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Things We Saw Today: Restore Balance to Your Holiday With a Darth Vader Yule Log Video

Ring in the holiday spirit the Star Wars way with this five hour long video of… well, Darth Vader’s funeral. Toss out that old Yule Log and just tune in to this video. It’ll restore balance to your holidays. (via The Verge)

  • Speaking of Star Wars, this new Google “Chrome Experiment” lets you use your cell phone as a lightsaber in a Star Wars mini-game. If you’ve ever waved your cell phone around like it was a lightsaber, then folks, here’s where your training should pay off. (via Business Insider)
  • Oh, but what would it take to make lightsabers a real thing? This animated graphic from Costume Collection actually sums that up pretty well. Spoilers: we aren’t close to having ’em. Not yet.

Star Wars in 99 Seconds” is what you get when you combine a capella and Star Wars. The folks behind the Paint YouTube channel skillfully recapped all of the Star Wars movies with song. Well done, folks.

  • In non-Star Wars things we saw, we have this dinosaur egg candle. But it isn’t just any candle; there’s a special surprise inside that reveals itself as the candle melts. As Dr. Malcolm would say: life, uh finds a way. (via Laughing Squid)
  • NASA captured this beautiful photo showing phytoplankton “bloom” in the Atlantic Ocean. It looks like something straight out of a Van Gogh painting. (via Huffington Post)

Hella stuff. Hella. And you can expect more Star Wars stuff this week because, well, it’s Star Wars week. Tell us, what’d you see today?

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