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Star Wars up close

There is a gallery on Imgur that shows close up photos of many of the models and sets used in the original Star Wars trilogy. It is amazing to see the care and craftsmanship that went into each model–even the ones that only get a few second of screen time. There are a couple of examples below, but the whole gallery is worth exploring.

There was so much great art and care that went into the production of the three original Star Wars films. And now, 30 years later, there are still new and imaginative remixes and fan creations–like this Auralnauts video that made Gabi and I laugh and laugh last night–keeping the work as fresh as ever.

Simon Koay’s Superbet

My kids and I really enjoyed this superhero alphabet by illustrator Simon Koay. They were able to identify almost all the comic book characters, which is impressive for a six and three-year old. 


Here is Koay’s description of the project:

‘Superbet’ is a typographic exploration of alphabet design by reimagining each letter of the alphabet as everyone’s favourite superheroes and supervillains. Each letter has been created with inspiration from characters who share that same initial in their name.


A synthetic perspective view of Pluto, based on the latest high-resolution images to be downlinked from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, shows what you would see if you were approximately 1,100 miles (1,800 km) above Pluto’s equatorial area, looking toward the bright, smooth, expanse of icy plains informally called Sputnik Planum, in this image taken July 14, 2015 and released September 10, 2015. The images were taken as New Horizons flew past Pluto from a distance of 50,000 miles (80,000 km).

NASA / Reuters

via The Atlantic’s InFocus

Baby name explorer

The webapp, Baby Name Explorer, lets you see a graph of the popularity of baby names over time. The site was created by Randal Olson, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Biomedical Informatics. The app makes it easy to see when common baby names were most popular. 

It looks like my parents picked my name right at he height of its popularity. 

However, I don’t feel like I encounter that many other Jonathan’s. On the other hand, my in-laws picked a name well ahead of its time for my wife.


via Boing Boing