Monday, October 23, 2017

Link Round-Up: October 23, 2017


"The Shining" by Christopher Shy of Studio Ronin

At 1:00pm on May 17th, 2017, Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted that he occasionally longed for someone to read "Good Night Moon" to him as he falls asleep. Six minutes later, LeVar Burton tweeted "I got you... Let's do this!" And do it they did.  Burton, of course, was the host of Reading Rainbow for two decades. His new podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, is like Reading Rainbow for adults.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Posters: It's The Great Pumpkin


"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" by Jérémy Pailler
Prints available for purchase from Dark Hall Mansion. US$25


Posters: Stranger Things


"Stranger Things" by Crystal Graziano (itsprecioustime)


Posters: Stranger Things


Stranger Things arrives on Netflix October 27

Stranger Things kicks off October with a piece of Halloween-theme artwork for its second season, which premieres on October 27 on Netflix. Watch the trailer here.

With the arrival of the ominous poster above, Netflix has announced that Stranger Things’ highly-anticipated second season will premiere on Friday, October 27. Watch the teaser here, then adjust your Halloween plans accordingly!

Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Paul Reiser, and Sean Astin star.
It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Video Game Round-Up: October 20, 2017



Humble Bundle has been acquired by media giant IGN. [Gamasutra] “Media giant IGN announced today that it has acquired Humble Bundle, the company best known for selling packs of indie games at pay-what-you-want prices. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is potentially a big deal for game developers, since Humble has expanded beyond its bundling business to publish games, pay devs to make games for its subscription-based monthly game club, maintain a subscription-based online game trove, and operate an online game storefront. However, a press release confirming the deal also noted that Humble will continue to operate independently in the wake of the acquisition, with no significant business or staffing changes.”

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 20, 2017


"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" by Dan Mumford
The first of four exclusive prints from the 'Star Wars Sundays' promotion by AMC Theatres.

Interviews

Creator of The Matrix code Simon Whiteley reveals its mysterious origins
Douglas Hofstadter on why AI is far from intelligent - "Computing hardware can do anything that a brain could do, but I don't think at this point we're doing what brains do."
David Fincher Opens Up On Why His Axed Hbo Series Went From ...
Jim Sturgess Dishes On Sci-Fi film Geostorm
Kate Beckinsale, John Barrowman, "Buffy" Q&A's

Link Round-Up: October 20, 2017


"The Old Curiosity Shop" by Kevin M. Wilson
Prints available for purchase from Hero Complex Gallery.


10 Last Minute Halloween Decorating Ideas

Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait lays out problems of modern science and the Nobel awards.

English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro perhaps best known for The Remains of the Day has been given this year's Nobel Prize in literature. If you want to know more about Ishiguro, the British Council has a good profile on him, but it might also be a good idea to read these two dialogues, one between him and fellow Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe and another with Neil Gaiman [previously] or the Paris Review interview in the Art of Fiction series. For live updates, analysis and reaction, head to The Guardian's liveblog and The Comlete Review's Literary Saloon blog.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Video: Batman VS Elmer Fudd



Did you know that DC once released a comic book crossover of the DC and Looney Tunes universe?  Neither did I.  In this video, you can listen to comic book artist Neal Adams narrate "Batman VS Elmer Fudd." You should definitely check it out!


Video: Papyrus



In the single funniest sketch Saturday Night Live has aired in the past five years, Ryan Gosling tears into the graphic design of Avatar's title.


Video: White Walker Makeup Tutorial



Los Angeles professional beauty and special effects makeup artist Mykie of Glam&Gore posted a special effects makeup tutorial where she demonstrated how to turn yourself into a terrifying White Walker from Game of Thrones using cotton and liquid latex.


Video: Khaleesi Makeup Tutorial


"Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons and badassery, done in the style of both glam & gore. If you follow this tutorial, whatever you do, don't use burlap to make your top. I'm still itchy. The horse heart scene being referred to in this tutorial is from season 1 of Game of Thrones. If you don't watch that show or remember that scene, I probably look insane to you. :)"


Video: What Makes Black Mirror So Dark



In this excellent video essay on the incredible dystopian Netflix series Black Mirror, Youtuber Evan Puschak aka The Nerdwriter takes a deep look into how the series effects such a dark tone.  Puschak notes that Aristotle defined tragedy as a “safe place to feel pity and fear in a safe environment” resulting a cathartic response.  Due to the show's unique structure, the audience is never allowed to achieve catharsis and is left with only raw feelings towards each character, making them more relatable.
What Charlie Brooker the intensely smart creator of ‘Black Mirror’ has given us our tragedies that are often senseless in other words tragedies that withhold catharsis. The result I think, is that we end up feeling much closer to these stories. The cathartic appreciation that’s meant to transform our pity and our fear never comes and we’re just left with the pity and the fear. So why do we watch Black Mirror if it robs us of the pleasure often associated with tragedy. I think it’s because this feeling is a truly unique one in TV it’s unlike most other shows.

