Archive for February, 2009

Random Anime Still of the Day

Posted in anime, random on February 26, 2009 by heckblazer

Excel takes it all off:

Yeah, baby!

from Excel Saga


Funky Firearms

Posted in movies with tags , on February 26, 2009 by heckblazer

This is a Mateba autorevolver.  That’s right, it’s a revolver that uses recoil to automatically cock the gun and rotate the cylinder.    It also has an under-slung barrel, so that the bottom chamber is teh one fired instead of the top chamber.


It’s distictive enough looking that it shows up  SF movies on occasion.  Notably, Togusa in various Ghost in the Shell incarnations carries a fictional future version:


as does Wash in Firefly and Serenity (in his right hand here, if you look close).


The predecessorof the Mateba would be the Webley Fosbury Automatic Revolver.  This was a design from the very early 20th century when automatic pistols were new and manufacturers were experimenting with different ways of makingthem more reliable. webley-fosbery_1837

This was also used in a SF film, carried by Sean Connery in the notoriously bad film Zardoz:


(You can see the distinctive grooves on the cylinder if you look close).

Random Anime Still of the Day

Posted in anime, random on February 12, 2009 by heckblazer

Throw rocks, not friends:


from Bleach episode 54,  “An Accomplished Oath! Get back Rukia!”

Slow Bob

Posted in movies on February 5, 2009 by heckblazer

Coraline opens tomorrow, so in honor of that here’s “Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions”:

This is a short film directed by Henry Selick, the same guy who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline.  I can actually remember seeing this way back in 1991 when it aired on MTV’s cartoon anthology show Liquid Television, though I only found out recently that Selick was responsible for it.  The imagery stuck with me, and I was always disappointed that there were never any folllow-ups.

Random Anime Still of the Day

Posted in anime, random on February 3, 2009 by heckblazer

Excel is not very good at directing traffic:

Hail Ilpalazzo!

From Excel Saga episode 1,  “The Koshi Rikdo Assassination Plot”