Generation Tech has done a few fun videos estimating the costs of items in the Star Wars universe. In the latest installment, they calculate the cost of a star destroyer. Spoilers below. Read the rest
GirlieMac, aka Tomomi Imura (Twitter) just won the internet with her deftly conceived and Photoshopped series of HTTP status message "motivational poster" images, featuring cats. A bunch of them are featured above and below. The full set is here at Flickr. She's taking suggestions for more, if you can think of any she missed. (thanks, Bonnie Burton)
I've been a fan of Jonny McGovern's hilarious gay-oriented music videos for years, so I was glad to see a new one pop up in Submitterator. Normally I'd let a video like this speak for itself, but I'd like to highlight a few key lyrics that just make it:
You and I, we can fly with Bill Nye the Science Guy. I'll be working your shaft while you play World of Warcraft. We can get our freak on in the bathroom at Comic Con.
If you're not comfortable with hunky men dancing around in their underwear, you may not want to watch this video. That's as racy as it gets, though.
Over on the DotPhysics blog, Rhett Allain confronts the technical impossibility presented by the flying R2D2 as depicted in the prequel trilogy. This is what physics degrees are for:
R2D2 with 8 game-consoles in him - Boing Boing HOWTO knit an R2D2 beanie - Boing Boing Boing Boing: R2D2 mailboxes from the US Postal Service Beer barrel R2D2 sculpture - Boing Boing Droidel, the R2D2 dreidel - Boing Boing Steampunk R2-D2 tee (steampunk! steampunk! steampunk!) - Boing Boing Boing Boing: R2D2: Secret leader of the rebellion Make an R2-D2 pinhole camera out of an oatmeal box - Boing Boing Science-fiction science: How long could you survive inside a ... Star Wars: The Science of Consistency - Boing Boing Read the rest
If I assume that R2 is flying horizontally at a constant velocity, and the the "thrust" is at an angle theta from the vertical then:
I guess I should say I am using g as the local gravitational field for whatever planet he (R2) is on. Is R2 even a he? Maybe R2 is a she. I don't know. The point is that the vertical component of the thrust must equal the vertical component of the gravitational force. So what you say?