Misc. Nerdiness

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Adam Savage spent 55 hours over three and a half weeks building this scale model of the Overlook Hotel’s hedge maze from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Nice, but where’s the frozen Jack Nicholson (or “Niclesicle”), Adam?

Hit the jump for more pictures (all by Norman Chan via Tested) and a video on the maze’s construction.

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birdman toy parody

The best thing about this Birdman parody toy commercial: It’s official, released by Fox Searchlight in conjunction with the four-time Oscar winning film’s DVD/Blu-ray release. More films need to jump on this bandwagon. Best Foreign Language Film winner Ida, I’m waiting.

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First it was DuckTales and now Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse. I’m old enough to be absolutely giddy about this.

Variety reports that the shows will air on Netflix with Inspector Gadget dropping on March 27th with a full 26-episode series (it’s already aired in Europe).

Danger Mouse will debut in the Spring of 2016 and will feature Stephen Fry as the voice of Colonel K.

Check out an image of the updated Danger Mouse after the break…

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Okay, so this DIY Duel Runner or Yusei Go ridden by Yusei Fudo in the anime Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s isn’t exactly high-tech–for that, see this version put on display at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con–but I wouldn’t say that it’s bad. This guy is clearly a cardboard-and-tape master. I would absolutely ride down my block on this and try to knock over Pokemon fans. It’s the small pleasures.

Hit the jump for more pics and a video of the build.

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Caution: Zombie On Board


I’m thinking having a zombie on board qualifies you for the carpool lane.

Of course, these are actually zombie decals that you can place on your car windows to scare and confuse your fellow motorists. You can also pick up her friend, Gory Gary, and have him tag along too.

Check out Gory Gary after the break…

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Imagine waking up to the most famous monster of all time, staring you down through your hotel window. Yup, I want to go to there.

In April, the Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku, Japan will open the doors to its 30-story building complete with Godzilla-themed rooms. And since location is everything, the hotel actually sits atop Toho Cinema (Toho, of course, made Godzilla famous).

Some of the rooms are planned to have tons of Godzilla memorabilia and even giant statues of the kaiju to keep you company.

Check out more photos after the jump.

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jinx gun league of legends

Laser enthusiast and mad scientist Patrick Priebe loves to make unique and dangerous gadgets. This time around, he’s taking on Jinx’s shock pistol from League Of Legends.

It may not be a 100% accurate, but it does fire an actual laser that’s strong enough to do some damage.

Check out the video after the break.

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tiny snowman mold

Redditor Zombiechic80 printed this tiny snowman mold from a file at Thingiverse, scaled down to 25%. They meant to create an entire snowman army, but their Calvin & Hobbes dreams were foiled when they had to quit after four due to a lack of gloves. (It’s ok, the dinosaurs in fighter jets dream still lives.) So… tiny snowman barbershop quartet? I’d love to make one of these, but it would inevitably be at minimum 50% dirt and dog piss. Ah, New York.

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Great news for Invader Zim fans. Zim will be returning on July 1st in a new comic book series from Oni Press in partnership with Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez and Nickelodeon. Vasquez notes:

“I’m always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn’t in my head. I try to imagine the world for all those people who don’t know what Zim’s been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place.”

You can check out the full press release after the break.

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fight club 1 edit

We’ve known about the Fight Club 2 comic for some time, but your long wait will finally be ending on May 27th when Dark Horse will release the first issue in the 10-issue series written by Chuck Palahniuk and illustrated by Cameron Stewart.

However, you don’t have to wait that long to get your first look at it. Not only has Playboy revealed a six page preview, but another preview will be released in a free Comic Book Day issue on May 2.

Dark Horse included this snippet with the release:

Some imaginary friends never go away… Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife, pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. The time has come…Rize or Die.

But even better than the preview pages, in my opinion, are the marketing materials that have been released. This includes a Fight Club themed “Emergency Landing” infographic and a Fight Club board game.

The board games rules are simple:

1) Roll a 6-sided die and advance accordingly.
2) Follow homework assignments where you land.
3) No matter who finishes first Tyler wins.
4) Tyler always wins.

This whole thing is gloriously insane and, based on the preview, I’m thinking there’s a lot more insanity to come.

Head after the break to see the (likely NSFW) preview, and other promo materials.

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