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Carrot Spider-Man



Okistugu Kado is an amazing food artist and sushi chef from Japan. His blog is filled with stunning creations, including sculptures of superheroes and scenes from Star Wars. Link -via Geekosystem

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78-Square Foot Apartment


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If you want a really roomy place, you can live in a 90-square foot apartment. But Luke Clark Tyler, an architect in Manhattan, figured that he could do just fine with a cozier place. His apartment, which includes furniture that he designed and built for it, is only 78 square feet in floor space. Tyler has a murphy bed, a couch, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a closet.

Did I mention that Tyler works from home? That tiny space is also his office. -via Doobybrain


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Bluegrass on Traditional Chinese Instruments


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Here's a video of The Jaybirds, a bluegrass group, and Red Chamber, a Chinese string ensemble, playing bluegrass music. The members of Red Chamber are performing their contributions on several Chinese instruments: a liuqin, a pipa, a sanxian, and a ruan.

-via MetaFilter | Red Chamber | The Jaybirds (auto-sound)

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How to Use Balloons to Create Chocolate Cups



Bakerella cooked peanut butter and chocolate chip chocolate pudding and poured it into completely edible chocolate bowls. To make the bowls, she dipped balloons in chocolate and refrigerated them. Once they solidified, she just popped the balloons and removed the rubber. Link -via Craft

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The World Wide Web Was Born 20 Years Ago Today

It was 20 years ago today that Tim Berners-Lee (left) of CERN built the world's first website. Here's how Berners-Lee described the project at the time of its launch:

The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.

The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by support groups.


The web grew rapidly and transformed cultures around it. And it's just getting started. Imagine what the web -- or whatever grows out of it -- will be like twenty years from now. One possibility is a concept called the Semantic Web:

The Semantic Web will see metadata, designed to be read by machines rather than humans, become a more important part of the online experience. Tim Berners-Lee coined this term, describing it as “A web of data that can be processed directly and indirectly by machines,” – a ‘giant global graph’ of linked data which will allow apps to automatically create new meaning from all the information out there.


The future is going to be awesome.

Link -via Gizmodo | Photo by Flickr user campuspartymexico used under Creative Commons license

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Beard Trim


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Peter Simon's friend Tom Offer-Westort had a full beard and head of hair and wanted to shave them off. So they made a stop motion video of the process and then reversed it. Now it looks like Tom is applying his hair like makeup. -via Blame It on the Voices

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Pop-Up Wedding Chapel



To celebrate the passage of the State of New York's Marriage Equality Act, an architecture website named Architizer and a wedding website called The Knot held a design competition for mobile wedding chapels. Submitted designs had to be assembled in under two hours and not have a footprint greater than 2.4 meters square. Judges selected two winners, including this one by Guy Zucker called "The Kiss". It's made of two pieces of recycled honeycombed cardboard that must rely upon each other for structural support. You can see more pictures of this chapel, as well as the other winner, and happy couples who got married in them at the link.

Link -via Dude Craft | Photo by Melissa Murphy, used with permission

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Piranha Plant Earrings



Etsy seller Elizabeth Kohn made a set of earrings that look like the piranha plants from Super Mario Bros. Ouch! Hopefully these don't spit fireballs. Link -via reddit

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Dungeons & Dragons Song: "Tonight"


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Allie Goertz wrote and performed a touching song about how gamers escape from their mundane lives into worlds of their own creation. "Tonight" captures the role-playing experience so very well. -via Nerd Bastards

Previously:
Dungeons & Dragons Song: Roll a D6
A Song about the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual

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The 25 Geekiest Knuckle Tattoos



Geeky Tattoos has a roundup of some of the cleverest knuckle tattoos that geeks have acquired. Chris M. got this one in response to the common "Game Over" knuckle tattoo, writing "when it comes to video games, quitting is never an option, unless you’ve got work, a kid, or some other crap to do." Link | Photo: Knuckle Tattoos

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Heavy Duty, Adjustable Toilet Seat Can Hold 1,000 Pounds



Although it's not made of carbon fiber, this toilet seat is made to take the most brutal torture tests that a human body can offer. It has hinged wings, too, for, uh, added stability. Perfect! I've just ordered one for my cubicle here at the office. Link -via Gizmodo | Photo: Adjustable Advantage

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Saved By the Bell Interactive Game


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Journey back into the distant past -- all the way to the 1990s -- with this corny interactive Saved by the Bell game from The Fine Brothers. It's presented in the graphic style of that era and shows all the plot sophistication and riveting narrative of the original program. -via Uniblog | The Fine Brothers

Previously by The Fine Brothers:
Harry Potter in 7 Minutes
50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes
2010 Shooting Range Game

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Zip Tie Cactus Sculpture



From a distance, this sculpture makes for a convincing cactus. Brian Jewett made it out of zip ties, a garden hose, and water faucets. He provides instructions at the link on how you can make your own. Link -via Make

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New Test for HIV Takes 15 Minutes, Costs $1

Samuel K. Sia, a biomedical engineer at Columbia University, has developed a cheap test for HIV infection that can return accurate results almost instantly:

"We have engineered a disposable credit card-sized device that can produce blood-based diagnostic results in minutes," said Sia. "The idea is to make a large class of diagnostic tests accessible to patients in any setting in the world, rather than forcing them to go to a clinic to draw blood and then wait days for their results."[...]

Sia hopes to use the mChip to help pregnant women in Rwanda who, while they may be suffering from AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, cannot be diagnosed with any certainty because they live too far away from a clinic or hospital with a lab. "Diagnosis of infectious diseases is very important in the developing world," said Sia. "When you're in these villages, you may have the drugs for many STDs, but you don't know who to give treatments to, so the challenge really comes down to diagnostics." A version of the mChip that tests for prostate cancer has also been developed by Claros Diagnostics and was approved in 2010 for use in Europe.


