Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lego Creations: DS9 Runabout



Not my favorite Star Trek vessel by a longshot, but look at the detail on this Lego model.


Lego Creations: Metal Gear Solid REX


Metal Gear Solid REX V.2 by Ragnarock01

Okay, I'm not the world's biggest Metal Gear Solid fan, but this model is damn impressive.


Lego Creations: Venator Mark III Star Destroyer


Via: MOCpages

Even if I had the money for the pieces, I'd never have the talent to design a Lego model like this.  It's all I can do to assemble the more complex sets from the directions provided without swearing up a blue streak.  I do love to gaze upon the eyecandy of others' creations, though, and this is a beauty.  Follow the link for more in-depth descriptions. 
"This is a theoretical version I created of the Venator Mark III Star Destroyer. There is a Mark II class on Wikipedia already, so I made this the Mark III version developed just before the Imperial Class Star Destroyer.

For those die hard Star Wars fans, this does not comply with the official lexicon. I was more interested in creating a hypothetic version of the Star Destroyer, which was created from my Star Destroyer and AT AT Walker sets. This version is 44 inches long, 28 inches wide and 17 inches tall. If the original Imperial Star Destroyer set was used as a comparative scale, the Venator Mark III Star Destroyer would be 1900 meters long, 1210 meters wide and 735 meters tall (with the landing gear extended). This makes it significantly larger than the standard Imperial Class Star Destroyer, and quite a bit bigger than the 1,137 meter long Venator Class Star Destroyer. I guess this would qualify as a super carrier."

Posters: The Dark Crystal


"When Single Shines The Triple Sun" by Dave Perillo
Prints available for purchase from Bottleneck Gallery. US$40


Posters: Back To The Future


"Back To The Future" by Ryan Brinkerhoff
Prints available for purchase from The Movie Gang. US$20


Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 21, 2017



Interviews

Chris Trujillo ('Stranger Things' Production Designer) discusses creating grittier look
Interview With Nicky Drayden, author of The Prey Of Gods
Ooh, That's Nice: An Exclusive Interview With Sean Gunn
"Star Trek: Discovery" Producers Talk Delays
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Actor Gets Emotional Discussing Iden Versio

Link Round-Up: June 21, 2017


"Oldboy" by Josh G. Eckert
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$18.64

Adam Savage recently took a tour of Artisan’s Asylum, a 40,000 square-foot, 400-member community fabrication center located just outside of Boston. The Asylum is entirely community run and funded, and features spaces for makers to build, share, and take classes.  Five minutes into the tour, all I can think about is how much I wish a place like Artisan’s Asylum existed in my hometown.

Doctor Who TARDIS Stein presumably holds more beer on the inside

Hear Bob Dylan’s Newly-Released Nobel Lecture: A Meditation on Music & Lyrics

Friday, June 16, 2017

Quick Pic: The Life Of A Project


"http://imgur.com/gallery/ZT4wcThe Life Of A Project" by Jonah Lobe
Via: Twitter


Crafts: BioShock Little Sister Doll


Little Sister Doll by Kari Parham

Alright dolls freak me out enough to begin with and Little Sister is anything by cuddly to begin with, but Kari Parham has taken creepy dolls to a whole new level with with handmade Little Sister tribute inspired by BioShock.  Parharm has done an incredible job capturing the horror of Little Sister while still maintaining the "cute" element that makes your skin crawl in-game.  The final results are so good they look Photoshopped.
"The backdrop was made with foam board, poster board, hot glue, paint, and sheets of foam. It was made to come apart three walls and the floor. I just set the display in front of the TV to take a picture."

Posters: Shaun of the Dead


"Shaun of the Dead" by Rich Kelly
Prints available for purchase from Mondo. US$45


Posters: The Fifth Element


"The Fifth Element" by Tracie Ching
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Spoke Art Friday June 16.

'The Fifth Element' by Craig Drake and Tracie Ching, originally available at a special 25th anniversary screening on May 27 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, hosted by MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS and Spoke Art.  Available for purchase today only!


Posters: 2001: A Space Odyssey


"2001: A Space Odyssey" by Karl Fitzgerald
Officially licensed prints available for purchase from Bottleneck Gallery. US$50

A beautiful tribute to one of the greatest movies ever made.


Illustration: Video Game Nouveau




Illustration: American Gods


"American Gods" by David M Buisán
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Does anyone else feel like American Gods isn't getting the overwhelming surge of fan art tributes it deserves?  This is certainly a worthy start, but I hope we'll be seeing more very soon.


Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 16, 2017


Blade Runner Cover Art by Krzysztof Domaradzki
Created for ImagineFX Magazine #143

Interviews

Actor Sam Elliott On Riding A Wave Of Popularity At 72
Bruce Sterling: science fiction won't make the future better
The Director Of Tank Girl Talks Wonder Woman And Misogyny
Interview with Susan Dennard, author of the Witchlands Series
Neill Blomkamp talks about his new short film, "Rakka"

News

Chris Colfer Is Adapting His 'The Land Of Stories' Novels To The Big Screen
Colin Trevorrow's Latest Film Flop Has Star Wars fans On Edge
James Gunn Wants To Retcon A Scene From The First Film For ...
Japanese Researchers Are Developing A Giant Snake Robot To Explore ...
Man In The High Castle Season 3 Casts Jason O'Mara In Major Role
Nasa's Asteroid Mission Scrapped Under Trump's Budget
Now Showing: Week Of June 16
Okja Is A Masterful Blend Of Sweet, Salty, And Satirical (Review)
One Last Bat Time! Fans Will Get A Final Adam West Adventure In ...
Our Sun May Have A Long-Lost Twin: Scientistsnamed It 'Nemesis'
Review: 'The Book Of Henry' Loses Sight Of Its Plot
Sir Derek Jacobi to return as the 'War Master' in new Doctor Who audio series Snow Crash Movie Update: Filming Might Begin In 2017
Sphero's Spidey-Sense Tingles With A Spider-Man Desk Friend
Star Wars Six Director's New Film Has Fans Feeling A Disturbance In A ...
Stranger Things Season 2: Boss Warns That Fans Could Be ...
The 'Six Billion Dollar Man' Film Has Been Bumped To 2018 ...
The Old Guard Clashes With The Newbie In All-New Blade Runner ...
'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' News: Jessica Chastain In Talks To Play A ...

Link Round-Up: June 16, 2017


"Eleven" by Canada-based Drake Tsui
Stranger Things Fan Art


Monday, June 12, 2017

Posters: Logan


"Logan" by Adam Stothard


Posters: Logan


“Logan” by Alberto Reyes


Posters: Reapers of the Apocalypse


"Reapers of the Apocalypse" by Ryan Begley
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Shirts and Destroy. US$110
Via: Imgur

Holy shit.  I would love to see a complete tarot deck drawn by Ryan Begley.  As it is, these posters are nearly sold out, but he is offering a whole range of shirt designs on through his personal site.


Posters: American Gods



This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite shows on television.  It's not quite as good as Game of Thrones or Westworld, but it's a breath of fresh air to sit down to a series that doesn't involve knights, robots, superheroes, or zombies.


Posters: Wonder


"Wonder" by Daniel Nash
Prints available for purchase from Firebox. £19.99 / £29.99


Posters: Wonder Woman




Featured Site: Colormind & Fontjoy

"Colormind is a color scheme generator that uses deep learning. It can learn color styles from photographs, movies, and popular art."
Colormind and Fontjoy are a new set of sites custom taylored to goose the creative juices of graphic designers.  Both sites are powered by "neural nets" developed by one Jack Qiao.  One suggests unique pairings of fonts for your typography project.  The other suggests unique palettes.  They a huge help when you're experiencing creative writer's block or just new to graphic design.

Colormind generates five-color palettes with the click of a mouse using data drawn from Adobe Color.  Meanwhile, FontJoy analyzes letterforms to "systematically find fonts that share similarities but contrast in a key way" to match typefaces.  Yes, you might know that using a serif for a header with sans serifs for a subhead creates an eye-drawing visual contrast, but FontJoy goes deeper than that.  Fonts  chosen by this site might share a weight, slant, or other quality that makes them the perfect pair.

Both Colormind and Fontjoy are free to use.  Of course, whether or not you find them useful is another question entirely.


Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 12, 2017



Interviews

Doctor Who Showrunner Defends Not Casting A Female Doctor Via
Handmaid’s Tale Costume Designer On The Power Inherent To Costumes
It Comes at Night Director Trey Edward Shults on How The Shining Inspired His Nightmare
John Chu Talks Cybernetics, Short Fiction, and Sci-Fi
Produced By: 'Stranger Things,' 'Arrival' Producers on Giving Voice to Talent
Sci-Fi Author Dan Koboldt Talks About 'Okja' and the Future of Genetics

