BB-8: How Are They Doing That?

You may remember being old enough to be sitting in a darkened theater when suddenly John Williams’ now iconic theme burst into the air followed by the “crawl” setting the story for Star Wars – A New Beginning. The movie was an immediate hit as it seemed to push all the right buttons for so many movie goers.

One of those buttons was the interaction between the two droids, R2D2 and C3PO. It seemed that the two were more like Laural and Hardy or the “battling Bickersons.” Not only was the relationship between the two entertaining, people marveled at the range of emotions a little cylinder with a midget inside was able to create with beeps and whistles. Such was the acting of R2D2.

Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens is set to be released this Christmas. One of the “stars” of the two trailers has been a little droid by the name of BB-8.

You can see BB-8 at the 0:28 mark of this trailer…..

….. and at the 1:10 and 1:20 mark of the latest trailer released on April 16, 2015.

Clearly BB-8 is a combination of computer graphics and puppeteers, right?

Not so fast.

You see, we wouldn’t really care about these trailers as we suspect that as December approaches we will be inundated with commercials, toys, tie ins, etc for the this latest Star Wars.

What has us puzzled and amazed is that at the recent Anaheim Star Wars Celebration, a “real,” “live” BB-8 rolled out onto the stage.

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Drink Up.

We like shows like “How Its Made” as they dig into manufacturing processes of different items. In the video below, Bill Hammond gives a more critical and precise view of the common aluminum can including not only how it is made, but why it made with certain design features.

Bill details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, show close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, and details the complex operation of the tab that opens the can.

Evan a can is highly engineered.

Cocoa Beach: Commission Meeting Tonight.

CB-Skate-Park-ROHthe Cocoa Beach City commission meets tonight in a regular meeting at 7 PM in the City Hall Commission Room.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

If you cannot come to the meeting in person, it can be viewed on the City’s website as well as on Bright House channel 497.

Hope to see you there.

Tax Day And Satellite Beach City Council Meeting.

(image courtesy of Dave Coverly at

(image courtesy of Dave Coverly at

Today of course is April 15, which is the final day for getting your federal taxes done (unless you have applied for an extension.) to “celebrate” (or ease the pain) some establishments are offering deals on free or reduced food, services, and items. (Our favorite deal might be Sonny’s BBQ offering am “IRS” (Irresistible Rib Special) where barbeque rib meals are half price. Other merchants include Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Boston Market, and Sonics. A more complete list of deals (including free shredding of up to 5 pounds of documents at Staples (coupon required) and offerings can be found here.

Also tonight the Satellite Beach City Council will host a regular meeting starting at 7:00 PM.

The meeting agenda can be found here while the support packet can be found here.

The Council will be passing the utility tax, adding to the tax burden.

There is something to be said for the irony of the City Council second vote to increase taxes on its residents on April 15.

Hope to see you at the meeting.


We’ll leave you to your own interpretation of this piece of artwork called “Preamble” by Mike Wilkins, but we like it for a variety of reasons.

(click for larger size)

(click for larger size)


1987 Mike Wilkins Born: Durham, North Carolina 1959 painted metal on vinyl and wood 96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A. 1988.39
Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, North Wing

(h/t to Walter Olson of Overlawyered who has post on the CATO Institute blog on this and Eugene Volokh at the The Volokh Conspiracy.)

Hilary Launches Campaign.


Hillary Launches Campaign. If 2016 is about trust and honesty, it’s sunk before it starts.

(courtesy A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

Oh. My. Dear. Lord.

NYACK---ROH Nyack College is rather small, liberal Christian college in New York. With a enrollment of a little over 3,300 students, an idyllic campus and a Christian based education, one would think there would be nothing to worry about in sending your child there.

Sadly, one would be wrong if your child happened to be playing on the woman’s softball team.

There, your daughter would have been coached by Kurt Ludwigsen, (aka Kurt Vogner) a lifetime softball coah who had served on the staff of University of Arizona and Olympic coach Mike Candrea. Married and with two daughters, working at a college with what one would think would be good kids and not a great deal of pressure to win, Ludwigen was set up to succeed not only at his profession, but in life.

Now Ludwigen is set up for something else:

The former head women’s softball coach at Nyack College was charged Thursday with 94 counts of improper sexual contact with 13 players at the Christian school.

Kurt Ludwigsen, who was hired by the college in September and fired last month, faces accusations of kissing players, touching them sexually and harassing them, South Nyack-Grand View Police Chief Brent Newbury said.

Newbury said the police began receiving complaints in March that Ludwigsen had been acting inappropriately with the female players since October. Parents brought their concerns to both police and the college, he said.

“The parents thought something inappropriate was going on with the coach,” Newbury said.


Police charged Ludwigsen with 44 misdemeanor counts of forcible touching of another’s sexual/intimate parts, 49 misdemeanor counts of second-degree harassment, and one misdemeanor count of third-degree sexual abuse. (emphasis ours)

There are so many things we want to know and ask.

Email In Real Life.

Ain’t it the truth.

(The Nigerian prince one is hysterical.)

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