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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]

The Maker

In the follow-up up to Zero, director Christopher Kezelos once again uses stop-motion to great effect in this touching and poignant short film.

The Maker opens up in the workshop of a strange little buck-toothed creature. Time is fleeting and this creature, a maker, has a precious few moments to create something beautiful…

The Maker is an international collaboration that’s been shown at numerous film festivals around the world and garnered much-deserved awards. For more information about it visit www.themakerfilm.com.

[via Boing Boing]

Skottie Young’s Superhero Babies

If you liked the Game of Thrones sigils or Brandon Peat’s A to Z of Star Wars, you won’t be able to resist the super cute artworks by Skottie Young.

The illustrator and cartoonist re-imagines Marvel super heroes as boisterous babies, from baby Hulk smashing his toys to the potty-mouthed Deadpool, to an epic confrontation between the A-Babies and the X-Babies. Have a look at Young’s baby variant comic book covers after the jump.
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This is Your Future

This is the future, according to the movies. In an effort similar to the infographic, YouTube user Eclectic Method stitches together scenes from your favourite sci-fi films to create a supercut of what our future might look like, from shining examples of human ingenuity to the dire effects of global warming, precognitive cops to rogue androids, to hoverboards and futuristic high-tops.

It’s a utopian dream, a dystopian nightmare, and everything in between. Have a look at The Future below.

[Live for Films]

We Review: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

The Kingdom Hearts series is an ongoing collaboration between Disney and Square Enix, and features characters from both the Disney and Square franchises. The latest in a series with increasingly bizarre names is subtitled Dream Drop Distance. I take up my trusty Keyblade to batter some enemies around and see what this game is all about.

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Nocturnal Views From the ISS

Astronauts like Don Pettit see the most fabulous things from the viewports of the International Space Station. This little fly-by video shows a compilation of views from the ISS as it orbits the Earth at night. NASA scientist Dr. Justin Wilkinson serves as our soothing tour guide while the ISS zips over the nocturnal landscapes.

[via Huffington Post]

The Life of Flowers

Vladimir Vorobyov created a mesmerizing time-lapse video of a myriad of flowering plants as they begin to bloom. It’s an explosion of colour timed to a very enthusiastic composition, Happy-go-lucky, by Patrick Hawes. It’s sure to put a smile on your face. It did mine, but maybe I’m easily amused. Check out The Life of Flowers below.

[via Vimeo]

HP Scanjet Sings “Somebody That I Used to Know” in This Old School Computer Remix

There are many many covers and parodies of Gotye’s unavoidable track “Somebody That I Used to Know”, so much so that the singer himself created a supercut, stitching together over 100 YouTube fan clips.

It would have been the cover to end all covers had it not been for YouTube user bd594 who recreates the song using an unlikely band of musicians. Watch as a troupe of hard drives and oscilloscopes provides the bassline and an HP Scanjet 3C stands in for the vocalists in this old school computer remix of “Somebody That I Used to Know”.

[via @nxtrms]

We Review: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Transformers: War for Cybertron was surprisingly good. It bucked the trend that movie tie-in games were invariably crap. That’s because it wasn’t a tie-in at all. Developers High Moon Studios based their 2010 big bot adventure on the home world of Cybertron where the Autobots and Decepticons were in the midst of a civil war. The two leaders are polar opposites, the optimist prime versus the negatron you could say, but their actions together brought about big trouble to Cybertron.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron follows on from the events of previous title, where the Autobots are desperate to find a way off the dying planet. Optimus has commissioned the creation of a giant lifeboat upon which he and the remaining Autobots would evacuate. The Decepticons not only want to disrupt the Autobots but have some other plans in the making. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron tells the stories around this desperate tug-of-war contest. See how it unfolds after the jump.

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