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Posts by Jamie Block

  1. Darth Vader Nazi Figurine, and Other Miniatures Mash-Ups

    Jonathan Kuriscak is not your average guy. Sure, plenty of people collect figurines and action figures, some for far longer than the 16 years Kuriscak's been at it. But while many people collect Star Wars figurines, significantly fewer custom-craft the miniatures into Nazi generals. In fact, it's probably just Kuriscak. The above figurine of Darth Vader showing off his Nazi armband and rapier (wit?) is just one of many World War II adaptations Kuriscak has crafted with figurines. You can see more on the website for Kuriscak's solo miniature modification organization, Pack Rat Studios. They're not all related to World War II or to Star Wars. But some are related to both:

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  2. Kazakhstan’s Mobius Strip Library of the Future

    Kazakhstan gets the sweetest buildings! Through a competition to design the upcoming new National Library, Kazakhstan has chosen this mobius strip structure to contain its archives. While it may not be the most efficient structure in the world regarding space, it's certainly one of the coolest to look at, with the structure bending in upon itself. Even considering the slanted walls throughout and awkward spacing, the structure will contain 33,0000 square meters of floor space, or about 335,210 square feet. In comparison, our Library of Congress, which is housed across multiple buildings, contains 2,100,000 square feet. And to use a building we can easily imagine the size of for reference, the White House is 55,000 square feet.

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  3. “iPod Oblivion” Causes 17 Accidents Per Day in UK, Says Automobile Association

    Apparently, our former rulers across the pond get really into their music. According to the UK Automobile Association, iPod distraction is responsible for an average 17 accidents per day. People just gotta hear their jams, yo? Surely you can't expect people to keep their eyes on the road when their ears are being so sweetly serenaded? The UK AA has even gone so far as to coin a term for this iPad distraction epidemic: "iPod oblivion." Well, that just makes me want to play Elder Scrolls IV on an iPod, now. Thanks a lot, guys. Well, that or it makes me want the iPods to actually be either exploding or vanishing into thin air, mystifying and distracting their owners.

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  4. R2-D2 Crochet Beanie Keeps Ears Warm, Does Not Project Holograms

    This is the droid hat you're looking for. Listed quite recently on Etsy by user craftandcrochet, these R2-D2 custom beanies are available by order. Yes, a geeky product found online that's actually real, practical, and for sale. All orders are custom made, so be sure you know the size of your head if you want to adorn it in Star Wars crochet greatness.

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  5. Scott Pilgrim Interactive Trailer Reinvents Film Promotion

    In a lot of stylistic ways, it looks like Scott Pilgrim is going to be a completely original film. So why restrict that to the movie itself? The people behind Pilgrim have released an interactive trailer that's full of new jokes, clips, and tons of behind-the-scenes information. It can be a little intense to manage, since there are so many bonus features in its, so here's my recommendation: If you've never seen this trailer before, watch it in full once through without clicking. Then, go through and click every time something pops up, then instantly pause the trailer so you can read it and click on any links in it without getting ahead of yourself. It may seem like an overly choppy experience, but so many of the hidden tidbits are worthwhile that you can't risk skipping any. You'll also want to pause to scroll over all the evil exes when they appear on screen together. This trailer is really setting a new standard for film promotion. Enjoy:

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  6. New LittleBigPlanet 2 Trailer: Story Mode Looks Amazing

    What is there even left to say about LittleBigPlanet 2? I don't have to convince you that it's going to be amazing. You've seen that for yourself with every single bit of released material about the game. With direct control, new materials, new gadgets, and a whole lot of new levels, it's going to be one of the greatest, most adorable games of all time. I pre-ordered the limited edition the moment it became available, so clearly I don't need any convincing that the game will be worthwhile. But if you somehow still do, you philistine, here is a trailer that highlights the story mode. Presumably a few people buy this game to play through the levels with no intent of creating them, so this one's for you:

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  7. 15 Fantastic Doctor Who Mash-Ups and Works of Fan Art

    When you're a pop culture sensation like The Doctor, people are going to idolize you. And with a phenomenon like Doctor Who, thou shalt totally make unto thee lots of graven images, and many likenesses of any thing that is in the TARDIS. Thou shalt definitely bow down thyself to them. That's the second commandment of die-hard Doctor Who fandom, after all. So here are 15 such beautiful graven images. Some are great fan art, others hilarious mash-ups, all obscenely awesome. And don't worry, they're not all about David Tennant.

