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Cool Retro Football T-Shirts From tenten*


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So, full time is rapidly approaching in the 2010 World Cup.

There’s just over a week to go now until the Final and then that’s our lot for another four years.

But though the feast of football is almost done, the festival need never end – thanks to a bunch of talented artists  who have just launched their own design and print studio with a range of stylish, hand-printed, retro football-themed T-shirts.

The inaugural offerings from tenten* – who are based near Glasgow, Scotland – celebrate football in general and the highlights of World Cups and European Championships gone by.

Here are a few of the offerings from their initial range (other colour combos are available – check the website for the full range).

Buy now and get in before the brand becomes famous and everyone is wearing the label.

This one celebrates Maradona’s legendary goal for Argentina against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico (La Mano De Dios = The Hand Of God).

Ask nicely and they might even add the “Maradona 10” back print in the photo below this one:

The white shirt below celebrates the French triumph at Euro 84, in particular the Carre Magique – the Magic Square of midfielders Luis Fernandez, Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse and Michel Platini:

The next one is a tribute to Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning squad (beer belly optional):

And here is a more generic Copa futbol shirt:

And here’s the motley crew who are responsible for them all (but don’t let that put you off buying):

I should point out that one of the guys behind the studio is a mate of mine from work but beyond that I have no connection to it. However, it’s a talented group of guys and if you want to support their future work, I know they’d appreciate your custom.

Also, for their latest product announcements, check out their Facebook page here.

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Fringe’s Alternate Universe Comic Covers


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Fringe has really come on in leaps and bounds, after a slightly shaky start during the first half of season one, quietly establishing itself as one of TV’s more intelligent sci-fi dramas.

The main story arc involves an impending war between our world and a parallel, alternate reality which is broadly similar to ours but has many subtle differences. It has also been badly damaged by a number of experiments that breached the barrier between the two realities.

Season two concluded this week on UK TV (a couple of weeks after the US airing). The two-part finale mostly took place in the alternate reality and if you were paying attention, there were lots of great little differences and changes from our world to spot.

For comics fans the best touch was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them set of framed comic books on the wall of an apartment where one of the main characters, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), is taken after he crosses over from our reality to theirs.

They reimagine five of the most iconic and best-known DC Comics covers of the past 40 years, adding in some subtle, alternate-reality twists. It was hard to see them on the wall during the brief scene so here they are, alongside the more familiar covers which inspired them. Our original, real-world versions are on the left, the Fringe variants are on the left.

This one is my favourite, I think. The 1987 Giffen/DeMatteis relaunch of the Justice League, with Jonah Hex replacing Green Lantern Guy Gardner in the line-up:

This one is also very good. The famous “Death Of Supergirl” cover from issue seven of Crisis On Infinite Earths (1985) gets a very different outcome:

The famous Green Lantern/Green Arrow issue 76 (April 1970) – the first issue of the acclaimed, ground-breaking Denny O’Neill/Neil Adams run on the title – gets a colour shift:

Frank Miller‘s revolutionary 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns becomes The Man Of Steel Returns:

And finally, another Batman/Superman swap, as 1992’s Death Of Superman becomes the Death of Batman (which happened for real last year in our reality – sort of):

You can see bigger, high-res scans of the alternate covers here, at the DC Universe blog.

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My Desk Is 8-Bit: Amazing Stop Frame Animation


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The Choob is old enough to remember when we all thought parallax scrolling was the coolest thing we’d ever seen in a video game, so this superb animation – titled My Desk Is 8 Bit – looks particularly impressive to me.

Artist Alex Varanese uses hundreds of little coloured blocks to create a stop-motion animated recreation of an old 8-bit video game.

The effect is simply stunning.

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Lost Week Epilogue: The Alternate Endings


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As unveiled on the special edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! that aired immediately after the final episode of Lost on Sunday night, here are three alternate endings that didn’t make the cut. The second one is particularly outstanding.

In case you need an explanation of the third one (in which case, shame on you for not being more familiar with the work of the great Bob Newhart) this post here helps explain the context.

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Lost Week – The Top 10 Moments In Lost


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Earlier this week, I posted my list of the best scenes from Lost.

Today, it’s time for my favourite little moments from the show – by which, I mean the brief little incidents, or big action scenes or snippets of dialogue that didn’t necessarily add anything to the ongoing story (though many of them did) but added to the fun and/or the wow factor of the show.

And so, in no particular order, here are the ten best Lost moments:

First up, Dr Leslie Arzt – a cautionary tale. Leslie was one of the more entertaining of the supporting cast of B-list survivors we met. After complaining about not being included in any of the missions carried out by the main cast of survivors, Jack, Kate and co take him along on their expedition to get some dynamite from shipwrecked 19th century sailing ship The Black Rock:

The following scene isn’t really part of my list but was a nice little season six nod back to Leslie’s fate in season one:

Talking of things exploding, there had been much discussion during season two about whether keying those numbers into the compter every 108 minutes did indeed prevent a world-threatening disaster or whether it was just some sort of Dharma Initiative psychological experiment. In the season two finale, we found out:

And here is what happened after Desmond turned that key:

Next Ben at his most vulnerable and wounded:

And here’s Ben at his coldest – specifically,  his response to Locke after killing Keamy, the man who shot his daughter, despite the fact that Keamy had planted a bomb on the freighter, where many of the plane crash survivors had been taken, and rigged it to detonate if his heart stops:

Talking of Ben’s dark side, here’s the moment he sided with The Others and took revenge on his drunken dad and the Dharma Initiative for making his childhood miserable:

That’s enough death and destruction – time for some lurve from the two couples who have, in their different ways, given Lost its heart.

Here’s the heartwarming moment when Rose got her reward for keeping faith that her husband Bernard was still alive somewhere, even though he was not one of the survivors on the beach after the plane crash:

This reunion tops even that:

Next, the island vanishes:

This was Locke’s defining moment in the early years:

And finally, I’m a fan of Glasgow Celtic FC, so these two Desmond moments were just priceless:

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Lost Week: The Best Lost Fan Vids – Part One


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Here are a few of the best fan videos created during Lost‘s six-year run.

First, Lost meets 24 to show the crash of Oceanic flight 815 from multiple viewpoints, in real time! This is an outstanding little video:

Next, some animated music video shenanigans in Lost Rhapsody:

This song parody video was created between seasons five and six – and with just one episode left, it’s more pertinent that ever! To the tune of Downtown (aka Juliet’s song), this is the Lost Answers Song:

I’ve featured this next video a couple of times on the Choob but it never gets old. It’s the opening credits to Lost – 1980s-style:

And finally, for now, on a similar theme, here is what the opening credits might have looked like had Lost been made in 1967:

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