Posts by Kevin Morris


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Calvin and Hobbes mash-up contest on Super Punch

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Super Punch is asking its readers to “draw Calvin and Hobbes or anyone else in the style of Calvin and Hobbes” for its September contest.

I tried to draw something, but don’t have a paint program on this computer. All I came up with was this crappy ASCII art image:

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What the hell is that? I don’t know. How do you even do ASCII art? I haven’t got a clue.

So my picture sucks. But lucky for us, Super Punch has some readers with some high-powered illustrative talents.

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Amazing fan-made imagining of The Walking Dead title sequence

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Daniel M. Kanemoto, of Ex Mortis Films had too much time on his heads the other day, so he decided to make a little animation.

My favorite “exclusive” from this year’s Comic-Con was a beautiful painting by legendary artist Drew Struzan, featuring a horde of zombies from THE WALKING DEAD. Frank Darabont is adapting the apocalyptic Image Comics book created by Robert Kirkman, and man, it looks really, really great.

As I was admiring Struzan’s work of art, I wondered what the opening titles to this terrifying new television show might look like… so I animated a spec title sequence using artwork ripped from the pages of the comic, originally illustrated by Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore.

Season one of The Walking Dead premiers on October 31st. Will its title sequence even come close to Mr. Kanemoto’s?

Also, Mr. Kanemoto, the next time you have a moment or two of free time, can you please call us? Please?

Video below. Watch the HD version, of course, if you can:

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Chicago soccer fans’ Mario-inspired “tifo” display

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On Saturday, some fans in Chicago showed why watching soccer live is just so $*@ing awesome.  Not only do you get singing and generally lewd behavior, you also now get choreographed Mario action. Beautiful.

The fan group responsible for the display, the Chicago Fire’s Section 8, calls this it a “Tifo” display. At first I assumed this was some acronym. Tubular Infinity Fantastic Ordeal? Tinkle In Fantasy Organism? Neither of those seemed quite right. So then I turned to the Internet.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Tifo:

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USB fish on a wall

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If you ever asked me “What’s a USB fish?” I’d probably say: “It’s a fish with a USB connector for a head, stupid.”

Then I’d show you the following video:

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Films

New Bollywood film has special effects — Becomes more Hollywood — Therefore: Sucks

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“Bollywood Has Officially Caught Up Bollywood,” claims Topless Robot, waxing all giddy over the above trailer for the new Indian movie Robot.

Topless Robot is usually fantastic, but I’m not so sure about this. Robot doesn’t look much more than a schlock-fest with intermittent singing and dancing — and an over-reliance on circa 2003 special effects.

If a Hollywood movie came out with a trailer like this, we’d all be rolling our eyes. Why get excited because it’s Bollywood? Aren’t foreign movies good because of what makes them distinctive from Hollywood (i.e. plot, characters, pacing, and an under-reliance on special effects)?

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The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

IDEO’s “The Future of the Book.”

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The above concept video by IDEO, a “global design consultancy,” shows just how much potential tablet computers have to change how we read. The little computers will be able meld multiple media forms into one amorphous and ever changing product.

The funny thing is, the video also shows why tablet PCs are never going to really kill e-readers. The brave new world of publishing might lead to groundbreaking products, but they will be fundamentally different products from a book. The distractions that come part and parcel with interactivity fundamentally alter the experience of reading. There’s a good number of people out there who read books almost entirely for an escape from distractions.

Interactive magazines on the other hand — well, there’s some serious potential in that.


Science!

Carnegie Mellon’s robot snakes

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Some day, when you’re lying trapped under a giant slab of concrete floor after the Big One flattens half of California, you’ll hear the rustling, gravel-churning sounds of a snake in motion.

And when the creature pokes it’s head out from the rubble it will look back at you from a soulless camera at the end of a long, mechanical, serpentine body.

This is the Carnegie Melon robot snake. And it may be the creepiest thing that will ever save your life.

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There is a one in one thousand chance this asteroid will kill (your descendants) and everyone (they) love within the next 200 years

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Its name may be sexy as all hell, but (101955) 1999 RQ36 isn’t about to show earthlings any love. No sir. The asteroid, measuring 510 meters across, is on a sort-of collision course with Earth, according to a recent report published in Icarus.

“The total impact probability of asteroid ‘(101955) 1999 RQ36′ can be estimated in 0.00092 — approximately one-in-a-thousand chance — but what is most surprising is that over half of this chance (0.00054) corresponds to 2182,” explains María Eugenia Sansaturio, of Spain’s Universidad de Valladolid (UVA) and co-author of the international NEO study.

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New feature: “A brief and incomplete history of sonic terrorism”

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New contributor Andrew Z. Williams takes on some of the loudest, scariest shit to ever break your speakers in “A brief and incomplete history of sonic terrorism.”


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JJ Abrams’s Bad Robot to tackle good robot Boilerplate

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JJ Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, has picked up the film rights to “Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel,” a novel of sorts about a Victorian Era robot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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