Archive for the ‘art’ Category
This is a lovely way to start the week! Footage of a giant robot spider in the warehouse district of Yokohama, wandering around, spitting steam and water. The thing is apparently 40 feet tall, and as you can see, there’s at least three people riding on it’s back. I think I’m in love. Who wants to help give the inventor some more funds so we can bring one of these to Burning Man?
Giant robot spider in Yokohama (pics/ video) [Pink Tentacle]
This is an interesting little article. A collection of excerpts from various interviews where different comic book artists talk about real-life encounters with their characters. I’ve seen a few of these before, but they’re well worth reading again. One of my favourites comes from Alan Moore:
One day, I was in Westminster in London — this was after we had introduced the character — and I was sitting in a sandwich bar. All of a sudden, up the stairs came John Constantine. He was wearing the trenchcoat, a short cut — he looked — no, he didn’t even look exactly like Sting. He looked exactly like John Constantine. He looked at me, stared me straight in the eyes, smiled, nodded almost conspiratorially and then just walked off around the corner to the other part of the snack bar.
I sat there and thought, should I go around that corner and see if he is really there, or should I just eat my sandwich and leave? I opted for the latter; I thought it was the safest. I’m not making any claims to anything. I’m just saying that it happened.
Go through the whole thing, you’ll find it well worth the read.
Superman is Real [Electric Children]
This is probably the coolest thing I’ve seen, or heard, more properly, all month. ArcAttack, a self-proclaimed “high tech musical collaborative”, perform the theme to Doctor Who using a pair of Tesla coils. This performance is from Chattacon 2009, which apparently is a southern sci-fi convention held in January. There’s some random trivia in with your awesome, eh? I’m just astounded I didn’t have a tesla category previous to this…
The Doctor Who Theme Played With Tesla Coils [Topless Robot]
In an act of literary genius, author Seth Grahame-Smith has taken Jane Austen’s classic novel and done to it what all modern media needs: added more zombies! Just read this description from the listing on amazon.com:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton–and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers–and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen’s classic novel to new legions of fans.
I highly approve of this concept, and encourage others to take a similar approach to updated other “classic” works of literature. Just think about it! David Copperfield and Zombies, Wuthering Heights is Filled with Zombies, Moby Dick Fights a Zombie, Great Zombie Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities Under Siege by Zombies… The ideas just spill out! Really, we all need more tales of zombies in our lives, if only to keep us on our toes for the inevitable Zombie Holocaust.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [Topless Robot]
I could make a pithy comment about this, but it’s really just too awesome.
Darth Vader Plays The Violin! [YouTube]
This is really far more awesome than it has any right to be.
Ali Dee and The Deekompressors – “Go Speed Racer Go” [BeucoupKevin(dot)com]
imply fascinating, as the good Mr. Spock might say. Vintage images from a Kaiju art book showing anatomical cutaways of some of our favourite giant monsters. Apparently Godzilla’s flame breath comes from “a “uranium sack” and “nuclear reaction sack” that produce radioactive fire-breath and energize the body.” That’s pretty swift, if you ask me. Mothra and Anguirus are tucked below the cut. Follow the link to the originator for more, including Gamera!
Ah, childhood and the scars it leaves upon us. Back in the day when we still had local children’s programming, there was a British former clown who went by the name of Uncle Bobby, and his show was one of the most low-budget affairs you can imagine. This clip I present to you shows Bimbo The Birthday Clown, a giant cardboard monstrosity who would present birthday wishes to the boys and girls. One must remember, however, that what appears to us now to be laughable and quaint, to a young child was terrifying. The flapping ears, the rolling eyes of the giant with his jabbering mouth; the high-pitched cries of the yarn puppets, creatures I can still never look at without a modicum of discomfort. Truly nightmarish. Please, enjoy my memories laid bare for you, whilst I leave you with a transcript of the goliath’s song, which rings through my head to this day:
I’m the birthday
clown they call
On the Uncle Bobby Show
I would like to say
you and you a very
“Happy birthday boys and girls”
Happy Birthday, indeed.
Just… wow. I have not seen anything this cracky in quite some time. A giant robot bunnygirl shoots a giant robot panda in the face with her rocket boobs. If you need more impretus than that to watch this clip, you probably are reading the wrong blog.
Panda-Z, Episode 01 [YouTube]
Is that… semen? I think that’s supposed to be an x-ray of semen, yeah. Anyhow, I found this awesome site; a photographer by the name of Nick Veasey takes x-rays of atypical stuff. There’s some very creepy shots of a baby doll, some awesome animal x-rays, and the coolest of all is the insect images. Exo-skeletons make for some very interesting x-ray results. YOu really should go check this out.
Oh, if you’re wondering why, if the insects are so cool, I used the image I did, wel, I’m not going to tell you why. I have a good reason though. Trust me.
Isn’t that just one of the nicest renditions of Eris you’ve ever seen? It comes from D.J Coffman’s blog Yirmumah.com, which has one of the more interesting gimmicks I’ve seen yet. Basically, you send him two bucks via the PayPal with a request, and he’ll provide it for you in visual format. He’s already managed to piss off Scott Kurtz from PVP for this one, so the man is a king in my book. Go check it out, and if you request anything, make sure to tell me!
Aerospace behemoth Boeing has announced that it will build a hybrid airship/helicopter combination aircraft, able to lift heavy loads across long distances. Boeing will work with Canadian firm SkyHook International.
Finally, the industrial-corporate hegemony has seen the value of lighter-than-air craft! Oh, how I’ve yearned for a world where giant zeppelins drift silently through the sky, like massive lofty whales of the aether. Thank you Boeing, for making this young man’s dreams a wonderful reality. Now, I just need to convince someone that these are needed in Vancouver…
Boeing to build combo airship-copter flying cranes [The Register]