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Who’s game for another awesome coffee table?
I did not finish the original Tron movie. It took me even less time to decide I didn’t really feel like watching the more recent remake. I realize that could be considered blasphemy by some, but each to his own, right?
That is not to say that I do not find the visual aspects – at least what I have seen – of the modern Tron. With the contrast of dark shades a neon lights, who can’t help but be mesmerized? And, if, unlike me, you are passionate about Tron, you will admire what xLunchboxxx (Redditor, are you surprised?) has made with his hands: a DIY Tron coffee table.
From this piece of wood – well pieces of wood put together – and a little bit of tinkering with LED bulbs and wires, the DIY-er crafted a very eye catching piece of furniture.
Feast your eyes on the DIY Tron coffee table in all its lit up glory.
I am pretty sure some of you will be wanting to give the DIY Tron coffee table a try. Unfortunately, there aren’t any step-by-step instructions on how to go about it. Still, you can look at xLunchboxxx’s photo gallery and maybe figure it out. Alternatively, get in touch with the guy himself over at Reddit. He shares some details, and he’ll get back to you for sure.
In the meantime, check out this fully functional Nintendo controller coffee table.
Some people have the knack of being the life of the party or throwing parties that guests keep talking about in the months after. Then there are those who like throwing parties, but could use some help in making their events livelier. Nothing worse than a party where everyone sits or stands uncomfortably trying to find something to do!
The guys at io9 have the perfect solution for situations like the one described above – drinking games based on notable sci-fi themes. ((Source: io9)) Just like them, I am going to say outright that I am not promoting irresponsible drinking. ;)
Remember guys, it’s not all about the alcohol – it’s the theme behind the game. ((Right.)) So here are my top picks from their list.
How to play? Simple instructions from the article:
For three or more players. Pop in a copy of Tron or Tron Legacy. Players must drink Four Loko (or Joose or Mad Dog 20/20 or Cisco or whatever neon-hued alcopop doesn’t make you retch) whenever a character…
2.) Boards some form of vehicular transport.
3.) Volleys back a disc.
4.) Drinks some digital liquid at The End of Line Club (Tron Legacy only).
If you don’t drink alcopop, make your own brightly colored drink. I choose strawberry or blue margaritas! (This might mean taking a only couple of sips each time instead of downing the entire glass, though.)
Hello, Sarah Connor?
This game is only for those who are feeling really silly and are willing to take the risk of getting in trouble. It is highly recommended that you play this game only if you are already buzzed. Or maybe you shouldn’t play it at all. Instructions:
For three or more players. Every player starts with a beer. Open the yellow pages and call each and every John Connor, Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese, Edward Furlong, or Marcus Wright on speakerphone while speaking in a Styrian accent. Keep them on the line while reading verbatim from a 1991 Radio Shack catalogue. For every 20 seconds you keep them on the line, do not drink 1/4 of your beer.
I understand that you might not have a 1991 Radio Shack catalogue lying around, but I am sure you can find a good enough alternative. Now I have a feeling that customer service agents or outbound sales agents will trump everyone else in this game!
Are you a Cylon?
For 6 or more players. This is more or less a standard game of handshake murder but with several exceptions.
First off, everyone carries a coffee mug full of their favorite hooch, Saul Tigh-style. Second, whenever you “die,” you must pound whatever’s in your cup. Finally, if you have slept with the person who’s revealed to be “the Cylon,” you must slug another cup.
More than playing Cylons, the fact that you can have whatever drink you prefer makes this the perfect party game.
Anyone up for some drinks this weekend?
Clearly, something about the Tron: Legacy aesthetic clicked for a lot of people. Since the movie’s release — heck, since way before that, even — CG artists, sketchers, and painters have been putting the Tron spin on cartoon characters, superheroes, video game characters, and much more.
Here’s an exhaustive collection of more than 60 fictional/pop culture characters who’ve been TRONned, and to the best of my knowledge, these are 100% fan-made. The list ranges from the obvious (Star Wars + Tron = no-brainer), to the obscure (My Little Pony? seriously?), but I’m sure many of my finds will surprise you. There’s no accounting for taste, which I suppose is why there are three different versions of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.
