May the first be with you and other “Star Wars” bloopers

Friday, 1 November, 2013

On the off chance you haven’t already seen it… a bloopers reel from the sets of Star Wars.

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In a parallel universe, somewhere, there’s a Saturn without rings

Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

Saturn without rings, via Jason Kottke

When you think about it, Saturn, the sixth planet out from the Sun, is one of the solar system’s big drawcards when it comes to galactic tourism. So what if the ringed planet, were devoid of its ring system, as envisaged here by Jason Kottke?

Would extraterrestrials still visit? Or might the Terran system be forced to find another way, aside from taxing its citizens, to raise revenue for its coffers? Thankfully, therefore, that Saturn has rings then.

The above image of Saturn is, by the way, based on this mosaic photo/image, taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

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Sometimes it really is best to let sleeping dogs lie

Monday, 21 October, 2013

The dangers of antagonising a dog sitting in a parked car… you’ll never pick out that twist at the end though.

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The fun, though not always functional, devices of Patrick Strattner

Wednesday, 16 October, 2013

Design/photo by Patrick Strattner

Is it design, or is it art? The inventions and prototypes of German commercial and fine art photographer Patrick Strattner.

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Going behind the interface, see what the web designer really thinks

Friday, 27 September, 2013

I used to do this a lot here at disassociated, especially during those all night coding sessions of the late 1990s, lace my HTML markup with all sorts of comments. Not the proper use of commenting at all, at least the stuff I used to insert, you understand.

In fact half the fun of visiting websites in those times was taking a look at their source code and seeing if the web designer had left any… easter eggs, of a sort, for more curious users.

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First we’ll map the multiverse, then we’ll find out if it really exists

Thursday, 12 September, 2013

A map, of sorts, of the multiverse. While it is yet to be ascertained whether or not our universe is part of a cluster of similar bodies, there’s surely no harm charting out such a space.

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Make friends and influence people thanks to an extinct dinosaur

Thursday, 22 August, 2013

There may no longer be a brontosaurus dinosaur, but that doesn’t mean the non-existent ancient beast can’t be of assistance in obtaining goods or services that are either in scarce supply, or fully booked out… in these situations it’s all about invoking your inner Kindly Brontosaurus:

Here is where the Kindly Brontosaurus rears amiably into the frame. You must stand quietly and lean forward slightly, hands loosely clasped in a faintly prayerful arrangement. You will be in the gate agent’s peripheral vision – close enough that he can’t escape your presence, not so close that you’re crowding him – but you must keep your eyes fixed placidly on the agent’s face at all times. Assemble your features in an understanding, even beatific expression. Do not speak unless asked a question. Whenever the gate agent says anything, whether to you or other would-be passengers, you must nod empathically. Continue as above until the gate agent gives you your seat number. The Kindly Brontosaurus always gets a seat number.

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Sunshine and endless cloudless skies… this must be Tatooine

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

Those who like to think they’re somehow part of the “Star Wars” universe can find out what planet they are on in that far, far, away galaxy, based on current weather conditions whatever their current location is on Earth.

Despite it being winter where I am, officially at least, I was told I am on Tatooine the other day… hmm, yes, almost correct, almost.

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Could you anchor down a 747 aircraft that was trying to take off?

Friday, 16 August, 2013

This sounds like a physics exam question. If you ever wanted to stop a 747 aircraft taking off, by trying to restrain it with some cable, how thick would that cable need to be, assuming the craft’s engines were at full power? If you happen, therefore, to be sitting a physics test, then the good news is someone has worked out the answer.

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The best way to survive a zombie apocalypse is to sit it out

Thursday, 15 August, 2013

The zombie apocalypse has been the theme of a few movies recently, and in each situation we’ve seen the human survivors putting a lot effort and risk into trying to find ways to do away with their undead foes.

Battening down the hatches, and sitting tight for a time however, would instead be a more sensible approach… zombies in fact have a relatively short shelf live

Many films and television shows would have you believe that there would be an unending supply of dead bodies on the move during the zombie apocalypse because every dead person would start stumbling around on the search for human flesh. However, one of the things that make zombies so terrifying would be their undoing. They rot.

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