Weekend Links: Staring at the Sun

Conventional wisdom warns sky-watchers not to look directly at an eclipse. Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller, in partnership with the Brno University of Technology, has done all the work for you in capturing shots of the solar corona during a total eclipse of the sun.

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Grandmothers are the same the world around: they all want you to eat something. Gabriele Galimberti’s photo series of the various cuisines global Grandmas are trying to feed their loved ones is both heartwarming and mouthwatering.

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Documentary filmmaker Willie Witte has a refreshing response to modern digital trickery: his experimental video, “SCREENGRAB,” features no more manipulation than some crafty camera angles and impressive sleight of hand, but you’ll likely want to watch it more than once to be sure.

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On the far opposite end of the filmmaking spectrum, the world’s smallest movie, entitled “A Boy and His Atom,” was made by manipulating individual atoms and compiling images from a scanning tunneling microscope into a stop-motion short film.

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Newly released photos of iconic actress Audrey Hepburn’s time in Rome show the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star in all her classic elegance.

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The MAVEN spacecraft is holding a contest: submit a message in the form of a haiku poem, and they could send your name and three-line missive on a DVD to Mars. There’s no word yet on whether any extraterrestrials will be around to read it.

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A German opera house was forced to close down its Nazi-themed production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser for, well, fairly obvious reasons. The work was so offensive that some audience members sought medical treatment for their distress. Maybe no one in Düsseldorf got the memo that The Producers was a comedy?

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 It’s nearly swimming season! These vintage beach photos should help you get excited to don your choice of bathing costume and dive into the water.

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

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LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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