Weta's Animation Boss Talks About The CGI Of The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug

As animation supervisor at Weta Digital, Dave Clayton knows a thing or two about creating virtual worlds. To celebrate the launch of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on DVD and Blu-ray, we had a quick chat with Dave about some of the work he’s done with Weta.


HBO's Amazon Deal Confirms It's Not Only Aussies Getting Screwed For Game Of Thrones

So this week Amazon Prime (a US-only streaming service) announced a deal to offer programs from HBO that had previously only been available as legal digital content stateside on HBO Go (a US-only streaming service). Why does this matter in Australia? Because it reminds us that being screwed over in terms of how we can access Game Of Thrones is not something that just happens here.


Spotify Asks Band To Take Down Scam Album, Band Responds Hilariously

Last month, we told you about Vulfpeck’s ironic Spotify record, Sleepify, which was completely silent and designed to raise money for the funk band’s tour. Well, Spotify finally got around to responding to the band’s attempted scam. They’re not happy about it!


Scientifically Accurate SpongeBob Is Hilariously Disgusting

After getting sucked on and eaten by his best friend Patrick Star, scientifically accurate SpongeBob Squarepants as imagined by ADHD is destined for a life of cleaning dishes. That caps a hilariously sad life of basically being immobile at the bottom of the ocean with “friends” who are killer creatures.


This Insane Interactive Album Shows You Every Single Note

Electronic music duo George and Jonathan dropped their new record, III, overnight in the form of an interactive website that shows you a visualisation of every single note that’s played on the record. It’s hypnotic.


What Was Inside The Briefcase And Other Obscure Pulp Fiction Facts

We all know that Quentin Tarantino steals all his plots from other movies, ripping off scene after scene, and recombining them into silver nitrate milkshakes. But I enjoyed Pulp Fiction anyway. If you did too, you’ll like these nine factoids — which include the real contents of Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase.


2500 Flaming Gas Burners Make This One Awesome Audio Visualiser

Remember Winamp’s wonderful audio visualisers? They let you see your music through trippy ever-evolving patterns, but they couldn’t hold a flame to this Pyro Board, which trades animations for a glowing grid of flames produced by 2500 gas burners. Awesome first, safety second.


Why Spoiling Game Of Thrones Is Not As Heinous A Crime As You Might Think

We’re three episodes into the fourth season of Game of Thrones now. That’s enough time for regular watchers of the show to have settled back into their regular Monday night watching schedules, avoiding spoilers in the afternoon (if they want to).

If you do happen to run across a spoiler or two before you watch the show, though, it’s not the end of the world.


Video: Look How Close Blue Angels Fighter Jets Fly Together

Absurd. Like, seriously. Look at this fleet of Blue Angels jet planes fly in a perfect pattern in a practice session. The flight pattern they were practicing, I’m assuming here, is called “Let’s get these flying metal beasts as close as possible so that one inch of a mistake will kill us all”. The wing of one plane is right on top of the cockpit of the other. Nuts, these guys.


Rumour: Danny Boyle To Direct Steve Jobs Movie With Leonardo Di Caprio

The Hollywood Reporter claims that producers are tapping up Danny Boyle and Leonardo di Caprio to take on the the latest in a string of Steve Jobs flicks. Rumour has it that the director of Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and the London Olympics opening ceremony is to take on the movie after Aaron Sorkin’s pal David Fincher — you saw his work on The Social Network – reportedly bowed out.