regular CaseMods, self-planned and self-constructed cases (CaseCons), consumer electronics recreated with a twist (CE Mods), Cases on the Move (Mods with moving parts), and the 24-Hour Challenge, where "two-member teams spend 8 hours a day, for three days, building a case from the same parts at the show."
The big winner was master modder Ali Abbas, who created the wonderfully complex "Ragnar's Revenge" CaseCon, which he shows off in this very comprehensive video:
When you visit towns in most roleplaying video game you're able to interact with a bunch of drones that are programmed to give a response to a few choice questions and wander about looking busy.
The game designers behind the Witcher series are working hard to bring the entire fantastic world the game is set in to life, including every person in every town, and Witcher 3 promised to deliver the most realistic experience yet.
But Kotaku UK's Rick Lane wasn't convinced, and after spending nearly 100 hours of playtime in game he decided to “dedicate an entire in-game day to walking around a single village, observing the population without interacting directly, and keep a detailed account of what I saw. “
Rick saw a good many strange things about the non-player populace in Witcher 3, including one thing that made him a bit concerned:
I don’t think children in The Witcher 3 sleep. Ever. They just sit and stare blankly at the wall, all night, every night.
Bananas have always been a Minion's favorite food, but the littlest Minion had a new idea about what makes a food good. It seems he'd gotten the idea from a show called Sesame Street, featuring a hairy blue monster who was obsessed with these round things called cookies. Once the littlest Minion had gotten his hands on a cookie and tasted its sweet chocolately goodness his skin began to turn blue and he became even more despicable than before! He couldn't stop talking about cookies, told everyone else to call him Cookie, and his praise of cookies presented the rest of the Minions with a really grusome choice...
Bring some deliciously geeky fun to your wardrobe with this Grusome Choice t-shirt by Chicoloco, it'll help you start snack arguments wherever you go!
In the original Winnie the Pooh stories, Pooh and Christopher Robin like to play a game that they call "Poohsticks." This consists of standing on a bridge and dropping sticks over the upstream side. The person whose stick emerges on the downstream side the first wins.
If you play, it would be a good idea to master the physics of the game in order to optimize your performance. Experts at the Royal Academy of Engineering have figured that out. Ideally, a Poohstick is covered with bark, fairly heavy, and dense. The Daily Telegraph reports:
The main variables that need to be considered are cross sectional area, density, buoyancy, and drag.
Usually large objects are slowed down by drag but in water the large size will allow it to be swept along more quickly by the water.
“When it comes to Poohsticks the tubbier the better,” said Dr Rhys Morgan, Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering. “If more water is able to influence the trajectory of the stick, it will accelerate more quickly.
“Generally, a rough stick will create more drag than a smooth stick, so in general, bark is good.”
On the mean streets of Coruscant, people can hear a revolutionary new sound. It is sweeping away the old order. Secretly, the electronic music duo of Darth Vader and Boba Fett are luring people over to the Punk Side of the Force. In this vibrant video by Infectious Design, they challenge a Jedi gang to a dance-off.
Sweet, sweet coffee. You love other people. But, truly, only coffee loves you back. Coffee alone fully responds to your morning inquiries. Coffee alone provides the stimulation that you crave. That's why South Korean designer Jang Wooseok developed a coffee cup lid that looks like a pair of human lips. It's disposable--not something interested in a serious relationship.
The League found themselves going heads up with the Squad, and where one believed in justice and the other was willing to undergo suicide missions for their freedom they were both so darn cute it was hard to decide who to root for. Even the Batguy looked all adorable, Harley looked like a knockout as usual, but Supes and Martian Manhunter looked like they'd just woken up on the wrong side of Cutesville...
Spread some superheroic smiles wherever you go with this Little Darn Cute JVS t-shirt by Prime Premne, and watch your fellow fans flock to help solve the mystery of who will win in this cuteness showdown!
Knowing the origin of a pop culture franchise probably won't change the way you feel about the franchise, but if you're as obsessive about your favorite stories as I am then you'll probably do some digging.
