TiVo Mega: For Those Who Need 26,000 Hours of Entertainment

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Television has evolved a long way in the last decade. From the content of what we watch, to the way we watch it. One of the things that has changed the way we watch TV is TiVo. You need to remember, TiVo was allowing us to record TV long before that was common. Now you can pre-record most shows on most cable companies, but that has much to do with the fact that these pioneers kicked that movement off first. Well, looks like they are ready to go all 2.0 up in here.

In a recent press release, Tivo announced its newest DVR and just what it is capable of. How does 26,000 hours of recorded TV sound? Apparently, Tivo think you will be into it. They even (aptly) named it Tivo Mega. Just a few of the things TiVo Mega will offer are:

  • Storage: 24 Terabyte RAID 5 HDD
  • Six tuners
  • Streaming live and recorded TV to smartphones and tablets anywhere: Built-in stream transcoding
  • Multi-room: Whole home capable
  • 26,000 hours of SD recording space, approximately 4,000 hours of HD recording space
  • Content navigation:
    • Universal search across cable, video-on-demand and web apps including Netflix and YouTube
    • "What to Watch" provides a personalized dashboard with recommendations for what's on now, next and tonight
    • Collections offers editorial collections based on current events or categories including new fall TV, Shark Week, Holiday, Emmy or Oscar winners, etc.
    • Channel guide with filters to enable users to get to what they want as quickly as possible
  • Free application for smartphones and tablets: manage your DVR with your phone or tablet through remote Season Pass® management, a recording scheduler that allows you to add or remove recordings and enhanced WishList® management
  • Remote: TiVo Slide Pro Remote included, Full QWERTY-format slide out keyboard makes text entry fast and easy and RF signal for maximum power removes line-of-sight requirements
  • Networking: Ethernet and MoCA
  • Hardware configuration: Hot user-swappable drives, offering protection from data loss

It is an undeniably powerful and impressive system, but I just cannot see anyone who would ever need to capture that much TV. Essentially, that system seems to imply the constant recording of all shows, ever. If that's your thing, Tivo Mega will drop in 2015 to the tune of about five thousand dollars. Better start saving now, you TV lovers.

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Gaming Then and Now




Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman from Dorkly bring us this amusing take on past and present-day gaming. They even throw a little "future" in at the end. The only thing that essentially hasnt changed is the awkward motion control. The area has expanded, but that doesn't make it any less awkward. Via Geeks are Sexy.



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Chip 'N Dale Get The Scientifically Accurate Treatment

Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers was, like pretty much all Disney cartoons, full of anthropomorphic animal characters doing non-animal things, and that’s why the show was so adorable.

Even the thought of chipmunks and mice rescuing critters in danger makes me wanna squee, but if Disney had used realistic chipmunks in their afternoon cartoon show it would have earned a mature rating. 

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Animation Domination HD is back to ruin shed new light on more of our childhood faves with Scientifically Accurate Chip And Dale's Rescue Rangers, and once you watch you'll never be able to look at Chip 'N Dale the same way ever again!

(NSFW due to language and content)

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Teens React to: Nintendo NES System

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In a video that makes me want to get on Ebay and look for a Nintendo NES, the Fine Brothers have these teenagers try to load, power up and play the "old school" console. As you can imagine, they are struck by any number of perceived oddities about the old setup. At least one girl recognizes the controller. "Wait--that's the remote controller?! I have an iPhone case like this!" she exclaims. 



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Darmok and Jalad at the Mushroom Kingdom

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"Darmok" is an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It has a truly original and innovative story and is, consequently, among the most popular episodes in the series.

In "Darmok," the crew of the Enterprise makes first contact with a species known as the Tamarians. They discover that the Tamarians speak a language that is untranslatable. When the Tamarians speak, the computer translators render their words as references to unknown people and places, such as:

  • Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.
  • Temba, his arms wide. 
  • Shaka, when the walls fell.
  • The river Temarc in winter.
  • Mirab, his sails unfurled.

These phrases are references to Tamarian literature, lore, and history. To express thoughts, Tamarians refer to a vast cultural repository of narratives.

