How The Original King Kong Movie Was Made


Great article on the making of the original.

Kong was actually an 18 inch high, poseable model, covered with rabbit hair, that was filmed one frame at a time by stop-motion photography artist Willis O’Brien and his crew (Despite some stories no man in an ape suit was ever employed) on miniature sets of the jungle and New York City. While the stop-motion technique had been around for over a decade, O’Brien and other special effect technicians were able to combine it with other techniques, such as rear projection and miniature projection, to place the actors in the shots with Kong in a way not seen before.

(via Make:Blog)

Images in the RSS Feed

I think I am going to have to muck with my .htaccess file later today to stop people from hotlinking to my images. That should stop the hotlinking but I am pretty sure it will disable images being displayed in rss readers. I’ll hold off in case anybody has a better solution but all the hotlinking has really started to eat into my bandwidth and I can’t really afford to finance an image host for other bloggers who are either too ignorant or just apathetic about bandwidth stealing.

Any suggestions before I apply the brakes?

WoW Funeral


Recently, a prominent member of a horde guild on the Bronzebeard realm died in real life. His guildmates decided to hold a funeral for him in the game as a way to honor him and chose the only cathedral in the game large enough to really hold the huge numbers of people, horde and alliance alike–the one in Stormwind.

Most of the people knew what was going on and didn’t attack the horde entourage as they made their way to the cathedral. The result is something I feel is rather profound:

(via Robot Wisdom)

Video of Supercooled Water


Be sure to watch the vids.

Yesterday morning I went to get some bottled water from my garage. It had been in the garage for over a week, mostly undisturbed. The outside temperature was reportedly -17°C (about 1°F); I imagine the garage was slightly warmer than that, but still below the freezing point of water. I picked up a bottle of water and noticed that it was not frozen. In fact, it was completely liquid. But soon after I disturbed it, the water in the bottle began to crystalize. The water became progressively cloudy from the top down as it froze inside the bottle. The effect was much like the ice creeping along the walls and floors in The Day After Tomorrow.

The Antarctic Snow Cruiser



Wow, check out this beast. The site has video clips if the cruiser in action along with plenty of pictures.

In the spring of 1939 the Research Foundation learned that the government was considering appropriations for a possible Antarctic expedition. Mr. Vagtborg and Dr. Poulter presented the completed plans for the Snow Cruiser to the expedition officials in Washington on April 29, 1939. The officials were enthusiastic over the idea and it was agreed the Foundation would supervise the construction and finance the cost, estimated at $150,000. The Snow Cruiser would then be loaned to the U.S. Antarctic Service, who would defray the costs of operation and maintenance, and then return the Cruiser to the Foundation upon return of the expedition.

How did it work out?

The Snow Cruiser failed to perform up to expectations. The tires sank deeply into the snow and spun too easily. In an attempt to improve the cruiser’s performance, the crew attached the two spare wheels and tires to the front front wheels, increasing the surface area of the tires by 50 percent. To improve traction, they installed chains on the smooth rear tires.

(via We Make Money Not Art)