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August 2010

  1. Geekolinks: 8/31

    "According to my supervisor, there are no such things as portals." (27bslash6) The Internet wants Colbert to hold a rally of his own in DC (Mediaite) Meet Digg's new CEO (TechCrunch) The rise of the anti-Facebooks (RWW) One brave man's survival shelter and shotgun robot (Asylum) Nifty: Digitally printed glass (If It's Hip, It's Here) A chinese villager who sells more software daily than you do (Max Klein)
      (title image via Look at this Frakking Geekster via GWS)

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    • Ultra-Geeky! Business Cards Imagined for Fictional Companies

      Fernando Reza has packed more geeky references than we thought humanly possible in his limited-run print "Day Jobs," which features a poster-sized set of 3.5" x 2" business cards for fictional companies like Veidt Industries, Dunder Mifflin, and InGen,  printed on authoritative cardstock.

      He's selling them for $25; if you reblog his post on one of those Tumblry-type blogs and name them all, you've got a shot at winning a print for free.

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    • The Best Video of a Cat Playing Duck Hunt You’ve Seen Today

      1. B'awww. 2. There is no news today. 3. It really sucks that that isn't a touchscreen, that is just cruel.

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    • The Origins of the Internet’s Awesomest Smiley

      If you have ever used popular social networking tool "The Internet," you've probably come across Awesome Face before: His radiant golden hue, his two-o-clock eyes, his luscious melon-shaped smile. He's a popular icon on certain forums we dare not name, but do you know his origins? Thanks to the intrepid sleuthing of video game designer Chris Ainsworth, we know that Awesome Face was born not in the mangers of the usual suspects, but in the forums of a Pokémon fan site.

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    • Fruit Flies Control Lego Robot with Virtual Reality: Yes, Really

      Swiss researchers, Chauncey Graetzel and his team at Zurich's Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems have built a virtual reality rig that allows fruit flies to control robots.

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    • New Xbox 360 Controller Improves D-Pad, Removes Button Color, $64.99 on November 9th

      Starting on November 9th, a newly redesigned Xbox 360 controller will be available in the US for $64.99.

      The controller sports a number of new features, most importantly, the controller's much-maligned D-Pad has been replaced by a transformer. Simply turn the circular bed the D-Pad rests in, and the directional button raises from the bed, providing a button much easier to deal with. Among other prominent new features, the analog sticks have been redesigned to be concave and the face buttons have lost their color, now in differing shades of grey to match the new sleek silver matte.

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    • Facebook Is Like a Needy, Slightly Annoying Cockatoo, but You Can’t Give It Up

      Prolific guy-who-draws stuff Caldwell Tanner has drawn a series of animal counterparts to popular websites, complete with information about maintenance (read, the amount of your time they suck up), entertainment value, and other proclivities. YouTube looks sorta like Kratos kitty. (CollegeHumor via TDW | Artist's page)

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    • Making an iPad into a Retro TV

      Putting new technologies in familiar old backdrops is nothing new, but Jonas Damon has beautifully executed it with his '70s/'80s-style TV iPad dock. For Damon, it's a little more aesthetically and philosophically involved than simply mashing together retro and modern for shock effect.

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    • Board Game Café Opens, Segregates Your Technology

      Snakes and Lattes, a Toronto café, combines board games, sippy drinks and a relaxing atmosphere. Oh, it also supports practices that many people strived to overcome throughout history. Just, you know, against modern technology. The puntastic café, owned by Ben Castanie and Aurelia Peynet, opened yesterday in Toronto's Koreatown with a couple gimmicks.

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    • Do You Think Digg v4 Is a Step in the Wrong Direction? [Poll]

      The major overhauls presented in Digg v4 have caused a great deal of division in the Digg community. Do you think the new Digg has taken a turn for the worse, or is the hate overhyped? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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