Weekend Links: Coding with Bill

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In honor of Computer Science Education Week, Code.org is featuring videos from the tech industry’s leading lights – Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and representatives from Apple, Amazon, Yahoo, and more—teaching absolute beginners the basics of coding. With some tutorials as short as an hour, it can’t hurt to give it a try.

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In case you missed it, Beyoncé surprised her fans by releasing her latest album this week with no prior notice—happy holidays, Sasha Fierce fans.

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Ian McKellen (otherwise known as Gandalf), another celebrity with an apparent fondness for surprises, showed up unannounced to a midnight screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He wished the theatergoers “a wonderful time.”

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The most-read books of the past 50 years tend, not surprisingly, to skew towards the twentieth-century.

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Amateur photographer Paul Williams got quite a view when his London-to-New-York flight happened to cross paths with a spectacularly vibrant aurora in the sky. He shot a series of photos and compiled them into a time-lapse video, which can be viewed from the comfort of your own home with plenty of legroom.

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Given a large enough sheet of paper, Swiss artist Sipho Mabona is convinced he can fold a life-size origami elephant out of it. Sounds ambitious, to say the least.

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The mall car-chase scene from The Blues Brothers recreated in Lego form is just as fun to watch as the original – in fact, maybe even more so.

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“Yesterday was Friday,” indeed: proving that not all viral video fame goes to your head, Rebecca Black of earworm-y “Friday” music video infamy has released a tongue-in-cheek follow-up, appropriately entitled “Saturday.” The self-aware send-up of her earlier song is surprisingly catchy.

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