News

Adam West dies From Cancer At Age 88
Bat Signal Launched In Charleston After Death Of Adam West
Bethesda At E3 2017: The 4 Most Important Announcements
Dark Universe's First Hurdle: The Mummy Box Office Tanks
Doctor Who: The New Doctor Has Reportedly Been Cast
E3 2017:Star Warsbattlefront 2's Multiplayer Class System Is Just ...
Force Strong At Skellig Michael With Invasion Of Star Wars fans
Lots of celebrities would like to board Star Trek: Discovery
Luke Skywalker's Original Lightsaber Is Up For Sale
Michael Bay Wants An R-Rated Transformers
Naomi Alderman's dystopian novel The Power wins 2017 Baileys Prize
Sense8 Fans Start Petition To Save The Series
Snowpiercer TV Show Casts Jennifer Connelly
Visceral Games' 'Star Wars' Absence At E3 Had Fans On A Meltdown
We need to talk about Doctor Who and disability
You Can Buy Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber

Link Round-Up: June 12, 2017




At Ai Weiwei’s Unnerving New Installation, The Art Spies On You

Check out the gorgeous concept art detailing the ‘No Man’s Land’ sequence from Wonder Woman.

The Cosplay of Geekulture Lanaudière: When Geekery Meets Family Fun

Fallout Pip-Boy PS4 Controller: Live in Your World, Play in Our Wasteland

The Free Library of 3D Printable Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures is Now Complete!

How to Clean a Dusty Picasso at MoMA: Use Your Spit

Redditors design worst volume sliders possible

ScreenRant has released a video called "10 Marvel Fan Theories That Will Freak You Out", and while I don't think they will freak you out, they are intriguing.

Sculpting with Books to Make Abstract Art

Yeah, sure, cellular automata are pretty great, whatever. Wait! Let's knit them on scarves! Yeah. Yeah, that's the--WAIT! I've got it! Let's plaster 'em all over a goddam train station!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Humor: Windows being Windows



Damn it Windows, does killing always need to be option one?


Humor: Useless They Said


Useless They Said
Source: Imgur

I'd love to see a story arc where Aqua Man was the villain.


Infographic: Tabletop Whale


"Landmarks on Venus are named after famous women or goddesses. I made a map introducing the woman behind each name. You can find the full-size map here."
At Tabletop Whale, graphic designer and molecular biologist Eleanor Lutz showcases her scientific infographics, illustrations and drawings. Examples include virus trading cards, colorful butterflies of North America, immunology pop art and a user's guide to muscles.

Lutz's work has been featured all over the internet, including in an interview for Paste Magazine and an article for Wired.  She also has a Tumblr devoted to her work.  Check out some of the highlights from her galleries at the links below:

Animal Kingdom

Astronomy

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 7, 2017


"True Heroes" by Rio de Janeiro-based Daniel Lustosa

Interviews

John Cameron Mitchell Doesn'T Care If You Hate His Alien Punkmovie: "How to Talk to Girls at Parties to be the favorite film of some 15-year-old girl. Thank fuck for that, because the middle-aged white male critics hated it."
Life On Mars With Mark Gardner And John J. Rust
Thandie Newton: Shooting ‘Westworld’ Nude Scenes Felt Like Having a Baby

Link Round-Up: June 7, 2017


"The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring" by Tom Miatke
Part of 'Soldiers Of Fourtune’ exhibition presented by Hero Complex Gallery

Adam Savage Builds a LEGO Model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket

Anime recommendation chart for beginners

Bob Dylan's Nobel Lecture is now online: "In a lot of ways, some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by magical voices, sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back. And you’ve had close calls as well. You have angered people you should not have. And you too have rambled this country all around. And you’ve also felt that ill wind, the one that blows you no good. And that’s still not all of it."  Here's a great explanation of Why Bob Dylan Won The Nobel Prize.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Woodwork: Catan Board



This Imgurian has me green with jealousy over his handmade Settler of Catan Board. The wood tiles in particular are incredible. I wish there were process shots, but alas, we're going to have to be satisfied drooling over the results.


Sweets: LOTR Birthday Party


Imgurian Skip172 shared the preparations his girlfriend made for her "Long Expected" 25th birthday.  Decorations include some familiar signage, and the party featured a buffet of Lord of the Ring themed foods.  Imgur being Imgur, they of course advise him to immediately wife her, and I have to admit, I'd love to meet a fangirl this into my fandoms.


