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This Week 13 – January 10th, 2010

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

The web gets a little quieter over the holidays so there wasn’t quite enough to justify a This Week post (especially as the holiday period also meant I spent less time on the internet finding things). Everything is back in full force now though and I have a healthy collection of links to share:

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I knew that Disney liked to recycle a lot of their older stuff (from things like this collection of images), but this video highlights just to what extent:

(via Cracked)

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This Week 11 & 12: December 13 and 20th, 2009

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanks to my forced absence I missed last week’s post (and the internet in general), so this one combines the things I collected before my absence (which would have been part of Week 11) with the things I’ve found in the few days since returning to the web (Week 12). So here we have science jokes, spiders, Jack Bauer, Shaolin monks, Saturn and Twilight.

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Jack Bauer gets himself on Santa’s naughty list:

(from Rebel Christmas Card)

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This Week 10: December 6th, 2009

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s that time again.  Check out this weeks collection of journalism blunders, John Woo, The Sims 3, Rogue Warrior, Earth and other planets and pointless ghost hunter TV shows:

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A TV station used their Twitter feed to make a live billboard that always displayed the most recent message beside a picture of their news team.  That’s all well and good until your Twitter message seems to be accusing them of something unsavoury.

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This Week 09: November 29th, 2009

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

I realise that the link dumps have been the majority of blog posts lately (and the only thing I’ve posted this week), thanks to the novel project.  That ends tomorrow though (and I actually concluded the story today), so things should be back to normal now and I have a few things drafted that just need formatting.  Anyway, this week we have Lego, The Matrix, Cthulhu, Blade Runner, water, leopard seals, love letters, lovely letters and hippos:

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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of The Matrix, some people got together and recreated the “Dodge This” scene in LEGO, bullet-time and all:

That was via io9, which also has a comparison video of the the two scenes side by side.

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This Week 08: November 22nd, 2009

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Before the linkage kicks off, I found a subtitled version of the Golden Age of Video clip from last week’s link dump, which helps overcome the fairly loud music.

And now, link time.  This week we have balancing acts, rockets, an entire decade, more Modern Warfare 2 discussion, aeroplanes, Futurama, Star Wars, Adolf Hitler, advertising and cavemen.  I’m also trying out a new format, so check it out:

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An artist named Walter Wick makes a very precarious stack of 117 items, all balanced on a single Lego brick, then sends in wind-up toys to knock it down:

(via BoingBoing)

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This Week 07: November 15th, 2009

November 18, 2009 2 comments

I’m a little late with this, but here’s this week’s collection of links.  For your viewing pleasure this week we have a bunch of sites bringing together movies, Lego, Howl’s Moving Castle, Studio Ghibli, computer animation, chimpanzees, drunk people, grave robbers and sharks:

I really liked:

(via Mental Floss)

It’s a mega mash-up of movie quotes, all put to music and rhyming.  At times the music is a little loud and makes it hard to hear the quotes, but if you click through to the YouTube page the lyrics are included.

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This Week 06: November 8th, 2009

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Here we are again.  Enjoy this week’s gathering of singing computers (with a connection to Arthur C. Clarke), Isaac Asimov, sperm whales, giant squid, accidents and bears.

This week I enjoyed:

(via BoingBoing)

Quoting Bell Labs:

One of the more famous moments in Bell Labs’ synthetic speech research was the sample created by John L. Kelly in 1962, using an IBM 704 computer. Kelly’s vocoder synthesizer recreated the song “Bicycle Built for Two,” with musical accompaniment from Max Mathews. Arthur C. Clarke, then visiting friend and colleague John Pierce at the Bell Labs Murray Hill facility, saw this remarkable demonstration and later used it in the climactic scene of his novel and screenplay for “2001: A Space Odyssey,”

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