If you missed Thinkgeek's sold-out Han Solo in Carbonite rug, here's your chance: the Han Solo in Carbonite towel which is part of a Star Wars Towel set that also includes minimalist Vader/R2/Chewy options. But seriously, the Han Solo is the one to get. $25 each or $70 for the set.
Starting May 17, Disney World is running a "D-Tech" event at Disney Hollywood Studios wherein you can get your head scanned and 3D printed on a Stormtrooper figurine, or trapped in carbonite:
The 10-minute experience uses the world’s highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by our Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. That captured image is later sent to a high resolution 3D printer to create the figurine. The completed figurine will arrive within 7-8 weeks after the experience if shipping domestically (it takes a little longer if shipping internationally). Guests will also receive either a Carbon-Freeze Me light-up band or a collector button depending upon which option they choose.
The Star Wars – D-Tech Me experience is $99.95, plus shipping and applicable sales tax.
We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page. The latest finds for your viewing pleasure include:
• Tickle Me Elmo frozen in carbonite. • Video romp through several years of spinning things in the name of science. • "Most expensive" Starbucks order ever: 48-shot Frapuccino, ALL the additives. • A doc on The Farm of SF, home to chickens, goats, and punk bands in the '80s. • "Jesus Christ is my nigga," a likely fake but damned funny church video. • "Applejack's Apple Harvest" My Little Pony automata. • Video of the Castle Magpie wearable theater/costume in action.
In a galaxy far, far away, I purchased the Han Solo in Carbonite ice cube tray from Think Geek. I knew that I wanted to use it to mold chocolate. But I wanted more than a chocolate bar. And by harnessing the power of the dark side, I added a sugar cookie layer.
Yes, Dark Sith Lord, I have cookies. Da da da, dun da-daaa, dun da-daaaa. Now step aside Darth Vader, no using the force to raid the cookie jar!
David Friend, CEO of the company Carbonite (which makes backup software), explains why his company won't be reinstating its advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show. Carbonite was one of the advertisers that pulled its Limbaugh dollars after the radio host described a law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying on the cost of contraception for students whose Catholic university wouldn't extend insurance coverage to reproductive control.
“No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”
ThinkGeek has added to the vast canon of housewares and edibles that pay homage to Han Solo in Carbonite with varisized hancarbonite silicone ice-molds.Han Solo in carbonite throw-pillow – Boing Boing Make your own customized Han in Carbonite Kinect model, suitable ... Han Solo in Carbonite desk – Boing Boing Frozen Han in carbonite ice-mold – Boing Boing You, frozen in carbonite – Boing Boing Sculpture of George Lucas frozen in Carbonite – Boing Boing Gadgets HOWTO make a Carbonite Han Solo chocolate bar – Boing Boing Boing Boing: Portraits in carbonite brick Demented Barbie in Carbonite sculpture – Boing Boing You, frozen in carbonite - Boing Boing Han Solo in Cake-onite – Boing Boing HOWTO make a Carbonite Han Solo chocolate bar - Boing Boing Read the rest
YouTube user emnullfuenf is experimenting with making custom, 3D printable Han-in-Carbonite models using a Kinect:
This is an experiment with Kinect and Processing. People in front of it are posing like Han Solo and get frozen in 3D. We are already exporting the 3D models for 3D printing. So stay tuned. The software will be open source soon if anyone is interested.
Xanadoodle crocheted this 16" x 9" Han Solo in Carbonite throw-pillow, which would make a lovely addition to any smart home.
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Nerd sculptor-laureate Paul Pape will make you a custom mini you-frozen-in-carbonite for an extremely reasonable $50 plus shipping. He promises to get them done in time for the Solstice Holiday Season, too!
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"BacillaFilla," is the pet-name given by University of Newcastle researchers to a gengineered bacterium based on Bacillus subtilis that has been modified to fill and bond cracks in cement caused by earthquakes and other violence. The bacteria burrow into the concrete until they have filled all its cracks, then they politely turn into calcium carbonite carbonate and die.
The researchers have tweaked it's genetic properties such that it only begins to germinate when it comes in contact with the highly-specific pH of concrete. Once the cells germinate, they are programmed to crawl as deep as they can into cracks in the concrete, where quorum sensing lets them know when enough bacteria have accumulated.
That accumulation lets the bacteria know they've reached the deepest part of the crack, at which point the cells begin to develop into bacterial filaments, cells that produce calcium carbonate, and cells that secrete a kind of bacterial glue that binds everything together. Once hardened, the bacteria is essentially as strong as the concrete itself, restoring structural strength and adding life to the surrounding concrete.
The bacteria also contains a self-destruct gene that keeps it from wildly proliferating away from its concrete target, because a runaway patch of bacterial concrete that continued to grow despite all efforts to stop it would be somewhat annoying
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Designer Simon Hasan's "Naked Radio" is a functional sculpture that uses beautiful, nontraditional materials to make a working radio. It's made of porcelain, lace, walnut, brass and stainless steel (the lace is the speaker grille), and you tune it by moving the aerial.
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