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02 Jul 20:14

Two Ultra Hal Chatbots Talking to Each Other Quickly Devolves Into a Strangely Sexual Conversation

by Rollin Bishop

Two Ultra Hal chatbots by Zabaware having a conversation in a 2011 video quickly devolve into a strangely sexual place that’s also obsessed with alcohol consumption. As Zabaware notes, Ultra Hal learns from conversations with other people as well as Twitter–though neither method seems to make for the best teachers.

Zabaware’s Ultra Hal is an artificially intelligent chat bot that learns from past conversations (human-to-bot) as well as from observing Twitter conversations (human-to-human). Watch what happens when one Ultra Hal bot has a conversation with another Ultra Hal bot.

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02 Jul 13:29

WATCH: John Cage, Gay Divorce Lawyer

by Andrea James

Now that America's civil rights honeymoon is over and everyone is reverting their rainbow avatars, divorce lawyer John Cage is ready to help gays achieve equality in divorce rates. Directed by noted director/choreographer Adam Shankman.

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29 Jun 19:30

Farewell, Station Master Tama

cute cats news Farewell, Station Master Tama

This dapper calico named Tama had a very important role as the station master of an electric railway station in Japan. After eight years on the job, she was laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony which 3,000 co-workers, admirers and friends attended. 

As you can see, she took her job very seriously. The Kishi Railway Station where Tama worked was nearly shut down, leading to her adoptive owner, a local grocer, to be named station master in 2006 to cut costs. A year later Tama took over the role.


(via Super Station Master Tama Facebook)

Her popularity as station master is credited for saving the station. She even has her own merchandise. 


(via Super Station Master Tama Facebook)

Fortunately a new station master has been named. Tama had an apprentice who is ready to take over the job. She is also a calico cat, her name is Nitama and by the way she's wearing that station master hat it looks like she's up for the challenge. 


(via Super Station Master Tama Facebook)

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24 Jun 19:20

Watch: Michael Bay style Bat vs. Crocodile warfare with bombs and lasers

by Xeni Jardin
Christopher Lantz

YES! Go Bats!

“What would a nature documentary be like if the animals were armed with our favorite weapons?”

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27 Jun 21:18

Stephen Colbert Offers Humorous Commentary on the Historic Supreme Court Ruling That Legalized Marriage Equality

by Lori Dorn

Funnyman Stephen Colbert took a few minutes yesterday from preparing for his debut as host of the Late Show on September 8th, to provide some very humorous commentary on the historic ruling handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States that made marriage equality legal on a national basis. Colbert left no stone unturned, poking gentle fun at committment, gay pride in less populous states and some of the more extreme verbiage found in Associate Justice Antonin Scalia‘s dissenting opinion, but not before inviting Scalia to be a guest on his show.

Please come on my show sir. …Scalia also took issue with the that marriages is about free expression, grumbling, “Expression, sure enough, is a freedom, but anyone in a long-lasting marriage will attest that that happy state constricts, rather than expands, what one can prudently say”, which is both a fiery dissent and the world’s longest “Lockhorns” comic.

Looking forward to Justice Scalia's dissenting opinion of this video. http://t.co/Nfeulvoq1X #LSSC

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 27, 2015

29 Jun 16:00

Photographer Captures Stunning Images of Bioluminescent Glowworms in the Caves of New Zealand

by Glen Tickle

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Photographer Joseph Michael captured stunning images of bioluminescent Arachnocampa luminosa glowworms in the caves of New Zealand’s North Island in a series titled Luminosity. The A. luminosa shine an eerie light on the 30-million-year-old limestone formations of the caves.

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photos via Joseph Michael

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29 Jun 16:56

Shia LaBeouf Delivers His Motivational Speech to Anime Characters in a Toonami Edition of the Video

by Rollin Bishop
Christopher Lantz

The best thus far.

Shia LaBeouf delivers his motivational speech to anime characters from series like Kill la Kill, Naruto: Shippuden, Attack on Titan, and more in a Toonami edition of the video made by Adult Swim.

30 Jun 14:13

The Bottle Boys Perform Johannes Brahms’ Song ‘Hungarian Dace No. 5′ Using Beer Bottles as Instruments

by Justin Page
Christopher Lantz

I love the Hungarian Dance.

The five Denmark-based members of The Bottle Boys recently performed a fast-paced cover of the famous “Hungarian Dace No. 5” dance tune, created in the mid 1800s by German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms, using beer bottles as instruments.

For this video we decided that we wanted to challenge ourselves musically. We wanted to play something that would demand us playing really fast and still musically intriguing.

While brainstorming which song to play we found that we had made all too few interpretations of classical pieces of music which can be quite challenging. So we chose one of the most virtuosic pieces of classical music and made a bottle interpretation of it: Brahm’s Hungarian Dance No. 5.

