Debs and Errol Create a New Nerd Game Phenomenon!

Do you remember the simple fun of schoolyard games? How great it was finding the perfect hiding spot for hide-and-seek and giggling when the “its” passed by you?

Toronto nerd band extraordinaire Debs and Errol have taken the fun of those games and added a Whovian twist. The game, as featured in the web comic below, takes Marco Polo, one of Doctor Who‘s scariest villains, and the joy of scaring the ever-loving crap out of someone and blends them together into your new favourite Sunday afternoon activity:

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via debsanderrol.com

Nerd parents and kids’ game enthusiasts, you’ll never be bored again. Debs and Errol have caused boredom to Exterminate! Exterminate!

So Today’s Ragnarok

If you’ve made lunch plans, you maaaaay want to rethink them. Today’s the end of the world!

Okay, I’m not exactly sure what time it’ll happen, so your soup and sandwich may be safe after all… but at some point today, February 22 according to Norse myth, all evil is supposed to break free from Hel and pour out onto the Earth, where a bunch of gods will take up arms and try to hold it back.

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via krelllabs.blogspot.com

So in other words, a Saturday. Thor, Odin, Tyr, Freyr and many more are gonna lay down, the world is going to be destroyed and flooded in the process, but BONUS – two human beings will survive. Guy kind of sucks at swimming, so I’m fairly certain it won’t be us.

Do you have any Ragnarok plans?

6 Google Easter Eggs You Need To See

We’re familiar with the concept of Easter eggs in DVD extras for a movie or TV show; jokes and inside fun hidden by the movie’s creators for those with a keen eye. We’re probably also familiar with the concept of Easter eggs for… well, Easter.

But what about Easter eggs in your search engine?

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via google.ca

Google’s known for having a little fun on the Internet – everything from Doodles to the logo itself (the colour scheme does a kid’s playroom) – so it should come as no surprise that there are a few hidden tricks anyone can see while performing a simple search. Here are a few of our favourites:

1. Askew

Tired of seeing everything so up-and-down, all level angles and neat edges? Add a touch of chaos to your day by simply searching the words “askew” or “tilt”. If you’re more of an OCD type, this may not sit so well with you. See it.

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via google.ca

2. Barrel Roll

You’ve wanted to be a stunt pilot since you were 7, but you know that if the bus makes you queasy, an F-18 will have you projectile-vomiting so hard you’ll put Regan’s demon barf to shame. What to do, dreamer?

How about taking a spin in your search engine from the grounded comfort of your computer? Open Google, type in “do a barrel roll” and watch your dream come true. Buckle up.

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via fanpop.com

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The Olympics: Attenborough’ed

It’s been an amazing Olympics for Canadians; I may have blown out my voice cheering for some of our athletes.

Though despite being filled with nationalistic pride, cheering for medal winners hasn’t been the most exciting part of the Olympics for me. No, instead my heart has been stolen by another hero: Sir David Attenborough.

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via rebloggy.com

I question whether or not British legend and science dreamboat (you know you agree) Sir David actually narrated this clip. However, watch it and try not to smile from ear to ear: I DARE YOU! The Olympics have never sounded more quietly dignified.

Great Advice From Nerd Legends

The delightful Emma Caulfield (a.k.a. Anya from Buffy) has been vlogging under ESSNEMMA for about a year now. She makes silly jokes, she reviews movies, she gives advice. Oh, and sometimes A NERD LEGEND JOINS HER!!!!

Check out this video with the one, the only… William Shatner.

He gives some pretty good advice, right? I think I need Shatner on speed dial.

We’ve Got The Rings Like Saturn

Every time I watch a sci-fi film that features distant planets with various moons whirling around them, I wonder: wtf would that look like?

Sometimes planets orbit other planets while orbiting a sun; Tatooine has twin suns. Avatar‘s Pandora is a moon orbiting gas giant Polyphemus. So what would ordinary ol’ Earth look like with some of these features?

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via Ron Miller and io9.com

An article posted on io9.com shows images of what our planet’s sky would look like with Saturn’s rings – and it’s pretty amazing. Perspectives include a far northern Alaska, far southern French Polynesia, Washington D.C.’s latitude and smack-dab on the equator.

The cool thing is they’d remain there day and night – there’s no such thing as ring-rise or ring-set. Check out the article to see more about an ancient Earth that actually did have rings and what’s happened to it since.

You’ll Never See Models the Same Way Again

I’ll begin by confessing a light troll of mine: by “models”, I mean toys. Action figures. Collectibles. Ain’t no fashion-forward people here today.

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via flickr.com/photos/avanaut/

If you’re still with me, then you’re in for a REAL treat. Photographer Vesa Lehtimäki, a.k.a. Avanaut on Flickr, is kicking some serious sci-fi butt by featuring action figures and toys (mostly from Star Wars and often made of Lego) in some incredible tableaus and scenarios.

They’re obviously toys, but with the amazing incorporation and blending of effects, somehow I just buy this as reality! Here we see an Imperial pilot on Hoth preparing to roast some chestnuts over an open fire – and under a TIE fighter:

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via flickr.com/photos/avanaut/

Or how about blending model with reality in this image of the Millenium Falcon set down in a forest. Spooky gorgeous.

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via flickr.com/photos/avanaut

And it’s not all Star Wars either – who knew Saruman’s Uruk-hai were fans of leaf dust-ups?

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via flickr.com/photos/avanaut

There’s so much more to see, so go see it! You can find Avanaut’s Flickr sets here.

GoPro Records Man Falling from Space

Little portable cameras like GoPros are getting to popular and so cheap that people are scooping them up for everything, from surfing massive waves to walking their dog.

Of course, the bigger the event, the more GoPro-able it is – especially if that event is leaping from the edge of space down to hurtle towards the ground at over 800 mph. Because really, at that point, it’s not just about you – people need to see.

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via airows.com

Professional free-faller Felix Baumgartner did just that on October 28, 2012, and GoPro has just released the HD footage of the event. To be blunt, it’s beautiful, breathtaking and includes moments of Gravity-like intensity and fear.

Check out the video and make sure to put down some towels in case your bladder lets loose. It’s not gross – I’m doing you a favour.

Winter as an RPG

Happy February, everyone! As is appropriate for mid-winter, it’s gently snowing outside, snowflakes kissing the ground in a deepening blanket of soft, frozen kisses. Poetic.

But peel back that romantic image and you’ve got treacherous conditions, icy walkways and half-frozen slush just WAITING to salt up the boots you cleaned only yesterday after finally putting out some cash to buy them cleaners and polishers and weatherproofers… I see what you did there, Jack Frost…

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via dorkly.com

So really if you think about it, winter is an RPG that needs adventurers; people to strike out into the wind-whipped blizzards and do… okay, pretty mundane things. Like grocery shopping. And laundry.

Thankfully, Dorkly’s got a terrific little comic about just that – hilarious!

Taylor Swift Attacked at the Grammys

I only caught bits and pieces of the Grammys last weekend – and I’m so, so sad I missed this.

Taylor Swift was really going at it on stage… until the unthinkable happens:

How long until she gets Blanka trolled too, hmm? But you’re right, Ryu – you must train harder. She’s a fearsome opponent…