Amy Ratcliffe

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Dear fellow Browncoats: it is possible to cover a small tree with ornaments inspired by the Firefly universe. ThinkGeek has a four pack of ornaments that feature the Blue Sun logo, the Independent flag, an Engineered by Firefly plaque, and Serenity herself. They also have a tiny Jayne hat. You can compliment these ornaments by making some felt ornaments of the Fruity Oaty Bar girls and painting ornaments with the pattern from Kaylee’s umbrella.

See pictures of the other Firefly ornaments after the break.

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Harry Potter Hogwarts

I don’t often entertain thoughts about returning to the world of education to pursue more degrees, but the fact that colleges are offering courses about Doctor Who and Harry Potter tempt me. “British Culture and Harry Potter” is a part of California State University San Marcos’ study abroad program. The class focuses on learning about the locations that inspired the Harry Potter books and the ones used in the film. Students will travel to places across England and Scotland such as King’s Cross Station, Warner Bros. Studio, Durham Cathedral (Professor McGonagall’s classroom), Alnwick Castle, and more.

The goals of the class:

Explore and experience through travel the cultural and historical locations in England and Scotland that inspired the Harry Potter series

Identify and assess the similarities and differences between the novels and films and the ways in which each drew inspiration from cultural sites in Great Britain

Develop critical thinking skills about complex social issues relating to inequality, race, and gender within the context of contemporary Great Britain.

Who else wants to enroll?

Read more about the program at California State University’s website.

the hobbit

Billy Boyd, a.k.a. Pippin, is singing the moving song that will play during the end credits of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We heard a clip of the song that will mark the end of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth stories, but the full song and video has now been released. Ladies and gents, get ready for tears.

Boyd’s voice is beautiful, and “The Last Goodbye” plays over scenes from both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. Regardless of how you feel about the fact that The Hobbit has been ripped apart into three movies, this video will make you feel sad that we’re once again saying goodbye to Middle-earth.

Watch and listen after the break.

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Season seven of Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming to Blu-ray on December 2nd, and that means extras! Uproxx has shared a clip from the gag reel to promote the release, and it’s hilarious. Jonathan Frakes chases people, and Patrick Stewart curses. What else do you need to know?

Take 45 seconds and watch the bloopers after the break.

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Pixel Joint is the place to check out pixel art, and you can stumble across some treasures while browsing through the site. These Game of Thrones animated gifs are a perfect example. Made by user Charlie_pl, the art depicts characters from the series in all their pixelated glory. There’s Jon Snow standing beside Ghost with his hair flying in the breeze, Khal Drogo with blood dripping off his arakh, and more. It’s not quite the fan art I’d expect to work for Game of Thrones characters, but it absolutely does.

More gifs from Westeros after the break.

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Wampa

Star Wars paper snowflake designs by Anthony Herrera have become a tradition. I know winter is nearly here when I see that Herrera has posted a new batch of snowflakes inspired by the galaxy far, far away. This year’s round up of detailed paper snowflakes includes Han Solo, Greedo, Captain Rex, Jabba the Hutt, the space slug, a wampa, and TIE fighters. Grab some paper, scissors, and set aside a few hours this weekend to make it snow with Star Wars.

See the other designs after the break.

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DIY golden snitch tutorial

The golden sheen and wings of the golden snitch from Harry Potter makes it an ideal candidate to become a Christmas ornament. Imagine covering your whole tree with the elusive Quidditch ball. Jen of EPBOT did just that and put together a detailed tutorial on making snitches that look similar to what you see in the Harry Potter films.

The process is relatively easy and very affordable. Jen and her husband John made 30 snitches in an evening and only spent two dollars on the gold portion of the ornament. The rest of the ornament involves some wire, a Dremel, and aluminum foil. Get all the instructions you need over at EPBOT.

See a photo of their tree decorated with the ornaments after the break (spoilers: it’s lovely).

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Artist James Hance has done it again. His latest art features the combined worlds of Harry Potter and Star Wars. It seems especially fitting since Daniel Radcliffe only recently saw the original trilogy for the first time. Hance has made Hagrid Chewbacca (perfect!), Ron Weasley is Han Solo, and Snape is Darth Vader. Because of course.

See Snape as Darth Vader after the break.

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Whether aliens are real or not is still up for debate, but the stories are true about Funko’s new Pop! X-Files collection. They’ve managed to capture paranormal happenings in vinyl form. The cute take on the series features figures of Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, The Cigarette Smoking Man, and Alien. The Mulder and Scully toys even have little badges. Adorable.

See the rest of the line-up after the break.

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dragon violin

Lindsey Stirling has applied her musical stylings to a variety of theme songs. She’s not only insanely talented at playing the violin, her renditions include costumes and well-produced music videos. Her latest cover is of the Dragon Age: Inquisition theme, and it’s stunning. Plus, it has some eye-catching visual effects.

Watch the video after the break.

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