Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Shall Call Him, Mini-Vader...

Imagine how weird the original Star Wars trilogy would've been if Vader had a clone one-eighth his size.

Via: Dorkly

Two New TV Spots for the The Walking Dead Mid-Series Return

Two new television spots have popped up online for the mid-series return of The Walking Dead, which premiers Sunday, February 12th, 9/8c.

Each spot shows a ton of new footage and by the looks of it, the second half of season two will undoubtedly bring all the zombie action some fans have been asking for.

A description of the upcoming episode, entitled 'Nebraska', has also made it's way online:
After the barn incident, there is much conflict among both groups of survivors, Hershel wants Rick and his group to leave immediately and Shane accuses Rick to be just as delusional as Hershel saying that Hershel knew about Sophia the whole time and hid her from the group. Dale tells Andrea to be careful about her relationship with Shane since Dale knows what kind of person Shane is and now wants him gone from the group. He also reveals this to Lori, including the fate of Otis.
You can check out the TV spots below.  What do you think?  Are you getting excited for the second half of the series?  Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Nerd Art: Disney Mash Ups

RedBubble artist FAMOUSAFTERDEATH has some pretty cool t-shirt designs that mash the classic Walt Disney logo, with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

You can check out larger versions of the logos by clicking the thumbnails above.  Also, be sure to check out more create design work by FAMOUSAFTERDEATH at his tumblr account here.

Source: RedBubble

Game of Thrones Season 2 Trailer

In case you haven't already seen it, HBO unveiled the trailer for season two of Game of Thrones prior to last night's series premier of Luck.

Not having read the books, I don't know what's to come, but I really hope "King" Joffrey is taken out this season by Arya...or just taken out period.

The second season of Game of Thrones begins April 1st.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Custom Power Rangers Hoodies

UPDATE: It appears that the sellers site and Facebook account are no longer active. If I find anything I'll be sure write another update.

RangerBoard forum user Shoebasket is offering these custom Power Rangers "hoodiez".  The hoodies are made to order and include additional options for added personalization, such as shiny gold trim within the hood.  If interested, they'll set you back roughly $85 plus shipping and handling.  

Be sure to check out a few more shots of the hoodies after the break.

Matthew Broderick to Become Ferris Bueller Again For Super Bowl Ad?

Check out the short clip above that teases Matthew Broderick apparently has Ferris Bueller...the ending is a dead give away.

Rumors circulating are that it will most likely be a Honda CR-V commercial that recreates, shot for shot, the Ferrari scenes from 1986′s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Guess we'll find out what Ferris' next adventure is on February 5th during the Super Bowl.

PS: I dare you not to smile.

Via: Geeks of Doom

How Return of the Jedi Should Have Ended

If you don't know what How It Should Have Ended is, do yourself a favor and go to their site and watch all of their videos.  They are easily my favorite web series, pointing out all the plot holes and dumb logic found in many nerdy movies and games.

They've just uploaded their latest HISHE to YouTube, this time taking on Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Be sure to check out their other videos and subscribe to their YouTube channel for future videos.

Luke Skywalker Edits His Facebook Timeline

If you don't get it, you're probably not a nerd.  

Thanks to @KowalRoyale for bringing this little gem to my attention.

World's Longest Running Experiment: 85 Years & Counting

Back in 1927, physics professor Thomas Parnell, set out to prove that brittle tar pitch actually behaves as a liquid when kept at room temperature.  Eighty-five years later, the experiment is still running.

As a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, Parnell set up the experiment using a funnel, beaker and some melted tar pitch.  To prove that the tar pitch behaved as a vicious liquid, he melted some pitch and let it cool for three years before placing it within the funnel, which was placed over the beaker.  

The first drop rolled out the funnel eight years after the initial set up.  The second came nine years later.  Sadly, the third drop didn't roll out until after Parnell's passing in 1948.  After his death, the experiment was placed in a closet until 1961, when Professor John Mainstone revived the experiment shortly after joining the University of Queensland.  Then in 1975, Mainstone successfully lobbied the university to put the experiment on display in a cabinet located in the foyer of the physics department.

Today, the experiment is on display 24 hours a day, via a dedicated webcam which can be seen here.  Mainstone expects the next drop to come down the pipeline sometime next year, but one can never tell due seasonal temperature changes effecting the rate of the pitch's flow.  The last drop that ran down the funnel back in 2000, but wasn't recorded on the webcam due to a poorly timed malfunction.

Parnell's experiment has been acclaimed as the world's longest running lab experiment.  Here's to another 85 years.

Via: Engadget

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Assault Rifle with Chainsaw Bayonet is Made for Zombie Killin'

If you liked the Slingshot Zombiehammer I posted about earlier this month, you'll love the DoubleStar Zombie-X AK-47, aka, The assault rifle with a chainsaw.