Which brings us to this funny hashtag going around Twitter:#nintendarmok. It shows Tamarian references to Nintendo games. Here are a few examples.

-via Richard Eisenbeis



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The Ten Best Batman: The Brave and the Bold Episodes

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I am sorry to say this, but someone has to. Batman: The Brave and the Bold was an awesome show. It stripped all the grittiness away from the most recent versions of the caped crusader and brought back his golden age sensibilities (and many of his golden age enemies). Problem was, kids didn't know who anyone was and why it is was so cheesy at times, and adults didn't know it existed. So, like many good things, it got canceled.

The good news is, over time, people have realized just how hilarious and fun this show was, and it is developing a rather prestigious cult following as a result. A great place to jump on-board for this show would be this list over at Topless Robot that talks about the top ten episodes of that awesome show. Just to prove how dark it was at times, despite the visuals:

Many people wrongly believed B:BatB was pandering to kids, but this dark, vengeance-fueled episode clears up any such misconception. The story revolves around Batman hunting down his parents' killer, Joe Chill, while being supernaturally observed by the Spectre and the Phantom Stranger.

So though the visuals and characters may have thrown some people off, a couple hours with the show revealed just how great it was. If you have never seen this show and are a fan of the bat, do yourself a favor and read the list then go look up the show. Yes, it was THAT good.



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Teller From Penn and Teller Reveals Some of His Magic Secrets

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There are usually two schools when it comes to magic. People who hate it, and people who enjoy it. There rarely seems to be anyone who is in the middle of that. But even for the most jaded non-magic fans, there has to be a certain allure to Penn and Teller and just how they satirize exactly what they do so well. The thing is, we are all used to hearing Penn do the talking, and Teller be the silent one (please note the irony in names). Well, The Smithsonian has an amazing article about magic written by Teller himself, in his own words.

While the article itself may be a few years old, safe to say most missed out on this little gem of an article written by one of magic's better halfs (so well known for never saying a word). It is nice to read some of his idealogies on magic and finally get some insight into how the quiet half of Penn and Teller thinks.

Heck, I'd even recommend those not into magic check the piece out. It just might give you a new apprecation for just what these guys do. They are the anti-magic magicians. That pretty much makes them the most punk rock magicians who ever existed.



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Star Wars: The Jedi Doth Return by William Shakespeare

And gentlemen on Coruscant now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here. Therefore do not miss the conclusion to William Shakespeare's magnum opus, Star Wars. His third play in the series, The Jedi Doth Return, is now available from Quirk Books.

We have previously seen the Bard's first two plays: Verily, A New Hope and The Empire Striketh Back. Now in this thrilling conclusion inscribed by Ian Doescher, Lord Vader and Master Luke engage in one last battle. You haven't lived until you've read Elizabethan Ewokese.


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Here is the trailer for the play, which includes selections from a stage production of it.

-via Blame It on the Voices



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Drums West- A Rediscovered Paper Cutout Animated Short By Jim Henson

Jim Henson experimented with many different modes of artistic expression during his far too brief life, and even though he’s best known for his amazing puppetry he was also quite the accomplished 2D animator.

Henson’s animated shorts were often created in order to explore new techniques, mediums or, in the case of this rediscovered paper cutout short from 1961, a way to bring the rhythms of jazz to life. 

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Jim and frequent collaborator Jerry Juhl used hundreds of pieces of construction paper to bring Chico Hamilton's snazzy solo Drums West to life, creating a kaleidoscopic visualization of jazz rhythm that'll put you in a trance.

This colorful short was rediscovered in 2013 by The Jim Henson Company, who added behind-the-scenes footage to show all the hard work that went into this deceptively simple paper cutout short before they re-shared it with the world.

-Via Boing Boing



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Ridiculous Beliefs of the World's Most Acclaimed Thinkers

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Sometimes we look back in history (especially the history of philosophy and such) and we give the people who helped form the movement a little too much credit. We forget that, in between all their critical and existential thinking that was spot-on, they had some setbacks, too.

