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Bill Mudron has struck again. This time he’s done two new posters. One is a superb Rory Pond (née Williams) in centurion mode (be still my heart!) and the other is a version of the 10th Doctor that makes me want to forsake reality entirely and live in a fantasy world like Davy Jones’ locker from Pirates of the Caribbean 3, but with David Tennant, John Simm and Timothy Dalton instead of Jack Sparrow. Although I guess a few Captain Jack Harknesses wouldn’t come amiss. And Johnny Depp can come too, as long as he understands which Captain Jack holds precedence. I will have so much fun! You may remember Mudron from the outstanding Deco Doctor poster that I’ve been bragging about for months now, and which we featured in our last big Doctor Who roundup.
Puffin, I am buying these instead of paying the electric bill this month. Who needs lamps when 10′s smile can light up a room?
It’s Star Wars! It’s steam-punk-esque! It’s our first ever caption contest with actual prizes!
I say, Puffin:
Have you seen these fantastic Victorian portraits of Star Wars characters by Greg Peltz? I adore them, but they seem to be begging for captions, so I shall solicit input from the wider world. I’ve already put some ideas up, but we know enough fabulous people that I’m sure someone will improve on my lackadaisical labels. What can I say, it’s pouring rain and my feathers are ruffled. The person with the best single caption gets a six pack of Granny Squibb’s Iced Tea. Leave your captions in the comments, along with a way to reach you (twitter name, email, your blog, whatever). You will be judged by mysterious people (possibly us, possibly not us), according to inscrutable standards. Sounds like fun, right? RIGHT!
It’s against my programming to impersonate a deity.
Bring me a scantily clad human female in a metal bikini. At once!
Submit comments until Sunday night (5/22), at which time I (or someone else) will pick the winners, or, if we can’t chose, we will open it up for a vote.
Puffin, I must, sadly, prohibit you from playing among the kids. It just wouldn’t be fair to them. While I know your captions will be the best, and I know we shall chuckle over them on AIM later tonight, you are not in the running for a six pack of
crack iced tea.
MacGuffin (who will bring you your very own six pack when she sees you on Monday)
Sometimes science can look an awful lot like magic.
“Happy” was the theme we were given by the organizers for this year’s F5 Re:Play Fest, held in April in NYC, to create this edition’s pieces, probably the hardest thing to convey in any artistic expression. After a good deal of introspection, and teaming up with awesome motion graphics artist Gerardo del Hierro, we decided that happy wasn’t happy for Physalia unless pliers, microchips and a bit of soldering were involved, and with this idea we resolved to create the happiest machine Physalia has built to date.
From Physalia Studios in Barcelona.
A good way to end the day.
As you know, I have a dear love for weird and wonderful language. Especially collective nouns for groups of animals. On that note, here are some of my favorites from this site, which is the most complete list of names I have yet found. See the rest here.
|Badgers||Cete, Set, Company|
|Bees||Grist, Hive, Swarm, Nest|
|Cats (General)||Clowder, Clutter, Pounce, Dout, Nuisance, Glorying, Glare|
|Cats (Kittens)||Kindle, Litter, Intrigue|
|Crows||Murder, Horde, Parcel, Storytelling|
|Eels||Swarm, Bed, Fry|
|Ferrets||Business, Cast, Fesnying|
|Fox||Skulk, Earth, Lead, Troop|
|Hawks (Flight)||Kettle, Boil|
|Horses (General)||Team, Harras, Stable, Troop|
|Jays||Party, Scold, Band|
|Magpies||Tiding, Gulp, Murder, Charm|
|Moles||Labor, Company, Movement|
|Monkeys||Troop, Barrel, Carload, Cartload, Tribe|
|Otters||Romp, Bevy, Family, Raft|
|Peacocks||Muster, Ostentation, Pride|
|Rooks||Building, Clamor, Parliament|
|Snails||Escargatoire, Rout, Walk|
|Swans (Flight)||Wedge, Flight|
|Turtles||Bale, Nest, Turn, Dole|
|Zebras||Crossing, Zeal, Cohorts, Herd|
This is my favorite word ever. An implausibility of gnus. Wtf, awesomesauce:
And this, Puffin, is for you:
There are tons more here. Now what I want to know is this. What is the collective noun for us MacGuffins? A pointlessness? An ennui? An ignorance? What are your thoughts on this important matter?
Well Puff, hopefully this represents the end of my radio silence.
