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Happy Star Wars Day from Rallyverse!

By , on May 4, 2015 at 11:33 am

For an “unofficial secular holiday” that’s only been around for 4 years and has largely become a thing due to good-natured social media sharing, Star Wars Day really seems to be working out.

Given what we know about the ambient levels of excitement around all things Star Wars, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that a holiday has taken off like it has, but still — there is no shortage of Star Wars celebration on the internet this morning.

With that in mind, here are some of our favorite Star Wars things on the internet today.

Perhaps we should start with the world’s largest LEGO Millennium Falcon? All 250,000 bricks strong? As far as we can tell, those are just normal people in Stormtrooper costumes and not some sort of elaborate oversized Lego statues.

We definitely got a kick of out this Star Wars cosplay roundup from the folks at Uproxx. Definitely make sure you scroll down until you get to Han Solo Cup.

If you’re given to wordplay and memes, we highly recommend checking out Star Puns. Given our broader Twitter presence, we were a bit partial to Bounty Hunter.

We know, it’s almost noon and you’ve barely made plans for Star Wars day. Don’t worry, it isn’t too late. Here’s a list of six suggestions for how you can celebrate #Maythe4th, including spending money on a silly toy.

If you’re geeking out about The Force Awakens, the team at the A.V. Club assembled a wish list of 15 things they want to see from the next installment in the series, including more real sets, less reverence about the series’ sacred cows (what is the Force actually good for besides stopping other people from using it for evil), and more of a sense of humor. Yes, sold.

Speaking of geeking out, Wired has a detailed scientific analysis of an exploding stormtrooper. Don’t worry, there are both equations and charts.

And, finally, today’s big news is the set of high-end set photos that are running in Vanity Fair, which of course offer a few new character and plot reveals.

We’ll let Bill Murray take us home:

Here’s how you manage your Daily Deck emails

By , on April 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm

New in Rallyverse: you can now manage the time that receive your Daily Deck emails in Settings. Navigate to Settings // Notifications and you can set the time that you receive your Daily Deck email each morning. 

The default is 8 am in your time zone, but feel free to flip that to whatever you want:

 

And, of course, if you need a refresher on our email options, we’ve got a full write-up here:

Have a great Thursday. 

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In which we try to predict your interests using only your Twitter handle

By , on April 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Do we know you?

Maybe not, but if you give us your Twitter handle and OAuth, we’ll analyze your bio, last 200 Tweets and even the accounts you follow to predict the content categories that you’re most interested in.

It’s a sneak peak into how our patented recommendation engine works, and a sample of how we can build an account for a new client in a matter of minutes. Our customers have had access to this for a while, and now we’re letting anyone give it a shot.  

So go ahead. Give it a try. Let us know what you think. Share your results. 

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Instagram releases 3 new filters and yes, they still sound like band names

By , on April 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Big news from Instagram yesterday: three new photo filters and the ability to use emoji in hashtags (well, at least some emoji; sorry eggplant!). 

As expected, the new filters have appropriately fanciful names, and reminded us of our quiz from this past winter, Instagram Filter or Indie Band Name. So we couldn’t help but take another spin at conjuring up counterfeit band descriptions for each of the new filters.

Lark

Their composition conforms to standard punk-rock parameters—yelping singer, fuzzbox-tweaking guitarist and bassist, pugilistic drummer—but even at its most ferocious, their music lacks the emotionally raw, primal catharsis we associate with post-hardcore acts. They come off more like steely lab technicians administering shock treatment for dubious purposes. But the mercurial, combustible potential within suggests we may not be laughing at it for much longer. 

Reyes

Perhaps the most unlikely aspect of it is that it is good, or at least immensely likable, in the same way that, say, the first Iron Man movie was. It breezes by, bright and pricy. These intentions are made clear from the outset. From the choice of collaborators to the sequencing to the endless evocations of speed and opulence, the album seems engineered to ingratiate, and to dazzle. It is the music blooming out of a club you are supposed to want to go into.

Juno

This effort feels distinct from its predecessors, more intimate but also more considered. It does more while calling less attention to itself. The understated mix disguises just how much instrumental and textural variation runs through these songs. Save for a few moments when the guitars boil over, the record plays as if covered by a blanket of snow. 

 

(Very polite credit to the folks at Pitchfork here, here and here.) 

GIFs of defunct electronics are pretty sublime

By , on April 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

French animator and illustrator Guillaume Kurkdjian has created a series of gorgeous GIFs of now defunct electronics items that remind us of a time when our magical devices had a few more moving parts. 

You should absolutely head over to his page on Behance to check out all of the details; they’re great.  

 

 

Images © Guillaume Kurkdjian