So paving roads in Russia must make sense in colder weather?
Friday, Dec 13th 2013 (12:52am)
Thursday, December 12th
Dennis Muren looks back on how Industrial Light & Magic animated the AT-AT walkers from The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth sequence -- and the inspiration for the techniques used.
Originally, Muren and his team were unsure of how they would bring the AT-ATs to life. The first idea was to build an actual robot that could move by itself, but that was deemed too complicated and costly. Instead, Muren pushed for stop-motion, citing the influence of King Kong and the realization that the staccato look of stop-motion would be appropriate for machines. Models were manipulated a frame at a time, animated in front of painted backgrounds instead of blue screen, with baking soda was used in place of snow.
It was shot at 24 frames per second, resulting in about 5 seconds of footage per day of work. For explosions, high speed photography was used, and cutouts were used for background walkers.
Thursday, Dec 12th 2013 (3:16am)
A San Antonio man threatened a waitress with a sword he had holstered on his waist last week after he was told he would indeed have to pay for the tacos he ordered at a South Side restaurant.
Thursday, Dec 12th 2013 (12:01am) | Thanks: JT Wood
Wednesday, December 11th
A fake sign language interpreter took to the stage during yesterday's memorial for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, gesticulating gibberish before a global audience of millions and outraging deaf people across the world.
Wednesday, Dec 11th 2013 (6:11am)
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Every Wednesday, I dump out all the videos I didn't get around to posting over the previous week and start anew. Here's this week's pile:
Wednesday, Dec 11th 2013 (3:16am)
Tuesday, December 10th
Wind farms, you now have a safer and more efficient method of producing energy.
Tuesday, Dec 10th 2013 (4:58am)
An Indianapolis man is facing charges after reportedly "swinging" his genitals at two women on the street. Shawn Harvell, 34, of Indianapolis, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges including public indecency, resisting law enforcement, criminal confinement and battery. In addition to his arrest, Harvell was also ticketed for parking his car too close to a fire hydrant.
Monday, December 9th
Monday again - time to choose, do you go to work or do you lay around watching movies? This week's selection for those of you who opt to stay in is Jack Sholder's The Hidden, a crime drama that turns into gory sci-fi as an FBI agent and his criminal prey both turn out to be crafty - and highly mobile - aliens. Stars Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudette Christain, and the always-lovable Danny Trejo.
Monday, Dec 9th 2013 (4:36am)
Sunday, December 8th
Saturday, December 7th
It was a sunny, mostly clear Sunday in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when the unexpected hum of planes cut through the warm Hawaiian air. In a period of just two hours, 353 Japanese aircraft laid siege to the U.S. naval base, sinking 18 ships and destroying nearly 200 aircraft in a sneak attack that killed more than 2,400 Americans and wounded over 1,000 more.
Saturday, Dec 7th 2013 (8:50am)
Friday, December 6th
Stunned eyewitnesses filmed the tentacled object which was a variety of colours floating close to the top of the water. Videos of the strange marine mystery in Bristol docks have popped up on Youtube and Twitter with many claiming to have seen an "alien".
Thursday, December 5th
Nelson Mandela, dead at age 95, spent 27 years in prison for the crime of wanting the Black majority the right to vote in South Africa.
Mandela later became President of that country, and retired suffering from lung disease that he apparently contracted while in prison.
Thursday, Dec 5th 2013 (6:19pm)
Wednesday, December 4th
The Writer is an 18th century humanoid automaton that can be programmed to write short messages with a pen. Created by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the mechanical automaton is made of 6,000 parts and is controlled by wheel that can be programmed with text up to 40 characters in length. You can see it in action in this clip from the BBC documentary “Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams.” The Writer and two other automata by Jaquet-Droz are on display at Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Wednesday, Dec 4th 2013 (5:43am)
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Time for the regular dump of videos I didn't get around to posting over the past week - let's go!
Wednesday, Dec 4th 2013 (12:03am)
Tuesday, December 3rd
BEST DOCTOR EVAR
Nothing! Player's off!
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
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