December 28, 2007

A Suprisingly Good Trailer of 'Horton Hears A Who'

Raimi Returning to Genre Roots with 'Drag Me to Hell'

With many critics let down by the snowboarder-inspired Green Goblin 2, goofy Dark Peter Parker sequences, and Batman and Robin-level of villains that made the third Spider-Man outing weaker than it's predecessors, director Sam Raimi has announced plans to return to his roots for his next feature, Drag me to Hell. Variety had few details beyond that it's a "morality tale about the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse" that was written by Raimi and his brother shortly after Army of Darkness, but it promises to be a return the low(er)-budget genre filmmaking that made him a cult favorite. You may begin your pleading for Bruce Campbell to star... now.

Read full article here. Courtesy of iwatchstuff

Where The Wild Things Are + Spike Jonze = Genius!

If you ever read a book or two when you were a kid, or let Levar Burton read them to you, then there’s a good chance you had at least some interaction with ”Where the Wild Things Are”, Maurice Sendak’s classic, marvelous kids book. Spike Jonze is turning it into a movie, and will bring the story of a mischievous boy who creates his own universe in which he rules a world full of hairy, wild creatures.

A big part of what made the book so great were the illustrations, so I’ve been particularly interested to see how Jonze is going to make this thing look like in the context of a film. Last week Warner Brothers released the first two official stills from the production.

December 26, 2007

Hugh Laurie - The Sophisticated Song

Star Wars Trumpet Solo

Toddler fools the art world into buying his paintings

To the untrained eye, they appear to be simple daubs that could have been created by a two year old. Which is precisely what they are.

But that didn't stop the supposed experts falling over themselves to acclaim them. The toddler in question is Freddie Linsky, who has fooled the art world into buying and asking to exhibit his paintings.

One creation of random red and green splodges called Sunrise was captioned: "A bold use of colour. Inspired by the 'plein air' habit of painting by Monet, drawing on the natural world that surrounds us all."
And his black scrawlings in a work entitled The Best Loved Elephant are captioned:

"The striking use of oriental calligraphy has the kanji-like characters stampeding from the page, showing the new ascent of the East. It is one of Linsky's most experimental works." » Read the full article here.
Via Across The Board

Some people get really excited about firemen.

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Shit, another pothole.

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Wheelbarrow Race!

December 23, 2007

Snow Plowing Train

Fat Cat Survives 19 Days With Peanut Butter Jar On Head. No Longer Fat.

In a bizarre example of a cat’s nine lives, a fortunate feline survived nineteen days with a peanut butter jar stuck on its head. While no exact details are known as to how the jar found its way there in the first place (cats like peanut butter?), we’re pretty sure Jiffy will be off the menu from now on.

"We tried to get her, but being the type of cat you can’t catch, she kept running and hiding,” said Doretha Cain, Tabitha’s mother. The family saw the cat several times with the jar on its head and tried in vain to catch it. But after not seeing the cat for a week, the Cains feared the worst.

“I thought she was going to die with that jar on her head,” said Tabitha Cain, 25.

They found the once chubby cat on Wednesday, too thin and weak to flee. They caught her with a fishing net and used some oil to get the jar off her head.

I know the situation for both the animal and the owners must have been terribly traumatic. But after the fact, it’s pretty funny to think about a cat running by with its head in a peanut butter jar. Yea, I’m going to hell.

Baby Accidentally Flushed at Birth

A 36 year-old woman accidentally gave birth yesterday in a train traveling from Tai Dong to Tai Pei. The nine month old pregnant woman was in the bathroom when her baby was born and accidentally flushed down the toilet.
When the train reached the next station, an hour and a half later, the rescue team arrived and got to work. They immediately sent the mother to the hospitol while they tried to pull the baby from the toilet bowl opening. Due the the babies fading condition, they finally decided to saw the pipe in half and rescued the baby.
She was born weighing 6.6 pounds and is now in stable condition. » Article here
Courtesy of Across The Board

Hi Mom!

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Remember when Walkman's were cool?

December 20, 2007

Mini Planets

I first saw these being made 2 years ago off of several Flickr page groups, and now this simple panorama photo + Photoshop filters process has blown up into a phenomenon that challenges digital artists to create many different styles at high resolutions with seamless stitching. Click image above to see one such collection.

Here's Alexandre Duret-Lutz awesome Flickr archive.

Rob Park has a tutorial here, using a series of different tools and plugins to create "straighter" panoramas like these. This has gradually formed into its own artform, and many are adding more artful style and sophistication to the concept.

Converting the panorma into a planet can be done in several different ways. Dirk Paessler posted a tutorial showing how you can use the "polar coordinates" filter of your photo editor (The Gimp has one), and of course Photoshop has one too.

Other sources include Create Your Own Planets with a little help of this Flickr group tutorial. This group pool also has awesome samples of what type of world you can create. The Polar Panoramas group has even more samples to go through. Enjoy!

Total Recall

In case you were wondering...

