Monday, 2 May 2011

The First Zombie-Proof House

Can i get one of these, pretty please?

From All That Is Interesting:
“The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar.



The house, with its movable walls, has only one entrance, which is located on the second floor after crossing a drawbridge. Seems like the perfect opportunity to use a flamethrower and defend the life of your family, while stylishly nesting in a piece of architectural elitism.


 Click read more to see more photos of the house

Friday, 29 April 2011

The Art of Phil Noto

And I think I have a new favorite artist: Phil Soto





Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Late Bloomer - Short film on the eldricht terrors of sex ed.

Short film directed by Craig Macneill. Written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Produced by Thom Litttle.

Official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Late Bloomer is a compelling and humorous short film about 7th grade sex ed class gone horribly wrong. Loosely based on the dark tales of H.P. Lovecraft. 

Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Lake Placid Film Festival

Best Short Film at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
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Directed by, Craig Macneill

Written by, Clay McLeod Chapman
Produced by, Thom Little

Edited by, Emily Williams

Music by, One Ring Zero

Sound Design, Peter Walsh

Production Designers, Mak & Claire Falkenberg


Cast

Sam Borenzweig
Lauren Bond
Danicah Waldo
Courtney Merritt
Godfrey Pflager

www.northlakefilms.com

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Little Thor


See what happens when the "mite-iest" of mortals wields Thor's hammer...Visit http://thor.marvel.com/ for all things "Thor"! 

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Hugo Nominees 2011 are here!

And the nominees are:
Best Novel
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Best Novella
"The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window" by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
"The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon" by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
"The Sultan of the Clouds" by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov's, September 2010)
"Troika" by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)
Best Novelette
"Eight Miles" by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
"The Emperor of Mars" by Allen M. Steele (Asimov's, June 2010)
"The Jaguar House, in Shadow" by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov's, July 2010)
"Plus or Minus" by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's, December 2010)
"That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made" by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)
Best Short Story
"Amaryllis" by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)
"For Want of a Nail" by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov's, September 2010)
"Ponies" by Kij Johnson (Tor.com, November 17, 2010)
"The Things" by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)

So, waht are your bets for the books that will go into my reading backlog?

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Monday, 28 March 2011

Noise du Jour: The Atomic Bitchwax - Come on


The Atomic Bitchwax @ Last.fm:
The Atomic Bitchwax are a rock/jam band formed in the basements of New Jersey during the mid 90s by then 25 year olds Chris Kosnik of Godspeed and Ed Mundell of Monster Magnet.The bands first two albums, I and II, had a heavy psychedelic sound with roughly half of their songs containing only minimal vocals and the rest were instrumental. As the bands sound has progressed over the last 10+ years ,a more traditional song writing approach was slowly realized by incorporating the bands signature “boxriff technique” with the Kosnik/Ryan dual vocal harmonies throughout their last three releases.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Science fiction in-jokes just aren’t funny any more

Via IO9:
But yeah, in-jokes are the weakest form of humor. Instead of being outrageous, counter-intuitive, clever or weird or any of the other things a joke can be, they're just sort of comforting. In fact, they're like the oatmeal of humor. They're warm and familiar and have the same consistency all the way down. Your spoon can stand straight up in a bowl of in-jokes.
I couldn't have put it better! What do you think?

The Omega Kawaii Cloud Song

...'cause is not David Lee Roth!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Super: This is your DIY hero on crack



The first theatrical trailer for Super is out, and it's looking like this year's Kick-Ass is twice as demented and messed up.
Partly because Rainn Wilson is just so preposterous as a DIY superhero, and the catchphrase, "Shut up, crime!" is total inspired lunacy. And Ellen Page is pure win as his kid sidekick. Also, it turns out that every other superhero movie this year does have to feature Kevin Bacon as an antagonist, it's the law. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of Nathan Fillion as another big-time superhero, the Holy Roller.

Via I09

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

House M.D. Vs. the Zombies (plus a axe cane)


Via IO9:

We don't know how we missed this amazing scene from Monday night's House in which he battles an army of the undead, with his "axe-cane"... which transforms into a shotgun.
It's settled: We want Hugh Laurie by our side in the zombie apocalypse. [via Darren Mckeeman on Twitter]

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

So I get this e-mail from Kingdom of Loathing...

