Misc. Nerdiness

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The kids at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana we treated to a lesson in training Velociraptors by none other than actor/dinosaur whisperer Chris Pratt.

In a Facebook post, the hospital writes:

Actor Chris Pratt, best known for Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy, took time out from filming his latest movie to visit with our ?#?AmazingKids? at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Our patients were all smiles and we are so thankful to Chris for lifting their spirits by visiting and handing out Jurassic World goodies. Thanks to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for coordinating such a special visit!

Head on over to the OLOTL Facebook page for even more adorable pics.

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The new Batmobile is crazy and cool looking, but this Tim Burton-inspied Batman Trike by Game Over Cycles in Poland is on another level.

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Kinda looks like a modern art Star Wars masterpiece doesn’t it?

Actually, it’s a still from Star Wars Wars by Marcus Rosentrater—a filmmaker and senior animator on the Archer television series.

It features all six Star Wars flicks playing at the same time. We’re talking pure visual insanity here.

While I’m still not quite sure what to make of it, I do have to say that the video is rather engaging…and headache-inducing.

Check out the video after the break…

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Business cards are still an important way of connecting with potential customers, and we assume that this real estate agent has plenty of nerdy clients. Her Magic the Gathering card describes her as a “Legendary Creature – Sales Rep” and I would hire her to sell our house in a heartbeat.

See the other side of the card after the break.

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Artist Christopher Cayco came up with an ambitious art project earlier this year that involved drawing all 721 Pokemon live on the Internet. After 21 days and 132 hours of work, he finished his massive project earlier this month. The result is an epic Pokemon mural (which boasts 800 Pokemon in total since he added official variations, Mega Evolutions, etc) and a series of videos that document the entire process.

Check out the completed mural after the break…

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I’m fairly sure that every Star Wars fan either has, or dreams of having a high end lightsaber replica. The more accurate the better. Saber Forge can definitely help you out with that. In fact, they want to give you the ability to build and customize your own lightsaber.

To that end. Saber Forge has launched a Kickstarter for Adaptive Saber Parts:

Adaptive Saber Parts are an easy to use modular system that lets anyone construct their very own movie quality custom saber. We have lowered the barrier to entry, now you don’t need expensive machinery, soldering equipment, or years of prop building experience to make your very own custom saber, all you need is your imagination, and Adaptive Saber Parts.

With our initial release we will offer over a hundred unique metal parts in three different finishes putting millions of different design configurations at your fingertips, and every month we will release a new expansion set, making the possibilities endless.

In addition we will offer “plug and play” no solder electronics kits for upgrading your custom saber hilt to a dueling saber with a light up blade, or a fully functional hero level prop with lights, motion detection, and sound.

Considering building your own saber is part of the path to becoming a Jedi, I think this is pretty darn cool.

Check out Saber Forge project videos after the break.

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Laura Cooper of the XP webcomic knows that the Disney mashup hungry world needed Disney Princesses as velociraptors. As she explains, “In honor of the movie Jurassic World, I decided to illustrate some raptors the way I feel they should be portrayed; as princesses.”

Check out the awesomeness after the break.

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If you remember me getting all happy about the American Gods adaptation by Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman, I have great news. Starz has announced that they’re taking the show to series.

Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green will also write the series and Neil Gaiman is stepping in as executive producer. All they need to do now is cast Shadow and, to that end, they’re inviting fans to tweet @AmericanGodsSTZ and @STARZ_Channel using the hashtag #CastingShadow to share who they think should play the role.

See the full press release after the break.

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It’s not unusual for cars to get special paint jobs or wraps, but this particular paint job is truly amazing. It’s the work of artist Rene Turrek who has used paint that becomes transparent in hot water, revealing a Hulk design underneath. What appears to be a bright blue BMW X6 becomes a hulk-mobile in the blink of an eye. Some of you may recall a special line of Hot Wheels toy cars back in the day that worked the same way.

See the magic happen after the break.

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This isn’t Photoshop. The beautiful cat you’re looking at really does have giant “alien” eyes. Alien Cat Matilda has a genetic disorder that is causing retinal detachment. She’s under the care of a vet who is making sure that she’s okay and not in any pain. According to her Facebook page:

Friends: I had some great news today! I went to the veterinary ophthalmologist and she took many readings and tests and determined that I am not in any pain. The pressures in my eyes are normal, and aside from being big and googly they are actually quite healthy-looking! I do not currently have glaucoma. There is a teensy ulcer on one eye, but I have new eyedrops for that, and it can heal. All in all I am one lucky little kitten!

Her owners, “The Lady” and “The Bearded Man”, are taking good care of Matilda and are raising funds in case she needs surgery.

After much discussion and consideration, The Lady and The Bearded Man decided with the veterinary ophthalmologist’s support that we would let Matilda’s eyes do what they naturally would, and would not intervene with a traumatic surgery that did not appear to be helpful. …As long as Matilda remained happy and healthy, that was the only thing that mattered. …Matilda’s servants take her to see a vet regularly and to see the ophthalmologist when necessary. She is always up to date on her checkups and shots, and they watch her very closely to notice any changes in behaviour that might suggest that she’s uncomfortable. No matter what happens, her servants think she’s perfect and beautiful and will love and care for her the absolute best way that they can for however long this little alien is here.

Here’s hoping little Matilda does just fine and never needs the surgery.

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