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The Art Of Motion Capture


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Have you ever wondered how animators go about making your favorite characters in films and video games move in such a realistic manner?

Well, this video should clear things up a bit. It's the second installment in a series called Good Job, and this episode deals with the art of motion capture animation, specifically as it relates to creating the video game character Eddy Gordo from the fighting game series Tekken.

It's as demystifying and informative as it is fun to watch, and it should inspire those budding animators out there to keep reaching for your dream job!

--via Laughing Squid

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Animated Short - Mongrel & The Wrath Of The Ape King


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This awesome animated fantasy is called Mongrel & The Wrath Of The Ape King, and it took creator Morgan King over six months to animate this two and a half minute long short.

He created it mostly as a way to teach himself how to create rotoscope animation, in an old school Ralph Bakshi inspired style, and from the look of this short he's got a handle on the whole process now!

I'm a huge fan of Bakshi, and the Heavy Metal animated movie, and I think Morgan has really tapped into the same vein with this fantastic short.

--via Cartoon Brew

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A View Of London Reflected In Puddles



Now this is an interesting way to see London-reflected on the surface of a puddle, melding with the street  and distorted by ripples in the water.

Photographed by native Londoner Gavin Hammond, these beautiful pics are like glimpses into another dimension, revealed after a rainy day has washed the grime off the streets.

I would love to have prints of these pics framed and hanging on my wall, they are truly breathtaking!

Link  --via Flavorwire

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Space Out On These Trippy GIFs



Do you have a day to spare, staring at your computer screen as GIFs threaten to suck your mind into a space warp? Then you'll love this gallery of 50 tripped out GIFs which are guaranteed to blow your mind.

They might make you feel a bit uncomfortable in your own skin after a while, so keep reminding yoursel-f-they are only animated GIFs, your computer has not been taken over by a digital entity. Or has it?! (cue dramatic music)

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Leveson Inquiry Cakepops



This series of Leveson Inquiry cake pops are the ultimate in baked geekery, created by Miss Insomnia Tulip to commemorate Lord Justice Leveson's investigation into the UK newspaper industry conspiracy.

Hacking in to phone lines? Taking part in an international conspiracy scheme? Let them eat cake!

Link  --via Boing Boing

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Cantaloupe The Kleptomaniac Greyhound


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Meet Cantaloupe, the kleptomaniac Greyhound who can't keep her paws off other people's stuff!

Her thieving antics have been captured on video by her owners, who intend to press charges against this dastardly dog.

Will she do hard time for her crimes, or can a dog named Cantaloupe become reformed and carry on a normal doggy life? Only time will tell...

--via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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Anatomical Diagram Of The Incredible Hulk's Skull



This anatomical diagram by Glendon Mellow attempts to put scientific data behind Bruce Banner's superheroic transformation from man to Hulk.

However, this chart raises further questions, like does Bruce's skull actually transform? And does this new research illustrate that the Incredible Hulk is actually some sort of modern incarnation of Paranthropus robustus?

Link  --via Nerd Approved

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Monkeys + Synthesizers = One Cool Ad


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Leave a synthesizer unguarded around a bunch of monkeys, lemurs, marmosets, suricates, baboons and a sloth and you might be surprised by their musical talent.

Then again, they might just trash their instruments instead of using them to make slick electronic music!

This is actually just a fun, animal filled ad for the Volt Festival 2012, an electronic music festival taking place on June 9th in Sweden.

Oh well, the critters in this commercial sure are cute!

--via Best Week Ever

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Vintage Photos From Atomic Bomb Testing Site



This is what ground zero looks like when you're a testing mannequin in the 1950s. These rare photographs were taken by Loomis Dean at an atomic bomb test site in Nevada around 1955, an eerie documentation of the strangeness that went on during the Atomic Age.

Photo caption--"Scorched, male mannequin in suit of dark fabric indicates a human would be burned but alive."

Check out the rest of these photos, and read all about Loomis' documentation of the testing site, at the link to Life Magazine Online below, they're kookier than Kookie Burns!

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A Breakdown Of Gore's Run By Tomer Hanuka



Tomer Hanuka is a prolific illustrator with a crisp, colorful style and a flair for infusing his drawings with a sense of intrigue and kinetic energy.

Juxtapoz has posted a very insightful breakdown of one of Tomer's illustrations, entitled Gore's Run. It's an interesting look at how an illustration goes from rough sketch to full color work suitable for print in four distinct stages.

Link  --via Juxtapoz

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A Collection Of Dean Pelton's Costumes From Community



It's safe to say that Dean Pelton is the most colorful member of the Greendale Community College All Stars on the hit TV show Community.