Dear XXXX,

Okay, I'm not good at this kind of thing, but I feel like I have to give it a try. So, here goes:

I was hanging out the other night, listening to some old mp3s, and I was just overcome with memories of when we used to hang out all the time. Remember? You were an intrepid, fearless adventurer, and I was the free-to-play, fun-and-funny online role-playing game that won your heart. Do you still remember those good times? I can't stop thinking about them.

I mean, I know things got kind of messed up at the end, and believe me, I'm sorry. If I could take any of that back, I totally would. And I know people grow and change, and you're not the same person you were then, but hey -- I've changed, too! I thought and thought about how to win you back. I figured I'd make you a mix CD, but I couldn't decide what "our song" was. So I just concentrated on becoming a better game for you, and here's what I came up with:

Remember how much fun you used to have with your clan? Alternately, remember how you never joined a clan because you didn't see the point? Either way, clans now have clan dungeons, group zones where your whole clan can work together. Crawl through sewers to Hobopolis, a vast underground vagrant vacation vista! Slide into the slime tube, and stir-fry sassy slimes!

I know I wasn't the prettiest game when we were together, so I had some work done. Almost every interface got an interface-lift. You can even manage most of your inventory via chat commands! I also came up with a way for you to automate some of the things you don't love about the game, so you can spend more time with the parts you do love.

Not only that, but there are way more animated .gifs than there were before. Don't worry; I haven't lost that low-fi edginess you love, but I'm a lot easier to play with now.

You can also have a custom title now, just in case you didn't feel like I appreciated what made you unique as an individual.

I should also say
Haiku Dungeon's been revamped.
See what I did there?

Maybe you quit because you got sick of always adventuring above the water. I admit that seems unlikely, but I fixed that, too -- there are a bunch of underwater zones with new food, equipment, mechanics, and challenges.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg, trust me. I'm still the silly, clever, deceptively-complex game you fell in love with, only with about 95% more awesome.

So, I'm just sayin', if you can find it in your heart to give me another chance, I won't disappoint you.

If you don't drop by, I promise I won't bother you again. I just really felt like we deserved one more try.

Love,

The Kingdom of Loathing.
http://www.kingdomofloathing.com

Well played KoL! For a second (or some minutes) I was almost decided decided to come back, like a bitch boyfriend comes to his sexy-yet-slutty ex-girlfriend with promises of everything-you-can-imagine-you-can-do-to-my-willing-body---
Sorry, KoL, I would love it, you can bet your sexy and quite addictive low-fi ass, but I don't have the time, I'm now a broken shell of a nerd that can't spend too much time 'cause he has (gasp!) a real life.
(sobbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb!)
But, never worry, I'm telling friend to go play with you, so say hello to them!

Noise du Jour: Bad Religion - Marked


If I'm a monster,
I am a willing one,
this roller coaster ride is an enticing one,
on the tip of a continuum flowing wavelike
through disorder carry me like a vessel to water

everything you see leaves a mark on your soul,
everything you feel leaves a mark on your soul,
everything you touch leaves a mark on your soul,
everything you make leaves a mark on your soul

if I can touch it,
I can destroy it,
if it's imaginable to some degree,
I can become it,
like a hungry turning vortex that just flickers to existence,
consuming bits and pieces until I'm finally extinguished

everyone you see leaves a mark on your soul,
everyone you bare leaves a mark on your soul,
everyone you touch leaves a mark on your soul,
everyone you love leaves a mark on your soul

everything you take leaves a mark on your soul,
everything you give leaves a mark on your soul,
and all the fear and loneliness that's impossible to control,
and every tear you cry leaves a mark on your soul

Dead Island trailer mashed up with Shaun of the Dead



Dan Bull (best known as the British copyfighting rapper behind such ditties as Dear Lily) was inspired by the wrenching trailer for zombie game Dead Island, and so he re-created it using footage from Shaun of the Dead. Says Dan, "Somehow the star Simon Pegg found the video, and got in touch with me to say it's 'the greatest trailer I've ever seen'." I'm inclined to agree!

