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The Hobbit May Change How We Watch Movies



Peter Jackson plans on using his upcoming release The Hobbit to change the way we watch movies, by raising the overall frame rate to 48 frames per second, which is double the current industry standard and will make the pictures on the big screen flow as smooth as hot butter flavored topping.

So what's the downside? If theaters want to carry The Hobbit they'll have to upgrade their projection equipment by the December 14th release date or they'll be left behind when the world catches Hobbit fever.

However, if theaters fall into line with the new frame rate standard, directors such as James Cameron will be following in Mr. Jackson's footsteps, and 48 fps will soon become the norm for future releases.

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Stop Motion Animation Short-PCKTKNFE


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PCKTKNFE is a fun stop motion short by friends James Donhour and Robert Kinsella, who spent six months putting together this animated ode to classic video games.

With music clearly influenced by 8-bit game soundtracks, and the clever use of bead sprites as video game characters who escape the console into the real world, PCKTKNFE is fun to watch even if you end up turning off the sound to avoid losing your mind.

--via JazJaz

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Mad Max



Mad Max is one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, and for good reason-it launched the career of Mel Gibson, brought a human edge to post-apocalyptic movies, and it put Australian cinema on the map for movie lovers across the globe.

But did you know that Mel came to his audition sporting a shiner from a bar fight he'd been in the night before, and that this rough look helped him get the role?

Hit the jump if you want to find out more fun facts about Mad Max, which will make you appreciate the long road Max had to take to get to Thunderdome.

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A PSA To Promote Literacy Produced By The Roots


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Book People Unite is a new PSA to promote literacy that stars a colorful cast of characters from childhood classics such as Madeline and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow makes a guest appearance so you know this video is the real deal.

It's produced by The Roots, so the soundtrack is a cut above what you'd usually hear in a PSA, and it made me want to read my brains out! Hooray for literacy!

--via Best Week Ever

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Epic Scale Samus Aran Papercraft Sculpture



Now this is an epic example of artistic nerdery!

At almost seven feet tall, this papercraft statue of Samus Aran from the video game franchise Metroid makes all other sculptures of Samus look like space junk, if only because this statue is made of nothing but paper, glue and lots of elbow grease.

It's based on Samus from Metroid Prime 2, and it sure looks like a prime example of awesomeness to me!

Link   --via Geeks Are Sexy

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Trailer For Steampunk Martial Arts Movie Tai Chi O


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Martial artist who possess superhuman fighting skills, and steam powered weapons designed to even the odds for those less powerful, seem like a match made in action movie heaven, yet for some reason the two hardly ever come together.

Tai Chi O, the newest movie by the Huayi Brothers (of Kung Fu Hustle fame) and Director Stephen Fung, aims to bring steampunk to the martial arts genre in a major way, and it looks like a real blast!

--via i09

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A Twin Peaks Themed Art Show



Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, California is hosting a Twin Peaks themed group art exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show that began with the mystery of Laura Palmer's death and became about oh so much more.

The show will feature works from artistic outcasts such as Kozik (that's his creepy poster of Bob above), Bruce Bickford, who created a seriously cool model of the entire town 0f Twin Peaks, and some pieces by the mastermind behind the series David Lynch, to name just a few.

So, if you see the Log Lady wandering around Santa Monica you'll know why she's in town, and if you spot Bob walking down the street don't look him in the eyes!

Link  --via Super Punch

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Demonstration Of Computer Animation Software From 1971


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This retro video shows a demonstration of the animation software Key Frame, which was created by Marceli Wein and Nestor Burtnyk from the National Research Council of Canada.

The program, and the computer they're using, may look archaic by today's standards, but at the time they were the absolute cutting edge in computer animation.

And Key Frame played a pioneering role in the creation of vector art and animation programs, like Adobe Flash and Google SketchUp, that we know and love today.

--via Cartoon Brew

 

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Skyrim Mod Lets You Play As Pinkie Pie From My Little Pony


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The latest mod for the video game juggernaut Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a Bronies dream come true, because it turns your character into Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.

Pink dragons are one thing, but playing as a cute little cartoon horse who goes around hacking people into bite sized bits would make me feel like a bit of a sicko.

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Simpson Couch Gag By Bill Plympton


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 In case you missed the latest episode of The Simpsons, here is the only part of the show that really mattered-a strange yet rather touching couch gag by the king of sketchy animated sequences Billy Plympton!

Watch as a bizarro version of Homer struggles with his feelings for both the couch and Marge, with frenetic lines dancing across the screen and an overall style that can only be described as Plymptonian.

--via Geekosystem

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British Company Offers Chance To Experience A Zombie Infested Mall Scenario


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British company Wish.co.uk wants to make your zombie apocalypse dreams come true, without all that pesky death, infection and head splattering gore.

They previously offered a survival boot camp, which taught basic Z-day combat and survival skills, but now they've stepped up their game with a full blown two and a half hour zombie invasion that takes place inside an abandoned shopping mall.

