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Chinese maze: Village makes giant tech code from trees

At first glance, it could be the courtly maze of an English country manor - albeit with some rather large gaps.

But a tech-savvy eye will instantly see the green design for what it is - a massive QR code.

These high-tech barcodes are hugely popular in China as a way to make cashless payments on a smartphone.

Xilinshui village, in the northern Hebei province, has created one from trees in a bid to raise its profile.

The design was made from 130,000 Chinese junipers, and can be scanned from above using a phone or tablet.

It is not clear how high above the trees you would have to be to scan it - or how you might get there - but visitors who successfully capture the code will be connected to the village's tourism account on WeChat, a Chinese social media site.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41277549
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Happy birthday to Mr. Mark Hamill,
66 years completed today.

Mark Hamill was born in Oakland, California, on September 25, 1951, the fourth of seven children. His father was in the U.S. Navy, so the family relocated often, and Hamill grew up across the world, from California to New York to Japan. After Hamill graduated from high school overseas, his family moved back to the U.S. He enrolled at Los Angeles City College, where he studied drama and theater arts.

Mark Hamill has his place in cinema history as Luke Skywalker, the clean-cut hero of the first trilogy of the Star Wars film series: 'Star Wars' (1977), 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980), and 'Return of the Jedi' (1983). Joined by Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford as Princess Leia and Han Solo, he fought his way through space to defeat Darth Vader and the evil empire.

Between filming his first Star Wars movie and 'The Empire Strikes Back', Mark Hamill was in an auto accident that left his upper lip scarred. The filmmakers accounted for the scar via an encounter with a violent snow creature near the start of the second film. The huge success of the films seemed to stunt Mark Hamill’s career for the next decade, though he did star in the kitsch classic 'Corvette Summer' (1978) and the war film 'The Big Red One' in 1980.

In the 1990s he began a robust second career doing voice work in computer and video games and animated TV shows, including 'Cow and Chicken', 'Batman: The Animated Series' (1992-95, with Hamill as The Joker), 'Justice League', 'Robot Chicken', 'Dragons: Riders of Berk' and many others. He also played himself on a memorable episode of 'The Simpsons', doing Guys and Dolls in a Springfield dinner theater.

With the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, it was announced that there would be more Star Wars films starting with 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', which was released on December 18, 2015. Hamill appeared in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. Hamill will reprise his role in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' which will be released on December 15, 2017.

Released in 1980, 'The Empire Strikes Back' is the most suspenseful, well-paced and most emotional entry of the Star Wars saga. It's the greatest of movie sequels and as far as it goes, it is everything a sequel to a great movie is supposed to be: a darker tone, more development with the characters, universe expanding with some new and greater additions and features.

The perfect adventure telling story that continues from where it left off from and delved deeper into the characters we all know and love today and introduced bigger places in the galaxy far far away that George Lucas originally introduced to us.

'The Empire Strikes Back' does advance the story line forward greatly, has a convincing and blossoming love story between Han Solo and Pricess Leia and gives us the showdown we want. It also introduces us to the legendary Yoda and a new key player in Lando Calrissian and has some breath taking special effects.

But we all know there will be an end to the epic saga, and we have always known this, ever since we first caught a glimpse of a younger, more innocent Luke working for his uncle on that deserted planet, so many years ago, when he could only dream of having adventures in other galaxies far, far away...

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My own final screenshot of Linux Mint Desktop.
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Here's my own newest screenshot of the day.
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A DIFFERENT MAN

Perhaps I am
A different man
From those who do
And those who can

Perhaps I scare
Too easily
To grasp
An opportunity

Another chance
Has flown away
Another deal
Was missed today

Another door
Was opened wide
Yet still I froze
And stepped aside

Maybe this chance
Was not for me
But maybe it's
Reality

And maybe with
A different plan
I'd be the man
Who does
And can

A Different Man © The Roxy Chicken 2017





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Bravo! Bravo!
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Here's a good one of Yoda, +David LaVie!
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