Weekend Links: A Firework, a Comet and a Bolt of Lightning Walked In ...

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Have you ever tried to count the stars? Ok, maybe it's not that hard if you live in a city full of light pollution, but when you see the complete the night sky (taken with 37,400 exposures), you may rethink the endeavor. This amazing interactive map allows you to zoom all around our immediate cosmos, with a helpful info button and map to help you orient yourself. (Thanks Holly for the great link!)
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Somehow these TV shows and films just don't seem the same when the stars' stage names are replaced with their real ones on these posters. (Thanks Margeaux!)
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You better start swimming or sink like a stone, cause the times they are a-changing: there are pop culture references everywhere. Yes, everywhere - even a courtroom. Turns out some judges are finding wisdom not only from the law … but from Dylan songs.
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A unique kind of family fun time that doubles as art, with stunning results. See how one photographer dad sets up some amazingly staged shots with his two adorable girls.
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Speaking of photo composition, this has got to be one of the most brilliantly lucky moments in photography. See where fireworks, lightning and a comet all vie for attention from a Perth shore. Yes the photos were stitched together, but they are all indeed from the same night/event.
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These days most products seem to have to pull double-duty to be considered worthy (a phone is a camera and an mp3 player, even that ole microwave oven!). Here are 9 extraordinary products that are more than they seem (sunglasses that double as a camera? Love it!)
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Strange Creature Alert: "When you hear the word kangaroo what you may well imagine is the large marsupial bounding with immense speed across the Australian landscape – and you would not be wrong.  However, at one point the ancestors of one particular family of kangaroos did something strange.  They returned to the trees whence they had come.  This is the tree-kangaroo and they are the marsupial equivalent of monkeys."
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From the Department of "Look Ma, No Hands!": Flossy reader Addison has sent in a short instructional video I have to share - how to create atmospheric music with just a keyboard and a tennis ball. No innate ability or, for that matter, fingers required!
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May 21, 2011 - 5:25am
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