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Happy Holidaze

I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday, from Merry Christmas to Happy Hanukkah and everything in between. I hope 2014 has been a very good year for you, and that the new year brings you one even more enjoyable. One of the things that I enjoy about this season is the lights and festive [...]

A Very Commodore Christmas

In North America in 1982 there were a limited number of companies fighting for the home computer market, and with 20-20 hindsight it is obvious that Apple was the winner of that battle. But my own system of choice that year had the same overall computing power, plus a few dedicated chip sets that meant [...]

A Tale of Momentum and Inertia

Sometimes words are not required, as this animation from House Special proves; enjoy.

Orbitas by PrimerFrame

This tasty little animation is called Orbitas, and was put together by the students at PrimerFrame, an animation school. Some of the student created productions have won awards, and after watching this gem it will be obvious why. You should take this as inspiration to build your own.

Something to Watch: Discs

In Movies we get Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the second film in the recent reboot of the classic series. This set of films is probably the best example of the state of the art in computer generated characters I have seen. Also this week, the live action version of Kite, based on [...]

Strange Magic trailer

The animated George Lucas film Strange Magic will be in theaters on January 23rd, and should be a lot of fun. It looks like some of the same folks are involved who created Epic if the character design and animation style is any indication.

Something to Do: Movies

This week we get The Imitation Game, the true life story of Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist. He was in the forefront of the project to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII, without him we might have lost the war. Benedict Cumberbatch gets to [...]

SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 – Computer Animation Festival

There are many aspects to a SIGGRAPH convention, but one of my favorites has always been the Computer Animation Festival, and the SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 con coming up next month looks to have a good collection. The gathering takes place in Shenzhen, China, from December 3rd to the 6th, and as always will feature the [...]

Something to Watch: Discs

The final Miazaki masterpiece The Wind Rises hits the shelves this week, in a combo BD+DVD pack. Unusually for an anime, it tells the true story of one of Japan’s top aircraft designers, or at least as true as any movie ever gets. It follows his life from that of a young man almost to [...]

11th Dr Regeneration, Lego

Just because it is both silly, and very well done, here it is: the regeneration of the 11th Doctor into the 13th. The numbering assumes the War Doctor existed in the order his episode aired, not his progenitor and descendant Doctors proper order. Just to show you how well Blob Van Dam did at creating [...]