Mark Hamill was reunited with his lightsaber from Return Of The Jedi

In this sneak peek from an upcoming episode of Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest series, Hamill gets the chance to reunite with his old lightsaber thanks to prop collector Brandon Alinger. Read the rest

How to get your baby to help you wash your car

This is the latest in a series of “instructional” videos from New Zealand dad Jordan Watson. Here’s another:

And one more:

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National Women’s Law Center fights unfair school punishment for black girls

This new campaign from the National Women’s Law Center centers on the fact that black girls are suspended 5x more than white girls, despite not committing more serious offenses. The #LetHerLearn campaign aims to end the school pushout by educating school leaders about bias and discrimination. You can learn more and support the campaign on the NWLC website. Read the rest

Coded: new documentary series on hackers

Seth Godin sends us this trailer for Coded, a new documentary series on hackers: "There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA is listening…to everything. But a new generation of programmers armed with powerful technology is rising up and fighting back. Freethink presents a new original series: Coded." Read the rest

Squirrels are vastly more harmful to the world's power grids than "the cyber" is

Of 1700+ known acts of global power-grid sabotages, affecting some 5,000,000 people, 879 were caused by squirrels; between 0 and 1 were caused by Russia, and another 1 was caused by the USA (Stuxnet). Read the rest

Portal for the Apple ][+, //e and related systems

Vince Weaver is reimplementing Portal -- "the cake acquisition simulator released in 2007" -- to the Apple II series of computers, bit by bit -- inspired by the fact that the Apple II hires mode has "the perfect Aperture Science orange and blue colors." He's released a disc image of the game in Apple Basic, as well as sourcecode. Read the rest

Software platform for 1,000 cannabis businesses crashed over the weekend

Last week a software platform used by 1,000 cannabis businesses crashed. The CEO of MJ Freeway says the outage was caused by an "unprecedented, malicious attack."

From Fortune:

An MJ Freeway spokesperson told the Globe last week that the attack was specifically targeted at MJ Freeway, which is based in Denver. The company reports that it has received no ransom demands, suggesting that the attack could have been personally or politically motivated.

MJ Freeway, which serves more than 1,000 clients, is one of the most prominent startups providing technical infrastructure for the booming legal marijuana industry. In a 2015 Bloomberg profile, the company’s services were described as something like SAP or Oracle for weed, with features like automatic sales reports, staff scheduling, and crop data tracking.

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Confederate flag rally results in fender bender

In Dalton, GA, a bunch of people driving in a convoy showed their feelings about MLK day by flying Confederate flags from their trucks. About two-thirds of the way into the video, one truck plows into the one ahead of it, causing a chain reaction. Read the rest

Strangely satisfying paint smearing

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Watch Canadian artist Annette Labedzki turn her “paint flower” back into paint. She’s got plently more oddly satisfying paint videos on her Instagram:

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A video posted by Annette Labedzki (@annettelabedzki) on Jan 15, 2017 at 10:10am PST

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A video posted by Annette Labedzki (@annettelabedzki) on Jan 14, 2017 at 12:15pm PST

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Watch one of the world’s biggest firework shells fill the sky

Set off in Zurrieq, Malta late last year, this impressive chain-reaction firework is believed to be the biggest single firework ever, although it’s rivaled by a display in Kounosu, Japan from 2014. The Daily Mail has more details about the Matla display. YouTube user Janet Reed originally captured the massive single firework as well some of the show around it (the single firework begins at 1:36):

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How to repair a huge $30,000 tire

This looks like more fun than giving an elephant a shave with a blowtorch.

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Baby washes car

This is pretty much what happened when my two-year-old wanted to paint our chicken coop. Read the rest

Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger listen to Hells Angel Sony Barger defend Altamont murder

In 1969 The Rolling Stones hired the Hells Angels to help out at a free concert at the Altamont Speedway near Oakland, California. The Stones paid the Angels by giving the $500 worth of beer. One of the Hells Angels ended up killing an 18-year-old man. From Wikipedia:

Meredith Curly Hunter, Jr. (October 24, 1951 – December 6, 1969) was an 18-year-old African-American man who was killed at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert. During the performance by The Rolling Stones, Hunter approached the stage, and was violently driven off by members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club who had been contracted to serve as security guards. He subsequently returned to the stage area, drew a revolver, and was stabbed and beaten to death by Hells Angel Alan Passaro.

In the above video, Stones drummer Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger listen to Hells Angel leader Sonny Barger give his side of the story.

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Adam Savage and Peter Jackson nerd out over a CIA disguise kit

Adam Savage visited Weta Workshop in New Zealand last year and has posted videos of him touring various studios within the well-known movie effects and prop studio. In this video, he sits down (on the floor) with Peter Jackson to get a tour of Jackson's collection of John Chambers' makeup kits and latex appliances. Chambers is perhaps best known for being the makeup artist who created Spock's ears and for his work on the Planet of the Apes films.

What most people don't know is that Chambers also worked with the CIA to create special agent disguise kits at the height of the cold war. Adam and Peter look at Chambers' movie makeup kits and some of his molds and appliance from Planet of the Apes, but they spend most of the time going through and discussing the CIA disguise kit. As Adam says, it's the closest we probably get to verification that Mission Impossible was at least based on some type of reality. It's insane to imagine someone actually using a kit like this in a real life-or-death getaway.

As one person on the YouTube page commented about this video:

I love that this totally feels like just two nerds doing "show and tell," but it's actually Adam Savage and Peter-fucking-Jackson!

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"I Have A Dream" - Martin Luther King Jr.

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Watch a red hot hydraulic press crush a cellphone

The legendary hydraulic press is now heated to a thousand degrees to provide additional crushing pleasure. Here, in an unusually pointed metaphor, a Nokia candybar phone bursts into flame as it is compressed.

What can defeat the hydraulic press? Glass!

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Beautifully-shot video of a box being made

Watching Laura Kampf build a poplar projector box is an education in 1) excellent craftsmanship and 2) tools I must now get. The way dovetail jointing is illustrated is particularly fascinating: in 5 minutes of well-shot arty youtube cinema I feel I learned more than a dozen talky howto videos where the content is buried somewhere after a minute of intro music, five minutes of "HEY GUYS" rambling, and nine more fooling around in the shop. Don't miss the sketchbook! Read the rest

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