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Monthly Archives: March 2013

This is What 974 People Playing Super Mario At the Same Time Looks Like

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Super Mario was one of the first games I ever played on our now-defunct Nintendo Family Computer. If you played video games in the eighties and nineties, then I’m sure you’ve probably had a go or two at Super Mario yourself.

A custom level of Super Mario was built especially for the recent GamesCon that was held in Germany, where 974 people played the game simultaneously. Every screen was recorded and then compiled into one video for no particular reason. Other than the fact that it’s admittedly entertaining to watch how close to a thousand people can play the same game so differently.

You can check the video out after the break.

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World’s Cheapest? Peachy is an Amazingly Affordable Laser 3D Printer

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3D printers normally don’t come cheap. Aiming to change that and 3D printing as a whole is Rylan Grayston, who’s behind the Peachy laser 3D printer. The project was recently launched on Kickstarter, where it raised over $140,000 in a span of 48 hours.

Peachy boasts of open-source hardware and software, which is just one of the reasons why people seem to pledging like crazy. The printer combines photolithographic printing, which uses a powerful laser beam to mold resin, and a saltwater-based drip process that changes the printed object’s height gradually.

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#MustWatch: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon’s Hilarious Sketch That Mocks #Hashtags

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon are bros for life and it shows in their latest comedy skit that mocks hashtags–or rather, its overuse and the sometimes annoying ways that people use them. The celebrity duo manage to have an entire conversation that’s peppered in the end by a multitude of hashtags that people normally use when they’re on Twitter or on some other social network.

At first, it’s fine. But then, it slowly starts to get on your nerves…

There’s nothing annoying about Justin and Jimmy though. In fact, they manage to show how silly and dumb conversations sound when hashtags are added at the end of every statement. This skit will either have you hanging your head in shame or laughing your head off–or both. Watch it. You won’t regret it. #nokidding #forreal #okay #imdone #bye

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Six Reasons Why Riding a 2014 Kia Optima Is Better Than Riding A Scooter

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This post is sponsored by Kia.

About a month ago I finally decided to take the plunge and start on the process of getting my motorcycle license. Since then, I’ve been learning all about the joys of riding on two wheels. I’ve looked at everything from the related laws, to the realities of commuting on a motorbike. And I’ve started getting some practice on a scooter. It’s fun, it’s freeing, it’s the wind in your face, and it’s the palpable world all around you.

But (surprise surprise) it’s also a world apart from riding in a car, like the Kia Optima. Sure, it’s obvious, but have you ever stopped to think about just how different it really is? And when things are different, the question of “what’s better?” inevitably comes around. So… what is better: a scooter or a car? You might say I’m comparing apples to pianos, but I’m going to go ahead and tell you that I think riding in the 2014 Kia Optima beats riding around in a scooter. I’ll give you 6 reasons why.

1. “It’s cold up here, folks.” (Better protection from the weather)
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Enfojer Darkroom Goes Backwards, From Digital To Analog

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The hipster is very strong with this one, but we like it nonetheless. The idea with the Enfojer is to take the digital pictures you snap with your smartphone and… develop them like old school film prints. The kit comes with a special cradle for your phone, a lens that focuses the image from your screen onto a developing plate underneath and trays for the chemical treatment that has to be done afterwards. The way it works starts by you snapping a picture, editing it on your phone if you wish, then placing the phone face down on the cradle with the app running. Adjust the focus, snap your fingers and the screen goes blank while you load a photo paper. Snap your fingers again and the app exposes the paper for the required time. Once that’s done, it’s just a matter of developing the picture like it’s 1995 all over again.

Granted, you’re going to need some supplies of your own, like the chemicals used in the developing process, which can’t easily be shipped cross border. But you do get a red LED light to create the darkroom. Sure it’s lots of work, but the idea is that you’re involved in the creation of the final image, a fun and engaging process that is now lost thanks to the ease of printers. Is this for everyone? Not really, which can help explain why they’re still shy of their funding goals only a week away from the deadline. But there definitely is a niche market for Enfojer and we hope they succeed. If you want yours… prepare to pledge $200 for your kit.

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Addicted To Reddit? Don’t Cure It, Enable It!

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There are worse ways to waste your life away than by browsing Reddit 25 hours a day. Others feel the same, so that’s why we’re not even a bit surprised to read about the Karma Controller DIY Reddit Interface Device. It’s an assemble-at-home kit containing a controller board, switches, buttons and other parts that eventually turn into a gamepad of sorts, with which you control Reddit. What can you do? “Upvote, downvote, select posts, toggle images, and open & close comment tabs,” which makes browsing the site “like a videogame.” You do have to have the open source Reddit Enhancement Suite installed on your browser, but it’s free anyway. The kit however isn’t, although it’s pretty cheap, at $30.

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DIY: Indiana Jones Monkey Brain Cake

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There are very few scenes as memorable as that one where they eat monkey brain in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Well… maybe also the scene where that girl sticks her arm in a hole full of bugs. Or maybe these scenes resonate with this generation because we watched the movie when young and impressionable. Whatever the case, you too can eat brains off a monkey, if only in cake form (you can do it for real too, we suppose, but that’s just, like, gross, man…). There’s a lot of work involved in the making, but there’s a link to a pretty detailed Instructables at the bottom. Halloween is just around the corner, you know…

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Little Golden Books Inspired by Video Games, Part Two

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If you grew up reading Little Golden Books, then you’ll instantly be able to tell that these modded covers by Joey Spiotto are unlike the regular books that you read back then. These titles don’t exist, because they were all rendered by Joey, who drew inspiration from various video games and, of course, the classical covers of Little Golden Books.

Joey first came up with these covers a few months ago. His most recent series includes book covers inspired by Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption and Half-Life. Hit the break to check out the other two.Continue Reading

Freezing Metal Swizzle Sticks Are Yet Another Way To Chill A Drink

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The arsenal to cool down a premium drink without diluting it keeps getting bigger. There are whisky rocks, and frozen icicle tubes and now… frozen swizzle sticks. They’re called Stricicles, and are 6 inch long stainless steel shells containing gel. Put them in the freezer for 4 hours and they’ll be ready to lower your libation’s temperature as you stir it, while undoubtedly also freezing your fingers. We imagine that’s the price you pay for a cool, undiluted drink. That and $25 for a set of 4 of these.

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