The Highest Paid actress' in Hollywood (per movie):

1. Reese Witherspoon — $15 million-$20 million
2. Angelina Jolie — $15 million-$20 million
3. Cameron Diaz — $15+ million
4. Nicole Kidman — $10 million-$15 million
5. Renee Zellweger — $10 million-$15 million
6. Sandra Bullock — $10 million-$15 million
7. Julia Roberts — $10 million-$15 million
8. Drew Barrymore — $10 million-$12 million
9. Jodie Foster — $10 million-$12 million
10. Halle Berry — $10 million

December 18, 2007

Leaked Cloverfield Monster?

New Wall-E Teaser

The awesome graphic style of Illustrator, Michael Cho:

What's wrong with this picture?


A kid's inflated rubber ball was floating in the lake, a catfish tried to eat it, but got its teeth stuck in it, a local saw the struggling fish trying to submerge but slowly getting tired at the repeated attempts and came to its rescue.

Niagara Falls, 1911, Frozen almost solid, an occurrence documented only once more in 1848.

Buffalo Express newspaper wrote the article:
The Falls of Niagara can be compared to nothing but a mere mill dam this morning. In the memory of the oldest inhabitants, never was there so little water running over Niagara's awful precipice, as at this moment! Hundreds of people are now witnessing that which never has, and probably never may again be witnessed on the Niagara River.

Last night at 11 o'clock the factories fed from the waters of this majestic river were in full operation, and at 12 o'clock the water was shut off, the wheel suddenly ceased their revolutions, and everything was hushed into silence. Various are the conjectures as to the cause; the most reasonable of which is that Lake Erie must be making a grand delivery of ice, and this the mouth of the Niagara, although large, is not quite enough to take in the whole at once, and that the consequences are, back water.

December 16, 2007

Statler and Waldorf at their best!

A Jet From The Sun

What powers the solar wind? Our Sun is known to emit a powerful wind of particles with gusts that can even affect astronauts and satellites orbiting Earth. The cause of the solar wind has been debated for decades but is thought to be rooted in Alfvén waves generated by the ever changing magnetic field of the Sun. Newly released images from the Japanese Hinode satellite appear to bolster this hypothesis, imaging an average of 240 daily plasma jets that are excellent candidates to fuel the outwardly moving Alfvén waves. The jets and waves are themselves ultimately created by magnetic reconnection events, rapid events where lines of constant magnetic field suddenly move extremely rapidly, dragging electrons and protons along with them. On the image left, one such jet is visible in X-ray light. Bright spots show relatively energetic regions elsewhere on the Sun.

Tickle Me Emo

December 11, 2007

Ghostbusters Cereal!!!!

The Eagle Nebula

The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an open cluster of stars. The above image in scientifically re-assigned colors was released as part of the fifteenth anniversary celebration of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Gibbous Europa

Although the phase of this moon might appear familiar, the moon itself might not. In fact, this gibbous phase shows part of Jupiter's moon Europa. The robot spacecraft Galileo captured this image mosaic during its mission orbiting Jupiter from 1995 - 2003. Visible are plains of bright ice, cracks that run to the horizon, and dark patches that likely contain both ice and dirt. Raised terrain is particularly apparent near the terminator, where it casts shadows. Europa is nearly the same size as Earth's Moon, but much smoother, showing few highlands or large impact craters. Evidence and images from the Galileo spacecraft, indicated that liquid oceans might exist below the icy surface. To test speculation that these seas hold life, ESA has started preliminary development of the Jovian Europa Orbiter, a spacecraft proposed to orbit Europa. If the surface ice is thin enough, a future mission might drop hydrobots to burrow into the oceans and search for life.

M74- The Perfect Spiral

If not perfect, then this spiral galaxy is at least one of the most photogenic. An island universe of about 100 billion stars, 32 million light-years away toward the constellation Pisces, M74 presents a gorgeous face-on view. Classified as an Sc galaxy, the grand design of M74's graceful spiral arms are traced by bright blue star clusters and dark cosmic dust lanes. Constructed from image data recorded in 2003 and 2005, this sharp composite is from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys. Spanning about 30,000 light-years across the face of M74, it includes exposures recording emission from hydrogen atoms, highlighting the reddish glow of the galaxy's large star-forming regions.

December 08, 2007

Speed Racer!

The Matrix masterminds Andy and Larry Wachowski usher anime icon Tatsuo Yoshida's classic 1960s-era hit into the new millennium with this family-friendly story of a young racecar driver who takes on the mysterious Racer X in a custom-made, gadget-loaded speed machine named the Mach 5. Click image to see the trailer!

Witness the genius of Guillermo Garcia Carsi

Fat Cat Sat Hat

Kermit, Chris and Stephanie

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Don Shalin demonstrate how some Muppets work.

December 05, 2007

War Amps PSA

I am Astar. A Robot. I can put my arm back on. You can't. So play safe.

In the words of Cory Laffin;
"The best bit of TV this country has ever produced."

