Misc. Nerdiness

lovecraft apartment

H.P. Lovecraft’s former home (during the period of April 1926 to May 1933) in Providence, Rhode Island is available for rent! This cozy one bedroom studio is described as a “beautifully sun-drenched, spacious studio unit” in a neighborhood that’s “one of the quietest, greenest and safest on College Hill with mostly faculty, professionals and some graduate students living here.”

(Don’t be fooled though. Unspeakable horror also lives there. It’s lurking around every corner.)

But don’t take the current occupant’s word for it (he must be pure evil to have survived there this long), here’s what Lovecraft himself had to say about the place…

As for the place—I have a fine large ground-floor room (a former dining room with fireplace) and kitchenette alcove in a spacious brown Victorian wooden house at the 1880 period—a house, curiously enough, built by some friends of my own family, now long dead.

Letter to Frank Belknap Long, 1 May 1926

It’s also monster pet friendly!

(via io9)


Matt Rhodes, Lead Concept Artist at Bioware, recently created a series of drawings that imagine the already interesting (and sometimes over the top) characters of Dune in the style of Tarsem Singh. From there, his goal was to achieve “Visual storytelling cranked to eleven.”

I’d say he managed it.

Each drawing groups characters by location instead of Houses, but both House Atreides and House Harkonnen feature prominently on Arrakis, Geidi Prime, and Caladan.

Head after the break to see the art and Rhodes’ character descriptions (click on images to enlarge).

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Ever heard of the Wolf’s mona monkey? Well, you’re looking at one that resembles Wolverine. Your Friday is now complete.

He was spotted by photographer Lessy Sebastian “sitting peacefully and eating some food” at the Secret Zoo in Malang City, Indonesia.

Check out Sebastian’s Instagram post after the break…

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Everyone’s favorite web slinging hero Spider-Man has seen his fair share of weird incarnations over the years. Some of my favorites include his brief costume change into Bombastic Bag-Man and the short lived Peter Porker from Marvel’s anthropomorphic universe Earth-8311.

Our friends over at Pure Costumes put together another great infographic showcasing all the fun alternate versions of Spider-Man. Take a journey through the weirdness after the break…

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This weekend is shaping up to be Groot-tastic because Season 1 of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series kicks off on Saturday, September 26th. The one-hour premiere starts with an encore presentation of “Road to Knowhere” followed by “Knowhere to Run”. Guess where both episodes take place?

Picking up where the live action film left off, this new series stars Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) as Peter Quill, Trevor Devall (Johnny Test) as Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars Rebels) as Gamora, David Sobolov (Transformers: Prime) as Drax the Destroyer, Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) as Groot and James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Yondu and Cosmo.

I recently had a chance to talk with the cast and sit in on a recording session. I can report that this cast has definitely jumped in to make these characters their own (they’re also some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet).

What’s the series about, you ask? Well, I have an answer for you!

Read more after the break…

downton wars episode 2

The cast of Downton Abbey is back with Episode 2 of their Star Wars charity videos for the Chilterns MS Centre.

In their first video Downton Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Valet, “Evil Butler” Thomas Barrow, played by Rob James-Collier faces off against the “Phantom Valet” John Cates, played by Brendan Coyle. In the much anticipated Downton Wars: Episode 2 – The Evil Butler Strikes Back, Barrow plots to eliminate all the servants in an elaborate lightsabering-force-wielding-action-packed sequence.

My entire life has meaning now because I’ve seen Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) swing a lightsaber. Watch the full video after the break.

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Miyazaki Nature Park

While legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki may have retired from moviemaking, he’s certainly not giving up on creating magic in the world. To that end he’s planning to invest 300 million yen ($2.5 million) of his own money to open a 10,000-acre nature park for children called “The Forest Where the Wind Returns”.

Located in the Zendo Forest Park on the island of Kume in Okinawa, Japan, the park is being designed as a natural playground. Kids can run, jump, climb, and let the landscape be their jungle gym. The park will also have a library and sleeping accommodations for roughly 30 people.

Basically, it sounds like living (and playing) inside a Miyazaki movie.

Construction starts in the spring of 2016 and the park is estimated to open in 2018.

(THR via Buzzfeed)


Fans of Harry Potter are leaving heartfelt notes hidden within book pages for future fans to read. #PotterItForward, a campaign started by MuggleNet, encourages current fans to share what the series truly means to them and how it’s changed their lives.

It’s a wonderful way to help inspire new fans and to let them know that they will always have friends in Hogwarts.

Read on for more beautiful hidden messages for future HP fans after the break…

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enterprise tour

Thanks to the ongoing Enterprise-D Construction Project, you’ll soon be able to board the Enterprise and explore it in its entirety. The goal is described thusly:

To create the entirety of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D in the Unreal Game Engine. The Enterprise would serve first and foremost as a virtual museum. Every deck and room can be explored. Fans would be able to visit engineering via the turbolift, or walk from Deck 36 to Deck 5 to see the Arboretum. What does Worf’s quarters look like? What about the large forward windows on Deck 3? What kind of communal areas exist on the ship? Malls? Markets? Gardens? All these questions will be answered.

Naturally, the project is Oculus Rift ready.

If all goes well (namely getting a blessing from CBS and acquiring the funds necessary for continued development), long term plans include populating the ship, allowing users to explore areas outside of the ship and even playing actual missions.

Check out the demo after the break.

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weird simpsons

I’m always game for a fan-made tribute video, but this VHS-styled Simpsons intro from Yoann Hervo crossed a line. At first it appears the video is going to be a really old recorded episode of one of the early seasons—but then it gets weird in a hurry.

You might ask yourself: “Have I been drugged?”

I don’t understand what’s happening, but I can’t look away.

Watch it after the break…

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