It's kind of like interactive theater, only the audience members carry guns and the actors are hungry for brains. It looks like a blast, but I'd have a hard time going through the scenario without trying to organize the zombies into a Thriller style dance party!

--via Geek Tyrant

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Nate Dogg Couldn't Make It To Coachella, So They Got Tupac Instead


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You may remember the article I posted recently about Nate Dogg making a ghostly appearance on stage alongside his old chums Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre at the Coachella Music Festival.

Well, it appears that they pulled a fast one on us all, and had a hologram of Tupac come out in Nate Dogg's place! Way to pull a fast one on us all Death Row Records crew!

--via Geekosystem

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The Babycakes Pie Pop Maker



My name is Zeon Santos, and I am a snackaholic. Which is why I am so excited about the Babycakes pie pop maker!

The ingenious design lets you cook the pie pop top without baking the stick, and you can make a variety of flavors and crusts as each pop bakes in an individual non-stick pocket.

And to top it all off the pie pops only take about 4 minutes to cook, so you won't have to wait long to be chomping down on some mini pie goodness!

Link  --via Super Punch

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Amazing Cardboard Sculptures By Chris Gilmour



Sculptor Chris Gilmour creates cardboard masterpieces which are really quite amazing to look at, both because of the fine detail work he puts into each piece and the fact that they retain a sort of cardboard look and color despite all the work that has gone into each piece.

I feel that sculptures which are made out of an unmalleable substance like cardboard are quite neat, and represent an ambitious goal for an artist to pursue.

Perhaps it's the fact that cardboard isn't normally thought of as an artistic medium, or perhaps it's because we throw away or recycle it without a second thought, yet most works are thought of as having a degree of inherent permanence due to our tendency to glorify the act of artistic creation.

And the fun part about Chris' works is that he often leaves bits of labels and stickers on his sculptures, which gives them a feeling of mundanity and reminds the viewer where they came from despite the spectacular end result. Just don't expose these beautiful works of art to an exposed flame or they'll burn away like a pile of kindling!

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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Fully Functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table



While it may not be all crazy huge like the largest working NES controller (link), this fully functional wooden coffee table version is still super cool, and it encourages you to use the buddy system when you bust out on a night of old school gaming.

The warmth of the woods (walnut, mahogany and maple) adds a bit of swank to any pad, flat or luxury condo, even if  the rest of your furniture came from Ikea. And the cord is even retractable, so don't trip!

Link  --via Geeks Are Sexy

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SpongeBob Ruined By Showbiz Street Art



It was very clever of Italian street artist Pao to paint on an electrical box to make it look like an out of work SpongeBob SquarePants, complete with beggar's sign and collection hat.

But could SpongeBob possibly end up penniless and living on skid row? Not if he keeps serving up those delicious Krabby Patties at the Krusty Krab!

Link  --via JazJaz

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Voice Actors Take Center Stage In New Documentary


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 I Know That Voice is not only the name of this documentary, which focuses on some of the most popular voice actors working today, it's also what you'll be saying the entire time you watch the trailer!

Finally, those who give our favorite animated characters a voice will get their day in the sun, and you can see that the old adage "a face for radio" doesn't necessarily apply to the fine folks who work as voice actors.

--via Comics Alliance

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My Apartment's Very Clean Without You


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This adorable animated music video for the Garfunkel and Oates song My Apartment's Very Clean Without You is brought to you by animator Deanna Rooney, who knows that the secret to success on the interwebs = lots and lots of kittehs!

My Apartment... is silly yet sentimental, and touched me in all of the appropriate places. Garfunkel and Oates play the songs that make my heart want to dance, if only my apartment wasn't so darn cluttered!

--via Best Week Ever

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The Chef From Burger Time Gets A New Job


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The latest pixel animation video from Dorkly answers the age old question-What if the Burger Time chef had to get a new job, at a restaurant that doesn't even make hamburgers?

The answer is, of course, rather ridiculous, but I guarantee it will make you want to play some Burger Time! Ow, I got pepper in my eye!

--via Dorkly

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The Frasier Theme Song Mystery Explained



Have you ever sat down to watch an episode of the sitcom Frasier and found yourself wondering "Gee, I wonder what the heck they mean by tossed salad and scrambled eggs in the theme song?"

Well, wonder no longer because the mystery has been solved! Apparently when the composer Bruce Miller sat down to write the song, he couldn't find a nice way to describe the nutjobs that call in to Frasier's show, so he vented his frustration to a friend who quickly came up with "tossed salad and scrambled eggs, because they're all mixed up!"

And the award for pure brilliance in sitcom theme song writing goes to....that guy!

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Bird Attacking Owl GIF Is Curiously Mesmerizing



An owl is sitting on a branch watching some jerk shoot video footage of him like some sort of wildlife TMZ reporter when BAM! Say hello to my little friend!

