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The Matrix, Donnie Darko, And More Get Classy With Fake Criterion Covers

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CriterionIf you’re not a die-hard cinephile, you might know know what “the Criterion Collection” is. The high-end Blu-ray and DVD publisher releases “important classic and contemporary films.” A quick survey of their new and coming soon listings include titles like It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, and Richard Linklater’s Slacker. Being a high-falutin’ line as they are, they don’t have nearly as many science fiction films represented as they should. Artist Peter Stults decided to remedy that.

Okay, so he can’t actually make Criterion give fancy-schmancy new releases to flicks like The Matrix and Starship Troopers…but he can ape the visual style of Criterion’s cover art to show what those hypothetical Blu-rays might look like. For instance, check out this classy image that could adorn a Donnie Darko Criterion version. Like many Criterion releases, it’s evocative and symbolic, latching on to important visual elements from the film, in this case the pages from Roberta Sparrow’s The Philosophy of Time Travel.

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Cross The Streams: The Hunger Games, Fringe, And More Come To Netflix Instant

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Let’s make a few things clear right away. We love theaters, we love television, and we love DVDs and Blu-rays. That said, we also love online streaming. And so we present this new weekly feature spotlighting the more important new science fiction-related releases of the past week from such sites as Hulu, Crackle, Redbox Instant, and the granddaddy of them all, Netflix. So without further ado, here is the best that legal streaming has to offer…

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games (Netflix)
This ridiculously popular first entry adapted from Suzanne Collins’ mega-hit franchise tore up theaters, making it the 13th highest grossing film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. Though the sequel will of course be bigger and better, Gary Ross’ efforts here are accommodating for almost all audience types. Boys like Jennifer Lawrence’s hottie heroine, girls like Liam Hemsworth, and someone probably likes Lenny Kravitz dressed like “Prince from outer space.” Chances are, you’re beyond sick of hearing about this flick, so just know that if you’re into watching kids beat the shit out of each other, watch Battle Royale. For slightly less violent urges, this is the film for you.

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This Is What The First 500,000 Digits Of Pi Looks Like

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Looking for a way to kill some time? How about you count out the 10 trillion digits of pi that have been calculated so far? (Last year, by a chap named Shigeru Kondo; it took over a year of calculation and 7.6 TB of space to store the compressed output.) If that sounds fun, you’re going to want to clear your schedule: reading an average of 120 digits per minute, it will take you 158,000 years to get to the end of those 10 trillion digits.

If that sounds daunting, it would only take you around three weeks to recite the first four million digits. Still, though, while four million is a lot easier to wrap your brain around than 10 trillion, it’s still nearly impossible to visualize a number like that. But only nearly impossible, because some clever folks decided to assign colored pixels to each number between 0-9, and then create a visual representation of those first four million digits. You can see the full image over at Two-n.com, but here’s what the first 500,000 or so digits look like.