Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Here is a little blurb from the NASA website in regard to the original photo of "A Double Ring Basin on Mercury":
"What caused the smooth floor inside the double ringed basin on Mercury? No one is sure. The unusual feature spans 160 kilometers and was imaged during the robotic MESSENGER spacecraft's swing past our Solar System's innermost planet last week. Double and multiple ringed basins, although rare, have also been imaged in years past on Mars, Venus, Earth, and Earth's Moon. Mercury itself has several doubles, including huge Caloris basin, Rembrandt basin, and enigmatic Raditladi basin. Most large multiple ringed basins on planets and moons are caused initially by a forceful impact by a single asteroid or comet fragment. One interesting feature of the above-imaged double ring is that the basin center appears much smoother than the region between the rings. Possibly, the internal floor was smoothed by later volcanic activity. Also possible, however, is that the floor was smoothed by melting and flowing of material upon impact. MESSENGER has now completed its last flyby of Mercury but will return and attempt to enter orbit in 2011 March."
Monday, October 5, 2009
For October 2009 Suvudu brings us:
"Starfist: First to Fight" by David Sherman and Dan Cragg
"The Demon Awakens" by R.A. Salvatore
Not new books by any means but FREE and a wonderful way to enjoy books that you have not had the chance to for whatever reason. And did I mention FREE!? Enjoy!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
"Star Wars: Lost Tribe of The Sith: Precipice" written by John Jackson Miller, tells the Sith's battle to survive, and their quest to re-conquer the galaxy! They will never stop, even when faced with genocide! This e-book is only 4 chapters long, but it is an excellent addition to the Star Wars "Fate of the Jedi" series and I look forward to many more in the near future!
Here is a brief overview of the book:
"For the ruthless Sith Order, failure is not an option. It is an offense punishable by death—and a fate to which Commander Yaru Korsin will not succumb. But on a crucial run to deliver troops and precious crystals to a combat hotspot in the Sith's war against the Republic, Korsin and the crew of the mining ship Omen are ambushed by a Jedi starfighter. And when the Sith craft crash-lands, torn and crippled, on a desolate alien planet, the hard-bitten captain finds himself at odds with desperate survivors on the brink of mutiny—and his own vengeful half brother, who's bent on seizing command.
No matter the cost, Korsin vows that it will not be his blood and bones left behind on this unknown world. For the way of the Sith leaves little room for compromise—and none for mercy."
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Im sure it will be quite interesting and have a spin on Alice none of us have ever seen before. Unless you read the Grimm Fairy Tale "Return to Wonderland" by Zenescope Entertainment.
Nothing more to say...Im sure it will be creepy. ;)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
If you don't know anything about the original HeroQuest you can visit the wiki here. This isnt the silly video game someone made or the "newer" version of the roleplaying game after the name was sold off, its the board game! The good one! :)
Oh and if you have this game and want to play let me know! Or if you want to sell it and any of its expansions, extra pieces, etc, I'm interested!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Synopsis from trailer website (I can't summarize it any better!):
The Sacking of Coruscant. It was the crowning achievement of the Sith Empire’s ambitious military strategy and the moment that changed the history of the Old Republic forever. You may have read about it before, but our first cinematic trailer captures this event with breathtaking action and beautiful detail.
Republic leaders have traveled to Alderaan to engage in promised peace talks with the Sith Empire. The most powerful Jedi have accompanied them to safeguard against an Imperial deception. The Empire’s real motive, however, was simply to lure the Republic’s strongest defenders away from Coruscant and set the stage for an audacious attack. Under the command of Lord Angral, the Sith fleet approaches the Republic’s capital planet for the first time in centuries. In advance of the fleet, the strongest Sith Warriors have flown a stolen Republic ship into Coruscant’s orbit. Their mission is critical – to destroy the planet’s defense grid mainframe hidden in the heart of the Jedi Temple.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I just couldnt imagine being the one to cut into this precious cake. I couldnt do it. I would want to flash freeze it and put it on display somewhere. Just look at the poor thing below. It would be heart breaking...I wonder if it had a heart!
You can view the entire Photo Stream on Flicker. Truly fantastic!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Bram Stoker did a lot of work to make sure the timelines fit correctly and it all made sense, so this is a great way to see how he had originally portrayed the novel and get the overall feel he truly wanted you to see!
"Experience Bram Stoker's Dracula in a new way -- in real time. Dracula is an epistolary novel (a novel written as a series of letters or diary entries,) and this blog will publish each diary entry on the day that it was written by the narrator so that the audience may experience the drama as the characters would have."
