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Posts by Dan Van Winkle

    Dan Van Winkle — Associate Editor

    Dan is a video game modding hobbyist and secret ninja who lives in New Jersey.

  1. Rewatch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Honest Trailer Form Before Battle of the Five Armies

    Mostly just the desolation of audiences.

    Strange how easy it is to get all the important points of the movie in under 3 minutes. It's almost like it was needlessly stretched out.

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  2. NASA Research Center Details Plans for Cloud Cities and Airships on Venus

    I've got a bad good feeling about this.

    NASA's ideas about setting up floating cities on Venus may seem like delusions of grandeur, but in some ways they would actually be more practical than setting up camp on Mars. Since they're already tied in other areas like availability of Star Wars jokes—Mars is cold like Hoth; Venus would need a cloud city—the new ideas about Venus may be a tie breaker.

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  3. [UPDATED] Reddit Bans Sony Hack File Sharing While Threats of Violence at The Interview Screenings Loom

    The transition from bizarre to frightening has been swift.

    The Sony Pictures hack has brought out emails, full movies, and personal information of Sony employees, and things still appear to be escalating. Most recently, threats were made involving violence at screenings of The Interview which resulted in the New York premiere's cancellation. Now, Reddit moderators have finally started cracking down on those sharing files obtained through the Sony hack.

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  4. The Parks and Recreation Final Season Trailer Is Here From the Fuuuutuuuuure

    From a distant time known as "2017."

    So this means they can keep the show going until 2017, right? Right!?

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  5. Meet The Top 10 Cutest Animals of Science in 2014

    As determined by the journal Nature and also actual nature.

    Animals sit squarely at the intersection of science and cute. And then they pee on it in really weird ways. Welcome to Nature's top ten cutest animals of science in 2014.

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  6. Lincoln Logs Are Coming Back to the USA With Brand New Sets, Holiday Feels

    An educational toy more than four score and seven years old.

    Lincoln Logs will once again be produced in the USA with brand new, "Made in the USA" sets to celebrate. Despite production's move overseas, the Logs have been here all along, right under our noses, just waiting to be noticed to conjure the ghost of childhood holiday seasons past spent with the wooden LEGO alternative and play with our emotions. We just have a lot of feelings about educational toys, OK!?

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  7. A Guy Builds a Hoverboard out of Leaf Blowers, Proves You Don’t Need Fancy Magnets and Science

    Leaf blowers. How do they work?

    Easily the most "2015 is almost here, and we don't want to disappoint Marty McFly!" hoverboard solution yet, four leaf blowers, some tape, and a piece of wood still works almost as well as other, more scientific attempts. There are even instructions to build your own after the jump!

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  8. Google’s Top Search Data for 2014 Is Out and Just as Full of Frozen and Jennifer Lawrence as You’d Expect

    Let it Goooooooogle!

    Google has released its data for the top searches of 2014, so let's see if we can have some fun with it. In U.S. searches, Flappy Bird beat the Ice Bucket Challenge, while worldwide the ALS awareness stunt edged it out, and ALS also came in as the top "what is... ?" search. Now will the "it's self-serving and obnoxious!" complainers give it a rest?

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  9. A Smartphone Tax Is One Way to Help Clean Up Space Junk

    Or we could maybe just place a higher value on space funding.

    Space debris is a big problem, and not just because it might mean losing George Clooney to the cold, unfeeling clutches of outer space. If something isn't done about the debris from space programs in orbit around the Earth, launching a spacecraft from our planet will eventually become like trying to catapult it through a shooting gallery.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: Stargate Wedding Rings Show You’re Connected No Matter What

    You know, because of wormholes. Or Love. Whatever.

    What better way to celebrate a bond that connects you no matter where you are than with Stargate wedding rings? Answer: There isn't one. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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