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Licence to Drive: A Ride Through the History of Bond Cars

This presentation by UK car dealers Evans Halshaw takes us on a ride through the history of Bond cars. Classics include the open-top Sunbeam Alpine seen in Dr. No, the submersible Esprit Series 1 in The Spy Who Loved Me, and the comically unconventional Citroen 2CV. The quintessential Aston Martin makes no less than eight appearances, including a vintage silver-birch DB5 in the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall.

Have a look at some the wonderfully minimalist illustrations of the Bond vehicles after the jump.

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The Science of Dogs

Will over at Doghouse Diaries has four doctorates in “dogsareawesomeology” and used all that knowledge to create an infographic on the workings of our canine companions including their cyclical inside-outside thoughts, their irrational fears, and which end the drool comes out of.

See the Science of Dogs after the jump.

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We Review: Tales of Graces f

Although Final Fantasy is perhaps one of the best–known JRPGs in English-speaking territories, many other, lesser known ones have been slowly migrating out of the Land of the Rising Sun (notable among them being the Monster Hunter series). One of the latest in this bunch of games is Tales of Graces f (or as my wife loves to call it: Tales of GrFaces—seriously…look at the logo!), part of the Tales series of games. Like Final Fantasy, the games in the Tales series have very little to do with each other, other than the name. Of course, this piqued my interested. Since I have a genuine love of and passion for JRPG games, I decided to see the sights in this game and see if it’s worth the price of admission.

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“Natural Phenomena” by Reid Gower

Reid Gower found himself on a 6-month trip travelling between five U.S. states and to seven other countries. He decided to make his first ever time-lapse video. Entitled Natural Phenomena, Gower’s compilation shows not only the beauty of nature but also of our urban jungles.

Aside from the flashing lights, picturesque mountains, shiny sun dogs, and the quintessential aurorae, the video includes a very special view taken from the edge of space. Have a look at Natural Phenomena below.

[via Mashable]

We Review: SunFlowers

SunFlowers by The Game Atelier is an arcade-style game for the PS Vita that features a sun…and flowers. Hence the name of the game. I took it for a drive to see if I could shed some light on whether I have a green thumb…or a deadly one.

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Announcing “The Splatters” Competition Winners

So many of you entered, and yet we can’t choose all of you, more’s the pity. But we do thank you all for your support! If you entered Tuesday’s The Splatters competition let’s see if Lady Luck has blessed you with with her loving gaze of luckiness, shall we? And our winners, as chosen by are:

Jason, Ryno, Vince Estrada, and Abdul Quayum Parker!

Congratulations! Keep an eye on your mailboxes, dear winners, because The Lord Of All That Is Prawny will be in contact with your prizes!

Thanks go once again to the wonderful people at Spiky Snail for sponsoring the prizes!

Partysaurus Rex!

Try as he might, the impossibly small arms of Tyrannosaurus Rex mean that it can’t take its own profile picture, zip up a sleeping bag, or even hold hands with a She-Rex.

It’s an equally trying time for Toy Story’s plastic dinosaur Rex who wants to shed his party pooper image. In Disney Pixar’s latest animated short, Rex finds himself in a position where he can use his arms to get a (bath time) party started. It’s disco lights and dance tunes, an epic bubble bash like no other, and it’s all thanks to the king of the hot tub Partysaurus Rex.

[via Laughing Squid]

Competition Time! Win “The Splatters” on Xbox 360!

NOTE: This competition has ended.

Who doesn’t love a good competition? This time, the kind folks at Spiky Snail Games have given us a few codes for The Splatters for Xbox360, and so they’re up for grabs. I reviewed the game over here, so if you don’t know what The Splatters is all about, give the post a read. It’s entertaining, I promise.

The game was 50% off to Gold members last week (400 MS Points), but if you missed the sale—or aren’t an Xbox Live Gold member—and you still want to play the Splatters in all its colorful, gooey, splattery glory, all you need to do is answer one teensy weensy simple question, and BAM! Your name goes into the draw for one of the codes!

Question: Name one of the stunt types that can be performed by the Splatters. Hint: I mention a few in my review, but any of the stunt answers will do!

This time, the competition is open to our readers worldwide, so hit the jump, and have at it!

[There was a form here. It is gone now.]

The usual terms and conditions with the exception that entry to this competition is open to anyone, worldwide. It will end at noon (SAST) on Friday, October 19th 2012, after which names will be drawn and the winners announced. Good luck!

Stunning “Little Planet” Panoramas

Little planet photography is clearly a popular pastime given the thousands of photos you see on Flickr. The Create your own planets group is a great example. Some of the images are just bizarre and surreal, and others are magically beautiful.

Catherine Nelson, who describes herself as a painter with a camera, uses her experience in creating visual effects for films like 300, Troy, and Moulin Rouge to produce some of the most incredibly beautiful spherical panoramas.

Nelson takes hundreds of photos of her surroundings during the different seasons, and then spends months digitally stitching them together to create the most picturesque planetoids. You must seem them, after the jump.

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Felix Baumgartner’s Chest-cam Footage Will Make Your Head Spin

It was out of this world. Yesterday Felix Baumgartner, extreme athlete and owner of the some rather large balls, jumped out of a capsule that was lofted to a height of 39,045 metres (or 128,100 feet) above the Earth’s surface. This was Red Bull Stratos at its zenith. At that point, more than 8 million viewers watched the YouTube live stream of Baumgartner free falling into the record books.

He registered world records for the highest manned balloon flight, the longest distance in free fall, and fastest speed of free fall. At 1,342 kilometres per hour (or 834 mph), Baumgartner became the first person in the world to break the sound barrier with his body! Not all the records were broken though. His free fall of 4 minutes and 19 seconds was 17 seconds shy of Joseph Kittinger’s historic jump in 1960.

While recordings of the broadcast are available on YouTube, we’ve not been privy to any of the footage from the cameras attached to his limbs. That will most likely make its way into the documentaries due out in a month. However, it seems an Austrian TV station has gotten hold of some video captured by Baumgartner’s chest pack camera as he plummeted towards the Earth. Watch it below. It’ll make your head spin.

UPDATE: Red Bull has released a video clip that shows views from Baumgartner’s chest-cam and the cameras attached to this thighs.

[via The Verge]