Archive for May, 2018

Ratman .::. Although Moebius was a legend in the comics industry, it was rare for him to cross over into the world of mainstream series. In 1994, however, he submitted a short Batman story to DC Comics, who quickly rejected it and refused to pay for any of it. So he re-worked the comic, presumably in a more humorous style, and published it as I Am Not Batman. It’s funny, it’s weird, and – of course – it’s Moebius.

Corpus .::. Marc Hericher’s stunning animated piece uses mechanical devices and human organs as one giant Rube Goldberg machine, showing off isolated body parts working together to ultimately play a piano chord. Sounds creepy, but it’s not (well, sort of not).

Pop Culture Overload .::. Locating Waldo in this Where’s Waldo? image is actually pretty simple, but what about finding Sad Keanu, Bart Simpson’s skull, The Iron Throne, Porco Rosso or Johnny Bravo? Try your very best before cheating all the way through the references.

Akira Awaken .::. As devoted fans of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic anime Akira, Ash Thorp and XiaoLin Zeng did what any admirer with the right amount of available time and artistic talent would do: an eye-popping animated tribute (spoiler: it’s too short).

The Ultimate Rain Simulator .::. Activate the icons, mix the volumes.

Commodity City .::. Yiwu “International Trade City” is the world’s largest wholesale market for items that are “relatively inexpensive, non-technical, mass-market”, selling cheap goods in a city south of Shanghai. The fake flowers, toys, pens and alarm clocks traded in Yiwu eventually end up in dollar stores across the planet. Director Jessica Kingdon peers into the lives of those who run this global trade – the sellers – and puts together a series of 15-20 seconds long vignettes that underline moments of tension between commerce and individuality. Zen, but not quite zen.

The first interactive colouring video .::. Do you ever find yourself clicking the screen as you watch videos? No? Well, there is a perfect synthesis of that kind of user experience, as you can colour in the characters of a music video while they play their song.

VR Jedi Training .::. Apparently, “Beat Saber” seems to be the Virtual Reality game worth trying. Price is only 20$, but of course you’ll need a decent headset (400$) and a PC gaming machine (800$).

Coming soon on your mobile screens .::. Every year, the SIGGRAPH international forum brings together thousands of professionals in the fields of computer graphics and interactive techniques to share state of the art achievements reached in digital data manipulation. This year’s conference takes place 12-16 August in Vancouver, and the Technical Papers Preview looks amazing.

The Cure – Live in Lodz (2016) .::. Just a reminder about Robert Smith’s never-aging voice and The Cure’s effortless capability of filling their 150+ minutes shows with an uninterrupted series of hits. The sound and video in this concert are not professionally recorded and were provided by fans. Free download in various formats here (bottom of the page), tracklist here.

Where you think you’re going, baby? .::. Childish Gambino’s This Is America is headed for a number one debut on next week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, especially thanks to a provocative music video where surreal is used to comment on black lives. So no disrespect is meant here, but this incredible mashup with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is too good not too mention.

Murmuration Simulator .::. Click to attract the birds, use the top left icon to adjust the settings.

“Like Alien in the arctic”, or “Master and Commander meets The Thing” .::. My strongest canditate for “best new tv series of the year so far” is AMC’s The Terror, a brutal and at times upsetting horror based on the best-selling novel by Dan Simmons [first chapter here]. In full Victorian age two ships of the British Royal Navy – the Erebus and the Terror – are sent into unchartered territory to find the Northwest Passage, only to vanish along with 129 men. It’s inspired by a true story, but Simmons mixes in super-natural elements and soon the two crews are forced to face a threatening menace. Produced by Ridley Scott, The Terror has a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

1.000.000 Frames .::. Author Candice Drouet claims she edited a million still images from various movies into a 5-minutes compilation. Funny to pause randomly trying to recognize the shots.

And Then There Were (N-One) .::. Some of the 2018 Hugo Awards Finalists are already available online for readers’ delight. I am particularly fond of Sarah Pinsker’s short story, a sci-fi/mystery genre mashup inspired by a classic Agatha Christie novel. Hundreds of versions of author herself “Sarah Pinsker” get together from alternate realities on a remote island for a “SarahCon” event, and one of them is found dead. Who’s the murderer?

The Last Cigarette On Earth .::. I’m a sucker for any kind of steampunk related animation (remember the Bendito Machine Series that was all over this blog? Of course not), and Matic Grgic’s attempt to cope with his smoking addiction creating a parallel-future world with flying locomotives and mechanical heli-horses is the kind of stuff I love. Too bad it’s way too short.

Blink if you’re not a lamp .::. Bad Lip Reading, the unstoppable YouTube channel dedicated to alternative interpretations of spoken words, targets the infamous Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate Hearing.

Frostylapse II .::. A chilly (no pun intended) time-lapse of ice crystals forming on a window. Each of the clips composing the video is a high-speed condensed 4-7 hours of realtime freezing, after melting off the overnight frost accumulation with a hair dryer.

More Satisfying Than Popping Bubble Wrap .::. Frequent users of public transportation like me surely know the struggle involved finding the perfect mobile puzzle-game to play during their routes. I may have found one, and technically belongs to the “Match Colors” genre. But forget Candy Crush: Tiny Bubbles, which took years in the making, features an unbelievable Molecular Dynamics Engine that mirrors the natural physics of bubbles. It’s a feast for the eyes, as you can check in the hands-on presentation by the author at last year PAX West convention. Currently featuring 172 levels, Tiny Bubbles is available for iOS and Steam, while a version for Android is expected next June.

Far Alamo .::. Starship Troopers meets the Western genre in this mashup starring Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, James Coburn, Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda, Terence Hill, Steve McQueen, Gian Maria Volonté, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach.