Rubbery, crawling robot can traverse snow, fire

Harvard's Michael Tolley created the 65cm long, soft, pneumatic robot whose operating parameters allow it to run over -9'C terrain or walk through naked flames (for 20 seconds, at least).

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Movie scenes recut from stock footage

Iconic movies and movie scenes recreated using stock footage. My favorite is The Shining, at 22 seconds in. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Richard "Jaws" Kiel, RIP

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Richard Kiel who played the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) has died; he was 74 and 7-foot-2.

Star Wars sans music

Watch this Auralnauts video to see the importance of John Williams' bombastic score to Star Wars. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Short film: THANKS

Tom Patterson's short film "Thanks" sets a deep hook, then yanks it loose with a sharp tug. Beautiful and moving and only 12:37 (and they made it in less than 24h!). (Thanks, Tom!)

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone movie: now free

Augustus Gladstone, a feature film presented by Boing Boing, is now available to watch for free on Vimeo and Youtube. Enjoy!

From Robyn Miller, the co-creator of Myst, comes a story of alienation and love in the digital age. Meet Augustus Gladstone, a "156 year old vampire" who seeks celebrity and craves connection via social networks. But the line between fantasy and reality is blurred when a documentary film crew prods too deeply into Augustus' private life, sparking an irreversible chain of events.

The rise and fall of Vampira, dark goddess of horror

Dig Me, Vampira was like nothing that had yet appeared in television’s brief existence. Premiering on April 30, 1954, it became an instant hit in the Los Angeles area. Then things exploded. By W. Scott Poole.

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Hello Kitty Avengers


The amazing Hello Kitty Avengers meme started back in (at least) May, but has only picked up steam since then, growing to encompass many other Supers. (via Wil Wheaton)

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How Stargate inspired a cult following

The science fiction classic is 20 years old. Lisa Granshaw reports on the franchise’s growth and fanbase, and the buzz–and mixed feelings–surrounding its forthcoming big-screen reboot.

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Martin Scorsese making a movie about The Ramones

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One of numerous projects underway to celebrate The Ramones' 40th anniversary next year is a film involving Martin Scorsese! (Billboard)

Which Hellraiser movies are worth watching?

Having watched all nine Hellraiser movies (yes, nine) in an epic feat of procrastination, JWZ provides a helpful summary of which ones have held up, and which ones were never very good in the first place (top pick: Hellseeker, which I'd never heard of)

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Tripping on Hollywood: We Buy Your Kids' psychotronic movie posters

Australian psychedelic designers We Buy Your Kids turn their third eye to science fiction and cult movie posters for a mind-bending new gallery show.

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Support Sun Ra's "Space Is The Place" 40th anniversary!

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It's the 40th anniversary of Sun Ra's science fiction epic film Space Is The Place and to celebrate, Grammy-nominated DIY musicologist David Katznelson/Harte Recordings launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund a limited hardcover book containing a DVD of the movie, the soundtrack, and a ton of bonus material! Far fucking out.

sun-ra-space-is-the-place-soundtrackThe other bonus material will include:

· New DVD commentary on the film from Producer Jim Newman
· Essays from Screenplay writer Josh Smith and Director John Coney
· A book introduction by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips
· An interview with Ray Johnson (who played THE OVERSEER)
· Dozens of never before seen photos taken both on and off set during the making of the movie

There will be 3000 copies made of this epic celebration of one of the most intriguing space-films-made-by-a-spaceman. Through PledgeMusic you can order early and have the opportunity of also getting some choice, limited edition items made specifically for this release including a reproduction of the original movie poster, a Space Is The Place tee-shirt, high-end issue of the Space Is The Place soundtrack on vinyl, and the ability to have your name as a pledger, duly noted in the book.

Sun Ra: "Space Is The Place" 40th Anniversary on PledgeMusic

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Music video: "Every Movie Robot"

"Every Movie Robot Supercut," Song A Day #2057 by Jonathan Mann.

Fictional products don't violate trademark laws


The makers of Clean Slate, a drive-wiping program, sued Warner over a fictional product with the same name in The Dark Knight Rises; the judge quite sensibly told them that trademark protects you from unfair competition -- it doesn't let you own words.

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