In the latest video by Los Angeles impressionist Mikey Bolts (previously), he performs a funny collection of Christmas-themed impressions based on characters recommended to him by fans on Twitter. He jumps into character as Olaf from Disney‘s Frozen, Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo from South Park, a drunk mall Santa, and many others.
The First Amendment defenders at The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (previously) have begun offering fundraising merchandise emblazoned with the now-defunct Comics Code Authority seal that has graced many a comics cover since the 1950s. The code, which was created as a response to parental concerns surrounding content, officially went defunct in January 2011.
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“Light Motif” is an aesthetically brilliant short film directed by London-based filmmaker Frédéric Bonpapa that offers a “synaesthetic” experience featuring a soundtrack by composer Steve Reich and a largely disinterested monkey surrounded by bouncing balls in a brightly colored room.
The inspiration for the project stems from the relationship between music and the visual arts, illustrated by artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren or John Whitney. These works try to establish precise connections between sounds, shapes, colors and movements, to visually translate the concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, pitch, timbre and intensity.
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In a hilarious sketch from a recent episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon and recurring guest Justin Timberlake play younger versions of themselves as campers determined to sing the Third Eye Blind song “Jumper” after lights out, much to the dismay of camp counselor Mr. Fletcher played by A.D. Miles.
For comparison, here is the original version of “Jumper.”
Nathan Shields of Saipancakes (previously) was recently invited to the TODAY show to demonstrates how he creates his impressive pancakes sculptures. Shields showed off his skills by making a series of African animal pancakes and portraits of some of the news anchors on the show.
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RSP collaborated with VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers and Director Bryan Singer to realize the creative vision of the sequence through the production of scores of CG props, including frying pans, knives, pots of boiling soup, carrots and bullets, as well as the omnipresent cascades of water droplets. Each of these elements needed to be rendered in near microscopic detail, placed precisely within the geometry of the kitchen and choreographed to move and react realistically to lighting, other objects and characters.
The team at the Nokia HERE mapping service is offering some insight into the view of the complex LIDAR system being used to help create models for self-driving cars. Used in tandem with GPS and cameras on its mapping cars, the LIDAR system uses 32 laser beams to collect 700,000 data points a second.
An inertial sensor tracks the pitch, roll, and yaw of the car so that the lidar data can be corrected for the position of the car and used to create a 3-D model of the roads it has traveled. The lidar instrument’s range tops out about 10-15 stories above the street. At street level, its resolution is just a few centimeters.
The “Exobaby” is a marketing campaign by Hyundai that promotes the advanced technology of their vehicles with a little baby in an exoskeleton suit. The CGI child, who is protected from all sorts of danger, uses the potty without any problems thanks to a “Smart Trunk” feature in the suit and avoids having to take a bath by using the suit’s speedy “Turbo Boost” to escape the clutches of mom. Hyundai’s “Exobaby” ad campaign delivers the message that they “aim to make their customers’ lives safer and more convenient”.
The hero baby smartly takes advantages of the state-of-the-art technology suit that offers a wide range of solutions for conditions experienced in daily life. And a total of seven cutting-edge technologies are applied based on the Sonata – body rigidity (AHSS, Advanced High Strength Steel), Smart Trunk, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Turbo GDi engine , Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) – with figurative wit that embellishes the baby’s story.
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