The Closeup Lives of Insects

While Sir David Attenborough and the Beeb have a wealth of sophisticated equipment to film phenomena like the icy finger of death, other people can film flora and fauna with far less expensive kit.

In his compilation video, Norwegian cameraman Tor Even Mathisen use his Canon 7D and MP-E 65mm macro lens to shoot up-close views of insects. Watch bees, flies, moths, and spiders as they fornicate, masticate, pollinate, and go about their everyday lives.

[via Gizmodo]

Dew Drops on Dandelions

It’s not quite rain drops on roses but UK-based photographer Sharon Johnstone shows that macro photography is one of her favourite things.

Johnstone directs her lens at the tiny dew drops that have formed on dandelions and produces some stunning photos in the process. Have a look at them after the jump.

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We Review: Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 is the conclusion to the brilliant sci-fi RPG series detailing Commander Shepard’s efforts to save the galaxy from total destruction. Or at least partial destruction—you can never trust a bad guy to do this sort of thing right. You’ve probably already heard and read many dissenting opinions about the game, so I imagine you’re asking why you should read mine. Because I’m entertaining, that’s why. Also, I have some good, common-person common-sense opinions. So read on.

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We Review: Escape Plan

Escape Plan, one of the PS Vita’s download-only launch titles, is a puzzle platform game that sees you guiding two…things…to safety across a perilous series of levels. We take this game for a gruesomely messy run. Will you make it out of this review alive? Let’s find out.

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The Dalek Relaxation Tape for Humans

If you’re looking for a soothing way to relax, this is not it.

According to comedian Peter Serafinowicz, while they were absent from the series, infamous Doctor Who enemies the Daleks created a series of new-age relaxation tapes for humans. Not usually known for their good bedside manner, an extract from the cassette tape has a Dalek issuing a variety of meditative commands with the goal of achieving peace and calm. Have a listen to the Dalek Relaxation Tape below and feel your stress being exterminated.

[via @JoeyHiFi]

Competition: We’re Giving Away the Mass Effect Trilogy!

NOTE: This competition has ended.

Good news, everyone! Thanks to the wonderful folk at EA South Africa, we have the ENTIRE Mass Effect trilogy on PC to give away to one very, very lucky winner. If you’ve wondered what the brouhaha was all about, now’s your chance to play the entire trilogy from start to finish, and enjoy the adventures of Commander Shepard. You know you want to win, and we want you to win…it’s a win win situation!

“I want it! I want it!” I hear you clamoring. Patience, my prawnlings. There’s always a little quid pro quo. All you have to do is answer one very, very simple question for us in the form below, and then fill in your contact details.

QUESTION: Name one alien race from the Mass Effect universe.

[Form closed]

“That’s ALL I have to do?” you say. Yep! That’s it! It could only be simpler if you had to pour water from a boot. Assuming you have boots, of course. Naturally, there are the usual terms and conditions that apply, including the fact that it’s one entry per person.

The competition ends on Midnight, Sunday 15th April, and we’ll announce the lucky, lucky winner on Monday the 16th.

So what are you waiting for? Get to it! Good luck! We’re all counting on you!

Spritely 8-Bit Movie Posters by Eric Palmer

Nostalgia never goes out of style and the love for all things 8-bit seems unbounded. For April Fool’s this year, Google showed off Google Maps for NES, an 8-bit layer that turned the world into a Nintendo-themed landscape. That love for 8-bit, NES, and the movies is certainly evident in the works of spritely graphic designer Eric Palmer.

Palmer illustrates the characters and themes from popular modern flicks using a minimal colour palette and classic Mega Man game sprites. Have a look at his retro 8-bit posters for Star Wars, 300, V for Vendetta, Kill Bill, and more after the jump.

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Birth of a Book

The advancements in technology has resulted in more sophisticated and automated ways of printing books. There are large computerized devices that now handle much of the processes of putting a book together, but this little short film from The Telegraph explores how book is created using traditional printing methods.

Filmmaker Glen Milner took his cameras to Smith-Settle Printers in Leeds, England, where he captured the copies of Suzanne St Albans’ “Mango and Mimosa” book being carefully created by a set of skilled pressmen. Have a look at Birth of a Book below.

[via @brainpicker]

10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Being an avid movie watcher, I use the term “movie” to includes both blockbusters and those busters that are somewhat less than blocky. I am constantly waiting on new reels of escapism. Unfortunately, with the film industry going gaga (not of the Lady variety) for 3D and apeshit for reboots and remakes, the offerings are few and far between.

Even though I’m a movie fan and not a film connoisseur, it’s very hard to look forward to anything that doesn’t fit into one of the aforementioned categories. So when prawn1 asked me to make a note of five—yes, Five!—movies that I have been looking forward to seeing this year, it was difficult to list to compile. Who does he think I am? Barry Ronge? However, I have done better than the five he originally asked, and I’ve found not seven, not nine, but a whole ten movies that I would (whether willingly or grudgingly) pay the ridiculous ticket fee to see. Find out what my fantastic choices are—in no particular order—after the jump.

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