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  8. Every Lightsaber Ignition And Retraction: The Video

    In the world of Star Wars effects, the look and sound of the lightsaber reign supreme. And while the moment when two of these Jedi weapons clash result in the best audio-visual experience, the moments they are ignited or retracted are also pretty damn cool. Recognizing this fact, one fan chose to make a video of every single one of this moments. Here is a sabering look at the Star Wars franchise:

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  9. Titanic 2 Trailer: WHY?

    How could this movie possibly be entertaining? If you use the phrase "history is repeating itself" in a trailer for a movie about the Titanic, where does your suspense lie? What element of the plot of this film am I supposed to care about while I watch the film if I can already tell you the entire plot right now? Will there be some Shyamalan twist to make this actually a worthwhile concept? In what world would anyone think it was at all smart or tactful to name a ship Titanic II? These questions and many, many more seem to have only the most painful of answers based on the trailer below. I mean, I don't usually get outright angry at a movie for looking like it'll be terrible, but this is just outrageous, with an emphasis on the outrage. You take a movie that's been done to death, and is getting an undeserved 3D rerelease anyway, and you make a worse version of the exact same movie! OK, well, there's an interview you can listen to where director Shane Van Dyke explains his intentions with the sub-million-dollar budget film. And by "explains his intentions," I mean he makes the movie sound even more terrible than it already looks. At least it's straight-to-DVD. Now that I've made this sound super appealing and worth watching, here's the actual trailer:

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  10. Zynga Will Blow Up An Armored Car In Vegas

    What happens in Vegas in this instance is specifically designed to leave Vegas. As a promotional stunt for the launch of a Las Vegas-themed Mafia Wars expansion, as well as in celebration of passing 10 million players, Zynga has promised to blow up an armored car in Vegas. Like, for real.

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  11. Inception Meets Magic: The Gathering: Duel Decks, Extractors Vs. Dreamers

    I love Inception, and I also love playing Magic: the Gathering. If only there were some way to experience both of those wonderful things at once. Well, I made such a way. For those of you who aren't aware of the recent Magic product lines, they have introduced a new gimmick called "Duel Decks" where two classic foes duke it out with an army of spells. Each deck is designed to reflect the magical style of its protagonist, species, or faction. So today, I am honored to present Duel Decks: Extractors Vs. Dreamers.

    Below are two 40-card deck lists and the accompanying card images. Click any card to see it larger in better quality. Print them out or make proxies and let me know if the decks are actually at all balanced, or just throw a Mal Cobb card into your mono-black aggro deck and see if your friends notice. Enjoy!

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  12. The Video Website Trailer Is The Social Network But For YouTube

    If you haven't seen the trailer for The Social Network, the film based on the controversies of the founding of Facebook, it's worth a watch. It's overly dark and sensationalized, and it turned me off from seeing the movie, personally, but it's full of exploitable quotes and dramatic moments, not to mention an amazing Radiohead cover. Well, now there's a trailer for the (fake) equivalent film, but this time it's about the founding of YouTube! And it does a good job of pointing out exactly why I'm turned off by the Social Network trailer, as well as being generally funny. The trailer for The Video Website can be watched below. And if you like it, subscribe. But remember, "you don't get to 500 million subscribers without making a highly fictionalized movie."

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  13. Pokémon Black And White Story To Include ONLY New Pokémon

    In an effort to make the fifth generation of the Pokémon franchise feel more like the first, Nintendo made the decision to have the story mode of the game feature exclusively new Pokémon. With every game since the first, Pokémon has kept at least a few old guys around, whether its out of laziness or to keep things somewhat familiar. Well, no more of that. Pokémon Black and Pokémon White are to be entirely new experiences. Of course, after you beat the Elite Four (unless that's revamped too?), the floodgates will be opened as they always are.

