And that is why we don’t play role-playing games with Billy anymore. If he can’t emotionally handle a simple dungeon crawl, he can’t play with us.
The Sixties will always be known as an extremely exciting and interesting era, and with all the interesting and exciting things going on in the world kid's TV shows tried to keep things interesting as well.
Some shows played on the world's obsession with space, others embraced psychedelia and rock music to keep things thoroughly mod, but above all kid's TV shows were stranger in the 60s than they'd ever been before!
(This list is far from comprehensive, so please feel free to tell me about any shows from the 60s that I left out and I'll include them in a follow-up article.)
1. Space Angel (1962-64)-
Space Angel centers around Captain Scott McCloud and his crew, who are agents working for the Interplanetary Space Force aboard the spaceship Starduster.
They battle extraterrestrial enemies such as the Anthenians and the Evil Queen Of Space, and with a little help from McCloud's alter ego Space Angel they're able to defend Earth one static panel at a time.
Compositing video footage of a talking human mouth over traditional animation is a practice that is seen as silly and hoaky to this day, but adding talking mouth footage to illustrations by legendary comic book artist Alex Toth- now that's just plain criminal!
2. Clangers (1969-74)-
Awww, look at the cute little extraterrestrial sock critters! The Clangers are a family of mousey aliens who live on, and inside, a faraway planet. They're called clangers because of the clanging sound made by the trash can lids that cover their burrows, which help protect them from meteor strikes.
They eat Blue String Pudding and soup provided by the Soup Dragon, encounter strange flora and fauna on the planet's surface, and solve problems while under the protection of their dad, Major Clanger. They're cute and, like, totally far out, and if you watch one episode you're sure to fall in love! -Thanks Skipweasel!
The Game of Thrones character Jon Snow may have his life and all his body parts (so far in the series), but horrible things happen to him anyway. They all add to his melancholy, which should make his character totally depressing if Kit Harrington weren’t so cute behind all that sorrow. Ygritte was famous for saying, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” And that phrase pretty much explains everything that happens to the character, and has become a catchphrase among Game of Thrones fans.
Hinge Digital has produced a series of short animated vignettes about the subjects Jon Snow knows nothing about: Wargs, Wights, the Wall, Giants, and Romance. -via The Mary Sue
You have to be a true fan to complain about Star Trek being interrupted to show the moon landing -live! This week’s mental_floss List Show looks at stories from different fandoms, from the world of Jane Austen’s fiction to the TV shows of the 21st century. These fans gained a lot of power when the internet allowed them to come together in numbers, and they aren't afraid to use that power. Is your favorite group of fans represented here?
There are Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology and while their stories are pretty darn fascinating, I can't help but want to hear some of the amazing myths about the eight Avenger immortals painted by Chinese Illustrator and Weibo user Xia-a.
The choice of which Avenger fills the role of which Immortal isn't just random. For example, He Xiangu is Black Widow, which is appropriate because "He Xiangu is the only female among the Eight Immortals, as Black Widow is among the Avengers. She is often seen with lotus flowers.”
Via Nerd Approved
Professional cosplay photographer David Ngo attended WonderCon in Anaheim, California last weekend. He found master cosplayer Jessica: Maid of Might as Ariel from The Little Mermaid wearing Princess Leia’s iconic slave outfit from Return of the Jedi.
You can see more of Ngo’s WonderCon pictures here.
This man sports an impressive full-back tattoo that shows Star Wars characters in a style reminiscent of a Japan from long ago. Darth Vader battles Luke Skywalker in what appears to be their climactic duel at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. Princess Leia appears to be reading plans for the Death Star while R2-D2 looks on.
Characters from other shows appear, as well. Ignigokt and Err from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and a sandworm from Dune are on the right arm.
-via Geek Art Gallery
If you're scared of snakes then you certainly wouldn't be a big fan of the Titanoboa -the largest snake in history. This creepy critter stretched out 40 feet in length and weighed up to 2,500 pounds. The Titanoboa appeared right as the dinosaurs started to disappear, which left it a great niche to fill as a top predator. I've heard rumors of man-eating snakes, but all of those have proven to be fictional -on the other hand, this guy could easily munch down on a man.
Read about other terrifying prehistoric creatures over at All That Is Interesting
The Avengers will be back in the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron premiering on April 13, then going nationwide May first. To get you ready, Cinefix brings us some trivia about the group of superheroes and the movie franchise they inhabit.
You’ll look at certain scenes differently from now on once you know the secrets behind them. -via Tastefully Offensive
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences is presenting a series of videos called Academy Originals with some Hollywood stories.