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Here is an excerpt from the official website:
"The script is adapted from elements of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. The story follows the Heir of Isildur; the "greatest huntsman and traveller in Middle Earth" as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. The creature must be found to discover the truth about the Ring, and to protect the future Ringbearer."
The Hunt for Gollum will be completely free and was created for and by Tolkien enthuasists. This a low budget high quality film that looks amazing in the trailers! You can download the full length film at http://www.hunt4gollum.com/ today after 9 AM PST!
The movie is actually quite good for a low budget film where no one makes a dime. I loved the little details that I had never really though about before. Quite a good addition to the Lord of the Rings canon!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here is the plot outline courtesy of Wikipedia:
"The film concerns the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max, who is angry after being sent to his room without supper. He then creates a forest inhabited by many large imaginary monsters, who crown him their ruler. He then befriends a large monster called Carol, who helps him understand the meaning of love."
Admittedly I was a bit skeptical when I first heard of the movie back in 2007, but the trailer actually looks good! I look forward to seeing more in the near future!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Dabel Brothers Publishing will be releasing "The Wheel of Time: Eye of the World #0 - Dragonmount", a Graphic Novel, April 29th 2009. From what I have seen so far the graphic novel based upon Eye of the World does the original work justice. Chase Conley does the cover and internal artwork for this graphic novel, and Chick Dixon adapts the original written work into the graphic novel format. Lets face it, you can't have as much "written" detail, but the physical imagery is what makes graphic novels excellent at times!
(W) Chuck Dixon, Robert Jordan (A) Chase Conley At long last, the Dabel Brothers proudly bring you the adaptation of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy masterwork: The Wheel of Time! The saga begins here with the Fall of the Dragon and the Breaking of the World in this prelude issue to the ongoing series, in this edition available with Regular and PREVIEWS Exclusive covers. And the Shadow fell upon the Land, and the World was riven stone from stone. The oceans fled, and the mountains were swallowed up, and the nations were scattered to the eight corners of the World. The moon was blood, and the sun was as ashes. The seas boiled, and the living envied the dead. All was shattered, and all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I have been a huge fan of Terry Pratchett for the last couple of years. Sadly it took me that long to even run across his writings in the library system! Now I can't get enough of him! Terry creates amazing worlds and settings with great characters that come to life as you are reading. Whimsical and sometimes for a younger audience, Terry's books still speak to readers of all ages. A librarian even tried to point me to the "adult" section of the audio books one time while I was examining a few of Terry's creations! She sure didn't know what she was missing! :)
"Based on the first two books in best-selling author Sir Terry Pratchett’s (Yes, he was Knighted in 2008 and was astonished to be honored in this way) hugely popular Discworld series, The Color of Magic stars Oscar nominee Sean Astin, Tim Curry and David Jason. Additionally, Brian Cox serves as the narrator and Christopher Lee takes on the vocal role of Death.
Discworld, a magical realm, has got its first tourist! Rincewind, an incompetent and cynical wizardry student, has recently been expelled from Unseen University and been given the task of guiding Twoflower through the city state of Ankh Morpork. The two are forced to flee the city after a terrible fire and are sent on a fantastical journey across the Disc, which is unknowingly being controlled by a board game played by the Gods. Along the way Rincewind encounters a few problems: firstly, as an expert coward, he doesn’t feel he’s the best person to guard a naive - and extremely rich, by local standards - tourist through one of the roughest cities in the multiverse. Then, of course, Rincewind experiences a vicious and bloody struggle with his arch-enemy, the power-hungry maniac Trymon. Oh, and the world is coming to an end. Can Rincewind defeat his nemesis and save Discworld from ultimate destruction?"
Friday, March 20, 2009
What game you ask? Star Wars: The Old Republic by Bioware; a new Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG or MMO) that is due to be released at an unknown time and is currently in testing. Visit the official site for more information.
Currently we are on Act 1: Treaty of Coruscant, Issue #2. These comics are short but sweet; each issue thus far is 6 pages packed full of energy. It even looks like we have the basic model for Darth Vader's armor in Issue #2. Let me know if you see what I saw!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Below is what Beer2-D3 was created from:
-Head - 1945 chrome BLC utility light shell.
-Eye - vintage movie camera lens w/adjustable spring-loaded aluminum casing.
-Body - 4.7 liter “adult soda” mini-keg.
-Legs - propane tank valve handles, brass spacers, drilled-out washers, pair of aluminum Lady Josephine shoe butler (wall-mounted shoe shine holders).
-Feet/base - 3 mini bread loaf pans, lamp hardware and a 1/2″ precision drilled aluminum base plate.
+assorted nuts, bolts, screws and, of course - lockwashers!
Very cool. He is a "rolling" billboard for Heinekin but the best use of a keg I have ever seen! Imagine the awkward bleeps and bloops he could greet you with as you decide you need a cold one. Someone might just be the life of the party!
