links for 2008-11-10

  • These are early storyboards from Star Wars, from before the Falcon was changed to its current design. I took them from Hyperspace's Insider supplement, which means there's more to be had in Insider. I'll try and pick them up and see what this is about.
  • There are many talented designers out there that choose to provide WordPress themes for free. Most of the time, the only small favor they ask you is that you attribute the design to them and link back to their site (a very reasonable request). In this collection, you’ll find 50 excellent, high-quality, free WordPress themes. These themes range from being elaborate and colorful to being clean and simple so that you may find one that suits your design tastes. Note: Be sure to check out the license of the theme for restrictions in usage (if any) and it’s always good (and very much appreciated) to attribute the designer even if they don’t explicitly ask you to.
  • Even though comedian Bernie Mac died at the age of 50 of pneumonia this past August, he still stars in two movies opening this weekend. He not only plays opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the endearingly foul-mouthed tale of two washed-up singers in "Soul Men." But he also lends his voice to DreamWorks' animated movie "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." Here's a look at other film stars who died before the release of their final films.
  • St. Louis ska rockers the Urge are calling it quits after 14 years and three major-label records together. The group, whose most popular single, 1998's "Jump Right In," featured 311's Nick Hexum, will play its final shows together on December 21 and 22 at the Pageant in their hometown. Bassist Karl Grable called the breakup amicable and said the bandmembers will remain friends, adding that the decision has been a long time coming. "Everyone has a different idea of how they want things to turn out musically. And people change over time. Everyone grows, and everyone changes. It's not a bad thing." Singer Steve Ewing and Grable formed the Urge in 1987 and performed and recorded with a revolving door of guitarists, drummers and horn players. Their Receiving the Gift of Flavor (1995) caught the attention of Epic Records' Immortal imprint and was reissued by the label a year later. Master of Styles followed in 1998, and Too Much Stereo was released in 2000
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