In this video, Special Effects Supervisor George Gibbs tells the story of that bridge scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. They could only do it once, so it had to be perfect. Well, I guess they could have redone it if they had to, but that would add days and dollars to the film shoot. Oh, and in case you're wondering, a Bailey bridge is a temporary bridge. I knew that, because when the bridge in my hometown collapsed around 1970, a Bailey bridge was the only way through for a good ten years. -via the A.V. Club
This weekend, professional cosplay photographer David Ngo attended WonderCon, a fan convention in Anaheim, California. He took shots of great costumes worn by visitors, including this one that shows Adventure Time's Princess Bubblegum as Princess Leia and Marceline as Han Solo. At the end of every day, he uploads his best photos onto his website. You can view more top-notch cosplay from WonderCon here.
To honor the late actor Leonard Nimoy, Andrea Nyilas made this wooden table. Nyilas is skilled in marquetry, which is the art of using wood inlay in surfaces to create images and patterns. For this piece, Nyilas used walnut, maple, ash, chestnut, and root. You can see process photos at her Hungarian-language blog (translation).
The interaction of elements is a fascinating field as they make up the building blocks of life, but unless you're a chemist, you might not remember how certain elements react to one another. Fortunately for you, this delightful video by the European Commission European Research Area is here to illustrate these interactions.
If you ever considered that the battle for the Iron Throne on the TV show Game of Thrones resembled a game of musical chairs, you aren’t the only one. That’s how the folks at Sesame Street interpret it, and that game is what happens in their latest parody video. Grover Bluejoy is tasked with running the game, and a Muppet that resembles Ned Stark with a slight Scottish accent plays the master of ceremonies. Notice the thrones are made of sports equipment, including one made of irons.
Who will survive this cutthroat game? Who will ultimately reign on the Iron Throne? -via Uproxx
You know Iain Heath as Ochre Jelly, the LEGO artist who brings us brick versions of celebrities and internet memes. But Heath is branching out into the world of video and cosplay. He picked a big project for this one! Heath recreated the robot TARS from the movie Interstellar. And not just as a sculpture, but as a walking replica that can be used as a costume.
TARS was unveiled at Emerald City Comic Con in March 2015, where it interacted with the public and even won Heath the "One To Watch" award at the convention's annual costume contest.
Requiring over 100 man hours to construct, the replica weighs 40 lbs (a mere fifth of the one in the movie) and uses two iPads to recreate TARS' computer readouts. To allow the operator to interact with their surroundings, the aluminum-clad wooden frame includes a camera, LCD screen, audio amplifier, and head set.
As you can see, the folks at Emerald City enjoyed interacting with TARS. Heath plans to take it to several more conventions this year, so keep your eye out for it! -Thanks, Iain!
She's not as invulnerable as Superman, but small arms fire can't hurt her a bit. It just . . . nudges her. A little bit. Enough to be noticeable. And enough to annoy her.
Photoshop artist Kerry Callen rewrites classic comic books to show funny scenes. In the past, he's created animated .gifs of famous covers, depicted Batman as a hoarder, and shown what Superman is trying to do in his first appearance.
The Millennium Falcon is one of the most iconic starships in the history of science fiction, and both its overall look and the role it played in the original trilogy’s storyline influenced the role starships played in many sci-fi movies to come.
Han’s iconic smuggler ship has been commemorated and brought to life as toys, model kits, beds, cake molds, and countless DIY projects, and even though it’s not as shiny as other sci-fi ships it’s definitely an integral part of the Star Wars universe.
This detailed graphic lays out all the ways the Millennium Falcon played in to the original trilogy (and its brief appearance in Episode III), and even if you already know
If you've been thinking about going on a cruise but have been waiting until you found one that was best suited to your geeky interests, then I have good news for you -you now have two different nerdtastic options. Option #1 is this year's Comic Con At Sea, which will be taking place in June. This floating convention will offer guests from Star Trek, Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Justified and more as it arrives to an array of famous European destinations including Rome, Barcelona and Naples.
For those who prefer their travel to have a little more levity, Musician Jonathan Coulton has just announced plans for his sixth annual JoCo Cruise. This Caribbean cruise will depart next February and while most guests have yet to be announced, travelers are promised a bevy of comedic, musical and geeky entertainment -including a 24-hour tabletop gaming room. Via Laughing Squid
So my nerdy travellers, which one would you prefer to board?
For most people prank calling means ordering a pizza for an unsuspecting neighbor or calling a bar and asking for Amanda Hugginkiss, but for one little Minecraft obsessed prankster crank calls simply aren't enough.
This kid likes doing two things above all- playing Minecraft and swatting his foes, meaning he got SWAT teams to kick in the doors of those he felt had wronged him in real life and in the Minecraft universe.