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  14. Sharp Is Building A Phone With 3D Camera, 3D Screen; No Need For Glasses

    Sharp, the Japanese tech manufacturer, is taking a page from Nintendo's book. Well, technically, they're reusing the page that they added to Nintendo's book in the first place. An upcoming Sharp phone is slated to have a 3D screen that requires no 3D glasses for viewing. Hopefully it has the 3D slider feature of the Nintendo 3DS, which proved quite helpful at E3. But, also like the 3DS, the phone will have a 3D camera. Not surprising considering Sharp technology was the source of the upcoming Nintendo handheld's own impressive camera.

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  15. Child Painting Prodigy Makes Over $236,000 From 33 Paintings

    When I was a kid but lemons were scarce, I would sit in front of my house selling drawings and greeting cards I'd created for, if memory serves, a quarter each. A dollar, tops. Kieron Williamson is seven years old, and he just made $236,850 for his artwork. I guess that's what separates the impressionist painter prodigy from literally everyone else.

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  16. Coronal Mass Ejection: The Sun Just Spat At Us

    This is the sun. For a long time, it was sleepy, lying idly in the sky, keeping us warm and cozy here on Earth. Well, now the sun is waking up after its slumber, and it wants us to know. So it's spitting at us, via a coronal mass ejection. The sun's surface erupted, sending huge amounts of plasma into space ... toward us. For reference in the image above, the eruption is the dark arc near the top of the star, not the bright patch nearer the middle. But don't worry, everyone. While the sun can and someday will bring about the apocalypse, this isn't that moment. There will be pros and cons to this event, which should start as soon as tonight and last into tomorrow. Let's start with the bad news: Some satellite communications could be disrupted. The good news: Light show! This kind of plasma attack could create a geomagnetic storm, which sounds terrifying, but would really just mean we'd get to see the Northern Lights, except they'd be all over the lower 48 states.

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  17. The Sims Goes Medieval On Itself With New, Divergent Game

    The Sims franchise has always been about simulating everyday life. Sure, expansions have gotten more and more exciting with nightclubs, pets, vacations, expeditions, and a whole lot more, but the core gameplay has always centered around a mostly plausible modern day lifestyle. You have your house, your job, your friends, your cozy little neighborhood, and you grow up and live life to the fullest. That's what the franchise is about. Well, now The Sims is branching out in a major way, with the announcement of The Sims Medieval, a game set to come out for the PC and Mac in spring of 2011.

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  18. The Definitive History of Gaming Consoles: The Video

    Our journey begins long, long ago, in 1972. The console was the Magnavox Odyssey, and at the time it was a major breakthrough in home gaming. But 38 years later, the Odyssey is one of over 450 gaming consoles, computers, and handhelds. The video below, compiled by Eliot Hagen of Elder-Geek, documents this long, crowded history. I don't care how avid a gamer you are or how much you think you know about the industry, there will be a whole bunch of consoles in here you've never seen before. And frankly, if there aren't, that could be very worrisome, and you should put down the computer and go outside. It's a beautiful day/night/whenever it is right now. So if you want a 23-minute, insanely comprehensive history lesson on gaming hardware, watch the video below. Let the music and the pictures envelop you in a comfy, nostalgic aura and take you on a journey through time and space.

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  19. This Video Of Giant Soap Bubbles Is Mesmerizing

    Before today, I thought that if I'd seen one giant soap bubble, I'd have seen them all. But I was wrong. From the moment I started the video below to the moment it ended, I couldn't look away as giant bubble after giant bubble hovered just above the ground, only to pop in a magnificent, slow unraveling. Sure I got distracted by the two dogs who have a loving reunion in the background almost five minutes in, but aside from that, it was pure bubble ecstasy. And the serene, mostly empty park on that crisp day when this was filmed only add to the mystique. But most of all, now I want to go do this myself really badly.

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  20. Captchart: The Art Of Proving You’re Human [Pics]

    Whether you're creating a username, posting on a forum, chatting on Omegle, or making an Internet purchase, people want to know your not a robot. And frankly, that's a bit discriminatory against robots. What have they ever done to us?

    The humanity-proving device of the now is the Captcha, where you're given two randomly generated words to type in. And they're blurry and gross, because robots can't read things that are blurry and gross. It looks like this: Sometimes the words are random and uninteresting, but sometimes the sudden, random juxtaposition is truly inspiring. And in those moments, great Captchart is formed. Here is a sampling that's fun for the whole family:

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