Golf balls, some buildings, and even a few works of religious art imitate viruses. Not in a bad way, but in their beauty.
"Maybe you think comics are pictures of people walking and talking and beating each other up. Well, comics are art, which means... new ideas, new innovations." A rarely seen 1978 documentary about the comics business has shown up online for the very first time, and it's must-watch material for folks who want to see some of comics' most important talents in their prime.
This past weekend, the BBC aired Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, a part-drama, part-documentary tribute to mark the death of one of fantasy's most beloved authors. Typically, these sorts of specials about dead celebrities include "talking head" insight from fellow celebrities, but rarely cover the indelible mark left on seas of ordinary fans. Back in Black does, and it's what makes it stand out as a stunning farewell to Pratchett.
The only thing attracting more attention than the US election right now is that harrowing Planet Earth II video showing a recently hatched iguana as it fends off an army of snakes. For those who can't get enough of this clip, BBC Earth has released some new footage of the encounter as it was being filmed.
It's almost the weekend, and that means you should book in another Gizmodo movie night. This week, dive into the trove of documentaries available on Australian streaming services — the one area we are remarkably rich in content. To get you going, here are 15 brilliant documentaries exploring different aspects of humanity and civilisation.
Video: It is damn near impossible to explain the joy that comes from watching Who's Out There, a documentary on aliens made by NASA in 1975 starring real scientists, regular people, and then Orson Welles, pontificating into the camera. I cannot emphasise this enough: Spend half an hour watching this.
Tech mogul and legit crazy person John McAfee is the subject of an upcoming six-part documentary by Spike TV, and I cannot wait.
Yoshida Brewery in northern Japan is a 144-year-old family brewery that makes sake the old-fashioned way. That is, they make sake in a way that preserves a 2000-year-old tradition. Erik Shirai made a beautiful short of the people at Yoshida and the process of making sake in his film The Birth of Sake, and it looks like it will be an incredible watch.
The Moken people in Southeast Asia are known as "Sea Gypsies" because they're a nomadic group of people whose life revolves completely around the ocean. This documentary gives you a glimpse of their life, like how a man can't propose to a woman unless he can make a boat or how love is found in the middle of the sea.
Do you like spies? Do you like Academy Award-winning movies? Then you'll love Citizenfour, the documentary about Edward Snowden that is now streaming online — legally — for free!
Elgin Park is miniature city created and photographed by artist Michael Paul Smith. In a short documentary directed by Danny Yourd, Smith explains how his miniature street scenes went from a nostalgic personal project, to a viral hit online.
A fair number of artists disillusioned with digital are turning to various types of analogue photography these days. In this video produced by Element Skateboards, photographer Brian Gaberman explores the East Coast with some antiquated equipment that produce beautiful results.
Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can — if you have lots of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it's entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don't want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet.