I love quality animation, and Pixar has some of the best. Their very first animation test was of a couple of lamps playing around, and the lamp became their logo for opening their films. This wonderful little parody from Collage Humor shows the consequences of that action.

For all those Neko moments, this is the unbeatable apparel accessory; brainwave powered cat ears by NeuroWear. The first video is their commercial, the second is various people at a Con trying them out and getting them to react. Two details immediately spring to mind while watching these, the first being that in the tryouts, everyone has a sensor smack in the middle of their foreheads while in the commercial it is in the models hair and a lot less obvious. I have to wonder whether that is a design improvement they have made or just another case of inflated advertising promises. The other interesting detail is that some wearers in the tryouts were able to simply control them on their own, while others needed artificial stimulation to generate a specific reaction in the form of an aromatic in a small blue jar. This would lead one to believe that the different ear action patterns are caused by calling up specific types of brain activity, which should give method actors instant mastery. I expect we will be seeing a lot of these among the Cosplay addicted over the next year, and I am sure the Furry’s will be adapting them for many other species. New toys!

Just a few videos I have enjoyed with some tasty Cosplay this year. Some of the best creativity I know goes into creating costumes, whether for Halloween or Comic-Con or Movies. I figure it is worth a pause every so often to enjoy the better ones, and the first two in this set are from Mahalo, who seem to mostly be involved with food but have enough clothing awareness to be able to put together quality Cosplay collections.

I love Halloween, and all the monsters and ghoulies it brings out. But my favorite aspect of that are the heroes (of either gender) who slay the monsters for us, starting when I was a kid with Riki Tiki Tavi. I was thinking about putting together a best of list, but I didn’t have to, because once more the folks at io9 beat me to it. Ash and Buffy, Dresden and Ripply; what an excellent collection of my favorite people (and near people).