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For Singles With a Sense of Humor: DIY Make-Out Pillow

DIY Makeout Pillow

Valentine’s day sucks for a lot of people–the primary reason being how it makes singles out of place with all the couple-themed offers and dinner deals retailers and restaurants put out that time of the year. But as a single person on happy hearts day, you can either go with the flow and ignore all the red paper hearts strewn all over the place–or have some fun with your singlehood.

If you still find yourself single (but, of course, never alone) on February 14th next year, then here’s a fun project that you can take on, just for the heck of it: the DIY Make-Out Pillow.Continue Reading

Custom Super Mario Drum Set is Awesome

Super Mario Drum Set

This Super Mario Brothers-themed drum set was made by Josh Fry and it’s all kinds of awesome. It features everyone’s favorite characters from the Mario franchise, including Mario himself, Luigi, the Princess, and even the Toad. I also see the Fire Flower power up and several question mark blocks that are just ripe for the hitting.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

Super Mario Doorbell is a Huge Level Up From the Usual

You might want to get your tools ready, because you’ll probably never be satisfied with your current doorbell after you see the one programmer Joseph Thai has by his front door. It was created with a Super Mario Brothers theme in mind. The button is covered with an image of a coin, and there’s a counter that keeps track of how many times the doorbell has been pressed (or how many coins have already been collected. Get it?)

Every time a guest presses the coin button, the counter displayed will increment and the coin sound from Mario will be played. As a special bonus, every 10 coins will cause the life-up sound to be played, and every 100 coins will cause the mushroom upgrade sound to be played.

Want to make your own? Joseph was nice enough to post all the technical stuff on his website.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

DIY: Cereal Tea Bags, For When All You Want Is The Milk At The Bottom

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Admit it: you only eat cereal so you can get to the bottom of the bowl with no cereal left and just enjoy the flavour infused milk by itself. It’s a thing, and we don’t blame you. It’s as if all the flavours just pooled at the bottom and it’s wonderful. Well, if you like it so much, you can skip the eating of the cereal altogether by making these Cereal Tea Bags. Instructables user Aaron_Geman gives us a 7 step process to remove actual tea from a teabag, and replace it with crushed cereal. It’s simple enough, although upon reflection it sure seems like a lot of effort just to avoid getting more nutrition inside of you (although… we’re not sure we should call it “nutrition” when we’re looking at FruitLoops.). But hey, you could always give this to that person in your life who’s addicted to Fruit Loop goop.

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[ Cereal Tea Bag ] VIA [ ThatsNerdALicious ]

Not Just For Gaming: Smoking Out of a GameCube and the E-Cig Connection

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What have you done with your GameCube aside from play games on it? Most people would say that’s all they did, but the dudes from the Nebula Vaping Lounge who were behind this awesome modded GameCube e-hookah can say that they at least smoked a few on theirs. E-hookahs and e-cigarettes are closely related, with the latter being such a hot topic these days.

In fact, my friends and I debated on the merits of e-cigs over our weekly Saturday brunch and things got heated pretty quickly (okay, enough with the puns!)

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Build It, Code It: Kano DIY Computer Kit

Kano DIY Computer Kit

 

Some people like to play games. Others like to build stuff and learn to code as they go along.

If that’s how people describe you, then you would probably enjoy having a go at the Kano. It’s a DIY computer kit where you can build your own computer. It’s meant for people young and old who are passionate about learning what makes computers tick. Each kit contains all the necessary parts needed to make a working computer–but the fun doesn’t when it’s all assembled. In fact, that’s when the fun begins, because the computer can be booted up to write basic programs, hack stuff, and even program games.

The Kano DIY computer kit costs $100.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Now You Can Print Your Own ‘Animated’ Optical Illusions

Bored? Got a cat you want to play with? Then grab some paper and a sheet of transparency film and check out the clip above. It’s essentially a video of some cool and mind-boggling optical illusions that look like they’re moving–even though they’re not. Hence, the classification that they’re optical illusions.

Entertain some kids. Show your friends. Amaze your cat. This is at least something to do when you’re bored and are itching to do something.

You can check out the YouTube video link to get links to the designs that you can print out.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

FiberFix Is Like Duct Tape, Only Stronger, Possibly Better

FiberFix

That’s a blasphemy, isn’t it? To suggest that there may be a better candidate for all-around everything-fixer-upper-for-the-home than duct tape is like suggesting McGuyver wasn’t that handy a guy after all. And yet science and technology march on, and we find out about FiberFix. It’s a special kind of tape that hardens into a steel-like material, which is 100 times stronger than duct tape. Once your objects are fixed with FiberFix, they won’t break in the same spot again. The tape comes in special airtight pouches because the special resin that powers this product’s magical powers is activated with water. And while there is usually enough moisture in the air for FiberFix to work properly without any additional step, you can help it along by briefly soaking the material in water beforehand. After 5 to 10 minutes the resin hardens and you can start using your broken item, although it can take up to 24 hours to fully cure and reach maximum strength. Special care needs to be taken not to get any of the stuff on your hands or scissors, because you’ll have a hard time getting it off afterwards.

So, ok, FiberFix is not quite like duct tape because once you’ve applied it, you can’t remove it. And you need to be kind of careful when you use it. But if it needs to stay fixed, this looks like a good choice. Prices start at $6 for a 1 inch wide by 40 inches long strip.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

World’s Smallest Fully Functioning V8 Engine, With Electronic Injection

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We’re not 100% sure of the “world’s smallest” claim, but the engine above sure is small. And it works just like its bigger sibling, internally combusting its fuel, albeit with a paltry 45cc displacement. Yes, 45cc. Despite the small size, there’s a good amount of tech in there.

Scratch built 45cc V8 with Megasquirt MS2 fuel injection.made in the shed with an old manual Bridgeport mill and a 95 year old lathe. Single fuel injector made from Punto injector internals. Pressurised oil system, drilled crank, alloy block, cast iron wet liners, vernier cam pulleys, Walbro fuel pump, tungsten alloy flywheel, bead blasted and anodised finish, throttle pos sensor on butterfly shaft, 24tooth trigger wheel for megasquirt.

Uh huh… we understand some of those words. And we fully understand that this is a one of a kind engine that might be up for purchase, direct from the man who made it. We’ll post links to his website where you might be able to reach him to inquire, if this really tickles your fancy.

[ DIY Engine Project Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]