Disco Is Not Dead

April 7th, 2014

What if the Moon was a Disco Ball?

That looks so downright bizarre that we just have to make it happen some day. Think of the advertising potential.

[Via jwz]

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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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Expertise is a two-edged sword

March 30th, 2014

You're The Expert, Can You Or Can You Not Do This?

A very productive meeting indeed, I think you'll agree.1

[Via The Tao of Mac]

  1. I mean, the expert neither garrotted his bosses nor took his own life with a sharpened paperclip. And his reward for such exemplary behaviour is to get to do this all again. And again. And again…

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Stormscapes

February 13th, 2014

More weather, this time a collection of Stormscapes:

At several points during that video I was fully expecting the clouds to part as a Spielbergesque spaceship descended.1

[Via kottke.org]

  1. You know the sort of thing: big, shaped and lit like a particularly sparkly Xmas tree decoration, gliding slowly and almost silently towards a group of awestruck humans who've suddenly come to understand just how small and primitive and young the human race is.

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Just Ella

February 8th, 2014

Jim Munroe's short film Just Ella features "perhaps the first cinematic example of autocomplete used for a dramatic reveal." And yet it's still worth watching:

[Via jwz]

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Watch her eyes…

January 12th, 2014

Confused little girl meets her father's twin for the first time:

Adorable.

[Via MetaFilter]

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Run

December 28th, 2013

Run is a little beauty of a story.

It's just a vignette, but that's all it needs to be: there's absolutely no need for it to be expanded into a full length feature. What counts is the economy with which the story unfolds, and the creepiness of the idea.

Watch out for the name of run's writer/editor/director Mat Johns in years to come. With a bit of luck and a decent budget to work with, he might well be bringing us something well worth watching.

[Via The Dissolve]

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Our Drone Future

December 14th, 2013

Our Drone Future:

[Via Subtraction.com]

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Try to have fun, Otherwise, what's the point?

December 12th, 2013

Final Cut 2013 – A Cinema Tribute:

[Via The Dissolve]

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

November 25th, 2013

Timelapse: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

[Via swissmiss]

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Aningaaq

November 20th, 2013

The Hollywood Reporter has posted a copy of Aningaaq, a short film that serves as a companion piece to the scene in Gravity in which Sandra Bullock's character attempts to contact ground control but can only raise a man who doesn't speak any English and has no clue of what she's trying to say. It's rather good.

[Via The Dissolve]

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15 Sorting Algorithms

November 17th, 2013

15 Sorting Algorithms in 6 Minutes. Be sure to turn the sound up – it's half the fun of watching how each algorithm works.

[Via kottke.org]

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Pale Blue Dot, 2013

November 16th, 2013

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth:

Earth from Saturn

Cue Carl Sagan, reading from Pale Blue Dot.

[Via Christian Science Monitor, via The Morning News]

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Definitely not the one you were expecting.

November 14th, 2013

Here's the thing. I'd call myself a Doctor Who fan, but I'm really just a lightweight. I watched the show growing up, starting with the tail end of the Patrick Troughton era and then watching right through the Pertwee and Tom Baker years and then bailing out when Tristan Farnon took on the role. I barely saw any of Six and Seven's episodes and didn't feel the loss. I watched the TV movie and disliked almost everything about it: the Doctor being half-human, the Master being nothing whatsoever like Roger Delgado, you name it.

I was intrigued at the prospect of the show returning, and deeply relieved that Christopher Eccleston was terrific and the show was confidently moving forward, even if some of the modern trappings irk me a bit.1 I've been happy to follow the show since: when it's good, it's very good indeed, and as the poor stories are mostly just a single episode long I'm willing to let the odd duff one go because I know a better one will be along shortly and in the meantime there'll be a nice character bit from Matt Smith or Rory will step up and do something remarkable or Donna will turn out to be the most important person in the entire universe.

Outside of the TV episodes, I've never been inclined to follow the tie-ins, beyond having read a few of the early novelisations back during that first spell watching the show, and I've never been tempted to look back into the seasons and Doctors I missed out on. As I say, a bit of a lightweight fan.

I say all this to explain why I shouldn't really be all that excited at The Night of the Doctor: A Mini Episode.

And yet, I am. Not as excited as Stu, for whom Eight is "his" Doctor, but still weirdly thrilled. Realising what I was watching immediately planted a huge grin on my face that still hasn't quite faded.

Seeing the producers pull something like this out of the bag makes me think that Moffat and co. might just blow all our socks off with the 50th anniversary story.2

  1. The whole idea that the default Companion is a young, attractive female who might well end up snogging the Doctor. The notion that the Doctor is famous. The sonic screwdriver being so much more capable, and being wielded like it's a magic wand. John Simm playing The Master when they should have kept Derek Jacobi around to be a properly scary contrast to David Tennant's Doctor. The need to tie every season into an arc story. Not show-stoppers, by any means.
  2. I know this almost certainly won't come to pass given the actor's misgivings about returning to the role, but wouldn't it be great if the appearance of the War Doctor in the special ended with his regenerating and Nine getting up just in time to go off to London and meet up with Rose.

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Uphill!

November 11th, 2013

This video of a Piper Super Cub landing on a windy mountain top is marvelous.

Even when you know what's about to happen, you're watching the film and thinking "OK, in a minute he's going to bank sharply and the runway will swing into the camera's field of vision and this'll be relatively straightforward." Then the pilot banks sharply and puts the aeroplane down on a rough piece of land clinging to the side of the mountain. One where he's going uphill!

After which he goes out, takes a few pictures, observes that it's really cold, and takes off with just as little fuss. Great stuff.

[Via kottke.org]

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Beauty of Mathematics

November 10th, 2013

Beauty of Mathematics speaks for itself, preferably in full-screen mode:

For the record, I can't begin to vouch for the mathematical formulae in the left hand pane bearing any relationship to the phenomena shown in the middle and right hand panes of the video. But it's really pretty, which is way more important than accuracy any day.1

[Via swissmiss]

  1. Isn't it?

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Mouse vs Cracker

November 1st, 2013

Mouse vs Cracker.1 You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer our hero on as he refuses to give up on his quest:

[Via kottke.org]

  1. Google Translate says 'Mouse vs Cookie', but that's no cookie.

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Christ, what an asshole!

October 25th, 2013

Coffee Jerks:

[Via Pop Loser]

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Carrie meets Cinderella

October 20th, 2013

Combining footage from Disney's Cinderella with the soundtrack from a trailer for the Carrie remake gets you this creepy little number:

I know the remake has been receiving mixed reviews in the USA, but I'm still sufficiently intrigued to see how it measures up to the original that I'll probably catch it when it opens in the UK.

[Via MetaFilter]

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Bet She'an

October 19th, 2013

Bet She'an:

In the city of Bet She'an, where mankind is progressively morphing into crows, a sculptor decides to leave a trace of this dwindling humanity

Creepy.

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