Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ crazy rolling ball droid is a practical effect, not CGI – Polygon

This little guy from the new Star Wars trailer is not #CGI:

“They never cease to amaze me with what they’re able to come up with, you know? I said, ‘How are you ever gonna top R2-D2, the most adorable droid in movie history?’ And then they have this new one. I can’t even tell you his name, but you saw it in the trailer,” [Mark] Hamill told Yahoo Movies.

“And when they were demonstrating how they did this thing, live on set — because it’s not CGI, that’s a live prop — I was just amazed. They let me play around with it.” ~ Polygon

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The bttn – the simplest user interface in the world

Finally, a working *red button*. Make it do your bidding: bt.tn

Meet the bttn – the simplest internet user interface in the world. Control almost any Internet-enabled device or service with the push of a button With the help of IFTTT, HTTP, or messaging, create your own notification system, device remote control, order processing, security, or family messaging solution ~ The bttn

Your Wishes Delivered: Driver for a Day – YouTube

I’ve always appreciated our UPS drivers. This time of year, I’ve often secretly relished being a seasonal UPS Wing Man. I like the idea of having my route, my truck, and my deliveries. The four year old in this YouTube video takes my affinity to the next level. This one will bring a smile to your face.

4-year-old Carson developed a friendship with his UPS driver, Mr. Ernie, when he began receiving shipments of special milk. Carson has become fascinated by all things UPS. He wishes to be just like his pal, so UPS made Carson a UPS driver for a day. ~ Your Wishes Delivered: Driver for a Day – YouTube.

The Real-Life Community Inside the ‘Abandoned’ Skyscraper From Homeland | WIRED

The Tower of David is an imposing monolith that looms 45 stories over downtown Caracas, Venezuela. The luxurious skyscraper, erected in 1990, was later abandoned to the locals and transformed into a unique, self-governing community. The eclectic marriage of squatter’s ingenuity and crumbling architecture has made it a place of fascination, one most recently seen in an episode of Homeland. Photographer Alejandro Cegarra documents the citizens who laid claim to the empty giant, chronicling an unusual community within its walls. via WIRED

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