thinglets: OMG! DNAUXB FTW!

I don't know what could attract me to a 3.5 minute video with this as the narrative: "As his planet boils in the glow of a cascading Tesseract a young femto-panda makes a brave attempt to warn the galaxy..."

This is so cool that I had to share. You may have a seizure somewhere between 1:00 and 1:30, but once you shake off the colour strobe, the experience is worth it.

thinglets: Another "I Can't Believe I Saw It In A Theater" Movie

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn is an absolutely horrid science-fiction film that is a disservice to the genre. To top the fact that I've "seen" the film, I saw it the premiere in a theater in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Other than the novelty of getting 3D glasses and a magic-motion sticker on the way, there was little to save this 1983 effort. Believe it or not, this is the plot summary and probably the pitch that was given to sell producers on the concept:

A seeker named Dogen rescues Dhyana after her father is murdered by the evil Jared-Syn. To avenge her father's death, Dogen must find Jared-Syn's hideout in the mysterious "Lost City", but the only person who knows where it is an aging, burned-out seeker named Rhodes. Along the way, they will need to do battle against the hunter Baal and his Cyclopean minions for engaging Jared-Syn in a final encounter.

With soap opera regular Jeffrey Byron in the lead role, it seems that most of the Hollywood establishment found a way to avoid this stinker. Even Kelly Preston's second film role couldn't save this. Richard Moll (aka Bull from Night Court) rounds off the "star power" in this one. Being 15 when this piece of crap came out, I was savvy enough to know how crappy it was, and have used it as a pop culture reference to illuminate all that's wrong with 80's sci-fi film since then.

thinglets: 5 Crazy Sci-Fi Cereal Boxes

As crazy as most cereal boxes are when they introduce characters and mascots, sometimes the non-traditional juxtapositions make for the nuttiest futuristic things you never thought you'd see as part of your cereal box fort.

1) Spock Sugar Smacks

2) C-3POs

3) PEP - The Solar Cereal

4) Quisp

5) E.T.

and as an added bonus... which isn't really sci-fi, but I imagine could get you high!

thinglets: Phasors On Stun... Canadian Sci-Fi Prog 1976

Okay, maybe if you're Canadian, you remember this song and the band who performed it. Maybe you only knew the electric mandolin player, Nash the Slash. I only post this up because of the obvious Star Trek reference and the fact that you didn't, and still don't, see a great many progressive rock DUOS.

Eventually FM would make its way to being a three piece for most of their career. "Phasors on Stun" was a well-known Canadian classic and still holds some huge nostalgia for me today. One of the great things I love about Youtube and the web in general is the ability to haul out old clips like this that would probably never otherwise see the light of day.

Total Geek Rock 76 Style!

thinglets: pulp sci-fi novel art

I don't know why the thinglets of the last couple of days have veered to comics and sci-fi. Maybe it's just my own inner geek getting the better of me. I've always been a fan of pulp fiction (the film too, but the books just the same. In fact it's this affection that drew me to purchase some 30 pulp espionage books over the holidays (some as low as 30 cents each). has posted a neat visual list of some very cool 50s and 60s pulp sci-fi covers... makes me yearn for the used book store.

My fav on the list, probably due to a combination of title and design, is below... kinda reminds me of PixelJunk Eden.

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