Now while not as stealth as the Zombiehammer, the Zombie-X should help you get out of those jams when you find yourself surrounded by a swarm of ravenous, blood-thirsty corpses:
The DoubleStar Zombie-X AK-47 is a weapon specially customized to battle zombie hordes by attaching a battery-charged chainsaw to the end of the barrel, as well as a EOTech Zombie Stopper XPS2-Z Holographic Sight which puts a biohazard symbol on your target instead of the classic red dot. DoubleStar hasn't announced when or if this will go on sale, but its less fancy DSC Zombie Slayer predecessor sells for $1,249.99, so the Zombie-X is likely to be a bit pricier.
Be sure to check out a quick demo/rundown of the gun after the break.

First Look at LEGO Lord of the Rings

The above photo, brought to us by Kotaku, was taken this week at the U.K. Toy Fair.  It give us our first look at the new LEGO Lord of the Rings minifigs.

Be on the look out for the LOTR sets to hit toy stores this summer.

50 Years of Doctor Who Stories in 10 Minutes

So I know that jumping into Doctor Who can be a little daunting.  My suggestion would be to start with Series 1 of the 2005 revamp, starring Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor, and then work your way on to David Tennant and Matt Smith as the 10th and 11th Doctors; most of which is readily on Netflix.

Once you become hooked, you can go back and hand pick which classic Who stories you want to watch featuring Doctors 1 through 7, beginning from 1963 through 1989 (the 8th Doctor only appears in one story from a 1996 TV movie that attempted to revamp the show for American audiences).  You can also find a handful of these on Netflix.

However, if you want to get a feel for the show and how it's progressed since the beginning, the YouTube channel Babelcolour has put together a video that includes a sample of every Doctor Who story over the last five decades.  It even includes clips from specially-filmed prequels, season trailers, spin-offs and BBC comedy specials.

Give it look and hopefully it sparks some interest in watching this fantastic show.  Allons-y!!

Oh, and bow ties are cool :)

Source: BBC America

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Eddie Murphy as Winston Zeddemore

Most Ghostheads know that the character of Winston Zeddemore was originally to appear much earlier in Ghostbusters and was specifically written for Eddie Murphy.  However, Murphy turned down the role in order to do Beverly Hills Cop and the rest, as they say, is history.

Well, artist Todd Spence fired up the what-if section of his brain and created this great acrylic on canvas rendering of what totally would have been a publicity shot of a Murphy/Winston.

I'm personally thankful that Murphy dropped out and we got Ernie Hudson.  I think the Ghostbusters benefited from the "every-man" perspective that Hudson brought to the role.  It really grounded the rest of the team's quirky characterizations and no doubt Murphy would've been pretty over the top.

What do you guys think?  Do you think Eddie Murphy as Winston would've helped or hurt the movie?  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Source: The Autumn Society

Monday, January 23, 2012

Real World Beavis & Butthead Busts Will Haunt Your Dreams

Effects artist Kevin Kirkpatrick decided to make the world a little more creepy by creating these realistic busts of Beavis and Butthead.

Check out the thumbnails below for some detailed close ups.

Via:  GeekTyrant

Prime vs Prime

If you're really a nerd, you may have heard of Patrick Boivin, or at least seen some of his amazing stop motion work on YouTube.  Google's last three Nexus phones have been treated with his highly impressive ninja unboxing videos.

Well Boivin is back with a new interactive film which lets you decide who would win in a fight: classic Optimus Prime or new Optimus Prime.  Pick which Prime you want to win and then choose from two different fatalities for each; four endings possible.

Be sure to go through all four scenarios, as well as the rest of Boivin's awesome work.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Zombie Family Stickers for Your Car

If your like me, you probably roll your eyes a little when you see those goofy family stickers in the rear window of people's cars.  However, every once and awhile you see a set of really cool ones.

The folks over at GAMAGO have released a set of zombie family stickers that will let you express your geeky side, while acknowledging your family.  You can pick up a set at their site for $8 a piece.


What happens when you mash Skyrim and Star Wars together?  You get another awesome new design by WinterArtwork.

DC Comics Unveils New Brand Identity

Today, DC Comics officially unveiled the launch of its new brand identity.  The new branding is supposed to showcase the comic company's breath of brands, characters and stories.  Check out the press release below, as well as some more examples of the company's rebrand.
DC Entertainment, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company and home to iconic brands DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD, revealed today a new brand identity. The new identity is reflective of the company’s mission to fully realize the value of a rich portfolio of brands, stories and characters, distinguished by incredible breadth and depth across publishing, media and merchandise. A new logo for DC Comics was also introduced, closely aligning with DC Entertainment’s new mark. 

