Friday, May 25, 2007

The Vader Project

Check out "The Vader Project," a display at Star Wars Celebration IV. It's a convention in Los Angeles celebrating everything Star Wars, most notably the franchise's 30-year anniversary. From the Star Wars Blog:
Walking through The Vader Project exhibit at Celebration IV is like taking a stroll through a Darth Vader tribute done by the coolest lowbrow and urban artists on the planet. Frank Kozik, Paul Frank Sunich, Marc Ecko and Urban Medium (among numerous others) gave Darth Vader’s helmet a hipster makeover. As fans walk through the exhibit they can see the artist’s own unique style featured on each helmet. Whether it’s a Tiki-inspired design from Shag or a girlie 1940’s style pinup from Marc Ecko — it’s apparent each artist took time to pay special tribute to the headwear of the Sith.
Here are some photos from the display from the Star Wars Blog's Flickr stream:

Link (via Boing Boing)

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Eldorado [Flickr]

Friday, May 04, 2007

Lightning + Plexiglass = Lichtenberg Figure [Video]

The coolest part of this video is the music. Very Beverly Hills Cop meets elevator muzak.

Link (via Cool Stuff)

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

You can link if you play nice

Deep-linking is definitely a contentious issue between bloggers and the companies that own the sites that are the targets of their links. While the jury is almost literally still out on the subject, it seems that the pendulum has swung away [warning: PDF link] from the linkees. The idea that one can control how others will link to their websites seems absurd to me, but many companies are trying to do just that.

It appears that Cingular is up to some antics with their Terms of Service (emphasis mine):
You are granted a limited, nonexclusive right to create a hypertext link to the homepage of the Sites, provided such link does not portray Cingular Wireless [...] in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise defamatory manner. [...] This limited right may be revoked at any time.
I don't know how their team of lawyers could have written this with a straight face, let alone thought it could be enforceable. According to TechDirt, "stupid linking policies are largely a thing of the past," and I would have to agree.

I suppose time will tell, but what I can't understand is why they would care about something like this. Is this an attempt to curb negative publicity on the internet? If so, something tells me that this is definitely not the best way to do it. Of course, this may be reverse psychology; there's no better way to get bloggers to do something than to tell them that they aren't allowed to do it.

I, for one, won't fall into their trap.

Link (via Consumerist)

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Ten worst Spiderman tie-ins

I say this every time I post a top-ten list, but I hate top-ten lists. Every once in a while, though, I have to make an exception.

With a $258 million budget, Spiderman 3 is the most expensive movie ever made, in terms of non-inflation adjusted dollars. To help this movie break even, Sony is licensing the hell out of the franchise. 10 Zen Monkeys has compiled a list of what they think are the top ten worst Spiderman tie-ins. I'm pretty sure that some of these aren't legitimately licensed products (read: gray market), and I'm positive that the rest will not be leading the charge towards profitability.

From 10 Web Monkeys:
Bitten by a radio-active flea, "Spider-Dog" gained the proportionate strength of a spider, and can also lick himself.

Now he does whatever a spider can - and also, fetches.

And humps the mailman’s leg.

He tried to join the Avengers once, but they kicked him out because he kept sniffing the other superheroes’ butts.

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...And never the twain shall meet

With apologies to Rudyard Kipling.

Link (Thanks, Jaime!)

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