23 July 2014

Take a Glimpse in to the Future with The Nuclear Winter Olympics


There’s nothing quite like a good dystopia to start off the day so if wake up worrying about the future of the planet under our so far must do better stewardship you may wish to avoid this.  However, this video created by Duncan Elms for topical satirists A Rational Fear keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek even if most of what it envisages is certainly not without the realm of the imagination (wouldn’t be in the video otherwise, I guess!).

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21 July 2014

Flower Beards: Sorry, Boys, But the Green Man Got There First

Flower Beards. The internet has recently been festooned with pictures of young, hirsute men who have chosen to decorate their facial hair with a variety of blooms.

The flower beard trend has blossomed with little warning even though it remains to be seen how a beard decorated with daisies, violets and rosebuds might survive a Friday night pub crawl let alone the opprobrium it might receive from peers who simply don’t get it. If you drink in one of the many pubs named after our subject (see below) then you might just get away with it.

However, perhaps flower beards represent more than a passing fad: maybe these young men are channelling something rather more ancient than urban fashionistas might suspect.

It could be that this fashion is guided by a spirit of primal fecundity, the Green Man.

Before I move on I should say that perhaps the flower beard fad is just that – something a tad tongue in cheek, something a little silly, something that will inevitably pass.

Yet it would be heartening to believe that these men, in their search for a male self-identity of the twenty first century (and let’s face it the last few decades of the twentieth saw a little ambling from whatever the true path may be) have, however unconsciously, tapped in to this ancient symbol of rebirth and the cycle of growth and replenishment.

Whatever the reason, it presents a fine opportunity to delve in to the history of the green man.

19 July 2014

This Ice Cream Time-Lapse will Melt Your Heart


Ice creams and lollies are meant to be eaten – that is the sole reason for their existence. So when they are left to melt it is nothing short of tragic. Perhaps that was what Mateo Cabeza was thinking when he created this time-lapse, Creamlapse, set to the heart-breaking tones of Bobby Vinton’s Mr Lonely.  Were I clever enough to make something like this, as all those delicious desserts melted away to nothing I dare say I would have been thinking what am I doing?!

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18 July 2014

Engrenage: Gears

In a race to survive when do reality and the imagination merge? I cannot say but it  is difficult to imagine that this is a student piece, it is so professionally done.  Yet it is – created by Swann Chesnel, Léonard Mercier and Etienne Gaulupeau, Fabien Rosier at their time at ArtFX.  If you think you have seen all the beat the clock movies, then think again.  The clock in this short film slows down after it hits 1.


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Old Lady Luck


This old girl has lived a fruitful life – at least in terms of her enormous number of descendants. She believes they should all receive a card on their birthday with a little cash inside for a present.  However, one day the money runs out – and what is old lady luck to do? I will virtually guarantee that this short film directed by Bradley J Conomy of Ninja Milk gives you two huge laugh out loud moments – the last one at the very end.

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One of a Kind


If I tried to give you a short synopsis of this I would probably fail or I would completely do the spoiler thing and give the game away.  What I will say is I think you will find this latest piece by Trunk Animation, directed by Rok Predin a peculiarly satisfying if enigmatic experience.  Plus if you are wondering why you recognize the voice it is provided by Jim Carter, best known for his portrayal of Mr Carson the head butler in Downton Abbey.

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17 July 2014

Extreme Crest Feathers: 10 Reasons Why Crest is Best

Many species of birds possess crest feathers and this feature dates back to the age of the dinosaur: the fossil record indicates that a number of species had feathers on their heads. You might think that they are for display purposes – and you would not be wrong although their function is sometimes more complex than that. However, some birds take this avian attribute to the extreme. The results are striking and beautiful. Take a look at the Ark in Space’s Top Ten Crest Feathered Birds.

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Monty Python’s Dead Parrot Returns (and This Time it’s 50-Foot-Tall)

For Londoners yesterday it was time for something completely different.  Along the banks of the River Thames which runs through the heart of the city a rather large dead parrot, fifty foot in height (or length depending on the time of day and the bird’s recumbence), had been deposited.  Although it may have bemused any number of tourists for most British people a dead parrot is an immediately recognizable cultural icon. It can mean only one thing – Monty Python.

The (in)famous dead parrot sketch was recently voted number one by the British public (in terms of Python sketches and it would without doubt get in to any top ten comedy poll undertaken in the UK).  So when it comes to promoting the live stage show (it should have been called Pension Plan Python) the troupe are currently performing at the city’s 02 Arena, what better than the dead parrot?

16 July 2014

Credence: Challenging LGBT Portrayal in Film through Sci-Fi


Film should challenge as well as entertain.  So it is good to see that young filmmakers like Mike Buonaiuto is making the first Sci¬Fi short film of its kind to challenge the way gay characters are portrayed.  Credence looks like a very interesting concept if the trailer above is anything to go by. You can learn more about the movie (and how you can support it as well as Mike’s previous projects, some of which we have featured on Kuriositas) at its Indiegogo page.