On RealityCarnival today I found a piece about some ridiculous beliefs of the world's most acclaimed thinkers, and it really blew my mind (Reality Carnival is a great site to go to when you need your mind blown).

For example, did you know that Pythagoras thought beans were made from people and should NEVER be eaten? Yes, he actually thought that, among all his briliant musings. That, my friends, is just one glorious example. It only gets wackier from there.

Ridiculous Beliefs of the World's Most Acclaimed Thinkers

So the next time you find yourself wondering if you can ccross breed a dog with a robot, and then you think to yourself that is a stupid thought, just remember: there were people far more intelligent than you or I thinking far stupider stuff.

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Marvel Releases Special Comic Book Covers To Support Anti-Bullying Month

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October is anti-bullying month. Though every single month of the year needs to be anti-bullying month, October is a great start. One of the companies that is taking October and the idea of anti-bullying one step further is Marvel comics. They know they speak to a huge demographic of kids who are picked on or who can relate to being picked on. For that reason, Marvel has a slew of really powerful variant covers they are realsing with some major titles next month to show just how much of in impact bullying can have.

Marvel is working with StompOutBullying to help make this all happens, and it seems a wonderful move fo the mega comic company to make. The above picture tells an epic story using only visuals and is something that most of us, at one time or another, can relate to.

Some other comics to look out for that have special covers in October are:

Rocket Racoon

Captain America

Guardians of the Galaxy

Captain Starlord

Kinda cool to see they are using the popularity of Guardians of the Galaxy and using it for good. Very powerful stuff that will hopefully help open eyes to the epidemic of bullying in the country (and world).

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Marvel Superheroes Get Hello Kitty Makeovers

The recent news that Hello Kitty might not be a cat after all shook the world’s Sanrio fans to their very core, and nowhere was this news felt more than in the Marvel Universe.

It seems that kitty girl has a lot of fans in comic book land, and as a show of support they added some Hello Kitty flair to their signature super costumes.

Okay, I admit these images aren't a sneak peek at Marvel's 2015 Spring Collection, they're the work of Photoshop warriors/Tumblr ninjas Dreamstore, Leeeeeeeeeegooooooooolaaaaaaaaas (no, that's not a typing error), and Nerdwegian.

These yucksters thought it would be a good idea to add some Hello Kitty color to the Avenger's superheroic outfits, but they won't be laughing when a certain giant, green Hello Kitty fan shows up to smash those smiles off their faces!

-Via Laughing Squid



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Pixar Reveals New Volcano Character from Their New Short, Lava

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Pixar does something to the soul. Something magical. We all walk away from most Pixar films filled with a genuine sense of joy. Their next movie, Inside Out will probably affect us all that way, too. But like with most Pixar films, they also have a short film set to play before Inside Out called Lava. As you can see from its main character above, this is Pixar at its typical finest.

His name is Uku, and he will be the main character for the new short, Lava, and as you can see from the following early footage, he is another Pixar character you just want to embrace. Of course, we don't recommend embracing active volcanoes, but that is your call.

Here, Peep Uku in action and get ready to be even more impressed.

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First they make you fall in love with your toys all over again, then they make you fall in love with a trash compactor robot, and THEN they make you fall in love with an ornery old man who lost his wife but wont give up on her dream. Now, they have us loving a volcano. See, Pixar does something to the soul. Something magical. Every single time.

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Pepper the Robot To Be Taking Over America (Literally) Next Year

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We knew it was going to happen.  The Robopocalypse. Our inevitable downfall at the hands of the machines WE build. We also figured it would be sometimes in the 2000's (because that just makes it feel even more dystopian), but the above robot you see, named Pepper, will be available for purchase in the U.S starting next year. That means, if science fiction is right, as well as my own shoddy calculations, this gives us three years until the streets are filled with self-aware Pepper's, taking out humans left-and-right.

Okay, okay, present fears aside, I guess Pepper the robot is actually pretty cool. Created by Masayoshi Son and SoftBank. These robots will dance, makes jokes, and do its best to guesstimate human emotion based on the expression it "reads" the wearer making. 

