1. Entertainment

    Minus Jon Plus Jon Is Garfield Minus Garfield With Dr. Jon Osterman

    Garfield Minus Garfield is so last decade, man. So Jon Arbuckle's a weirdo who lives alone and talks to himself. At least he's still a human being whose corporal essence adheres to the laws of physics and reality. Also he doesn't live on Mars, probably. That's why Minus Jon Plus Jon is a much better depicting of existential loneliness and angst.

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  2. Entertainment

    Here’s the Greatest Watchmen/SpongeBob Mashup You Never Knew You Needed [Video]

    I really love the juxtaposition here between the deliberately weighty Watchmen and the deliberately nonsensical SpongeBob universe, but who even cares? Patrick is the Comedian, Spongebob is Rorschach, Gary is Doc Manhattan, and all of the SpongeBob/Watchmen crossover humor is just somehow perfect. The rest of your day is all downhill from here.

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  3. Tech

    Researchers Study Owls For Clues to Reducing Aircraft Noise, Making Planes More Interesting to Hipsters

    Remember when Harry Potter fans all wanted pet owls, but then realized that they are vicious winged harbingers of death? Turns out they're also silent harbingers of death, and new research is examining how owls stay so quiet in flight. The goal of the study is to make modern aircraft more silent and owl-like. We suggest building an aircraft made from feathers and that runs on mice.

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  4. Entertainment

    Alan Moore Will Love This Officially Licensed Watchmen Toaster

    Warner Brothers has unveiled their latest Watchmen tie-in and it's a toaster. Let me say that again: A toaster. In addition to ripping out Alan Moore's soul and converting regular bread to crispy bread, the officially branded toaster officially brands your toast -- presumably with the logo displayed on the side of the device. This makes Before Watchmen look like an exciting, artistically respectful project.

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  5. Entertainment

    DC Officially Confirms Watchmen Prequels

    When you're dealing with a hallowed franchise like Watchmen, you have to watch your step around the rabid fanbase. Or maybe, you don't have to watch it at all, because no matter what you do, you're going to piss some of them off. In either case, DC Entertainment has just officially confirmed a set of Before Watchmen prequel comic books; guess who's pissed?

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  6. Entertainment

    My Little Pony x Watchmen [Video]

    Battle not with ponies, lest ye become a pony yourself; and if you gaze into the herd, the herd gazes also into you. (via Topless Robot)

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  7. Entertainment

    How to Make a Real-Life Rorschach Mask [Video]

    Everyone's favorite seemingly insane antihero Rorschach, from the comic and (more recently) movie Watchmen, sported a neat mask that autonomously changed patterns, which YouTube user guinness0507 was actually able to recreate in real life. The patterns change based on temperature changes, which is taken care of by simply breathing into the mask.

    The idea actually isn't too complicated. With the application of Thermochromic paint, paint that changes color based on temperature, the mask's patterns respond to the heat of human breath, a clever workaround to achieve an effect very similar to Rorschach's fictional mask.

    (guinness0507 via Nerd Bastards)

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  8. Entertainment

    Concepts Of Time and Perception in Watchmen Explained [Video]

    Phenomenology of 'Watchmen' from sean mattio on Vimeo. In psychology, phenomenology is a study concerned with consciousness, experience, and the communication of experiences. "Is what I call red the same color as what you call red?" is a phenomenological question. And so we give you, phenomenology in Watchmen, a short video explaining the different ways in which characters in the novel experience reality and how they describe that experience. Yeah, this video is about some pretty high concepts and is probably really better suited to being a power point presentation. But we promise that it's worth it. Or maybe we're just philosophy/writing nerds. Needless to say, there are Watchmen spoilers in it.

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  9. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 11/20

    Prepare Your Wallet: Steam Now Recommends Games For You (That Videogame Blog) Why The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Don't Use Their Weapons (CollegeHumor) The Trailer for Source Code (Bleeding Cool) The LAPD's Stolen Art Database (BoingBoing) Mr. Peanut Speaks, Is Product of Impressive Stop-Motion Animators (Motionographer) The First Page of Watchmen Goes For $33,500 (Bleeding Cool) Amazon Expands Its Game Downloads Service (Joystiq) (pic via Reddit.)

