Behold the Power of this Fully-Operational Guitar Orchestra

What’s cooler than cool? Star Wars songs being played on the guitar. John Williams does some kind of wizardry when he composes music for his movies. There are people out there that make videos to pay tribute to his work. One of the latest tributes comes from Cooper Carter who didn’t just do a metal cover of a Star Wars song, he broke down the orchestral arrangement and used “70 guitar tracks. 28 orchestra parts. 11 guitars. 13 shirts.” This created the beautiful metal orchestra that you can witness below performing “The Imperial March.” As an added bonus to the music nerds, Carter is kind enough to note which part each guitar is performing. What’s your favorite version of this iconic song?

Adam Driver and Stephen Colbert Recreate a STAR WARS Scene with Action Figures

I love Stephen Colbert and his interviews on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert are fantastic. Most of the time when interviewing stars about their upcoming movies, they have a clip from the movie. However, Adam Driver was on the show before The Last Jedi was released and due to the secrecy behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi he did not have a clip to show the audience. Colbert was prepared though as he brings out a Kylo Ren and a Rey action figure for them to act out a scene with. Driver gets Keylo Ren while Colbert gets Rey and they do a bit. Being the huge Star Wars fan that he is, Colbert tried fishing out some information about the film from Driver. Driver is a steel trap, but we all know how the story plays out now! It’s fun to watch a scene that could’ve happened. The action figure scene starts at about the 4:10 mark, but the interview is fun and interesting to watch as well. Would you have bought basement waterproofing from Adam Driver?

Hand Blown Glass Solar System Ornaments Look Incredible

Are you needing a gift for the stargazer in your life? What about the astrophysicist? Well, these handmade blown glass ornaments may be just what you need. The ornament set may seem pricey at just over $400, but there are a few things to remember. It includes 9 planets (they include Pluto) and the Sun. They are hand blown and designed to be more durable than your standard store-bought ornaments. Also, the attention to detail is exquisite.

A Saturn that actually LOOKS like Saturn, with Cassini data used to etch the rings! A Sun with sunspots! Earth and Mars with clouds and polar caps, Jupiter with a red spot, and I include Pluto, just because!

These are amazing to look at and could really add that personal touch to your Christmas tree. Do be careful though since they can be a little on the heavy side so they may not work well with small trees. Which planet would you want an ornament of if you could only have one of these? I’d probably choose Venus, Earth, or Uranus.

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Did You Know That Wet String Can Carry the Internet

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We’ve all suffered terrible Internet speeds. It’s a huge first world problem, not having the Internet speed we want. We now know that if absolutely necessary we could use string to carry broadband data and get results. One of the engineers at Andrews and Arnold in the United Kingdom tested this idea recently by taking 2 meters of string and getting it wet in salty water. The result was 3.5 Mbps download speeds and just awful upload speeds of around 67 Kbps, but at least it’s something. While this may not be a viable option, it shows that technology is incredible. Check out the setup below.

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Listen to this STAR WARS and Christmas Medley By the Fireplace

December has become a magical month for Star Wars fans since there has been (and probably forever will be) a new Star Wars film every year around Christmas. This makes it a little tricky for those that want to listen to Star Wars music in anticipation of the movie, but also want to listen to Christmas music in anticipation of the holiday. Beyond the Guitar has your back. This artist has created an absolutely beautiful medley called “A Star Wars Christmas” that is a classical guitar piece that combines some of the best music from Christmas and Star Wars for a new masterpiece. Here’s the order of songs: “Little Drummer Boy”, “Star Wars Main Theme”, “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “The Imperial March”, “Silent Night”, “The Force Theme/Binary Sunset”, “O Holy Night”, “Across the Stars”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Duel of the Fates.” Also, how awesome are those stockings?

Listen to the STAR WARS Theme Performed by Calculators

Modern-day calculators are amazing. You can do so much with them like solve 2+2 or even create a game of Portal! I remember having Mega Man on mine in high school. Someone has taken calculators to a new level though and turned them into a musical instrument. Now, I didn’t know that there were calculators that played music as you used them, but lo and behold there are! It’s a small world used 5 of these calculators to create a keyboard of sorts and perform the theme from Star Wars. People can be freaking creative guys. What did you think of this different orchestration?

