http://www.starwarsuncut.com/ has released a remake of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, comprised entirely of 15-second fan clips. I watched a few minutes and have to shake my head at the originality of some of the submissions.
MIT unveiled In Europe the Hiriko electric car, a windshield mounted car that folds up to take up one-third the parking space of an average size car. A pilot program for the little sci-fi looking buggy is set to begin next year.
Care to contribute to one man’s attempt to list the family tree of every character in Lord of the Rings? http://www.lotrproject.com/. I wish him luck.
Giveaway: To kick off the Year of the Dragon, Tor is giving away four copies of the Wheel of Time prequel,New Spring: The Graphic Novel by Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon, and Mike S. Miller. Speaking of WOT, the publisher is also offering 10 copies of the first book in the series, The Eye of the World. The deadline for both is February 24, 2012.
Giveaway: Another offering by Tor on Goodreads — The Stolen Throne by David Gaider, the prequel to Dragon Age: Origins, the role-playing video game from Bioware. Deadline is February 24, 2012.
Here’s some geek news: University of Washington researchers have created a game, Foldit, where players can decode and create protein shapes to help scientists learn how proteins work and help with drug research for HIV and Alzheimer’s cures. Gamers, go forth and save the world! More on this story on CNET.
Want to up your geek-cred points a tiny bit? Tell people you know where to find the video showing the Lego Man in Space, footage shot by 17-year-olds Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammad using a weather balloon and makeshift Styrofoam spacecraft to send a Lego man 15 miles up into the stratosphere. To make it easy, here you go:
I think that’ll do it for now. Have a great weekend, everyone! If I missed any good links, leave a note in the comments. I love to hear from you.
Time to get ready for those crazy Super Bowl ads. I particularly like The Bark Side from Volkswagen. Apparently this is just a teaser and I think it’s already gone viral. I wonder what else they have planned.
And for the last one, I have a six-minute video entitled Indyanimation. It’s a stop-motion animated, shot for shot remake of the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, created in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary. Thirty years?? Are you kidding me? Where did the time go? Anyways, here it is. Enjoy!
Have a good weekend, y’all! If I missed any good links this week, let me know in the comments section below, ok? I love to hear from you guys.
It’s Friday! Time to post my favorite links I’ve found this week. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Here goes:
Giveaway: Let’s start with a giveaway: thecozyreader.com is offering to some lucky winner a copy a Cinder, a steampunk Cinderella story written by Marissa Meyer. This is a book I have my eye on. The excerpt I read looked fascinating. Deadline is January 11, 2012.
Just when you thought the old Star Wars Christmas special from years ago was buried for good, Fox and Lucasfilm are kicking off their 3D Phantom Menace film with a very bizarre ad campaign for food items, including Brisk Iced Tea and a French burger chain. Really? Come on guys. This a ridiculous (and humiliating for Star Wars fans). Watch the video at this link. You won’t believe your eyes.
If you love old fashioned space opera, I want to guide you toward http://www.raygunrevival.com/. RGR publishes four original short stories every month, along with book reviews, occasional movie reviews, genre-related columns and artwork. And you can read some for free! What a deal!