Jeffrey Cruz brought the world this gem: a Rob Liefeld-esque rendition of Mega Man. Bask in the glory of a fucking X-TREME robot from your childhood.
We were raised by glowing boxes and nourished by the aluminum teats of sugar-liquids. Now adults, at least in the eyes of the law, we cannot help but look at the workweek as an adversary. Just as the Spartan gazed upon the wolf.
To thwart this formidable foe, we summon the spirits for help. Music. Comics. Movies. Caffeinated beverages. And the like.
Welcome to the Monday Morning Commute. I’m going to tell you which weapons I’ll use to parry the workweek’s devastating ennui. If you care to join the battle, hit up the comments and show me your wares.
Readin’ / ORC STAIN vol. 1
Holy shit! This comic is damn amazing! I spent Saturday evening reading the first trade of Orc Stain (collecting issues #1-5) and I’ve been drooling over it ever since. In one fell swoop, James Stokoe demonstrated that he’s a creator whose name is going to carry some serious weight in the next few years.
Orc Stain tells the tale of One-Eye, an orc with a knack for unlocking not just safes and treasure troves, but anything – with a whack of his hammer, he can dismantle an entire building. In five issues the series establishes its own vocabulary, mythology, and visual language. If you have even a fleeting interest in fantasy, blood-feuds, or hilarious castrations, this is for you.
POXA GRONKA, BITCH!
This is not Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. It’s some photoshopping glory. However, it does seem like the perfect picture to accompany this article. In an article by Brendon Connelly at Bleeding Cool it’s dropped that, “Kevin McCarthy of Washington DC’s Kevin and Josh Movie Show this week had a good long chat with Wally Pfister, Chris Nolan’s regular cinematographer.” Invariably and understandably, the conversation turned to the next Batman flick. That’s when Pfister let it slip that he’s seen Anne Hathaway. As Catwoman.
Jealousy, I know you well.
Brad Goodspeed has answered the question, “What the fuck would it look like if other planets in our solar system were as close to us as the Moon?” Dude did it in video form, and it’s sexy geek space porn. Goodspeed elaborates on his Vimeo page:
Here’s an animation I did to make you feel small, and also convey the deep awe I feel at the feet of the Universe.
While watching the video of the lunar eclipse I posted the other day I was looking at the curvature of the earth’s shadow on the moon. It made me think about how large the earth might look if an exact copy of it was up there instead of the moon. Soon curiosity got the better of me, and I was animating!
So the basic idea is, each planet you see is the size it would appear in the sky if it shared an orbit with the moon, 380,000 kms from earth. I created this video in After Effects, and because of certain technical considerations had to keep the field of view at 62 degrees. That means the foreground element is not precisely to scale. I realized this after the fact and may update the video at some point in the future. All planets are to correct scale with one another in any case.
It’s gorgeous. Hit the jump to check it out.
I don’t know if the final boss of MvC3 is known to the world, or a spoiler. So Imma not drop who it is directly, but it sure looks fucking cool. If you’re so inclined, hit the jump to check out the son of a bitch in action. If not, you spoiler prude! I resent your willpower.
Goddamn, I need this game.
Say what you will about whether or not the Captain America movie is going to be good; I myself have my doubts. But the more I see of Chris Evans, the more I’m convinced he looks the part of America’s Aryan super soldier. Empire has a couple of news images of our Captain of Americas. Hit the jump to check them out.
Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman in Zack Snyder’s TOTALLY X-TREMO FRAT BOY MAN OF STEEL glory. Cavill is known for his work in Stardust, the Tudors, and uh, probably other stuff. Even a presumuptious asshole like me isn’t going to pretend to have any opinion on this.
Sure! Why not? I have no clue. Warner Bros. issued a glorious fawning press statement announcing the news, which you can check out after the jump.
NGC 6503 is a righteous galaxy. A loner, if you will. It sits far outside of the Local Cluster of galaxies, hanging out in a galactic void.
It’s on the edge of the great local void: a vast region of space where galaxies are few and far between. Galaxies tend to exist in clusters and superclusters. The Milky Way is part of the the Local Group, a small collection of a few dozen galaxies which itself sits on the outskirts of the Virgo Cluster, 60 million light years away. In the opposite (more or less) direction, toward the constellation of Draco, is the Local Void. Our galaxy is near the edge of this void, but NGC 6503 is actually further into it, 17 million light years away from us. Even then, it’s only on the void’s edge; estimates vary but the empty region extends for something like 30 — 200 million light years in that direction!
So you can picture it: on one side of us is a collection of hundreds of galaxies in the Virgo cluster, which itself is part of a much larger supercluster containing thousands of galaxies. On the other side of us is an empty region of roughly the same size. Somehow, when the Universe itself was young, the matter in this region must have all condensed toward Virgo, leaving the void nearby. We think the entire Universe is this way, with dense regions of matter surrounding bubble-like voids. If you could step back and look, the Universe might appear like a giant sponge!
Outstanding! It’s hard to conceive of giant voids of space that are inconceivably large. NGC 6503 dares to go where uh, only intergalactic eagles dare! But it must watch out as it peers into the abyss. You know what Nietzsche said about the void! Careful if you peer into it, because if you do, you may die alone in an insane asylum or whatever.
Those fucking Windows 7 advertisements all TO THE CLOUD suck my ass. However, I am not an opponent of the CLOUD. I do not fight it. Or hate it. Thusly, I’m pretty fucking stoked that a future PS3 update will TAKE PLAYSTATION GAME SAVES TO THE FUCKING CLOUD.
According to a recent report from Kotaku, unnamed sources in the game development community have received notifications from Sony telling of a feature which will be incorporated into PS3 firmware update 3.60: Cloud storage for saved games. According to the report, the feature (called “Online Saving”) gives developers the opportunity to let players set up their save files on a remote server, preserving the precious, precious space on their own hard drives, and allowing players to access save data from multiple consoles.
These developers also reportedly explained that the feature will only be made available to PlayStation Plus subscribers, or, as they’ll henceforth be called, the “Save File Insured.” This report sounds fairly believable — remote storage was one of the rumored features of PlayStation Plus before its reveal, and there was also that Sony trademark for “PS Cloud” back in 2009. We’ve contacted Sony for a comment on this report.
Oh, HOLD THE FUCK ON. I have to pay money to TAKE TO THE CLOUD with my saved games? Well, I suppose it makes sense. TAKING MY SAVED GAMES TO THE CLOUD would, in fact, be the first thing I’d ever consider spending money on PlayStation Plus for. Fuckers. All smart. About me. And money. AND THE CLOUD.
*[When I typed in "TO THE FUCKING CLOUD" in Google, that picture came up in Search Results. Too amazing not to use.]
Oh Bulletstorm. For a while, I loved you from afar. Your juvenile swagger spoke to me. Now, you’re getting closer and closer. I played the demo. You delivered. The distance that keeps us apart? Almost unbearable.
Today another video dropped, this time showing the Skillshot, the Gang Bang. Oh yeah man, the glory of this game will be known. Known well.
Hit the jump for the video.