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
Satellite Eyes is a simple #Mac app that automatically changes your desktop wallpaper to the satellite view of where you are, right now. ~ Satellite Eyes.
I don’t even use a K-Cup brewer for coffee, but I thought this hack with its accompanying soundtrack was fabulous: Keurig 2.0 Hack – How to use any K-Cup
I’m a big fan of CanvasPop. I have three CanvasPop photos in my office. Their signature product is your photos printed on canvas. The combination makes for a fabulous presentation. I like them so much I just ordered a Christmas gift for someone on my list. During my checkout, I received a referral link good for $30 off your next CanvasPop order.
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
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 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
For many decades, a fantasy among space enthusiasts has been to invent a device that produces a net thrust in one direction, without any need for reaction mass. Of course, a reactionless space drive of this type is impossible. Or is it? ~ Boing Boing.
A recent experiment by conducted by the University of Sussex suggests it may be possible to learn to experience synesthesia, a rare condition that mixes up brain signals and leads people to hear colors or taste words.
FiveMinutes.gs pushes the boundaries of what is possible using existing mobile browser technologies. Grab your favorite tablet, put on some headphones, and prepare to be pulled into this immersive experience.
Note: Contains strong language.