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Sunday, November 19, 2017
We don't like to speculate on someone's future death, especially someone who isn't even sick, but Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old. The British monarchy is mostly ceremonial these days, yet the British take it very seriously. There is a set procedure in place to handle getting out the news when the time comes, and a process for transferring the crown to Prince Charles. A monarch's death sets up a whole slew of changes we hadn't thought of, like reprinting all the money to reflect a new monarch's face. What? American cash, for all its drawbacks, never go out of style because everyone on the bills is already dead. (via Mental Floss)
Chance the Rapper was on Saturday Night Live last night. He wasn't the musical guest this time -Eminem was. Chance was the guest host, but he still managed to give a musical performance during his opening monologue. It's a modern Thanksgiving song that tells it like it is, about the relatives you haven't seen since last Thanksgiving (for a reason).
Saturday, November 18, 2017
This weird LEGO stop-motion video portrays the Ewoks sacrificing C-3PO in a religious ceremony. But it's not Return of the Jedi, it's actually that horrifying scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom, with original audio. It's altogether pretty creepy.
What's the point? You'll see that this story explains one of those things that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Because there is no detail in the Star Wars universe too small to be examined and made into a fan film. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Something gives me the idea that whoever owns this cockatiel is a Queen fan. MAY-cyan sits on the arm of a Freddie mercury figurine while whistling "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Radio Gaga." YouTuber MrsStr1 has a couple of other videos of MAY-cyan singing Queen songs in his channel. We'll have to check in again to see if he learns to whistle "Bohemian Rhapsody." (via Laughing Squid)
The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer confirms what many fans thought about the first trailer: Rey is not asking Kylo Ren for help. Those two closeups were obviously blocked and filtered to make them seem part of the same scene, but we all know her question was directed to Luke. The same question has a different lighting in this trailer.
The repetition of the "Who are you?" from The Force Awakens clues us in that the ultimate reveal in episode nine will be Rey's background. They just can't have a completely unrelated hero appear out of nowhere and save the day. (via The Mary Sue)
Aydrea Walden created a video series "about an African American Anglophile cosplayer in love with the Victorian Era who's trying to bring a fantasy courtship from her re-enactment events into the real world." It's a historical comedy of manners, so to speak, except that it doesn't hide its 21st-century setting. So "Lady Kate" must deal with anachronisms like a ringing cell phone during tea and maneuvering a hoop skirt into a sedan. This is the first episode.
You can see all the episodes (so far) of Black Girl in a Big Dress on one page at the show's website, or at YouTube. (via Metafilter)
Friday, November 17, 2017
Justice League is in theaters nationwide, and bound to be a blockbuster whether it's any good or not. But what happens if Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, or Cyborg aren't available to save the world? Batman must call up the benchwarmers. The heroes that didn't quite make the cut. The B-team superheroes, as it were. In other words, superheroes whose movies didn't make blockbuster status. There are plenty of them in this video from Funny or Die. (via Tastefully Offensive)
Boston Dynamics has been working on their Atlas humanoid robot, fine-tuning its balance and speed. The results are approaching uncanny valley territory.
This would be terrifying if Boston Dynamics was still working for DARPA to develop military robots. Or even Google, which is determined to take over the world. But the company was sold to SoftBank, a Japanese corporation. No wonder they taught Atlas to dance. Next, the robot will be serving tea in restaurants and keeping grandma company in the nursing home. (via reddit)