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Sci-fi Fantasy Mashup Tattoo Design Supreme!

A friend of artist Larry Wentzel (aka Wild Guru Larry) commissioned him to mash up his favorite science fiction and fantasy icons into a single design. This will serve as the source of inspiration for a forthcoming tattoo. I would quite like to see the finished tattoo - I imagine that this is to go on his friend's back?

If you want to work out who is who and what is what in the design for yourself, don’t read on! However, on the top half we have: (clockwise) Tardis (Doctor Who), Millenium Falcon (Star Wars), Planet Express spaceship (Futurama), Tesla coil, U.S.S. Enterprise (Star Trek: reboot), Serenity (Firefly) over the Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos nebula.

Midway is the Creation of Adam (thank you Michelangelo) but with Adam as an android, both of them reaching for the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything (The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy) entwined by the One Ring (Lord of the Rings).

The Lower half depicts the following: on the left, two sparrows tow a coconut (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) with tractor beams to English shores while a cyclopean pyramid (Steve Jackson Games) looks on in bemusement. In the center, Vault boy (Fallout) gives his approval atop Cthulhu (Call of Cthulhu) scowling in a highly disapproving manner. On the right, Targaryan dragon and Lannister lion claw at each other while the Stark direwolf and the Night's Watch crow square off (Game of Thrones).

Please visit Wild Guru Larry's Flickr Photostream to enjoy more of his amazing work.

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Skull Rock: Is this the Best Super Villain Lair Ever?

Are you a super villain looking for a new lair? Then look no further. Take a look at Skull Rock, also known as Cleft Island. Situated off the coast of Wilsons Promontory in the state of Victoria it is at the southernmost point of the Australian mainland. It is beautiful, unspoiled and above all, peaceful.  From a distance you may not think it is anything to write home about – and that’s the beauty of it.  Your new hi-tech facility, where you can evolve your next fiendish plan without interruption, is hidden in plain sight. Plus it’s handy for the shops.

Agents of the various enemy states against which you plot may search for you but it will be in vain. The last place they will think of looking is this unremarkable and bare piece of rock protruding from the sea.  Yet if we examine the island a little closer, you will soon see that the place is quite possibly perfect for an irredeemable scoundrel such as yourself.

It’s a Plastic World


It was hailed as the miracle material but plastic – and the places it ends up thanks to our inability to clean up after ourselves – is one of the biggest threats to life on the planet. It's a Plastic World, an animated short film lifts the lid on our consumption of plastic, shows various problems associated with plastic (including how sea mammals try to eat tons of it each year) and looks at possible solutions.

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Paris, Archi'llusion


Imagine Paris as a city where buildings can only be one or two storeys tall and you get the concept.

Claire&Max, the creators of this amazing video wanted to play with your perception of architecture by leveling Paris out and then rebuilding it in front of your eyes.  The result is a magnetic  experience- I couldn’t take my eyes off this.


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Star Trek: The Human Lens Flare


If you think your job sucks then spare a thought for Lorenzo Flarius, the human lens flare.  You may not be aware of this but Lorenzo made a massive contribution to Star Trek Into Darkness and I for one am really happy that filmmaker Luke Knezevic has given us the opportunity to learn more about this supremely talented young man.

Ahem.

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14 July 2014

A Rift Runs Through It: Iceland’s Divergence of the Plates

Thingvellir, Iceland: the landscape is wild and desolate but hauntingly beautiful.  Yet the serene magnificence of the surroundings belies an astonishing fact.  It is here as a result of massive, geological trauma.

Image Credit Flickr User Andrew Gibson
This is one of the few places above sea level where you can see with your own eyes what happens when two major tectonic plates drift away from each other.  In fact, Iceland owes its very existence to the tectonic processes which have played out along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge for millions of years.  It was born of the ridge, which runs right through it.

Zombie Survival Guide


We have seen, so often, survival guides showing us how to get through the zombie apocalypse.  Here at last is a short instructional video made by zombies for zombies.  It’s not easy being the undead and if you can escape its pitfalls then you certainly have a bright (and meat filled) future to look forward to.  Aided and abetted by human sympathizers Bettina Gericke and Chris Meyer, this has everything you need to know if you have recently joined the ranks of the undead.

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A Walk Around The Block by Bill Harley


This song by Bill Harley became so popular on one kids’ satellite radio station that, on the request of parents, it was taken off air for a week.  That is altogether appropriate for a song which celebrates the uncanny ability of almost every child to infuriate and exasperate its parent to the point of weeping.  Laura Downling, a freelance motion graphics artist currently based in Dublin, has animated the song in a rather lovely way, but be warned: do not share this with your child(ren).

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