22.5 meters tall but instead like half that height. Of course, this wouldn’t agree with Luke’s fall time.
- The AT-AT didn’t actually tip over. Instead, it was an inside sabotage job by some disgruntled Storm Troopers. Wait, this wouldn’t explain the fall time.
So, you see there are some problems with this scene. I guess the only reasonable thing to do is to make a new version of The Empire Strikes Back. In this new version, the AT-AT would take another second to fall over. Sure, this might be a lot of work to redo the whole movie for just one scene – but think of all the new Star Wars Blu-ray sales.
The secrets are emerging.
(Images: Lucasfilm, Rhett Allain)
The 1:1 scale shuttlecraft prop from the original Star Trek somehow survived the decades that passed since the end of the show. Last year, it sold at auction. The new owners, Adam Schneider and Alec Peters, took the prop to professional boat restorers and asked them to make the old girl spaceworthy again. Space.com interviewed them about their efforts. Mr. Schneider wrote:
It's probably taken 2,000 man hours of work. It's a world-class restoration at a world-class shop. This is not me because I have no skills as an amateur doing work. This is a fabulous facility [Master Shipwrights in New Jersey].
Not only is it going to be cosmetically good, but from a structural point of view, from a quality of finish point of view, from a quality of wood point of view, and from an ability to move it safely without damaging it. It has never been in better shape.
Did you watch Iron Man 3 last night? Judging from the crowd in the theater parking lot, a ton of people did. Even if you didn't, you'll enjoy this remix from Mike Relm with clips from the films rhythmically mixed with the song. He used only widely available clips from Iron Man 3, so there are no spoilers. -via Viral Viral Videos
There's a definite problem with a religion cooked up by one guy trying to sell movie tickets. Imagine you've converted to the Jedi religion on the faith inherent in the Star Wars original trilogy, just to have that faith yanked out from under you in the prequels. The cognitive dissonance is real test of faith -or something like that. May the fourth be with you. Link -via Tastefully Offensive