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Interactive Scale of the Universe
06.28.2011
02:05 pm

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Astronomy

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Size does matter, as this rather lovely Interactive Scale of the Universe shows.

See it here.
 

 
With thanks to Steve Duffy
 
Bonus Big Stuff animation of planetary scale, after the jump…
 

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Travis Bickle’s got the shakes
06.23.2011
09:38 pm

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Are the Smurfs Communist Nazis?


Image by Bit Weird.

I’d heard the theory that the Smurfs were a ploy to get us used to the imminent arrival of little blue aliens, but this is news to me. A French academic has published a book claiming that the Smurfs were both Communist and anti-Semitic, claims that have met with a backlash from fans of the little blue guys. From The Guardian:

Antoine Buéno, a lecturer at Sciences Po university in Paris, makes the claims in his new book Le Petit Livre Bleu: Analyse critique et politique de la société des Schtroumpfs, in which he points out that the Smurfs live in a world where private initiative is rarely rewarded, where meals are all taken together in a communal room, where there is one leader and where the Smurfs rarely leave their small country.

“Does that not remind you of anything? A political dictatorship, for example?” asks Buéno, going on to compare the Smurfs’ world to a totalitarian utopia reminiscent of Stalinist communism (Papa wears a red outfit and resembles Stalin, while Brainy is similar to Trotsky) and nazism (the character of the Smurfs’ enemy Gargamel is an antisemitic caricature of a Jew, he proposes). A story about the Black Smurfs, meanwhile, in which the Smurfs are bitten by a fly which turns their skin black and renders them unable to speak, has colonial overtones.

Reactions to the book were immediate and hostile, with commenters on Smurf fansites calling Buéno a “dream breaker”, an imbecile and a crook with “paranoid delusions”, who is ruining childhood memories.

 
Is this strange video perhaps more proof of a connection?
 

 
Thanks to Nicola Blackmore.

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‘Butterflies are self propelled flowers’
05.26.2011
12:09 am

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“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”  ~R.A. Heinlein
 
Via Timothy Buckwalter

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Spider-Man feelin’ squirly
05.21.2011
09:22 am

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“My spider sense is tingling…”
 
Via Fuckyeahdementia

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Before there was Tim Burton, there was ‘Mad Monster Party’


 
Mad Monster Party is a 1968 Halloween-themed children’s film created by the Rankin/Bass animation house and written by Mad magazine’s creator, Harvey Kurtzman (with Len Korobin).

Rankin/Bass were famous for their stop motion Christmas favorites like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. The film was directed by Jack Bass in their signature “Animagic” process.
 

 
Many of the characters in Mad Monster Party were designed by Mad’s Jack Davis, a man well-suited for the gig by his earlier comedy/horror work in the pages of EC Comics. The film featured the vocal talents of Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller who were represented onscreen by their own likenesses.

Mad Monster Party was very influential on Tim Burton’s short film Vincent, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. Some of the monster characters in Corpse Bride seem to be in homage to the earlier film. It would also appear that the Sesame Street character, “The Count” made his first appearance here, too…
 

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Third eye candy: LSD-like animation
05.08.2011
11:06 pm

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Trippy animated Gif


 
I’m decorating my entire apartment with these.
 
Via Don’t Ride The White Horse

 

 

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Osama Bin Laden: News animation of terrorist’s final moments
05.02.2011
09:30 am

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Osama Bin Laden

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How Taiwan’s news reported Osama Bin Laden’s death.
 

 
Via Madam Miaow, with thanks to Charles Shaar Murray
 

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Obama gonna knock you out
05.01.2011
11:45 pm

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An oldie but goodie has been re-imagined to reflect today’s news.

Yes, I know its easy to get carried away with the gung-ho vibe that’s permeating the airwaves right now, but I’m savoring it for a few hours before cynicism sets in.

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An animated short of Stanley Kubrick’s films

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Superb animated timeline of Stanley Kubrick’s filmography by animator Martin Woutisseth. Music by Romain Trouillet.

 
(via KFMW)

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