Video: Stranger Things References



With season two of Stranger Things just around the corner (October 27th), ScreenPrism posted this two-part series pointing out all of the amazing references, homages, and Easter eggs scattered throughout season one.
"Stranger Things is infused with 80s horror references and updates to the classic tropes of 80s teen movies and music. In Part 2 of our series about the Netflix hit, we explore how the Duffer brothers draw on these pop culture references in the teen strand of the story. Stranger Things Season 2 premieres October 27th."

Short Film: Blade Runner Shorts



In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo's Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new and highly-anticipated animated short which serves as a prologue for the upcoming feature film Blade Runner 2049.


Short Film: ADAM: The Mirror



District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp of Oats Studios has teamed up with Unity to create the next installments of their ADAM franchise.  The first was ADAM: The Mirror, a follow-up to the original sci-fi short film ADAM from 2016. The magnificent short, created in real-time using the Unity game engine, follows an “amnesiac hero as he discovers a clue about what and who he is.” The next chapter will arrive soon.
"Oats Studios brings to life the next chapter in the Adam story, made in real-time using Unity. Join our amnesiac hero as he discovers a clue about what and who he is. The next chapter arrives soon."

Sculpture: Rice Straw Giants


For the past ten years, local artists in the Niigata prefecture in Northern Japan build incredible animal sculptures out of rice straw for the annual Wara Art Festival. “Wara” is the Japanese term for rice straw. It’s what remains after the rice harvest.  Some regions use it to feed livestock or improve the soil. But students from Musashino Art University it to make these enormous sculptures. The sculptures are currently on display through October 31, 2017 at Uwasekigata Park.
The Wara Art Festival all started in 2006 when the local district reached out to Musashino Art University to seek guidance on transforming their abundant amount of rice straw into art. And in 2008, the very first Wara Art Festival was held. Since then, every year the school sends art students up to Niigata to assist in creating sculptures made out of rice straw. The festivities have ended but the sculptures are on display through October 31, 2017.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Wara Art Festival participants made this year’s sculptures twice as large as usual.  Visit the Wara Art Festival Facebook page for more photos of these magnificent sculptures.


Paintings: Game of Thrones Poster


Daenerys Poster by Jack Fox Effects
Source: Imgur via Reddit


Paintings: Jon Snow


Acrylic and Ink on 300 lb. Hot Press Watercolour Paper


Posters: Blade Runner 2049


Blade Runner 2049 by Ciarán O Donovan


Posters: Blade Runner 2049


Blade Runner 2049 by Neil Davies


Posters: Blade Runner 2049


Blade Runner 2049 by Tsuneo Sanda


Illustration: Blade Runner 2049



Concept art for Los Angeles by night!


Link Round-Up: Blade Runner



4 Differences Between Deckard From Blade Runner and the book

A Blade Runner for our time: The 1982 film introduced a new vocabulary, inspired a generation

Alison Hammond of This Morning sat down with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling to conduct a playful interview with the duo about their upcoming film, Blade Runner 2049. Ford and Gosling could not stop laughing with the constant barrage of hilarious jokes going back and forth between them and Hammond.

Are Blade Runner’s Replicants Human? Descartes and Locke Have Some Thoughts

Link Round-Up: October 6, 2017


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Rocky Davies

A ballerina dances as the joints on her body are traced with a computer-generated rotoscope animation technique, an algorithm that brings a mathematical layer to her natural movements.

Famous corporate Logos drawn from Memory by more than 150 People

The grid pattern on this placemat creates the optical illusion that the placemat has sunk under the weight of your tableware.

How IBM’s ThinkPad Became A Design Icon

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 6, 2017


"Lord Of The Rings" by Zaki Hamdani

Interviews

The Orville: Adrianne Palicki On The Incredible Sets And The Hopeful ...

