Welcome to the realm of Meta-Earth–homepage of Mark William Chase–writer, programmer, and creator of the World of Mythania.
Although I didn’t go to San Diago Comic-Con (DragonCon is more my thing) I have certainly been enjoying the flood of trailers pouring out from the various studios. It’s impossible to say which of these movies I’m looking forward to more. I guess I’m looking forward to them all!
“Suicide Squad” is looking better than ever!
The official “Wonder Woman” trailer is here!
And if that wasn’t awesome enough, we also have a “Justice League” teaser trailer, and finally get to see Aquaman!
The Harry Potter franchise continues with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”:
On the Marvel side of things, we get a new “Doctor Strange” trailer:
And as far as Marvel TV series are concerned, here’s a look at all the Netflix/Marvel teaser trailers (helpfully combined), for Daredevil, The Defenders, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
There’s no such things as too much of a good thing, right?
The “Old New World” photo-animation project, by Alexey Zakharov, takes the viewer back to the 1910s and 1920s in a steampunk time machine. Using old-time photographs, and set to a classic ragtime tune, Alexey Zakharov has brought new life to the old world in this computer animated short. You can see more about it here.
Wanderers is a short film by Erik Wernquist envisioning the future of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data, along with the voice over of astronomer Carl Sagan from the series Cosmos.
I just stumbled upon a really cool Doctor Who video montage. It’s worth checking out, if you’re a Doctor Who fan (though it probably won’t make sense if your not). There’s a whole series of these (and a few other shows mixed in too, like Sherlock) by TheGaroStudios. It’s worth checking out!
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!