Adam Savage is his Duck Army meme video

Watch this: “MythBusters” star, nerd icon Adam Savage discovers the joy of squeezing plastic ducks

Adam Savage is his Duck Army meme video

Adam Savage hasn’t lost his trademark ability to muster the nerdy enthusiasm some of us associated with MythBusters since an age before Twitter and Youtube. This observation is abundantly obvious if you take a look at this 40 second video of Savage squeezing multiple plastic ducks, a new move known as the “Duck Army” in the Internet’s expanding repertoire of silly self expression.

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Logo for Banksy's Dismaland exhibition

This week in dystopic theme parks: Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition

Logo for Banksy's Dismaland exhibition

Here at Ink Tank we have the sneaking suspicion that many of our returning readers enjoy the works of graffiti legend Banksy.

The mysterious UK artist has now taken on a curating role in “Dismaland”, an exhibition described as a “family theme park unsuitable for small children”. This generous, six-minute news segment from UK’s Channel 4 gives a  nice dive into this massive package of sarcasm and dark humor directed at us and the times we’re living in.

The Dismaland show debuted on August 20 2015 on the Weston-super-Mare seafront in Britain and will be open to a public of a few thousand a day for five weeks. Complete with a name that can be seen as a punch at Disney, the exhibition features the works of 58 hand-picked artists. Themes explored include refugees in boats, payday loans aimed at children and a model of a post-riot town inhabited solely by the Police and media. Out of these examples, the latter bears the handwriting of Jimmy Cauty, a former member of The KLF.

At its very center inside the uh, Dismaland castle, the show features a dead princess Cinderella in a crashed carriage, surrounded by frantic paparazzi.

Needless to say, you should go and see the exhibition if you get the chance. Tickets are limited in quantity but cost only £3 each.

What’s your opinion of Banksy and his art? Do you know who he is? Give us the inside scoop in the comment section below.

If you’re ufamiliar with Banksy’s background, you can start by contemplating the photo below. The documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop is also highly recommended.

Banksy graffiti: One Nation Under CCTV

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All you need to know about Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” on Saturday Night Live

In the US, republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been heating up the primary elections game with his unauthorized use of Neil Young’s 1989 rock anthem “Rockin in the Free World”.

The irony in the Trump staff’s choice of music lies, of course, in the lyrics of Rockin’ In The Free World. The song is obviously an attack on right-wing US policy, both foreign and domestic, during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr.

Instead of just looking up the lyrics, check out this iconic performance of “Rockin’ in the Free World” from Saturday Night Live back in 1989. Young actually worked out just before going on stage to get in the mood. Not known for being a big fan of TV performances, Young wanted to grasp for the emotional state normally reached during a two hour concert. Frantically jumping around, kicking and soloing on his Les Paul guitar, he’s backed by a tight band (Charlie Drayton, Steve Jordan, and longtime collaborator Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro).

The anger and sadness of this live cut are so perfectly channeled into Young’s voice and the drum fill in the last verse at “We got a kinder, gentler, machine gun hand”. It certainly gives me the chills, every time.

“Rockin’ in the Free World” was originally published on Young’s 1989 album Freedom, which reestablished his career a little bit. The album included two versions of the song, one resembling the intense rocker seen on SNL and an acoustic version as the opening track.

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7 TV sci-fi villains we’d love to see back on our screens

Heroes are pointless without a proper villain to challenge them, serve as the foil, and most importantly – drop some of the most quotable lines of all time. A truly exceptional villain can take a mediocre science fiction television series to new levels, or make an already great series even more memorable. From uncomfortably relatable to full-on madness, villains are usually far more interesting than the goody-two shoes heroes that they love to torture. Let’s take a look at seven sci-fi villains that we’d love to see back on our screens in all their villainous, evil glory.

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18 facts that will change the way you watch Orange Is the New Black

orange1Last year, Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black burst onto the scene and shattered our conventions about television viewing, quickly becoming one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed series of 2013. Taking place in a women’s prison, the character-driven series deftly combines drama and comedy, introducing us to a cast that has intrigued audiences with fascinating backstories and beautifully-written characters.

