Where the Wild Things Are (As read by Christopher Walken)

This reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where The Wild Things Are by Christopher Walken isn’t meant to amuse kids, but rather to make us grown folks chuckle while we imbibe our bubbly adult beverages. And whether this is Walken or an impersonator doesn’t really matter, because the narrator’s descriptions of what’s going on in the illustrations are comedy gold.

–via Geek Tyrant

The Power of Grimoires

Grimoires are books of ceremonies, rituals, and spells that are used in ceremonial magic composed in Europe from the fifteenth to the sixteenth centuries. The texts provide rules regarding symbols, chants, and spells, and describes how to utilize them to perform effective magical effects.

The most famous of all Grimoires is the Key of Soloman, allegedly prepared by the king himself. In the first century C.E. the historian Josephus (c. 37–c. 100) refers to a book of incantations for summoning spirits written by Solomon. Black magicians circulated the text throughout Europe in the twelfth century; the Inquisition condemned it as a dangerous text in 1559.

“Grimoires exist because of the desire to create a physical record of magical knowledge, reflecting concerns regarding the uncrontrollable and corruptible nature of the oral transmission of valuable secret or sacred information….. But grimoires also exist because the very act of writing itself was imbued with occult of hidden power. ‘A book of magic is also a magical book,’ as one historian of the subject has observed”…

Via in part: UnexplainedStuff

Stephen King Novella Finds Haven At Syfy

Via: The FireWire

Syfy will air the first episode of the supernatural drama series Haven on July 9th at 10/9c, based on the novella “The Colorado Kid,” from renowned author Stephen King. “Haven is the quintessential Stephen King town, full of complex, yet identifiable, characters and compelling supernatural situations.

Deep in the heart of Maine, Haven is a town where people with supernatural abilities have migrated for generations because it mutes their powers, allowing them to lead normal lives. At least, until recently. When hot-shot FBI agent Audrey Parker is called to Haven to solve the murder of a local ex-con, she catches the killer but uncovers a much deeper mystery about this town. Each week, as the town- peoples’ dormant powers begin to express themselves, Audrey will try to keep these supernatural forces at bay while unraveling the many mysteries of Haven – including one surrounding her own surprising past in this extraordinary place.

Dante’s Ghost Led The Search

When Dante Alighieri died in 1321, parts of the manuscript of his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, were missing. For months his sons, Jacopo and Pietro, unsuccessfully searched the house and all their father’s papers.

They had given up hope when Jacopo dreamed he saw his father dressed in white, bathed in ethereal light. He asked the vision if the poem had been completed. Dante nodded and showed Jacopo a secret place in his chamber.

With a lawyer friend of Dante’s as a witness, Jacopo went to the place indicated in the dream. There was a small blind fixed to the wall. Lifting it, they found a small alcove. Inside were some papers covered with mold. Carefully, they lifted them out, brushed off the mold and read the words of Dante—and The Divine Comedy was complete. But for a ghostly vision in a dream, one of the world’s greatest poems would have remained unfinished.

Rendezvous With Rama

Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama was published in 1972 and was awarded both the prestigious sci-fi literary awards the Hugo and Nebula. Rendezvous With Rama is one of four Rama stories that are set in the 22nd century and details a fifty-kilometer-long cylindrical alien starship that enters Earth’s solar system.

The manned solar survey vessel Endeavour and it’s 20 man crew is rerouted to study Rama. The team enters Rama and explores the vast 16-km wide by 50-long cylindrical world of its interior, but the nature and purpose of the starship and its creators remains enigmatic throughout the book. The only lifeforms are the cybernetic “biots” who completely ignore the humans, and who are busy all about the spacecraft, appearing to be prepping Rama for a major upcoming maneuver.

It’s hard to believe that to date no film adaptations of this marvelous science fiction novel have been attempted. Now at last, thanks to the visual media by Aaron Ross and Vancouver Film School student sound designer, Philip Mahoney, we finally get a glimpse of just what Rendezvous With Rama might look and sound like if given the full movie treatment.

The film was created by Aaron Ross when he attended the Tisch School Of The Arts in 2001 and Phil Mahoney provided the sound design while attending the Sound Design For Visual Media program at Vancouver Film School last year. Consequently the piece was chosen out of many to be featured on the official VFS Youtube channel, Vimeo and iTunes, among others. Primarily a composer Mahoney said of the piece, “It was an absolute blast to record, edit and mix all of the sound for the film, including the original score”.

For obvious reasons, Ross was not able to include everything that happens in Clarke’s detail rich novel in this short animation. However, he manages to feature some key moments from the novel in this superbly done animation.

If you haven’t had quite enough – here is a short making of film that we are sure you will find interesting.

Death Notice: J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91. Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement…

“I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.”
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger