Sci-Fi-O-Rama returns with a quick feature on a rather special Tumblr known simply as ‘UI BAKA‘.
Originating from ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’ this Tumblr celebrates the art of sci-fi interfaces with a particular slant towards Japanese Anime, something we’ve shamefully rarely covered.
So what to expect? Well all things bright and beautiful of course, and in this case that’s glowing wire spheres, rippling sine waves, flickering binaries and a large dollop of a targeting reticles.
Indeed whatever the incandescent element, and no matter the function, as long as somethings spins or pulses, it works.
Here’s something I’ve not featured for a while, a bandwidth-crunching animated GIF!
This frenzied loop is ripped from Neill Blomkamp’s magnificent “District 9” (2009), for my money the best all-round, accessible Sci-Fi flick since Jim Cameron’s “Aliens” (1986). The great thing about District 9 is that it’s a Sci-fi film that spans way beyond the confines of just one genre, it’s an absolutely fascinating blend of docudrama, social commentary, cutting-edge Sci-fi, and (sporadic) breakneck action – add to this the very finest Peter’s Jackson “Splatterhouse” FX then lace with wry black humour – superb! I also think a very good indicator of its greatness is the fact that most of my friends enjoyed it, and (unlike myself) most of them aren’t geeks!
I’ll say nothing about the featured footage, just in case you’ve still not seen it! anyway you should – available at Amazon http://bit.ly/bwBWiO << treat yourself to the Blu-Ray I reckon....
An animation of the sun, seen by NASA’s Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) over the course of 6 days, starting June 27, 2005. (Courtesy of SOHO/EIT consortium).
Image featured from “The Sun – The Big Picture” part of a jaw-dropping set of images via boston.com
Full link: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/10/the_sun.html
Here’s something I spotted on FFFFound a while back and bookmarked. Super freaky techno-spiritualism! courtesy of Brasilian Illustrator / Artist Bruno 9li (AKA Bruno Novelli) – this character an off-the-wall, underwater mix of Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock, Shiva and erm Tron! Not just a great style, but also a great demonstration of how even with just a few frames it’s possible to breathe life into an Illustration via the simple medium of an animated GIF loop – clever stuff indeed!
See much more of Bruno’s random and chaotic style’s at : http://www.bruno9li.com check out the videos section too!
Also of interest: a quick flick through of his book ‘Agora Eterno’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3p61kz2T8Y alas this seems a little hard to get hold of? is out of print?
Another example of early CGI, this time taken from Star Trek 2 “The Wrath of Khan” (Directed: Nicholas Meyer, 1982).
“Wrath of Khan’s” opening chapter starts with the infamous “Kobayashi Maru” simulation, from which this mechanical (and slightly trippy) Bridge-Screen visual is taken… Wicked film, with plenty of great quotes and the usual overacting, It’s generally regarded as best in the series, and it’s also probably the most accessible to non-Trekkies.
Read more about it here: www.imdb.com/title/tt0084726/ and here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wrath_of_Khan check the trailer here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UJTi7KJPx_E