Velvet Chewbacca Leggings That Make ‘Star Wars’ Fan’s Legs Look Like the Legendary Wookiee From Kashyyyk

Chewbacca Velvet Leggings

Think Geek has released a sexy, officially licensed pair of Velvet Chewbacca Leggings that will make any Star Wars fan’s legs look a lot like the legendary Wookiee from planet Kashyyyk. They are available to purchase online.

What was Han without Chewbacca, his faithful co-pilot and companion? Without Chewie he would he have gained his bad-boy smuggler image? His swagger? Without Chewie would Han have wandered aimlessly, lost in the galaxy? Probably! It is really one of the all-time, best-known, worthy-of-hyphens, sci-fi partnerships.

Honor good ol’ Chewie by putting him on your legs. These velvety leggings feature his fur and his bandolier on the right hip. Made from a 100% polyester fabric, they’re super-stretchy for maximum comfort.

Chewbacca Velvet Leggings

Chewbacca Velvet Leggings

images via ThinkGeek

The Keyport Slide 2.0, A High-Tech Key Organizer and Multitool

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The Keyport Slide 2.0 is a high-tech key organizer and multitool that lets users easier carry up to six keys while always having a light and pen ready. The system can also incorporate an on-board bottle opener, USB drive, or up to two scannable barcodes for even more organized access to frequently used items.

For a limited time, the Keyport Slide 2.0 is available in our Laughing Squid Store for a 33% discount off its list price in both black and ice colors.

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‘Snowden’ Teaser Trailer Covers Edward Snowden’s Rise to Becoming a Wanted Man

A teaser trailer for the upcoming Oliver Stone film Snowden covers Edward Snowden‘s rise to becoming a wanted man. Snowden is currently scheduled to release Christmas 2015.

SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is written and directed by Academy Award®-Winning Director Oliver Stone. The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.

What the PG-Rated Film ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ Might Look Like as an R-Rated Movie

The Fine Brothers and animator Ryan Scott Wick have teamed up to create a new animated short that shows what the PG-rated film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone might look like as an R-rated movie. The ancient Sorting Hat is rather inappropriate while announcing each of the new children’s selected Hogwarts house, Potter’s Quidditch experience is quite bloody this time around, and more.

The Fine Brothers also released behind-the-scenes footage that shows how the animated short was made:

Spidey Gets a High-Tech Suit, a Spider-Mobile, & New Global Adventures in Marvel’s Relaunch of the Spider-Man Comics

New Spiderman Suit and Spider-Mobile

MTV News recently revealed the plans that Marvel has for their upcoming relaunch of The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series. Peter Parker (Spider-Man) will be the owner of his tech company Parker Industries, sporting a new high-tech suit, a speedy Spider-Mobile, and adventures that are on a more global scale. The future series is being written by Dan Slott, drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli, and given a fresh redesign by skilled artist Alex Ross.

Through a variety of body-switching circumstances too complicated to explain, mild-mannered Peter Parker ended up the owner of Parker Industries, a tech company. Post-“Secret Wars,” Parker is finally figuratively owning his new position in life, having taken Parker Industries and made it one of the leading companies in the world.

Move over, Stark Industries: Spider-Man is in charge this time. (read more)

New Spiderman Suit and Spider-Mobile

New Spiderman Suit and Spider-Mobile

New Spiderman Suit and Spider-Mobile

images via MTV News

A Scientific Approach to Making Ice Cream at Home

Beth Cotterell and Sarah Stephens of the At-Bristol Science Centre make ice cream with all the typical ingredients like milk and cream but skip the process of making it cold by using liquid nitrogen. They also showcase how to usually make ice cream at home with ice and salt.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Methods of Deflecting Asteroids Away From the Earth

A recent video by the American Museum of Natural History looks at the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of deflecting asteroids away from the Earth. The video looks at methods that use massive objects, explosions, and even paint to divert an asteroid’s orbit.

KnitYak, Custom Knit Scarves Created With Unique Mathematical Algorithms

KnitYak is a wonderful project that combines yarn with numbers. Founder Fabienne “fbz” Serriere, who is both a knitter and a mathematician, is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter in order to purchase an industrial knitting machine that would allow her to provide custom knit scarves created with unique algorithms.

When I started out modifying knitting machines it was because I wanted patterning that was beautifully non-repeating. I wanted something that looked great no matter how I draped it or wore it. To find algorithms that produce great knit patterns, I set out on a journey to find code that created images that look great “pixelly” as a knit. Knitting is made up of tiny “v”‘s, not square pixels, so that also played into the choice of algorithms. One of the algorithms I ended up loving was an elementary cellular automaton that generates great knit patterns which are non-repeating in some lengths, and yet not noise. …All of the scarves are provably unique; no one has the same scarf as you and I can prove it. KnitYak scarves ship with the specific code and generating key used to make the pattern on your scarf. There is something powerful about knowing the mathematics and code behind the pattern you are wearing.


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Why Leap Seconds Can Cause Computer Glitches

In a recent video, Tom Scott gives an explanation for why leap seconds can cause computer glitches. Leap seconds are seconds of time added or removed from Coordinated Universal Time to account for the Earth’s irregular orbit. That can cause problems with computer programs that use Unix time, a simple measurement of the seconds that have passed since January 1, 1970.

A leap second will be added at 11:59:60 PM on June 20, 2015.