Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Another day at the office

Here's a photo from Arnold Schwarzenegger's office. He says on Twitter:

I do still have the Conan sword, and I keep it in my office. Here's a picture.

Just Another Day At The Office For Arnold - Arnold Schwarzenegger - io9

Self-made fallout shelters

GOOD magazine shows some pictures from the book Waiting for the End of the World by photographer Richard Ross, who spent five years traveling and photographing the interiors of bomb shelters.

Picture Show: Waiting for the End of the World | GOOD

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pictures formed by soldiers

These are some astounding works of photography. The detail work that went into creating these pictures is quite incredible, considering you have to take into account the perspective tilt towards the distance (which means that a lot more people have to stand in the back than in the front). You have to view full size to appreciate the detail.

Astounding photographs taken by photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas. These photos display tens of thousands of American soldiers posing as symbols of American history.

Incredible Pictures Formed by Thousands of US Soldiers |

Burning Chrome, 1986

William Gibson, Burning Chrome, published 1986. One of the classic 80ies science fiction short story collections, this was put out shortly after Gibson's successful first novel Neuromancer. Collecting his early work, some of it set in the same setting as his novels, such as Burning Chrome and Johnny Mnemonic, it also features a couple of stories written in a different style and setting.

It was hot, the night we burned Chrome. Out in the
malls and plazas, moths were batting themselves to
death against the neon, but in Bobby's loft the only light
came from a monitor screen and the green and red
LEDs on the face of the matrix simulator. I knew every
chip in Bobby's simulator by heart; it looked like your
workaday Ono-Sendai VII. the "Cyberspace Seven,"
but I'd rebuilt it so many time that you'd have had a
hard time finding a square millimeter of factory cir-
cuitry in all that silicon.

We waited side by side in front of the simulator
console, watching the time display in the screen's lower
left corner.

"Go for it," I said, when it was time, but Bobby
was already there, leaning forward to drive the Russian
program into its slot with the heel of his hand. He did it
with the tight grace of a kid slamming change into an ar-
cade game, sure of winning and ready to pull down a
string of free games.

William Gibson aleph - Sprawl series - Burning Chrome (1986)

Read William Gibson's Burning Chrome

Friday, August 14, 2009

Legend of Neil

Holy moly, there's nothing more hilarious on the internet right now than the uber-funny short clips of The Legend of Neil!

Legend of Neil: Comedy series based on The Legend of Zelda from Effinfunny

Ghanese movie posters

Yeah, I've seen some of those before, but this collection is great. Here we have some crazy-ass movie posters from Ghana.

In the 1980s video cassette technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and VCR onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.

In order to promote these showings, artists were hired to paint large posters of the films (usually on used canvas flour sacks). The artists were given the artistic freedom to paint the posters as they desired - often adding elements that weren’t in the actual films, or without even having seen the movies. When the posters were finished they were rolled up and taken on the road (note the heavy damages). The “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to greater availability of television and video; as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting/artistic posters produced on photocopied paper.

ephemera assemblyman: Film Poster Paintings from Ghana

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Zombieland fan mail

Here's Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, protagonists from upcoming movie Zombieland, answering viewers' questions on how to most effectively kill Zombies in short video clips.

Survive Zombieland with Skillets, Paper Towels, and the Buddy System - Zombies - io9

Bikini girls reading lines from Star Wars

Hilarious and ingenious--some girls in bikinis reading famous scenes from Star Wars, all for a bikini commercial.

Topless Robot - Girls in Bikinis Reading Lines from Star Wars

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mothership Zeta

Shit, you would think the last thing the thoroughly savaged post-apocalyptic Earth of Fallout 3 would need is an alien invasion, but here comes Mothership Zeta, the fifth and last downloadable add-on scenario for the game, due out on 3 August 2009.

Fallout: Welcome to the Official Site - Mothership Zeta

Darth Vader's psychic hotline

You Need Some Psychic Advice From Darth Vader - Star Wars - io9