That’s No Moon… It’s a Ping Pong Ball!

That broken sphere up there, that’s no moon. It’s a Death Star. Or, to be more specific, it’s the incomplete Death Star II, the second iteration of the intergalactic battle station, built by the villainous Galactic Empire after the smaller Death Star I was triumphantly blown to smithereens by Jedi apprentice Luke Skywalker at the end of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”

Since it first appeared on cinema screens in 1977, the Death Star has become an iconic image of science-fiction cinema, initially made famous by Alec Guinness’ ominous line, “That’s no moon. It’s a space station.” Well, now it’s about to become that little bit more famous, thanks to Japanese internet user tatumaru5963. Y’see, Mr(s). tatumaru5963 has intricately created his/her own miniature Death Star II, using just a ping pong ball and card stock.

The creator of this mini masterpiece provided some commentary on his/her glorious creation, as reproduced here thanks to the wonders of online translators: “Things repeatedly cutting the ping-pong ball, plastic board was finely cut of 0.2, we reproduce the internal structure.”

Umm, yeah. Check out pictures of the mini Death Star II below. [Read more…]

Japan: One Year After the Fukushima Power Plant Nightmare

OnlineSchools.org presents Japan One Year Later Japan One Year Later

It has been nearly a year since the monster earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, causing the worst nuclear disaster on the planet since Chernobyl. The death toll currently stands at 22,900. Don't get me wrong. I like nuclear power as much as the next person, but when I hear that radioactive iodine from the explosion of the plant has crept into the world's food supply (as the infographic video above demonstrates), I stop and think, “Why do nuclear power plants still exist in 2012 when alternate, cleaner energy sources are available?” You tell me.

We Love Ramen! (Infographic)

The student lifestyle site HackCollege.com has cooked up an infographic on the the origins and obsession with ramen in student culture. The graphic provides interesting ramen recipes, as well as interesting facts and statistics about the popular noodle dish.

According to the data on the graphic, Nissin founder Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen, calling his creation “Top Ramen”, successfully impacting the way students eat to this day. Nissin now has 29 plants in 11 countries, putting 21,900 employees to work, with net earnings reported at a $3.2 billion annually. That’s a lot of noodles! [Read more…]

Interview with YouTube Musical Genius Grant Woolard

Grant Woolard is one of the more intriguing Youtube artists. The Japan-based, University of Virginia educated user creates videos on a wide range of topics, in a wide range of styles. Whether he's sending up famous speeches or blending Beatles songs together into a delectable truffle, Woolard always seems to hold the viewers attention, sometimes for as long as 6 minutes. I recently had an opportunity to “sit down” with Grant and ask him about his creative process. His answers to my meddling questions were just as thought-provoking as his videos.

What made you want to start a YouTube channel in the first place?

Back in 2007, when I was supposed to be studying biology, I wrote several pieces for piano and decided to post them on YouTube, but I didn't start making videos on a regular basis until about a year-and-a-half ago, after watching MysteryGuitarMan's videos. [Read more…]

Mini-Worlds In Jars

So, you've seen lots and lots of incredible miniature art over the years, but I highly doubt you've ever seen miniature art going to this extreme! The contents of the little containers depicted above and below are so petite you need a magnifying glass to actually see what objects they are supposed to be. And prepare to be amazed once you take a magnified peek because every little jar has a tiny world of brilliance sitting inside. One world shows a couple kissing under a tree, another shows a turtle on an island, and a third shows a golf course with one itsy-bitsy golfer playing a round; maybe he's a Lilliputian.

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