What would happen if a certain Dark Lord of the Sith met a celebrated Space Ranger from Star Command? On February 1, 2017, “Nukazooka” uploaded such a confrontation on YouTube here:
Brienne the Dragon needs a home! Brienne was sculpted by the remarkably talented Kim Beaton, using the outdoor all-weather sculpting material, Pal Tiya.
Today Kim posted the following notice on Facebook:
“Seattle Friends! I am seeking foster locations for my sculpture Brienne in order to get her sold. Can anyone suggest to me a possible suitable location(s) to place her that I can contact? She needs a high traffic area with potential to be seen by the public. Bank Lobbies, books stores, corporate entrances, nice markets or coffee shops; places with an art buying populous coming through regularly. The Seattle/Tacoma region is best. It will cost $500 to move and place her (she weighs half a ton), so please help me consider only the most beneficial locations. Presently she is at the Evergreen Market in Renton. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.”
Anyone want a dragon? Contact Kim through Facebook here.
Click here for my earlier coverage of Brienne’s “birth.”
A steampunk dragon! Enjoy:
Today on Twitter, I came across a video from a creative person in the Netherlands, Willow. Have a look at her dragon wings:
— Willow (@WillowCreativ3) February 12, 2018
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To call attention to the theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Benedict Cumberbatch and a bunch of Weta Digital artisans brought the mighty Smaug to The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, December 11, 2014. Here it is:
From the UK’s Daily Mail:
By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation, October 29, 1897.
In remembrance of God’s goodness to us during the past year, which has been so abundant. “Let us offer Him our thanksgiving and pay our vows unto the Most High.” Under His watchful providence, industry has prospered, the conditions of labor have been improved, the rewards of the husbandman have been increased, and the comforts of our homes multiplied. His mighty hand has preserved peace and protected the nation. Respect for law and order has been strengthened, love of free institutions cherished, and all sections of our beloved country brought into closer bonds of fraternal regard and generous cooperation.
For these great benefits it is our duty to praise the Lord in a spirit of humility and gratitude, and to offer up to Him our most earnest supplications. That we may acknowledge our obligation as a people to Him who has so graciously granted us the blessings of free government and material prosperity, I, William McKinley, President of the United States, do hereby designate and set apart Thursday, the twenty-fifth day of November, for national thanksgiving and prayer, which all of the people are invited to observe with appropriate religious services in their respective places of worship.
On this day of rejoicing and domestic reunion, let our prayers ascend to the Giver of every good and perfect gift, for the continuance of His love and favor to us, that our hearts may be filled with charity and good will, and that we may be ever worthy of His beneficent concern.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this twenty-ninth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-second.
Would you like to hear some delightful music? Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi wrote this piece, “A Town with an Ocean View,” for Hayao Miyazaki’s classic, Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Bluewavesgold uploaded this to YouTube on April 14, 2013.
Here’s a piano version, if you prefer:
Lapislazuli2512 uploaded this on January 9, 2011.
On September 26, 2017, 12pm BST, PropStore London/LA held a live Entertainment Memorabilia Auction. One of the items offered was the animatronic head of Tavros the Minotaur—played by New Zealand actor Shane Rangi—from The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). Bidding could be done in person, via Prop Store’s online auction platform, or telephone. The asking price: £3,000 – 5,000.
The webpage describes the head thusly: “The mask is constructed to be worn like a helmet. It features a foam-padded fibreglass shell; resin horns, gums and teeth; acrylic eyes; foam tongue; and foam skin with hair both glued and hand-punched throughout. The helmet contains a number of electronic components, including servos and receivers, which were operated by radio control during the production. The servos controlled two main articulation points, which included the jaw and eyes.
“The piece shows minor wear due to production use, but remains in very fine condition. Dimensions: 41 cm x 46 cm x 41 cm (16” x 18” x 16”)”
But the head went unsold and the lot was closed. Perhaps PropStore will offer it again at a later date.
Meanwhile, here are images of Tavros on display. Beauty, eh?