It was quite hard and extremely fun to play, since there are a lot of changes in tempo and dynamics throughout the piece. The most well-known interpretations of it are played by a symphony orchestra lead by a conductor who makes all the interpretational musical decisions. So we had a lot of fun practicing to play this piece as “one mind” like a (bottle) chamber music quartet.

The original song for comparison:

25 Jun 21:29

Artist Joe Mangrum Creates Eight Sand Paintings in Eleven Days For Museum in the Netherlands

by Lori Dorn

Joe Mangrum

Brooklyn sand artist Joe Mangrum, whose work we’ve previously posted, was recently commissioned by the Doe Museum in Zuidlaren, Netherlands to create 8 original sand paintings in just 11 days, all of which were documented in separate time lapse videos.

A marathon opus of 8 sand paintings in 11 days reveal a spectacular series of creations! Enjoy all 8 videos of Joe Mangrum’s masterful art time-lapse process and share the spectacle! Experience these superb one-of-a-kind sand paintings in person on view at Doe Museum from 22nd of May until 30th of October.

Sand Painting

Sand Painting

Sand Painting

images via Doe Museum

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28 Jun 14:31

Ranger Ron's Wilderness survival guide

Christopher Lantz

Sage advice.

http://oglaf.com/rangerron/

23 Jun 19:13

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26 Jun 01:30

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20 Jun 16:40

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22 Jun 19:11

The Wisdom of ‘Star Trek’ Captain Jean-Luc Picard Set to an Electric Beat by Eclectic Method

by Glen Tickle
Christopher Lantz

While I respect the other captains, Picard will always be my homie.

Star Trek: The Next Generation character Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as portrayed by Sir Patrick Stewart, espouses some profound wisdom set to an electric beat by Eclectic Method. Picard shares his insights about the Universe as well as reminds people that he is the captain–all with a danceable beat.

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19 Jun 16:36

‘Apotheosis’, A Gorgeous Time-Lapse Film Capturing the Exquisite Colors of Solar Activity Over Iceland

by Lori Dorn

Independent filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee of Evosia Studios captures the exquisite colors and fiery flares of the Icelandic sky caused by the March 2015 solar maximum in the short time-lapse film “Apotheosis”.

On March 17th, 2015, I was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time when the solar storm of the decade hit Earth. The sky was covered with auroras so strong, they were visible at dusk. This continued all night until dawn. In the film you will see rare red, yellow, white, blue and violet purple auroras. I was also fortunate to get shots of aurora borealis lighting up the sky while the Bárðarbunga volcano was erupting. The orange/red glow you will see in the distance is from the hot lava spewing from the volcano.

via PetaPixel

19 Jun 11:30

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18 Jun 19:41

Amazing Concept Art for the Film ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ That Was Created Around 15 Years Ago

by Justin Page

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Concept Art

Approximately 15 years ago, Australian artist Peter Pound contributed over 950 amazing storyboards and concept art for George Miller‘s hit film Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s interesting to see how little things changed from the time that Pound created the artwork and when the movie actually released this year. More illustrations from the collection are available to view on Pound’s portfolio website.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Concept Art

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Concept Art

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Concept Art

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Concept Art

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Concept Art

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Concept Art

images via Peter Pound

via Digital Spy, GeekTyrant

17 Jun 19:26

Exquisitely Detailed Wild Animal Masks Handcrafted From Hammered and Welded Steel

by Lori Dorn

Tiger

Turkish artist Selçuk Yilmaz has crafted exquisitely detailed wild animal masks made from hand-hammered and welded steel. Included in this line is a red fox, a lynx, and a tiger.

Tiger with Artist

Fox

Fox Mask

Lynx

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images via Selçuk Yilmaz

via Colossal

17 Jun 17:00

‘Turbo Kid’ Trailer and Release Date: Sundance Crowdpleaser Races Into Theaters This Summer

by Angie Han

Turbo Kid

Hot on the heels of Mad Max: Fury Road, here comes a different Mad Max-inspired adventure. Epic Pictures Group has set a summer release date for Turbo Kid, a Sundance Film Festival crowdpleaser that looks tailor-made for fans of ’80s action. And to get the word out, they’ve released a colorful new full-length trailer as well. Check out the new Turbo Kid trailer, and get release details, after the jump. 

Epic Pictures Group has announced it will put Turbo Kid in theaters and on VOD August 28, bringing a jolt of energy to an otherwise sleepy weekend. Other films opening that weekend include the EDM drama We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron, and Alejandro Amenábar’s thriller Regression starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.

Directed by Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell, Turbo Kid is a coming-of-age tale unfolding in a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic 1997. An orphaned kid (Munro Chambers) sets out across the Wasteland on his BMX bike out to look for his best friend (Laurence Leboeuf) after she’s kidnapped by an evil warlord (Michael Ironside).

Peter caught the film at Sundance and was quite taken with it. Here’s an excerpt from his review, which is actually quoted in the trailer:

Turbo Kid is insane. It’s remarkable that a film like this was produced at all. Imagine what a movie might look like if it came from the mind of a ten-year old kid from the ’80s who is obsessed with Mega Man, and who just saw the Mad Max movies for the first time. Take a step further, and picture the film, if it was produced by a competent team of filmmakers with a budget affording that kid access to a good team to create practice special effects and makeup.

And finally, here’s the new Turbo Kid trailer. If violence, gore, and nostalgia trips are a turnoff, this might not be for you, but for everyone else it looks like a weird, wild ride.

The post ‘Turbo Kid’ Trailer and Release Date: Sundance Crowdpleaser Races Into Theaters This Summer appeared first on /Film.

12 Jun 12:00

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16 Jun 19:22

A LEGO Version of the Doof Wagon From ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ With a Functional Set of Speakers

by Justin Page

LEGO Earsplitter/Doof Wagon

LEGO Will has created a wonderful LEGO version of the Doof Wagon from the popular film Mad Max: Fury Road. The speaker-stacked war machine also features a functional set of speakers. More photos of the LEGO “morale machine” are available to view on Flickr.

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LEGO Earsplitter/Doof Wagon

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LEGO Earsplitter/Doof Wagon

LEGO Earsplitter/Doof Wagon

photos by LEGO Will

via Geek x Girls, Geeks Are Sexy

16 Jun 18:13

Filmmakers Capture Incredible Footage of the Eruption of the Calbuco Volcano in Southern Chile

by Glen Tickle
Christopher Lantz

Beautiful.

Filmmakers from Timestorm Films have captured some incredible footage of the April 22, 2015 eruption of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile. The finished video incorporates 4K and 8K footage taken from several different cameras including a Canon 6DPentax 645Z, and a Sony a7.

via Vimeo Staff Picks

15 Jun 19:14

A Gorgeous Photo Series That Simultaneously Captures the Beauty of Water and the Life That Exists Above and Below

by Lori Dorn

Portugese Man o' War

Over/Under is a gorgeous photo series by Matty Smith that simultaneously captures the beauty of a body of water along with the incredible amount of life that’s breathing just below and above the surface. Limited edition prints are available for purchase through Smith’s site.

Liquid-Lined

Silver Bream

Waratah Anemones

grotto

Silver Breem 2

Army of Blue Bottles

photos by Matty Smith

via Faith Is Torment, My Modern Met, Colossal

09 Jun 20:44

Enchanting Victorian Fairy Tale Art

by Avi Abrams
Christopher Lantz

Enchanting

"QUANTUM SHOT" #897
Link - article by Avi Abrams



On the Way to Wonderland: Rare and Beautiful "High Fantasy" Illustrations

Victorian fairy tale art is definitely worth a look if you are trying to get inspired, start a new creative project, or just want to clear your head from modern influences of gritty realism, pessimism and post-everything cynical worldview. Many of vintage books of this nature were collected by the University of Florida, as part of The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature - many of them lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed and so gloriously otherworldly that it seems they've dropped straight from the Fairy Kingdom itself.


(images credit: University of Florida, The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature)


Above: illustration from "Once Upon a Time: A Book of Old-Time Fairy Tales" by Margaret Evans Price. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1921.



(images credit: University of Florida, The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature)


Hans Christian Andersen's "Fairy Tales" editions in particular feature beautiful cover art and wondrous inside illustrations, see for example such tales as "The Nixie (Mermaid)" and "Thumbkinetta":




(images credit: University of Florida, The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature)


Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales editions from the 1890s are no less enchanting:




(a medieval scene painted by Alice Mary Havers, 1850-1890; images via)


Margaret Evans Price's quiet, understated art

Margaret Evans Price was a children books illustrator with a very distinctive style: spare lines, minimum Victorian embellishments, great sense of composition and wide use of pastel colors. She started selling her drawings in 1900 and later became equally well-known for co-founding the Fisher-Price Toys company in the 1930s. Her art perfectly communicates the peace and quiet of Old English countryside and is imbued with a sense of understated beauty:


Above: "The Frog Prince" from "The Big Book of Fairy Tales", published by Blackie and Son Limited in 1911.