Tattoo: Inner Dimensions



New Hampshire tattoo artist Jesse Rix has posted a gallery of incredible three-dimensional tattoos that transform their bearers into multi-layered optical illusions of alien worlds that appear to loom just beneath their skin.
Jesse Rix is a tattoo artist based in Keene, New Hampshire. He has been tattooing since 2005 and specializes in realism, nature and 3D/Geometric style pieces …Our studio is a private studio, which means it’s by appointment only. We take clients based on an application process when our books are open.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: June 5, 2017


"Ghost in the Shell" by Chris Skinner
Part of the Soldiers of Fortune art show at Hero Complex Gallery.
Prints available for purchase from Hero Complex Gallery. US$60

Interviews

The Leftovers Co-Creator Tom Perrotta Expands On The Finale's Surprising Answer
The Leftovers Finale: The Director Talks Love, Belief, and That Final Scene
Neil Blomkamp Talks The District 9 Follow-Up
Nicky Drayden Talks About Her Trippy Debut Novel, The Prey of Gods

Link Round-Up: June 5, 2017




7 Amazing Origami-Inspired Inventions

35 thoughts Trevor the toad might have had during Philosopher’s Stone

An Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Science in France, Francesco de Comité has been making 2D and 3D representations of mathematical concepts and objects.

Canadian artist Dave Delisle of Dave’s Geeky Ideas recently created an incredible two-person tent design concept based on a Federation shuttlecraft from Star Trek.
This is a two-man tent design that features an entrance at the back (just like the actual shuttlecraft). The tent stores in a carrying case that splits apart to become the thrusters. This started as a bunk bed design several months back, but I didn’t want to keep posting bed designs at the time, so I shelved it. Glad I could do something different for the shuttlecraft here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fan Art Round-Up: Wonder Woman 3


[ Related: Part 1 and Part 2 ]


Fan Art Round-Up: Wonder Woman 2


"Wonder Woman" by Spain-based David Ríos (Daekai)
[ Related: Part 1 and Part 3 ]


Fan Art Round-Up: Wonder Woman


A gallery of fan art featuring Wonder Woman.
[ Related: Part 2 and Part 3 ]


Sci-Fi Round-Up: May 30, 2017


[ Related: Wonder Woman Fan Art Gallery Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ]

Interviews

Around The Marvel Universe With Al Ewing
Cinematographer Matthew Jensen Compares the New Film to Donner's Superman
Eating Authors: J. Mulrooney (Campbell Award Nominee)
Gal Gadot On Making 'Wonder Woman:' 'We Left Cynicism Aside'
Jim Hines, The Fantasy Author Using Humor to Get Serious About Disability and Gender
Laini Taylor, author of Strange The Dreamer
Sudbury Writer Nina Nesseth Decodes science behind Orphan Black

Link Round-Up: May 30, 2017


"Rogue One" by Canada-based Derek Laufman
Prints available for purchase from the author's website. US$20


The Darth Vader armchair is a custom-made piece by DSDStudio on Etsy and will run you $12,000 (before shipping from Russia). Only 10 will be made.

Forging Wonder Woman’s God Killer Sword in Real Life

Here are13 Amazing Women Who’ve Been Making Comics for Longer Than the Internet Would Have You Believe in honor of Wonder Woman's release

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gallery: Vanity Fair on Star Wars


(Inspired by the Vanity Fair Photo Shoot)

There's been a growing buzz surrounding the 40th anniversary of Star Wars since the beginning of the year, but today is the day!  On May 25th 1977, Star Wars made its debut in theaters.  Forty years later, the franchise is going stronger than ever, and fans are more fanatical than ever.
The Star Wars films are pretty much the cornerstone of geek culture, and if you're reading this blog, it's a sure thing that the franchise played a role in your life as well.

Tuesday, Vanity Fair revealed the covers for their Star Wars 40th anniversary issue.  Yesterday, they followed the covers up with  a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot with the legendary Annie Leibovitz, along with interviews with the cast and crew.  The magazine's features are the first in-depth coverage of The Last Jedi, signalling that the summer's marketing train has officially left the station.

Needless to say, the photos of Carrie Fisher stir up the feels in a major way.  Seeing her intimately posed with Mark and her daughter raises the spectre of what might have been, especially in light of the recent revelation that Fisher would have led ninth Star Wars movie

Head on over to Vanity Fair to check out more gorgeous photos and behind-the-scenes stories. It’s a very interesting read, but be warned!  Some of the articles are mild spoilers.  There's at least one instances in which an actor describes a scene he shot with Fisher that clearly indicates a confrontation between the two actors' characters.

Video Essay: Superhero Movies Get Old



Vlogger Evan Puschak of The Nerdwriter examines the superhero franchises and how the seemingly permanent infallibility of characters can become tiresome.  Puschak compares the satirical humor of Deadpool and the hopeless desolation of Logan.
"In the end Logan makes the final turn into reaffirmation one last act of sacrificial heroics that reaffirms the myth even after exposing it as inadequate. You know it makes me wonder if this is the limit of superhero movies. It’s unclear whether a film that sought to fully demythologize this myth could ever really get made or if the genre itself is even mature enough to handle such a thing"


Video Essay: Arrival — an Adaptation



Arrival was the most intellectually stimulating film to hit theaters of 2016.  Both epic and intimate, soulful and suspenseful, the movie was literary in way so few modern movies are.

In his latest video essay, Michael Tucker of Lessons from the Screenplay examines how Denis Vialleneuve's film departs from Ted Chiang's source material, Story of Your Life, transforming Louise's story from one of predestination into one of choice.

In the short story, Louise's daughter dies in a rock-climbing accident.  In the movie adaptation, she dies from an unpreventable illness.  In an interview on Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast, The Q&A, screenwriter Eric Heisserer explains “I think it’s more profound for me if she has a choice, if she has free will, and can change her future, and yet she chooses to have Hannah.”

The choice is a superb example of how adapting a story for the big screen can actually add depth, rather than gutting it.  Tucker elaborates on Heisserer's deft touch with an analysis of the movie's exposition and editing changed scenes, ultimately resulting in a more powerful narrative.


Posters: Star Wars Episode VII


"Star Wars Episode VII" by Ukraine-based AndrewSS7


Posters: Rey and BB-8


"Rey and BB-8" by Spain-based Sonia Matas (Sonia MS)
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$20


Sci-Fi Round-Up: May 25, 2017



Interviews

Director Milton Ginsberg Talks About His New Sci-Fi Film
Cory Doctorow On Cyber Warfare, Lawbreaking, And His New Novel ...
Neil Degrasse Tyson Talks Movie Accuracy With The Citizen-Times
Q&A: Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Sci-Fi author Nnedi Okorafor On Creating An Interstellar Coming-Of Story

Link Round-Up: May 25, 2017


"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" by Jonathan Burton
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Bottleneck Gallery. US$50


CNC Routing A 12 Foot Wide Piece Of Window Art

This Gorgeous 10-Second Milky Way Photo Was Shot Hand-Held

How many ways can you destroy a piano? Piano smashing contests were a UK fad in the 1960s, eventually crossing over to the US. Teams used sledgehammers to destroy an upright piano to the point where pieces of the piano could be passed through a 9-inch diameter hole. Infrequent piano smashing contests have been held in recent years although Guinness World Records has retired the category from active competition. Using sledgehammers is one thing, but composer Annea Lockwood has several creative ways to dispose of pianos.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Music Video: Wonder Woman Theme



Cellist Tina Guo is one of the most talented musicians on YouTube, and if you've never heard one of her pieces, you're in for a treat.  Her version of Wonder Woman’s theme from Batman v Superman is incredible.


Music Video: May It Be (LoTR)



Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser of 2CELLOS performed an incredible cover of the song “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with the London Symphony Orchestra. The mesmerizing track is from 2CELLOS' new album, Score, which is now available to purchase from Amazon.


Humor: Fandom



I can personally couch for the fact that this is 100% accurate.


Humor: Shoot for the Moon




Tattoo: Ukiyo-inspired Silliness

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Ukiyo-e-inspired Tattoos by Maxime Gautron (Brindi)
Silkscreen prints available for purchase from the artist's website.

Maxime Gautron, owner of the Brindi Tattoo Parlor in Toulouse, France, has recently unveiled his latest masterpieces on Instagram.  They're a series of tattoos that draw inspiration from Japanese woodblock prints, known as Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world").  If you look closely, though, each of his tattoos contains a small thread of silliness.  I'm not sure I'd want to wear on for life, but they sure are fun to look at.


Posters: Mass Effect: Andromeda



Posters: Legend of Zelda Redux




Illustration: Twin Peaks Postcards


Part of the 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition at the Menier Gallery in London

Get a load of these beautiful Twin Peaks character illustrations.  They've been drawn of the backs of a lovely set of vintage postcards befitting the characters on their reverse side.


Illustration: Men of Twin Peaks


"Men of Twin Peaks" by San Francisco-based Emma Munger

San Francisco-based illustrator Emma Munger created this awesome series depicting the men of Twin Peaks in classic pin-up poses in the style of American tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Each one is presented with a quote and accessories that match their wonderfully distinct characters. Agent Cooper enjoys a damn fine cup of coffee and a slice of cherry pie, Sheriff Truman twirls a frosted donut on his finger, and consummate angler Pete Martell is depicted in thigh-deep water holding up his infamous fish in the percolator.  Also, don't miss the Ladies of Twin Peaks.


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