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


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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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June 23rd, 2012

PROTEIGON is a lovely bit of stop-motion video.

[Via swissmiss]

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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.

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  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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