'I am full of very useful devices.'

April 24th, 2014

NextWave Agents of HA.T.E. Comic Dub Part 1 has a few minor technical issues1, but for a fannish effort it does a pretty impressive job of communicating the joy of Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen's batty, brilliant 12-issue series:

Roll on the double page spread of Elvis M.O.D.O.K.s2

[Via Wis[s]e Words]

  1. Primarily the inconsistent volume levels of the different vocal tracks, so that you find yourself turning up the volume to hear a quiet bit and are deafened when the next line is delivered much more loudly for no particular reason.
  2. Though that was from in issue #11, so it'll be a while yet. Lots more good stuff to come between now and then, thankfully.

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The Adjustable Cosmos

April 12th, 2014

The Adjustable Cosmos:

In the fifteenth century, three worthies come together to tackle the Emperor's disastrous horoscope. They lift themselves to space in their medieval vessel, braving the terrors and wonders of the of the Ptolemaic universe, to reach for the stars…

[Via MetaFilter]

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A GIRL NAMED ELASTIKA

April 6th, 2014

A GIRL NAMED ELASTIKA is a lovely, exuberant little animation:

Be sure to stay until the very end to meet the real heroine of the piece.

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Moses Supposes…

April 4th, 2014

義足のMoses is pretty much the cutest thing I've seen all week:

[Via MetaFilter]

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The Scale of the Universe 2

January 12th, 2014

The Scale of the Universe 2. Best viewed in full screen mode.

[Via Astronomy Picture of the Day]

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Danger Zone

October 22nd, 2013

Danger Zone: Funniest Archer Moments:

I just don't know why Channel 5 would bury a show that reliably funny (and filthy) at 2:30 in the morning.

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Magic Beard

August 21st, 2013

Magic Beard:

Nothing creepy about that. Not at all.

Not until the shaving foam, anyway…

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The double bill from Hell

August 16th, 2013

My favourite fact I learned today, from a MetaFilter thread prompted by the release of an English-subtitled trailer for Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises [Previously.]:

[...] Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro were released together as a double feature. Target audience: ?

posted by The Tensor at 5:39 PM on August 15

I can't imagine any way to sit through that pairing without ending up a sobbing wreck. One poster said that Totoro played second, possibly in an attempt to lift the audience's spirits after Fireflies had stomped them into the ground. Me, I doubt that even the appearance of a real-life catbus could make me feel good in the wake of the gut-punch Grave of the Fireflies delivers.

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The Wind Rises

July 20th, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki's first film in five years, The Wind Rises is something a bit different: a biopic

Miyazaki has pulled out all the stops. The film is of immense length: 126 minutes of hand-drawn animation. It tackles huge, challenging subjects: the 1923 Great Kanto Eartquake, the Great Depression and the march to global war. In addition to securing for the nth time a score by Hisaishi Jo, Japan's greatest living composer, Miyazaki roped in Matsutoya Yumi (a.k.a. Yuming) to provide the theme song. He coaxed his colorist of 50 years to come out of retirement for this one last film.

And the subject of the first Miyazaki film about a real person: the life of Horikoshi Jiro, the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M, the Zero fighter.

Not subject matter I'd have expected from Miyazaki, but judging by this (Japanese language) trailer the resulting film is every bit as good-looking as anything we've seen from him lately. We'll see how the story turns out in due course, but for now it's looking promising.

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Gus Nitrous is one badass slug

June 4th, 2013

Exoids:

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The Doctor Puppet

April 8th, 2013

Doctor Puppet promises to be one of the very best fannish celebrations of the Doctor's 50th anniversary year.

I do hope the BBC's lawyers don't squash it like a bug.

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Proteigon

June 23rd, 2012

PROTEIGON is a lovely bit of stop-motion video.

[Via swissmiss]

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Disassembled

May 13th, 2012

Junaid Chundrigar's animation Disassembled goes beyond the cast of a certain current blockbuster, featuring all sorts of non-Avengers. I loved the … um … cartoonish nature of Thor's encounter with Loki1 and the sight of Venom trying to enjoy an ice cream. Good work, strongly recommended.

[Via MetaFilter]

  1. Though not as much as I did a certain distinctly cartoonish Loki/Hulk meetup in the film. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about.

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A wild AMELIA POND appears!

April 4th, 2012

As far as I'm concerned, CollegeHumor's Dr. Who RPG video wins the internet this week.

[Via The Medium is Not Enough]

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Merida Hime

March 18th, 2012

I meant to post this the other day: the Japanese trailer for Pixar's Brave looks very different to the ones we've been seeing.

I don't by any means dislike the English language trailers. I adore the way Merida decides to compete for her own hand in the second trailer, and the customary Pixar attention to detail exemplified in the shots of her loosing that last arrow. However, the Japanese trailer emphasises different aspects of the story that make it feel more like a Hayao Miyazaki film. Which, lest there be any doubt, is a very good thing.

[Via James Nicoll]

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Have you ever seen such cruelty?

March 15th, 2012

The Complete Works of Itchy and Scratchy.

[Via Pop Loser]

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Zooming in and out

March 12th, 2012

The Scale of the Universe Interactive: think of it as a Flash version of Powers of Ten, crossed with a Total Perspective Vortex.

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The Deadliest Game

February 22nd, 2012

Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game.

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The Joy of Books

January 9th, 2012

The Joy of Books. I'll bet you don't get that sort of unruly after hours behaviour in Amazon's warehouses.

[Via The Awl]

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You gotta be f**kin' kidding!

January 4th, 2012

Lee Hardcastle's Pingu's THE THING. This is the epic extended cut, a whole two minutes long.

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