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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?
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.
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.
I desperately need a palate cleanser after that last piece, which brought so much bile to my throat that I think I permanently damaged my teeth. So here is a change of pace, or perhaps a return to form, since I think this blog is evenly split between my movie poster obsession and our various political rants. So here we have some pictogram posters of famous movies by artist Viktor Hertz. Follow the link to see many many more.
And a great painting of Quorra by Peter Breese. I like that he even got her highly improbable shoes right.
These are fantastic Formula 1 Grand Prix posters from PJ Tierney. I love the way he integrates the shape of the car into the dominant shapes of the flags. Especially the one for Japan. Although now I want to see rip offs featuring the Stig.
Masterpiece Theater has outdone themselves and managed to combine two of my favorite things: infographics and bracketology. Admittedly the two often go together, since a well constructed bracket, when graced with good graphic design, is very much like an infographic.
I think this is great, although the idea that Francis Urquhart, the modern machiavel, would lose to anyone, let alone Will Ladislaw, is completely ridiculous. Also if Rumpole doesn’t beat Lynley then this whole thing is a crock, and the same with Miss Marple and Foyle. No offense to the sweet old lady, but Foyle is rock solid.
And this, by the way, is why Urquhart would never lose.
Will I photoshop this bracket and bring FU forward, to hell with the democratic process?
You might very well think that Puffin, but I couldn’t possibly comment.
Wander over to the PBS facebook page and vote your little hearts out. Candy and karma points to anyone who votes for Rumpole in the next day or so.
Thanks to Matt at The Album Project, without his timely facebook update I would never have discovered this.
And this, incidentally, is another extremely pertinent infographic.
A final parting comment on the advertising world. While their tastelessness is legendary (go look at Copyranter if you don’t believe me) they also come out with stuff like this:
(Click to embiggen but it should be immediately obvious that this is hugely NSFW)
Possibly the best ad ever. Since I know you are at work I shall explain that this is a sex themed amusement park, where the safer you play, the longer you stay. Never have I been so motivated to stay safe. Via The Inspiration Room. Illustration by Rod Hunt, from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
The vintage poster obsession got to me again. But I can’t help it! When Russell Walks puts up things like this:
Whats a poor little MacGuffin to do? When I see these my little nerd heart goes pitter patter and I hatch grand schemes to increase the wall space in my
bathroom nerd shrine. What with the Deco Doctor poster, the Blue Sun travel ads and the random assortment of Wes Anderson-alia….. Im rapidly running out of space Puffin!
All of that pales, however, compared to this poster, which is actually, really and truly, my favorite sci-fi poster of them all.
All my love