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Archive for July 2011

Metal Gear Solid Snake: Poppet Edition

Metal Gear Solid Snake: Poppet Edition
Solid Snake might be a little rough and tough, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a softer side – and by that, I mean plush and squishy. Despite having no idea who Solid Snake was, Crafter averyg ended up having to make a plush Snake for Craftster’s Poppet Mini Swap (yes that’s “poppet”, not “puppet”), in which crafters have to make a requested doll for their swap partner.

LG Cinema 3D TV: For Once, Being Passive is Good

LG Cinema 3D TV: For Once, Being Passive is Good
The folks at LG were kind enough to loan me one of their Cinema 3D HDTVs for the last couple of weeks, and I wanted to share with you my experiences with the set, and the 3D technology it uses.
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Darth Vader Takes a Holiday

Darth Vader Takes a Holiday
It can get pretty tiring being a Sith Lord, and after a long day of evil-doing on the Dark Side of the Force, sometimes you just need a break. That’s why I found this series of photos, entitled Dark Holiday, by Nick Presniakov so funny.

iPhone 4 DSLR Lens Mount: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

iPhone 4 DSLR Lens Mount: What’s Wrong With This Picture?
Yep, I know all about how popular the iPhone has become to snap everyday photos. Now you can take it to the next level by getting this iPhone 4 lens mount, which will allow you to mount your favorite Canon or Nikon DSLR lenses onto your precious iPhone.

Giant Lens Plush Pillows are Perfect for Your DSLR Body

Giant Lens Plush Pillows are Perfect for Your DSLR Body
Photography geeks listen up. You can get gigantic pillows that look like lenses, and that would look really cool on your couch or bed. These things remind me of when I worked in the hospital; we had a giant 1-liter syringe used for calibrating machinery.

Retro Tech Gets a Papercraft Makeover

Retro Tech Gets a Papercraft Makeover
I’ve never been particularly adept at cutting precise forms with an X-Acto knife, and then if I do anything with glue, it ends up everywhere it’s not supposed to. So when I see work like this, I can really appreciate the amount of artistic talent and technique it takes to construct something as incredible as these papercraft retro gadgets.

Zelda Playing Cards Introduce a Fifth Suit

Zelda Playing Cards Introduce a Fifth Suit
Even though I’m not a Zelda fan, I really loved Ben Howard’s Zelda chess set because of the wonderful character designs, which all fit their assigned roles nicely. But I now have a new Zelda and analog game mashup favorite, even though they’re still a concept: Zelda playing cards by deviantART member Nelde.

Awesomely Detailed Wooden Replica Caterpillar Excavator: Dig It?

Awesomely Detailed Wooden Replica Caterpillar Excavator: Dig It?
This is one of those strange DIY projects that is awesome, silly, and just plain weird all rolled into one. If I were going to spend thousands of hours making an exact 1/16 scale replica of something it would certainly not be a Caterpillar 5230B front shovel.

Tiny Space Invader Arcade Cabinet: Easy to Look at, Hard to Play on

Tiny Space Invader Arcade Cabinet: Easy to Look at, Hard to Play on
I wasn’t aware that there are enthusiasts that love making miniature arcade cabinets. And they don’t just make beautiful cases, like the ones we’ve featured before, their machines are actually functional. One of the newer ones is this Space Invaders cabinet made by YouTuber vcoleiro1.

DIY Camera Geek Makes His Own “Instant” Camera

DIY Camera Geek Makes His Own “Instant” Camera
Instant cameras should be instant, right? When you say instant camera I always think of the old Polaroids that would spit the picture out the front for you and you had to set it aside to let it finish developing.

M.I.C. Aluminum Keyboard Case For iPad2: Looking Like a MacBook Air

M.I.C. Aluminum Keyboard Case For iPad2: Looking Like a MacBook Air
If you’ve currently got an iPad 2 and want to try something different with it, then check out this keyboard and case combo from M.I.C. It looks pretty decent, and seems to match the iPad 2 case pretty well.

DIY Laser-Cut Camera Snaps Artsy Photos

DIY Laser-Cut Camera Snaps Artsy Photos
Have you ever thought about making your own camera? Well the KDS-POTO2 camera by Kit Man from Kit Da Studio definitely looks like it will do the job. It’s a fully functional camera, and kind of reminds me of those  Lomo camera kits that I’ve seen in the past.

Pixbags DSLR Bags Make Your Cameras Look Like Stuffed Toys

Pixbags DSLR Bags Make Your Cameras Look Like Stuffed Toys
Almost all of the bags and cases that I’ve seen for SLRs are either black or brown and just plain boring. While I get that it’s for practicality’s sake, it does very little for aesthetics, which I’m sure, matters to a lot of people.

Cryptex Flash Drive is a Mini Mechanical Marvel

Cryptex Flash Drive is a Mini Mechanical Marvel
When I first saw this gadget, I figured it was some sort of Cryptex designed for hiding away secrets in the bowels of a tomb or under the Vatican. But what you’re looking at here is just a really, really cool USB drive.

Angry Birds + Box = Angry Box

Angry Birds + Box = Angry Box
Let me start out by saying that I really dislike the red Angry Bird. Not the big red one, the regular-size one that seems fully incapable of doing anything other than bouncing off of surfaces and not knocking over anything.

IBM Watson to Go from Jeopardy Champ to Telemarketing!? (DEBUNKED)

IBM Watson to Go from Jeopardy Champ to Telemarketing!? (DEBUNKED)
[Update: Scott Brooks, IBM Research VP of Marketing and Communications has written to us to say that this is absolutely not the case, and that there are no plans to use Watson for telemarketing. See Scott’s comment below.]
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