You can view Paul's Flickr Photostream to see more of his great creations.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
What a quote! Due to this stereotype the Sci Fi channel is changing their name July 7th, 2009 to "SyFy" with the tagline "Imagine Greater". They will be making the transition over a 6-12 month period. They feel like the name will appeal to a wider audience and further distance themselves from Science Fiction as a whole. They want to "own the imagination space".
“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” Tim Brooks (helped launch the network)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This lithograph is for the avid Snarfquest fan and will sell out fast! Snarfquest is a graphic novel that originally ran in Dragon Magazine from 1983-1989. Snarfquest: The Graphic Novel was published in 2000 as a 224 page collection. SnarfQuest currently appears in all-new full color stories as a bimonthly feature in the magazine Games Unplugged.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
In other news my daugher fed our dragons again yesterday. I thought that phase went away but apparently not. Why should I expect so when the house is subtly adorned with them? Better yet, I have never stopped "feeding the dragons" and love "living" in fantasy worlds, so why should I expect anything else from a child with a great imagination?
Last, the kitchen Ogres threatened to throw quite a rucuss, and possibly bite, if there home gets moved. They are quite comfortable.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Here is a wonderful testament to this great addition in the Dragonlance series:
"Wow. I just finished the book. Lucien, I just want to say, it's 3:25 AM on a workday, and I have work in about 4 hours. I must say, riveting. Complex. It does wonderfully fill in a hole in Krynn's history. it was simply stunning. Could not put it down after I started reading it." - Weldon Chen (Dragonlance forums)
The following is the book description:
Before the War of the Lance, magic faced and fought its own demise.
The Journeyman is charged to use the ancient Anvil of Time to travel back along the river of time and find the lost stories that fell between the pages of the history books.
He finds Tythonnia, a young red robe learning magic in company with Ladonna of the black robes and Par-Salian of the white. The three are sent on an easy quest to find the leader of the renegade wizards, a man named Berthal, but if it was that simple, they wouldn't need mages. Instead, what started out easy turns into betrayal - magic against sorcery, the wizards against each other, and Tythonnia against herself. When Berthal finally unleashes his final attack, everyone knows that it won't end that simply.
Wizards of the Coast has provided a sample chapter on the product page of Renegade Wizards. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Below you can see each new piece of artwork:
Star FrontiersAll images in this post copyright Larry Elmore.
I personally cannot wait to hear more in depth about Raislit Majere and why he dawned the black robes. I loved book 1 and 2 as it really fills in some of the gaps that Krynn offers. You have a lot of "OH!" moments when you realize why things happened the way they did in other novels or what was occuring whilst something else was. Truly amazing and I love then authors take on the task to "complete" their original works and flesh them out.
Here is an excerpt from the official press release on the Wizards of the Coast website:
Here is the most current book cover:
Dragons of the Hourglass Mage is the concluding novel in the Lost Chronicles trilogy by Weis and Hickman and features many of the most popular characters from their extensive line of Dragonlance® books.
“Raistlin has always been my favorite character, yet even I didn’t foresee what would happen to him in Neraka until Tracy and I talked about it,” said Margaret Weis. “What he does is utterly true to his nature and absolutely right! I can’t wait to tell the story.”
“We are so pleased that we’ve reached agreement on the publishing schedule for this book,” said Casey Reeter, Vice President of Marketing for Wizards of the Coast. “We know how important this book is to the fans.”
“This is the book the fans have been waiting for,” added Tracy Hickman. “We’re delighted that we will be able to share it with them.”
Here is the original artwork for the book cover created by Matthew Stawicki:
Thursday, March 12, 2009
"Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale), the man fated to be the leader of the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators, and the future he was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they find out a terrible secret that may lead to the possible annihilation of mankind."
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
From the back cover:
"In Powers That Be, Power Lines and Power Play Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough told the story of a sentient planet, Petaybee. Now they have returned to Petaybee and introduced the reader to Ronan and Murel, twins who can transform into seals and converse telepathically with the creatures of Petaybee. Ronan and Murel have left Petaybee on a mission to help rescue their friend Marmie, who has been falsely arrested on the orders of a corrupt Colonel. However, they end up being imprisoned themselves and taken to the Gwinnet Incarceration Colony. There they have to try to evade the clutches of their old adversary Dr Mabu, an unscrupulous scientist who wants to study their unusual shape-changing ability, and doesn't care how much pain her experiments cause them. Meanwhile, the powerful and avaricious Company is making another attempt to take over the world of Petaybee for its resources, and the twins' parents, Yana and Sean, along with the entire planet, must fight to survive..."