All I can say is I hope it learns the face of abject fear and knows that is a good time to stop dancing. The end is nigh, people, and it looks like a pretty cute robot.

Reminds me of this one, though. No thanks. No Peppers for me.

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Game of Thrones, Saul Bass-style

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If the HBO series Game of Thrones had been on TV fifty years ago, the opening sequence could well have been designed by Saul Bass. Also, there would be no nudity, no profanity, and very little blood. German designer Milan Vuckovic took that idea and ran with it, designing an opening Saul Bass-style sequence with ‘60s style music, and forgetting the rest of the show. Groovy. -via Laughing Squid



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The Reality Behind The Beats By Dre Headphones

I don't know if you know, but those super expensive Beats by Dre headphones that you see everyone wearing? Well, um, they are not so great. You know what they are great at? Trying to point out to people you have no problem shelling out two hundred dollars or more for headphones that offer the same quality as ten dollar headphones, just so you can get the social status that goes along with donning a pair of them. Well, never before have I heard the whole "Beats by Dre" thing explained as perfectly as it is explained here. Please send this video to your friends who wear these things everywhere they go like some sort of crown. It will bring them back to reality a bit.

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The creator of this piece, Marques Brownlee has a bunch of stuff on his YouTube page worth checking out. But mainly, revel in the fact that this dude had the stones to come out and say what so many people have been thinking about these Beat by Dre headphones for years now. I see people wearing them to the grocery store and want to slap them off their heads. This proves the majority would clap if I did (but I wont).

Wimp



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How Batista From Guardians of the Galaxy Inspired an Autistic Child

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Sometimes, the web is full of irreverence and silliness, which can be a good thing. But sometimes, in some far flung corner of the interwebz, you will find a story that feeds your soul a bit. For me today, this was that story. Essentially, a girl who has a brother who is borderline Autistic went to see Gaurdians of the Galaxy. For those who don't know, the Drax character cannot understand metaphors or sarcasm and seems to take everything literally. The girl noticed her little brother instantly relating to Drax as he never had with an on-screen character before:

I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture.

So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.

You can click the link below the read the full story, and I suggest you do. Pretty sure this might be the best thing that has ever come out of a summer movie with a talking racoon (no insult to this fun and enjoyable film, but who knew it could have such an important impact?).

Well played. A superhero who can make a kid who feels ostracized feel normal? Now that, to me, defines superhero.

MerryWeatherBlue



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Battleship Yamato Model Made with Wine Bottles and Corks

Twitter user @belcorno is perhaps best known for his work as a latte artist. We've previously featured his colorful work in that medium. But over the summer, he embarked on a new artistic journey by creating this model of the World War II-era warship Yamato--the largest battleship ever built--using bottles, corks, kite strings, and toothpicks.

The Yamato is the central figure in a long-running anime franchise called Space Battleship Yamato. In it, the sunken warship is converted into a spaceship and sent into battle against alien invaders.

But because of the cables that @belcorno places between the bow, the stern, and the mast, I suspect that his work specifically refers to the real-life seagoing vessel.



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The Best Cosplay from Dragon Con 2014


Iron Totoro and Hawkeye


A Total Fangirl


The Littlest Nightcrawler

Amy Ratcliffe of Adafruit is at Dragon Con in Atlanta, where she's snapping photos of some really creative and skilled cosplayers. You can see more photos that she's taken here and here.

I adore the Fangirl outfit. That's a fantastic pun.



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6 Comic Stories In Which Normally Cheerful Heroes Turned Dark

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It can't be easy being a super hero. Generally, as much as we may think their cool, they often have to go through hell to become the heroic person we eventually see them as. Parental deaths and losing loves and children and not being able to save people every single time would have to weigh on someone. Safe to say that these heroes are not sleeping well at night, put it that way. But what about those moments when the superheroes who are normally really cheerful and optimistic finally snap and turn dark? As you can tell from the above pic, it happens.