Researching will uncover simple roots for many franchises, but then there are franchises like Predator, Super Mario Bros., A Nightmare On Elm Street and Gilligan's Island that have some pretty unusual origin stories.
The 'shrooms that make Mario grow up big and strong in Super Mario Bros. look just like amanita muscaria, the hallucinogenic mushroom, so the game could be seen as one big 'shroom trip. Gilligan's Island also has a fairly simple origin- the islanders represent the seven deadly sins.
A Nightmare On Elm Street started with a news story about a deadly nightmare killing young men in southeast Asia during the 1970s and 80s.
Wes Craven read a news story about a bunch of young men who died of SUDS (sudden unexpected death syndrome) in their sleep, combined that with a bully from his childhood and Freddy Krueger was born.
And last but certainly not least there's Predator- the Rocky sequel we never knew we wanted until we saw it in theaters. Predator started as a running joke in Hollywood that said Rocky would have to fight an alien in Rocky V to top Rocky IV.
Edison Conner, a rocket scientist who used to work for SpaceX, saw that surfboard design and manufacturing had not changed substantially in 50 years. It still consisted of mostly layers of fiberglass and resin over wood and foam. So Conner established a new company, Varial Surf Technology, and used the latest knowledge of materials science to develop a firm by extremely light surfboard. Popular Science reports:
They replaced the wooden stringer with an ultrarigid foam similar to the type used in helicopter rotor blades and in rocket-propulsion systems. The foam is 30 percent stronger, with seven times the stiffness (or modulus) of conventional foam. It’s also 25 percent lighter. That means surfers have a board that’s easier to control and more durable.
Varial’s chemists altered the polymers of the foam, producing high levels of crystallinity. The crystallized foam consists of structured, rigid latticelike polymer chains. Crystallization also makes cell walls thinner. That lets chemists pack more cells into a tighter, more-angular (or polygonal) cell structure. The structure is stronger and firmer than the looser, more-bubblelike cell structure of conventional polyurethane foam.
Because these boards are so much lighter than common surfboards, they can be used to ride much smaller waves.
If you couldn't tell by now, we here at Neatorama love bacon. That being said, these crazy bacon treats are almost too extreme even for us...of course, notice that I said almost, because these are all going to end up on the menu for our next Neatorama office party.
Arguably the most outrageous pork creation of all time, the Swineapple consists of a hollowed out pineapple stuffed with boneless, country-style ribs, wrapped in bacon and slow cooked on a grill. Josh Bush of It's All About Da Bacon made the original, and has since reworked the recipe multiple times to incorporate sausage, jalapenos and more.
Pork E. Pigskin
If you've ever had a whole roasted pig, you know they can be beyond delicious, but there are a lot of problems with making these yourself -they are huge, don't fit in the oven, take forever and they have too many bones with too little bacon. If you like the idea of putting a whole roasted pig on the dinner table, but don't like the hassle, try this Pork E. Pigskin instead. Grillocracy can explain how to make what they call the "cutest meal you'll ever enjoy," but the basic composition involves a hot pork sausage body, spicy sausage legs, ham ears, a pork rind tail and skin completely made of bacon.
No-Carb Bacon Burger
How do you make a bacon burger low-carb and beyond delicious? Cut out the bun and replace it with bacon. Grillocracy's crazy bacon bun burger adds a whopping 3 pounds of bacon to the mix, giving "bacon burger" a whole new meaning.
It was foretold many centuries ago that a cheesy nacho chip would come to lead the chosen ones back to their kingdom of cheesiness. This chip would have but one eye, but that eye would be all-seeing and able to sense every flavor on the planet at once. Those who could stomach the initiation found the Order of the Nachos to be quite an appetizing, but their battle was just beginning against those dirty devils from the Chili Cheese Fries Cabal.
Add some deliciously geeky humor to your wardrobe with this The Nacho Of Providence t-shirt by Lithium, it's cheesy in all the right ways!
Actor Bruce Campbell is currently promoting his film Ash vs. Evil Dead, the latest production in the long-running Evil Dead horror/comedy franchise. While attending Worldcon in Chicago, he hung out with the crew of the local news program Good Day Chicago. Not one to be idle, Campbell got right to work, providing both the weather and traffic reports for the Chicago area, which now apparently includes Iowa and Ohio.
