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While we mourn the loss of Carrie Fisher, let’s also look back at what an amazing talent she was. An accomplished author, actor, and script doctor, who punched up the scripts for (Hook, Sister Act, The Wedding Singer, and more), Fisher started her career when she was just 19.

In memory of Fisher, Business Insider posted a real treat: Carrie Fisher’s audition tape for Star Wars. Watch her and a plain-clothed Harrison Ford deliver some dialogue, which was absolutely incomprehensible at the time. Think about it: This video was shot right before Star Wars and Princess Leia were household names, but you can already see the sparks that would make her and film such a cultural explosion.

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I don’t know art, but I know what I like, and I like this painting pig.

Freed from a life of factory farming, Pigcasso is using her paint brush to express an abstract message of animal liberation. Pigcasso resides on Farm Sanctuary SA, a South African branch of the animal rescue, where she enjoys the finer things: Eating, sleeping, and painting.


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Easily better than anything my hands have ever put to canvas, Pigcasso’s works are colorful, bizarre, and a real joy to watch being made. This is almost as fun as that skateboarding dog, Spuds Mackenzie. Almost.

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Alexa, where were you on the night of December 26?

According to Engadget, police in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant for Amazon to turn over any information that might have been recorded on a suspect's Amazon Echo.

James Andrew Bates is set for trial next year for first-degree murder, and police believe some evidence regarding the murder of Victor Collins may be on his virtual assistant. Because the Echo is always ready for your commands, and occasionally turns on by accident, police think that crucial information may live on the device. Amazon has, thus far, not handed over anything on their Echo data servers, aside from purchase history.

Engadget reports:

“Police say Bates had several other smart home devices, including a water meter. That piece of tech shows that 140 gallons of water were used between 1AM and 3AM the night Collins was found dead in Bates' hot tub. Investigators allege the water was used to wash away evidence of what happened off of the patio. The examination of the water meter and the request for stored Echo information raises a bigger question about privacy. At a time when we have any number of devices tracking and automating."

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However, Bates’ attorney believes her client is entitled to some privacy. "You have an expectation of privacy in your home, and I have a big problem that law enforcement can use the technology that advances our quality of life against us,” said defense attorney Kimberly Weber.

Will this turn into another full-blown privacy issue, like the one Apple underwent when the FBI wanted access to the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone?

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Memorial of the Day: Twitter Reacts to the Loss of Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher has died, but her indomitable spirit lives on. Most well known for her performance as Princess — and later, General — Leia Organa in the Star Wars movies, Fisher and her extraordinary career, built on wit, perseverance, and incredible talent, is being celebrated across the world.

An inspiration for fans around the world, Fisher’s fans have been sounding off their love of Fisher since the news broke today.

Read some of the 140-character tributes below:

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to buy all the stuff on your Amazon Wish List that you didn’t get for the holidays. Security? Thumb-Print Verification. Tools? Your sleeping mother’s thumb.

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Sorry, Ethan Hunt. This mission belongs to 6-year-old Ashlynd Howell.

In a piece about how online shopping is killing Christmas shopping from The Wall Street Journal, the paper breezed over a tidbit about future world-leader Ashlynd Howell, writing:

"While Bethany Howell napped on the couch last week, her daughter Ashlynd, 6 years old, used her mother’s thumb to unlock her phone and open the Amazon app. “$250 later, she has shopped for all her Christmas presents on Amazon,” said Ms. Howell, of Little Rock, Ark."

Surprisingly, The Wall Street Journal buried the lead on a story that was probably written in 1997 because online shopping is killing the holidays and not this:

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Anyway, Ashlynd made the most of her shopping spree, purchasing 13 Pokémon or Pokémon-related items. She was, reportedly, “really proud of herself.”

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Getting coal as a gift is one thing, but using gifts as coal is quite another.

One dad pulled a page out of the Jimmy Kimmel Guide to Parenting and gave his kids a traumatic experience for Christmas. Who says Christmas is over?

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When his kids wouldn’t go to bed or something, YouTuber Scotty B asked his daughter to get a gift from under the tree. He then took the gift and tossed into the fire. That’s when all Hell (or just some well-deserved whining) broke loose.

His daughter called mom, and what happens next will blow your mind.

Dad reveals that it was just a Christmas joke, and the girl threatens, “I’m still telling my friends on you.”

Seem harmless enough until you realize her friends include Santa Claus. Game. Set. Match. 

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Power Move of the Day: Canadians Are Skating in the Streets Because Rollerblades Are For Americans

Canada is taking a little freezing rain in stride.

Taking its spot just above “Free Healthcare” on reasons to move to Canada, people across the Great White North are ice skating in the street. Freezing rain in Ontario and Quebec has turned streets in the two provinces into skating rinks, and people are really excited about it. Rather than filming videos of children slipping and falling from the comfort of your car, residents are putting on their skates and hitting the ice.

Check out these videos of people skating the streets of their neighborhood and be jealous that us the rest of us are still looking pretty lame in our rollerblades.

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Clown of the Day: Twitter Is Laughing at Pennywise’s New Look in the “It” Remake

They all float down here. Well, maybe not all of them float.

People don’t really like remakes — despite the fact that Hollywood keeps making them because people keep seeing them. But one thing audience’s really don’t like is a remake of a movie from their childhood (see: Ghostbusters).

The duel VHS tapes of It, the four-hour long made-for-TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s bestseller, was as much a staple of sleepovers as Totino’s pizza rolls. However, now that we’re staring down the barrel of a 2017 remake, people are starting to worry.

Entertainment Weekly released a good look of the new Pennywise, the clown made famous by Tim Curry, who basically made It the classic it is, and people aren’t exactly feeling it. Airing their grievances on Twitter, fans expressed more laughter than terror towards the demonic clown. Here are some of the best reactions.

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