Sunday, 6 March 2011

The Terror Test

How bout we put a creepy kid in a hallway and see people freaking out... don't worry, it's just a lost little girl, don't help her... it's much more probable that she is a spirit of the underworld bent on ripping your colon through your mouth. Yeah, people are that dumb.


Saturday, 5 March 2011

Star Trek Convention NYC 1973

These are the wonderful scenes from a Star Trek convention in 1973... if you look closely you can even spot Oten's real father somewhere... i sure haven't...


Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing

Kindly sent to me by 'Sikora1'. With corrections and additional information from Brian Hassett.
Budding guitarists take note.

1. Listen to the birds

That's where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren't going anywhere.
 

2. Your guitar is not really a guitar 

Your guitar is a divining rod. Use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them over. A guitar is also a fishing rod. If you're good, you'll land a big one.
 

3. Practice in front of a bush

Wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. If the bush doesn't shake, eat another piece of bread.
 

4. Walk with the devil 

Old Delta blues players referred to guitar amplifiers as the "devil box." And they were right. You have to be an equal opportunity employer in terms of who you're brining over from the other side. Electricity attracts devils and demons. Other instruments attract other spirits. An acoustic guitar attracts Casper. A mandolin attracts Wendy. But an electric guitar attracts Beelzebub.
 

5. If you're guilty of thinking, you're out

If your brain is part of the process, you're missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.
 

6. Never point your guitar at anyone

Your instrument has more clout than lightning. Just hit a big chord then run outside to hear it. But make sure you are not standing in an open field.
 

7. Always carry a church key

That's your key-man clause. Like One String Sam. He's one. He was a Detroit street musician who played in the fifties on a homemade instrument. His song "I Need a Hundred Dollars" is warm pie. Another key to the church is Hubert Sumlin, Howlin' Wolf's guitar player. He just stands there like the Statue of Liberty — making you want to look up her dress the whole time to see how he's doing it.
 

8. Don't wipe the sweat off your instrument

You need that stink on there. Then you have to get that stink onto your music.
 

9. Keep your guitar in a dark place
When you're not playing your guitar, cover it and keep it in a dark place. If you don't play your guitar for more than a day, be sure you put a saucer of water in with it.
 

10. You gotta have a hood for your engine

Keep that hat on. A hat is a pressure cooker. If you have a roof on your house, the hot air can't escape. Even a lima bean has to have a piece of wet paper around it to make it grow.
--------------------------
This sound advice can be found in the book Rolling Stone's Alt-Rock-A-Rama (1996) which includes an article written by John McCormick about Moris Tepper.

"Though they bear numbers, they are not arranged heirarchically — each Commandment has equal import.


Via The Captain Beefheart Radar Station

Scattered Trees - Love and Leave

Geek Overlord here, showing that some geek boys still know how to make cool videos about soft-rock music.



As seen in
Music Is Weird: Scattered Trees - Love and Leave: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the boys of Scattered Trees captured a princess. Unfortunately, one of them fell in love...."
By the famous... Geek Overlord.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Getting to Valhalla sure seems tough...


Bachelor film project 2011 from The Animation Workshop.

Story
Biôrn, an old Viking, is determined to reach Valhalla, the warrior's afterlife full of excessive drinking and debauchery. To gain entry he has to die honorably in battle, but he discovers that the right death isn't so easy.

Credits
A film by: Benjamin J. Kousholt, Daniel D. Christensen, Mads Lundgaard Christensen, Jesper A. Jensen, Jonas K. Doctor, Steffen Lyhne, Pernille Ørum-Nielsen, Frederik Bjerre-Poulsen, Jonas Georgakakis

Friday, 25 February 2011

Tabby... should we kill her... or let her grow?

Here is the new annoying person in the internetz



Ok... let us see what is going on here,

Cons for letting the wee little lass live:
1 - She is annyoing-
2 - She has a lightsaber and i don't

Pros for letting the girl live:
1 - She is a girl.
2 - She has a Lightsaber so we know at least one thing in her is cool
3 - This might be the one chance we have of seeing a bikini-baby-oil-jailbait fight to the death between her an Boxxy...

In my opinion... she lives... but not for long...