Rated R Rugrats Trailer

Even though I identify more with the 80's, I primarily grew up in the 90's.  Part of growing up in the 90's meant watching great, classic Nickelodeon shows, like Rugrats.  Well, Funny or Die decided to crush one of my childhood memories with a vastly darker version of what I remember watching.

Watch the above trailer that basically shows Angelica trying to force Tommy, Chuckie Phil and Lil into silence about the murder of Grandpa.  Oh and did I mention that Phil has a drinking problem??

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Harry Potter, Ten Years Later

Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, hosted this past weekend's Saturday Night Live.  As you may have guessed, they did a Potter sketch.

The above video shows Harry's life after Hogwarts...and well, it's kind of sad.  Watch as Harry is pretty much stuck in the past and continues to try to bank off his past accomplishments.  

You gotta admit though, Harry did kind of peak early on.

Via: Yahoo! TV

Ghostbusters Unplugged

Someone got Ray Parker Jr. to perform at their company Christmas party.  Naturally, the theme to Ghostbusters was requested.

Check out Parker's acoustical rendition of the hit song.  Me thinks it actually sounds pretty cool.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Future is Here: Transparent Touchscreen Windows

Samsung unveiled it's one-way, touchscreen glass window pane last week at CES.  You can do things like check your email, surf the web and even close a virtual set of blinds.

Take a look at the window in action as Mobile Nation's Ashley Esqueda does a quick walk through.

I can't wait until these are commonplace in most homes.  WELCOME TO THE FUUUUTUUUURE!!!

Via: Geeks are Sexy

AMC Announces The Walking Dead Season 3

The other day, AMC announced that third season of The Walking Dead would consist of 16 episodes; a full three more episodes than season two.

More from the press release:
Season two of the critically acclaimed global hit series continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49, as well as, top international pay-TV ratings on Fox International Channels' (FIC) major markets. "The Walking Dead" is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Glen Mazzara serves as series' showrunner and executive producer. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont are executive producers with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.
"The Walking Dead" has received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestic and international, who heralded the series as "above all else, 'The Walking Dead' hasn't lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it's thrilling" (The Hollywood Reporter), "...with Dead's riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills" (Us Weekly), "'The Walking Dead' is a feast. Dig in." (The Guardian, UK), "It doesn't even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards" (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany).
"The Walking Dead" secured a 2010 Golden Globe(R) nomination for Best Television Series - Drama and won the 2011 Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.
The remainder of season two resumes Sunday February 12th at 9/8 CST.

Via: SuperHeroHype

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Disable Google Search Plus Your World

Earlier this week Google announced Search Plus Your World, which personalizes your search results based on the connections and relationships that you develop using Google+.  Basically, content shared from your various circles will be given priority within the search results.  So far, the reaction towards this new product has been pretty mixed.

Now, in my own personal experience with the product, which has only been a few days, I can personally say that I don't find it very useful.  Just running a sample search for "star wars", half of my first page results were posts from this very blog.  Because of this, I've looked for a way to disable this new feature.

On a conference call yesterday with my Google rep (I work in paid search), I had asked if there was a way to opt out of Search Plus Your World since it is the new default.  Sadly, I didn't get an answer.  However, because I'm a nerd, I started playing around with my search settings and discovered a way that will allow you to set Google's old search results as the default.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Retro Harry Potter Book Covers

These pretty awesome Harry Potter covers, meant to look like old school Penguin Books, were created by artist M.S. Corely.  Note the real title of the first book...

You can check out larger versions of the rest by clicking on the thumbnails below.

Via: GeekTyrant

Lazy Jedi

Let's be honest.  If you had Jedi mind powers, you'd probably be just as lazy.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Three New Pics from The Dark Knight Rises

Entertainment Weekly has released a few new stills from this summer's The Dark Knight Rises to go along with this week's cover of the magazine.

The stills include Tom Hardy as Bane, Christian Bale as Batman and Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon.

You can check out larger versions of the photos by clicking the thumbnails below.

Rube-Goldberg Page Turner

Joseph Herscher created a Rube-Goldberg machine to turn the page of his morning paper.  It may not be at all practical, it's pretty impressive nonetheless.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's an Impaled Tractor Trailer Truck...New Man of Steel Set Photo

This photo was taken from the set of the upcoming Zack Snyder Superman film, Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavil.

The picture was taken by 'itsleroy' over at the SuperHeroHype Forums.  By the looks of the photo, I'm really excited for this movie since Superman is one of my favorite comic heroes.  I don't think anyone would disagree that the previous Superman movies have lacked any major action sequences, so this scene of destruction has got me excited.  I'm really looking forward to an all out brawl between Supes and Zod.

