Welcome to the realm of Meta-Earth–homepage of Mark William Chase–writer, programmer, and creator of the World of Mythania.
With all the superhero movies that have been coming out of late, perhaps it’s time for something a little new, a little old, and a little different? Well Disney Pixar has a nice little 7 minute animated short film called Sanjay’s Super Team, in which young boy finds a new, and very old, brand of super heroes…
Check it out!
Martin Panchaud, an illustrator and graphic novelist with apparently a lot of time on his hands, has created a truly epic and utterly awe-inspiring mega-infographic of Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Yes, the entire movie, in one gigantic, scrollable infographic. And it’s big. Really big. If printed, the infographic would be over 400 feet long. All I can say to that is: “Impressive… Most impressive.”
NASA’s Kepler mission has just announced finding some 1,284 new largish balls of rocks and somewhat larger balls of gas orbiting distant stars. That brings the total number of exo-planets discovered to nearly 5,000. That’s 5,000 planets known to exist orbiting distant stars. Wow! They also revealed that 9 of the planets are in the so-called “Goldilocks” zone, which is the orbit around a start believed to be more-or-less optimal for life (as we know it).
As usual, astronomer Phil Plait has a great write up about. Be sure to read it!
I just ran across this amazing CGI animation by Adrian Mann of Stewart Cowley’s Spacecraft, 2000-2100 A.D sci-fi art book. I had this book as a kid, and it was absolutely amazing–a vision of mankind’s exploration of space in all its breathtaking wonder and grandeur. Although long out of print, you can still find the books on Amazon, along with the other books in the Terran Trade Authority series.
But for now, just sit back and enjoy the universe of the Terran Trade Authority brought to life.
Check out this homemade thermite launcher! I’m sure it’s perfectly safe to use, though to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t be wearing a tie while firing this thing.
Oh, and, don’t try this at home…
If Star Wars was a Japanese anime film, it would probably look something like this. Kudos to the fantastic digital animator, Paul Johnson!
The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange has finally been released, and we have our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme!
The Star Wars: Rogue One teaser trailer is finally out and it is indescribably awesome! It is dripping with nostalgia, with an absolutely genuine Star Wars vibe. Forget the other prequels. This is the real prequel!
Now this is a fantastic 8-bit game idea! A Mortal Kombat-style fighting game with legendary scientists and inventors duking it out with superhuman powers and abilities reflecting their most famous discoveries. The game features an evolving Charles Darwin, a space-warping Albert Einstein, a lightning-throwing Nikola Tesla, a spectrum-blasting Isaac Newton, a black hole-hurling Stephen Hawking, an angle-kicking Pythagoras, a robot-commanding Alan Turing, and the ever-radiant Marie Curie (oh… too soon?).
It’s probably not a bad way for kids to learn about historical figures in science. You can find out more about it in this article on the Nerdist.
The new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer is out, and it looks epic. Check it out!
Let’s just up the actual movie holds up to the hype (like, you know, Deadpool did).