December 04, 2007

Monster in Motion

Crazy exhibits showcasing werewolf sculpture:

December 02, 2007



Warner Bros. Pictures is fast-tracking their live-action adaptation of
anime classic AKIRA with the Oscar-nominated director of animated short
FIFTY PERCENT GREY, Ruairi Robinson, at the helm, reports AIN'T IT COOL
NEWS. No other details have been released.

The project was originally announced in 2003 with James Robinson (THE
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN) writing the script and Steven
Norrington directing.

Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk manga, the story follows bike gang
leader Kaneda whose friend Tetsuo gets wrapped up in a government plot
to exploit supernatural powers. In the journey to save his friend,
Kaneda teams with anti-government activists who wage an underground war
against greedy politicians and scientists.

Courtesy of Dan Sarto

Robin Williams on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

November 30, 2007

Victoria Crater on Mars

Here's the largest crater yet visited by a rover on Mars. Reaching the expansive Victoria Crater has been a goal for the robotic Opportunity rover rolling across Mars for the past two years. Victoria crater has about five times the diameter of Endurance Crater, which Opportunity spent six months exploring. Opportunity reached Victoria last year, and was cautiously probing the edges of the stadium-sized crevice while waiting for large dust storms to clear. A safe path was found, and Opportunity has slowly entered into Victoria Crater. It is hoped that Victoria Crater will show a deep stack of layers uncovered by the initial impact, and hence new clues into the ancient surface history of Mars. Visible in the distance in the above mosaic is the far rim of Victoria Crater, lying about 800 meters away and rising about 70 meters above the crater floor.

Moon Over Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Once a year, the Light Station at Pigeon Point near San Francisco, California, is lit as it was over 100 years ago. During this time, light generated by five kerosene lamps pours through 24 rotating Fresnel lenses, warning approaching ships to stay away. Early last week, light emanating from the Pigeon Point Lighthouse was particularly picturesque because of a thin fog, also blurring the distant Moon. During the latter 1970s, the lighthouse was guarded by an 800 pound pig named Lester. In modern times, the light house is still active but has been supplied with a more efficient flashing aerobeacon.

Kill Whitey - The Series

Bloody Versions:

November 28, 2007


Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi and Tracy Morgan will provide the lead
voices in Disney's G-FORCE, the live-action/3D-animated feature,

Slated to open May 1, 2009, G-FORCE marks the directorial debut of
Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Hoyt Yeatman (THE ABYSS), who also shared a
technical. It's about a super-smart group of animal commandos that work
for the government and try to thwart an evil billionaire. Bill Nighy and
Will Arnett are among the live actors.
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.

Cage voices the mole Speckles; Buscemi voices hamster Bucky; and Morgan
voices the guinea pig Blaster.

Courtesy of Dan Sarto


Multi-award-winning animation producer and director Firdaus Kharas has
been enlisted to create a series of Public Service Announcements as an
educational tool for those trying to reduce malaria infections in
Africa. Initial funding of $25,000 is being provided by the Canadian Red
Cross to support the project.

"During my travels in Africa, I have been struck by the fact that more
children die of malaria than any other disease," says Kharas. "I want to
support the efforts of organizations like the Canadian Red Cross, which
help prevent malaria through massive free net distributions in Africa."
Initially five spots will be created, with a total of 30 spots planned,
subject to funding. The series will be provided free of charge to any
organization that requests them. A comprehensive website
( is being developed where copies of tapes and DVDs can
be requested online. The campaign builds on the success of "The Three
Amigos," an animated HIV/AIDS prevention campaign currently in use in 72

Courtesy of Dan Sarto

Point & Shoot

Watch this interactive essay by Philip Jones Griffiths called Point & Shoot.
He's poignantly documented violent conflict with unabashed honesty and disdain for its consequences.


November 25, 2007

Ultra-Rare Nintendo Game Up For Sale


A 1990 Nintendo World Championship NES cartridge is up on eBay with a "Buy-It-Now" price of $12,000. There were only 116 ever made, and this is one of 90 grey ones given to semi-finalists. The other 26 are gold, like the old Zelda cartridges, and were given to winners and runners-up of a Nintendo Power contest (one recently sold for $20,000+). Check out the Wikipedia page for more details on the competition. The cartridge has versions of Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris on it.

See it on eBay
via technabob

Spy Pen Detects Wireless and RF Signals

The Auto Detective pen detects wireless and RF signals. The light starts blinking when it detects "signals within the ranges of 900-3000MHz". The faster the blinking the closer you are to the spy device you're detecting. As an added bonus it's supposed to have some feature that helps detect counterfeit bills. The unit runs $16 and is made in China. I've already placed my order. I have reason to believe my girlfriend bugged the house because she suspects I'm cheating. Which I am, but she'll never catch me. The bag-lady and I only make love at the bus-stop. I don't invite her over because she smells like urine.

Courtesy of
Auto Detective Pen to Identify the Rat in your Crew [uberreview]