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  10. Weird

    Dog Carcass In Alley This Morning, Tire Tread on Burst Stomach. Original First Page of Watchmen Up For Auction

    Got five figures to throw around on a piece of real comics history? Then you can go put in your bid at the Heritage Auction Galleries auction of the original pencil and inks of the first page of Watchmen, scripted by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons. The bidding currently stands at $6,500, but don't expect it to stay there for long. In the words of Heritage Auctions themselves:

    Watchmen pages do not come along often, in fact Heritage has never offered one before! We know of many people who have read Watchmen who have never read any other comic book, and given that mass appeal, we expect very strong demand for this lot.
    Just be careful when reading the rest of their description. It's got a serious spoiler in it. ಠ_ಠ

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  11. Entertainment

    Allow Us To Explain: Alan Moore’s Anti-DC Interview

    There's been a lot of hubbub this weekend over an interview published on Bleeding Cool, where Adi Tantimedh, a writer of comics and film, interviewed Alan Moore, a writer of a great many different things, over a subject that was bound to get Moore to say some inflammatory things: Watchmen, who has the rights to it, and his current relationship with DC Comics. It should come as no surprise that Moore said some pretty inflammatory things. The post interview commentator debate seems to be between two camps: those who believe that Moore is a paranoid weirdo, and those who believe that Moore is a justifiably paranoid weirdo. Allow us to explain.

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  12. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 7/26

    Happy Japanese Kirby, angry American Kirby (Game Revolution) Laver's law of fashion (37Signals) Making bacon by bakin' (Bacon Today) Analyzing StarCraft II's ranking system (Sirlin) Pacey-Con 2010 (Rillawafers) Composite photo of 30 meter tombstoning plunge ( The Watchmen Test (Bleeding Cool)

    (title image via Pearl's Sentimental Journey; h/t Copyranter)

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  13. Entertainment

    The Alan Moore Interview You Have to Read

    Alan Moore no longer pays any heed to superheroes. In an interview with British music newspaper The Stool Pigeon recently, the creator of the watershed comic Watchmen spoke about the works which made him an international superstar in the comics industry. Despite his stature, Moore is a noted recluse and has insisted strongly on distancing himself from the numerous film adaptations of his work (From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Constantine, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen), which have all fallen short of the nuanced originals. The eccentric writer has now also distanced himself, apparently, from the comic book superhero, "[suspecting] that a lot of superheroes now are basically about the unfair fight." We've collected just a few of his particularly interesting quotes, including his thoughts on the Internet, the iconic Guy Fawkes mask showing up at protests, and real-life superheroes:

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  14. Entertainment

    Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert Addresses Cleveland in Comic Sans: Why We Facepalm

    In case you haven't heard, the only news in the world today is that LeBron James decided that he is going to play basketball for the Miami Heat instead of the New York Knicks or the Cleveland Cavaliers. This has made some people in Cleveland very sad, including the team's owner, Dan Gilbert. Dan Gilbert was so upset, in fact, that he wrote a very angry open letter to Cleveland fans, laden with surprising capitalizations and lines like "The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma," and "'I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE' You can take it to the bank." We will leave it to our sporting brethren at SportsGrid to parse the meaning and sporty implications of all of this to the world of people who care about sports. For our part, the most important thing to note about Dan Gilbert's letter is that it was written in Comic Sans. Comic Sans.

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  15. Entertainment

    Twilight Vampire Tops Out The Forbes Fictional 15

    Nowhere have the sparkly claws of Twilight failed to secure their grasp, for this week Forbes published their yearly Fictional 15, a compilation of the fifteen richest fictional people in current pop culture. Carlisle Cullen, the nearly 400-year-old patriarch of the Cullen family is the richest fictional person in the world with a net worth of $34.1 billion.

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