Monday, February 13, 2017

Short Film: Tears In The Rain

"Tears In The Rain" (A Blade Runner Short Film) by Christopher Grant Harvey

Check out this outstanding Blade Runner-inspired short film created by Christopher Grant Harvey on a budget of just $1,500!
In a dystopian Los Angeles future, replicants or genetically engineered humanoids are created to work forced labour on off-world colonies. The latest generation, the Nexus 3 series, begins to display erratic and violent behaviour. Replicants were not designed to experience complex emotions or develop long-term memories. In the wake of corporate scandals of the previous decade, the Tyrell Corporation quietly attempts to remove Nexus 3 from circulation.

Sweets: Mud Cake Monster

If Tim Burton ran a bakery, this is what his cupcakes might have looked like.  It was created by French pastry chef Mélanie Launay, aka La Châteleine.

Link Round-Up: February 13, 2017

Cthulhu-inspired chocolate skull

Calc-Man is a MSDOS-era Pac-Man clone that looks like a spreadsheet, written by Dan Tobias.  It's a game that is its own boss key, albeit not a very convincing one. You can play the DOS version here, or if that's too fancy for you, the older Apple II release.

DIY Printable Star Wars Valentines Cards with Glowstick Lightsabers

Free Coloring Books from World-Class Libraries & Museums

Hey parents, here are some ideas for class Valentines

A Look Inside the Comic World's Tribute to the Man Who Created Akira

Neil deGrasse Tyson Might Not the Worst Person to Watch Movie With

Studiorbit has recreated the opening credits to Stranger Things with actual Eggo Waffles.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Link Round-Up: February 10, 2017

Rogue One poster by Krakow, Poland-based Rafał Szłapa

All 375,000 images of public-domain works in The Met collection are now available to use, share, and remix—without restriction. 

Building Your Own Workbench

Burger Fiction has created a supercut video of every Oscar winner in the “Best visual Effects” category since 1927. They cover everything from the 1927 silent war film Wings to Ex Machina from 2015.

Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) has created a new video where they share great tips and tricks on how to build your own simple DIY photography studio to shoot various sized objects.

The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock in comic form.

Maastricht, Netherlands LEGO enthusiast Berthil van Beek has created an incredibly complicated machine, known as a Great Ball Contraption, out of LEGO that continually accelerates small LEGO soccer balls and basketballs through a winding roller coaster at 1,000 RPM. It is an amazing recreation of a marble run originally designed by Akiyuki.

Rendered: A partial index of published architectural rendering

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Link Round-Up: February 8, 2017

The Force Awakens Posters by Aix-en-Provence, France-based Ladislas Chachignot

15+ of the Coolest Bookstores to Visit Around the World

As stated in the most recent Full Frontal Nerdity strip, the trench on the Death Star may not be where you think it is, and you can be excused for having been misled.

Have you been reading our new Heirloom Tech series? Well you should. This week’s article is on the interesting acoustics of the Music Hall of the Ali Qapu, a famous palace of the Persian Empire’s Safavid Era. Besides being stunning, the cut outs in the decorative muqarnas (read this Heirloom Tech article to get more info on muqarnas) diffuse sound in the room while preventing echos.

Turn an IKEA Lamp into an Exploding Death Star from an IKEA pendant lamp with this Instructables tutorials from MariaK64.

We have a list of the greatest Spirographs in the world, which is a handy primer for Inspirograph, an online Spirograph toy! I may have to stick a few images from that on a virtual refrigerator somewhere.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Video: Adam Savage's NERF Rifle

In another installment of One Day Builds, host Adam Savage made a custom paint job and modification of a Nerf Longstrike CS-6 rifle for his Imgur Secret Santa. Savage gave the rifle a more realistic and weathered look, replaced its internal mechanism with a more powerful spring, and added a working scope and bipod.
"This past holiday, Adam took part in Imgur's secret santa gift exchange, surprising a fan with a custom modded and painted Nerf rifle! For today's One Day Build, Adam shows how he took the Nerf toy apart and put it back together with his functional and aesthetic improvements."

Video: Miniglobelet

Crystals form, colors swirl, and liquids combine in the beautiful microscopic film series “Miniglobelet” by Beauty of Science. The four-part series covers the crystallization of alunite and ammonium chloride, pigments flowing in alcohol, and various liquids reacting to being combined with each other.

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