This Week on the Web is chock full of nutty goodness, starting with a whole host of new trailers (Thor, Batman: Arkham City, Fast and the Furious Five, Pirates of the Caribbean , and The Rite), a crazy base jumping future inmate, molten ice, an offer for a free copy of the Necronomicon (get eaten first!), the new Google Chrome OS machine, a bunch of bah and humbug, cute animals, gay rights, child marriage, and more!
Thor: God of Thunder trailer: If you’ve ever wanted to watch Thor fight a Balrog, this is your chance. Also: “victory or Valhalla” is a pretty metal catch phrase.
Batman: Arkham City trailer: I’m not a gamer (and I don’t even own a console this would run on), but I would watch the hell out of this movie.
Jon Favreau is out of Iron Man 3: Ah well, at least we got 1 1/2 good movies.
An interview with Tron: Legacy director Joe Kosinski: I absolutely love
Olivia Wilde the visuals in this movie. (via Slashdot)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides trailer: I’ve got mixed feelings about this one, but I’m cautiously optimistic.
Trailer for the Anthony Hopkins exorcism trailer The Rite: Demonic possession and Vatican priests with touch-tables? Sign me up!
New Dredd helmet photos: That… sure is a helmet.
More concept art from the aborted Tim Burton / Nic Cage Superman: Looking at these images, I can safely say that this movie would have been unmitigated shit.
Test footage of the above-mentioned Superman suit: Unmitigated. Shit.
Watch the Metrodome collapse from the inside: This is pretty damn awesome. If you look close, you can see a guy scurrying to get the hell out of there when the whole thing starts coming down. (via Bibliotech)
Crazy Guy BASE Jumps off Bridge to Escape Arrest: Well, it might be better to say he base jumped in order to get arrested, since the cop didn’t seem particularly interested in taking him to jail if he’d just get off the damn bridge, but still. (via Gizmodo)
Giant ice volcano once spewed molten ice: Yeah, you read that right. Molten. Ice. I weep for our species. (via Kevin Galvin)
On the road with the new Google Tablet: Executive summary: the software is amazing, but the (prototype) hardware is terrible. Which is almost certainly why Google isn’t releasing this yet; I’m about 99% certain that they will have this all worked out by launch time. (via Bibliotech)
Neuroscientists create the first brain-controlled powered exoskeleton : One step closer to Iron Man armor.
New mathematical model shows “plenty of time” for evolution: I’ve actually seen models similar to this in the past, almost a decade ago, but this is still an important lesson on how evolution works. Not that it will matter to anyone that still thinks the earth is six thousand years old. (via Roger Ebert)
New model of the universe has no Big Bang, no beginning, and no end: This is why we can trust science; a guy can walk up to the table, say “I think everything you’ve taught for the last fifty years is dead wrong”, and still get a polite listen, if he can back up what he’s saying with reason and evidence. (via Derek Francisco)
Pastor hangs an elf in effigy: In an effort to fight back against the commercialization of Christmas, this
German(?) Danish pastor has embarked on a quest to show the world that he is batshit insane.
Duck Family vs. Strong Wind Your weekly dose of squee. (via AJ Wiswell)
Hedgepig mittens: Your supplemental dose of squee. (via AJ Wiswell)
Corgis playing in the snow: In case you haven’t quite met the USDA recommended dose of squee. Also: I’m starting to get the impression that The Girlfriend wants a corgi. (via AJ Wiswell)
Hedgepigs taking baths: So. Much. Squee. (via John Taylor Crayton)
AIDS breakthrough: this man may have been cured of AIDS: Berlin doctors are reporting that a stem cell transplant has transfered HIV immunity into a previously infected man, which in turn drove the virus out of his body. If this is true, it’s amazing. (via i09)
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed: Let’s start this weeks politics and religion off with something positive. Also, let’s give credit where credit is due: to the eight Republicans who crossed the aisle and voted in favor of human rights and decency: Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mark Kirk of Illinois, George Voinovich of Ohio, Richard Burr of North Carolina, John Ensign of Nevada and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine.
Unfortunately, it’s all down hill from here.
Jon Stewart to Republicans: you don’t get to exploit 9/11 anymore: I’m continually amazed that the only reliable news anchor in the country is on Comedy Central. Full clip here. (via Godless Girl)
House Republicans block Child Marriage Prevention Act: That’s right, folks. The Republican party is now the party of child rape. Family values my white ass.
Study confirms that Fox News makes you stupid: The study shows that Fox fans are significantly more likely to hold factually wrong beliefs that people who get their news from another source. Or: Fox lies. I know, you’re shocked. (via Mike Favata)
Glenn Beck hates a study that suggests intelligent people are more likely to be atheists: At least he made sure to suggest we want to murder Republican babies. It wouldn’t be a Glenn Beck show without the threat of murdered babies.
The Physics of Terror: Aaron Clauset takes a fascinating look at the mathematics of terror: when, how, and how successfully terrorist groups strike, using historical data to build predictive models. The best way to study (and combat) terrorism is with cold, detached logic, so I’m sure his funding will be cut by someone blathering about evil Muslims. (via Slashdot)
The Divine Life of Animals: When I read something like this, I want to shoot myself for not being published yet. Jesus.