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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February 22nd, 2012
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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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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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September 19th, 2011
"Pixels" by Patrick Jean is both beautifully put together, and guaranteed to make fans of arcade games of a certain age feel terribly nostalgic.
[Via Making Light (Particles)]
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September 10th, 2011
- It may take a little while to load: don't judge it until you've given it time to load completely so you can see the animation running at full speed. ↩
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June 5th, 2011
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April 25th, 2011
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April 22nd, 2011
Given that eight years on David Fincher is still talking about his and Morgan Freeman's adaptation of Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama as a film in need of a solid script, I think it's safe to assume that this brief animation by Aaron Ross when he was studying at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2001 is as close as we're going to get to seeing Rama on the big screen any time soon.
Still, it could be worse. Fincher could have announced that he'd decided to take the project to TV in order to tell the story as a miniseries. A twelve-part miniseries incorporating the Gentry Lee-penned sequels.
[Aaron Ross video via James Nicoll]
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April 14th, 2011
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April 3rd, 2011
Plutonium kun […] appeared in a 10-minute anime made about a decade ago by the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation (now the Japan Atomic Energy Agency), an industry body specializing in the development of fast-breeder and advanced-thermal reactors, an anime that was swiftly withdrawn in part because of a scene in which Plutonium kun gets his boy pal to drink a glass of liquid plutonium while he sweetly intones that "I'm hardly absorbed by your stomach or intestines and I'm expelled by your body, so in fact I can't kill people at all".
Good to know…
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March 21st, 2011
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If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.
February 22nd, 2011
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January 30th, 2011
Scale shows how the night sky would look if the Moon was replaced by various other planetary bodies.
I'm a little disappointed we don't get to see Saturn1 close up, but it's still a neat concept, well executed.
[Via Wis[s]e Words]
- By which I mostly mean Saturn's rings, obviously. ↩
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January 12th, 2011
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December 30th, 2010
The Beauty of Pixar: a mashup of scenes from Pixar's films, complete with appropriate musical accompaniment. Nice work – though if it were me, I don't think I'd have inserted the clips from The Shining and Goodfellas.1
On a personal note, can I just observe that when I read the list of sources used in making that mashup I realised that I've only seen four Pixar films. Four2 out of eleven: that's a really pathetic score, isn't it?
Pardon me, I just need to go and surrender my geek credentials until I've done some homework…
- I see why they made sense in context, but to my mind their presence mostly detracted from the spectacle of all those perfect pixels. ↩
- Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Though I do have Toy Story 2 on the DVR, waiting for me to get round to it. As it has been since … [checks timestamp on recording ] … July 2010. ↩