Gravity Trailer

Film clips often make the best trailers. Case in point, this trailer for Gravity.

When used properly, film clips can set the premise of the film and provide a single coherent scene, giving the viewer a chance to not only know the premise prior to seeing the film, but to know the film’s style and overall “feel” as well. Consequently, this trailer has also dispelled all of my childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut.

State of the Word 2013

This year’s State of the Word, sort of the annual address to the WordPress community by co-founder Matt Mullenweg, is now available for viewing (and embedded below).

I highly recommend watching it if you’re interested in the current state and future of WordPress. Some tiny bits worth noting are that 18.9% of the web is now powered by WordPress (up 2.2% from last year), WordPress 3.6 will be released shortly, WordPress 3.7 will be released in October and focus on security and stability, and WordPress 3.8 will be released in December with Matt Mullenweg returning as lead developer taking an experimental plugin-first approach to development.

RWBY: Not Anime Fairy Tales

I have been speculating that RWBY would be an anime-style treatment of popular fairy tales ever since I saw the first trailer. It looks like I’m a bit wrong, but I’m not disappointed at all.

It had seemed that Red would be Red Riding Hood, White would be Snow WhiteBlack would be Belle, and Yellow would be Goldilocks, but there isn’t much connection between the characters and their assumed fairy tale connections, besides obvious inspiration. However, it’s worth noting that the first episode introduces Glynda Goodwitch, who is obviously named after Glinda the Good Witch, and that White’s name is Weiss Schnee, which is German for Snow White.

RWBY premiered last week with a new episode arriving each week. Lack of fairy tale connections aside, RWBY is shaping up to be an awesome series.

Metallica vs. Herbie Hancock

Music mashups are magical things which combined two or more songs into one. It takes a real artist to create a mashup that sounds like it should have actually been a performable piece at some point, especially when combined two entirely different styles, and Master of Doin’ It by Wax Audio is no exception.

Master of Doin’ It combines Master of Puppets from heavy metal legend Metallica with Doin’ It from jazz legend Herbie Hancock into a magically smooth yet edgy masterpiece.