Benedict Cumberbatch Wrote a Beautiful Letter to Santa

Benedict Cumberbatch has become a very popular actor over the last several years. He was Smaug in The Hobbit films, Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange, Sherlock Holmes in the Sherlock series, and lots more. He recently wrote a letter to Santa Claus (aka Father Christmas) and it’s beautiful. This letter is part of the Letters Live Project which, “is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence.” In the letter, Cumberbatch asks Santa to help make the world a better place for the children. To clean up the messes that we adults are making. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

This is what I’d like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness. Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears. Especially those caring for family members, or suffering illness, hunger or poverty. Especially those hiding in buildings as bombs rain down, or being handed shaking with fear or cold into a boat to escape environmental disaster or war. Please help to light up their worlds with a moment of joy and hope.

When I think about it you’ve got it tough this year… And when I really think about it I’m not sure that asking you for a lightsaber and getting one (not that I ever did by the way) is equatable with controlling the space time continuum and making the good of childhood last a little longer.

You can read the entire letter over on the Letters Live website and as an added bonus, I’ve included a picture of the handwritten letter at the bottom. What’s your biggest wish for Christmas this year?

DIE HARD Screenwriter Plugs a Major Plot Hole in The Movie

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There’s a pretty big plot hole in Die Hard. How did John McClane know who Hans Gruber was? Alan Rickman, who played Gruber, put on a great American accent that would’ve fooled most people, so how did Bruce Willis’ McClane know he was the leader of the terrorists? The answer comes from some deleted scenes according to the screenwriter Steven E. de Souza. De Souza explained in an interview with Esquire back in March:

Originally, they get off the truck, the camera craned up, you saw them in a circle and Alan Rickman says, ‘Synchronize your watches.’ They all put their arms out in a circle with the camera moving down and they all had the same Tag Heuer watch. If you notice, the first guy Bruce kills almost by accident going down the steps, he searches the body, looks at the IDs.

He further explains that as McClane offs each of the terrorists, he notices that they have the same watch. Also, de Souza points out that we’re given this clue in the final movie.

When he talks to Dwayne Robinson, he says, ‘I think these guys are professionals. Their IDs are too good. There’s no labels on their clothes and they all have the same watch.’

So, when McClane offers Gruber a cigarette he spots the watch and is able to figure out that Gruber is lying to him from that one clue. Such an amazing detail. The scene about synchronizing watches was cut in the end because it conflicted with escaping in the ambulance since we would’ve seen there was no ambulance in the first scene when they are getting out of the truck. According to de Souza, director John McTiernan told the editor, “Now without 'synchronize your watches,' all of these moments where Bruce looks at these guys' watches makes no sense.” Were you able to figure it out or did this just make the movie even better?

The SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Sequel Has a Great Placeholder Title

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Before a film has an official title set in stone, the studios tend to have a placeholder title to use until finalizing the real title. The placeholder for Spider-Man: Homecoming was Summer of George in reference to George Constanza, the beloved Seinfeld character.

We've now learned from Omega Underground that the sequel for Spider-Man: Homecoming has a similar title of Fall of George. I think director Jon Watts has a thing for Seinfeld.

In addition to the working title, we have learned that the team is looking to start shooting in June 2018 in Atlanta. Are you excited about this sequel? I know I am. What should its final title be? I'm thinking Spider-Man: Prom.

When the Boss is Away, NERF STAR WARS Returns – THE LAST OFFICE JEDI

What do you get when a boss asks an employee to get some files to accounting and then leaves for a meeting? An epic, office-wide NERF battle. This video is the sequel to The Warp Zone’s NERF STAR WARS and is fantastic. Michael Schroeder and Michael Adams Davis returned to write the short film and Schroeder also took over as the director. This video certainly feels a lot more polished than the first one from three years ago. This is the fight we all wanted at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so I hope you all enjoy. Does your office ever break out into NERF wars?