The room in the video actually rotates as a unit, and all of the furniture is nailed to the walls and ceiling. Also, the camera remains attached to the rotating room, making it appear as though the dancers are defying gravity.
Famed Broadway dancer Fred Astaire popularized this method in a dancing routine from the 1951 movie “Royal Wedding.”
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Something I ran across last week was the so-called periodic elements of star wars ep. IV, V, and VI
It’s very pretty, and a lot of effort obviously went into the graphic presentation of it. However, that’s apparently where the effort stopped. What’s wrong with it?
It’s not periodic.
The periodic table has such power because of the similarity of properties and the trends one can identify — it was gaps in the layout that helped identify some of the elements. Those properties are completely missing on this table — any you might glean have got to be there purely by accident.
A truly periodic table might, for example, put all the Jedi into a column. All the droids into another. The pilot identifiers (Red/Gold/Rogue), too — they shouldn’t be in a row.
There are other tables out there like this — where the creators seemingly mistake “periodic” for “collection” or something like that. It is a table, and if you happen to have around a hundred names or so to put on it, you might think it would be clever to geek it up in this way. But when you actually want to represent it as or call it a periodic table, what you’ve shown is you weren’t paying attention in chemistry class.
I read Joe Hanson’s post The Evolution of Tyrannosaurus rex this morening (i.e. yesterday, relative to this appearing) about the correction of the posture of Mr. T as depicted in various media over the years.
[T]he tail-dragger myth persisted, and in 1988’s The Land Before Time (which, let’s face it, is where most of us first formed our images of dinosaurs) Sharptooth was frustratingly upright
I remember thinking that I’m not going to face it, because it’s quite possible our first glimpse of dinos, including an upright T. rex, was (as it was for me) in a movie was as a stop-action clip made possible by the wizardry of Ray Harryhausen.
And, later in the day, it was announce that Ray had passed.
So here’s a video, which includes an upright, posturically-incorrect, rexie, along with similarly-depicted Allosaurs, Ceratosaurs and Sceraptosaurs.
[A] compliation of every Ray Harryhausen animated creature in feature films, presented in chronological order.
Read the complete creature list at http://www.harryhausen.com
[T]he major benefit of using cardboard is that my little guy can lift up such a massive ship and play with it. Also, I used material that was all destined to be recycled or thrown out, and with the exception of white spray paint and styro-foam craft balls, I had everything on hand to make it. So, the basic structure is heavy corrugated cardboard, lighter cardboard for the detailing on the conning tower and ‘sandwich filler’ greeblies, a packing tube for the engine nozzles (sawed into three pieces), cereal box cardboard for lighter details, duct duct tape, masking tape, and a lot of carpenter glue. All told, it took about three days (including one very late night to do the detailing), and I now have templates worked out for the overall structure. It has an internal support structure (one center piece running down the middle with ‘ribs’ about every 5″), and the overall length is shy of three feet. As far as making ships of this scale, it was a relatively quick build-up and a great weekend project.
Templates not included in the link, unfortunately.
I started designing my own origami models while I was at university, with my first Star Wars model a simple X-Wing from the classic frog base, and once I found my niche, I never looked back.
These days, this would all have been done as CGI.
I own a secluded 88 acre tract of wooded land where we’ll be building. We have selected a site on the property that is low enough so that the top of the Falcon can be seen easily from several vantage points. A flat area roughly 400′ x 400′ is being cleared. And yes, I am aware that it will eventually show up on Google Earth and Google Maps. I’m counting on that.
There’s an “adjust for inflation” button. Click that. Don’t worry — it doesn’t engage the ejector seat.
So last week I posted a bit about Han-Solo-in-Carbonite ice trays, and ordered one (along with some NERF armament). I didn’t have any chocolate around to try that suggestion, but I was able to make some pats of butter, which would be fun if you had a Star Wars dinner party. Or something. Spread on some Millennium Falcon-shaped English muffins!
Not sure what the best technique is. This was softened and scraped into the mold and then zapped in the microwave for 10 seconds, because I wasn’t sure the butter was quite soft enough to fill the body features.
A colleague came into my office yesterday to show me a naughty picture on her phone: food porn. Specifically, it was a chocolate in the shape of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. The image was vaguely familiar — I had linked to Star Wars ice trays recently, but the thought of using them as chocolate molds had not occurred to me. Presumably this is how the Darth Chocolate and Almond Stormtroopers goodies were made.
7 Han Solos (6 small and 1 large)
Still only worth one bounty
h/t to SB