All those bricks may not look like much when you tip them out of the box, but she's got it where it counts -- as you can see from this spectacular video on Gizmodo, which documents reporter Germain Lussier's intrepid quest to put the Star Wars set together over the course of 34 hours (spread across eight days). What follows is a journey of joy and pain, hope and despair, light and darkness -- the build is beset by problems, from wrongly-placed pieces to attacks from ravenous beasts -- and it seems at various points as if Lussier might give in to his anger and destroy the toy like so much rebel scum. But in the end, thank the maker, good prevails and balance is restored to the Force. Meet the woman called "the wizard of camera-based VR"
He began work on the Millennium Falcon -- his 71st piece -- in April 2016. Before any matchsticks are glued together, Acton draws up blueprints. For this piece, he worked from photographs of the movie prop and from a toy model. He spent over a year on the project, putting the finishing touches on the piece this month. The model is currently on display now through July 25 at Matchstick Marvels at the Gladbrook Museum.
Sometimes DIY dental procedures require The Force. After spending months planning his daughter's loose tooth removal, Han Solo Kelly Starrett of MobilityWod successfully yanked out the tooth using a toy Millennium Falcon drone. "I love you Chewie," his daughter says as the drone takes off. Considering the delayed reaction, it seems as if the tooth pull went off without any pain. Have something to add to this story?
I recently acquired a decommissioned microfilm reader. My university bought the reader for $16,000 in 1998, but its value has depreciated to $0 in their official bookkeeping records. Machines like it played a central role in both research and secret-agent tasks of the last century. But this one had become an embarrassment. The bureaucrats wouldn't let me store the reader in a laboratory that also houses a multi-million-dollar information-display system.