|Wednesday, October 7, 2009 11:55 AM|
| by Fëanor|
Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.
- 20 great pet costumes.
- Sci Fi Wire compares the new Doctor Who logo to the old ones.
- Geek Dad uncovers more plot holes in your favorite geeky movies in part 2 of his Top 10 Unanswered Questions in Geeky Movies. Some of these I'd never thought of before and are now really bothering me! Especially the one about Marty not disappearing in Back to the Future 2. The one about the Empire trying to kill the heroes on the Death Star can be explained by assuming that the tracking device plan was sort of a last minute thing, or more of a backup plan. But I'm glad somebody else is bothered by Obi-Wan "hiding" Luke with his family members, under his real name. That's bothered me for some time. It makes no sense. Spider-Man 2 is just one giant plot hole, so mentioning a specific issue is pretty pointless. (Sorry, I hate the Spider-Man movies.) But I think you can explain away item #1 by assuming that R2-D2 is an expert hacker, and #3 by assuming that the Force was taking a hand (which is kind of my standard excuse for nearly any plot hole I find in Star Wars).
- The U.S. military is already developing defenses against lasers and other directed energy weapons.
- "Gadget bloggers and Amazon.com reviewers now must disclose freebies and financial interests or face fines up to $11,000, according to rules announced by federal regulators Monday in an attempt to make word-of-mouth endorsements on the net easier to believe." Uh... does this mean when I talk about free music or free movie screenings, I have to mention that they were free?
- 7 good things Spike Jonze added to Where the Wild Things Are. I should perhaps mention now that I'm going to see this movie soon FOR FREE, and then review it here. I don't think the "free" part will really affect my opinion of it, but since it's the law and all...
- "Rumors are that, as part of the creation of DC Entertainment, DC Comics will move to LA, breaking New York's hold on the Big Two comic publishers for the first time ever." That makes me sad. The end of an era!
- An analysis of the major fast food chains' drive-through service. Chick-fil-A is the overall winner, and also takes the top spot in two of the four individual categories: order accuracy and speaker clarity. Click through for links to detailed charts. (Via poppy)
- A gallery of finalists from the 2009 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Amazing pictures of really tiny things!
- The latest Star Trek movie officially made the most money of any Star Trek movie ever.
- Netflix is planning a live-streaming web series called Splatter. It'll be produced by Roger Corman, directed by Joe Dante, and star Corey Feldman. Umm... wow. Okay then.
- 10,000 Hotmail, MSN, and Live.com passwords were recently exposed online, and an analysis reveals most of them are pretty bad passwords. The most popular? 123456. I mean, some of mine are pretty bad, but not that bad. That's the kind of combination an idiot would have on his luggage!
- Newly released results of tests conducted in the late 1950s reveal what should be an unsurprising fact: female astronaut candidates were just as qualified as, and in some cases even more qualified than, male astronaut candidates.
- The latest theory as to the identity of Jack the Ripper. This one sounds rather believable. (Via)
- A couple of amusing clips from Conan O'Brien where he gets a vampire assistant and a zombie assistant. (Via)
- A couple of weird and interesting online games: a confusing, surreal art-game called Evidence of Everything Exploding (via) and an incredibly cool and clever interactive puzzle called Windosill (via).
- Another cool art blog. (Via)
- A collection of concept art from recent science fiction reimaginings.
- Zombieland was originally supposed to be a TV series, so the writers already have ideas for about a dozen sequels!
- 10 reasons not to bring someone back from the dead.
- Click here and scroll down a bit for an amusing teaser for Bad Robot, which apparently has nothing to do with J.J. Abrams.
- A promo video and a couple of photos of Leonard Nimoy on Fringe. Apparently we'll see him again in tomorrow night's episode. Hooray!
- More details on Epic Mickey: it'll be Wii exclusive, and the story is about forgotten Disney characters who have grown bitter after years of being ignored and have thus spread evil black goo all over the world. Mickey has to use paint, thinner, and erasers to draw his way through the world. I like!
- Super Punch provides pics, and links to more pics, of some really cool LEGO vignettes, which include recreations of scenes from Indiana Jones movies.
- For a minute I thought this was a real PlayStation ad. I really wouldn't be surprised. Here are 43 more PS3 ads too offensive for even Sony to use.
- Cory Doctorow says "eat it!" to Ralph Lauren and their legal team (and also re-mocks a horrifically photoshopped Ralph Lauren ad); a Hulk/Wolverine mashup; and Thundercats cake and cupcakes. (Via)
- Gamer wine. Awesome.
- Is this Showgirls 2 website for real? It claims we've all been waiting for a sequel to the horrid original, and also that said sequel will be called Showgirls: The Story of Hope. Wow. All the site has on it at the moment is a lengthy video of truly poor quality featuring equally poor quality music, and nudity. So, yeah, NSFW. Also not safe for those with good taste. (Via)
- Watch a short film by Troy Nixey, the guy who's doing the remake of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
- 3D TV is coming! Next year, even!
- Adrien Brody and possibly also Topher Grace are joining the cast of Predators. Interesting choices!
- Apparently Edgar Allan Poe's first funeral was a colossal disaster, so they're giving him a do-over on his 200th birthday (uh, why not on the anniversary of his original funeral?). And because there's not enough left of his actual body to bury, they're making a fake one for the purpose.
- A unique and impressive method of protest. (Via Dennis)
- ThinkGeek has been working on making an April Fool's gag into a real product, and now it looks like they've succeeded! The Tauntaun sleeping bag is coming this November!! Huzzah! (Via)
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