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Catch Up On 50 Years Of Doctor Who In 10 Minutes


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Do you like Doctor Who, but you just don't have time to catch up on the episodes you've missed over the years? Do you hate Doctor Who and want to know what all the fuss is about? Are you saying to yourself  "I couldn't care less, but I sure do enjoy Best Of... videos, especially when they're set to a snazzy soundtrack"?

If any of these apply to you, or you're just bored and need to kill ten minutes, then you should check out A Babelcolour Tribute to Doctor Who, which shows a snippet from every single episode of the series since 1963 and is the perfect length for break time.

After watching this video you may ask yourself "How did they fit so much in to such a short amount of time?" The answer, of course, is science...

--via Topless Robot


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8 Year Old Girl Plays Electric Guitar Like A Rock Star


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There are some really talented kids out there, and thanks to YouTube they can show the world their skills, hopefully without all the praise going straight to their head.

8 year old Zoe Thomson plays guitar like a champ, and I think she should team up with 8 year old hardcore singer Juliet and form their own kiddie metal outfit, seriously, who wouldn't want to see that?!

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Goonies Meets A Game Of Thrones


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This ridiculous mashup, which combines Chunk's confession to the Fratelli gang in Goonies with a scene from the Game of Thrones TV series featuring Tyrion confessing to some rather nasty deeds, has some great reaction shots from the surrounding characters in the scene, and makes me want to demand a truffle shuffle from that wicked little man!

--via The Mary Sue


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This Prop Sword Looks A Bit Too Berserk For Cosplay



This hand crafted sword looks waaaaay too big to be lugging around all day during a convention cosplay session. Inspired by the sword carried by the main character Guts in the anime/manga series Berserk (as seen in the poster above the sword), it's a super sized prop that looks really hard to handle. I applaud your effort sir, now get to work on that Final Fantasy VII Buster Sword stat!

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Retro Batman Trading Card Art



The artwork from the 1966 Batman trading card set is so delightfully retro, with simpler character designs, hand painted panels, and less stylized versions of your fav villains, that I hope modern artists and designers take note when going for that retro look in their own artwork.

It's not all about warm and tacky color schemes, Hanna Barbera character designs and outdated fashion, it's the fact that everything is done without using a heavy outline and vector shading to convey form. These beautifully rendered panels by Norman Saunders have a classical aesthetic, and I'd almost forgotten how mundanely human villains faced by the Caped Crusader used to be!

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SNK Reveals Portable Neo Geo System



With the wave of portable gaming consoles coming out, it's not surprising that SNK has jumped on board and revealed their Neo-Geo Portable Device (hopefully tentative title), which will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles like Metal Slug, King Of Monsters and Fatal Fury, has 2gb internal memory and an SD card slot for loading emulator ROMs, and even has an AV output for playing on the bigger screen.

What is surprising is how little we've heard about anything Neo-Geo over the years, considering their fan following and the fact that I still see Neo-Geo arcade units all the time in bars and taco shops all over town.

I guess the ridiculously high $600 price tag really did put this otherwise awesome console to bed, so hopefully the release of this Portable Device, and a more affordable price tag, will help resurrect the arcade gaming giant.

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Chainsaw Bayonet Attachment Offers More Ways To Mow Zombies Down



Man, with all the innovative ways people have come up with to destroy zombies, humanity should be well prepared if we ever end up in neck deep in the walking dead!

The latest innovation comes in the form of the Doublestar Zombie X Chainsaw rail attachment-just attach it to your favorite assault rifle and get to chopping if the rotten buggers start to close in on you! Perfect for channeling your inner Gear or Space Marine, badass suit of armor not included.

Link  --via Geekosystem

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Wilco Channels Popeye For Their Latest Music Video


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No one has ever accused me of being a fan of Wilco, or their alt-country sound, but I have been a huge fan of Popeye ever since I was a wee lad, getting in trouble for emulating the Sailor Man by beating up kids on the playground at preschool.

These days, I like my Popeye cartoons old and uncolored, and apparently so does Wilco, for they have cast a decidedly old timey version of the spinach munching tough guy in their new music video, which is the first hand drawn Popeye cartoon produced in over 30 years.