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Superman: Red Son

From Wikipedia:
Superman: Red Son is a three-issue prestige format comic book mini-series published by DC Comics that was released under their Elseworlds imprint in April, 2003. Author Mark Millar created the comic with the premise "what if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union?" It received critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2004 Eisner Award for best limited series.
The story mixes alternate versions of DC super-heroes with alternate-reality versions of real political figures such as Joseph Stalin and John F. Kennedy. The series spans approximately 1953-2001, save for a futuristic epilogue.
In Red Son, Superman's rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas, an implied reason being a small time difference (a handful of hours) from the original timeline, meaning Earth's rotation placed the Ukraine in the ship's path instead of Kansas. Instead of fighting for "...truth, justice, and the American Way", Superman is described in Soviet radio broadcasts "...as the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact." His "secret identity" (i.e. the name his adoptive parents gave him) is a state secret.

First off I'm not the biggest DC Fan, yours trully is a Marvel nerd, and a proud one.
Second I'm a sucker for alternate history stories, and that's just what Superman: Red Son is, and probably is one of the best I’ve seen.
It really tackles the morality inherent to the Superman mythos, placing in a position to abuse its powers, as the leader off Soviet Russia, giving a whole new meaning to whole nanny state spiel. During the whole run we get some alternate versions of classic DC characters, as an anarchist Batman and probably the grittiest incarnation of the Green Lantern. The art is extremly detalailed, I just loved how they fitted the whole superman iconography into the soviet theme.
Wholly recommend that you all check it out.

Originally posted at Land Of Geeks 

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Do Want!

Greetings world, my birthday is the 12th of April and i want an inflatable 4ft Dalek!
Give it to me!!!!


Buy here

Monday, 21 February 2011

Noise du Jour: Tenhi - Lävitseni kaikkeen | Thru Me And Into Everything


From Wikipedia:
Tenhi is a Finnish band formed in 1996, playing melancholicneofolk music. The word tenhi is an old Finnish word meaning a village elder, wise old man or seer.
The music of Tenhi is minimalistic and dark. Usually, the rhythm instrument lines follow the customs of modern rock music. The melodical instruments and vocals are however very heavily folk-influenced. The basic instrumentarium of the band consists of acoustic guitarbass anddrums. Frequent additional instruments include pianoviolinviola and flute and less frequent didgeridoomouth harpharmoniumcellouduand synthesizer.
Check their Myspace page here

Friday, 18 February 2011

Noise du Jour: Tonight I'm Frakking You


The music's horrible but having Zoey from Caprica in a Princess Leia Bikini makes it all better...

New Thor Trailer! (say that 3 times fast!)


AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
By all the gods! Words cannot express how excited I am for this movie!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Hanna (or another film about a little girl being a highly skilled killer)


From the IMDB page 
Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

It seems that Saoirse Ronan is starting her Atonment for the piece of crap that was The Lovely Bones (if you liked that you're either a little girl or a pedophile, and that's science) and is also rumored to be playing an elven warrior in the Hobbit adaptation, and that i can dig. I for one will be waiting for this movie, how about you?

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Noise du Jour: Coil - Main Title (Unreleased Hellraiser Theme)


While Clive Barker was writing the story "The Hellbound Heart" that would eventually become Hellraiser, he visited his acquaintances in the experimental music group Coil. Barker was a fan -- he once described Coil as "the only group I've heard on disc, whose records I've taken off because they made my bowels churn." And yes, that was a compliment. The story goes that Coil loaned Barker a stack of extreme bodypiercing magazines that inspired the birth of, you guessed it, Pinhead. Barker later invited Coil to compose the soundtrack for the Hellraiser film. Coil did their magic on the score but, ultimately, the Hollywood studio went with the safe (and far less sinister) sounds of Christopher Young. Of course, Young did a respectable job but, well, it isn't Coil. Here is a taste of what could have been. Tracks from that project appear on the Coil collection "Unnatural History II" and the very limited "Unreleased Themes for Hellraiser" cassette, vinyl, or CD. (Rest in peace, Sleazy and John.) 

Little Gamers + Dead Space 2 = Been There!

