For some reason, The Corpse Bride is one of those films that just managed to pass me by, until this weekend. We picked it up on DVD and just watched it, and I have to say, what a weirdly, wonderful tale it is, and very expertly done. Tim Burton‘s bizare tale apparently has its roots in folklore (according to wikipedia). It’s certainly quite an odd story. I do like the gothic nature of the heroine, in contrast to the shy Victorian gentleman hero.
If you haven’t seen it before, its well worth watching. If you have, why not pull it out and again revel in the craftmanship of the animation and quirkiness of the story. It is superb.
I’ve mentioned xkcd so many times already in this blog, but then it is just so good. Sometimes very witty, sometimes very geeky, sometimes quite astute, other times quite sad actually.
Anyway, once a map of the Internet appeared in the comic, and then got mentioned all over the place, including someone printing out a real version, based on the real addresses. Well, like all maps, it is of limited use unless you know where you are – well now you can. This website will plot you (well, your PC) on the numerical map of the Internet. So, just click here to see ‘you are here’.
There have been several articles in the mainstream media (Telegraph and Daily Mail to mention a couple) just recently, about American artist Bill Guffey, who paints traditional scenes, but instead of painting from a visit to a landscape, or a photo, he uses the pictures provided by Google Street View. See his gallery here. In another gallery, he’s painted a picture from every state in the US (apart from Hawaii, that apparently doens’t yet have Street View).
Its a great application of modern technology to a more traditional pastime.
I was forwarded these two fan-fiction films recently, both by the same author – ‘M Horn’, who seems fascinated with what would happen if Star Wars came to Earth.
In the first – see it here– we get an answer the question of what would happen if the Death Star came up against the USS Enterprise from Star Trek.
This second one – see it here – seems a lot more sinister, showing the Imperial hand behind everyday comings and goings in San Fransisco.
They are very well done!
I’ve been reading about Machinima recently. This is basically a film, filmed within a virtual world. Its not really CGI, but more an actual recording of someone using a virtual world such as Second Life or World of Warcraft.
Well, on my travels, I’ve found this rather exquisite example of surreal Machinima, using Second Life. Its from an in-world artist called Lainy Voom.
See it here on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLeK9Lanh94&feature=channel_page.