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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Amazing ROTJ Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Replica

by Geeks are Sexyfrom:

Sure, these Star Wars Force FX lightsabers all look pretty awesome, but you can’t really compare them with Bradley Lewis’s awesome ROTJ Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Replica, which includes motion SFX, a crystal chamber, and a removable blade. Check it out:

Return of the Jedi Luke Lightsaber Without Blade, Showing Crystal Chamber

Return of the Jedi Luke Lightsaber With Blade Attached

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The Homeless Columbus, Ohio Man with the Golden Radio Voice

by Jerod

Thanks to our good friends at 1310 The Ticket in Dallas for tweeting the link to the video below, which features a homeless man from Columbus, Ohio…and his ridiculously awesome voice.

As their tweet says, you have to hear this guy’s voice to believe it. I think “golden radio voice” is the perfect way to describe it.

Update: Great news! In the last 24 hours, not only has Ted gone viral, but he now has a plethora of job offers. Click here to see list. We wish him the best of luck at his 2nd chance to make a career out of what he was born to do.

I need to find a way to get this guy on the podcast. In fact, if anyone sees this post and knows how to contact him, I’ll throw him some cash to record and intro and outro for the MSF podcast. Not quite sure how to contact him from Dallas though.
Oh, and yes, his name is Ted Williams. I don’t know why, but that just seems like the perfect detail to make the video even more incredible.

The Star Wars Kids Alphabet

Published by Nattyb

One of our favorite new phenomenons during the past couple of years has been the creativity of people out there who like to make oddball alphabet graphics.   I just want to give a huge thanks to Brandon Peat for his genius in creating this children’s alphabet with a Star Wars theme.
Honestly I have no idea how long this took good ‘old Brandon but I’m sure it wasn’t an easy project.
Check it out after the jump….

INSANELY awesome solar eclipse picture


Earlier today Europe, Asia, and Africa got to see a nice partial solar eclipse as the Moon passed in front of the Sun, blocking as much as 85% of the solar surface. The extraordinarily talented astrophotographer Thierry Legault traveled from his native France to the Sultanate of Oman to take pictures of the eclipse. Why there, of all places? Heh heh heh. It’ll be more clear when you see this ridiculously awesome picture he took:

Holy solar transits! Click to embiggen, which you really really should do.

Can you see why he traveled so far to get this shot? The silhouette of the Moon taking a dark bite out of the Sun is obvious enough, as are some interesting sunspots on the Sun’s face… but wait a sec… that one spot isn’t a spot at all, it’s the International Space Station! This was a double eclipse!

That’s why Thierry sojourned to Oman; due to the geometry of the ISS orbit, it was from there that he had the best chance of getting a picture of the station as it passed in front of the Sun during the relatively brief duration of the actual solar eclipse. But talk about brief; the ISS was in front of the Sun for less than second, so not only did he have one chance at getting this spectacular once-in-a-lifetime shot, but he had only a fraction of a second to snap it!

To give you an overall idea of what you’re seeing here: the Sun is 147 million kilometers away (less than usual because this eclipse happened, coincidentally, very close to perihelion, when Earth was closest to the Sun). The Moon is 390,000 kilometers away. The Sun is about 400 times bigger than the Moon, but also about 400 times farther away, making them look about the same size in the sky. If you’re still having a hard time picturing the scale, take a look at the dark sunspot in the lower right of the big picture: it’s about twice the size of the Earth!
The space station, on the other hand, is 100 meters across (the size of a football field) and orbits about 350 km (210 miles) above the Earth’s surface. So the Moon was very roughly 1000 times farther away than the ISS when this picture was taken, and the Sun 400,000 times more distant. Yet all three lined up just right to make this extraordinary photograph possible.

Thierry has taken some of the most amazing pictures of the station passing in front of the Sun and Moon I’ve ever seen — his shot of the ISS and the Moon shortly before last week’s lunar eclipse was beautiful — but this one really stands out. It took an extraordinary amount of planning, scheduling, travel, and plain old good thinking to make this picture happen. Congratulations to him for getting it, and I thank him for sending it to me!

[More eclipse pictures can be found linked from Stuart's Astronomy Blog as well as on the BBC's Sky at Night Flickr pool of pictures.]

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Winning Mega Millions numbers are eerily familiar to fans of ABC's 'Lost'

As the "Lost" character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes would say, "Dude..."

The winning numbers in last night's $380 million Mega Millions jackpot - which had two winners in Idaho and Washington state - are strikingly similar to the recurring sequence of numbers that was central to the mysterious storyline of ABC's "Lost", including the winning sequence that made Hurley a rich man (see above video clip).

Last night's (real) winning numbers were:
4, 8, 15, 25 and 47, with the "Mega ball" 42
The "Lost" numbers:
4, 8, 15, 16, 23, with the "Mega number" 42

That's a match on four out of the six numbers, including the "Mega" digit.
Coincidence...? You tell us. Give us your theories on this in the comments section of this item.

Fan-Compiled Gorillaz Live Album Now Available

by Nick Neyland

It's been a busy seasonal period for Gorillaz, who released an entire new album titled The Fall, provided plenty of freebies via their advent calendar, and wound up the touring duties for the Plastic Beach era of the band. Now comes an expertly compiled memento of the last year of the group, with a fan-compiled live record culled from the last Gorillaz tour.

Head over to Gorillaz Unofficial to download the release, which is a two-disc set that begins with live versions of every track from Plastic Beach. The high quality recordings are completed by a selection of songs on the second disc of the set, which highlights the tracks from the band's back catalog that received an airing on that recent tour. 

The track list for Plastic Beach Live looks like this:
01. Orchestral Intro
02. Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
03. White Flag (feat. Kano, Bashy and the Syrian National Orchestra For Arabic Music)
04. Rhinestone Eyes
05. Stylo (feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack)
06. Superfast Jellyfish (feat. De La Soul and Gruff Rhys)
07. Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
08. Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E. Smith)
09. Some Kind of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)
10. On Melancholy Hill
11. Broken (feat. the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
12. Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. Plastic Beach (feat. the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
14. To Binge (feat. Little Dragon)
15. Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack)
16. Pirate Jet
Disc 2
01. Last Living Souls
02. Kids With Guns (feat. Neneh Cherry)
03. O Green World
04. 19/2000 (feat. Miho Hatori)
05. Tomorrow Comes Today
06. DARE (feat. Roses Gabor and Shaun Ryder)
07. Dirty Harry (feat. Bootie Brown)
08. El Manana
09. November Has Come (feat. MF Doom)
10. Doncamatic (feat. Daley)
11. Punk
12. Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey’s Head
13. Don’t Get Lost In Heaven
14. Demon Days (feat. Bobby Womack)
15. Hong Kong (feat. Zeng Zhen)
16. Feel Good Inc (feat. De La Soul)
17. Clint Eastwood (feat. Kano and Bashy)
18. Clint Eastwood (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Bonus track)
19. Clint Eastwood (feat. Eslam Jawaad) (Bonus track)
20. Clint Eastwood (feat. Tinie Tempah) (Bonus track)

Car-Towed Guy Skiing Like a Mad Man Through New York

New York and New England looked like snow zombieland last week, but that didn't stop some crazy people to enjoy the deserted, snow-loaded streets in the middle of the blizzard. This guy got his skis and a car, and had a lot of fun.

He attached a rope to the car and zipped down Park Avenue at 40mph. Which may not seem fast when you are in a car, but it must be quite exhilarating outside, in the middle of the storm, when you know that you or the car can crash at any time. Watch the complete video here.