The Mary Sue’s Blade Runner Fan Work Contest!

The Mary Sue are running a Bladerunner fan art contest, It’s worth going over there to look at the submissions, most of which are mostly photography based and quite cool. I really like the above submission by diablo2003 partly because it’s awesome but also because it makes me want a Bladerunner Anime… I might have to watch AD Police tonight…

In case you were wondering AD Police is an Anime that was a spin off of Bubblegum Crisis, Bubblegum Crisis is Awesome and heavily inspired by Bladerunner, but AD Police is a more nitty gritty police drama.

Nooooooooooooooooo! But maybe yes? But Nooooo!

Alcon Entertainment the people behind The Book of Eli, P.S. I Love You and The Wicker Man have picked up the rights to do Blade Runner Sequels and Prequels… note the plural, I don’t know if the plural was intentional but it could be…

Blade Runner is one of the tightest Science fiction movies ever released, it still packs a punch now almost 30 years after it was released, it doesn’t need to be remade, or to have sequels/prequels made. It works stand alone as it is.

But a little devil in the back of my mind keeps saying “What if?” What if they get it right, what if they capture Blade Runners visual style, it’s atmosphere it’s magic, that could be awesome! But no! I must maintain my cynical edge! Look what they did to Transformers! Look what they did to G.I. Joe, TMNT… Every Series from the 80’s that gets rehashed, remade etc just gets raped for intellectual property because it will sell purely on nostalgia… “There was Battlestar Galactica that was pretty awesome” pipes up the demon in the back of my mind… I’ll give him that, but in the grand scale of things Battlestar is the exception rather than the rule.

I really want this to be awesome, but to be honest I doubt it will be.

Via Boing Boing.

Also Via Off-World News

Someone is Making A Bubblegum Crisis Movie!

Topless Robot may not be excited about this but I am, the original Bubblegum Crisis was on of my favourite Anime, and the refresh Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 was also awesome. Heck I even like AD Police (Both the original 3 OAVs and the newer series, and Parasite Dolls). The whole Bladerunner inspired setting is just awesome. I mean who can’t like 4 women kicking robot ass in battle suits! And they are making a live action version of this? Count me in!

The film will be directed by Anthony LaMolinara (Spiderman, Spiderman 2, Toy Story) and will be called Bubblegum Crisis: Knight Sabres, and begins shooting next spring.

Via Topless Robot More Info at Anime News Network

Concept Ships

Really quick post, found a pretty cool site which makes me almost wish I was writing a science fiction story for my NaNoWriMo, concept ships has hundreds of just that, concept ships and futuristic vehicles like this helicopter tank thing:

The site is a bit difficult to navigate I think but it’s still got a hell of a let of awesome ships on it, good enough to give anyone at least some inspiration. Some of the images like this one from the Accelerate competition:

And this one by Dmitry Popov:

Are very Bladerunner and everyone enjoys a bit of Bladerunner…

That’s it for me.

Firefly’s 15 Best Chinese Curses (and How to Say Them)

I’ve always liked it when a Science fiction movie, book or film plays games with the evolution of language in the future. Bladerunner had Cityspeak a mix of Hungarian, French, Chinese, German, Korean and Japanese. Joss Whedon decided to go down a simpler route and had people swear in Mandarin, here is a list of Topless Robots top 15 Chinese Curses from Firefly with pronunciation. You can visit Topless Robot to read about when they appear.

15) Stupid Inbred Stack of Meat
????????? BUN tyen-shung duh ee-DWAY-RO

14) Cow Sucking
?? ? Shee-niou

13) A Baboon’s Asshole
????? ? FAY-FAY duh PEE-yen

12) Extraordinarily Impatient Buddha
??????? ? Jen mei NAI-shing duh FWO-tzoo

11) Dog Fucking
??? ? Go tsao de

10) Panda Piss
??? ? Shiong mao niao

9) Frog-Humping Son of a Bitch
?????? ? Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng

8) Stupid Son of a Drooling Whore and a Monkey
????????????? ? Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze

7) Have a Shit-Throwing Contest with a Monkey
?????? ? Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

6) Filthy Fornicators of Livestock
???????? ? Huh choo-shung tza-jiao duh tzang-huo

5) Motherless Goats of All Motherless Goats
?????? ? Gao yang jong duh goo yang

4) Holy Mother of God and All Her Wacky Nephews
???????????? ? Wuh duh ma huh tah duh fong kwong duh wai shung

3) Shove All the Planets in the Universe Up my Ass
????????????? ? Tai-kong suo-yo duh shing-chiou sai-jin wuh duh pee-goo

2) The Explosive Diarrhea of an Elephant
????????? ? Da-shiang bao-tza shr duh lah doo-tze

1) Holy Testicle Tuesday
????? ? Shun-SHENG duh gao-WAHN

Via Topless Robot

Anti Face Recognition Make Up

I’m a big fan of subverting the attempts of various governmental and non governmental bodies to monitor our every movement. So when our society becomes so “Minority Report”-esque that they start tracking us using facial recognition, I’ll look into the research of  Adam Harvey.

He’s researching subversive make up that foils facial recognition and has come up with some pretty cool looking designs that look like something straight out of Bladerunner. The key is apparently in breaking the symmetry of the face.

In the image above faces with a red square were recognised by a computer, so the point of this is to make the faces unrecognisable as faces by a computer. The problem is that software companies will just factor this make up into their algorithms. I like the Idea of an arms race between make up artists and facial recognition software companies though.

Via  Geekosystem Via The Register.