X

Looks like you are a new visitor to this site. Hello!

Welcome to Hope For Film! Come participate in the discussion, and I encourage you to enter your email address in the sidebar and subscribe. It's free! And easy! If you have any suggestions on how to improve this website or suggestions for topics please don't hesitate to write in to any of the blogs.

You can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

(If you keep getting this message, you probably have cookies turned off.)

August 31 at 12:01pm

Dancing Walrus

Continuing with yesterday’s theme of NOT-SO-stupid-tricks-by-animals-you’d-never-have-as-a-pet-tricks…


  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • Print
August 30 at 2:17pm

Color is relative

Check this out.  It’s an interactive site.  Drag your cursor over the different colors and the background will shift to match.  It’s interesting how certain backgrounds make the other colors jump out more.  What you see really is determined by what surrounds you I guess.  Thanks Metafilter!

  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • Print
August 30 at 10:03am

Tinkering School

Summer’s over.  Camp’s kaput.  Are you going back next year?  What are the coolest camps out there?  Space camp could be but boy is it pricey!

Tinkering School is a week long camp in California for kids age 7 -17 where you learn how to build things.  Really cool things.  They have tons of videos up on YouTube showing all that have done.  Check it out right here.  
I wish there was a Rube Goldberg camp though:


  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • Print
August 29 at 9:54pm

Robo Fish: How Stuff Works Videos

As cool as they are just being there, robots teach us a lot of things.  And they are still sooo cool; imagine that!

These robofish certainly deserved to be in the last robot roundup, but hey, there’s only so much space, time, and candy (wait, what’s candy got to do with anything?).
How Stuff Works is one of the great websites out there with tons of stuff on all kinds of stuff.  When you get tired of silly videos on YouTube, or your parents say it’s time to watch something educational, go to their video channel.  Bookmark it today.


  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • Print
August 24 at 10:19am

Recent Robot Roundup

Let’s face it, the world needs more robots.  We certainly need more in our house and we have three or four.  We thought we’d have our own equivalent of cattle drive and run our favorites right into your home.  Which ones would win in the battle of the bots?

Of course, it’s probably more useful just to have a bunch of robo pals to hang out and dance with, like these guys…
On the smaller scale there is the infamous Bristle-bot.  He is pretty cute. I dreamt that instead of cockroaches, our apartment was infested with them.
And what are you going to do when you just GOTTA have a new bot?  Our little creature runs here.
Although RadioShack now stocks these little guys and they are pretty cool.  And now the robo firm has come up with this shopper robot so the grown up can stay home and operate remotely via a phone and video hook up.

We just got a subscription to ROBOT magazine too, and find it full of things to spark the imagination.


  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • Print
August 23 at 3:02pm

A Transporter All Of Your Own!

What’s the matter with those darn scientists anyway?  How long is it going to take before we can all have a transporter to get us to and fro, eh?

I can’t think of many reasons why I would ever want to leave NYC, or for that matter be filthy rich, but I guess if I had to do either one of those things, I could then have a really big house.  I know big houses are a bit tacky and I don’t want one, but if I had to have one at least then I could fit one of these in each and every room and get ready for some serious time travel.
C’mon, how cool is Doctor Who?!!!   If you want one of these for your bedroom or you have super cool parents who want one for their living room, you can get it right here.


  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • Print
August 23 at 10:53am

The Rube Goldberg variations

As I said,  Rube Goldberg was one of my first favorite cartoonists. He drew these wild machines that were soooo complicated but did simple things.

And his cartoons have inspired one of our favorite short films of all time: THE WAY THINGS GO. Definitely Recommended Viewing.

The Way Things Work have in turn inspired a series of commercials which are pretty darn fun. Here’s one:

And Rube, The Way, and these commercials have inspired a whole slew of wonderful homemade contraptions that all over the internet. But we will look at those later.

  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • Print

This site could not have been built without the help and insight of Michael Morgenstern. My thanks go out to him.

Help save indie film and give this guy a job in web design or film!