How to destroy a Universal logo

There are a few ways of using animation tricks to “destroy” the 2013 logo of Universal Studios (or a Blender remake of it, at least).

Here it is, Warner Bros. Animation style:

…And Mozilla style (which is kind of related, since, you know, Mozilla started off inside Netscape, which was an [AOL] Time Warner company for many years):

Got any more ideas? I’ve released the BLEND file for the Universal remake, so, if you have Blender, go nuts with it! It’s released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported Licence.

Histories of media companies

I just want to point out the extent to which I have previously researched and documented on YouTube histories of certain aspects of the media landscape.

For one thing, I have attempted to explore and expose Viacom’s playing fast and loose with certain broadcasting regulations:

For another, I have given some arguably fresh insight into the way NBCUniversal came about and is publicly received:

N.B. Comcast has since bought the remaining 49% of NBCUniversal – the deal closed on March 19.

Finally, I compiled a neutral overview on the history of Coca-Cola/Columbia TriStar/Sony Pictures Television:

Of course, there’s also the highly comprehensive corporate timeline on the List of Projects, but that’s still in the unreliable ODS format…

So… apparently there really WAS a Flood!

A very interesting piece of information was revealed on last Sunday’s episode of Derek Mooney’s “Secrets of the Irish Landscape” *. It seems that there was something of a global deluge around 2350 BC. Soil records from Ireland around this time show that farming activity stopped and tree ring records show abysmal growth for around 20 years. It is also reflected in written accounts from China and other disparate locations around the world.

The interesting bit, however, is that a Catholic bishop attempted to date the origin of the world by adding up ages of people in the Bible. In doing this, he determined that the Flood was around 2349 BC! So, the story of Noah’s Ark was rooted in fact. Who’d have thought?

This could also be used as an argument against the case that Climate Change is caused by human activity.

*This link will not work after Sunday June 2 (and may not work at all if you are outside of Ireland, but I’m not sure).

Also, I’d just like to note that Animaniacs has returned to the RTÉ 2 schedule and, in doing so, has proven that I’m not going insane. The copyright notice on RTÉ’s showings is indeed different from that on the DVD. As for why on Earth they would change it, I don’t know.

Half-Life 2 comes to SteamPipe! PLUS: a note on nuclear physics

Well, wasn’t I pleased to see Half-Life 2 and its episodes show up in Beta form on my “Linux Games” list? From now on, I need never boot up Windows again! Well, okay, that’s an exaggeration, I’ll still need it for coding games and playing Portal 2 for the moment, but anyway! Portal 2 definitely can’t be far off now!

I’m not sure if this means that the HL2 games are now on a newer engine version, and if so whether that means more or fewer bugs. I’m not going to test it straight away.

Also, for those who have not yet checked them out, I have decided to post my YouTube videos on nuclear physics right here:


They cover protons, neutrons and the nuclei of the first three isotopes of hydrogen.

Portal comes to SteamPipe

I just found out that Portal 1 seems to have been moved to SteamPipe, and therefore received a GNU/Linux port. This means that Aperture Ireland is closer to having a more efficient install mechanism and the Content Porter is closer to having a more viable replacement. Just a small bit of good news!

EDIT (Two days later): I see L4D2 seems to have made the transition now as well. Portal 2 can’t be far off so!