DispleasedEskimo Is the New Something-Something

13 02 2010

Evolution and Revolution, Flip-Book Style

This is over a month old, but it went viral this week—I came across it on Viral Video Chart, which is compiled by Unruly Media. A 17 year-old kid made an animated short in fulfillment of some sort of school assignment for which, according to the YouTube liner notes, he received “full marks” (I assume that translates as “an A”).

Evolution is kinda my thing, so I was on board from the beginning; I really liked the morphs he freaked to depict advances in warfare and transportation, too. But where he loops the last few bars of the song while the POV does a sustained pull-out into deep space? Cool as hell. It gave me the chills the first time I watched it. Yeah, a flip-book animation gave me the chills. And what?

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WPA-Era Dungeon Map Promises Tens of Thousands of Gold Pieces, Experience Points

12 02 2010

Botched 1d20 Roll By Chaotic Neutral Half-Orc Leaves Subterranean Network Undisturbed for Almost 75 Years

Speaking of lizard-people conspiracies, check out this crazy article posted the other day on Strange Maps:

Secret Caves of the Lizard People

Miraculous! This Shufelt character makes one of the most significant archaeological finds of the twentieth century on blind faith with a divining rod. They really did have nerds in the thirties, then. Make sure you check out the  2007 Skeptoid article that’s linked in the Strange Maps piece. It’s equally awesome. Oh, and according to yet another blog, Shufelt didn’t get very far into his excavation of this labyrinthine wonder before he “vanished from public view”—which, when phrased like that, sounds just creepy enough to titillate lizard-people conspiracy theorists. I prefer to assume that he disappeared in shame because he was exposed as a crackpot. I mean, for real, according to the newspaper transcript, this dude was swinging a piece of copper wire around and calling it a “radio X-ray”. If you say so, sir!

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By the way, I recommend the eponymous 2009 Strange Maps book as a must-read. One of my kid brothers knew I was a fan of the blog and gave me the book as a Christmas gift. I promptly read it straight through, cover-to-cover, even though you could just as easily go at it piecemeal (it’s that kind of a book, after all). Even if you’re not down with maps, or for that matter trivia, you should totally dig the maps from an aesthetic point of view, as graphic design. If you’re enticed by none of the above, then you’re probably beyond help and should just retreat to the Bravo! channel.