Link Round-Up: October 9, 2017


"The Terminator" by Hollie Matney

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 4, 2017


"Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" by Noriyoshi Ohrai

Interviews

Author Greg Cox has written Star Trek, movie novels for decades
Blade Runner: Grumpy Harrison Ford has 2049 reasons to smile
Domhnall Gleeson Reveals Why He Almost Turned Down His Role In Star Wars
Ethan Hawke interview: On the legacy of the Before trilogy and Jesse and Céline's future
Former Deadpool 2 Director Tim Miller Explains His Exit
How Adam Savage went from kid geek to mythbuster to nerd whisperer

Link Round-Up: October 4, 2017


"221b Baker Street" by Tracie Ching
Sherlock-inspired fan art


Danish architecture firm EFFEKT has created an absolutely beautiful way to experience the Gisselfeld Klosters Skove preserved forest with their exquisitely designed “Camp Adventure Treetop Experience“, a 600 meter circular wooden ramp that gently rises within the forest up to the observation deck, which 45 meters in the air providing for a stunning bird’s eye view of the trees.

How Crossrail is using 3D-printing to build its stations Crossrail is a big fancy new rail route through London and surrounding counties. In the process thet're also building a load of lovely new stations. Here's a nice short article about the 3D printing process used to make exciting futury curved concrete panels.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Posters: The Shining


The Shining Poster by Lyndon Willoughby


Posters: The Shining


"The Shining" by Nicole Gustafsson


Posters: Wonder Woman


"Wonder Woman" by Chris Hernandez (Chris Hdz)


Posters: Wonder Woman


"Wonder, Power, Courage" by Makassar, Indonesia-based Amien Juugo
Prints available for purchase from BigCartel.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Paintings: Interstellar Voyager


"Interstellar Voyager" by Rob Rey
6" x 8" Oil on board original painting.
Created for Every Day Original


Posters: Stranger Things


"Stranger Things" art by Butcher Billy


Posters: Stranger Things


"Stranger Things" by Mexico-based TROCKZ


Posters: Stranger Things




Posters: Stranger Things




Posters: IT


"IT" by France-based Rico Jr


Posters: Pennywise


"It movie" by Lima, Peru-based Antonio Roque


Posters: Blade Runner 2049


"Blade Runner 2049" by UK-based Chris Skinner


Posters: Blade Runner 2049




Posters: Blade Runner 2049


"Blade Runner 2049" by UK-based Jake Gunn


Posters: Blade Runner 2049


"Blade Runner 2049" by Paul Shipper


Posters: Blade Runner 2049


"Blade Runner 2049" by Michael Friebe (Raborlatte)
Homage to the original John Alvin one sheet poster.


Posters: Blade Runner 2049


"Blade Runner 2049" by Michael Friebe (Raborlatte)


Illustration: Hoth Hangar


"Star Wars: Hoth Hangar!" by Londrina, Brazil-based BIGO


Gaming Round-Up: Microtransaction Criticism


"Fallout" by Fabled Creative


Behind the addictive psychology and seductive art of loot boxes by Alex Wiltshire: “Loot boxes are everywhere. They're in shooters, RPGs, card games, action games and MOBAs. They also take the form of packs, chests and crates. They're filled with voice lines, weapon skins, new pants or materials to get you more loot boxes. They're in free games and paid ones, singleplayer and multiplayer. They can be free to open and paid for with real money. You may feel an almost violent antipathy to the very idea of them, but you've probably also opened a fair few. The appeal isn't hard to grasp. Opening a loot box is a rush: a moment of anticipation followed by release. That colourful animated flurry is often accompanied by disappointment, but is sometimes with the joy of getting exactly the item that you wanted. And then you feel the gambler's pull to open another, pushing you back into the game to grind or digging into your wallet to earn or buy your next one.”

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 2, 2017


"Aliens" by Rich Davies

Interviews

Aliens, Mind-Controlled Robots & Multispecies Conflict: Provenance Author Ann Leckie
Denis Villeneuve on (Re)Creating the World of Blade Runner 2049
Domhnall Gleeson on Working with Rian Johnson on The Last Jedi & Abrams Return
Evan Rachel Wood on Her Gritty New Psycho-Thriller, the Emmys, and Westworld Season Two
Horrified? No, fans are delighted as Stephen King and son discuss writing at Lindenwood University
Is ‘God Complex’ Science Fiction Or A Frightening Documentary? Paul Jenkins Knows
James Marsden Reveals His 'Westworld' Pre-Nudity Rituals
Liam Neeson Talks Possible 'Star Wars' Return, Admits He Tried to Talk His Son Out of Acting
Orville Star Mark Jackson Talks Science Fiction, 'Star Trek,' And A Brighter Future
Stream-Of-Consciousness Interview With Niels Arden Oplev On Flatliners
You won't see iPhones in Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve says