If you haven't read Changelings (Book 1) or Maelstrom (Book 2) I highly suggest obtaining copies and reading them in anticipation for this release. Well worth the time and money invested in this collection!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Join Harry Potter and the rest of the group as they begin their 6th year at Hogwarts school of Witchcrat and Wizardry. During the 6th year Harry finds a incredibly old book with the inscription "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince". He also starts to learn a little more about Lord Voldemort's long and dark past!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The Suduvu Free Book Library currently features work from Naomi Novik, Robin Hobb, Harry Turtledove, Kim Stanley Robinson and T.A. Pratt. From each author a series is chosen, and the first book of that series is completely free to download and read! This is a clever marketing strategy on their part, but in the end we all win! I have already begun reading "Blood Engines" by T.A. Pratt and would have never picked up this book if it hadn't been for this promotion. This is a great opportunity to expand your literary horizons.
The name is derived from "frog" and "dragon" because of the wings amazing similiarity to that of a dragons. These awkward creatures are fun to watch fly through the forest and over grass fields. With their plump frog-like bodies and dragon-like wings, they soar through the air one short flight at a time.
Their leathery membrane wings can support them for only short distances, approximately three yards, and then they plummit to the ground, landing on all four legs with a thud. Their eyes protrude from the head slightly and are normally a shade of amber. There are two sets of eyelids that flicker open and shut every few seconds. With four sets of legs, the hind legs are approximately twice the size as the front legs to propel them off of the object they sit and into the air. The back two webbed extremities include five digits; the front two consist of four digits.
Their skin is sleak, smooth, and cool to the touch. The body and wings are of very similiar color with the wings being a slighly lighter shade of the body color. Common types include emeralds (green) and browns (brown). Uncommon types include silver (gray). Rare types include goldens (yellow). There may be undiscovered color variations at this time. Some Drogs have splotches or patches of varying colors upon their skin but are not a prominent feature. Few scholars believe this is a sort of camoflouge some are developing, while others believe these Drogs are impure and abominations of nature.
Upon sensing danger these creatures will merely stop moving all together in hopes that their perceived predator glances past them and moves on. Effective, at times, but this could be the very reason they are quite rare to come across in the wild since most of the time their predators win the encounter. I never claimed they were very smart.
Many have tried capturing these creatures with little success. Thus far those that have managed to do so end up no better in the end. Each captive Drog seems to rather die then move to eat, drink, or even procreate.
Most of the species are believed to be males; with a belief that the golden Drogs are the females. Mating has never been witnessed, but most likely it takes place in the privacy of thick forests and other areas with dense vegitation and coverage.
All artwork in this post copyright Ursula Vernon.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
She loves dragons on a whole new level though. In our son's room, which used to be the office and my wife's craft room, there are numerous dragon statues ranging in size from 10"-18" tall and quite impressive in my opinion. Anyway, one day Dragon Girl was in the room with us while we were putting our son to sleep for the night. All of a sudden she started making a throwing motion towards the dragons which are on a high shelf. I asked her what she was doing and she said quite matter of fact "Feeding the dragons daddy". And boy was she feeding the dragons.
Apparently they enjoyed it as much as she did! Soon Dragon Girl was telling me to sit on the dragon so we could fly through the house together. "Like this daddy!" she commanded. It was pretty hilarious, all I could do was smile and well...get on the dragon with her! It was a fantastic ride through the hallway...I was only corrected once on how to ride the dragon. After the trip through the hallway and into the dining room and back, the dragon flew back to his perch on the top shelf; tired and well fed.
Quite an amazing journey and an amazing daughter indeed.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade are the minds behind the creation of Child's Play and are doing a fantastic job! Originally Child's Play was created to give the the 190,000+ kids treated annually at the Seattle Children's Hospital a great Christmas back in 2003. They partnered with Amazon.com to deliver the opportunity for its fan base, 4.5 million strong at the time, to give back to the children, and it was an astounding success. Fast forward to 2008 and Child's Play is involved with over 60 Hospitals world wide and gamers donated over $1.4 million!
Head on over to the Child's Play website and read a little more about the non-profit organization that makes children's visits to hospitals wordwide just a bit more tolerable...and possibly even a little fun! You can purchase a very creative t-shirt to promote the cause as well! Give back!
Friday, February 27, 2009
In 2008 we got to see Donald Duck as Darth Maul, Goofy as Jar Jar, Mickey as Anakin, and Minnie as Queen Amidala with the same limited edition run. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at these figures, but have not had the pleasure to own them due to the steep price involved. I try to limit my action figures to $20 tops if possible! If you get a chance to visit Disneyland or Hollywood Studios during the Star Wars celebration have fun!