Watch an obscure, behind-the-scenes documentary about The Empire Strikes Back

This here's Making Empire, a documentary that aired in 1980 to promote The Empire Strikes Back and was promptly consigned to the pop cultural dustbin. Which is an absolute pity, as this Dutch television special — the first 45 seconds of the YouTube video above are in Dutch, the rest is in English — features some… » 10/18/12 5:35pm 10/18/12 5:35pm

Drop everything and watch this short film about the Dutch robot wars

This is Tears of Steel, a crowdfunded short film that uses the open source 3D animation tool Blender to create some gobsmacking visuals of a futuristic Amsterdam overrun by mechanical beasts. The premise is also enjoyably zany to boot — Terminator as a relationship drama! Be sure to stick around after the credits,… » 9/28/12 7:10am 9/28/12 7:10am

Portable, Transformable Desk for Global Office Nomads

Previously, I showed you an intensely overdone futuristic office space from Japan that made privacy almost nonexistent. Now, we have an uber-minimalist office idea from Dutch interior designer Jack Brandsma. He created SpareSpace, a portable desk that folds into a table or refolds into a bar, complete with sink. It's… » 3/31/08 8:20am 3/31/08 8:20am