first_imgIf you ask most people which Star Trek movie is their favorite, they’d probably laugh at you and call you a nerd. If you ask Star Trek fans which movie is their favorite, most of them I’ll bet would tell you it’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It’s so popular that scenes from it are mainstay in pop culture, and if you haven’t seen it, this week you will: in 60 seconds. Don’t worry, it’s enough. Also in the roundup this week, a floppy disk does Toccata and Fugue (and a number of you ponder “What’s a floppy disk,”) a helmet that shaves your head for you and doesn’t demand a tip, an all-too-short Superman cartoon done in the classic style, and, of course, ninjas. The Shaving Helmet Phantom of the Floppera While I wouldn’t go so far as to really call this guy a ninja, he certainly has a great costume, a very sharp sword, and more skills than I think the YouTube commenters give him credit for. This gentleman, in what I presume is his best recreation of Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe’s original costume, takes to what I also presume is his backyard with a sword and a seemingly endless supply of soda bottles and laundry detergent containers filled with water. This is where the skill and a very sharp blade comes in: he manages to slice and dice those bottles up several times in most strikes – yes, there are a few where it looks more like he’s just swatting them around with his sword, but it’s pretty clear that in a few he’s cutting right through the plastic. That, as they say, is impressive.  When Star Trek and paper craft meet, this is what happens. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, arguably the best movie in the now 11-movie franchise, was released in 1982, and still holds up as one of the best Star Trek stories to hit the big screen. If you weren’t born when it came out, haven’t caught it in one of its many television appearances, or just altogether missed it somehow up to this point, this 60-second short will get you caught up. Best thing? You still get all the important parts.  The worst thing about this Superman cartoon, done in classic, hand-drawn 50s-eqsue mid-century modern style, is that it’s too short. Seriously, someone give Rob Pratt (the artist behind the film) a boatload of money to do a television series or full-length motion picture of this and we’re in business. Even though the clip is only a few seconds long, the second half is dedicated to the making of the short and the inspirations behind it. He certainly puts the current  Superman incarnations on television and definitely in the movies to shame. Superman Classic Enter The Ninja I’m hoping I was a bit harsh when I said that some of you would stop and wonder exactly what a floppy disk is. Still, with each passing year the floppy disk fades more and more from general memory and becomes a funny part of tech history, only brought up when we all laugh about how little storage we needed back in the day. This floppy drive, however, has no plans on going silently into that long dark night – it has new life (and viral fame) as a classical music superstar, and it performs an excellent rendition of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Listen and be amazed. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Done in 60 Seconds 2011 We mentioned this video earlier in the week, but considering it’s still on the viral rise, it’s worth looking at again – especially since the truth behind the video is still unknown. Most people have come to accept the shaving helmet for what it appears to be: a helmet with servos and a motor in it, a bunch of razor blades, and a shaving cream dispenser, all of which are designed to shave your head cleanly, evenly, and without pain in a matter of moments. I’m still not convinced this isn’t a viral ad for something, but time will tell.last_img read more