And the owl doesn't seem care about being dive bombed by the little bird, because he's too busy making sure the paparazzi shoot his good side.

Later, the little bird tried the same thing with a hawk, and the results were dire to say the least. I guess not everyone appreciates physical comedy!

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X-Files:The Musical Will Make You Want To Believe


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This impressive act of musical nerdery is brought to you in eleven parts by CMustardTheatre, the same fine folks that brought you Jurassic Park: The Musical a few years back.

Watch as Scully and Mulder seek the truth about unexplained phenomenon while trading witty barbs in a way that makes you say "that is soooooo Mulder and Scully!". Oh yeah, and there's lots of singing too...

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Kermit The Frog Visits Yankee Stadium



Kermit the Frog took in a ball game at Yankee Stadium recently, and had a great time despite being seated next to Mayor Bloomberg, who was clearly unamused by the presence of the fleece superstar.

Kermit was also unfazed by the lady who spent the day on the stairs next to him wondering why some guy had his hand stuck up Kermit's butt, unaware of just how tight security has become for the Muppets. Fame has its price, boys and girls.

Link  --via The Mary Sue

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Live Action Mega Man X Vs. Protoman Fan Film


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This slick looking Megan Man X fan film was brought to life by Olan Rogers, who spent a mere $700 on the entire production. The costumes alone look like they cost more than seven hundred bucks, and yet the average budget of B-movies like Sharktopus is well over a million dollars.

Take note, budding filmmakers-it's not the size of your budget that counts, it's how you use it.

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Even Death Won't Stop Nate Dogg From Performing At Coachella



This year's lineup for Coachella Music Festival includes a bunch of live acts, and one act that has been dead since last year.

The dead act I'm speaking of is rapper Nate Dogg, who died of a stroke in March of 2011, but that won't stop a hologram of the dead rapper from hitting the stage alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella this year, in a ghostly appearance sure to make the crowd wonder what exactly they've been smoking.

No word on whether a Tupac hologram plans to eliminate the spectral Nate Dogg and make an amazing comeback from beyond the grave, but it would definitely make for one hell of a stage show!

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Chocolate 3D Printer Is Now A Delicious Reality



3D printers have come a long way over the years, from far flung tech to affordable enough for the average person to own. But what if you want to print up 3D objects that are also edible?

Until recently you'd have been out of luck, but thanks to Choc Edge the Choc Creator Version 1 is now available to make your 3D chocolate dreams a reality. Here's how it works:
the machine uses a stepper motor to three-dimensionally print layer upon layer of chocolate, which is extracted out of a refillable syringe.

Choc Creator utilizes an easy-to-use syringe based chocolate deposition head which allows users to rapidly install and remove syringe head units. The design enables users to refill syringes with fresh chocolate or different chocolates conveniently.

So, if you can pony up $4,600 American you can be the first person on your block to print out chocolates in all sorts of fanciful shapes, and bring your sweet imagination to life!

Link  --via Techland

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How Old Books Get That Distinctive Smell


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This succinct yet informative video reveals how old books get that distinctive smell we bibliophiles know and love, and illustrates the tell tale signs of book deterioration.

Watching it immediately brought the smell to mind, and I had to take one of my oldest editions off the shelf for a quick sniff. Yay for reading stuff!

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The Invention Of The American Football Helmet


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Aaah the good old days, when a man was free to test his invention of the American football helmet in the manliest manner possible-by letting other men kick him and beat him about the head with a baseball bat.

Take a trip down memory lane and you'll no longer wonder why brain damage was so prevalent in the early 20th century, but you will wonder how they ever played a game of football without wearing helmets!

--via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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Bringing A 400-Year-Old Painting To Life With 3D Software


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Rob and Nick Carter have found a rather interesting way to bring a Bosschaert still life painting from 1618  into the 21st century-by using the 3D software package Maya to make models of everything in the scene, then subtly animating the objects in order to bring them to life.

Here's more about the scene:
Every aspect of Bosschaert’s painting has been brought to life including each flower stem, insect and background scenery. The film…takes the painted scene from early morning darkness through to noon (where the film exactly resembles the original painting) into dusk and late night.

The idea of recreating a still life scene in 3D seems a bit odd, but I think the idea could be applied to other paintings and artworks with some rather spectacular results. Wouldn't The Garden Of Earthly Delights by Heironymous Bosch make for an awesome animated scene?

Link  --via Cartoon Brew

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Sleep Like A Stack Of Pancakes With A Side Of Bacon



This bedspread is a breakfast lover's delight, and it will make you wake up hungry each and every morning.

The quilt is styled after a butter drenched stack of pancakes, complete with gobs of syrup and a rug shaped like a side of bacon.

If you're starving for a bed that looks like breakfast in your house you may be disappointed, because this funky bedspread was made by Ros Cross back in 1973.

Time to hit the sewing machine crafty DIYers, I bet you can make an even tastier version of breakfast in bed if you put your mind to it!

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