The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who was this past Saturday. Ladies and gents, we at The Hub had been anticipating this day for so long. We even celebrated Doctor Who in The Hub for the entire month of November.
Throughout the month, we offered different programs and DIY Kits that were Doctor Who-themed -- thus, leading us to affectionately call this entire month WHOvember. We screen printed Tardises on shirts, totes, and swatches at the Print Your Own Tardis T-Shirt program. We created a light-up, awesome Sonic Screwdriver at the LED Sonic Screwdriver program. And we went into the library's Studio, recorded our voices, and used some Garageband magic to make our voices sound like Daleks at the Dalek Takeover program.
Two teens recording their voices in the Production Studio during the Dalek Takeover program.
In case you're curious about what our Dalek recordings sounded like, may your curiosity be quenched with this audio clip!
What's fun about recording your own Dalek sayings is that you can make them into ringtones, phone alerts, and you can even make your Dalek say something they would likely never say. For example, "I love the Doctor!" If you can't tell from the audio clip, it was a lot of fun. Our library is full of funny teens.
Of course, November 23rd was the day we'd all been waiting for. It was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and the BBC aired The Day of the Doctor special across the globe at the very same time. Now you may ask, why would they do such a thing?
No spoilers for us! We made a day of it in The Hub and had a costume contest, ate some Doctor Who-themed treats, and played a couple of rounds of Doctor Who trivia! Then we gathered round, screamed a little (especially when we saw 10 and 11 in the same shot), and went on a 75 minute adventure with the Doctor(s).
Alas, The Day of the Doctor has come and gone, and boy, was it EPIC!
Q: What is the make, model, and year of Dean Winchester's beloved car?
A: Highlight the text between the brackets for the answer... [1967 Chevy Impala]
Q: What does Dumbledore leave in his will for Ron?
A: Highlight the text between the brackets for the answer... [The Deluminator]
These are just a couple of questions that were asked during our Fandom Trivia Night last Friday!
Fangirls and Fanboys grouped into teams to prove that they were the most knowledgeable in all things fandoms. The fandoms included for our trivia night included SuperWhoLock, Hunger Games, Disney/Pixar, Marvel, Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars! Whew...that's a lot of fandoms.
Here's our night in pictures...
Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! Including sweet, colorful headphones for our big winners!
Contestants gearing up for the next trivia question. There were 100 questions asked that night!
This is Rosa as Bellatrix Lestrange! We had a Cosplay contest and she was our winner! She walked away with a Time Turner from Harry Potter.
It was truly a nerdy, fandom-filled weekend because C2E2 was in town! That's how I got to go in the TARDIS! I am now traveling through time and space with the Doctor. Jealous?
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WANT MORE FANDOM TRIVIA? What other fandoms would you like to see the next time we have Fandom Trivia Night? Tell us in the comments.
You know how Tony Stark uses a cool, holographic computer to manipulate 3D models in the Iron Man trilogy and The Avengers? Well, the real-life "Tony Stark" was inspired by the movie and actually invented modeling software and an interface that allows a user to do that and more!
Billionaire Elon Musk, the inspiration for Iron Man's alter ego Tony Stark and SpaceX CEO, unveiled video of this technology, what Musk calls immersive virtual reality, a couple of days ago. Watch the video below to see a rocket part 3D modeled using a holograph and hand gestures. Then see it 3D printed in titanium! Pretty cool, huh? Now, someone just needs to invent a Garbo Mansion à la Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series complete with talking and clothes producing walls...sans The Surge and Specials of course!
There's something many of you may not know about me. I'm kind of a huge Harry Potter nerd. After reading the books, watching all the movies, going to midnight release parties, re-reading the books, dressing up as a Hogwarts student for Halloween, re-reading the books, visiting the theme park, and re-reading the books...you can probably call me an obsessed crazy fanatic über-nerd. So imagine my surprise and joy when it was announced today that the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, will be writing the screenplay for her Harry Potter supplement Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Think back on the year. In 2013/2014 what video game has made the biggest impact?
The arguable answer: Flappy Bird.
Sadly, it's no longer available in the App Store because the developer decided it was too addicting. But if you've never played before, you may be in luck. It looks like Flappy Bird may be coming back in an official way. Multiplayer Flappy Bird? WHAT?!
When Flappy Bird went away in February, there were a zillion (may be an overestimation) Flappy Bird clones made to fill the void. At the Use the Force: Code Your Own Video Game program, we created one of these clones and STAR WARS-ed it!
We created the game using a program called Construct 2 which you can download for free! The tutorial for making a Flappy Bird clone for Construct 2 can be found here.
We started out using an X-Wing in place of a bird, and Death Star pipes in place of Flappy Bird pipes.
And then we went Star Wars happy on all the different sprites....
Be careful, Boba Fett! Beware of the giant Chewies!
Want more Star Wars?
Come make a Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, C3PO and Jabba the Hutt finger puppet in The Hub's DIY area!
First things first, if you haven't read Divergent you best get on it! If you liked the Hunger Games and/or can't get enough of dystopian novels, this series is definitely worth a shot.
The story is set in Chicago (represent!) except it's not the Chicago we know and love. Everyone is split into different factions or groups that each serve a particular duty and uphold a different virtue to keep the society balanced. The different factions are Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). The novel follows the story of Beatrice, a girl who grew up in the Abnegation faction with the rest of her family. Beatrice, now 16, must choose a faction to belong to for the rest of her life at a ceremony held every year for 16-year-olds in the society. It's a pretty difficult choice (it may mean leaving her family forever) and the adventure that follows is intense, action-packed, and full of intrigue. Yes, intrigue...I mean, in a society like this there's bound to be some mysteries that need to be solved!
We’re celebrating WHOvember all month long in the Hub!
If you missed last week’s Sonic Screwdriver program, here are the instructions so you can DIY!
What you need:
From the dollar store, a package of 3 highlighters, an LED clip-on reading light, and black electrical tape. You’ll also need paint, markers, or colored tape to color your finished Sonic Screwdriver.
Tools: utility knife or something to cut plastic with and pliers.
1. Choose which highlighter you would like as the main portion of your Sonic Screwdriver. Remove inky bits from this highlighter.
2. Next, you’ll prepare the three highlighter caps for the project. Choose which cap you would like for the light-up end of your Sonic Screwdriver and set it aside. Cut off the tips of the other two caps.
3. Use tape to connect the cap you set aside and one of the other caps.
4. Inventory your parts: you should have the pieces pictured on the left. Now, you’re ready to add the LED to your Sonic Screwdriver.
5. Carefully, insert LED through the marker top. You will need to use pliers to widen the opening. Connect the piece with the taped together marker caps and continue to feed the LED through.
6. Add the remaining cap to the end of the marker.
7. Finally, use paint, Sharpies, and/or duct and electrical tape to put the finishing touches on your Sonic Screwdriver.
8. Now, get out there and foil some sinister plots!
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