NASA Is Giving Away Free Retro Space Posters & They’re Glorious

From Earth itself, to the far reaches of Kepler-186f, NASA has released an amazing artisan series of sci-fi posters depicting a retro-styled promotions found typically from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Created last year by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the posters, known as The Exoplanet Travel Bureau Poster Series, NASA/JPL strive to advance the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality.

With taglines such as “Relax on Kepler-16b: The land of two suns—where your shadow always has company” and “Ceres: Queen of the Asteroid Belt”, you won’t be disappointed. We certainly aren’t!

The posters are completely free to download from the NASA/JPL website found here.

This Compilation of Simpson Movie Tributes Will Blow Your Mind

Everyone knows “The Simpsons”. Since 1989, the show has been a staple in almost every household across North America. Currently in its 27th season, we can safely say that the Simpsons have done nearly everything. From amazing song compilations (“See My Vest” being our personal favourite), to cliffhangers that had you on the edge of your seat (Who Killed Mr. Burns), the Simpsons have carved a path for numerous other television series to follow.

One awesome aspect of the Simpsons has been their ability to seamlessly incorporate famous movie scenes into their shows. Just how many have they done? There might just be too many to count, but Celia Gómez (on Vimeo as cgmzz) has done her best to feature the top ones in this amazing compilation video.

Vans’ New Nintendo Collection Is Kickin’ It Old School

For those of you who like to wear your geek hearts on your sleeve, now you can wear them on your feet, too! Vans Sneakers recently announced its new collaboration with Nintendo, and it’s as awesome as you can imagine. From Donkey Kong to Duck Hunt, Mario to Zelda, these shoes showcase some of Nintendo’s most loved games.

The collection is scheduled for release this June, and we’ll be running to pick up a pair.

Guest Blogger: Rachel Gibson
via: Sole Collector

EGLX – New Expo In Toronto Posed To Be A Gamers Paradise In Future Years

This past weekend, GeekPortal visited the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, held at the International Centre in Toronto/Mississauga. In it’s first official year, EGLX boasted a large array in indie game developers, tournaments and vendors.

For the first year of EGLX, the expo held some exciting vendors in new age technology. The Minecraft & Microsoft booths were open concept, letting quite a few people play with the tech together. We were really impressed with Minecrafts virtual sandbox that was not only fun to play with, but educates kids on how maps define different levels of elevation from sea level to mountain ranges. Some of the other new tech vendors were a bit of a miss. The line-ups to try the Oculus Rift & Vive were very long and unfortunately the people running them were letting individuals try the gear on for 15-20 minutes at a time. With only one set of each in action, many people left the line bitterly disappointed due to the long wait time for these immersive experiences. We felt that it might have been better to have a few more headsets available to help with the hefty lineups.

1

The Canadian indie developers really stole the show in our opinion, with games ranging from 4 player local coop to solitary adventures. A few co-op games that really stood out for us were Arrow Heads by Odd Bird Studio, and Auto Age: Standoff by Phantom Compass, both had great game concepts and nice graphics. Solitary games that had us mesmerized included such as Lost Orbit by PixelNAUTS, and Pixel Jones by Hardcircle looked absolutely amazing.

20160501_144601

The vendors that were attending were top notch, from chain mail to props, even uniquely designed diorama artwork, like the store Glitch. They were all impressed with the amount of room they had to showcase their work. Unfortunately, since it was the first year for EGLX, there weren’t many vendors, so they were placed sporadically throughout the event, making shopping a bit more difficult as there seemed to be no designated areas specifically for shops. We had to work our way through twice in order to see everything, as we missed areas the first time around.

We did spend a good deal of time at the Extra Life, a charity foundation that unites thousands of people through a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It was nice to see charities getting involved in gaming to make fundraising more entertaining.

20160501_143748

Now, we don’t want to miss out on the gamer competitions, from computer based gaming, to console. We can safely say that EGLX blew us out of the water with how organized and detailed their gaming competitions were. From Dota2 & League of Legends to CoD:Black Ops III and Street Fighter V, it was really great to see such a wide variety of tournaments offered. Sunday’s Super Smash Bros. was our favourite to watch as the crowd surrounding the players was very engaged, excited and loud!

