Nicole Wakelin

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The legendary Bruce Timm is set to executive produce a new digital Justice League cartoon for Machinima titled Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles which we can all expect to see next spring. Co-producing the cartoon will be Alan Burnett—Timm’s partner on Batman: The Animated Series. Although this was originally set to be a direct-to-video release, it’s now going to be a three-part digital series. According to Variety:

“Chronicles” is said to revolve around a newly conceived reality in the DC universe where Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the superheroes that people know.

Yes, another “dark” superhero adaptation. Still, this is Bruce Timm we’re talking about. It will likely be good either way.

(via io9)

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This gorgeous stormtrooper lamp was handmade by etsy seller Midian Craftworks from over 500 individual pieces of glass. He soldered them all together to create this roughly 12″ x 12″ x 12″ helmet. From the product page:

The helmet was made with quite a few sheets of glass, some rolls of copper foil, 5-6 1lb spools of solder, and a touch of blood, sweat, and tears. Ok, I didn’t quite make it to the tears. Each piece of stained glass was cut by hand. The final piece count was over 501. Nice number, right?! 521 to be exact. After the glass was cut, the edges were ground down and each piece was wrapped in copper foil. I then soldered the pieces together, gave the helmet a good cleaning, patinated the solder black, and finally gave everything a nice waxing to polish the metal and make the glass shine! This piece has also been signed and dated.

It comes shipped with a wooden base that includes the cord and a socket for the bulb. Although you can put it on for a fun photo, it weighs a lot and is not designed for cosplay.

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People are always searching for creative ways to work at a desk without having to sit in a chair all day. There are standing desks and those weird exercise ball chairs, and now there’s a hamster wheel desk. Rob Godshaw and wrdwise teamed up to create a giant hamster wheel desk that lets the user walk while they work. From the Instructable:

Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.

Yes, they show you how to make this wonder, but it’s no small task. The project requires four sheets of plywood, two skate wheels, two pipes, 240 wood screws and the help of whatever friends you can wrangle to give you a hand.

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Longsword fighting has a long history, but it’s only recently that the sport has started catching on with a whole new generation of fans (our post on Samantha Swords was a testament to that). Considered part of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), it’s not about role-playing but about seriously competing like any other sport. According to the New York Times:

“The longsword specifically is just very accessible,” said Pettersson, a management consultant from Gothenburg, Sweden, “because that is what the old masters wrote about the most. It was called the ‘queen of weapons’ in the old days.”

Unlike re-enactors or role players, who don theatrical costumes and medieval-style armor, Longpoint competitors treat swordfighting as an organized sport. Matches have complex rules and use a scoring system based on ancient dueling regulations. Fighters wear modern if sometimes improvised protective equipment, which looks like a hybrid of fencing gear and body armor. They use steel swords with unsharpened blades and blunt tips to prevent bouts from turning into death matches.

Skill and technique, rather than size and strength, decide the outcomes. Fights are fast and sometimes brutal: key to the art is landing a blow while preventing an opponent’s counterstroke. Nevertheless, even the best swordfighters earn large bruises in the ring, which they display with flinty pride.

There are even organised tournaments with the largest in North America drawing 200 entrants. The majority of those, 47 men and 8 women, were part of the longsword competition.

The NYT takes you into the world of longsword fighting in the video after the break.

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Groot is a creature of few words, but just the same, he’s a fan of texting. You can even send him a text at 866-740-4531 and he’ll respond with exactly what you’d expect. You can thank Twilio employee Ricky Robinett for this little bit of fun. He tweeted out the news a few days ago and in no time Groot sent out tens of thousands of text messages!

Artwork via DeviantArtist DepartedPro.

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The beautiful image you see above is just one piece of the incredible tapestry poster that was created to promote the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which opens on December 17th. Instead of releasing a bunch of separate posters, they created one with individual scenes that roll into one another in a way that makes the story feel truly epic. From Nerdist:

From left to right we’ve got Smaug facing off against Bard the Bowman, Gandalf and Galadriel reenacting some weird Shakespearan tragedy scene at what looks to be Dol Guldur with Elrond and Saruman in the background, Thorin looking dramatic on the throne inside Erebor (he’s surrounded by piles of gold, why so sad, Thorin?) with Bilbo in the foreground, Legolas and Tauriel with very serious expressions, Thranduil at the head of an Elven army, Thorin, Fili, and Kili in the middle of battle with Azog standing over them, and then Gandalf and Bilbo again. Whew.

Whew is right. It’s just three more months until we get to see the film, and if you weren’t excited about it before, this poster will likely have you counting down the days.

See the full poster after the break (and make sure to click and enlarge):

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Halloween is just around the corner, and these zombie chia pets are the perfect finishing touch to all your spooky decor. You can choose from an arm reaching up out of the grave, Lifeless Lisa, or Creepy Holden. Better yet, buy all three and you’ll have the makings a a zombie chia family.

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Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers from seasons 1-4 of the show as well as the book series, so if you’re not all caught up on both, read no further!

Heres’s an interesting spin on the lineage in Game of Thrones that’s been floating around the internet for years but has now been thrust into the limelight thanks to BuzzFeed. It proposes that Tyrion Lannister’s parents may not be Tywin and Joanna Lannister after all, but the product of an affair between King Aerys Targaryen (Daenerys’s dad) and Joanna Lannister.

The idea was first put forth back in 2010 by Tower of the Hand and suggests that Tywin attempted to abort the baby with a drug that caused Tyrion’s deformity and Joanna’s death. They say this would also explain why Tywin hates Tyrion so much, and why he was so ready to destroy Aerys. It may also explain why Tywin tells Tyrion that he’s “no son of mine” in the last moments of his life.

If that wasn’t enough to make your head spin, how about the notion that Jon Snow is really the child of Rhaegar Targaryen Lyanna Stark? All this would give the prophecy Daenerys heard in the House of the Undying a whole new meaning. “The dragon has three heads,” could be Daenerys, Tyrion, and Jon Snow! All three were “born of blood” as their mothers died giving birth to them.

So, is Tyrion a Targaryen? Will we eventually see him conquering Westeros atop a dragon?

(via Mashable)

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This Lego diorama of one of the most pivotal scenes in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was created for Swedish LUG Swebrick‘s annual build contest. This year, the challenge was to build a scene from an ’80s movie that featured a vehicle. Etzel87 won first place for recreating the moment that Cameron completely snaps and launches his Dad’s Ferrari out the window.

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The Crawley family would likely not approve of this crazy future technology, but the bottom line is that this Sims 4 recreation of the whole cast and the estate is just incredible. It’s the work of Ian Roach and he’s really captured all the characters and settings perfectly, even having a cutaway floor plan that shows were all the rooms are located.

You can download the estate and all the characters by searching Ian Roach’s Origin ID: ian8000 and see if you can run the estate better than the Crawley family.

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