84-Year-Old Grandpa Welds a Death Star Fire Pit for Christmas

That’s no moon… it’s a fire pit. For Christmas this year, Redditor Jennifer Allison (aka Bandia5309) got a gift that would warm the heart of any Star Wars fan. Her 84-year-old grandpa, Kenneth, took the round ends off a propane tank, connected them to form a sphere and cut out just the right bits to turn it into a very toasty version of the Death Star… including that pesky ventilation shaft.

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Flowing Maps Explore the City’s Impact on the Local Environment

Digital artist and illustrator Istvan has created a series of maps which artfully imagine the affect of cities and their human inhabitants on the local environment. His colorful images aren’t scientific in nature, but rather a personal exploration of what it might look like if the energies of the metropolis flowed out of the city itself.

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The Boxtrolls’ End Credits Shows How Much Work Goes Into Stop-Motion

A stop-motion movie might not be the typical platform for a philosophical discussion of determinism versus free will, but the end credits for The Boxtrolls handles it in very funny fashion. The short clip also highlights the massive amount of work that goes into creating a stop-motion film, showing a time-lapse animator repositioning each character a countless number of times to produce just this short sequence.

For an idea of how long this took, note the changes in the animators outfit as the days pass.

“It’s just too much…”

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“An Astronaut’s Guide To Optimism”: Chris Hadfield’s Inspiring Video for the New Year

You’ve heard of Colonel Chris Hadfield before. He’s the Canadian astronaut who captured the hearts and minds of the world, commanding the International Space Station as he beamed back pictures of our beautiful planet, jammed live with the Bare Naked Ladies, and performed David Bowie’s Space Oddity, from space.

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A Chinese Meter-Reader Captures Unexpected Moments on the Street

Tao Liu doesn’t take your average street photographs, but then again, he’s not your average street photographer either. The 32-year-old from Hefei, China, is a water-meter reader for the Hefei Water Supply Company. He spends his days riding the city streets on his motorcycle while collecting businesses’ water usage. But after his long day he puts his trusty Fujifilm X100 rangefinder to work.

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Life Hack: How to Use Your Wallet as a Smartphone Tripod

Even with a self-timer added to most modern smartphone camera apps, getting a hands-free shot is not the easiest task. With their current thinner-is-better form factor, getting a phone to balance on anything but one tiny edge is a challenge, and even leaning them against an object isn’t too practical. Thankfully, Youtuber Bang Ong has a simple and smart life hack. Here he demonstrates how to use just your wallet to accurately aim your phone in all kinds of directions. Cool!

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A Robot Searches for His Creator in This Beautiful and Desolate Film

In the sand dune covered lands outside his city, a robot searches for his creator. “We Were Not Made For This World,” is a beautiful and haunting film directed by Colin West McDonald and based on a story of the same name by award-winning cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier. This film is striking in its reliance upon a strong narrative, allowing the deep, soothing voice of Mark “Big Poppa” Stampley to carry the film to its conclusion. Beautifully done.

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Illustrator Adds Funny Cartoons to Stranger’s Instagram Photos

London-based, Brazilian-born illustrator Lucas Levitan has a humorous ongoing project. He’s been grabbing stranger’s images off Instagram and adding his own characters with funny and awkward results. His additions often transform rather benign photographs into something altogether ridiculous and unexpected – like beachgoers being vacuumed up by a gigantic woman, or a man playing harp with the cables on a bridge.

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Somabar: A Robotic Countertop Bartender That Mixes Cocktails As Directed By Your Smartphone

How badly do you want this at your New Year’s party? Somabar is a robotic cocktail mixing appliance that connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and precisely mixes drinks on your kitchen counter – and it does it in under 5 seconds. Forget cocktail shakers and careful measuring to produce the perfect drink, this libation delivering servant does it right, every time.

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This Cat is the Most Beautiful We’ve Seen… But It’s Just Been Named “Most Awful Sleeping Face” in Japan

With gigantic blue eyes and a snow-white coat, this Japanese cat named Setsu-Chan might be the most beautiful feline we’ve ever seen… that is, until she takes a cat nap.

After gaining a substantial following on Twitter, she has recently been dubbed “Most Awful Sleeping Face” by a number of Japanese publications, and it’s not hard to see why. This looks like the most relaxed cat in history. As soon as she nods off, her tongue pops out, her eyes roll back (but don’t quite close). If we didn’t see the before and after shots, we’d think she wasn’t gonna make it.

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