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.

Half the US population lives in 146 counties

Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties - Business Insider Map via Census/Business Insider

People like to live live near other people. Out of the 3,000+ counties in the United States, 146 contain half the population. So much for the 80/20 rule. It doesn’t seem to apply to population distribution.

Initially, finding my county on the map surprised me. It does not have a major metropolitan area. However, if half the country’s population lives in a relatively small number of counties, I have a 50/50 shot at living in one of them. Overall, the map shows there is still plenty of space for us to grow into.

Here’s another map (also cool). This one has the size of the countries adjusted to better match their population. Each square in the grid represents 1 million people.

World Map Adjusted for Population Size (1 grid square = 1 million people) [3040x1588] - Imgur