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Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Auction Finds, Movies
Once more from the farthest reaches of the internet, I bring you cool Star Wars stuff. This time, it's a gallery Star Wars masks and helmets used in the original trilogy. Most of these closeup pictures were taken within the last few years or so, so you have to expect some visible wear and tear. Still, they're fascinating documents that went into the magic of the first three films. Up first is a snowtrooper helmet from The Empire Strikes Back. Bet you never knew they had green eyepieces! Also from The Empire Strikes Back, here's an original Ugnaught foam latex mask. You remember the Ugnaughts as the little pig people who worked in Cloud City and helped prep the carbonite machine for Han Solo. Here are three different angles of a regular ol' Stormtrooper helmet, worn during ...
Check Out This Vintage 1950s RCA Color Television Camera

Check Out This Vintage 1950s RCA Color Television Camera

Auction Finds
The RCA TK-40/41 is considered to be the first color television camera. It began production in late 1953 and was produced in greater quantity in 1954. This particular camera (MI-40534) was made in 1954 and bought by WBAP (later KXAS) of Fort Worth, the first television station in Texas (debuted in 1948). Outfitted with three lenses, it is a live pick-up camera used to separate a color image into its primary red, blue, and green component images and convert them into signals required for the RCA color television system. Beginning with The Colgate Comedy Hour on November 22, 1953 these cameras were in wide use at TV networks and affiliate studios, as well as independent TV production facilities through the 1960s. Notice the sweet CBS period logo, which actually hasn't changed that muc
Check Out This Sweet Batman Batcycle Go-Cart from the 1960s

Check Out This Sweet Batman Batcycle Go-Cart from the 1960s

Auction Finds
One of the many cool devices used in the '60s Batman TV show and feature film was the Batcycle. Since having Robin straddling Batman from behind would've been too much even for the Dynamic Duo he had his own sidecar, which could detach and drive on its own like a go-cart. A few years ago the Batcycle sidecar/go-cart (built in 1966 by Richard “Korky” Korkes and Dan Dempski) went up for auction and sold for a whopping $30,000. Here are a few pictures of the go-cart at the time of the auction, and some vintage photos of Robin (Burt Ward) riding it on what looks like a film studio lot or location. You can also see the Batcopter in the background in one of the pictures. For more auction finds, click here.
I love you, internet: iPhone 4 captures oscillation of guitar strings

I love you, internet: iPhone 4 captures oscillation of guitar strings

Internet
So this is pretty cool, no? Some guy plopped an iPhone inside his guitar -- I know, crazy right? -- and he was able to capture the oscillation* of the guitar strings as he strummed Eric Clapton's unforgettable dead son ballad, "Tears in Heaven." He says the effect was achieved because of the camera's rolling shutter, whatever that means. God science is so boring. But this is neat: *a fancy word for vibration