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Movies as Dimestore Novels

HighlanderArtist spacesick has created a whole set of wonderful “I Can Read Movies” book covers, giving classic movies the cheap paperback treatment. You can check the whole set out on his blog or Flickr Photostream.

Note: Quite a bit of his other art is rather arrestingly NSFW, so poke around the rest of his work with care. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

(via Neatorama)

Bonus Links: Artist M.S. Corley has done the Lemony Snicket and Harry Potter series in a similar style.

Posted in Ephemera February 20th, 2009 by Chip
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The Silver Lining


Available on a T-shirt from Neatorama

(I like this one too.)

Posted in Humor February 19th, 2009 by Chip
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Link Dump

Life Imitates Blade Runner – Futuristic billboards may be coming to LA.

Cannot Find Planet – Amusing 404 error message.

The Way the Future Blogs – Frederik Pohl’s new blog.

The Hero Factory – Make yourself a superhero.

Nerd Merit Badges – Scout-type badges for accomplishments like contributing to an Open Source project.

Something Somewhere Went Terribly Wrong – Amusing T-shirt from Neatorama.

Map of the Star Wars Galaxy – Someone with a bit too much time on their hands has mapped all the planets in Star Wars.

Orestes Pursued by the Furries – Amusing photoshopped classical painting.

Siphonophore – Video of a weird–and weirdly unsettling–deep-sea creature.

Space Ship for Sale – Entertaining Craigslist Ad.

Things That Look Like Flying Saucers – Blog devoted entirely to things that look like UFOs, but aren’t.

Uruk-Hai Unhappy with Portrayal in Films – This sounds eerily realistic, actually.

The Leonard Nimoy Should Eat More Salsa Foundation – Winner, 2009 “What The…?” Award

Why the SF Future was Canceled – Heh.

The Cuddly Menace – An entertaining parody of Little Golden Books.

The Parade of Unfortunate Star Wars Costumes – If you’ve had a couple of beers before viewing this site, it will bring tears to your eyes.

Posted in Ephemera February 18th, 2009 by Chip
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Klingon Night School

This makes me giggle.

(Ignore the ad at the beginning.)

Posted in Humor February 17th, 2009 by Chip
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Corset…very few Star Trek fans actually look like this.

Etsy seller EveningArwen created this corset inspired by the tunics on Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s a wonderfully clever piece, and the workmanship is lovely. If you’re interested in sewing or costuming, it’s definitely worth a look.

The link is borderline NSFW, as the first detail photo on the page features an arresting amount of cleavage. Consider yourself warned.

Link (via Wil Wheaton)

Posted in Ephemera February 16th, 2009 by Chip
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There’s a “She Blinded Me with Science” Joke in Here Somewhere

Contact LensIan Pearson, a “futurologist” (which is a job title I want; sounds nicely nebulous) who advises companies on cutting-edge technology, has predicted that contact lenses with embedded TVs will be available within 10 years.

Furthermore, he asserts that “digital tattoos” would pick up on the emotions portrayed by the actors and create impulses making us feel the same emotions. This would, he says, “allow James Bond fans to feel the thrill of outdoing the enemy or sports fans to experience the elation of jubilant players.” The technology would all be powered by body heat.

And if my grandmother had three speeds she’d be a vibrator.

I was going to make fun of this, but I think it’s almost self-parodying. I’m sort of impressed that the Daily Mail article just…takes it all at face value.

Link (via Yahoo Tech)

Posted in Science February 13th, 2009 by Chip
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One of our more popular recurrent topics is science fiction clichés. During one of our chats, member ECharles delivered himself of a few lines that cried out to be preserved for posterity.

Cliché: That aliens can communicate to us through math or music
Fact: Aliens will communicate with us with wry greeting cards.

Cliché: Scientist toils alone in garage to perfect FTL Spacecraft.
Fact: Scientist toils alone in garage to perfect edible white-out

Cliché: Arriving aliens repressing Intergalactic Federation of Peaceful Worlds.
Fact: Aliens represent InterGalactic Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol.

Cliché: Alien telepaths invade our minds to turn us against each other.
Fact: Alien telepaths invade our minds to get our ATM PIN numbers.

Cliché: Alien spacecraft operate under as-yet undiscovered physical laws.
Fact: Alien spacecraft are manipulated using barely visible nylon fishing line.

