Last October, IGN's Brian Altano announced a bold design fiction: an imaginary line of "Han Solo in Carbonite" Pop-Tarts. Several months have gone by and this is still not a thing. The world is broken.
Would You Eat These Star Wars Pop-Tarts?
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The Han Solo in Carbonite light-switch cover combines the 1980s-era Empire Strikes Back kitsch with 1960s era novelty "boner" decor -- yours for $40 from Etsy seller Wicked Studio.
Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Light Switch
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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.
Star Wars – D-Tech Me Experience Returns to Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starting May 17, 2013
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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.
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Todd Blatt and the fun-loving weirdos at the Baltimore Node hackerspace froze a Tickle-Me-Elmo in carbonite because of (awesome) reasons.
Moogieland has a recipe, and photos, for this delightful Star Wars-themed sweet. Snip:
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!
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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.”
A Message from Carbonite CEO, David Friend Regarding Ads on Limbaugh
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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.
Kinect Experiment: Freezing Han Solo
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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
Engineered Bacteria Can Fill Cracks In Aging Concrete
(Image: Cracked Concrete Texture #1, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from designmag's photostream)
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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.
Twisted-wire junk-sculpture automata from Zimbabwe
Nicholas Galanin's book sculpture
Nemo Gould's "Little Big Man" Robot Sculpture Gadgets
Glass lionfish sculpture and many glass sea-dwellers
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"I, Lobot:" being a fictional memoir of a day in the life of Lobot, the Star Wars spear-carrier with the wraparound head-computer who toadies for Lando Calrissian.
6:30 a.m: Wake up, unplug head from charger.
6:45 a.m: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
7:15 a.m: Hop in the shower and shave face, shave head, brush teeth, and buff headset.
7:45 a.m: Download Mr. Calrissian's itinerary, new episodes of Lost, and the newest album by Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes.
I, Lobot: A Day In The Life of Lando Calrissian's Assistant
Star Wars Loteria tribute
Star Wars sneakers by Adidas
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