Ask any nerd what the greatest lightsaber fight of all time is and they will tell you to check out the “Ryan Vs. Dorkman” fan films. Nerds. Master choregraphers.
There are three videos here Ryan vs. Dorkman, Ryan vs. Dorkman 2, and the most recent film is Ryan vs. Brandon. The first two became pretty popular and received attention for there intensity. Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 was actually named #2 in Time magazines top 10 best fan films of all time. Ryan vs. Brandon ended up winning theforce.net’s third Lightsaber Choreography Competition.
LucasFilm thought these fan films were so awesome that Wieber was offered a job. Doing what? I dunno. I was just told he got a job with LucasFilm. How cool is that? Makes you think the same can happen to you. Only probably is, you are so not as talented as these guys. Watch the three lightsaber battles below and tell me otherwise.
I’ve actually met these guys, they’re pretty awesome. They say the #1 tip in staging your own lighsaber battle is to “Look eye. Always look eye”. Yes, they pulled a Mr. Miyagi quote on me. They say the worst thing in fan lighsaber battles is when the moves are telegraphed by persons eyes looking in the direction of the next move that is coming up. The eyes and hands are going into move ‘B’ when move ‘A’ hasn’t been finished yet. Lock eyes and let the moves flow smoothly. Just something to think about next time you and your friends play make believe.
When we saw some games that will be coming out for the Kinect back in E3, we saw a potential Star Wars game. The only thing the demonstration of that video showed was how you could use the force to fight your enemy, it didn’t really show much lightsaber action.
Not even a month has passed since the motion camera’s release, we have a video of the Kinect recognizing a wooden stick and displaying it as a lightsaber. With OpenKinect, OpenCV, image processing and tracking, the Kinect was able to do this. Sure, the Kinect is suppose to be about not using a controller or anything but it just wouldn’t feel right not holding anything in your hands (insert hand job joke here) if one wants control the lightsaber the way they want it to.
If anything, the Star Wars kid should do a remake of his original video with this technology and I’m sure magic will be created.
A quick recap for our new and/or stoned readers… A company called Wicked Lasers became an internet sensation with the creation of real working ligtsaber (read about it here). Ol’ George Lucas himself caught wind of this monster and was none to happy, so LucasFilm slapped the boys at Wicked with a cease and desist letter (read about that here). Essentially cockblocking us all. We were so close friends, but in my sadness I digress. Wicked Lasers being the awesome mother fuckers that they are have put up the original cease and desist letter they received from LucasFilm for sale on eBay. Smart boys, got to have some way to pay the lawyers. Last we checked the auction was up to $585 with four days to go.(LINK!) The item description reads;
Up for grabs is the original, authentic Lucasfilm Ltd. Cease & Desist letter sent to Wicked Lasers in response to their new 1W Arctic 445nm laser.
The term “Danderman” is found on the footer of select pages which leads us to conclude that this document is from the desk of David Anderman himself.
Law.com describes David as the “enforcer of Lucasfilm’s worldwide intellectual property.”
While we hope that Lucasfilm reconsiders their position and merit, we are prepared to defend the rights of our customers and those of the laser industry.
Someone PLEASE buy this. We’ll update you in four days and let you know what the final selling price is. If any of our readers ends up the lucky winner contact us, we’ll have a few questions for you! Show your support by becoming a fan of Wicked Lasers as well as the Lasers for Liberty Campaign on Facebook. While you’re over at the book of face don’t forget about your favorite NerdBastards!
Son of a bitch! As you may know we posted a few weeks back that a company called Wicked Lasers has manufactured a real working lightsaber, well as it turns out George Lucas and his attorneys were none to thrilled with the idea of a (and I’m quoting Wicked Lasers here) product that the creator refers to as “the most dangerous laser ever created” and that “extremely dangerous is an understatement.”
So guess who got a cease and desist letter (also known as a cockblock)?
Earlier this week, Wicked Lasers released photos and information regarding the “Pro Arctic Laser,” a product designed to resemble the famous lightsaber hilt from the Star Wars Saga. Described by Wicked Lasers as “the most dangerous laser ever created,” the product description goes on to say that “extremely dangerous is an understatement.”
Lucasfilm’s General Counsel David Anderman had this response:
“It has come to our attention that a company called Wicked Lasers is selling a highly dangerous product out of Hong Kong that is designed to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars. This product is not licensed or approved by Lucasfilm in any way. We have demanded that Wicked Lasers immediately cease and desist their infringing activities. As Wicked Lasers itself admits, this product can cause serious injury to the user and other people. We strongly discourage consumers from purchasing it.”
No where on the actual site does it say the word ‘lightsaber’, but to any Nerd it’s fairly obvious that’s what they were going for. I say let’s hurry and buy one, before we get blue balls.
My pants are having trouble containing the imaginary boner I have. Oh. My. God. The geniuses at Wicked Lasers have crafted the closest thing to a real lightsaber we have ever seen.For this beauty, better known as the Spyder III Pro Arctic how much would you expect to pay? $1,000?… 1,000,000?…YOUR FIRST BORN?!?!?!? The crazy bastards behind this beast are charging TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS for it. THAT’S IT! 200 bucks. Hang out after the jump for all the info and a direct link to purchase…… (more…)
I had countless of conversations of what my friends and I would do if we had the force and other superhero powers. We may have come up with some lame things to do, such as give someone a wedgie that is 20 ft. away from us and unhook chicks bras off. Immature maybe, but you can’t argue the fact that it’s easy to abuse power when you have it. The folks known as freddiew on YouTube made a video showing just a few things you can do when having Jedi powers and I could totally see a few of my friends, and sadly me included, would be doing this. Anyways, check out the vid and also comment on what ya’ll would do if ya had Jedi powers. Would you be a jerk with it or actually do some good with it.
You, dear readers, are crazy. No, seriously. You search for batshit-insane things and somehow decide that heading to Nerdbastards instead a poop-porn site is the best course of action. I have a dirty mind, but goodness, you guys frighten me. (more…)
When you go to college, you do so with the understanding that you’ll have to take hours and hours of sleep-inducing history and math classes. But did you know that there are courses that not only are interesting, but that also encourage your nerdosity? Below, check out 7 college courses that help you get your geek on.
Set your Tivos — lightsaber technology will be the focus of the premiere episode of a new series on the Science Channel tomorrow, Dec. 1.
The new show, “Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible,” debuts tomorrow and aims to explain the cool stuff from science-fiction movies in a way that nerds and non-nerds alike may understand. In the premiere episode, Dr. Michio Kaku, the author of Physics of the Impossible, attempts to build a lightsaber. I hope he has the right kind of focusing crystal, lest everything go awry.
In the episode, Kaku also explains how a portal from Stargate might be created.
Grab yourself a Mountain Dew, take a piss while your up, come back and plant your butt down. When you get all nice and settled we’d like you to behold nerdbastards list of the Most Iconic Movie Weapons! We’ve kept this list isolated to hand-held weapons because fictional WMD’s would be a whole other list entirely. We are pretty confident that we have listed every noteworthy gun, sharp object and everything in between. The list is in no particular order but it is a definitive layout of the most recognizable weapons in cinematic history. Our thought process here was nothing special, in fact it was simple. If you had to struggle to think about a weapon then it shouldn’t be considered to be in the pantheon of most memorable.
Will you agree with our choices? Maybe. Will you be up at arms with what we didn’t list? We‘re expecting pitch forks and torches. Even if you don’t agree with us and think our list is complete shit we’ve included a few fun facts to ensure that you will have walked away with a modicum of enjoyment.(more…)