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LEGO Version Of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Now here's a LEGO construct that would make HAL 9000 proud: a LEGO version of the Discovery One from the seminal sci-fi flick 2001: A Space Odyssey, built from over 3,000 pieces at 1:60 scale, as well as a morbid Dawn Of Man diorama which is full of angry primates and a pile of LEGO bones!

The set was created by Jason Allemann, who was kind enough to include a construction guide PDF so that anybody with a pile of LEGO bricks and time on their hands can bring 2001 to their hobby table. Happy building!

PDF Link  --via Geek Tyrant   --Jason's Flickr LINK

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The Avengers (On A Budget)

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I know this is my second Avengers post in the last twelve hours but gosh darnit all to heck I'm just so excited to see this freakin' movie that I'm all over the net checking out anything Avengers related.

Join me in my celebration of all things Avengers with this hilarious parody by Table 8 Productions, featuring the saddest incarnation of this classic superhero team that I've ever seen.

--via Kotaku

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How To Make Your Own Fantasy Cosplay Helmet

If you've ever wanted to make your own fantasy or video game inspired helmets, like the Skyrim inspired number pictured above, then you have to check out this tutorial by Harrison Krix of Volpin Props. He walks you through his interesting method of creating custom helmets, complete with cast resin antlers, so you can become the ultimate warrior in your neck of the woods.

Link  --via Destructoid

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Frank Welker Is The Voice Behind The Toons

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I'm sure you're familiar with Frank's work as a voice actor, even though you might not recognize his face or know his name.

He was the voice of Fred Jones in Scooby Doo, Doctor Claw in Inspector Gadget, Nibbler on Futurama and can be seen in the video above letting out a mighty roar for The Lion King.

His vocal talents have netted him a boatload of cash, and now you can put a face to the voices in your head!

--via The Mary Sue


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3D Printed Darth Vader Lamp Shade

What could possibly make a lampshade shaped like Darth Vader even geekier? Why, printing it out with a 3d printer, of course!

Created by Zairy Zin (cool name!), this is one honey of a honeycombed helmet, and it sports an equally rich pricetag ($585).

Maybe, if all goes well,  Zairy will release the 3d file (for a fee) to the hungry Star Wars addicts across the globe who'd love to make this Darth Vader lamp right at home in their module.

Link  --via Nerd Approved

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All Star Bowling-Mad Men Vs. Nerdist

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The answer to the question that immediately came to mind when you saw this post is YES-John Hamm is a pretty good bowler, but he's an even better prankster, and he almost pulled off the old banana peel trick on Chris Hardwick!

Watch the two American institutions square off in that most American of indoor sports, and feel the Bromance brewing in the cold filtered air.

(NSFWish due to coarse language at the end)

--via Nerdist

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Corgis In The Sky And Other Oddities By Conrad Ruiz

Painter Conrad Ruiz will never be accused of lacking in imagination, nor will he catch flack for his misuse of color.

His watercolor paintings are an explosion of vibrant hues, pop culture references and an attempt to capture the look and feel of total chaos.

Conrad's other works employ repetition and rhythm to create an interesting optical effect, not necessarily an illusion as much as a field of fine detail for your eyes to get lost in forever.

Link  --via Juxtapoz

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Levi Mandel Does Some Strange Things With Photographs

Most photographers are content with taking and editing photos, but Levi Mandel can't leave well enough alone.

He feels the need to print out said photos, then he folds and bends and wrinkles them into some strange semblance of the original subject, then he shoots the photo again so we have something delightfully creepy to stare at.

You can check out more of Levi's discarded portraiture at the links below, take a gander before they end up in a pile of trash!

Link  --via Booooooom!

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The Avengers Trailer From 1978

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This silly fan made movie trailer answers the question "what would a made-for-TV Avengers movie look like if it came out in 1978?"

The end result is all sorts of ridiculous, with Paul Lynde playing a schlocky version of Loki, and a guest appearance by KISS.

It would have been the best worst thing that ever could have happened to my childhood!

--via Digg

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Hokusai's The Great Wave Painted Using Coke

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Who knew that Coke and traditional Japanese art were the two great tastes that taste great together?

Watch Phil Hansen go to work on a gigantic reproduction of Hokusai's painting "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" using a most refreshing medium-Coca Cola!

He will even show you how you can try your hand at painting with Coke, complete with a downloadable template. I wonder if you can get the same results with Pepsi?

Link  --template Link

--via JazJaz

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Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years Of Election Art


This fascinating look back at over two hundred years of Presidential campaign art is full of factoids and full color illustrations, and the Library of Congress has spared no expense in making this the granddaddy of all coffee table books.

