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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Classic Video Games as They were Never Supposed to be

Classic Video Games as They were Never Supposed to be
We may have moved past the blocky look of pixels in modern gaming, but the designs of squares on squares that mark classic games continue to have special places in the hearts of gamers. But what…
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Batmobile Tumbler Go-Kart: for Dark Squires

Batmobile Tumbler Go-Kart: for Dark Squires
The Tumbler in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight is arguably the most bad-ass version of the Batmobile ever.  It’s a damn stealth tank is what it is. Now, thanks to auctioneer tully712, you…
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Space Invaders Moving in on Your Tea, Too

Space Invaders Moving in on Your Tea, Too
Those pesky Space Invaders get into everything. They are unstoppable. Nothing is safe… not even your tea, and the World Tea Off — something I didn’t even know existed. But the invaders knew. Oh yes. Well,…
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Big Brother PS3 May be Watching You in the Future

Big Brother PS3 May be Watching You in the Future
At this point, I’m pretty sure that everything in the damn world is about to be patented as a possible game control system. Right now, someone is filing a patent for a game controller modeled after…
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Computer Algorithm Does Not Play Mario, It Solves Mario

Computer Algorithm Does Not Play Mario, It Solves Mario
The Mario AI Competition “is about learning, or otherwise developing, the best controller (agent) for a version of Super Mario Bros.” Programmers have to come up with AI that can solve a “heavily modified version” of…
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Glowing Solar LED Lamp: Looks Like a Ufo Landed in Your Living Room

Glowing Solar LED Lamp: Looks Like a Ufo Landed in Your Living Room
While I’ve been waiting a really long time for the Alien Abduction Lamp to finally get mass-produced, I guess I’ll have to settle for this glowing green orb lamp from Japan for now. These little spherical…
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Rockmelt, a Facebook-Integrated Browser: Wtf or Ftw?

Rockmelt, a Facebook-Integrated Browser: Wtf or Ftw?
Internet Explorer is still the world’s most popular internet browser, but its market share has dropped because of sweet alternatives like Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. And if ReadWriteWeb‘s “reputable sources” are to be believed, a…
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Genetically Engineered Pigs Could be Harvested for Human Organ Transplants – Still No Spiderpig

Genetically Engineered Pigs Could be Harvested for Human Organ Transplants – Still No Spiderpig
Sorry Homer. But what’s important is that a group of Korean scientists have successfully produced a genetically engineered pig whose organs could be compatible with the human body. Chung Nam University’s Jin Dong-il and local bio-tech…
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Atari Terminator Grenade Joystick: Controllers That Time Forgot

Atari Terminator Grenade Joystick: Controllers That Time Forgot
I have a very vague memory of playing with one of these Terminator joysticks on my old Atari computer system back in the 80s. I can’t believe somebody managed to dig one of these oddities up.…
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Rotgutonix Booze Detector: Good Whiskey or Bad Moonshine?

Rotgutonix Booze Detector: Good Whiskey or Bad Moonshine?
Next time somebody serves you a glass of mystery booze at a cocktail party, whip out the Rotgutonix pen, and find out what you’re really drinking. Just dip the Rotgutonix pen into a glass of alcohol…
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Atari 2600 Portable/Luggable: the Stella-Tubby

Atari 2600 Portable/Luggable: the Stella-Tubby
Well, this all-in-one Atari 2600 mod isn’t exactly what I’d call “portable”, but the guy who built it certainly deserves props for creativity. This hacked-together Atari 2600 Portable goes by the name “Stella-Tubby” – which does…
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Paper Beats Computer: Scientists Hack Voting Machine

Paper Beats Computer: Scientists Hack Voting Machine
The man in the picture below is UC San Diego Computer Science Ph.D. student Stephen Checkoway. In his hands is a printout that proves that his team’s “return-oriented programming” exploit was successfully able to steal votes…
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Just in Case Playing Wii Wasn’T Embarassing Enough: Inflatable Saddle Controller Patent

Just in Case Playing Wii Wasn’T Embarassing Enough: Inflatable Saddle Controller Patent
Imagine this scenario: you’re in the living room. A magical world unfolds on the television screen, a world filled with flowers and butterflies, a world with a golden road unspooling before you. It’s a road that…
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Japanese Rubber Gunman Shows Us How to Make Rubber Band Machine Guns

Japanese Rubber Gunman Shows Us How to Make Rubber Band Machine Guns
I can’t believe this isn’t the first time that a rubber band machine gun has been featured on this blog. Dammit. I wasn’t even aware that rubber band machine guns existed until I read this article…
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Be Your Own Elegant, Steampunk Elephant Man

Be Your Own Elegant, Steampunk Elephant Man
If you absolutely, positively must wear a gas mask, you might as well do it with extreme style and panache. Artist Tom Banwell works with leather and resin to make rayguns, helmets, and absolutely incredible masks…
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Pac-Man Land Theme Park: Blast From the Past

Pac-Man Land Theme Park: Blast From the Past
I found this great time capsule image over on Flickr earlier today… I’m not sure where Flickr contributor Rotin managed to dig up this postcard image, but I can’t believe there was actually a Pac-Man Land…
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