Archive for May 13th, 2018

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.