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Sep 7, 2012 Artist ABVH is an animated gif monster! With over 33 pages of animated excellence on his highly active Tumblr page, ABVH is proof that the animated gif culture is alive and well. In the series below, ABVH adds movement to some of Banksy’s most famous artworks.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an animated gif must be worth some kind of number I can’t even begin to comprehend. If you’ve ever found yourself browsing the Internet and felt compelled to respond with a witty reply, only to come up: wow, mind. blown., golf clap, etc. Then these animated gifs are for you! With the simple copy and paste of one of the images below you can make your feelings resonate while bathing in the adulation of Internet pundits the world over. This is the Sifter’s seventh installment of the Awesome Animated Gif Series . If you’re a fan of animated gifs you may want to check out the other installments for more animated excellence.
We love to automate things in our home here at Lifehacker, and it turns out that with just a router, an Arduino, and an RF switched outlet, you can control pretty much any electrical device you want from your smartphone or computer. This tutorial is courtesy of Instructable user mrx23, who turned an OpenWRT-compatible router into its own little web server that sends serial commands to an Arduino, which then controls switched RF outlets via a remote control. You can access the switch with any browser and use it to turn on and off pretty much any electrical device you want—lights, music, video game systems, or anything else lying around your house.
This page contains compatibility tables for various router and non router models. Note: As of autumn 2009, this page is still in the process of being ported over from OpenWrt's old wiki.
We love XBMC media centers for watching movies and TV, but if you like video games, they can do so much more.
You won't find a better media center than the open-source XBMC , but most people don't have the space or desire to plug a noisy PC into their TV.
/:16 If you've built your fair share of PCs over the years, you probably have quite a few old fans lying around. Here's how to quickly give them a purpose by turning them into small wind generators. To start you'll need an old PC fan (the bigger the better, obviously), a thick plastic bottle, an old CD, some wire, some Schottky diodes, and a few miscellaneous craft supplies. You'll need to know how to solder, too, but beyond that, it's a pretty simple hack. You won't actually use the fan's blades in your final turbine—they're a bit too small—but a cut-up shampoo bottle works perfectly for some blades that you can then glue onto the fan's motor. Obviously this isn't going to power your house, but if you're looking for a fun project that will save you a few wall outlets (which are precious commodities in the homes of us techies), this'll do a great job of recharging the rechargeable batteries on your more power hungry devices .
If you've got an old netbook and a little bravery you can easily turn it into a touchscreen heads up display with a cheap touchscreen overlay and some software we made just for you. NOTE: Although this post talks a lot about a touchscreen display, the Lifehacker HUD runs on any operating system with Adobe AIR. The video above will walk you through, in detail, how the software works and how you can hack together a touchscreen tablet out of a netbook, but here's the gist. First, let's start with the software. The Software: Lifehacker HUD
This tutorial will take you step-by-step through setting up your PC and Webcam to act as a motion-detecting and recording security camera system. And the software required to do this is open source (free). Why?
With the rapid progression of technology each year, it's easy to accumulate a pile of obsolete gadgets that you just can't bear to get rid of. So don't! Here are our top 10 ways you can take the retired gadgets you've already got and turn them into something that has a solid place in the future.
Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade | Books | The L Magazine - New York City's Local Event and Arts & Culture GuideAnybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century? When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright. But now, as we look back at what was decidedly a shitty decade for an incredible variety of people in an equally incredible variety of ways (evictions/invasions/bombings/etc), it's surprisingly hard to be pessimistic about the books that assessed, satirized, dramatized and distracted us from the events of the past 10 years.
What makes a book nerd? Reading a lot of books — and liking to talk about said books — is a major requirement, of course, but there’s often something a little more nebulous involved: book nerds are the kinds of people who get a little thrill when walking into a bookstore, who press volumes into their friends’ hands with serious promises of life changing moments, who are fascinated by following the many tangled threads through authors and literature, happily wandering wherever they might lead. Robin Sloan’s recently published Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a book for such people — if you can’t already tell from the title. If you count yourself among them (or are looking for a gift for the same), we’ve put together a list of books you might want to consider taking a look at. Click through to read through our list of essential books for book nerds — and since you’re probably not a true book nerd if you’re satisfying with ten, add your own picks to our list in the comments!
It is been said that it takes about 30 days to form a habit. The ones that are good for you require cultivation and determination. The starting phase is the hardest, especially if you want to change an old habit into a new one. This is why giving yourself a challenge for a minimum of 30 days is a great way to improve all facets of your life. Yes, it is a gift.
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