System requirements - Diapers (click to enbiggen)

Be sure to check more Little Gamers comics at their site

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Monday, 7 February 2011

I for one welcome our mecha ridinn' hamster overlords


Via CrabFu ArtWorks:
The hamster powered? that's just stupid, which is the exact reason why I did it. It's different, hasn't been done before, yet it's in so many what's-under-the-hood jokes. It also had a high likelyhood of working, so I had to attempt it. Only problem: I don't have a hamster, I don't want a hamster for a pet, and I don't know what sort of power and weight a little critter like that has. All I know is that I've seen them go ballistic on the hamster wheel, and so they must have great weight to power ratio. 
It's a mixture of cute and creepy. Yeah, creepy the legs on the mecha are pretty disconcerting to me. Anyhow, love to have one of those.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Neil Gaiman’s 1994 safe sex PSA starring Death from Sandman and John Constantine

Via io9:
In 1994, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean of Sandman created this HIV awareness PSA comic designed for a high school readership. The comic starred everyone's favorite goth anthropomorphic depiction of Death, an abashed John Constantine, and a banana.
Sadly, this comic didn't spur a series of Vertigo-themed PSAs. I would've liked to have seen the Spider Jerusalem anti-drug, booze, and prolapse-inducing firearm ad. After all, his get-out-the-vote commercial was priceless.
[Via Icon_UK on Scans Daily]
Now imagine this with Keanu Reeves' Constantine....

Saturday, 29 January 2011

I knew it! Jerry Seinfeld was out to rule the world!


From TRMUS1C Youtube Channel:

My fourth Seinfeld video: Jerry hatches a plot to take over the world with his side kick George. But in the end, Jerry wants to take all the spoils for himself while leaving George out to dry.

Music: "Beggars" by Thrice from the Beggars album. "Dream is Collapsing" by Hans Zimmer from the Inception OST. Thanks for watching, tell your friends! Twitter: @TRMUS1C
TRMUS1C, you my good sir, win the internet!

Friday, 28 January 2011

Another well educated MEME!

Noise du Jour: In Mourning - The Poet And The Painter Of Souls


Awesome band, awesome song, everybody should check out In Mourning's new(ish) album Monolith!

Here's their Myspace

10 Realistically Awkward Movie Sex Scenes

Via www.nerve.com:
 Or in this case, fast times in the Ridgemont High baseball dugout. We all imagined our first times would be thrilling. But only a few of us were right.
Now this is classical 80's sex scene all over, got love the sexyness of the surf nazis graffiti.

Check the rest @ Nerve

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Oten... i present you... your next girlfriend.

Dude, here is your next babelicious girl. Just make sure she knows it first!


Google just became MPAA and RIAA's bitch!

It is a sad, sad day when a company like Google says, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T DO US HARM, WE WILL LICK YOUR BALLS AND SWALLOW YOUR FARTS!!!!

It’s taken a while, but Google has finally caved in to pressure from the entertainment industries including the MPAA and RIAA. The search engine now actively censors terms including BitTorrent, torrent, utorrent, RapidShare and Megaupload from its instant and autocomplete services. The reactions from affected companies and services are not mild, with BitTorrent Inc., RapidShare and Vodo all speaking out against this act of commercial censorship.
The entertainment industries’ quest to root out piracy on the Internet has yet again resulted in commercial censorship. A few weeks ago Google announcedthat it would start filtering “piracy related” terms from its ‘Autocomplete‘ and ‘Instant‘ services and today they quietly rolled out this questionable feature.
Without a public notice Google has compiled a seemingly arbitrary list of keywords for which auto-complete is no longer available. Although the impact of this decision does not currently affect full search results, it does send out a strong signal that Google is willing to censor its services proactively, and to an extent that is far greater than many expected.

It is a sad, sad day... read the rest at TorrentFreak
 

Enthiran is the craziest thing / action movie i've ever seen


Argh! Brain is Melting!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Christopher Walken/zombie/metal tee

WANTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

...and there's your cowbell...

So, my birthday is just around the corner...
Not implying that someone should get me this, but it would make a sweet gift!
Check it out here

Monday, 24 January 2011

Vampire Tales - For Oten!

We here at Mind Apocalypse like to give each other presents. Here is mine to Oten, a real honest-to-God best vampire tale ever!