Despite rumors to the contrary, I am still alive! My brain, however, has not not yet recovered, so rather than launching into my new rant about reproductive rights or my collective bargaining health care conspiracy theory (I will fill you in later Puffin but spoiler alert: I’m pissed at everyone except Antony Weiner) I will instead drop an awesome-bomb on you in the form of assorted Doctor Who stuff. Am I excited about the new season, which starts on Saturday? You bet! Will I be able to watch it? Of course not.
This is an AMAZING Dalek propaganda poster, by the fantastic Francesco Francavilla.
This is another one which was actually produced by the BBC themselves. Of course, it was a tie in to my least favorite episode ever. Honestly, Victory of the Daleks was awful. But the poster is good, and can be downloaded in hi res here. You can also get it as a tee shirt from, sigh, Hot Topic, which I refuse to link to.
Here is a Skaaro Institute of Extermination mug that I obviously need to own.
This one has a bit of a German/Weimar Republic feel to it. From deviantartist LycanLauren.
These are a series of Doctor Who travel posters, or the closest thing I can find to them. Follow the link to find a few more. With all the crazy worlds the Doctor visits you’d think there would be tons of awesome posters, like Steve Thomas’ wonderful Star Wars advertising posters and Middle Earth travel posters. But this seems to be pretty much it.
This is from the vault, and I may or may not already own the first one, but they’re still my favorite things ever so I will continue to blog them every couple of months until I grow up a bit and stop feeling the urge to show off. From Bill Mudron. Purchase info is here.
This is a fantastic French Tom Baker era poster. Unfortunately it’s a terrrrrrible quality pic. From flikr.
Next we have a mild riff off the Social Network’s extremely repurpose-able poster. From tumblr.
And this is just to settle an argument I’ve been having with certain truly stupid male relatives. Karen Gilliam is HOT, ok? End of story. Pics or it didn’t happen? Fine. From a photoshoot for Marie Claire. (I know at least 3 people who are going to need to change their trousers after looking at this.) Her legs alone warp the space time continuum.
This is a Tardis infographic. Click to embiggen and make it, you know, legible and stuff.
And to finish off I present you with possibly the most impressive thing I have ever seen. A Tardis cake that is a) incredibly pretty and accurate and b) is bigger on the inside!!!!! How is that possible???? Well, as far as I understand it, the cake-engineer (I don’t even know who this person is, but I want them to be my friend forever) did something clever with mirrors to make the inside seem bigger than the outside. Puffin I cannot even cope with awesomeness of this magnitude.
I am flabbergasted Puffin. Flabbergasted. I hope the season premier is awesome enough to live up to all this crazy coolness. Watch it for me.
Other geek stuff roundups:
Thor roundup, because May 5 is way too far away,
Poster art roundup 1 (Ghostbusters, Naria, Tron etc)
Poster art roundup 2, movie posters as icons and some Formula One stuff
Poster art roundup 3, Back to the Future and more
Vintage Star Wars posters by Steve Thomas
Check out the poster art tag or the category in the drop down menu to the left. Also, please submit stuff! I love nerd-phenalia, so drop stuff in comments, send it to tumblr, whatever. I’m always looking for more.
And is this the best vintage Ghostbusters poster ever? You tell me Puffin.
Oh well. The downside of that hanging nest is that I wouldn’t have been able to hang art in it. So I suppose it’s just as well.
Please forgive my little dalliance with professional sports. I don’t know what came over me (oh wait, yes I do). Anyway, these delightful additions to the
nerd shrine art gallery chez MacGuffin represent a return to form. Today I added some lovely minimalist Doctor Who posters to my collection. Voila!
I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. Especially when I tell you that there are more here.
Given that I’ve been either sick or locked in the library for the last 3 weeks, my thoughts turn inexorably to the two things I miss most about life on the outside. First to beer, of which I am not drinking enough and second to all the TV I am missing. To sustain me in my darkest hour I have turned to my ancient and venerable collection of beer ads saved in my favorites on Youtube. So here are the 20 greatest beer commercials of all time, according to me, ranked roughly from good to greatest. (I am intentionally excluding the Most Interesting Man in the World because…well…it just wouldn’t be fair. He is in a class by himself. Which he also teaches)
Everyone probably remembers this one:
This one is only funny retrospectively. Because now I cannot see this without thinking of Robin Cherbotsky:
The Bubble Boys! These were my absolute favorite ads when I was a kid:
Bud Ice Penguin:
This is the least Wes Anderson-y thing Wes Anderson has ever produced:
More Bubble Boys! Let’s just admit it. These barely have anything to do with beer. But ze leetle french canadian accents are so cute!
The rest are going after the jump because the videos are making the page slow to load.