Jul 9 2012 9:00am

Morning Roundup: It’s Cake All The Way Down

Discworld cake

If there had to be a cake that visualized the entirety of a fictional universe, we’re glad it’s this one. This Discworld cake is by Loura, who’s science fiction/fantasy cakes are regularly featured over on Geeks Are Sexy. Go here to see her other works.

Every day Stubby the Rocket jets around the internet looking for links of interest. Today we’re focusing on:

  1. Swords replaced with bananas.
  2. The emptiest place in our actual universe.
  3. The Hobbit, and how it needs your axe.

Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of and has never traversed a void in space that large BUT SOMETIMES IT FEELS LIKE IT HAS.

David Goldfarb
1. David_Goldfarb
H&R Block is presumably comparing the movie versions. The comic-book Spider-Man has been working for a high-tech think tank for a while now, and is making a great deal more. (Admittedly not even close to Bruce Wayne's megabucks, but solidly upper middle-class, at least.)
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
2. Lisamarie
While I would be thrilled with the development, I doubt John Rhys-Davies would return as Gimili. I've heard he was pretty allergic to the facial makeup and said he would never wear it again. I suppose they could have come up with something that was more comfortable.

He could be providing a voice, though.
Laura D.
3. Laura D.
@Lisamarie If I remember right, he also did the voice for Treebeard the Ent in LOTR. There could be Ents in the wizards' battle with Sauron. It's been some time since I read The Hobbit and while I don't believe there was much mention of it in book, I remember reading that Peter Jackson was going to include "something" about it.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
4. Lisamarie
@Laura D. - oh man, I hope not. I don't mind the additions to the movie of the backstory that was alluded to in the appendices/Lord of the Rings novel but I am pretty sure there is no textual support for Ents at the battle of Dol Guldor. I MIGHT be wrong on that, but I am just not remembering encountering that. I thought the point of Isengard was that the Ents were, for the first time in a long time, taking an interest in the affairs of the world. It cheapens it a bit if they were part of that battle.

Not that Peter Jackson is any stranger to cheapening parts of the story for what he considers 'drama' (as much as I loved the movies in general, I really don't think I'll ever forgive him for Faramir ;))
Laura D.
5. Laura D.
@Lisamarie I didn't think they had been mentioned as part of the battle but my memory = not so hot for the smaller details. Well, then I shall think happy thoughts and hope that he's doing voice for something unrelated. I thought maybe Beorn or Smaug or something, but they've already got that covered.

And the whole Faramir thing was ...not well- handled. Took me a bit to explain to my husband why that so peeved me off. Many of the things that were left out, I understood - but that was the one that really bothered me. (As I recall, there was a rather loud "Oh, come on!" in the theater that was not from me, so I know I wasn't the only one. :)

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