Link -via DVICE | Photo: mChip

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Driveable Video Game


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Garnet Hertz, the man behind the cockroach-controlled robot, has developed a small car that lets you navigate the open road through the imagery of a 1980s-era car racing video game. The project, titled OutRun, "explores the consequences of using only a computer model of the world as a navigation tool for driving." There's no mention of how many points you lose (or win) for hitting pedestrians.

Link -via Geekologie

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Shaka's 3D Paintings



A French street artist named Shaka creates three-dimensional paintings. Scenes of riots and agitated crowds in gloriously trippy colors predominate his work. Google Translate isn't working with his site, but the gallery at the link is definitely worth exploring. Link (Google Translate) | Artist's Website | Photo: Fubiz

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Batman and Captain Kirk Together


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William Shatner and Adam West, two giants of their time, came together to star in an unsold 1968 television pilot based on the life of Alexander the Great. Alas, it was simply too awesome to proceed. Too many minds would have been blown. Link -via The Mary Sue

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Lapdog Bed



I have a papillon dog, and in keeping with the original purpose of his breed, he just loves to crawl up in someone's lap. When one isn't available, this might be an acceptable substitute. Etsy seller XanARu, a professional dog photographer, makes beds that look like human laps. This one is called the "Urban Cowgirl" style. Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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Shotgun with a Chainsaw Handle


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Mossberg, an American armsmaker, has produced a pistol-grip shotgun that is supported with the type of grip that you'd commonly find on a chainsaw or weed eater. Here's a video of YouTube user bigdaddyhoffman1911 trying it out in a short-range zombie attack scenario. I'm not a fan of shotguns against zombies. Really, if you've let the undead get within shotgunning range, you've screwed up in a big way. -via Everyday, No Days Off

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Shake



Carli Davidson, a photographer in Portland, Oregon, has a set of deliciously amusing photos of wet dogs shaking themselves dry. The heavy-jowled dogs work especially well under centrifugal force. Link -via Fubiz (Google Translate)

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M.C. Escher in a Drop of Water



M.C. Escher's illustrations are even more surreal when they're reflected in falling drops of water. redditor smsilton captured this amazing image using a 60mm macro lens. Check out the thread to find out how he did it. Link and Set Up Shot -via Geekologie

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View-Master Wedding Invitations



Provided that you've got a big budget planned for your wedding, Etsy seller melangerienyc has an original idea for invitations. She'll make custom View-Master slides and package them with View-Masters in pretty boxes for you to distribute to your wedding guests. Link -via Doobybrain | Photo: Jen Huang

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USB reddit Upvote/Downvote Device



Does your mousing hand ever grow weary of the task of upvoting or downvoting content on reddit? Chris of The New Hobbyist found a solution with this USB-powered, 3D-printed upvoting and downvoting device. It's not just decorative. Thanks to his clever programming, the gadget will actually interact with reddit's interface. Link -via Make

Previously: Batman-Style Secret Switch

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Gulp: The World's Largest Stop-Motion Animated Video


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And by "largest", I mean that the crafting surface was 11,000 square feet of beach. Sand artists carefully shaped each change around an actual human figure. The cameras were just Nokia N8 cellphones held aloft by a crane over the beach. At Dude Craft, you can watch other videos showing how the directors made this amazing video. They're the same people responsible for Dot, the world's smallest stop-motion animated film. -via Dude Craft

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These Three Minifigs Are on Their Way to Jupiter



The Juno spacecraft, after a planned launch in August, will travel to and then orbit the planet Jupiter. On board will be three LEGO minifigs representing the Roman god Jupiter, his wife Juno, and the astronomer Galileo Galilei. Jupiter is holding his traditional lightning bolt, Juno a magnifying glass to represent her search for truth, and Galileo holds a globe and telescope. Link -via DVICE | Photo: NASA

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Battlepug



Somehow, I have gone through life without knowing -- until today -- of the existence of Battlepug. This hilarious webcomic by Mike Norton tells of a nameless barbarian warrior. He was orphaned as a boy when a giant beast attacked his village, then enslaved in a cruel king's workshop. The warrior, though alone in the world, found one true, loyal friend: an enormous pug. Link -via Comics Alliance

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Teletype Printer Adapted to Send and Receive Text Messages



Kids these days, what with their "Internets" and doing the Twitters and whatnot. Why, you can send perfectly good long-distance messages with a teletype machine! That's what a fellow named Mdziewie did. He rigged a 1963 model teletype printer to accept and transmit text messages. The site is in Polish, but Google Translate will give you a sense of how he wrote the software and modified a modem. You can watch a video of the machine at the link. Link (Google Translate) -via Geekosystem

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Snake on a Car


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YouTube user rachelgfisher was driving down the highway when her husband noticed that a snake slithered out from under the hood. He identified it as a water moccasin, a poisonous snake common to the southeastern United States. The snake moved over the windshield and onto the driver side mirror. It looks like it was trying to get into the cabin for safety, but those mean humans denied it entry. -via Joe Carter

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iPad Head


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This viral marketing video by Thinkmodo shows a young woman walking around Bryant Park in New York City. Her head is encased in iPads, each of which shows one part of her head. It's a promotional item for a new iPad magazine called Cosmo for Guys. Agency Website -via Doobybrain

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Old Caboose Turned into a House



In 1975, Marcia Weber bought a caboose made in 1909. Over the past thirty-six years, she's gradually turned it into a functional home with indoor heating and plumbing. There are beds, a full kitchen, and even a washer and dryer. See more photos of this amazing home conversion at the link. Link -via Craft | Photo: Marcia Weber

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