I yam what I yam, and that's a Popeye fan, don't hate!

--via ComicsAlliance


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Pirate Bay Reveals Newest Trend-Downloading Objects For 3D Printing



While technologically inept government officials argue over the fate of our beloved interwebs, and the thought of people sharing data is scrutinized and villainized by those who admittedly "don't get it", those who feel that sharing is caring keep searching for new ways, and stuff, to share.

Pirate Bay, the website that has gained a notorious reputation among those fearful of file sharing, are about to become my personal heroes by revealing the newest torrent trend-sharing objects for 3d printing.

Downloading 3d object files for printing may sound like a concept straight from an episode of Star Trek but it's going to be a reality sooner than you think, and I am so excited to see what people will create for the sake of 3d object sharing.

Download, print, paint, repeat-oh the joys of technology!

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Mickey Mouse X Joy Division = WTF



If "love will tear us apart", then we'll surely be left in one piece by this newest Disney oddity-the Mouse that helped create an empire meets the cover art of Joy Division's album Unknown Pleasures in their newest t-shirt design.

Seeing designs like this coming out of the Mouse Factory makes me wonder if Disney's design crew think about the subtexts relayed by their images, or if they see a hot trend happening and just follow right along. What's next-emo Mickey complete with lame haircut and mascara?

--via DesignTAXI

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Strange Space Station Designs That Didn't Make The Cut



Before construction on the International Space Station began, a flood of conceptual designs passed across the drawing board, an Wired has gathered a gallery of designs that didn't make the cut.

From far out, scifi influenced designs to more mundane designs that missed the mark by a hair, these concept drawings are fun to peruse and take us back to a simpler time in space design, a time when landing a space shuttle on a runway atop the space station actually made a lot of sense. Check them all out at the link below, and see what space looked like back in the day.

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You Won't Like Obama When He's Angry



This incredibly cool sculpture is brought to you by the twisted mind of Ron English, an artist known for warping iconic figures into ironic statements (see Fat Tony and Dead Mickey), and who previously brought us an Obama-Lincoln mashup that was all the rage a few years back.

This time, Ron has brought us Obama hulking out, as he prepares for the upcoming election by saying "You vote for me or OBAMA SMASH!"

Link  --via AnimalNY

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Characters Drawn By Edwin Vazquez Look Like Total Drips



With a soggy and totally psychedelic style to his character renditions, it's no wonder that Edwin Vazquez and his eye catching artworks have become a popular part of publications such as MAD magazine and Bongo Comics. Trip out on the drips, and some sweet tattoo inspired pieces, at the links below.

Link  --via ComicsAlliance

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Custom Elder Scrolls Daedric Sword Looks Pretty Sharp



The craftsman known as Evil FX has a very ambitious, and geeky, goal when he hits his workshop-to create a full suit costume of Daedric style armor from the Elder Scrolls video game series. Here's how he made it:

..he is starting out with a pretty cool Daedric sword as a "test build." The one-handed sword was constructed out of heavily dremeled EVA sheet foam which is apparently perfect "for carrying around all day at conventions and passing all con/customs weapon policies."

Pretty slick for sheet foam, eh?! If you're interested there's a video showing the process at the link, otherwise thanks for stopping by!

Link  --via Obvious Winner

 

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Gameplay Trailer For Upcoming Doctor Who Video Game


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This is the first trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who video game The Eternity Clock that shows gameplay, and it seems the game will be combining old school platformer elements with third person action and super cinematic cutscenes.

Starring the Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Amy Pond and just about every major enemy from the last few seasons of the show, this game is definitely going for an epic level look, but I feel like the fun in gameplay variety might get sucked out by frustrating platforming puzzles and too many cutscenes. After watching the video, what do you guys think about this game?

--via Topless Robot


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DC Launches Charity Campaign Fronted By Justice League



DC Comics has been making some ambitious moves lately, from a logo re-design to a 52 title relaunch, but their newest move should prove to be most heroic-a charity called We Can Be Heroes which will raise money to benefit humanitarian efforts in Africa. Here's the dollars and cents of it all:

Donations of any amount made at the We Can Be Heroes site will reportedly be matched by DC Entertainment 100 percent, with 50 percent of branded "We Can Be Heroes" online merchandise sales being donated to the fund (unless you buy in Maine, Massachusetts and Alabama). Between these and other efforts, DC says that its three WCBH partners will receive a combined total of at least $2 million over the next two years.

