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This is the guitar that’s been tailored through Sharpie with some legit looking Lord Of The Rings graphics by 16-year old artist Vivian Xiao. Sixteen! I wasn’t making anything at 16 however an ass out of myself and $ 2.38 an hour bussing tables at Wilderness Steakhouse. Vivian invested about 25-hours embellishing the guitar, including the sides and back which she made to appear like detailed woodwork and the One Ring’s lettering (pictures after the jump which you really need to see). Could you think of smashing that thing onstage? Since you’re ill if you can. “It belongs in a gallery!” You’re damn right it does, Indy. You and Brief Round still on for poker tonight? Seriously however, I catch him cheating once again I’m gonna make him consume that voodoo blood from the Temple of Doom.
Struck the jump for a lot of rewarding closeups while I pull my roomie’s heart out so these two know I mean business.
Sure Minas Tirith didn’t have a moat, but come on — this is a sandcastle. A sandcastle without a moat is like a hotdog bun with no hotdog — it isn’t right. And it’s even more wrong when you decide to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in it. Built by DeviantARTist BuckarooJoe, this Minas Tirith proudly stands on the beach of Gondor as its proud capital. It’s pretty big too. You see those grass clumps in the foreground? Those are actually trees.
Thanks to Rev Dr Dom, who heals both spiritually and physically.
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This is a bonsai tree with a little Lord of the Rings Bag End theme created by Chris Guise of Bonsai Empire. Now I know what you’re thinking, and same — I want to live there too. Unfortunately we’re both too big for that. At least I am, maybe you were born ‘Indian in the Cupboard’ size. And if you were, forget about living next to a bonsai tree, I’ll give you $ 50 a day to let me carry you around in my pocket. $ 60 if you promise to never punch me in the nuts.
Hit the jump for a bunch more including closeups and the tree during fall and winter.
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This is a teaser trailer confirming the future release of a LEGO Lord of the Rings video game probably due out sometime after the world ends. It doesn’t really show anything except for an animation of the “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” Balrog scene, but I guess that’s enough. The good news for some people is that this game’s supposed to be more challenging than previous LEGO titles, which is actually bad news for me considering I found them all damn near impossible. “Tell me you’re joking.” About what?
It’s more of an adventure, more of a grand quest (with sidequests!), TT Games chief Jonathan Smith told me recently, after showing off a Mines of Moria cave troll battle. “In contrast to our other games, covering those three movies is an epic journey,” he said. “It really is a sense of an adventure rather than a series of stories. You build up your characters as you venture through the world of Middle-Earth.
“Practically, in terms of the levels there’s a mix between fighting and puzzling as you’d expect. We have some very big battles. We have some cool enemies. And then, for puzzling, if you’re a connoisseur of the series perhaps you’ll remember something more like Indiana Jones where we’re picking up and dropping items and there’s some inventory-based play as well and customization of characters as they go through the adventure.” Are we talking stat-based RPG? “No stats.. there will be quests on the hub, side-quests.”
Sounds like a great game to buy for your nephew and then take the controller from and play straight through right in front of him, amirite? Of course I am, if there’s one thing I know, it’s quality uncle-ing. As a matter of fact, I’m babysitting the lil tyke right now! Say hi to all the Geekologie readers, Jacob! Jacob? *eying open front door* Haha, he probably just heard the ice cream truck and let himself out to get a cone. “Um, GW? He’s two.” Oh what — two year olds can’t eat ice cream?
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The Lord of the Rings Project is a massive family tree created by Swedish student Emil Johansson to highlight all the familial connections between characters in the series. It contains over 800 characters and can even be modified to display only dwarves, hobbits, muggles, etc. My family tree? My family tree looks like the kind of branch you’d make a slingshot out of (I’m from West Virginia).
Thanks to Erik S., whose family tree looks like the tree of life: full of diversity. Good for you, really. I TOOK A COUSIN TO PROM.
