Misc. Nerdiness

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The blacksmiths with Men at Arms have really outdone themselves this time. As you’ll see in their latest video, the gang made a recreation of Voltron’s blazing sword—complete with a continuous propane-fueled fire.

See how it was done in the video below. [click to continue…]

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Wonder Woman made quick work of the American Ninja Warrior course, but how will a T-Rex do with those tiny little arms?

Better than you would expect.

Find out how it played out in the video below. [click to continue…]

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Artist Jim McKenzie has produced a video chronicling the creation of a meticulous scarecrow sculpture starting with sketches and continuing on to a remarkable epoxy clay character that is precise down to the finest detail.

The figure was crafted for a solo exhibition entitled “Lost Magic” which will run through July 2 at Santa Monica’s Copro Gallery.

Check out the video below. It will surely give you a whole new appreciation for the patience and skill needed to create such a work. [click to continue…]

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For his latest art project, Carlos Fabián Villa decided to create these great character profiles of popular X-Men characters. As you can see, he’s definitely derived some inspiration from the classic animated series. So far, he’s released images for Cyclops, Sabertooth, Jean Grey, and Rogue.

Check out the rest of the series below, along with animated GIFs that highlight the process from sketch to completion. [click to continue…]

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Carrie Fisher has been through some serious ups and downs in her life, but she’s always been honest and managed to have a sense of humor about it.

To that end, she’s helming a new advice column for The Guardian called, oh so aptly, Advice From The Dark Side. [click to continue…]

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Terry Pratchett’s Mort is being published by The Folio Society with seven color illustrations by award-winning artist Omar Rayyan, who is a long-time fan of the Discworld series. This collector’s edition has illustrated endpapers, a beautiful slipcase, and a velveteen cover with an illustrated paper label. There’s even a tiny silver A’Tuin on the spine.

Lovely. Check out more pics after the break…

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“The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn’t exist in the 24th century. The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force of our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.”

Meanwhile, back here in the pre-warp era, money still has very real value. To that end, the Canadian Mint has put out a range of snazzy Star Trek coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise. As well as a selection of $20 coins featuring full-color images of certain characters and moments from the original series, they’ve put out a coin in the shape of the Starfleet insignia (with Queen Elizabeth II’s head on the back, obviously, making her a de facto Starfleet captain, probably).

The coin itself is 99.9% pure gold and has a face value of $200 Canadian, but it’ll cost you $1,300 (approximately $1,022 US dollars).

All of these coins are legal tender—but who’d want to pay for their gas with a pocketful of Shatners? Wait. That sounds awesome actually.

Check out more pictures of the coin collection below. [click to continue…]

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Season 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead returns this Fall, but Bruce Campbell’s already campaigning for an Emmy because “he doesn’t suck”.

To aid in the effort, STARZ has released campaign videos starring Bruce Campbell asking voters to “make the Emmys groovy again” by helping him win the award for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

I’d vote for him. I mean, it’s Bruce Campbell. Who’s more awesome than Bruce? [click to continue…]

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If you’ve been following Danica McKeller on social media, you likely know that Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years has spent recent years focusing on mathematics and inspiring young women to pursue careers in STEM fields.

McKeller graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics, has written several math books for girls and still has time to be both a mom and a working actress.

The following clip from NOVA’s series The Secret Life Of Scientists & Engineers takes a look at her journey and serves as a reminder that child stars don’t all end up like Lindsay Lohan. [click to continue…]

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We absolutely love this Game of Thrones-inspired illustration from Brian Kesinger, which was made during a break in his busy schedule of creating awesome Star Wars / Calvin and Hobbes mashups. [click to continue…]