Here's hoping Snyder can deliver on the high action without sacrificing a great story.

Man of Steel is set fore release June 14, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Russell Crowe, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix and Laurence Fishburne.

Via: ComingSoon.net

Browser Chicks

You can bet most people started talking to I.E. but made their way over to Firefox... :P

Via: Fashionably Geek

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

T-Mobile Will Get the iPhone...Eventually, Maybe

AllThingsD is reporting recent comments made by T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm, on things ranging from LTE networks as to why they are the only major carrier not carrying the iPhone.

Humm acknowledged that the lack of a TMo iPhone has to do with their use of the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum band for its 3G network; something that the iPhone to-date, has not supported:
“The key reason we didn’t have the iPhone in the past is we are on different band than globally the market was,” Humm said. “That is something which will change over time. Chipsets are also evolving to be able to allow for more bands.”
CNET also reports a bit more on the topic from T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer, Neville Ray, who speculates that Apple's plan for the iPhone 5 may include AWS supported chipsets:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Uncle Owen & Aunt Beru Action Figure Varriants


Judge Dredd Prop Replicas

For what I can only assume is to gear up for the upcoming Dredd film, starring Karl Urban, you'll soon be able to yell out "I AM THE LAW!!" with you're very own Judge Dredd prop replicas.

Available for pre-order over at BigBadToyStore, Planet Replica has created some incredible reproductions of some iconic props that the toughest judge of Mega-City One personally carries.  So If you have the spare cash laying around (and I mean, who doesn't these days), be sure to check out the product listings via the previous link.

Source: BigBadToyStore

Macho Man Dragon Mod for Skyrim

So I'm a little unsure who this is made for, but it looks like someone has developed a Skyrim mod that will turn all of the game's dragons into the Macho Man Randy Savage.  

Assuming of course you have the PC version of the game, and would rather vanquish some Macho Men over slaying dragons, you can find the mod download at SkyrimNexus here.

For a look at the mod in action, be sure to check out the video after the jump.  CAN YA DIG IT!?!?  OH YEEEEAAAAH!!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sh*t Nerds Say

By now, you've probably seen or heard of the Twitter account @ShitGirlsSay.  There have been a number of parodies made already, but this one hits a little close to home.

G4 took it upon themselves to compile a list of shit nerds say.  How many of these phrases do you catch yourself saying on a daily basis??

Source: G4TV

Sunday, January 8, 2012

3D TARDIS Gingerbread Cookies

The Doctor may still not be a ginger, but he can at least enjoy these gingerbread cookies.

Via: Boing Boing

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Super Mario Sisters??

Artist Beth Turnsek re-imagined favorite Mario characters as the opposite gender.  Check out her art blog to see more of her great illustrations.

Via: The Retroist

80's & 90's Movie Alphabets

Graphic design artist Stephen Wildish has come up with some awesome minimalist alphabet posters featuring classic movies from the 80's and 90's.

Can you name each movie?  Check to see if your right using the answer key provided after the break.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wanna See a DeLorean Buffed to a Mirror Finish??

Over on the Autopia forums, AkamaiDetailing recently unveiled his brushed-steel DeLorean, which he polished and buffed to a mirror finish.

Now someone just strap a Flux Capacitor and a Mr. Fusion on it and go back...to the future...

Daft Punk's 'Derezzed' Played Using Five Floppy Drives

Daft Punk's TRON: Legacy soundtrack is probably my favorite movie soundtrack to-date.  Their music made the film for me, which I thought was awesome.

MrSolidSnake745, who is known for making floppy disked video game themes, has come up with his own rendition of Daft Punk's Dereezed, which is played during the film's fight scene at the End of Line Club.

Check out his other videos following the above hyperlink.

Via: Engadget

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Knit Beanies

Etsy user, charmed, is currently taking orders for hand-made, one of a kind, knit beanies that will let you kick some Foot butt...or at least pretend to.

Each knit beanie is made to order and allows you to choose from two shades of green and your choice between blue, red, orange or purple for the eye mask...and if you don't know what the colors represent, you probably shouldn't be reading this.

The beanies cost $30 each, plus shipping and handling and will take around 10 to 14 days to produce.  Check out her account if you're interested in having one made.

Via: Geeks are Sexy

Two New Photos From The Amazing Spider-Man

Sony has released two new photos from the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man.  The shots, seen below, feature Gwen Stacey played by Emma Stone and Peter Parker played by Andrew Garfield.

By the looks of the Parker photo, and previous ones released, it looks like we're gonna get an emo/hipster-esqe Peter.

You can check out larger versions of the pics by clicking on the photos below.

The Marc Webb directed film will be released July 3rd, and also stars Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

Via: SuperHeroHype