It has the sophistication of luxury furniture with the playfulness of childhood. App One Design, an Italian design firm, developed a set of interlocking LEGO-like bricks of marble. They can be arranged and re-arranged however you wish and matched with glass tops with precision-cut holes for the studs on the bricks. Although you are unlikely to accidentally step on one barefoot, stubbed toes are now a hazard. You can see more photos at Home Crux.
The life of a celebrity seems really far removed from the norm, and that detachment from normalcy makes it easy to assume celebrities have their own tight knit club of rich people who entertain normal people for a living.
But celebrities are often battling for the same spotlight, which can lead to rivalries and bitterness towards their fellow celebs, so friendship is the last thing famous people want from other famous folks.
They're also trying to maintain a carefully constructed image, one which is hopefully scandal free, so some celebs end up feuding with their own family members just to distance themselves from their sibling's scandals.
The internet is chock full of great stock photos, some not-so-great shots, and those utterly ridiculous images that will probably never leave the stock photo stockroom.
Stock photographers strive to provide any kind of image their clients might need to complete a project, using creative concepts and bold imagery to fill visual niches.
Because you never know when a client will need a photo of a sad baby wearing a funny hat, a funky fashion forward girl grinning madly, or an angry old guy with his fist cocked looking for a fight.
The world of stock photography has changed quite a bit since the 1970s, and not just because digital photography has made it easier to create content, but one element of stock imagery will never change- the ever present strange!
Badgers was created using only the finest recycled audio clips and funkiest props in order to maintain its unique flavor, and just when you least expect them the badgers finally appear...talk about your twist ending!
People always think it's weird when I tell them I'm a blogger. Half the time they either don't understand what that means or how anyone actually makes money doing it. That being said, I'd hate to try to explain "professional sleeper" or "human manequin" -and if I was a professional sex toy tester, I'd just have to lie about my job because that's just gonna result in some awkward conversations.
You can see the full list of weird jobs at the link, but if you don't want to watch something, you can always read it at TopTenz.
There's a popular misconception that doves are peace loving creatures, a rumor that was most certainly started by those war hatin' hippies, but in actuality doves can be quite brutal. They like to gently coo their victims into complacency then swoop in for the kill, splattering their white feathers with red blood, which is seen as a sign of virility in their society. So the next time you hear the gentle cooing of a dove in your backyard you'd better close the blinds and hope that dove doesn't catch sight of you, because it might see you as its next target!
Let the hahas fly with this Dove Of Death t-shirt by Wharton, it's the morbid way to say "some things are not as they seem".
If you've come to Pandora in search of wealth and adventure you might as well turn around and head back home, because a whole bunch of glory loving vault hunters have already swept through the borderlands in search of the same thing. But if you're looking to get on Handsome Jack's good side and make a fistful of dollars at the same time you've come to the right place, so get geared up and disregard any psychos who might threaten your life before you leave the station...
Get geared up for gaming adventure with this Bring Down The Vault Hunters t-shirt by AutoSave, and show that suave psychopath Handsome Jack that you're on his side!
They all said pixel art would become a thing of the past, a relic of the gaming industry left to gather dust with the cartridge consoles.
But pixel art is still alive and just as square as ever, with gamers happy to play a game with pixelated graphics in-between sessions of their favorite amazing looking Next-Gen game.
Whether you're a lover of retro style, an old school gamer who still remembers those 8-bit days fondly, or you're simply a fan of super square art styles then the NeatoShop has a pixel art shirt for you!
Cookie was starting to lose his monstrous edge, and where before he was able to tear through ten packs of cookies in one sitting he was now having trouble finishing just one. He was scared, and didn't know what to do to get his mojo back, until he discovered a creepy book in Bert & Ernie's apartment. The book looked like it was made out of doughy skin, with a happy face on the front that wasn't fooling Sesame's hungriest monster, and when Cookie got safely back to the street and opened the book he wasn't disappointed with the secrets hidden inside. Reading the incarnation aloud Cookie felt his body transforming into something new, and as the power of Cthulhu began to course through his veins he felt like he could devour all the cookies in the world in one sitting...
