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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Games for Geeks

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.
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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.

Godzilla Tissue Dispenser Stomps out Stuffy Noses

Godzilla Tissue Dispenser Stomps out Stuffy Noses
Usually, when you think of Godzilla, you imagine the giant reptilian breathing fire from his mouth as he stomps on Tokyo. But it turns out that the monster can also dispense tissues between his mighty jaws.

An AI Bot Wrote an X-Men Script

An AI Bot Wrote an X-Men Script
Artificial intelligence keeps getting better and better, especially with the advent of technologies like machine learning artificial neural networks. Such tech is being used for everything from improving vehicle safety to searching for cures to diseases.

The Weirdest and Worst Star Trek Toys Ever

The Weirdest and Worst Star Trek Toys Ever
Despite getting its start back in 1966, Star Trek continues to entertain, with new series like Star Trek: Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks, all actively in production. Over the years, the franchise has certainly evolved, though in general, sticking to a formula that blends social commentary, science fiction, adventure, and humor.

The Office Possum Will Keep Unwanted People out of Your Cubicle

The Office Possum Will Keep Unwanted People out of Your Cubicle
I’d prefer that companies let people continue to work from home until we have an effective COVID-19 vaccine, but some people are having to go into their offices already. While I hope that people are following social distancing and mask rules, some people will always be scofflaws.

Battle Mech Goomba Is Ready to Defend the Mushroom Kingdom

Battle Mech Goomba Is Ready to Defend the Mushroom Kingdom
Of all of the characters in the Super Mario games, I think the Goombas are some of the most innocuous and easy to deal with. But in the hands of toy customizer KodyKoala, one particular Goomba is a serious badass.

I Wish This Retro PC Model Was an Official LEGO Kit

I Wish This Retro PC Model Was an Official LEGO Kit
Something is appealing to me about the aesthetics of old personal computers from the ’80s and ’90s. I know they’re not streamlined or sleek like the stuff that Apple is churning out these days, but I liked that those old machines felt more purposeful in their design.

Super Mario Stained Glass Ornaments 1up Any Space

Super Mario Stained Glass Ornaments 1up Any Space
Out of all of the power-ups in video game history, the mushrooms in the Super Mario Bros. series are among the most iconic. I always liked to think that they taste more like marshmallow fluff than mushrooms, but that’s just because that’s what the mushrooms in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory looked like they were made from when Mike Teavee’s mom takes a bite of one.
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