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What would Noam Chomsky think about the linguistic development of Baby Yoda?

It's frankly shocking that in more than 40 years since Yoda first debuted on the big screen, no one has asked the anarcho-linguist Noam Chomsky to explain the Jedi's syntactical idiosyncrasies. But now that Baby Yoda has stolen everyone's heart, someone has finally taken him to task.

Or, well, maybe.

Given the fact that this is the first tweet from the account, I sadly suspect that this isn't real. I even messaged the woman who wrote it for verification, but she didn't respond. A quick Google search reveals that there is a Jessica Yu in Australia who is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. If it is the same Jessica Yu from Australia, and this turns out to just be a fun creative writing experiment—well then hey, good on her. She captured Chomsky's voice here impressively well, along with his well-documented disdain for humans projecting linguistic meaning onto Koko the gorilla. If nothing else, I'm pretty sure that "'No thoughts on memes' — Noam Chomsky" is poised to become a meme now on its own.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, altered.

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3D-print your own Baby Yoda

Various official Baby Yoda toys will be available in a few months, but anyone with access to a 3D printer can print their own right now. Christopher Frieze has posted one version for free download. It looks great as a tree topper:

And Chris is currently working on a version of Baby Yoda and soup:

Download a design and support Chris here.

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Build the Mandalorian's Razor Crest in Lego microscale

Johan Scheffer has posted designs for Lego microscale versions of the Mandalorian's Razor Crest and a few other Star Wars vehicles.

For more Mandalorian, Redditor Crybug created a Christmas card:

And enjoy a few gifs:

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Baby Yoda amigurimi, a crocheted cutie by Allison Hoffman

Artist Allison Hoffman, aka Crafty is Cool, is an absolute master of pop culture amigurimi ("a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaning 'crocheted or knitted,' and nuigurumi, meaning 'stuffed doll'"). She can crochet like nobody's business and each of her pieces are a work of art (previously). Now, she's taken to creating the real star of The Mandalorian, the new Star Wars series on Disney+, big-eyed Baby Yoda!

But, she's only made one and you can't just buy it outright. If you want it, you'll have to bid on it on eBay. Allison writes, "I’ve gotten so many requests for the finished baby that this is really the only way I could fairly sell him! Thank you all! I have to make another for my husband so that he doesn’t buy this one..."

As of this writing, the bidding is already up to $305. If that's too rich for your blood, well, hope you can crochet, because she's made its pattern available ($7) in her Etsy shop.

We must protect the asset! Who even is he? Or she? Or what? Who cares? Its adorable. This pattern instructs you how to make a life-size stuffed baby inspired by Baby Yoda/Yiddle with easy to find supplies and simple techniques. Everything is photographed and explained in easy to follow step by step instructions. You should know basic crochet skills, but now is a good time to learn.

The Baby is 14" tall and weighs 2 lbs. He's got a little removable robe.

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The cosplayers of Star Wars Celebration 2019

100 photos from the Chicago mega-convention

Boing Boing Gift Guide 2017

Here's this year's complete Boing Boing Gift Guide: dozens of great ideas for stocking stuffers, brain-hammers, mind-expanders, terrible toys, badass books and more. Where available, we use Amazon Affiliate links to help keep the world's greatest neurozine online.

5 tips for writing science fiction to engage people who don't read it

Back in 2006, I had an epiphany. Stories are empathy engines, regardless of the medium. And for humans, they always have been. We’ve been primed to imagine other’s lives since we sat in a cave, telling the stories of our tribe and making sense of the world around us. I published an academic paper on this in 2008 and have given talks about storytelling and empathy ever since. I’m thrilled that there are now hundreds of researchers around the world searching for the neurological mechanisms that link “theory of mind networks” to empathy and narratives.

PJ Manney's (R)evolution is available from Amazon.

In addition, I’ve been a futureholic throughout my life. Whether through science fact or fiction, I’ve wanted to know what was coming and how it might change everything we know. The future is very heady, complex stuff, and difficult to communicate to those who aren’t on your metaphorical wavelength, since change is inherently hard to understand or accept. With my novel, (R)evolution, I felt it was important to share research on nanotechnology and cognitive technologies like brain-computer interfaces, nanomedicine and more with an audience that might not read SF or know what is coming.

My parents are my sample audience. My father is a huge SF fan and the reason I am, too. Future-shorthand is easy with him. But my mother is so ignorant of SF, when we visited Industrial Light and Magic in 1980, she hadn’t seen Star Wars (and still hasn’t) and didn’t recognize the Yoda puppet! Read the rest

The Man Who Sold The Moon

Makers and hackers develop a robot that creates building materials from sand, and set out to send their 3D-printing marvel to the moon. In the way of their dreams? Code, crowdfunding and cancer.

Baby Yoda Beanie

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Adventurer's Club from Walt Disney World recreated in painstaking detail with Half-Life engine

Walt Disney World's Adventurer's Club was a nightclub in the now-shuttered Pleasure Island area, where live players and animatronic trophies voiced by actors behind the scenes (who monitored the action with hidden cameras). It was one of my absolute favorite places at the park, and it shut along with the otherwise lacklustre Pleasure Island in 2008.

Many Club fans have mourned its passing, but Brerben, didn't just mourn, he re-created the Club in astonishing detail using the Half-Life engine and the Garry's Mod tool. From the Inside the Magic blog:

Throughout the time spent working on it, Brerben kept his focus on including as much detail as possible while encountering a few technical hurdles. He told me, "The interactive parts of the map were the most difficult to do, because, for example, I would search YouTube for segments where Babylonia would say something, and try to record the audio to put in my map, but I really couldn't do it correctly because there was always some guest in the video laughing hysterically which made it difficult to separate Babylonia's voice from the guest's laughter."

But while you can't sit through any complete Adventurers Club shows in the virtual world, there is still plenty of entertainment to be found. Brerben explained there are audio clips of "small sentences that the characters would say sometimes, such as Arnie and Claude in the Mask Room, the Colonel, and Babylonia." In addition, certain props and elements are interactive. "Some things, like the piano in the Library, will start playing if you walk up to it and activate it.

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Baby announcement in Star Wars mashup form

After a lot of trying and hardship, Jennifer and Jeff attained pregnancy -- with twins! To celebrate, they put together this wicked little Star Wars mashup as an announcement of the occasion. Sheer genius -- and enjoy the spare time to produce stuff like this while you can, J&J!

A Small Announcement - as told through Science Fiction

(via Waxy)

Previously: Star Wars/A-Team intro mashup Disney/Star Wars inspired visual mashups Reservoir Dogs/Star Wars mashup Star Wars/LotR mashup - see Gandalf/Yoda disco-fight! Star Wars/Office Space mashup Boogie Nights Star Wars light saber mashup Star Wars/fine art photoshopping contest Read the rest

Crocheted infant Yoda ears

If you're looking for a way to turn a baby into a major unlicensed cuton emitter (well beyond the threshold set by the Federal Cuteness Commission) this Hallowe'en, then you could do worse than to whip up a set of these crocheted Yoda ears, as one crafty parent did.


(Thanks, Melissa!)

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