Tripping the Oculus Rift with Interstellar

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Fun fact about me: I didn't understand the appeal of the View-Master toy for most of my life. The reason was that rather than trying to focus my eyes through the viewer, I would always shut one for insta-clarity. And yet I had no idea - none - that in doing so, I was negating the 3D effect that was the main selling point of the thing.

No such mistakes with the Oculus Rift. Holy balls, is this thing amazing. And I say this after experiencing a three-minute "on rails" experience with no gaming element whatsoever.

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"Zombie Stars" Discovered Before Steven Moffat Could Invent Them

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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It's really just a sexy name, as far as I can tell, for a white dwarf that should have been obliterated in a supernova but remains partially alive. "Coma Star" doesn't sound as good.

But I am surprised science discovered this and came up with the name before we got an episode of Doctor Who in which Peter Capaldi finds that the sun is in fact an actual giant zombie. Like, maybe it died from eating a rotten egg that was actually a moon of something.

Actual science below...

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Sideshow Has New Tron-Style Stands for 12-Inch Figures

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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I have a novel concept for companies that make large action figures: design them so they can stand on their own, unassisted.

No? Not happening? Well okay then. These stands are pretty cool in the meantime. They light up, they spin, they hold figures under the arms instead of around the waist, and they give you space to put your own nameplate. $40 may seem like a lot, but we're talking about Sideshow and Hot Toys, so it's really only, like, 1/6 of the price of a figure. And since the figures are 1/6 scale, that's...cute.

But I collect 18-inchers, because size matters. Where's MY Tron stand?

Cosplay Documentary to Showcase at Comikaze in Glasses-Free 3D

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

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While I'm not sure I need to see Yaya Han get ultra-competitive in yet another cosplay documentary, the glasses-free 3D thing seems like a pretty big deal. Ultra-D is an adjustable 3D format that uses a combination of viewscreen lenses and 4K technology to make even existing content pop out in new ways. Or so the claim is, anyway.

There'll be an hourlong panel for Cosplay Dreams 3D on Sunday, November 2 at 12 p.m. as part of Comikaze in downtown L.A., but the film will also have a booth where you can check out the new tech. The movie will also headline the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival on December 6th.

If this technology proves operable as it is described, then yes, your porn DVDs will work with it too.

91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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Finally, Inevitably, There Is a Porn Haunted House Attraction

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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It is, of course, in San Francisco. Billed as something that might scare you and give you a boner, or both (or for Abraxas, Tuesday), Kink.com's Halloween attraction is a

BDSM-inspired, immersive theater/haunted house experience through the basement sets of the world's largest porn studio in the historic San Francisco Armory

Over-the-top production featuring contortionists, nude models body painted by the city's top talent, prosthetics, animatronics, interactive art and a menacing cast of characters
60-minute tours with photo opportunities unlike anything you have seen before. An event sure to become an annual favorite for 18+ fans of horror and adult content

So who's going to be the first to create a fan-fiction haunted house? You know there has to be one coming somewhere.

h/t Julie Scott


10 Reasons Why VCRs Are Better Than What We Have Now

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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I am often accused of being a Luddite. This is because I think I am. I have always been - even as a child - largely suspicious of new technologies, especially those that come trumpeted as the "next great thing." If everyone is using it, my prejudiced and backward-thinking mind immediately dismisses it. This is probably why I don't own a smart phone. It's also why I still own numerous VHS tapes and have two working VCRs in my home.


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NYCC: Putting Together a Massive One-Woman Metal Gear REX Costume

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Cosplayer Ruby Taki has been working on this thing for a year, and is now ready to compete for the top prize at New York Comic Con.

Our colleagues at the Village Voice were able to film her putting it all together for a final photoshoot, as frightened dogs and kids who think she's doing Star Wars give her some space. That's pretty freakin' metal, all right.

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Six Things We Learned About Interstellar and Science From the Mobile Game (and Trailers)

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Every few years, science fiction seems to bring us a more serious and realistic view of the future. The sixties had 2001: A Space Odyssey; the seventies gave us the ecological classic Silent Running. With the eighties and the advent of Star Wars-style sci-fi, some of that seriousness was lost in the hopes of entertaining the masses with epic space battles, lasers, robot and romance. Alfonso Cuaron's masterpiece Gravity showed studios that serious, science based fiction could not only fill theater seats, but better yet get the masses to pay for such luxuries as IMAX and 3d. Christopher Nolan's foray into serious science fiction, Interstellar, is following in Gravity's footsteps, with it opening in a few weeks nationwide in traditional, 3d, IMAX, 70mm, and every other modern format imaginable.

The full marketing juggernaut of Paramount is behind the film. If you happen to miss one of the myriad trailer appearing before films, on TV or the Internet, the mobile and browser-based video games will whet your appetite for hardcore science fiction. In fact, we here at Topless Robot spent countless hours playing the games in the Interstellar universe, desperate to find clues into what will really happen in the film. Between the game and the trailers, we think we have a pretty good idea of the shape of things to come. We hope were right; if I have to spend another nanosecond playing that boring-ass video game, my face might melt Toht-style.


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Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

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If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.


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