2EGLX seemed more geared in general towards console gamers, so we would love to see more boardgame areas and more computer-related gaming tech (although we were really happy to see ASUS & MSI). In general though, the EGLX is a really solid show. Being it’s first year there are still a few things that could be improved, but it’s set the bar high for new expos and we cannot wait to go next year.

New Star Trek Series To Be Filmed In Toronto

Are you a trekkie or know someone who is? It’s time to celebrate then, as the latest Star Trek series is set to begin filming in Toronto. Originally, it was slated to be produced in Los Angeles, but recent reports have confirmed the switch to Toronto for yet-to-be-titled show.

This will follow Star Trek Beyond as only the second production in the franchise’s history to be ever be film outside of the United States. There are little details about the new series as of yet, but rumours have it that the first season will be set in a timeline between the Undiscovered Country and The Next Generation. The show is set to air in January 2017, so filming will begin very soon!

via BlogTO

Mashups of Marvelous Clone Troopers

We’re always on the lookout for cool and new mashups from talented artists. Unique ones seem to be quite hard to find nowadays.

With that said, we lucked out by stumbling up Jon Bolerjack, a professional inker in Los Angeles, who has come up with some really neat Marvel/Star Wars mashups of Clone troopers that have us smiling and wanting a lot more!


Jon Bolerjack3Jon Bolerjack2Jon Bolerjack4 Jon Bolerjack5 Jon Bolerjack6

 

Run! It’s Godzilla!

Everyone’s favourite reptilian monster is back! Japanese film company Toho has released the new trailer for Godzilla Resurgence and it’s terrifyingly awesome.


Destruction and chaos, what’s not to love? The reboot will depict Godzilla at its largest size yet – a monstrous 118.5 metres in height.

Godzilla Resurgence is scheduled for release in Japan on July 29, 2016. We wait with bated atomic breath.

Via: Shin Godzilla
Guest Blogger: Rachel Gibson

Doctor Who Fans, Are You Ready for Class?

Exciting news, Whovians! BBC Three has announced new details about the upcoming show Class, a Doctor Who spin-off scheduled to air later this year. The creation of YA author Patrick Ness, Class will take place at Coal Hill School of original Doctor Who fame. Included in the announcement is this teaser that has us eager awaiting more:

“Time has looked at your faces now. And time never forgets…” What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor? What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide? But what if the things that want to kill you have tracked you down? And worst of all, what if you haven’t studied for your A-Levels…?

class

The actors of the class include; (L to R)  Vivian Oparah, Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins, Fady Elsayed, and Katherine Kelly.

Class will follow the lives of four students during their time at Coal Hill School, a place where the walls of time and space have become thin and something evil lurks. BBC Three describes the series as fresh, funny, and dark, while Steven Moffatt, the show’s Executive Producer, states, “I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy – it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”

And with that said, allons-y!

via: BBC
Guest Author: Rachel Gibson

Augmented Reality FTW! Microsoft’s Hololens Begins Shipping.

On March 30th, Microsoft started shipping out their HoloLens development kits to qualified developers in the United States and Canada who preordered them last month. With these kits, developers can create and deploy Microsoft’s incredibly realistic holograms. It’s a really cool concept if you can afford to dish out the $3,000 for one.

Included in the kit is the uber cool Galaxy Explorer Project, an app that showcases HoloLens features by visualizing planetary bodies. Seriously, who can say no to space?

Announced as the first fully untethered holographic computer, the Hololens will allow users to interact with high-definition holograms projected onto the real world through a series of user gestures, voice, and glances.

HoloLens still has some ways to go before a full commercial release, but Microsoft is making sure that it reaches the right developers, including universities and even NASA to ensure that this becomes a reality in the very near future for all consumers.

via TheVerge

Doing what you love without caring what others think. Let your geek flag fly!

%d bloggers like this: