An inner city barbershop is transformed into a surreal dance party in this delightfully bizarre music video for “It’s You” by Duck Sauce. The video was directed by Phil Andelman and the “hair-raising” visual effects are by Royal Post.
A German team of prop builders and Star Wars fans at Project X1 created a fantastic half-scale replica of Darth Vader’sTIE Advanced x1 starfighter. The replica will be unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration Europe on July 26, 2013 in Messe Essen, Germany. You can view more photos on the Project X1 website.
Google has announced Chromecast, a dongle that allows users to stream video from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and other apps using Chrome on their smartphone, tablet, or PC. The device plugs into the television via HDMI and is powered by USB, and generates its own Wi-Fi hotspot to which users can connect to stream content to the television. Chromecast is currently available to purchase from Google Play.
Elon Musk announced the Hyperloop system concept, a new method that would transport people from one side of the US to the other in just 45 minutes, a trip that normally takes almost six hours by plane. Musk describes the Hyperloop system as “a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table.” Hyperloop would a system of cross-country tubes that would consists of capsules capable of carrying six people and their luggage. Six-person capsules travel in the tubes and can reach a maximum speed of 6,500 km/h, and provide 50 times more transportation per kwh. A tube can travel from New York to Beijing in two hours, and make a round-the-world trip in just six hours.
At the Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Mary (aka the “Grandma Drummer”) sat down to rock out (like the pro she is) on a drum set in the store. They report that “she’s playing a Gretsch Catalina Birch kit with a 5.5×14 Gretsch Brooklyn Snare and Zildjian cymbals.”
video by Dustin Hackworth of Coalition Drum Shop
Jesse and the Rippers, the somewhat fictional band from 1990s TV sitcom Full House, reunited on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Actor John Stamos (donning a mullet) led the band through a medley of their greatest hits. There’s some surprises during the performance including fun cameos by other cast members.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a book by Portland-based creative director and author Ian Doescher that reimagines the story of Star Wars in the distinct style of William Shakespeare. It was published by Quirk Books and features twenty fantastic illustrations by artist Nicolas Delort. Hardcover and e-book editions of the book are available to purchase online at Amazon (e-book) and Barnes & Noble.
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.
Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.
With travel restrictions now easing in the once-isolated country of Myanmar (aka Burma), filmmaker Jacob Schwarz shot some stunning ultra high definition video of the country during a recent visit. Be sure to watch the video in its original resolution. We previously wrote about Schwarz’s ultra HD video of ink drops splashing.
Now that the final season is about to start:
Joe Sabia and Paul Gulyas of The Betting Bad Game have created a nine minute video recapping everything that has happened on AMC’s Breaking Bad (Season 1-5). It’s a nice refresher before the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad premiere on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 9/8c.
Here is a little more information on The Betting Bad Game:
The final 8 episodes of Breaking Bad might be the most anticipated final episodes of any TV show ever created. As a result, not only is everyone talking about it, but everyone has their own strong opinions on what will happen and how everything will be resolved.
Our game – BETTING BAD – is an interactive experience that lets you, the obsessed fan of Breaking Bad, make predictions on what will happen in the final season. As the episodes unfold, until when the dust settles in the final episode, you’ll be able to see how your bets compare to every other fan who watches the show.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 sports car, artist Gerry Judah created a 111-foot-tall sculpture of 3 of the cars soaring into the sky. Commissioned by Porsche, the sculpture includes an early 1965 model, a limited edition 1973 RS, and a brand-new 2013 model. The sculpture was displayed at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK recently.
The American Helicopter Society has officially declared AeroVelo winner of the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. The AHS Sikorsky competition began in 1980, and the prize was destined for anyone able to stay at least 10 feet in the air for at least 60 seconds within a 30′ x 30′ space using a flying machine powered solely by a single human. No team has ever managed to meet all of the requirements — until now. AeroVelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres.
Canadian Todd Reichert and his team have just been awarded $250,000 and the honor of building something that really worked. Reichert said:
“This isn’t something that you’re going to commute to work in any time soon, but it’s an exercise in really pushing the limits on what’s physically possible, and what you can do with lightweight materials and really creative design. Winning this competition really is a catalyst to keep doing the things we love. Our goal is to take on projects that really inspire people to follow big dreams.”
Entitled La Mise en Abîme, the mesmerising installation comprises two large, extremely precise and impeccably finished receptacles in which vast quantities of used oil are contained. Shaped like giant puddles, the sculptures with their shiny, and lacquer surfaces (thanks to the expressive properties of oil) reflect the surrounding, allowing the viewers to interact with the architecture of the church by being pulled into the reflection so that they, in turn, become part of the sculpture itself. The installation not only dispenses multiple visual thrills and mysteries but also offers a moment where sculpture creates another reading of space.
Working in a scale simultaneously monumental and intimate, these sculptures continue CRELIER‘s career-long exploration of the space through conceptual engagement with buildings as well as his experimentation with light and dark, form and void, inside and outside, surface and depth, abstraction and figuration, reflection and absorption.
And good news: this exhibition is currently on view the Abbey-church of Bellelay, Switzerland and is running through September 16, 2013