Last Thursday, the 100th episode of American sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’ aired for the first time in the United Kingdom (yes, I know it aired in the States back in January, but hey, us Brits are slow). To coincide with this momentous event, I thought I’d take a look back at the top ten moments from the geek-friendly, underdog-championing comedy show that has made us all laugh, cry, cry with laughter and scratch our heads in googly-eyed bemusement; some of the show’s more scientific elements can be rather mind-boggling.
Here’s a potentially amusing situation that could backfire like a dodgy blaster gun. Imagine this: your manly/nerdy self has been to a bar, hit on a smokin’ hot chick, wooed the pants off her and driven her back to your place. You guide her to the bedroom, slither under the covers with her and share a hurried and excited disrobing session. She asks if you have protection. “Yes, ma’am,” you reply, being a sensible lad, and reach into your pants pocket for your trusty wallet. You take out your wallet. You reach inside and find a condom. You remove the condom, place down your wallet, turn back to the patiently waiting lady, ready to “suit up,” and are faced with what can only be described as a look of repulsion and horror. Why this look? Because the woman you’ve just picked up, driven to your apartment, taken to your bed, stripped naked and sexually aroused is now looking into the vomit-tainted eyeballs of Jabba the Hutt.
If, like my shut-in/hermitised self, you have never ventured anywhere near the Amazon or Rio Negro Rivers of north-west Brazil, but have always wished to do so, fret not: the internet has provided the next best thing. Thanks to those wonderful people over at Google Street View, you can now trek your way through the tropical trees of the Amazon rainforest, wander down the paths of the village of Tumbira, visit the other local communities of the Rio Negro Reserve, and, even more amazingly, take a boat trip down the Rio Negro River, all from the spacious comfort of your very own living room – no having to deal with the scorching heat or those pesky piranhas!
Take a long, hard look at the picture above and the pictures below, and you’d swear that they were the works of a talented photographer; take an even closer look, you still wouldn’t doubt this cocksure belief. However, the picture above and the ones collected below were not captured by photographers, nor even by cameras: they were, in fact, captured on a canvas by a common-or-garden paintbrush and some dollops of oil paint.
These are the works of Pedro Campos, a Spanish artist who specialises in photorealism, an art movement that attempts to depict everyday objects, the natural world and real-life human beings in the most hyper-realistic way possible, giving the viewer the impression that what they are looking at is nothing more than a typical photograph. As you can see in this article, as well as on his official website, Campos enjoys depicting household items, from Coke cans to motorcycles, all bewilderingly completed by hand, without the aid of a computer. Pretty amazing, right?