Cliché: Crop circles are an indication that aliens have arrived on Earth.
Fact: Crop circles are the work of alien juvenile delinquents who are “tagging” Earth.

Cliché: Teleportation will allow us to quickly and easily travel anywhere on the planet.
Fact: Teleportation will allow us to quickly and easily extract ourselves from tight-fitting clothing.

Cliché: First contact occurs when the SETI project picks up an alien response to TV signals broadcast in the early 1950’s.
Fact: First contact occurs when CBS begins receiving letters from aliens upset over the cancellation of “Leave it to Beaver.”

Cliché: Confronted by an overwhelming alien invasion, humanity prevails through a combination of guts, luck and a knack for finding flaws in seemingly impervious alien defenses.
Fact: Confronted by an overwhelming alien invasion, humanity lasts about as long as spit in a skillet.

Cliché: Human cloning results in a basic change in morality, as individuals are no longer unique.
Fact: Human cloning results in a basic change in grammar, as individuals begin to speak exclusively in the third-person.

Cliché: Invading aliens unerringly identify and destroy the White House, the Kremlin, the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben.
Fact: Invading aliens unerringly identify and destroy the Corn Palace in Mitchell, North Dakota, Chernobyl, the Pompidou Center and every Waffle House restaurant in North America.

Cliché: Upon hearing the music of Bach and Mozart, aliens begin to treat humans as equals.
Fact: Upon viewing the Jerry Springer Show, aliens immediately withdraw from Earth and erect huge warning signs just outside the orbit of Pluto.

Cliché: Advanced technology will allow artists to express their creativity in ways that we can barely comprehend.
Fact: Advanced technology will allow episodes of Gilligan’s Island to be refreshed by replacing the original cast with computerized simulacra of the cast of Friends.

Cliché: Using a bit of genetic material found in the stomach of a mosquito that was trapped in amber, scientists bring dinosaurs back from extinction.
Fact: Using a bit of genetic material found in the stomach of a mosquito that was trapped in amber, scientists bring prehistoric mosquitoes back from extinction.

Cliché: “Soylent Green is people!”
Fact: Soylent Green is people (42%), kelp (15%), plankton (6%), water, food acid (325), salt, soya protein isolate, modified tapioca starch, potato starch, spices, mineral salts (450, 451) glucose, sodium nitrite (250), antioxidant (316), spice extracts, FD&C Green No. 3.

Posted in Humor February 12th, 2009 by Chip
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Henchman’s Helper

Henchman's Helper

What’s one of the items that every successful supervillain seems to have? No, not a fluffy white cat: A big computer console displaying all kinds of up-to-the-minute data. Designer Joel Friesen has given villains who are just starting out in this illustrious field a cut-rate solution to a shortage of minions.

Henchman’s Helper consolidates dozens of live webcams, continuously-updated weather graphics, a large, ominous-looking infrared satellite image of North America, and a useful Evilometer (helpfully calibrated in metric) to make sure you’re reaching your full evil potential.

The code is free under a Creative Commons license, so you can customize your own console to fit your style of world domination.

(via The Presurfer)

Posted in Ephemera February 11th, 2009 by Chip
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Ackerman’s Collection to be Auctioned

Heirs of the late uber-fan Forrest J. Ackerman are planning to auction off much of his collection, and expect to clear at least $500,000. Frankly, that figure sounds too low.

He had over 300,000 pieces of film memorabilia, including classic props like Bela Lugosi’s cape and signet ring from Dracula; rarities such as an autographed first edition copy of Frankenstein; complete sets of over 200 SF magazines; and over 50,000 books. For an idea of the extent of his collection, check out the “visit to the Ackermansion” tour on YouTube:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

The auction is tentatively scheduled for the last week in April. It will be handled by Profiles in History, so if you’re interested in fighting your way through the baying packs of fans to obtain a bit of this collection, keep an eye on their site for further information.

(via Website at the End of the Universe)

Posted in News February 10th, 2009 by Chip
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Highlander on iTunes

Jessica from New Video dropped me a line to mention that the 90s TV series Highlander is now available on iTunes.

It’s not especially surprising that she’d write, since her company distributes the series. But, she’s also offering five free downloads of the series to our U.S. readers. So, if you’re interested, the first five (U.S.-based) readers to leave a comment will get the download.

Posted in Movies & TV February 9th, 2009 by Chip
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