I present to you, the ultimate compilation of fictional characters who have entered the Grid, along with some who sport the old-school Tron look as well. They’re in alphabetical order, because that’s how I roll.
The Arbiter (Halo)
Altair & Ezio (Assassin’s Creed)
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Batman (DC Comics)
Batman (Christian Bale movies)
Battle Droids (Star Wars)
Big Daddy (BioShock)
Boba Fett (Star Wars)
Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story)
Probably my favorite. [Source]
Captain America (Marvel Comics)
Darth Vader (Star Wars)
The most inevitable entry on this list. The only thing surprising about it is that this was the only one I could find; I expected there to be more. [Source]
The Flash (DC Comics)
Love the 3D texturing on this one. Very well done. [Source]
Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz)
Not sure why there’s a mix of the old-school and Legacy aesthetics on this one. [Source]
Geth (Mass Effect)
Green Lantern (DC Comics)
Hercules (Disney animated film)
Hiccup & Toothless #1 (How to Train Your Dragon)
Hiccup & Toothless & friends #2 (How to Train Your Dragon)
Iron Man (Marvel Comics)
Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Jasmine #1 (Aladdin)
Jasmine #2 (Aladdin)
Jasmine #3 (Aladdin)
Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
I think this is the only female entry that’s done as Gem instead of Quorra or Yori. Which is appropriate for a temptress like Jessica. [Source]
Link (The Legend of Zelda)
The manliest Link has looked in like, ever. [Source]
Loki (Marvel Comics)
Mad Hatter (Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland)
Magneto (Marvel Comics)
Love the detail of the floating discs, but it’s a little hard to see Magneto as threatening when he’s wearing pink. [Source]
Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
Mario (Super Mario Bros.)
Megamind (Dreamworks animated film)
I was very surprised to be unable to find an Optimus Prime. Seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? [Source]
Michael Jackson (Thriller)
Okay, so not a fictional character. Unless you count the zombie he played in the “Thriller” music video. [Source]
Mon Calamari (Star Wars)
Mulan (Disney animated film)
My Little Pony
Naruto (Naruto Shippuden)
Fun fact: my wife is convinced that when the voice-over guy on Disney XD says “Naruto Shippuden,” he’s really saying “not until she pooted.” Hear it once, and you’ll never hear it any other way. [Source]
Pinnochio (Disney animated film)
Pocahontas (Disney animated film)
I like how this one uses the light patterns as Native American-ish symbols and tattoos. [Source]
Power Girl (DC Comics)
Santa Claus #1
Santa Claus #2 (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Scott Pilgrim (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World)
Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
Stitch (Lilo & Stitch)
It’s like Stitch’s evil twin. Creepy. [Source]
Stormtrooper (Star Wars)
Superman #1 (DC Comics)
Superman #2 (DC Comics)
Venom (Marvel Comics)
WALL-E (Disney/Pixar animated film)
Wolverine (Marvel Comics)
Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
X-23 (Marvel Comics)
Yoda (Star Wars)
Think you’ve got geek cred? These ten pairs of custom sneakers — celebrating everything from The Dark Knight to Xbox 360 — will prove you wrong.
Disney XD has released a first trailer for TRON: Uprising, its upcoming animated series based on TRON: Legacy.
Personally, I was surprised to find out that the series — which stars an eclectic voice cast that includes Elijah Wood, Lance Henrikssen, Mandy Moore, Paul Ruebens, and Bruce Boxleitner — takes place before Legacy, and not after it. Uprising follows a resistance leader named Beck, who tries to free his home and friends from CLU. Beck gets his training from Tron, and eventually even takes on the Tron “mantle” to rally the enemies of CLU. (I’m guessing he’s not all that successful, since CLU goes on to be the villain of Legacy.)
TRON: Uprising is set to be a 10-episode series that airs Summer 2012. It’s being produced by the director and writers of the film, along with Samurai Jack producer Charlie Bean. Production is being handled by Disney‘s own TV animation arm.
