Weekend Links: Samurai Star Wars

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2012. In honor of today, here's a convoluted history of "Auld Lang Syne."
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I cannot tell you how many links I see that have to do with Star Wars. Seriously, I could do a page of links just on derivatives from the films, and not all of them worthy of half so much. But this one really struck me as genuinely both clever and artistic: Samurai Star Wars.
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If Star Wars links are plenty, they still do not hold a candle to cat videos. Seriously, if you accidentally "like" even one cat video on StumbleUpon, you'll never be heard from again. But here is a safe place for you to see or re-live the creme de la creme of this year: the 20 most important cats of 2011.
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50 Strangest and Most Unusual Buildings Around the World (some of the comments give the actual names of the structures, a few of which are featured more than once).
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I'm trying very hard not to make a list of the best or worst of 2011 in anything, but I will include this play as the best NFL moment of 2011. It's the landing! He stuck the landing!
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If you don't recognize the name John Williams, you certainly know his work. For a long time, he has been the go-to composer for epic, swirling movie soundtracks. But things in movies are changing, and is he the last of his kind? Consider this thoughtful piece on the composer himself.
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There is a high likelihood that I've posted this some time in the past, but look at it! Yes, it deserves a second, third, fourth look: the Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom.
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The holiday season may have passed up, but these incredibly geeky science gifts would surely be appreciated all year 'round.
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From Christina, an item from the Department of Just Because: Bread People.
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A big thanks to everyone who sent in links this week - keep it up! Send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, and you can drop me a line at any time on Twitter.

January 1, 2012 - 6:36am
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