Caped superfolks in print are fine, but stepping up to the plate and making a difference in the real world is truly noble indeed!

Link  --via ComicsAlliance

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Laurent Craste Puts A Hurting On Some Porcelain



Laurent Craste has a serious problem with porcelain, and his knowledge of ceramics allows him to put a hurting on delicate pieces without letting them fall to pieces.

Warped and imaginative, he has come up with some great ways to bend porcelain to his will, and I wondered "how did he do that without cracking it?" many times as I checked out his site. Take a look for yourself, and see if you have any pity for porcelain.

Link  --via Beautiful Decay

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Life-Sized Scrap Metal Mammoth Skeleton



I love scrap metal sculptures, especially when they retain the character of the parts they're made from, like car parts, tools and, in this case, farm equipment.

Constructed by sculptor Jud Turner for the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center in Washington, this life-sized construction of a Columbia mammoth skeleton is made from "mostly old farm equipment and agricultural tools". Why scrap parts when you can build cool stuff like this outta them?

Link  --via BoingBoing

 

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The Day I Met Dave Is Creepy...With Beards


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The Day I Met Dave is a short film with a creepy surprise, and manages to make a minute and a quarter feel like just enough time to get under your skin. Man, I need to shave!

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The Artist Who Literally Paints Herself Into A Corner



Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes takes anonymity to a whole new level-by painting herself into the background.

She cleverly matches the background patterns and paints them onto her canvas naked body in order to "blend in", although she purposefully retains part of her human form, like her hair and the edge of her silhouette, as if to say "No matter how hard I try, I will never fully fit in". What do these works say to you?

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames


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Superstar rapper, actor and all around fly individual Ice Cube has come a long way from his days in the gangsta rap group N.W.A., or has he?

Turns out this boy from tha hood once studied Architectural Drafting, to perhaps design his own hood some day, and he found inspiration in the husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames.

The Eames' have created everything from furniture to toys to architecture, and Ice Cube has chosen to celebrate the style and simplicity of the Eames House as part of the series PacificStandardTime: Art In L.A. 1945-1980 .

He's got a lotta love for the Eames' and the City of Angels, so haters need not apply.

--via BoingBoing


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Some Of The Most Blatant Rip-Offs In Video Game History



Movies aren't the only entertainment medium fond of ripping off ideas, video games have been ripping each other off from day one. The games on this list compiled by Dorkly are made up of familiar games with a slightly different look, proving that imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it generally doesn't help you sell your product.

From Super Mario Bros. to Street Fighter, to (relatively) newer games like Team Fortress and Grand Theft Auto, no popular game is safe from copycats, yet sometimes a rip-off game takes on a life of its own and makes it big. So, should we hate on imitators, or enjoy the way they lampoon the big names in the industry?

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Resident Evil 6 Trailer Finds The Series Returning To Its Roots


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If you're tired of the zombie-less, cinematic cutscene instead of visceral gameplay direction that the Resident Evil video game series has been heading in over the years, then you're in for a treat when the newest incarnation (#6) is released in spring 2012.

Taking the series back to it's roots promises to be a horrifying experience, full of zombies, giant genetic monstrosities and hardcore combat. Personally, I blame the movies for the direction that the games have been going in since their release, and this trailer shows that the game designers aren't content with letting their zombified series turn into schlocky Hollywood drivel without a bloody battle.

I can't wait to get my hands on this one and start splitting some heads, even if that split head grows fangs and bites back!

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Apocalypse Later, Surf Now - A Not So Endless Summer


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 YouTuber keef70 decided to use 3d and visual effects software to spice up his surf videos, and in my opinion he did a great job! Here's what led to making this ambitious short:

I wanted to learn more about digital filming, formats, and editing and since I surfed, the GoPro seemed like a natural place to start. I figured after filming and editing a few vids I could move up to something like a Canon 7d, 5d, or the Nikon equivalent.

