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  1. Free Universal Construction Kit Lets You Connect 10 Different Kinds of Building Toys

    Want to connect your LEGOs to your Duplos? Your K'nex to your Tinker Toys? Your Krinkles to your Zoob? Well the wait is finally over. With the Free Universal Construction Kit, you are free to assemble the most Frankenstein-ish of contraptions, the hideously mismatched kind of contrivances only a madman could love. It's barely one step above gluing the pieces together, and it is absolutely glorious.

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  2. QR Hobo Codes Let You Leave Secret Messages for the Tech-Savvy

    Using a couple of neat programs, laser cut stencils and a can of spray chalk, you can start a revolution and begin leaving QR hobo codes with secret messages for your smartphone-carrying brethren. If that sounds kind of cool, but doesn't immediately make sense to you, here's a little history. First off, hobo codes were glyphs originally used back in the pre-internet Stone Age as a way for hobos to communicate important information to each other, but not non-hobo squares like you (presumably) and me. One seemingly random symbol would mean "this underpass is a safe place to sleep" and another might mean "talk about religion here and get a free meal." This kind of communication eventually inspired a guy named Matt Jones to propose a thing called warchalking. Warchalking, a combination between hobo signs and wardriving (well, warwalking really) consisted of hobo sign-esque chalk symbols that told travelers about things like insecure wifi networks. While QR hobo coding isn't directly related to warchalking (as far as I can tell) it's sort of a spiritual successor. QR hobo codes don't necessarily pertain to tech information, but they're inherently tech-y by virtue of being QR codes and they still have that "this is our little secret" vibe, while being common knowledge enough that they might catch on big time. But that's enough of a history lesson. How do you make these things?

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  3. New Web App Censors the Unspeakable Name of Justin Bieber

    If you cheered when Twitter's new trending topics algorithm shanghaied Justin Bieber this past week, this could be for you: The good people of Free Art & Technology (specifically, Greg Leuch) have put together a Firefox add-on and a nifty Javascript program (click link to test it out) that let you black out the name and visage of the 16-year-old Canadian pop star, who seems to inspire some of the strongest divided reactions of any 16-year-old Canadian pop star on the planet. Titled "Shaved Bieber," Leuch's handiwork blacks out the word "Bieber," the phrase "Justin Bieber," and image files containing "Bieber" in their names. The perfect cold-turkey cure for Bieber Fever and BieberRage alike.

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