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Archive for August 2014

SnapPiCam Raspberry Pi Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera Hits Kickstarter

SnapPiCam Raspberry Pi Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera Hits Kickstarter
Kickstarter is a great place to find some really cool and unusual projects that probably would never get built without crowdfunding. One of the latest projects to turn up there is the SnapPiCam. This is a small digital camera that uses a Raspberry Pi developer board as its brains.

Doctor Who K-9 Talking Plush is Not Programmed to Bark

Doctor Who K-9 Talking Plush is Not Programmed to Bark
Sure, you call yourself a Doctor Who fan, but you can’t really say that unless you have this cool Talking K-9 plush. True fans have their own plush pet dog and they cuddle with it while watching marathons of the show.
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Dad Builds Tiny but Interactive NASA Spaceship, Skyrockets in Dad Rankings

Dad Builds Tiny but Interactive NASA Spaceship, Skyrockets in Dad Rankings
Earlier this year, we looked at a mission control desk that Jeff Highsmith made for his older son. But what’s a mission control center without a spaceship to manage? So a few months later, Jeff set out to build a small spaceship in his younger son’s bedroom.

Classic 1980 Apple II Training Video Surfaces

Classic 1980 Apple II Training Video Surfaces
What’s difference between RAM and ROM? How does a floppy disk drive work? Can I run an Integer program on my 48K system? What’s the best way to perm your hair? These and many other questions are asked in this training video from 1980 which YouTuber Taz Goldstein recently dug up from his family’s old Apple II computer. The 30 minute video from Long Island New York’s long-defunct Berliner Computer Center teaches you everything you need to set up your Apple II computer, and the basics of using the 8-bit system.

A Chainsaw Powered by a V8 Engine

A Chainsaw Powered by a V8 Engine
Leave it to Australians to create the ultimate manly chainsaw. Whitlands Engineering is an Australian company that makes wood splitters, firewood processors, and other stuff. Apparently, just for kicks, they built a chainsaw powered by a 4.2-liter

In China They Sell Peaches with Underwear

In China They Sell Peaches with Underwear
Leave it to China to be all weird and objectify their peaches. It isn’t totally unexpected though. Peaches do look like tiny backsides. At least if you squint. And now fruit vendors in China are taking advantage of the peaches’ butt shape, making them all weird and alluring.

LEGO Microscope Mk. II is Functional: 10x Cooler

LEGO Microscope Mk. II is Functional: 10x Cooler
Last year we featured Carl Merriam’s LEGO Microscope. It turns out he actually made an improved version shortly after making that one. His LEGO Microscope Mk. II provides up to 10x magnification and even has an LED light.

Google Sells off Portland Barge and Scraps Floating Building

Google Sells off Portland Barge and Scraps Floating Building
Remember those Google barges that had us all curious what Google was up to late last year? One of them was in San Francisco, and another was in Portland. The barge in Portland has reportedly been sold and will be moving across the ocean.

Rib Eye Steak Grilled with 2,000-degree Molten Lava

Rib Eye Steak Grilled with 2,000-degree Molten Lava
“Cooking With Lava” is the name of this video by Bompas & Parr studio. And that is just what they do. This video features professor Robert Wysocki of Syracuse University in New York State using the 2,000-degree heat of molten lava to cook a 10-ounce rib eye.

Star Trek 3-Piece Bath Towel Set: To Boldly Bathe…

Star Trek 3-Piece Bath Towel Set: To Boldly Bathe…
This Star Trek towel set will class up your bathroom and hopefully make it look a bit more like a bathroom on the Enterprise. They look like they are official towels issued by Starfleet.

Famous Chunkies: From Hero to Many Zeroes

Famous Chunkies: From Hero to Many Zeroes
To raise awareness about unhealthy eating, illustrator Alex Solis started Famous Chunkies. It’s a series of caricatures of superheroes, villains and other popular characters that illustrate what they would be like if they were fat. I’d totally be down with becoming chunky Ryu if it meant I could conjure burgers.

Make Your Own Concrete Thwomp

Make Your Own Concrete Thwomp
Like most Mario video game characters, Thwomps are bad guys, yet are still somehow cute. These spiked cinder blocks have personality. Sure, they are trying to pulverize you, but you still have to love them.
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