He has a flair for theatrics, with an ever changing wardrobe to match, so sitcom geek and cartoonist Dennis Culver decided to put all of his costumes together on one colorful illustrated poster.

Prints are available for purchase at Dennis' website, in case you're looking for something to put on your wall that reminds you how not to dress if you want to be taken seriously!

Link  --via i09

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Artist Makes Self Portraits Out Of Frozen Blood



What you see here is a self portrait of the artist Marc Quinn, an incredibly lifelike and detailed cast, that he made out of his own frozen blood.

Marc has been making these portraits every five years since 1991, so it would be interesting to see them all together, progressing in age over the last twenty years.

Each piece takes over four liters of blood to construct, which is gathered over a five month period. These frozen bloody heads would make the ultimate centerpiece for the Monster's Ball!

Link  --via Gizmodo

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Now That's One Good Looking Steampunk Bike



I'm not sure if you're supposed to call this a bicycle or a tricycle, since it has two wheels in the back; regardless, it is one beautiful piece of vehicular art.

Created by Roger Wood of Klockwerks, it was made for a show involving kinetic sculptures, and it's safe to say that his Steampunk bike was the most eye-catching piece in the room.

This is what Pee Wee's bike would look like if they made a Steampunk version of Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and I wouldn't blame Francis at all for trying to swipe this sucker!

Link  --via BoingBoing

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Build Your Own Millennium Falcon Xbox Case Mod



Turning your Xbox console from bland to Dagobah! with this Instructables tutorial on creating a Millennium Falcon case mod.

Generously shared by DIYer pizonbongo of Major League Mods, all you need is an old Millennium Falcon kit, an original Xbox console, and some basic tools and you too can bring the charm of Han's smuggler ship to your gaming setup.

And this tutorial looks like it would work with other consoles, so if you've got an old console sitting around gathering dust why not give it a try?

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The Amphibious All-Terrain Vehicle Of The Future



This is the Scamander, and it's an all-terrain amphibious vehicle with futuristic good looks and a beefy engine under the hood.

A creation of the late Peter Wheeler, a visionary British car manufacturer and owner of sports car company TVR, he sadly didn't get to see his amphibious concept car become a reality, so a team of engineers helped his wife bring the Scamander to life in dedication to Peter.

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On land the Scamander can reach a top speed of 120mph, and its 300 horsepower V6 engine can push it from 0 to 60 in about eight seconds. Which is actually pretty impressive given this beast can tackle any terrain on Earth, and isn't slowed down by even the shoreline.

You can see a short video of the Scamander in action at the link below, it looks like a whole lotta fun to drive!

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A Doctor Who Mini-Sode Written By Kids


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The scifi television phenomenon known as Doctor Who has a long standing relationship with a British children's show called Blue Peter, which held a contest giving children a chance to write their own episode.

So, without further ado, here's the winning minisode, entitled Good As Gold, in all its olympic games themed glory!

--via Nerdist

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Trailer For Starship Troopers: Invasion


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In honor of Memorial Day, when we remember the real life military personnel who have given their lives in service of our country, here's a trailer with a bunch of fictional troops kicking alien butt.

Starship Troopers: Invasion is a Japanese animated film based on the American Starship Troopers movies, which are based on the scifi novel of the same name by Robert Heinlein, and it looks like an alien bug squashing good time!

Most quotable line-"C'mon you apes, do you want to live forever?!"

--via Twitch

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The Lamest Looking Aliens From Star Trek



Star Trek propelled science fiction television into the future when it debuted in 1966, but sometimes they missed the mark in terms of creative development, for example while creating some of the dozens of alien species encountered on the show.

Topless Robot has put together a list of the 20 lamest looking alien species from the various incarnations of Star Trek, creatures which looked bad even by the low standards of prosthetic makeup in the 60s.

Peruse the list and have a laugh at the expense of these poor intergalactic schlubs, who are probably completely unaware of how lame their species is perceived to be by human television viewers.

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Paintings Inspired By Digital Distortion



Jens Hesse cleverly integrates the look of digital distortion into his paintings by using corduroy as his canvas, which gives his works a uniquely streaky look and visual appeal.

This is abstract art for the digital age, representational in a way our technology obsessed minds understand, and pleasing to eyes which have been glued to a computer monitor for too long.

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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UV Glow Painting Made With RC Cars


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Typically when art and advertising collide the result is annoyingly shameless, like a door to door salesman selling magazine subscriptions.

But this glowing work by Ian Cook doesn't smack of in your face advertising, and he created parts of the painting by using RC cars to apply the paint, four wheel streaks at a time.

