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Link Roundup: The Rock-aFire Explosion Edition

8 things we wanted to share this week:

  1. Catching up with Aaron Fechter, the inventor of Whac-a-Mole and animatronic robot band The Rock-aFire Explosion.
  2. Brush up on your machine code with these downloadable PDFs of classic 1980s computer programming books.
  3. Channel your inner Martha Stewart with these DIY vintage Star Wars mini-dioramas.
  4. There’s a line of unofficial Disneyland-scented candles that will make your home smell like Dole Whip or the Haunted Mansion.
  5. Over 30 years of history (1977-1999) has been encapsulated in this Videogames Hardware Handbook.
  6. Say hello to Lilli, the ‘high-end German call girl’ comic strip character who inspired the iconic Barbie doll.
  7. For your next road trip, here are eight quirky locations dedicated to UFO sightings.
  8. The truth is out there and also inside this X-Files coloring book.