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WATCH: 'Ex Machina' examines love and exploitation in the age of AI

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

Next Friday, January 23, Alex Garland's highly-anticipated directorial debut Ex Machina opens in the UK, with a US release scheduled for April. Read the rest

Taking Pictures #3: Photography from The Royal Photographic Society, Erwin Olaf, Nick Hedges and more

The third installment in our regular pick of photography includes work from Mark Lovejoy, Josh Redman, The Royal Photographic Society, Philip E James, Erwin Olaf and Nick Hedges...

Wolfhound Fins

Down to the last pair of Neal Purchase Jnr. Wolfhound fins. One of the only modern shapers making an old school single- plenty of base, nice and thick well drivey. There's 1 of each left, a 7.5" Beer tint and an 8.5" bottle tint. $110, made in Australia by the really excellent Salty Merchant. Show More Summary

The Best Of The Dish Today

And so we get a little warmer: Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan consulted the White House before directing agency personnel to sift through a walled-off computer drive being used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to construct its investigation of the agency’s torture program, according to a recently released report by the CIA’s Office of […]

Happy Birthday, Captain Beefheart

Today is Captain Beefheart's 74th birthday and, normally, as I'm a gushy Beefheartist, I'd be getting gushy and whatnot, right? Well, I'm also a MST3K/Riff Trax fan and I just discovered my Beefheart and Riff Trax worlds collide over...Show More Summary

30 Best Videos of the Day – January 15, 2015

Lava spilling into the ocean Sky news panic after showing of Charlie Hebdo cover I don’t hear from my brother for a couple of weeks and this shows up on my Facebook feed… He’s the boyfriend. Show More Summary

Gabriel in the Dreamscape

(NSFW: Language) Eric Lerner created this amazing short film which seamlessly merges the real and animated worlds, as skatepunk Gabriel shows off his sick moves. Buy Orel Tamuz & Tal Yogev’s dreamy electronic score here.

The Department of Astounding Hyperrealism has previously...

The Department of Astounding Hyperrealism has previously featured the jaw-dropping work of Los Angeles-based Japanese hyperrealist sculptor Kazuhiro Tsuji because of his astonishingly lifelike bust of Abraham Lincoln. Today our minds have been blown once again by two more of Tsuji’s sculptures, portraits of artists Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. Show More Summary

Robot Chicken Animator Uses a Hacked Nintendo Power Glove to Help Animate

This video is called Playing with Power by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Ava Benjamin. It’s about Dillon Markey, a stop-motion animator for the Adult Swim stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken. It focuses on an unusual aspect of…

Ready To Roll: Wiz Khalifa Reveals His Pre-Show Routine

For him, there are a few basic steps that go into preparing for a successful show, some of which could be applicable to those trying to pump themselves for a big meeting or a big presentation. Here are a few.

? Listen: Zarabatana - Fogo na Carne

It’s easy to get caught up in the stunning artwork and presentation of Portuguese based label A Giant Fern. They have such a grip on what visually works, that the actual content of their tapes can be looked over if you’re not careful. Show More Summary

Watch Michael Bay Explain How He Shot ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

We can accept that Transformers: Age of Extinction is no good and at the same time take pleasure in watching Michael Bay direct his cast and crew as they perform elaborately choreographed antics for his camera. In a new ten-minute video,...Show More Summary

15 Awesome Pro-Choice Activists Who Work to #ProtectTheZone

Clinic escorts are amazing volunteers who help women wade through hostile anti-choice protesters outside reproductive health clinics. When the Supreme Court struck down the buffer zone law in Massachusetts this past June, their job became even more important. Show More Summary

Playing with Power: When a Nintendo Power Glove Becomes a Stop Motion Animation Tool

Dillon Markey, an animator that creates shorts for Robot Chicken and PES, needed a tool to help him work more efficiently, so along with the help of an electrical engineer, he modified a Nintendo Power Glove and transformed it in one of the most awesome animation tool ever. Show More Summary

"Sticky," gorgeous animated short about saving

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

Animator Jilli Rose created this lovely animated short about a group of stick insects stranded for 80 years on Lord Howe Island, a sea stack with only one shrub for protection. It also tells the story of the scientists who discovered them and raced to save them from extinction. Read the rest

(VIDEO) This Kobe Bryant Frozen parody is beyond words… Bleacher Report put together this cinematic animated video of Kobe Bryant singing a Frozen parody entitled “Let it Tank.”  There’s a lot here to try and digest, but the ending cameo with Kevin Garnett is definitely the best part. Show More Summary

‘Gateway to the Ganges’, A Stunning Short Film About the Trials of Daily Life Along India’s Sacred River

last weekOdd : Laughing Squid

“Gateway to the Ganges” is a stunning short video by Los Angeles filmmaker Brandon Li that catalogs the harsh daily lives of those living in the Indian holy cities of Rishikesh, Haridwar and Devprayag, along the Ganges. The river, considered the most sacred of the Hindu religion is juxtaposed with the harsh realities that line […]

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