R2D2 Finds Love

This short film is adorable! It’s a story about our favorite little droid, R2-D2, looking for love in San Francisco and Berkeley. He falls hard for a quiet mailbox and tries to woo her… Watch to find out how the story ends.

If you’re curious about how “Artoo In Love” was made, check out the official project site: http://www.artooinlove.com/. Writer/Director Evan Atherton.

Cannibal Rats Infesting Ghost Ship?

Here’s a weird story for your Freaky Friday. An abandoned ship is drifting in the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s thought to be infested with rats. Since the rats have no other food source, they are believed to be feeding on each other.

That’s right. Cannibalistic rats, on a ship, possibly headed for Scotland.

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This story has made-for-TV movie written all over it. Something in the neighborhood of “Sharknado,” like Ship-Rat-Wreck. RodenTitanic? Rat-pocalypse? Cannibal Pi-Rats of the North Atlantic? And a heroic exterminator in a kilt! What do you think?

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The Walking Dead: Online Class

I’ve been infected! I’m obsessed with “The Walking Dead,” the zombie apocalypse television series on AMC. The show has just entered its fourth season, and I’ve found a scholarly extension to enhance my zom-pocalypse enjoyment and expertise.

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The Walking Dead course header

I’m taking the online course called, “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead,” via the Canvas Network. The class is free and online, taught by faculty from UC Irvine. There are video lectures, reading modules, video clips from “The Walking Dead,” and interviews of cast members. I’ve just completed the first week’s work, and it was quite enjoyable and interesting.

The Walking Dead (season 2)
The Walking Dead (season 2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The course uses examples from “The Walking Dead” to examine the way people live during survival situations. It’s a multi-disciplinary approach, examining “themes from the social sciences, health sciences, physics, and mathematics…”

Course topics include:

  • Foundation of Survival
  • Public Health and Infectious Diseases
  • Deconstructing Society
  • Social Identity
  • Modeling a Zombie Outbreak
  • Thriving on a Post-Apocalyptic Diet
  • New Materials and The Science of Damage Control
  • The Science of Hope

Not only do I enjoy having an excuse to watch “The Walking Dead” every week (it’s educational!), but I really do find it fun and rewarding to exercise my brain and learn some new things. If you’re interested in the course, go sign up. And let me know what you think!


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Great Failed Predictions

Here’s an interesting infographic for you. It’s entitled “Missing the Mark: Favorite Failed Guesses, from Pop Culture to Serious Thinkers.” It includes some of the best past predictions, some of which came to pass, and others that came nowhere near being realized.

It’s always fun to look back and remember what people thought the future would be like. I’m still waiting and hoping for my robotic housekeeper and flying car!

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Nathan Fillion’s Birthday Wish

nathan fillionGeek icon Nathan Fillion celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday. Fans admire his ruggedly handsome good looks, as well as his work in the short-lived space western Firefly, current series Castle, and other movie projects, including Slither.

He has almost 1.7 million followers on Twitter (@NathanFillion), and to celebrate his day, he asked them to donate money to his clean water campaign. His previous charity water campaign raised more than $60,000, and his current campaign goal is $100,000.

Nathan’s message:

Obligatory guilt inducing statement: Millions of kids around the world don’t see their 5th birthday because they don’t have clean water.

Let it sit. Think about it. Good.

Last year, you helped celebrate my birthday by building 12 wells for over 3000 people. That’s something none of us can do on our own, but together with My Charity Water it’s a piece of cake. But, don’t send cake. We want water. Let’s build even more wells this year.

Did I mention we get to decide what the plaques on the wells say? Start thinking now. No reason this can’t be humanitarian and hilarious at the same time.

Thank you in advance, for being amazing right now.

Water Changes Everything. from charity: water on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in helping Nathan provide clean water to people who need it, visit his My Charity Water page.

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Star Wars Printable Masks

Happy Halloween, everybody! This year, our family has one bleeding-Scream-face teenager, a homemade 5th grade Viking, and a 2nd grade kitty cat. Does your family need some last-minute Halloween help? Here are some free printable Star Wars masks. Click for the pdf, print it out, and you’re ready to party!

Star Wars Clone Wars Masks

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Star Wars Classic Masks with Princess Leia and Wicket the Ewok

More Classic Star Wars Printable Masks

Looking for more great printables and online Star Wars activities? Visit the official Star Wars site for all kinds of papercraft, recipes, worksheets, and games.

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Happy Independence Day, Sci-Fi Movie Style

Remember the movie Independence Day (2006), where Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum work together to defeat an alien invasion? There is a scene in that movie where the aliens attack and blow up the White House.

This is a representation of that scene, made of cake, by Charm City Cakes and famous sugar-meister Duff Goldberg. It’s awesome!

Happy Independence Day, everybody!