Topless Robot put together a list of some comic stories where the good guys went a little bezerk and it ends up being a very intereting read. From Spiderman going all Wolverine on someone, to a Green Lantern plot twist that would be more at home on The Wire than in a comic book. It is bleak stuff, but also shows us in a flash (see what I did there?) that not all comics are aimed at kids, and even the good guys snap sometimes.

We mean REALLY snap.

ToplessRobot



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Celebrities Who Look Like Pokemon

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You don't have to like Pokemon and you don't have to like celebrities for the following list to be awesome. That above photo should just about sum up how great this concept is. Seems some crafty thinkers found some great photos of celebs that look just like Pokemon and made an awesome article about it.

It is two great tastes that you think just wouldn't taste that great together, and boy, would you be wrong. I have perused the list many times myself and cannot quite figure out which one is my favorite. The Justin Bieber one is pretty solid, but I might have to go with Tom Cruise. Trust me, just look at it for yourself. You'll see. Lists like this are exactly why the internet exists. Pure gold.

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A Touching Animated Tribute To Studio Ghibli

Fans across the world were saddened by the news that Studio Ghibli would soon be closing their doors and its grand creator Hayao Miyazaki retiring, except now it seems they're just taking a break and Miyazaki may not retire after all.

However, the mere thought of Studio Ghibli closing has inspired artists and animators to pay tribute to the influence Ghibli has had on their artistic lives.

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One of the most heartfelt tributes to Ghibli’s greatness came from an unexpected source- Fox's Animation Domination High-Def, the crazed masterminds behind the Scientifically Accurate series and shows like Golan the Insatiable and Lucas Bros Moving Co

Let ADHD take you on a brief tour of the magical world Studio Ghibli made, and meet all the stars that make Miyazaki's films so great.

-Via Anime News Network



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Most Images in IKEA Catalogs Aren't Photos, They're 3D Renders

It may come as no surprise that 3D renders and digital artwork are being used in place of photos in catalogs and magazines nowadays, because using 3D software to create an interior scene is generally cheaper and easier than setting up an actual photo shoot. 

Companies like IKEA want to ensure the images in their catalogs look just right, without having to put together an entire interior space every time they need a photo, and this convenience has led to IKEA slowly but surely replacing the real photos in their catalogs with 3D renders.

In 2012 IKEA catalogs featured 88% real photos and 12% 3D renders, but now just 2 years later, 75% of the photos in their catalog are created with 3D software, and it's only a matter of time before other catalogs follow in IKEA's digital footsteps.

-Via Kotaku



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Nine Bizarre Games You Can Play Right Now

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Video games have never been bigger business than they are right now. In some cases, even beating the film industry for the amount of money they bring in on the first day, it is clear games are not just for kids anymore. But what about games that are so weird, so strange, so surreal, no one knows what to make of them?

Well, thankfully, Oddee put together a rather impressive list of nine bizarre games (some of which you can play right now, a few of which are board games) that sort of defy all expectation. From a game you cannot win, to a game your computer can't figure out how to beat you at, the list is nothing if not different. There are definitely worse things to do on a Saturday than fart around and play some insane games that make no sense, so have some fun. If you can actually call it that. Some of these are so weird it's hard to tell.

9 Bizarre Games

Oddee



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A Beginner’s Guide to the Star Trek Franchise

For those who wish to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations in pop culture and science fiction, the Star Trek universe can be intimidating. Yes, there are plenty of people who haven’t watched Star Trek for one reason or another, but might if they knew where to start.

Star Trek is more than pop culture; it’s 20th century mythology with its own complicated mythos. “Beam me up” and “live long and prosper” may have invaded the cultural lexicon, but Star Trek is particularly intimidating for the uninitiated. Where to start and what to skip are up for debate even among the most hardcore Trekkies and Trekkers (the fandom can’t even decide on a name for itself). One thing is clear: It all begins with Gene Roddenberry, the visionary who created the original show in the 1960s and presided over the franchise until his death in 1991. The WWII fighter pilot turned TV writer would have turned 93 this August. He’s survived by a franchise that encompasses five live action TV shows, one animated series, and 12 films. Given that Star Trek will celebrate its 50th anniversary in just two short years, this the perfect time for new fans to jump on Roddenberry’s “Wagon Train to the stars.”

