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Archive for April 2013

Turkish Cultural Association of Austria Has a Problem with LEGO Jabba’s Palace. What?

Turkish Cultural Association of Austria Has a Problem with LEGO Jabba’s Palace. What?
Chairman of the Turkish Cultural Association of Austria, Birol Kilic, thinks the Jabba’s Palace LEGO play set is “culturally insensitive.” Why? He says that it resembles Istanbul’s historic mosque Hagia Sophia. Or any other building with a domed roof, for that matter.

Fly on the Wall Smoke Alarm Buzzes into Your Home to Alert You to Fire

Fly on the Wall Smoke Alarm Buzzes into Your Home to Alert You to Fire
Who says smoke alarms need to be nondescript beige boxes? Helsinki designer Paola Suhonen sured doesn’t think so, with her unique smoke detector that looks like a gigantic house fly.

Portal Wall Clock: Time for Testing

Portal Wall Clock: Time for Testing
Despite the fact that I’ve played through both Portal games from start to finish a couple of times now, they’re still some of my favorites of all time. Between the tricky puzzles and gleefully dark sense of humor, what’s not to love?

Jar Jar Flash Drive: Meesa Loosa Yousa Data

Jar Jar Flash Drive: Meesa Loosa Yousa Data
Do you really want a Jar Jar Binks USB flash drive? There are so many better characters you could choose from. Well, at least this storage device can’t possibly be as inept and useless as the CGI Gungan himself, right?

LittleBun Clothespin Dolls: Stick a Pin in ‘Em, They’re Fun

LittleBun Clothespin Dolls: Stick a Pin in ‘Em, They’re Fun
Etsy is home to all sorts of fun, cute and geeky handmade stuff, and these creations by Little Bun satisfy all three of those criteria in spades. She makes little people and characters based on pop culture figures using clothespins as their bodies.

LEGO Star Wars Micro Chess Set: Attack of the Pawns

LEGO Star Wars Micro Chess Set: Attack of the Pawns
We’ve seen beautiful and grand LEGO Star Wars chess sets before, but Avi Solomon’s LEGO Star Wars micro chess set is unique in its simplicity and portability. With your help – and LEGO’s benevolence – it could become a real product.

Festo BionicOpter Robot Dragonfly Makes Quadcopters Look Clumsy

Festo BionicOpter Robot Dragonfly Makes Quadcopters Look Clumsy
Automation company Festo loves showing off its technologies and expertise by creating robot versions of animals. We’ve featured the company’s SmartBird before, and you may have also seen its AirPenguin in action. Now the company has released information about its latest pet project, the BionicOpter.

3DMark Android Version Released: Mobile Benchmarking with Sizzle

3DMark Android Version Released: Mobile Benchmarking with Sizzle
Computer geeks have been using various flavors of 3DMark to benchmark their computers for years. The cool thing about their benchmark suite is that it has visually impressive tests that challenge both the GPU and CPU inside your computer.

Pancake Cake: It’s What’s for Breakfast

Pancake Cake: It’s What’s for Breakfast
I’m kind of a dessert purist. For example, I like plain cheesecake – not one that tastes like pumpkins or anything else. And desserts that try to imitate other desserts usually bug me – like cinnamon apple pie flavored yogurt.

Leather and Chainmaille Beer Koozie: Armor for Your Altbier

Leather and Chainmaille Beer Koozie: Armor for Your Altbier
Beer is a real man’s drink. That’s why it comes in a can or a glass. It would come in a suit of armor if it were practical to manufacture it that way. But since it’s not, Dougfungus has done it for us.

3D Printed Robot Hand Raises its Hand for Pledges on Kickstarter

3D Printed Robot Hand Raises its Hand for Pledges on Kickstarter
Ever wanted a robotic hand? Well unless you’re a Terminator, or this guy, you probably don’t have one. Well, thanks to 3D printing, and the wonders of Kickstarter, you can soon own your own robot hand without breaking the bank.

Gun-Shaped Ice Cube Tray Lets You Ice Your Friends, Literally.

Gun-Shaped Ice Cube Tray Lets You Ice Your Friends, Literally.
Next time you throw a cocktail party with a prohibition-era, Boardwalk Empire theme, I’ve got the perfect thing for you. Instead of serving up your drinks with regular ice cubes in them, try putting some gun-shaped ones in their cocktails.

Doctor Who “Summer Falls” Book Will Be Available as an Ebook Tomorrow

Doctor Who “Summer Falls” Book Will Be Available as an Ebook Tomorrow
Anyone who watched last Saturday night’s Doctor Who episode noticed the book Summer Falls by Amelia Williams when Clara and Artie talked about it. And no doubt you were interested in what lies between the pages.

Roadrunner Supercomputer Gets Decommissioned

Roadrunner Supercomputer Gets Decommissioned
Supercomputers are incredible pieces of technology with thousands of processors, terabytes of memory, and often hundreds of terabytes of storage as well. Back in 2008, the fastest supercomputer in the world was installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, called the Roadrunner.

Darth Vader Homestar Projector: The Light Side of the Dark Side of the Force

Darth Vader Homestar Projector: The Light Side of the Dark Side of the Force
Sega has been making their Homestar planetariums for a number of years, and has finally created one that might just be worthy of a place in my geek sanctuary, with the release of their new Darth Vader Homestar projector.

iFixit Orange Teardown: Orange You Glad they Did This?

iFixit Orange Teardown: Orange You Glad they Did This?
Readers can be a fickle bunch – around here we know this from experience. It seems like we’re always getting comments or e-mails accusing us of taking money from this company or that because we cover so many of their products.