Orange Is the New Black returns on June 6th with its much anticipated 2nd season, so here are 18 interesting facts about the show to get you ready!

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5 Seventies sci-fi TV shows we’d love to see remade today

The 1970s was such a turbulent, colourful decade that it’s sometimes forgotten that it also produced some of the best loved TV programs of all time. Series like “Little House on the Prairie,” prime time soap operas such as “Dallas” and iconic comedies “M*A*S*H,” “All in the Family” and “Happy Days.” were all followed by millions. The wealth of entertainment on offer was no different in the realm of science fiction, with tons of brilliant series gracing our screens. Such was the diversity that it’s tough to pick five we’d love to see make a comeback, but we set our phasers on retro and gave it our best shot, nonetheless.

The Six Million Dollar Man

If you weren’t lucky enough to have watched this the first time round, you’d be forgiven for not knowing this series gave birth to the phrase “we have the technology”.

It also gave birth to Steve Austin, an unlucky astronaut who suffered such a horrendous crash while flying a test aircraft, the only choice was to build him bigger, stronger and faster. How did Richard Anderson do this in the 1970s? By giving him new “bionics” legs, a right arm, and eye, which meant he could fight crime with superhuman power.

While the wonders of technology were the theme, the actual tech itself never really got explained. But it didn’t matter because by slowing down the action and adding incredibly catchy sound effects, we were convinced that Steve Austin was the high tech future of crime fighting.

We think the opening credits of The Six Million Dollar Man, 90 seconds of pure 70s perfection, warrant a remake alone. Question is who could be the next Lee Majors?

Space: 1999

In 1999, Moonbase Alpha is a scientific research colony and watchdog over silos of atomic waste from Earth stored on the Moon’s far side. Alas, this seemingly flawless plan goes awry when an explosive chain-reaction of the waste blasts the Moon out of Earth orbit and the Solar System.

From the British producers of Thunderbirds, Space: 1999 starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain leading a group of eggheads trying to figure out how to get home. Taking a cue from 2001. A Space Space Odyssey, Space: 1999 perpetuated the idea that the future would look white, smooth, and clean.

Like all great sci-fi shows it had casting changes and a premature cancellation. Rumors of a movie version or a reboot continue long after the year 1999 has passed.

We for one wish Moonbase Alpha would come baaaaaaaaack!

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

This campy ’70s series, starring Gil Gerard as the titular hero, was created by producer Glen A. Larson, of Battlestar Galactica fame. Based on a pulpy comic strip icon, Buck was a NASA pilot who while on a mission into deep space, suffered an accident, which sent him into cryogenic stasis and returns him to Earth five centuries later.

Happily, he was thawed our to discover the insanely sexy Col. Wilma Deering eager to help him readjust to life in the future. Accompanied by Dr. Huer, robot sidekicks Dr. Theopolis and Twiki, best remembered for his catchphrase “beedee-beedee-beedee, and later the doddering Dr. Goodfellow Buck fought cosmic menaces such as Princess Ardala and her dad, Emperor Draco of the Draconians.

Logan’s Run

Continuing on from the success of the classic 70s movie of the same name, the 1977 series follows Logan 5 and Jessica 6 on their quest to find Sanctuary and leave behind the doomed utopia where no one could live past 30.

While it lasted only 14 episodes, this show nails the quintessential look of 70s sci-fi better than anything else. One notable episode, written by David Gerrold under a pseudonym, pulled a nice switcheroo by featuring a time traveler from our era encountering Logan and company on their journey, thus blowing minds in multiple time streams.

Blake’s Seven

Created by Doctor Who alum Terry Nation, Blake’s 7 who was inspired by classic Westerns as well as by the tropes of dystopian sci-fi. It’s lead character is escaped prisoner Roj Blake, a freedom fighter turned against Earth’s Terran Federation. His willingness to let the ends justify the means makes him an unusual TV hero.

It is at times dark and pessimistic, but the characters maintain a classically British stiff upper lip in their titanic struggle. What it lacked for in high-budget special effects, it made up for in plot and subversive politics.

A very different affair from our other four choices, Blake’s Seven is arguably the series most worthy of remake, simply because it resonates so strongly in so many way with life in the 21st Century.

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