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August 2010

Geekolinks: 8/31

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The controller sports a number of new features, most importantly, the controller's much-maligned D-Pad has been replaced by a transformer.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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Football Player Gets His Hair Insured for $1 Million

Weird celebrity insurance policies, especially on notorious body parts, are the stuff of legend. Just observe this list – or this one, for that matter – for some of the craziest (and in some cases, quite possibly fakest) insurance policies ever taken out. Well, we have a new one to add to that list. Head & Shoulders, manufacturer of perhaps the best-known anti-dandruff shampoo out there (and, as seen here and here, prominently endorsed by Steelers star Troy Polamalu) decided to protect its investment in Polamalu by making another one – a $1 million insurance policy on his luxurious mane. >>>Read more at SportsGrid.

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Electrostatic Noticeboard: No Pushpins Required

The idea behind Jonathan Jordan's Stix Electrostatic Noticeboard is a straightforward one: The pushpins, staples, and what have you that we associate with bulletin boards are annoying and wasteful, so why not cut out the middleman and have papers stick directly to the board's surface itself, in such a way that they hold for a long time but can be easily taken down? The board uses electrostatic attraction to achieve this goal, similar to when you rub a balloon against your hair and stick it to your arm.

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Your Cat Will Love the Feeling…

Sadly, this is actually an advertisement for European billboard company EuroAWK, and not the work of some very enterprising (and very lucky) vandal, but it's still an excellent mashup. (via Reddit)

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Flight Simulator Programming Flaws Linked to Real-Life Crashes

Unsettling news from this morning's USA Today: When the paper analyzed federal flight accident records, they discovered that "More than half of the 522 fatalities in U.S. airline accidents since 2000" could be traced back to problems with the flight simulators that pilots use to learn how to fly commercial airliners. While on the whole, flight simulators are a good thing for air safety, in that they allow pilots to log training hours without real-life passengers on board, current simulators oversimplify certain key aspects of flight -- which is made worse in that many airlines don't warn their pilots of the simulators' limitations.

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Now, Gmail Will Sort Your Important Email Automatically

Hot on the heels of Gmail's new phone call function, Google is rolling out a new feature called Gmail Priority Inbox that will automatically put your most important email, as determined by Google's algorithms, into a high-priority inbox. Below that, you'll see those emails which you've decided to star (this is a feature that's already existed in Gmail); below, that, you'll see "everything else," the standard dump of your email as it comes in. Much like Google's high-quality, barely noticeable spam filter, Priority Inbox will be a painless, automatic sorting and filtering mechanism, although if it's not your cup of tea, you'll be able to select your standard Gmail inbox from the sidebar.

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Haunting Underwater Video of the Titanic’s Sunken Remains

Since earlier this month, Expedition Titanic has been using robots to take photos and video of the Titanic, which lies two-and-a-half miles below the ocean's surface, along with sonar and other measurements to survey a "full inventory of the ship's artifacts." They recently had to come back to shore due to bad weather caused by Hurricane Danielle, but they've brought with them some fascinating footage of the sunken ship's mouldering bow.

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Geekolinks: 8/30

ThinkGeek Cunningly Adopts the “XBox Model”

Project Z-Man: Scale Walls like Spider-Man

Researchers at Stanford University have created a material similar to rubber which replicates the method geckos use to climb. The Stanford scientists have already successfully tested the material on a robot they adorably named Stickybot and are now working on a way to reinforce the material's strength to support human weight.

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Movie Theater Will Marathon All 121 Episodes of LOST for Four Days Straight

If sleeplessly pushing a button every 108 minutes just doesn't seem obsessive enough to you, you just may want to head the way of London's Prince Charles Cinema: Beginning September 13th, the movie theater plans to screen all 121 episodes of LOST back-to-back, for a total of 80 hours of onscreen delirium, spanning four days.

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