Add some tasty terror to your geeky wardrobe with this CTHOOKIE MONSTER t-shirt by BeastPop, it's a delicious design your fellow Sesame Street fans will simply die for!
What music do you listen to? What bands are on your playlist? Who have you seen live? In a way, these common conversation starters are asking "What is your identity?"
That's because in the US, for many years, music has been a major center of popular cultural discourse. Contrast this with, say, dance or sculpture. These art forms are well-developed, but are not as deeply embedded in the daily lives of Americans.
Food has replaced music at the heart of the cultural conversation for so many, and I wonder if it's because food and dining still offer true scarcity whereas music is so freely available everywhere that it's become a poor signaling mechanism for status and taste. If you've eaten at Noma, you've had an experience a very tiny fraction of the world will be lucky enough to experience, whereas if you name any musical artist, I can likely find their music and be listening to it within a few mouse clicks. Legally, too, which removes even more of the caché that came with illicit downloading, the thrill of being a digital bootlegger.
Once, it felt like watching music videos on MTV was a form of rebellion in plain sight. Nowadays, the channel doesn't play any music videos. Instead, we have dozens of food and cooking shows, even entire channels like The Food Network dedicated to the topic. Chefs have become elevated to the status of master craftsmen, with names that have risen above the status of their restaurants, and diners revere someone like Jiro of Jiro Dreams of Sushi fame the way a previous generation worshipped the guitar sound of a rock god like Jimi Hendrix.
The conspicious consumption and discussion of food is a way of signaling your identity:
It's not just the scarcity of the actual food that offers such signaling opportunities. You can generate your own scarcity just by having a broad palate. When it comes to dining, many people still have narrow bands of taste, so if you're from the Jonathan Gold school of adventurous dining, you can easily set yourself apart by ingesting something exotic, like tripe stew, or some part of an animal that most people didn't even know was edible and certainly wouldn't dream of consuming.
That's the terrible thing about dating in a small circle of people. If you break up you still have to see each other every day. This bear's best option is to break out of the zoo and not let anyone get in his way. Head out into the woods and sign up for Tindursus.
I've never met her in person, or even spoken with her on the phone. But I feel like I know her. She's easy to get along with and work with. And despite the sheer physical distance between the Neatorama authors scattered across the country, she brings us together with her resolute professionalism and good humor.
The black-footed ferret litter shown above isn't just cute and cuddly; it also represents great strides in bringing the species back from extinction. Black-footed ferret populations drastically diminished in the 20th century due to the Great Plains being converted for agricultural purposes. At that time, prairie dogs – the ferrets’ primary food source – were eradicated.
Black-footed ferrets were considered extinct until a small population of nine was discovered in South Dakota in 1964. The last ferret in captivity died in 1979, and the species was again thought to be wiped out until a group of 18 black-footed ferrets was discovered living in Wyoming in 1981. At that point, the species was labeled "critically endangered." Since then, however, wildlife conservationists have increased the numbers of the species to more than 2,600 in the wild.
This summer, a breakthrough by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute involving artificial insemination from cryopreserved samples further increased and will continue to grow the number of black-footed ferrets.
Don't miss the adorable video below, and see additional photos and read specifics about the process of artificial insemination to increase the numbers in the species at Zooborns.
Destination weddings are rare celebrations compared with traditional weddings in that the couple to be married decides that the location is one of the most important elements of the ceremony. They must be satisfied with leaving to chance how many of their invited guests are able to travel to the event. But one thing is certain: an exotic destination wedding makes for some incredible wedding photos, as these shots attest.
The photographs shown here are a small sample of "The 2015 Best of the Best Destination Photography Collection," as selected by Junebug Weddings. If you're interested in destination weddings or are a travel enthusiast, checking out all 50 of these gorgeous capturesis well worth a few minutes of your time. Via My Modern Met Mission Beach, Australia | Image: Matthew Evans