The thirteen year old, whose name has been withheld due to his age, used phone spoofing software to call in anonymous threats that resulted in SWAT teams being deployed to three different addresses.
The targets were a classmate and teacher from his school in Ventura County, California, and a player he considers his arch-enemy in Minecraft, who lives in Ocean City, New Jersey.
Two questions come to mind after reading this story- how does a Minecraft rivalry become so overblown? and can you really get the SWAT team to show up at somebody's house with a threatening phone call?
Earlier this week I wrote a list of 10 cool ways to decorate your eggs this Easter, but if none of those seemed up your alley, perhaps you're looking for something a little more... heavenly. Well then these eggs from Dream A Little Bigger are sure to help. These beautifully spacy eggs are filled with stars, nebulas and more.
The process is surprisingly simple -though quite messy, and the results are absolutely striking.
Via Laughing Squid
Webster was a family sitcom in the 1980s. It was sentimental fluff, starring tiny precocious actor Emmanuel Lewis, with a seemingly nonstop laugh track. So it was a surprise to hear that an episode of Webster featured an appearance by Lt. Worf of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the episode titled “Webtrek,” Webster is magically transported to the 24th century, to the bridge of the Enterprise where Worf is on duty.
Worf is standing at his usual station, and he calls Webster an “intruder” and asks in a surprisingly laidback tone how he got aboard the ship. Webster blames it on his joystick, and another Starfleet extra takes it away for repair.
Worf recognizes Webster as an “Earthling”, but finds his “style of dress” peculiar. Webster insists that this is what all the cool kids will be wearing in 1990, and Worf tells him, “That was more than 300 years ago. You’re in the 24th Century!”
Over at a side console, another Starfleet officer -- regular stand-in and extra Lorine Mendell -- pulls up an animated scan of Webster rotating around like he’s the Genesis Device, and soon declares him to be “unarmed.” Webster thinks the bridge of the Enterprise is “cool”, and Worf replies, “The temperature on the Enterprise never varies!” Cue laugh track.
The crossover was the final episode of the Webster series, featuring mostly clips from previous episodes as Webster explains to Worf what his life back in 1989 was like. Trekcore takes a look at the strange episode from the viewpoint of a Star Trek fan. Sadly, “Webtrek” is not one of the episodes of Webster available on the ‘net. -via Fashion It So
Tom Hanks would love to star in every movie ever made (including the ones with an all female cast) but he’s just too busy being Tom Hanks to play every single role being written.
Instead, we’ll just have to enjoy an accelerated performance by Tom, and new host of The Late Late Show James Corden, as they reenact every Tom Hanks movie ever made in less than seven minutes.
Once Tom’s done being the big cheese in Hollywood he should consider rebooting Bosom Buddies with James Corden at his side! Too bad Tom’s paycheck alone would bankrupt the network…
What other vehicles should Disney's Pixar unit tackle next? Pedal boats? Zambonis? Street sweeper trucks? Those might work. But since Disney now owns Star Wars, it might as well produce a movie showing living X-wing fighters.
Big Bee Studio produced this parody of Cars showing Rebel Alliance X-wing fighters cracking jokes, singing songs, and, most importantly, destroying the Death Star. Opposing them is a TIE fighter with the voice of Darth Vader.
-via Nerd Approved
Professional wrestlers are paid to play larger-than-life roles that read well no matter how far away from the ring the fans are sitting, and their characters wouldn’t be complete without a signature style of dress.
WWE NXT's Finn Balor is no stranger to playing big roles, and he enjoys sporting "war paint" into the ring to make a big impression on both his opponent and the audience.
He has donned a variety of superheroic looks, from Carnage to the Joker, but when he saw the amazing bodypaintings being created by Emily Anderson he just had to go under the brush.
Imagine coming face to maw with that in the ring!
-Via Super Punch
In the early 1980s, the fairly new Channel 4 in Britain wanted to show music videos like MTV, but they didn’t want to copy the music video channel. Maybe they could come up with something different from the veejays who hosted MTV. Maybe graphics? Maybe a boring guy in a suit? Maybe an artificial intelligence rendered in computer graphics? Ha! It was a ridiculous idea, because in 1985 computer graphics couldn’t render a character. But what a great idea! The fact that it was impossible didn’t stop Max Headroom’s creators. They went ahead with a show called 20 Minutes Into the Future, which became a phenomenon. Max Headroom, the character, was a computer-generated avatar of a television personality who was in coma, glitches and all, but to get that character to TV, the computer graphics were faked by makeup and lighting.
