Happy Birthday Wallace and Gromit!

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wallace and gromit googleToday marks the 20th anniversary of Wallace and Gromit’s “Grand Day Out”, one of the main inspirations that got me into stop-motion animation. I remember back when “The Wrong Trousers” came out and I received a plasticine kit at Christmas which included a guide on how to make the characters. I spent numerous hours recreating Wallace, Gromit, and the evil little Penguin.

I have been a huge fan of Wallace and Gromit over the years and hope Aardman continue to make many more adventures for them.

Balance

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Whilst not actually animating myself, I like to spend my time looking at stop-motion videos created by others. It helps inspire new ideas and styles for creating my own.

Whilst visiting a few blogs earlier this week I stumbled across this video named Balance. It is just over 7 minutes long, but is definitely worth your time. It features a concept which is brilliantly executed in quite a dark and surreal way. I love the fact that there is no dialogue and that each person displays a range of emotions and characteristics.

I really hope I can make something this good myself one day.

Let me know what you think :)

EDIT: The video keeps getting removed and re-uploaded due to copyright issues. You will now need to search for it yourself. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Classic Moments in Lego

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Lunch Atop a Skyscraper in Lego

I love seeing what people can achieve using Lego. Whilst this may have been done before though, I haven’t seen it executed this well. Check out these cool remakes of famous photo’s using Lego by Balakov.

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Man Finds Woman Living in Closet

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Puzzled by food mysteriously disappearing from his refridgerator while he was out at work, a 57-year-old Japanese man from Fukuoka installed a security camera in his home. Reviewing the footage, he was shocked to see someone walking around and called the police in to investigate.

58-year-old Tatsuko Horikawa was discovered in a flat storage space only just big enough for a person to squeeze into lying down. She had sneaked a mattress and several plastic bottles into the closet and appears to have been living there, undetected, for months.

It is unclear how she managed to enter the home without being noticed. Police suspect she may have been “closet-hopping”, moving from house to house perhaps for years.

Bizarre “Miracle” Fruit Rewires Taste Buds

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Synsepalum dulcificum is an innocuous red berry that, in and of itself, tastes like something you might feed to the birds. It has a mildly sweet, firm pulp that surrounds a bitter seed – like a less flavoursome cranberry. You might think that the less than impressive taste might mean that nobody wants to eat them, but you’d be wrong.

This berry is a miracle berry. Its active ingredient, known as “miraculin” is a protein that binds to the taste buds of its ingestor and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes into contact with acids. Limes become candied, vinegar resembles apple juice and goats cheese tastes just like cheesecake.

Franz Aliquo has been holding so-called “flavour tripping” events for some time now, inviting guests to chew on one of these mysterious berries before trying, amongst other things, tabasco sauce, (tastes just like doughnut glaze), lemon sorbet and Guinness, (chocolate shake), and oysters, (chewing gum).

The Western world has known about this miraculous African berry since the 18th century but, after being turned down as a sugar substitute in the 1970s and owing to its extreme rarity, it has developed only a small cult following.

Each berry goes for about $2.50 each and, although our American friends can order a freezer pack of 30 for $90 from www.miraclefruitman.com, I wonder if they’re available in this country? It would sure be an interesting experiment…

Source: New York Times

WTF News: Drunken Darth’s Jedi Rampage

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Drunken Darth Vader AttacksThis is another news story from the world of Odd. The BBC chooses to report this as “a man posing as Darth Vader attacked a Star Wars fan”, but in reality the man was wearing a black bin bag, wielding a metal crutch and hollering “DARTH VADER!” at the top of his voice.

The attack came whilst cousins Barney and Michael Jones, (who founded a Jedi church which has a local congregation of about thirty), were filming themselves fighting with lightsabres in their back garden. Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, the vaulted the garden wall dressed in the aforementioned black bin bag and assaulted both men by hitting them with a metal crutch. Ten points to anyone who finds the video on YouTube.

Hughes admitted two charges of common assault saying that alcohol was ruining his life, having consumed the best part of a 10 litre box of wine prior to the attack. He claims to have no memory of events and only realised what had happened after reading local newspapers later.
Gee, I knew Darth Vader was an ass but I didn’t realise it extended to common assault with a piece of hospital equipment! Strange how the BBC is giving full marks to his, frankly, lacklustre performance of the Sith Lord though. Personally, my headline would have been: “Drunken Maniac attacks Geeks”.

Here’s the story: BBC News

On a side note, when Hughes was late for his court appearance, District Judge Andrew Shaw issued an arrest warrant, adding: “I hope the force will soon be with him.” Heh heh. Classic!

WTF News: Man Arrested After Filling Up Imaginary Car

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A Kentucky man was arrested on drug trafficking charges on Sunday after he was reported pumping gas into an imaginary vehicle. According to the arrest report, Metro Police arrived at a gas station at First and Jefferson streets in Louisville and immediately smelled marijuana coming from Joshua L. Moore, who station clerks contend was filling up an imaginary vehicle.

To be honest, you don’t really need the story. Just look at that guy’s picture: it says it all!

Source: MSNBC