We all have that one person in our lives who’s just impossible to shop for. If you’re facing that eternal conundrum (what do you get for the person who has everything?), and money is no object… have I got the thing for you!
You’re looking at a real-life, actually-works, street-legal Tron Lightcycle, based on the cycles from Tron Legacy. One assumes that the trailing ribbon of energy is not included, but in every other way, this is as close to the real deal as you’ll ever get. And it’ll set you back a mere $55,000.
Made by Parker Brothers Custom Choppers in Florida, these Lightcycle replicas are made with a steel frame, fiberglass body, a Suzuki TLR1000 V-twin engine, and a custom-made friction drum for braking. And get this: for your speedometer, gas gauge, and other stats, you can get it with either standard motorcycle gauges or an iPad display.
The thing weighs 474 pounds, measures almost 8.5 feet and 2 feet wide. And as for riding it, you sort of lay forward on it, nearly completely horizontal, at almost 2 and a half feet off the ground. It maxes out at 120mph. (One of Parker Bros’ bikes has been used by Disney to promote the film at hands-on events like Comic-Con, and Playboy used one for its recent Tron-inspired shoot.)
Parker Bros’ website mentions that they’re also working on a “Negative Lightcycle” version for sometime in the future, which I assume means they’ll invert the color palette. In the meantime, you’d better act fast if you want one of the originals; only 10 of these bad boys were made, and 6 of them have already been sold.
The modern Christmas tree is more than a thing to put presents under. It’s a representation of your tastes, your hobbies, even your personality. Mash up some wildly outside-the-box creativity with the kind of devotion that only a geek can have, and you get some amazingly awesome Christmas trees.
Such a perfect marriage, it’s a wonder no one’s done it before. It’s all the more impressive when you zoom in and see just how simple it was to make out of ordinary household items like a laundry basket and a plunger. By Lindsay Testolin.
Okay, so technically these aren’t lightsabers — they’re flourescent light bulbs. But you know you thought “lightsabers” when you saw it, too. By Gareth Pugh.
At first pass, this tree looks like it came straight out of the old-school Grid from the original Tron. But zoom in and you’ll see that these rows of lights are just that: lights still inside their plastic holders that they come in when you buy ’em. Very clever. By Richard Whittaker.
Hard Drive Tree
They may look like CDs, but these are really old hard drives, repurposed as a shiny, metal Christmas tree. It took 70 hard drives to create. By Trigger.
Straight from this year’s Christmas display at Legoland in San Diego, this is reportedly the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree. It stands 30 feet tall and was made using 245,000 green Duplo-sized bricks. It’s decorated with over 240 LEGO ball ornaments, and real lights.
Made using a huge Tesla coil and a long photo exposure, it’s not technically the exact shape of a Christmas tree (the traditional triangular pine), but it’s still wicked cool. Even more impressive are all of the different colors that electricity addict Peter from Australia managed to create with it, which you can see more of on his website.
Old Computer Parts Tree
What better use for old computer parts like keyboards, motherboards, mice, and chipsets could there be than to paint them red and attach them to a wagon? By Sunny Brook.
By now, I’ll be more surprised if you haven’t already seen this popular Pac-Man inspired Christmas tree from Madrid. It’s been a yearly installation for a while now. But it’s still awesome. Photo by Antonio Garcia Rodriguez.
This one’s for my son, who’s obsessed with all things Cars. It took one devoted parent to create this spiral, winding ramp and fill it with Pixar characters. By Danny Novo.
You know those tacky LED/fiber optic Christmas trees? This is what they look like when they’re attached to a motor and spun around with a long-exposure camera running. I want one. Even though it reminds me of that Doctor Who episode where Rose and her family were attacked by a killer Christmas tree. By Kevin Kotterell.
The computer geeks at GE made this tree a couple years ago out of some of those shmancy, bendable OLED computer screens that will someday allow us to wear flexible screens as bracelets and whatnot. A world’s first, at the time. By GE.
I swear, this is the last TRON-related post I’ll put up for a while. This cool paper art is actually not new, but for sure, TRON fans will enjoy these. [Read more…]