Misc. Nerdiness

he man

He-Man is as witty as he is buff. He got all the best one-liners in the cheesy cartoon as the following video compilation will prove. Still, Skeletor wasn’t completely overshadowed. When it comes to insulting your minions, Skeletor is hard to beat.

See both videos after the break.

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sandman chess

Is it me, or is there something highly poetic about playing chess with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman characters?

This set includes 32 intricately sculpted, cold-cast porcelain chess pieces and a wooden game board.

It’s estimated to arrive in July of 2015 and it’s available for pre-order now.

Product Page ($279.99)

owl

This precious little Western Screech Owl named Zeus is completely blind. He flew into the porch wall of a house in Southern California, bonking his head pretty good. He was taken to the vet where it was discovered that he was blind. They also couldn’t help but notice that he has amazing eyes that look like they’re filled with tiny galaxies.

The effect is due to vitreous which is a jelly-like substance in eyes that clumps into strands or little lumps. They’ve resulted in stunning configurations in Zeus’s eyes, which also don’t have an iris or lens.

Since he can’t be released into the wild, he’s now a permanent resident at Wildlife Center for Learning where he sits perched on a stand by founder Paul Hahn’s desk.

See more pictures after the break.

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The look of the Cybermen continues to evolve, but the writers behind Doctor Who still can’t find a way to make them truly terrifying. This concept art would help—it shows them with a much creepier look that, in some cases, emphasizes their former existence as humans.

See more pictures and video after the break.

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falcon

Yes, the picture you’re looking at really is a cardboard version of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. It was built by Thomas Richner who has made a hobby out of building things from recycled materials. Richner said on imgur:

This was a fantastic experience! I made Millennium Falcons when I was a kid, but its been 30 years since I last made one. After working professionally now as an animation artist for many years (and reaching my mid-life crisis), I thought if I made another one, I’d go all out. So, mission accomplished! Cleaned out most of those boxes in the basement and have a five foot Falcon to show for it! My wife is thrilled! :-)

It’s fantastically detailed right down to retractable landing gear and a swiveling radar dish attached by magnets for easy removal. It took him 140 hours to build and he tried to make it accurate to the one in the first film. However he left some imperfections in order to retain that handmade feel.

Once the project was complete, he took the Falcon and a paper mache R2-D2 that he’d previously made to the Columbus College of Art and Design to do a photo shoot with a green screen. You can check out a gallery of images after the break…

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esb trailer today

Movie trailers have changed quite a bit since the original trailer was released for The Empire Strikes Back, so it’s pretty interesting to compare and contrast this version by Cameron Arrigioni. It imagines what a trailer for ESB would look like if it were made today.

My thoughts: I think it gives away too much of the plot and Han and Leia sure do look super in love. Hunh, I guess it really is like a movie trailer these days.

Watch it after the break.

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yson

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson recently gave a lecture at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a little first grader sitting in the audience stole the show. Tyson led her from the audience onto the basketball court where he first commented on her fantastically nerdy shirt.

The shirt had a picture of Einstein riding a bike through the galaxy and the quote, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” And at that moment the whole auditorium fell in love with her.

If that wasn’t enough, she asked him the following question: “How can first graders help the earth?”

Watch the video after the break to hear his inspiring answer.

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lego who regeneration

Matt Smith regenerated into the Twelfth Doctor at the end of last year. While I like Peter Capaldi, Smith was my Doctor and Doctor Who just isn’t the same without him. This CGI LEGO re-creation of the regeneration scene by YouTuber BlobVanDam goes through the raggedy man’s last few moments scene by scene with some comedic embellishments. There isn’t any dialogue but none is needed.

Watch the regeneration in the video after the break.

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As you surely know, the ESA managed to put the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. But do you know exactly how big the comet is? It’s hard to grasp, but high school physics teacher Christopher Becke has made it easier to understand with a size chart that compares the comet with sci-fi spaceships and even some European cities.

He’s got the Galactica, DS9, Serenity, and even a Borg cube. There’s also the Death Star, which makes the comet look tiny, but that thing was so big it looked like a moon so, whatever. Combine Becke’s chart with this one with nothing but sci-fi ships and you’ll be even more amazed at this achievement.

See more pictures after the break.

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martial arts

The 10th World Wushu Championships took place way back in 2009 and featured two women performing an incredible demonstration of the martial arts sport known as wushu or duilian. The video has just surfaced, and you’ll see that they move at breakneck speeds – so fast that their body parts go by in a blur. Epic is the only word for it. The choreography looks like something right out of The Matrix films.

Watch the incredible demo after the break.

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