--via Obvious Winner

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Mondo 2000 Asks - R U A Cyberpunk?



This is a page from Mondo 2000 magazine from the 1990s that asks "R U A Cyberpunk?", but should really be asking if you are a cutting edge consumer of electronics since the page looks like a giant advertisement for the latest tech.

I don't remember ever seeing anybody walking around looking like the guy in this picture, except for fans of Gothic Industrial music, but I'd be willing to bet that hackers who were also fans of William Gibson's novels or the RPG Shadowrun would have dressed this way, even if they never intended to leave their house!

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Stop Motion Crochet - Arthur Animated



This stop motion short is entitled Arthur Animated, and it documents Jo Hamilton's amazing crochet portraiture skills, as she creates a larger than life portrait of her sadly now deceased friend Arthur Cheesman.

Head over to Boing Boing if you want to watch Jo's masterpiece grow, strand by strand, right before your eyes.

Link  --via Boing Boing

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Geeky Artwork Created With Mario Paint


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Most kids that received the Super Nintendo "game" Mario Paint as a gift probably felt like their day was ruined by this unwanted visitor.

The guy in this video, nicknamed RuiZinen, dedicated time and energy to showing the world just what Mario Paint can do, if you train to become a master of Mario mouse control.

I bow to your skills, RuiZinen. Next stop MS Paint!

--via Destructoid

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Awkward Vintage Photos From Dance Classes



These aspiring dancing machines have been immortalized at the most awkward stage in their lives-adolescence.

You can almost see the acne forming, hear their voices cracking and smell the overactive hormones in the air when you look through these awesomely awkward photos.

These photos are a good example of what kids are talking about when they accuse their parents of ruining their lives, and you can thank a site called These Americans for letting these childhood skeletons out of the closet. Jazz hands!

Link  --via Flavorwire

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Portraits Of America By Jamie Trueblood



Perusing through Jamie Trueblood's photographs is like taking a long, strange trip across America, watching the kitsch and color fly by the window of your Cadillac car.

These are moments frozen in time, subjects captured in sometimes awkward situations, seemingly unaware of being photographed on life's grand old stage.

They're voyeuristic, but not in a creepy sex offender kind of way, and Jamie's unfiltered view of America goes down smooth without all those empty calories.

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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This Lawyer Is A Cowboy, Patriot And Champion Of Freedom


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Adam Reposa is a self-proclaimed champion of freedom, patriot and one badass lawyer.

Watch him wheel his monstrous truck around town, looking to smash those who oppose his right to cowboy up and punch freedom haters in the face.

According to Adam, when you're a lawyer you can smash up people's cars on the road without retribution, and kick in their windows for going to trial against his clients.

He's bringing a sense of Wild West justice back to lawyering, one car driving coward at a time. Yeehaw!

--via Best Week Ever

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A Movie Made From Getty Images Stock Photos


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This strobing short is sponsored by Getty Images, who hired BBDO Brazil to put over 800 of their stock images together in this neat, seizure inducing package entitled From Love To Bingo.

It moves along so quickly that you'll miss sections if you blink, and if you feel a full body trembling seizure coming on look away from the screen!

--via Boing Boing

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Fun Music Video - Zeroes And Ones


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This quirky music video is for the Baby Seal Club song Zeroes and Ones, and it features a bunch of chickens wreaking havoc on the beet headed employees at an Apple store. It's poultry flavored mayhem at its finest, and the song ain't half bad neither!

--via Laughing Squid

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Some Of The Most Ridiculous Comic Book Characters From The 1990s



The comic book boom of the 1990s brought with it many new trends-more anti-hero main characters, mature and intelligent storylines and, to the dismay of readers worldwide, a wave of really cheesy super villains that sent readers looking for a refund!

It's as if the creators were tired of creating suitable foes for our favorite superfolks so they decided to phone a few in, with no intention of longevity or charisma behind these baddies.

i09 has put together a short list of some of the worst offenders, and as a rabid comic book reader I can safely say that this list should really be at least twice as long!

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Super Sculptures By Mauro Perrucchetti



It's safe to say that sculptor Mauro Perrucchetti enjoys making a bold statement and a strong impression with his works, which range from hand carved marble to resin casts of iconic figures such as: Jesus, Batman, Superman and Barack Obama.

Mauro's sculptures are classically styled, tongue in cheek statements wrapped up in a bright toylike finish, like pop culture museum candy.

And the chuckle worthy images sticks with you, even if the intended statement eludes you, notably buff Jesus tearing himself off the cross and Obama as a Pez dispenser.

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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