Friday, July 3, 2015

Link Round-Up: July 3, 2015

Edge of Reality by NAMGWON LEE

Architect Pitches a Building Using a Giant Lego Model

This graffiti artist's "experiment" with the authorities escalated hilariously

How a museum restores a beautiful painting from hundreds of years ago

Pixar’s films put technology and storytelling hand-in-hand

Someone is turning the Saved By The Bell Wiki into a thing of beauty. The Onion's AV Club notices that a wiki for Saved by the Bell has been taken over by malevolent, occult forces that communicate in messages of existential despair, as in this quote by Screech: I think we are just insects, we live a bit and then die and that’s the lot. There’s no mercy in things. There’s not even a Great Beyond. There’s nothing.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Video: One Bright Dot

Amazing camera-play and nite-brite design.

Video: À Perte de Vue

It's like a moving Moebius illustration in parts. Jaw-dropping backgrounds and colors.

Video: All PIXELS must DIE

A compilation of some of the most shocking deaths in the Game of Thrones series, all in pixel art!

Video: Game of Thrones Intro

Vocals by Pat Cassels

s a part of CollegeHumor’s second episode of their Game of Thrones Wish-Fulfillment series, animators Bill Bergen and Michael Cisneros teamed up to make a new animated version of the Game of Thrones intro with real board games. The pyramids of Meereen are brought to life with Jenga pieces, the game of Monopoly makes up the Night’s Watch‘s colossal Wall, and more. CollegeHumor writer and performer Pat Cassels also sang a beautiful acapella rendition of the Game of Thrones theme song that goes along beautifully with Bergen and Cisneros’ animation.

Video: Pixar’s Next 7 Movies Unveiled!

Inside Out destroyed CollegeHumor’s hearts, and in retaliation, they spoil the next seven Pixar movies. Their made-up movies consist of a Toy Story 4 film that is set in a post-apocalyptic world, a film titled Tiny Timber that follows the last sapling left in a desolated Brazilian rain forest, and more.


The Fine Brothers and animator Ryan Scott Wick have teamed up to create a new animated short that imagines what the PG-rated film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone might have been like as an R-rated movie.  I find the concept hilarious because I've been mocking the casual attitude of wizards toward gruesome violence for years.  I mean, think about how many times a Hogwarts student is terribly injured in the Harry Potter series only to illicit practically no reaction from the school's teachers whatsoever.  It's either disturbing or hilarious, depending on how you look at it.

The Fine Brothers' version is a bit more grim, portraying Harry Potter as a victim of physical abuse, but as The Fine Brothers make a point of reminding us, the original version of the movie actually already contained some pretty dark stuff.  The best part is that they imagine Quidditch as an even more deadly sport than it was originally, which is fitting given that it's a game that involve teenagers literally flying through the air, attempting to hit each other with balls.  I've always been convinced that, in real life, that would be a game that would escalate into violence very quickly.

There’s a part of me that would love to see a much more grown up version of Harry Potter, but of course, Lev Grossman already has that covered.

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