June 2012

Star Wars Trilogy: The Radio Show featuring Pinky / Christopher Walken / Bender

Ever wondered what Star Wars would’ve been like if Bubbles from the Powerpuff girls played Darth Vader? Well now you can. In an inspirational moment of genius at the Emerald City Comicon this year the organisers arranged a script reading of scenes from the original Star Wars script in voices of famous cartoon characters. The intros alone take about 6:45 seconds so scroll on to avoid any major spoilers. It’s not the Goon show or anything but a favourite moment is Pinky as the Storm Trooper on the Tantive IV and Christopher Walken as R2D2. A genuine joy to hear.


Dropping Science: Driverless "Road Trains"

We all dream of a future where we can drive to work without having to actually touch the steering wheel of our car (ok we don’t all dream of that but a selection of nerdy engineers who eat too much cheese before bed do) and now that future has moved a step closer.

The SARTRE project (that’s Safe Road Trains for the Environment to you and me) has been running since 2009 and aims to create a system whereby cars can tag onto the back of a “road train” and be guided at high speeds over long stretches of motorway. The project had its first test on a public highway recently with the aim of seeing if human beings would completely freak out if placed in a high speed convoy with no apparent means of control. The results seem to suggest that, yes they do, but they chill out again pretty quickly.

Ah, glorious science!

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Moon's Song of the Week: 1904 by The Tallest Man On Earth

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This week’s song comes courtesy of Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson aka The Tallest Man on Earth. It sadly doesn’t have a video but the quality of the song itself more than makes up for that.

It’s very easy to compare Matsson’s style to that of Bob Dylan (and to be fair he’s a self confessed Dylan fan) but it’s much more than a simple tribute act. 1904 brings back the feeling you had the first time you heard Blowing in the Wind but still retains it’s own identity. It’s also a lovely track to listen to in the sunshine.

1904 is taken from the album There’s No Leaving Now, and it’s out on June 12.


(I had to pull a non-official video for this one as the official one had embedding disabled. As a result there’s a chance the record company may have this version pulled before this post goes live. Should that happen, you can view the official version HERE. Why anybody disables embedding on a video that they’re trying to promote is utterly beyond me, but hey it happens. The song’s still great.)

Watch a man turn into a blowfish in a short film (Fugu and Tako)

Watch as a man turns into a human pufferfish, but carries on with his normal life, in Ben West’s short film Fugu & Tako. The pufferfish man sings karaoke, drinks with the ladies, and passes out on a train (note the gills!). The detail is so intense you can even see the tiny stubble on the Pufferfish Man’s face.
West is a part of the Australian visual effects studio Robot. This is just the trailer, but let’s hope the full short film is out soon. Reminds us of a certain Moon faced boy… named Moon!! Turning heads into other stuff is fun!!

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