From classy to kooky, this hefty book covers all the popular poster styles meant to catch the eye of potential voters, and it features:
100 ready-to-frame (official and unofficial) political campaign posters, as well as about 200 more photographs of political cartoons and campaign memorabilia

So, whether you're a politically minded person or simply someone who appreciates classic poster art, this book will definitely give you something fun to feed your head.

Link  --via Super Punch

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Bring The Clackety Clack To Your Desktop With The USB Typewriter Keyboard

If you're tired of how calm and quiet your office has become, bring a taste of the good old days to work with the USB typewriter keyboard.

Full of noisy key clacking and an undeniable charm, this stylish computer accessory is sure to get your co-workers talking about you, even if what they're saying is "shut that thing up!"

It might seem silly, but I like the idea of having that typewriter key feel beneath my fingertips, without having to use all that whiteout and transfer paper to clean up my documents, and I really like that they offer a DIY kit for the crafty consumer.

Link  --via Best Week Ever 

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Uncharted Video Game Trilogy Cut Into Feature Length Movies

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To say that the Uncharted video game trilogy is the most cinematic gaming experience ever would be an understatement, and crafty editor morphinapg has spliced together the proof and put it on YouTube.

Each game in the series has been cut into an epic length movie, which speaks volumes about the major role storytelling plays in each game.

If you're afraid of spoilers because you haven't gotten around to playing the Uncharted trilogy yet, then don't watch the entire two to three hours of each video and your game won't be ruined.

Otherwise pop some corn, turn up your speakers and enjoy cinematic adventure game cutscenes at their very best.

--via Geekosystem


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Roosevelt The Off-Roading Dog

Shelter dog Roosevelt was born with deformed front legs, which made running around impossible for the poor little guy until his new owner Stephanie created this wheelchair rig for him.

Now Roosevelt likes to take his wheels off road, tearing it up and playing like a pup again.

Here's an inspiring word from his owner:
The only difference between Roosevelt and other dogs is that instead of a collar I snap on his wheels to take him out. … People think he should have been put down because they think he’s suffering. But he wakes up happy every day. If you had a child with a disability you’d try to enrich them, give them opportunities. So why not do the same with a dog?

Roosevelt has a sweet set of wheels, and a pretty sweet owner in Stephanie as well. Not bad for a dog considered by some to be destined for euthanasia, eh?!


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An Unusual Way To Crack An Egg

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Artist Duane Keiser demonstrates a rather unusual way to crack an egg in this video entitled Yolk, from his A Painting A Day series of online videos.

Duane's painting series might be just what you need to fill that void left behind by Bob Ross' death years ago, and this little fluffy egg video is a great place to start your new painting show obsession.

Now grab your brushes and palette and paint the yolk outta that egg!

--via Ology

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The Avengers Assembled Out Of Household Items

Target stores have come up with an extremely clever way to advertise both the items they sell and the upcoming Avengers movie-they've put together household items sold in their stores to form iconic images based on The Avengers.

The images are so densely packed with details that it takes a while to see all the products featured in each photo, which is what, in my opinion, makes them cooler than your average advertising campaign.

And I must admit that these ads make me want to buy some Avengers related merchandise, and I now have a mysterious craving for a Mr. Goodbar and a Dr. Pepper!


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MIT Students Play Tetris On The Side Of A Building

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The bad thing about attending MIT is the cost of tuition and living expenses adds up to approximately $55,000 a year. The good thing is you can blow off a little steam once in a while by playing the video game Tetris-on the side of a building!

Student gamers gently hacked the controls of the Green Building on campus and put on a dazzling light show while playing a grand scale version of Tetris. I hope they played like champs, because if not the whole neighborhood now knows how bad they are at the popular puzzle game.

Now that's what I call putting your college degree to work for you!

--via Nerd Bastards

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Computer Maintenance In Six Steps

If you've ever dealt with a computer crash due to virus, hard drive failure or otherwise, then you know this comic is 100% TRUE.

I mean, who has time to waste constantly backing up the hard drive, and technicians can make it all better, right? WRONG.

After you get your system back on track you should make this comic your desktop image and NEVER FORGET to back that data up.

And remember-no amount of key pressing will bring your precious data back, and those kittie pics on your hard drive could have made you A MILLION DOLLARS!


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The Dangerous Task Of Repairing High Voltage Power Lines

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I knew that the act of repairing high voltage power lines while the juice is still flowing is a dangerous act indeed, but I didn't know the whole operation would play out like an action movie, complete with daring helicopter piloting and awesome uniforms!

It was likewise surprising to discover that these guys use little to no tools when repairing the lines, and they do most of the work with their hands! It really makes you appreciate the dangerous work that goes in to keeping the electricity on tap for us all.

