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A Jedi Christmas Story

Why, it’s a major award! Let’s move it in front of the window so the neighbors can see it! Gordon Tarpley has reason to be proud of his leg lamp. Link -via Distracted by Star Wars

The Downside of a Nobel Prize

Scientists are mostly a humble bunch, as they spend a big part of their lives in search of knowledge or teaching it to others without much hoopla. And while incompetent people often don’t know they are incompetent, professional scientists are often smart enough to think they don’t quite measure up. And while winning a Nobel [...]

Bill Murray’s Sally League Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speech

(YouTube Link) Bill Murray was recently inducted into baseball’s South Atlantic League Hall of Fame, and his speech confirms that the League clearly chose the best man for the award. Bill’s speech is heartwarming, funny and reveals the deep love he’s had since childhood for America’s national pastime, and how he came to be co-owner of the [...]

SWARMANOID: Robots Doing Cool Stuff

A new breed of cooperative robots has won an artificial intelligence award: the Swarmanoid. (Although the robots are many, they are referred to as a singular collective.) Reminiscent of the “fast, cheap, and out of control” robots envisioned by Rodney Brooks in his pioneering paper and the movie of the same name, these robots work [...]

15 Badass Recipients Of The Dickin Medal

The Dickin Medal is a British award given to animals who served faithfully in wartime. Buzzfeed listed the stories of one cat, several dogs and a surprising number of pigeons who were so honored. One of those pigeons was named G.I. Joe. G.I. Joe was enlisted in the United States Army Pigeon Service and went on [...]

Boy Without Hands Wins Penmanship Award

Nicholas Maxim was born without hands or forearms, but the fifth grader can write -and well, too. Nicholas has won a special award in Zaner-Bloser’s 20th annual National Handwriting Contest. “We submitted his entry because we felt his penmanship was amazing considering he completes most of his work without using his prostheses,” said Cheryl Hasenfus, Readfield [...]

Done in 60 Seconds Films

I feel like I got the stink of the self-congratulatory award season washed off me, so I’m in no rush to start lauding Hollywood-types with more shiny hardware. The Done in 60 Seconds awards, on the other hand, I am all for. The idea behind the concert is to recreate an entire film in a single [...]

Mr. Rogers and His Lifetime Achievement Emmy (Get Ready to Cry at Work)

In 1997, Fred Rogers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmys. His acceptance speech is one of the most gentle, moving, humble and powerful statements I’ve seen in a long time. Even the way he accepts the award from Tim Robbins — in a gentle, curious manner, just standing back and calmly [...]

Best Picture Title Screens

(YouTube link) This video contains the title cards from every movie that has ever won the top Academy Award, now known as the award for Best Picture. {wiki} The only exception is The King’s Speech, which won the 83rd such Oscar just last night. I’ve seen 55 of these movies; I’m not going to admit to [...]

Baba Yetu

(YouTube link) The theme to Civilization IV made history last night by becoming the first song written specifically for a video game to win a Grammy award. Composer Christopher Tin accepted the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song “Baba Yetu” {wiki}. The lyrics are the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. Vocals are by [...]