Obama: ‘I remember when I first saw “Star Wars”‘

July 10, 2013

Here’s are five things we’re reading/watching today:

President Barack Obama buys a Star Wars pop up book for Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's son Ethan during unannounced stop at Prairie Lights book shop in Iowa City, Iowa, Thursday, March 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama buys a “Star Wars” pop-up book for Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’s son Ethan during unannounced stop at Prairie Lights book shop in Iowa City, Iowa, on Thursday, March 25, 2010. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

1) Work makes us miserable, according to a new study. The Wall Street Journal’s Brenda Cronin reports that a study out of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science was conducted using a smartphone app. Cleaning the house and waiting on line were more pleasant than work, according tot he study’s findings. The app is called Mappiness. And yes, when workers are in the presence of their boss, they’re even more unhappy than when in the presence of friends at work. (via WSJ)

2) President Obama presented the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal this afternoon during an open media event in the White House East Room. Included in the group is “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, who received a big hug and smile from the president.

“I remember when I first saw ‘Star Wars,’ ” Obama said. “There’s a whole generation that thinks special effects always looked like they do today. But it used to be you’d see, like, the string in the little model spaceships.” The president, according to the White House pool report, also referred, at one point, to “planes in space.”

Lucas was among the National Medal of Arts recipients for “[transporting] us to new worlds and [creating] some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time.”

3) TED posted a talk from Sue Savage-Rumbaugh on the “Interspecies Internet” as well as a list of “ten animals who’ve ruled the Internet.” That list includes the honeybadger, “Christian Lion” and, of course, “Grumpy Cat.” Here’s Savage-Rumbaugh’s talk on the interspecies nature of the Internet:

And here’s musical artist Peter Gabriel’s collaboration with Panbinisha, a bonobo.

“They seemed a lot more adept at getting a handle on our language than we were at getting a handle on theirs,” said Gabriel of animals.

Vint Cerf was also present for the talk. “We’re beginning to explore what it means to communicate with something that isn’t just another person,” said Cerf.

4) Yes, this is an embedded Instagram. You can do that now. This one here is from Washington Post colleague and photographer Marlon Correa.

5) And finally, here’s where Zach Braff helps Matt Hulbert propose to their girlfriend in fulfillment of a Kickstarter promise. In exchange for his pledge to Braff’s Kickstarter-funded movie “Wish I Was Here,” Hulbert received a video greeting IOU from the actor, where Braff would “say or do pretty much whatever you want.” The resulting video is amazing. The Daily Dot’s Michelle Jaworski has the heartwarming story. Full disclosure: My face hurt from smiling after watching this. (via Daily Dot)

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