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The Folding is Strong in This One

Starwarigami: Origami from a Galaxy Far Far Away…

I started designing my own origami models while I was at university, with my first Star Wars model a simple X-Wing from the classic frog base, and once I found my niche, I never looked back.

Not the Same as Jumping the Shark

These days, this would all have been done as CGI.

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I've Got a Bad Good Feeling About This

The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project

I own a secluded 88 acre tract of wooded land where we’ll be building. We have selected a site on the property that is low enough so that the top of the Falcon can be seen easily from several vantage points. A flat area roughly 400′ x 400′ is being cleared. And yes, I am aware that it will eventually show up on Google Earth and Google Maps. I’m counting on that.

Double-Dough Seven

The Business of Bond

There’s an “adjust for inflation” button. Click that. Don’t worry — it doesn’t engage the ejector seat.

Butter Solo

So last week I posted a bit about Han-Solo-in-Carbonite ice trays, and ordered one (along with some NERF armament). I didn’t have any chocolate around to try that suggestion, but I was able to make some pats of butter, which would be fun if you had a Star Wars dinner party. Or something. Spread on some Millennium Falcon-shaped English muffins!

Not sure what the best technique is. This was softened and scraped into the mold and then zapped in the microwave for 10 seconds, because I wasn’t sure the butter was quite soft enough to fill the body features.

Shark Minute

Slow Motion Shark Attack High Definition

I Didn't Know They Could Do That!

A colleague came into my office yesterday to show me a naughty picture on her phone: food porn. Specifically, it was a chocolate in the shape of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. The image was vaguely familiar — I had linked to Star Wars ice trays recently, but the thought of using them as chocolate molds had not occurred to me. Presumably this is how the Darth Chocolate and Almond Stormtroopers goodies were made.

The Han Solo (and other) molds are also available at Amazon and Think Geek, where they actually note that it can be used for chocolate.

7 Han Solos (6 small and 1 large)
Still only worth one bounty

h/t to SB

No Bones About It

Prime Suspect: Did the Science Consultant Do It?

Synopsis: an episode of Bones does a sendup of the existence of science consultants in TV/movies, followed by some tips on the path to becoming a Hollywood science consultant.

I’ve told one of my stories of being a ghost-consultant of sorts. I got a few free meals out of it, which were welcome because I was in grad school (as well as an annual insight into a few upcoming episodes of Star Trek, useful for impressing my friends), and of course, it’s also the story of someone who made it in that job, for a while — it was a transition to being a writer and beyond.

I recall giving my friend some static when I found flaws in the science, but invariably the response was that the story was more important, and if certain bad science was critical to the plot line, the bad science wasn’t going to be excised from the script. Yes, it’s window dressing; it might be taken more seriously if it was considered bad dialog or a serious threat to suspension of disbelief, but it’s only a shortcoming for the scientifically literate among us. If there were more of us the issue might be taken more seriously.

It Doesn't Even Matter if They are Ill-Tempered!

Finally, a Shark With a Laser

Marine biologist-cum-TV personality Luke Tipple attached a 50-milliwatt green laser to a lemon shark off the coast of the Bahamas in late April.

OK, 50 milliWatts isn’t going to melt a city or anything. But it’s a start. (Though wasn’t this accomplished in one of the sequels?)

You Came Here in That Thing?

You’re more delicious than I thought: A chocolate-filled chocolate Millennium Falcon. Mmmm. Special modifications. She’ll make point five past lightspeed into my mouth.

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