--via Gizmodo


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The Surreal Mechanical Sculptures Of Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis constructs mechanical sculptures, some of which move about with a very lifelike energy, a little too lifelike if you ask me.

They jerk and twitch and strut, like robots duplicating the movements of living beings, so it makes them seem all strange and creepy.

If you don't frighten easily, hit the link and check out the ostrich-like Pony robotic sculpture in action, it's guaranteed to exceed your expectations.

Tim's mechanical marvels really knock my socks off, and it sure would be fun to watch them strut around an art gallery!

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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Frighteningly Realistic Frankenthulhu Mask

This awesomely gruesome latex mask was made by sculptor and craftsman afterlightrob, and the time and dedication he put into this fantastic mask really shows.

You could base an entire B-movie around this guy-a squid faced monster, created in a lab with an insatiable appetite for human souls! Hit either of the links below if you want to see more detailed shots of this terrific act of maskery.

Link  --via Obvious Winner

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Trailer For New Sci-Fi Movie "Looper"

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The trailer for upcoming sci-fi flick Looper has it all-time travel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, assassins, Bruce Willis as a middle aged JGL, futuristic cityscapes, and an original script which isn't based on a pre-existing comic book, video game, novel or film. It looks like a winner to me!

--via Topless Robot

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Would You Accept A Piggyback Ride From This Man?

Nick Latimer is Baxi, a piggyback transportation company that offers the public a service which is both awkward and embarrassing, and he wants to tote you around Toronto for a fee.

Or maybe he's doing it all to promote his indie flick Hogtown, which is about a Baxi turned serial killer. It's definitely an original way to get the word out about your film! I wonder how many people actually took a ride on Nick's back?

Link  --via TDW

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Play Indie Game Rambo: Last Blood

Indie video games are often strange, simplistic, and frequently laugh out loud funny. Rambo: Last Blood manages to be all three, and it plays out like a short story told with very simple controls and lots of pixels.

Join John Rambo on his last mission in this fun indie game full of machismo, redemption and lots of hugs!

Link  --via Super Punch

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Gotham City PSAs

These ridiculous anti-drug PSAs are brought to you by Dorkly, who reminds you that the Caped Crusader can't always be around to pull you out of harms way.

Sometimes, you just have to stand up for yourself and say "No thank you, I do not want to become a maniacal supervillain, so I will skip the mind altering substances and go straight to the library to catch up on my homework". Way to be a better you!


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Surreal Music Video-Are You Gonna' Waste My Time?

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When you and your fellow bandmates are made entirely out of food, you shouldn't encourage hungry canines to come and watch the show, no matter how cute they are.

This awesome music video for Zeus' Are You Gonna' Waste My Time? is a delight for both fans of rock and roll and those who enjoy the puppet arts, and it serves as a reminder that the old adage is still true-you are what you eat!

--via Booooooom!

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How To Resign From Microsoft Like A Boss

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Working for Microsoft requires a level of commitment  not found in many other jobs, which means tendering your resignation should be an equally grand gesture.

Karen Chang decided to write and perform a song as her "letter" of resignation, sung to the tune of American Pie by Don McLean. Watch her kiss those "long, long lines of code" goodbye with a sweet acoustic serenade.

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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Film Reel Of The Brave Empire State Building Window Washers

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This film reel from the British Pathe digital archive is called Panefull Business, and it showcases the brave window cleaners who kept the Empire State Building nice and shiny circa 1938.

It'll make you appreciate your day job, unless you're an adrenaline junky and would enjoy hanging around 1200 feet above the ground all day!

--via TDW

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Super Mario Mushroom Case Mod

Case modding machine and Etsy seller 8BitBuilder created this cool Super Mario themed Mushroom PC tower case mod, and it can be yours for the low price of $1600 American.

If that price seems waaay out of reach, don't worry! You can make your own case mod with several hundred little wooden cubes, lots of wood glue, some paint and a couple of weeks to spare putting this bad boy together.

I'm pretty sure the price is so high because it comes complete with built-in PC, but I still think it would make a better DIY project than an outright purchase.

Link  --via Nerd Approved

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Dual Purpose Shopping Bag And Emergency Helmet

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Usually when people tell you to put a bag over your head, it's an insult. But this bag was made to wear over your head in an emergency situation, and it might save your life if an earthquake hits while you're out shopping.

The Grappa was created with the thought that most people carry reusable bags now when they do their shopping, and if an emergency situation should arise you'll probably have one close at hand.

It has a hard plastic bottom and mesh sides, so your head is protected from falling debris while the side mesh helps filter out particles in the air.

I don't think I'd feel very safe with such a flimsy source of protection on my head, but it's really more of a concept design than the ultimate safety gear, and I can't wait to see what kind of safety functions are built into everyday items in the future.

Link  --via Gizmodo

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