Superman with a GoPro

I'm a firm believer in a free (as a beer and as speech) internet, but I also believe that you should support (directly) the creators that do things you love. That's why I use and recommend platforms like Flattr and Patreon, platforms created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love.

Today I've added another group of creators to my Patreon list, the guys behind the amazing video I'm showing you. I found it thanks to the nice chaps of Gang De Geeks, and five seconds after pushing the play button I was hooked.

That some guys with a small budget could make that reminds me once more that we live in a wonderful time where you can do amazing things like that with some consumer electronics, lots of talent, great ideas and a tight budget.

Speaking of money, the guys behind the project, Corridor Digital, are trying to live from their passion: making these YouTube videos is their full-time job. Everyday they are developing, shooting, and editing videos so that us (The Fans!) can watch them for free. And to help to keep them doing it, they are asking for patronage at Patreon.

So if you want to support the guys posting such amazing videos, add one piece to their bag!

By Horacio Gonzalez

Star Wars - the 80's High School version

Wandering in my Google+ timeline, I stumbled upon a wonderful gallery by Italian artist Denis Medri: Star Wars - the 80's High School version

Denis re-imagine the iconic saga as a 80's High School TV series. The heros and villains are re-thought as teenager students and school faculty.

Star Wars - the 80's High School version

I really love C-3PO and R2-D2 as the nerds!

Star Wars - the 80's High School version

And what to say of Obi Wan and Yoda as teachers? Yoda as sport teacher reminds me of mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid.

Star Wars - the 80's High School version

Denis has also drawn some key scenes of the saga adapted to his new paradigm, as this one with Yoda training Luke.

Star Wars - the 80's High School version

Go see the full Star Wars - the 80's High School version gallery, you will like it!

Found via +Nixie Pixel

By Horacio Gonzalez

Review of my new Baron Fig notebook

In LiB Pens, my blog about pens, inks an papers, I've just posted a review of the Baron Fig notebook.

My Baron Fig notebook

Several months ago, I backed the Baron Fig project on Kickstarter, a humble project that asked for $15,000 to make high quality notebooks for sketchers and writers and got almost $170,000.

And after some waiting, I received my notebook two weeks ago.

My Baron Fig notebook

It's a great notebook, small enough to go everywhere in my bag but big enough to write a lot on it. The paper quality is high, and it's very fountain pen friendly.

More details and pics on LiB Pens.

By Horacio Gonzalez

LEGO Cosplay

I'm not sure if I find it cute or creepy... or both...

LEGO Cosplay

Found via Reddit

By Horacio Gonzalez

Body painting illusions

Thanks to my good friend Guigui, I've discovered the blog of Hikaru Cho, a Japanese graphics art student who does some amazing body painting art.

Body painting illusions by http://www.hikarucho.com/

I've always loved optical illusions, and I find amazing to have them done directly over the body of people. And the ephemeral aspect of her works make it even more interesting.

Body painting illusions by http://www.hikarucho.com/

In her blog you can find a lot of other samples of her wonderful art, it deserves to be seen!

Body painting illusions by http://www.hikarucho.com/

Update: I've just found that Hikaru Cho takes part in the Amnesty International's global campaign 'My Body My Rights'. I love her work for the campaign!

Hikaru Cho akes part in the Amnesty International's global campaign 'My Body My Rights'

By Horacio Gonzalez

A spell checker for Ghost

Maybe the only thing I dislike in Ghost is that the browser spell checker doesn't work with it. I know that many people dislike spell checking, but I like it a lot, specially when writing in a language other than my Spanish mother tongue.

The problem comes from the component used to do the Markdown edit widget, CodeMirror, that it's not recognized by the browser as an editable component. Ghost developers have already said that they are replacing it by a spell checker compatible version soon, so it wasn't a blocking problem for me, but still a minor irritation.

And then I found this sell checker hack for Ghost, a Chrome/Chromium extension that enables us to choose between the native CodeMirror widget, incompatible avec browser spell checker, and the raw text area field behind it that allows using it.

Of course, the extension is open source, and you can find the source code in GitHub. Or directly install the extension from the Chrome Web Store.

I guess that next Ghost version (Ghost 0.5) will eliminate the need for this extension, but until then I have this hack installed in my Chromium browser and I love it!

By Horacio Gonzalez

LEGO Simpsons, a making of

I guess you have already seen lots of pics of the incoming LEGO Simpsons set, one of the most expected sets of LEGO since, well, ever...

LEGO Simpsons house

Today I've found this Google+ post showing some pictures of the creation and design of LEGO Simpsons minifigures.

LEGO Simpsons, a making of

Having done a bit of miniature scupting myself, I find this pic set fascinating. Rather naively, I thought they would sculpt the minifigures in real size, as most miniature manufacures do, not in a bigger scale. I'd love to know more about the process...

LEGO Simpsons, a making of

You can see all the pics in the Google+ post.

By Horacio Gonzalez

ABCDEGeek

Wandering in my Google+ timeline, I stumbled upon this wonderful geek alphabet, the ABCDEGeek:

ABCDEGeek

The author of this ABCDEGeek is Otis Frampton, who is also one of the guys behind the excellent How it should have ended web series. You can buy prints of the full alphabet or only of the individual letters you want at his shop.

Every letter is a tribute to geekdom, I really love his ABCDEGeek alphabet. If I had to choose, I think my favorite one would be "R" is for "Regeneration":

Well, what can I say, I'm ordering a printed version of it to put in my son's room. I'm not sure if my fiancée will agree, but he needs to begin his geekdom education...

By Horacio Gonzalez

Like a repository for my G+ and Twitter posts...

For several months I've been thinking about how to preserve some of my Google+ and Twitter posts and re-shares in a lasting place.

I'd thought about putting them in LostInBrittany.org, my French speaking blog, but as my posts and re-shares are mostly in English, I found it silly to translate them to French to put them there. Even worse, LostInBrittany.org it's under Wordpress and I find it a bit heavy for this utilization.

So having used Ghost since its release (for Playtesting.org and LiBPens), I thought that it was the right platform for this kind of utilization. And having the right domain name in my bag, I decided to create LostInBrittany.com, my general purpose blog in English.

Let's see how does it fare...

By Horacio Gonzalez