Link Round-Up: October 2, 2017


"The Goonies" by George Bletsis

A Short Trip is an interactive illustration by Alexander Perrin. Use left and right arrows to move. (Requires WebGL)

Aston Martin partnered with Triton Submarines to create “Project Neptune,” an upcoming limited edition luxury mini submarine that will allow up to three people to explore under water at depths of around 1,650 feet at a max speed of 3.5 miles per hour. The ritzy air-conditioned sub, which will be 5.9 feet tall and 8,800 pounds, is currently still a concept design and will eventually go into production.

Electrical engineer Greg Leyh has a long history of building amazing Tesla Coils, some of which have been featured in Survival Research Labs shows and at Maker Faire. He is currently is working on bringing the world’s largest Tesla Coil to life and he’s nearly completed the project, but unfortunately, he lost his creative space at The Big Art Studios at American Steel in Oakland, California when the building was sold. Rather than look for another studio, Leyh is raising funds through Indiegogo to outfit a custom mobile trailer from which he can work to finish the coil.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Video: Everything is a Remix: Fair Use



In this episode of Everything Is a Remix, host Kirby Ferguson explains Fair Use and offers three provocative questions to ask yourself before using copyrighted material.
"I recommend using this three-step test. For each clip you want to use. Number one: Is the clip you are using illustrating a point? …Number two: Is this point clear to the average viewer? And lastly number three: Did you use only the amount that was reasonably appropriate to make your point? …if you can answer yes to all three you have a strong case for Fair Use."


Video: Mr. Robot: The Art of Framing



In another thought-provoking video essays, filmmaker Karsten Runquist considers the unusual framing employed by Sam Esmail in the first season of the television series Mr. Robot.  In particular, he notes that the director's unique perspectives leave audiences room to draw their own conclusions independent of the series' cinematography.

If you haven't seen this series yet, I can't recommend it highly enough.  Watching this video won't spoil this series, but it will give you a good taste of what makes Mr. Robot so special.
"Now the thing about Mr. Robot is, given the fact that the show is like I said, a show about society. Elliott’s emotions and desires while yes, pretty important, aren’t the main focus of the series and when emotions coming from a single character aren’t the main focus and one of conventional framings main purposes is to enhance the emotions of a character there’s no point in using conventional framing."

Quick Pic: Princess Leia Corn Maze



Goebel Farms is currently home to an incredible corn maze with the image of New Hope Princess Leia carved into it in what has to be the largest Carrie Fisher tribute ever.  If you want to walk the maze yourself, it’s open on weekends at 4745 W Boonville New Harmony Road in Evansville, Indiana. Visit the Goebel Farms website for more information
"Jeremy Goebel, of Goebel Farms in Indiana, designed the corn maze himself. He said to the Courier Press, “I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, and I just wanted to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher.” He actually was able to plant the maze in just 40 minutes, using Photoshop to design it and then inputting it into the tractor’s GPS. “It tells the planter to leave rows on and off as it drives down the field,” he said."

Crafts: Star Wars Scarf



I found this excellent scarf while browsing Imgur.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find a blog or Facebook page for the artist, which is a shame, because I'd love to see what else she's created.  Still credit where credit is due.  If you like this scarf, make sure to stop by Imgur and give this piece the upvote it so richly deserves.


Metalwork: Leviathan Hobo Nickel


"Leviathan" Hobo nickel hand engraved by J.H.Ranger on a 1936 Buffalo Nickel
Coin currently up for auction on Ebay.  Current bid: US$810


Posters: Jurassic Park


"Jurassic Park" by Ryan Brinkerhoff
Limited edition prints available for purchase from The Movie Gang. US$20


Posters: It




Illustration: The Night’s King


"The Night’s King" by David Hitchcock


Illustration: The Night King


"The Night King" by Hong Kong-based Michael Chang


Illustration: Jon Snow



As one Redditor comments, "It's like renaissance etching meets black metal album cover." Without color or even shading, JustAnotherJuicyLime has captured both the mesmerizing horror of season six's fight beyond the wall as well as Jon's silent dignity. This would make a wicked velvet blacklight poster.


Illustration: Game of Thrones Characters



When I first saw these climbing the ranks of the Game of Thrones SubReddit, I thought that they were Photoshoped illustrations. It turns out that they're actually the hand-drawn character sketches of an incredibly skilled artist.


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