Exoplanet Travel Series – NASA spielt Reisebüro in dreiteiliger Poster-Serie

Die NASA als Reisebüro. Das Angebot umfasst (momentan) drei Poster mit Exoplaneten, die ihr euch in HighRes runterladen könnt. Ich schwanke zwischen Kepler-186f und Kepler-16b – vielleicht hänge ich mir aber auch alle drei auf.

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Relax on Kepler-16b – Where your shadow always has company

Like Luke Skywalker’s planet „Tatooine“ in Star Wars, Kepler-16b orbits a pair of stars. Depicted here as a terrestrial planet, Kepler-16b might also be a gas giant like Saturn.

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The Force Awakens Trailer-Parodien – Crazy Lens Flare Edition, George Lucas‘ Special Edition & Lego Wars

Noch diese drei Trailer-Parodien, dann lasse ich euch damit für eine Weile in Ruhe. Versprochen.

1. Ein Abrams-Film braucht Lens Flares. Verdammt viele Lens Flares…


YouTube: Star Wars: Epsiode VII Trailer – Crazy Lens Flare Edition (via @PlayStarRocker)

2. Was würde George Lucas tun?

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„2001 : A Remix“ von Eclectic Method


YouTube: 2001 : A Remix | (via @EclecticMethod)

Der Kubrick-Klassiker 2001: Odyssee im Weltraum von Eclectic Method zu einer Electro-Version von „Also Sprach Zarathustra“ remixt.

It’s taken me till 2014 to remix 2001, but with the film relaunching in British cinemas, I thought now would be a great time to do it. This mix contains almost every scientific prediction in the film mixed with the space age synth sounds that were just around the corner. Much that Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke predicted has come to pass – touch screen portable computers, video phones, Space Stations, in-seat video entertainment, computers beating humans at chess. So far though, Siri hasn’t switched off anybody’s life support.

The original had minimal dialogue, communicating through moving images. The monolith was built on a 1 : 4 : 9 ratio (the squares of the first three integers), the same ratio as a cinema screen on its side. When the humans/monkeys see the monolith it enlightens them, when the screen goes black, you, the viewer, are now looking at the monolith on it’s side enlightening you. Whether true or not, Kubrick hid many many objects with this ratio throughout the film. The whole film is built on an electro-version of the legendary “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss.

Star Trek (TOS) als Cinerama Widescreen Panoramen

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Weil Nick Acosta wissen wollte, wie das im klassischen 4:3 TV-Format gefilmte Star Trek (TOS) in Cinerama Widescreen ausgesehen hätte, hat er ein paar Szenzen zu breitbildformatigen Panoramen zusammengesetzt. Ich hab von TOS zwar alle Folgen gesehen, bin damit im Gegensatz zu TNG und DS9 aber nie so richtig warm geworden – in Cinerama könnte ich mir trotzdem ne Runde Binge-Watching vorstellen.

Forty eight years ago this week Star Trek debuted its first episode on NBC. The show, like all other shows at the time, was broadcast in the old style 4×3 aspect ratio. Using HD screen caps from my friends at Trekcore.com, I created this project of what the show would have looked like in Cinerama widescreen. As a kid the show always felt bigger and more epic than it appears to me as an adult. I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera to pan and then I stitched the separate shots together. The result is pretty epic. It reminds me of the classic science fiction movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Suddenly the show has a “Forbidden Planet” vibe. Other shots remind me of how director Robert Wise would use a camera technique to keep the foreground and background elements in focus.

(via John Martz)

DL-44 Blaster von Han Solo aus Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi kommt unter den Hammer

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Wer noch eine Kleinigkeit für Weihnachten oder Herrn Walter zum 40. sucht: Die Knarre von Han Solo aus „Empire Strikes Back“ und „Return of the Jedi“ kommt unter den Hammer. Aufgerufen sind schlappe 200.000 – 300.000$. Schnäppchen! (via Coudal)

Harrison Ford “Han Solo” non-firing DL-44 Blaster from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. (TCF, 1980, 1983) … This non-firing blaster was created for The Empire Strikes Back and was also used in Return of the Jedi. It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han’s hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels’ encounter with Imperial forces on Endor. Based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol, this piece, measuring 11 in. long, was custom made for the film from resin by casting the original hero prop from the first Star Wars: A New Hope, it therefore exhibits the same serial number as the hero prop, which is thought to no longer exist. The blaster is exactly in its original filming condition and therefore exhibits wear from use, but retains all of the original details, including the flash suppressor and scope (the eye-piece of which is detailed with reflective scotch-lite tape). The added distinction of this particular piece is that it was also likely used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, as both characters shared the same style of weapon in Empire. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from a noted Star Wars collector. To our knowledge this is the only known example of this type of blaster in private hands …