IFC has released a trailer for season five of the television series Portlandia that highlights a variety of the characters and cameos in the upcoming season. The show also announced the list of guest stars that will be appearing during the 10-episode season that includes Paul Reubens, Steve Buscemi, Oscar the Grouch, and more. Season five of Portlandia returns to IFC on January 10, 2015.
Tommy Williamson of BrickNerd and animator James “Spastik Chuwawa” Morr worked together to create “LEGO Batman vs Superman“, a LEGO stop-motion animated short imagining how a fight between Batman and Superman would act out. We find out once and for all if the Caped Crusader’s futuristic gizmos and gadgets are able to take down the Man of Steel.
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Documentary film crews usually only get to visit Antarctica during the few short months of summer. This film includes footage meticulously gathered over 10 years, including 9 winters, isolated from the rest of the world, in 24-hour darkness and mind-numbing cold for months at a time.
The film, which will be released in United States theaters on November 28, 2014, was funded in part via Kickstarter.
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Activist Lloyd Marbet selling a newspaper in a 1969 surveillance photo
In the 1960s through 1980, the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau conducted surveillance on civic and activist groups, including those not linked to criminal activity, and kept a long series of documentation on their findings. A law passed in 1981 made this practice illegal and surveillance ceased. The surveillance documents were removed and stored personally by a detective, then were donated to the Portland Tribune 15 years after the detective’s death, and eventually were acquired by the city of Portland.
“The Watcher Files Project” is an investigation of and response to these documents by poet and teacher Kaia Sand and artist Garrick Imatani, who serve together as artists-in-residence at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center. Selections from the project are on exhibit now through December 5, 2014 at the North Portland Library.
The poem “She Had Her Own Reason for Participating,” a response to boxes full of cataloged index cards with notes about individuals, was stamped onto copper plates in this installation.
images via “The Watcher Files Project”
SciShow (previously) host Michael Aranda gets to the bottom of the “do not eat” packets that often ship inside of food packages and pill bottles. Inside the packets are desiccant silica gel balls that absorb moisture that could otherwise damage the product.
If you’re wondering why you shouldn’t eat it, it’s because it’s not food. It’s like high-tech sand. Why would you want to eat that?
Kingdom Rush: Origins is a new prequel tower defense game by Ironhide Game Studio that features new towers, troops, enemies, and upgrades. The game marks the third installment of the popular Kingdom Rush series. Kingdom Rush: Origins is currently available on iOS, Android, and via Amazon.
Kingdom Rush: Origins is the third installment of the award-winning Kingdom Rush saga, loved by millions and earning accolades from gamers and critics around the globe. Take a trip back to the beginning, before Vez’nan ever thought to threaten the kingdom with the gem of power, and experience even more of the lightning-fast, exceptionally captivating gameplay that made the franchise a cornerstone of essential tower defense games. In this exciting prequel, command your elven army and defend mystical lands from sea serpents, evil sorcerers, and wave after wave of gnoll tribesman, all with the help of brand-spankin’ new towers, heroes, and spells to fend off every last baddie.
images via Kingdom Rush: Origins