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Archive for September 2020

Batman Engagement Ring: If Batman Ever Proposes to Catwoman

Batman Engagement Ring: If Batman Ever Proposes to Catwoman
Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle have been dancing around their relationship for as long as I can remember. I think it’s about time that Batman got down on one knee and asked Catwoman for her hand in marriage.

This LEGO Hoist Can Lift Almost 500 Pounds

This LEGO Hoist Can Lift Almost 500 Pounds
I’ve said it before, LEGO is an amazing thing. You can build so many useful things with these little bricks and their accessories. Why are we not building more houses out of this stuff? This heavy-lifting system is a good example of how strong a LEGO structure can be.
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This Saturn V Rocket Planter Is Ready to Lift Off

This Saturn V Rocket Planter Is Ready to Lift Off
There are lots of types of pots out there for planting things, but most of them are simply variants of the same basic shapes. I’d rather keep my plants in something a bit geekier, like this custom-built Saturn V rocket planter by SimonRob.

This Desktop Fridge Is a Soda Can Vending Machine

This Desktop Fridge Is a Soda Can Vending Machine
Do you drink cans of soda to keep motivated during the day at work? You could get up from your desk and walk over to the vending machine, but that requires too much effort. What you need is your own desktop soda vending machine.

This TIE Fighter Fire Pit Has an Imperial Flame Job

This TIE Fighter Fire Pit Has an Imperial Flame Job
When you see a TIE fighter on fire, it usually means it’s been hit by a Rebel ship and it’s about to explode into a massive fireball. But here’s one case where a flaming TIE fighter will last for a good long time.

Alexa Guard Plus Can Bark at Home Intruders

Alexa Guard Plus Can Bark at Home Intruders
This past week, Amazon revealed a slew of new gadgets to upgrade your smart home setup. Among them is Guard Plus, a premium version of its Guard security service that lets you use your Echo speakers and Echo displays as home security devices.

The Thing Board Game Will Have You Suspecting Your Friends Are Aliens

The Thing Board Game Will Have You Suspecting Your Friends Are Aliens
When I was just 14-years-old, I managed to sneak into the movie theater to see John Carpenter’s gruesome, R-Rated horror movie The Thing. I left the theater both thrilled and horrified by the creepy creatures I had witnessed, and the incredible scares along the way.

Commodore 64C Beige Paint Lets You Go Crazy with a Classic Computer Color

Commodore 64C Beige Paint Lets You Go Crazy with a Classic Computer Color
Back in the 1980s, computers were largely shades of beige or grey plastic. While this look might seem dated by today’s standards of slim, glass and metal devices, there’s no question that these retro color schemes immediately bring back fond memories of the early days of personal computing.

LEGO The Child Brings Us a Brick-built Baby Yoda

LEGO The Child Brings Us a Brick-built Baby Yoda
There’s not much that’s cuter than Baby Yoda. LEGO clearly agrees and has just announced a new official LEGO set based on The Child from The Mandalorian. LEGO set number 75318 is as adorable as you’d expect and will make a great addition to any Star Wars fan’s bookshelf or desktop.

Just How Big are the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series X?

Just How Big are the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series X?
Holiday season 2020 should be a good one for video gamers, with the impending release of next-gen consoles from both Sony and Microsoft. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X pack graphics capabilities on par with many gaming PCs, so they need room for all of that hardware and cooling tech.

Artist Gives Us a Real Woody (from Toy Story)

Artist Gives Us a Real Woody (from Toy Story)
With reboots of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Mulan, Disney seems to be on quite the live-action remake kick of late. While some of these movies have been okay, I prefer to leave these Disney classics in the animated world where they belong.

This Computer Case Doesn’t Run on Pyramid Power

This Computer Case Doesn’t Run on Pyramid Power
Back in the 1970s, the idea of “pyramid power” was about as popular among crackpots as today’s flat earth theories. While the Egyptian pyramids and other pyramid-shaped structures possess no magical qualities, they are cool to look at and architecturally significant.

This Book Celebrates Classic Arcade Fonts

This Book Celebrates Classic Arcade Fonts
Do you love retro arcade games? I certainly do. While the pixel art character sprites get a whole lot of love, the fonts used to display your score and life status deserve much more appreciation. Typeface designer Toshi Omagari’s book catalogs dozens of the chunky pixelated fonts used in arcade games from the 1970s through the 1990s.

When is a Rubik’s Cube Not a Cube? When It’s a Fruit

When is a Rubik’s Cube Not a Cube? When It’s a Fruit
The original Rubik’s Cube is one of the most iconic and popular toys of all time. From its deceptively simple design to its frustrating complexity for noobs, to the amazing way that some people can solve them in seconds, they’re a mechanical masterpiece of puzzle goodness.

Welcome to The Cheetosphere

Welcome to The Cheetosphere
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had a tendency to play with my food. I remember cobbling together all kinds of gross concoctions at the table whenever we went out to eat, and occasionally stacking food items like Lincoln Logs to create edible towers.

AI Frame Interpolation Boosts LEGO Stop Motion to 60 FPS

AI Frame Interpolation Boosts LEGO Stop Motion to 60 FPS
It takes a whole lot of work to create stop-motion animation. After all, the characters and scenery in each and every frame need to be precisely positioned before snapping each still image. At the traditional film rate of 24 frames per second, you need to shoot 1440 individual photos for one minute of footage.
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