Truly, the "less is more" approach is evident throughout the Margaret Evans Price' art: check out these elegant lines and pale colors -



Above: illustration to "Diamonds and Toads", via


This was the time of transition from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, and Margaret Evans Price's art falls into this territory with its soft colors and elegant lines.


left: Margaret Evans Price art from "Once Upon a Time: A Book of Old-Time Fairy Tales", 1921; right image: art by Arthur Gaskin, via


Edmund Dulac: Light & Dark Magic

Victorian art also had a place for some dark fantasy, as seen here in Edmund Dulac's "Buried Moon" from his 1916 Fairy Book:




Edmund Dulac also effectively used brighter colors, see for example this piece illustrating the "Fire Bird" tale:


(images via)


Babes in Wood: The Ultimate in Children's Fairy Art

Fairies and High Folk (as elves are sometimes named) were still lingering in England (we mean the old merry English countryside) at the end of the 19th century, it seems. Flower fairy art was extremely popular with children and adults alike, and books were written about various contacts with Fay creatures in the "Twilight Realms" (one highly-recommended modern example of such fairy fiction is Ursula Le Guin's "The Beginning Place", check it out).

The rare and beautiful "Babes in Wood" 1890s edition (also found at The Baldwin Library) contains perhaps the richest and unabashedly wondrous illustrations from that era:






This edition was created by Edith Nesbit in 1896 - really evocative and innocent piece of art:


(images credit: Edith Nesbit, publ. by Ernest Nister, London, 1896, via)


German Fairy Tales: high elves, dwarfs, trolls, and even a "winged wolf"

King Laurin of Tyrol was one of the magical folk (the ruler of a thriving race of dwarves) inhabiting the Swiss/German Alps back in the day - don't forget that Tolkien's Rivendell (an Elven outpost in Middle-earth during Third age) was partly based on Lauterbrunnen valley in Interlaken, truly spectacular location in Switzerland. Some of that Old World grandeur can be tasted in early German fairy tale book editions, full of mysterious, half-hinted magic and glorious events:




"The South Tyrol saga of King Laurin is also a popular explanation of the optical phenomenon of Alpenglow (Ladin: Enrosadira), by which the summit of the mountains change their color to shades of red and purple during and after sunset" - read more:


(images via)


"The Winged Wolf" fairy tale is especially fascinating, though perhaps slightly too weird for modern tastes:


The Winged Wolf and Other Fairy Tales. Collected by Ha Sheen Kaf. Illustrated by Arthur Layard. Edward Stanford, London, 1893


Beautiful maidens magically appear and, sadly, equally magically disappear in many fairy tales (by turning into other creatures, or taken by evil overlords), and the late Victorian romanticism used this to great effect in popular printed editions:




Magical birds, angels, butterflies, pixies inhabit "Legends from Fairy Land":


(images via)


Masterful black & white illustrations by H. J. Ford

Henry Justice Ford was especially famous for illustrating Andrew Lang's Fairy Books (twelve collections of fairy tales, published between 1889 and 1910). The books were named by various color - The Blue Fairy Book, Red, Green, Yellow, etc. - but the inside illustrations were black and white, beautifully realized and infused with magic and romanticism by H. J. Ford:







(images via)


Magic & Romance, Illustrated

Beautiful romance is a cornerstone of many Victorian-era fairy tales, and its various aspects are wonderfully expressed in illustrations by Walter Crane, Arthur Layard, and Margaret Evans Price


(left image below: Margaret Evans Price; right: illustration to Brothers Grimm's fairy tale "The Six Swans"


This one is from "The Red Fairy Book": Graciosa and Percinet - read it here:




"The Sleeping Beauty", illustrated by Walter Crane, from "Household Stores from the Collection of the Bros. Grimm":


(image credit: Walter Crane)


The prince rode to the castle:



Above right: illustration from "The Terrible Head" from The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang - read it here.

"All's well that ends well" - a romantic couple on a horse, depicted by Eleanor Vere Boyle (1825-1916):




Hopefully this collection has been the source of inspiration and encouragement for those who still appreciate pure magic and grand values of Victorian romanticism-era fairy tales and Merry England's idyllic pastoral way of life. We are going to return to "high fantasy" subject in the future, trying to uncover more inspirational gems.


Left: "Cinderella" illustration by Elenore Abbott, from Grimm's Fairy Tales, 1920; right image via)


"Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead..."
-- J. R. R. Tolkien


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08 Jun 17:11

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06 Jun 18:20

I’ve seen this image before but this is the best caption.



I’ve seen this image before but this is the best caption.

05 Jun 17:51

Illustrated Mashups of Characters From ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Adventure Time’

by Justin Page

Blood Bag
Blood Bag

Artist Ryan May of City of Pyramids has created a great series of illustrated mashups that merge characters from the newly released film Mad Max: Fury Road and the popular Adventure Time television series. Prints of each illustration are available to purchase from his online store.

The King
The King

Mad Max
Mad Max

Furiosa
Furiosa

The Flamethrowing Guitar
The Flamethrowing Guitar

What a Lovely Day
What a Lovely Day

images via City of Pyramids

via Nerdist

04 Jun 16:40

philliplight: I’m late to the party but I saw Mad Max last week...



philliplight:

I’m late to the party but I saw Mad Max last week and loved it, especially the art direction of it. Of course I had to draw Furiosa