Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? You can check out "honest" posters for some of 2015's biggest movies, Paul Rudd plays chess with Stephen Hawking and one industrious fan builds his own BB-8 for just over $100. But wait, there's more! A unique Jurassic Park parkour video goes viral and a father builds an incredible DIY Star Trek playset for his son. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Paul Rudd Vs Stephen Hawking in Quantum Chess
Sometimes a video comes along that is just so bizarre and hilarious that, even though it really doesn't have anything to do with movies or TV, you just have to include it anyway. IQIM Caltech has brought together Paul Rudd and Stephen Hawking for a hilarious 11-minute video where these two square off in an epic battle of quantum chess, narrated by Keanu Reeves. Making the video even cooler is the fact that it is directed by Keanu Reeves' Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure co-star Alex Winter.
'Jurassic Parkour' Goes Viral
What do you get when you put an agile "ninja" in a dinosaur costume? "Jurassic Parkour." Sure, it sounds like the punchline to a corny joke, but two videos from Brentwood Photography show that this is the real deal. The videos feature American Ninja Warrior contestant Reko Rivera training for the hit reality show, except this time he's wearing a full dinosaur suit. These training exercises look hard enough in normal clothes, so I can only imagine how hard this would be in a full dino suit. Kudos, Reko Rivera.
Dad Builds Incredible DIY Star Trek Playset For His Son
As many fathers, do David Weinberg handed down his old toys to his eight-year-old son. The toys were figures from the original Star Trek series, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary later this year. When his son started making cardboard sets to play with these toys, he decided to make an incredible playset that you can see above. You can also learn how to build this for your own child, step-by-step, at Instructables.
"Honest" Posters for 2016 Oscar Nominees and Snubs
This year's Oscar nominations have been quite controversial, sparking the #OscarsSoWhite protest that everyone seems to be commenting on lately. The Shiznit is eschewing the controversy altogether by showing the lighter side of these nominated movies, creating a slew of "honest posters." My personal favorite out of this crop is above, for Mad Max: Fury Road, which they call an apocalyptic version of Mario Kart, but you can visit The Poke to check out the rest of this amazing posters. If that wasn't enough, you can check out College Humor for some Oscar snub posters.
Build Your Own Fully-Functional BB-8 For $120
Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in December, the lovable ball droid BB-8 stole the hearts of fans around the world. While you can actually buy a consumer version of this droid from the company that designed it, Sphero, Tech Builder has put together a video that shows DIY-savvy folks how to build their very own version that can be controlled by your cell phone. The build will cost you $120, which is a bit cheaper than the Sphero version, and you can watch how to build it in this 20-minute video. You can also download the full instructions with tutorials on Instructables.
Cardboard Home Cinema Is... Bizarrre
Have you ever wanted to watch movies while lying on the floor and looking into a cardboard box? You have? Really? Well, Firebox has just the product for you, dubbed Cardboard Home Cinema. It's basically just a cardboard box with inserts that simulates an actual "audience," so you can get the "theater experience" without leaving your home. You can buy this unique product for $36 at Firebox.
The Wiz Live! Re-Imagined With All-White Cast
Last month, NBC aired the latest in their annual series of live musicals with a new rendition of The Wiz Live!. Much like the original musical, the cast was entirely African-American, but now F-Comedy has put out a new video that explores the "reverse racism backlash" over the all-black cast.
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