I got the idea for this after looking through all my footage and I've always been curious how effects artists match CG with filmed footage...

So I decided to figure out what software I needed and do it. That's why it took me a year to do, because I was learning the software as I was doing it.

I could see this becoming a new trend in extreme sports videos, because nothing says extreme like explosions in the sky!

--via Geeks Are Sexy


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Feline Version Of The Eleven Doctors

This is what the eleven incarnations of Doctor Who would look like if they came from a feline alternate reality. My, those little kittehs sure are sharp dressers! This purrrfect illustration brought to you courtesy of science illustrator Jenny Parks, who obviously has much love for both the most well known alien doctor ever, and for all things furry. Link  --via i09


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Peanuts Street Art Version Of Abbey Road





This optical illusion street art was placed on the road outside of Universal Studios: Japan to promote their new Flying Snoopy ride. The characters can only be seen properly crossing the road from the right perspective and then voila! Peanuts-Abbey Road parody! What a creative and cute way to advertise a new ride!

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An Engagement Ring Fit For Indiana Jones



Want to show your future wife that your life together will be full of excitement and adventure? Then give her an Indiana Jones themed engagement ring! Here's what Redditor Homerliwag decided to do when the time came to propose to his beloved:

It was about 2 or 3 days before November, 11, 2011 (11.11.11). My girlfriend Aimee was wanting to do something special that day. So, I decided to look for an engagement ring. 11.11.11 happened and I had no ring. What should I do?! Being that Aimee is an avid Indiana Jones fan, I decided to surprise her with a ring box. When she opened the box, inside wasn’t an engagement ring – Just a bag of sand! I told her, Indiana Jones must have swooped in and stolen the “treasure” and left her with a bag of sand (just like the movie).

Being a designer and artist, I felt I had to do something special. Since Aimee is a very enthusiastic Indiana Jones fan, the thought of a coiled whip as the ring seemed perfect. I did a few quick drawings and found a custom jeweler in Las Vegas. The “bag of sand” bought me some time to have the ring custom made. And with her favorite color yellow, I selected a fancy yellow diamond which also represents “The Idol”.

Man, Homerliwag has set the bar way too high for the rest of us, and any future wives reading this are going to be sorely disappointed when their significant other merely bends a knee and opens up a ring box. Thanks alot, overachiever!

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When Film Colorization Goes Wrong


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First motion pictures went talkie, then everybody got on board the color train, leaving those black and white gems to gather dust because later generations found the lack of color "uncool".

This video shows a side-by-side comparison of the black and white original versus the colorized version of "Smile Darn Ya, Smile" Here's how this Merry Melodies short got it's color:

...in 1992, Ted Turner paid to colorized a batch of black and white Merrie Melodies from 1931-33. This was back before computers were employed to add colors, so the cartoons were shipped to South Korea, traced frame-by-frame (well, almost), new cels were inked and painted and shot under the camera – creating a “color” cartoon from a “worthless” black & white print.

I can't believe they would go through so much trouble just to add color, and the end result looks a bit too wonky to me. But what do you guys think-with digital colorization available now, should we colorize black and white films or not?

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How Long Will A Bike Last On The Streets Of New York?


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Hudson Urban Bicycles decided to try out something interesting in New York's SoHo neighborhood-chain up a bike, take a picture of it every day and see how long it takes to disappear, piece by piece.

The findings were surprising at first (it took nearly six months for the first piece to be stolen), then slipped rapidly into familiar territory (only took another 30 days or so for the bike to disappear completely).

Hey, at least the thief (or thieves) waited almost six months before snatching the bike up piece by piece, that has to be a world record!

--via Geekosystem


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Cosplayer Shares A Personal Account Of What The Hobby Means To Her


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If you've ever found yourself wondering "What's the deal with cosplayers?" (hopefully in an internal voice that sounds like Jerry Seinfeld), then you should find this video informative and enlightening.

And, while the girl featured in the video can only speak out of personal experience, the sentiments expressed seem to be echoed by her fellow cosplayers, at least according to their comments and posts across the Interwebs.

So, did this video give you a better understanding of cosplay culture, or simply make you dislike the whole thing even more?

--via Geeks Are Sexy


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