The A.V. Club has stepped up to the plate with a guide for Star Trek newbies, which includes a brief history and description of each series and recommends standout episodes to introduce the viewer. There are also recaps of the movies and miscellaneous information to make tackling Star Trek both easy and fun for a beginner. Baby steps. For the established Star Trek fan, it’s a walk down memory lane (or more likely, Memory Alpha), with plenty to argue about, which you’d expect.



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Unused TMNT Concept Art Shows What Alien Turtles Might Have Looked Like

The new Ninja Turtles movie fell kinda flat with many viewers, and fans who loved all things TMNT as a kid simply couldn’t stomach the redesigned look of the turtles, but as it turns out those heroes in a half shell could have looked even more disturbing. 

This rejected pitch artwork for the latest TMNT movie was created by Anthony Francisco, who has done some amazing work on features such as Guardians of the Galaxy and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

His far more extraterrestrial looking Ninja Turtle designs were ultimately rejected in favor of the large nostriled versions that made it onto the big screen, but which version is the best of the worst?

Anthony’s revamped version of the Turtles look a bit too froggy to me, with long legs that would be better for hopping than kicking shell, and a blocky head only an alien turtle mother could love.

-Via Nerd Approved



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Portrait of Captain Picard in Ketchup and Other Condiments

Jennifer Marshall made this fantastic portrait of Captain Jean-Luc Picard by using ketchup, mustard, blue cheese sauce, and hoisin sauce. She writes that "Starfleet needs a better arts budget." Yes, but let's first rebuild the fleet after the losses of the Dominion War.

The shading on the face is just astounding. I wonder how Marshall did it.

-via Geek Crafts



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Game Of Thrones Gets An Old School Video Game Sound Makeover

Despite the various CGI enhancements used during the creation of Game of Thrones the creators tries to stay true to the source material by maintaining the show's classical aesthetic, but sometimes two classic flavors taste kinda strange together.

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Critic and pixel enthusiast Ozzy Man replaced all the sound effects and voices found in clips from season 4 of Game of Thrones with old school video game sounds, creating an 8-bit homage to everyone's favorite fantasy bloodbath.

When asked why he created such a silly video, Ozzy stated simply "This video is for the progression of pure silliness and absurdity on Earth!" Well, that's good enough for me!

-Via Laughing Squid



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Celebrities Get Cholafied

Cholas have a unique fashion sense all their own, and even people who don’t really understand their subculture know the basics of their style- eyebrows that look like they were drawn on with a Sharpie, heavy eyelashes, facial tattoos, lined lips with dark colored lipstick.

It’s a very unusual look, kinda like goth meets gangster, and to digital artist Michael Jason Enriquez it’s a style that reminds him of growing up in LA during the 1990s. 

Here's what Michael has to say about this hilarious image series:

It’s a throwback to the Chola gangster style: “Sharpied” eyebrows, dark lipliner, and the fumes from a can of Aqua Net.

It’s a product of LA where subculture, celebrity obsession, street art, and stupidity are rolled up together like one of those bacon wraped hot dogs sold on Hollywood Blvd.

-Via Dangerous Minds



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How Laika Has Integrated 3D Printing Into Stop Motion Animation

Laika is (arguably) the most innovative animation studio in the world, and not just because they’re one of the only companies that specialize in stop motion feature filmmaking.

They’ve come up with cutting edge ways to seamlessly integrate CGI, 3D printing, and other digital techniques, into the stop motion workflow during the making of their upcoming film The Boxtrolls.

Stop motion animation often involves sculpting, molding and casting hundreds of different faces for each puppet actor, part of a process known as replacement animation, but Laika now uses a five color 3D printer to create these faces, which helps streamline the process quite a bit.

The purists at Laika have managed to integrate this cutting edge technology into their workflow without sacrificing any of the traditional stop motion aesthetic that makes their films so enjoyable to watch, and their innovative hybrid techniques are sure to become the industry norm.

Read more about Laika's cutting edge stop motion animation techniques over at Cartoon Brew



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