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Author Archives: David Ponce

DIY Heisenberg Paper Snowflake? DIY Heisenberg Paper Snowflake!

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We’re going to download the below PDF, print it, then set out to cut all the pieces. What we should end up with is one badass Heisenberg Paper Snowflake, of Breaking Bad fame. What we’ll actually end up with will be a mix between a saltshaker and a triangle; arts and crafts were never our forté. That said, maybe you kids can do one better with a pair of scissors. Or an Exacto knife. Whatever the means taken, we’d really love for some of our readers to pull this off.

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Is The Akrapovič Full Moon The Future Of Bikes?

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No… It probably isn’t. Bike people like to make fancy one-offs for shows, and the Akrapovič Full Moon is just one example of this. It’s one of the more outlandish and futuristic looking bikes we’ve come across, and we’re impressed it comes from the Slovenian exhaust maker. Considering how deeply integrated the rear of the motorcycle is to the exhaust, we imagine the entire project is a fancy way to showcase their bread and butter.

December 6th was reserved for the spectacular unveiling of a secret project that took over 800 hours to complete, set to coincide with the full moon. Following the trail of Morsus and Mashina, the latest addition to this radical family wowed the crowds with its immense thirty-inch front wheel, as well as its equally outrageous body that forms an integral part of the Akrapovič exhaust system, making the bike itself essentially an exhaust.

There’s no word on what exactly happened with the bike after the show, whether it was sold or kept by the company to show off again at a later date. Either way, we decided to write about it because we like bikes and think this is some sweet eye candy.

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Deal Of The Day: The Limited Edition Code Black Drone + HD Camera

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This little drone is selling well. And why not? The Limited Edition Code Black Drone a $90, easy-to-fly drone equipped with an HD camera. The 7 minutes of flight time gives you a decent opportunity to record videos at 720p, or take 2MP stills. It does flips in four directions, and beginner or expert modes give you the best of both worlds in terms of control. Self-stabilizing flight as well as propeller protectors insure you won’t break this thing within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box.

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DUBS Earplugs Block Most Noise, But Not All Sounds

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If you find yourself in noisy environments often, you might have considered earplugs. They can be a great way to give your ears a little break, but they can also be overkill and prevent you from hearing things you need to hear. Say you want to drown out the noise of traffic in a busy town center, you may not want to also block out the sound of the car honking at you to warn you they’re about to hit you. The DUBS Acoustic Filters Advanced Tech Earplugs are specially designed to lower the overall noise levels by 12dB, all while preserving sound fidelity so you can still recognize what’s going on around you. Your ears won’t hurt as much, and you won’t lose the use of one of your senses when it matters most. It’s currently unavailable, but normally costs $25.

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Put Some Carbon Fiber In Your LEGO Creations

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LEGO stuff is pretty darn popular amongst our audience; you can get a sense of just how true this is by looking at our coverage of LEGO material over the years. So we think you might like the above Carbon Fiber Tiles. They’re just 1X2 tiles that are covered in a glossy carbon fiber layer. You can use these to augment your regular creations, and give them a little flair. It’s purely aesthetic, and like anything made just for looks, costs a pretty penny. A 10-pack of 1X2 tiles will set you back a $14 pledge, while two of those packs costs $25, a $3 savings. Delivery, if the campaign fully funds, would be slated for January 2015.

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Samsung: Take A Self-Portrait, Not A Selfie

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With a little bit of imagination and creativity, advertising agencies can often take a dull message (“Hey! New point-and-shoot camera!”) and come up with an angle that makes the product stand out. Take the above Van Gogh self-portrait… It’s an ad by the agency Leo Burnett Switzerland for Samsung’s new “NX mini [camera] with a 3-inch flip-up display and interchangeable wide-aperture lens”, and features three iconic self-portraits, re-imagined as if they’d been made by taking a selfie. It thus tries to elevate the banal act of taking a selfie into something more grandiose, implying that this camera will somehow make them more special. Yeah… nice try. A selfie is a selfie and the ad won’t make us want to buy a dedicated point-and-shoot that doesn’t do much more than what our phones can do. But… it’s still a nice try. Gotta give credit where it’s due. So hit the jump for two more of these ads.

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Deal Of The Day: 10% Off On PowerCube Original USB

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Electronics need to remain juiced up, and that means you’ll have multiple power cords vying for the same outlets. That’s when power strips usually enter the picture, but they don’t all have to be boring eyesores. The PowerCube Original USB features 4 outlets and 2 USB ports in a cubic configuration, which prevents bulky transformers from blocking access to an adjacent outlet. There’s a resettable fuze that’ll blow at 15 Amps, so your electronics don’t fry in the case of a surge. Normally you’d pay $20 for this, but today it’s $18.

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Deal Of The Day: 20% Off On The 180 QX Drone With HD Camera + Extra Battery

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There are all kinds of drones flooding the market at the moment, for pretty much any budget. The 180 QX Drone is somewhere in the bottom mid-range, normally costing $239 but discounted to $189 today. We’re even throwing in an extra $5 off if you use the coupon code “qxdrone5″. For your money, you get a drone with a 720p camera that can also record stills.

The 180 QX is a great ready-to-fly drone for pilots of any skill level. It has three different flight modes: High and Low angle modes emphasize stability for photography/filming, while Agility mode allows for ariel stunts such as loops and rolls.

With the included camera, you can easily capture high-quality videos or images while you fly. Don’t like leaving the house? No worries – the 180 QX is small enough to fly in the inside, but durable enough to take some beatings in the great outdoors.

One charge will get you between 5 and 10 minutes of flight time, and this drone comes with one spare battery so you can keep on going even as the other charges back up.

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Coffee Mug With Integrated Pipe

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If the first thing you want to do when you get up in the morning is smoke up, we might want to suggest you could have a problem. Then again, we don’t judge and if that’s how you chose to live your life, then all the power to ya! So wouldn’t it be great if you were able to take a sip of your morning Joe and have a little toke at the same time, from the same vessel? That’s exactly what the Pipemug lets you do. They’re intended for tobacco use only (wink wink), and feature a fully functional pipe, with the mouthpiece on the handle and the chamber sticking out like a mushroom on the side. Prices start at $49 and don’t seem to go much higher than $60.

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