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The Year of the Dragon is quickly approaching, and Vertu is in a celebrating mood. So much so, in fact, that it’s added three new luxury Dragon handsets to its Signature collection. You can choose between stainless steel with emeralds, yellow gold with diamonds or ruby with black stainless steel. Each is, appropriately, adorned with a four-claw dragon on the battery cover, and the engraving process is rather lengthy: it involves 20 stages and takes four highly-skilled master craftsmen 36 hours, eight of which are dedicated just to the dragon’s scales. But that’s not all, folks — each one gets shipped to Switzerland, where it’s given the official stamp of authenticity, and returned to the workshop where precious stones are added for the final touch. That may sound like a steal at a mere $ 20,800, but Vertu even adds a charging cradle, a leather case and one year of free concierge service to the package. Tech specs? We haven’t heard much about them, but they’re rumored to run Symbian OS. We’re sure you’re now looking down at your new Samsung Galaxy Nexus with disdain, but we bet you could hire a few master craftsmen to make your own hand-engraved dragon for around the same price to help alleviate the regret.
In other LEGO news, the company has acquired the rights to sell Lord of the Rings playsets starting next June to help compensate for the inevitable losses from their LEGO for girls sets. But fear not, I will buy said LEGO sets for girls and dump them all in a Toys For Tots bin next Christmas. “That’s very noble of you!” Yeah I’m a real prince — OF DARKNESS! MWAHAHAHA-HACK-COUGH *spitting up blood and ramen* Okay that was supposed to be more demonic and less “holy shit, is he dying? Should we call someone?”
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has awarded the toymaker the rights to create action figures and playsets based on “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the two upcoming films based on “The Hobbit,” the first of which bows at the end of 2012.
The multiyear deal grants Lego access to the library of characters, settings and stories of “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” all helmed by Peter Jackson.
No word if a series of LEGO video games will follow, but if I know one thing about Warner Bros., it’s
they like money the company was founded by four Polish immigrant brothers named Wonskolaser. Why the hell would you change that?! Wonskolaser Bros. sounds awesome. Quick, soldiers — ready the Wonskolaser. PEW PEW PEW!
Lego lands ‘Hobbit’ toy license [variety]
Thanks to Capt. Tom Foolery, who once taped a ‘KICK ME’ sign to his first mate’s back. Oh you!
If you’ve been in photography for more than ten years, you probably remember the way things used to be on old film cameras. There was no electronic interconnect between the lens and the body, so lens-related functions (focus, zoom, aperture) were on the lens and body-related functions (ASA, shutter speed) were on the body. That changed as autofocus and auto-exposure, particularly on digital cameras, necessitated a data connection between the lens and the body. While we never did away with the focus and zoom rings, aperture went right out the window and was electronically controlled.
A few nice cameras have aperture rings now — the X100, for instance — but generally speaking you can’t find one except on professional cinema gear these days. But Canon may be looking to change that.
A recent patent detailed at Photography Bay shows a system for controlling the functions of a lens using three on-lens rings (or two on a prime, presumably), the hindmost of which controls a diaphragm, which we can take to mean the iris. Old-school photographers will be overjoyed.
Newer camera systems have attempted to modernize the ring system by having one ring stand in for all three, its active function chosen by a switch or setting. A reasonable attempt but (I suspect) unsatisfying for many photographers.
One point that isn’t clear is whether the ring will be stepped or stepless. Traditionally, aperture rings have moved in mechanically-separated 1/3-stop steps, which aids in keeping exposures consistent and prevents an aperture equivalent to zoom creep. But the stepped exposure dial is a pain for motion video, where the steps are easily perceived as they change. There’s no reason why the iris shouldn’t be able to move smoothly from open to shut and stop anywhere along the way (perhaps rounded off to the nearest third), and it may be that this is a feature planned for Canon’s next big announcement in November.
No announcements have been made, of course, but the patent was interesting to warrant a post anyway.
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