Matt Frewer ACTOR For a time it was... I won't say it was infuriating, but it was frustrating — you wanted to go, "That's me, that's me, it’s not a computer-generated man." But of course they wanted to swear me to secrecy because otherwise anybody could make a computer-generated man if they knew that it was as easy as putting on all this make-up.
John Humphreys PROSTHETICS DESIGNER I have to say, it was being presented as computer graphics, and I had people even say to me, who worked in some big companies in Britain, "Oh, you'll soon be out of a job, look at this, it's all done with computer graphics!"
Peter Litten VISUAL EFFECTS ARTIST It was very galling. It won a BAFTA for graphics, and of course other than a few lines, there weren't any graphics. A few wobbly lines. And they refused to enter us in the make-up [category] because they didn't want anyone to know it was make-up.
I'm trying to remember how long the make-up took. Probably four hours of make-up? When you get into the swing of it, we probably got it down to three hours or so in the end.
By 1987, the show had crossed the pond and was now called Max Headroom. Although American actor Matt Frewer still played the title character as he did for Channel 4, the show was so Americanized that viewers had no clue as to its British roots -although they already knew the character from his ads for Coke and other products. The show was revolutionary, not only in its style, but in that it was quite critical of the television industry. Max Headroom burned bright and quickly, and left a mark on the history of TV. Read a fascinating oral history of the concept and character by its creators and producers, at The Verge. -via Digg
Kids who grew up in the 80s were exposed to a lot of cool flicks, many of which had plots that revolved around kids like us overcoming any obstacle to become the awesome hero they were meant to be.
These movies were inspiring, empowering, and made you feel like kids could conquer the world, but no movie delivered the awesomeness along with the kid power message quite like The Goonies.
It had everything a kid could want- an (almost) all kid cast, adventure and exploration in search of treasure, pirate themed bad guys, and a crazy monster dude that ended up being everybody's friend.
Speaking of Sloth, did you know the guy behind the makeup was a first overall pick in the 1973 NFL draft, and went on to win two Superbowls with the Oakland Raiders? His name is John Matuszak, and he gave a nod to his former team in The Goonies by wearing a Raiders t-shirt in the beginning of the film.
Yes, April Fool's Day is over and you're a jerk if you're still trying to pull any pranks on your friends or co-workers. But it's still not to late to enjoy some of the greatest April Fool's pranks performed by some of the biggest companies on the net.
Quite a few of the pranks revolve around making prouducts for pets, which is pretty typical of the internet. But I still kind of wish Groupon's transportation service that uses feline drivers was a real thing.
That being said, there were far too many "pranks" that seem more like things that will exist in a short period of time -like the KINDLR dating service that will match you based on the books you like or the muscle business shirt above. Perhaps most depressingly is Twitter's selfie stick that promises to auto-post your selfies to Twitter -I think every teen I've seen over the last year would love that.
Fans of The Simpsons are a dedicated bunch, which isn't surprising since many of us grew up watching wacky stuff happen on the mean streets of Springfield. As fans grow up they look for more adult ways to express their love of that colorful cartoon show, and the most popular adult way to show love for The Simpsons is with a totally boss tattoo!
Some feel that sporting a sexy Milhouse tattoo on their calf will totally change their life
And a tattoo of stunt triking Homer will inspire all who see your ink
And if you're a cartoon loving badass you might as well get a killer Sideshow Bob tattoo
All of these amazing Simpsonian tattoos and many, many more can be found at an Instagram account called The Simpsons Tattoo, where the tattoo ink flows like cartoon blood and the collection seems to grow by the day.
-Via Dangerous Minds
Once she was a big star--a hero who saved the world many times and fought alongside other famous heroes, including Superman and Batman. But Wonder Woman grew old and gradually lost her powers. Now she's Retired Wonder Woman, a performer at fan conventions.
Wonder Woman is not in good health. Part of that comes from some bad habits, particularly her chain smoking. She now has to walk with a cane. But she gets along pretty well for her age and is available for hired appearances.
-via Geek x Girls
The nerdy crew at ThinkGeek have an annual April Fool's Day tradition that's both fun and a bit frustrating- they release images of fake products, complete with links to fake product pages in their shop, then laugh like maniacs as fans go crazy for that shiny new product they'll never get to own.
People got wise to their ways and stopped believing in their April Fool's Day product releases, and then they went and changed the game again- by actually producing some of their most popular fake products.
This year ThinkGeek went big and feline friendly with their April Fool's Day product release for 2015- The Voltron Cat Condo:
With a $190 price tag the Voltron Cat Condo isn't going to be one of their best sellers, and frankly looks like a pretty easy DIY project, but the cats look pretty pleased with their epic robo condo!