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Mental_floss Blog » 10 Ways to Game Up Your Home
The first generation to grow up playing video games is now feathering empty nests, and plenty more gamers are buying and filling homes. Furniture and home decor companies keep adding designs catering to video game lovers, and those with a bit of time and creativity keep designing and building their own! A really dedicated gamer could furnish the entire house this way, but it's more likely you'd want to add just one or two game touches to your home to honor that side of your personality. 1. If you love playing Space Invaders, you'll also love the Space Invaders Couch designed by Igor Chak. 2. Instructables user rpaxton and her mother made this awesome Nintendo Bedding Set with comforter, pillowcases, and bed skirt as a surprise birthday gift for her brother, and then posted the pictures for the rest of us to envy. 3. The Tetris Cooking Timer works almost like an electronic hourglass. 4. 5. Dennis and Judith built this Mario Brothers storage unit for their apartment. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Related:  Gadgets

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System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: $2000 Performance PC : Welcome Back, SLI! System Builder Marathon, September 2011: The Articles Here are links to each of the four articles in this month’s System Builder Marathon (we’ll update them as each story is published). And remember, these systems are all being given away at the end of the marathon. To enter the giveaway, please fill out this Google form, and be sure to read the complete rules before entering! Day 1: The $2000 Performance PCDay 2: The $1000 Enthusiast PCDay 3: The $500 Gaming PCDay 4: Performance And Value, Dissected Introduction Superb multi-card scaling is part of the reason why Tom’s Hardware editors have used AMD graphics hardware in every System Builder Marathon machine this year, a fact that may have escaped die-hard AMD fans who've missed seeing the company's CPUs compete up at the top of the spectrum. And yet, just because we've doted on AMD's graphics-oriented value doesn't mean the company enjoys performance superiority.

Mental Case 11 cheap gifts guaranteed to impress science geeks Science comes up with a lot of awesome stuff, and you don't need a Ph.D, a secret lab, or government funding to get your hands on some of the coolest discoveries. We've got a list of 11 mostly affordable gifts that are guaranteed to blow your mind, whether or not you're a science geek. Click on any image to see it enlarged. 1. Aerogel Also known as frozen smoke, Aerogel is the world's lowest density solid, clocking in at 96% air. Aerogel isn't just neat, it's useful. Price: $35 2. Inside these sealed glass balls live shrimp, algae, and bacteria, all swimming around in filtered seawater. EcoSpheres came out of research looking at ways to develop self-contained ecosystems for long duration space travel. Price: $80 3. NASA has been trying to figure out how to get a sample of rock back from Mars for a while now. Every once in a while, a meteorite smashes into Mars hard enough to eject some rocks out into orbit around the sun. Price: $70+ 4. Price: $150 5. Price: $110 6. Price: $80 7. Price: $15 8.

Make A Cheap & Easy Solar USB Charger With An Altoids Tin Photos by Joshua Zimmerman The craftster behind the very popular $3 solar-powered emergency radio is back with a new awesome project: a cheap solar battery charger with a USB plug. Zimmerman wrote, saying that he saw a lot of small solar powered chargers being talked about over Earth Day, but there was a big problem: "They're all quite nice, but also quite expensive. So, he came up with his own, using one of our favorite reusable items -- the ever wonderful Altoids tin. In looking for the cheapest way to accomplish the task, Zimmerman found that he could build a USB solar charger for under $30 (or $10 if be buys parts in bulk, though it's not likely you'll be buying bulk solar cells and DC-to-USB converter circuits). Zimmerman states, "The central brain of our project is a DC to USB converter circuit. It can be done with a Minty Boost kit, a premade circuit off of ebay, or grabbing one from a cheap USB charger.

10 Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web It’s not Spiderman’s latest web slinging tool but something that’s more real world. The Invisible Web (or The Deep Web) refers to the part of the Internet that’s not indexed by the search engines. Most of us think that that search powerhouses like Google and Bing are like the Great Oracle — they see everything. Unfortunately, they can’t because they aren’t divine at all; they are just web spiders who index pages by following one hyperlink after the other. Take library databases which need a password for access. Search engine technology has progressed by leaps and bounds. It’s not that you can’t access the invisible web at all. 1. This is considered to be the oldest catalog on the web and was started by started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web. For instance, there are 300 sub-libraries with their own categories within the main library. You can go vertically into the categories or use the search bar. 2. This is the official site of the U.S. 3. 4. 5. 6. Studying literature? 7. 8.

The Top 20 iPhone And iPad Apps of 2011 Editor’s note: Contributor Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of mobile app discovery services Appolicious, AndroidApps.com and AppVee. With this post, he continues an annual tradition of picking the best iOS apps of the year. It’s telling that Apple chose an app that debuted more than 14 months ago, Instagram, as its “iPhone App of the Year” for 2011. From social magazines to music discovery apps to console-quality games that players can hold in the palms of their hands, there are hundreds of new titles in the iTunes App Store that will inform, organize, and entertain virtually anyone who owns an iOS device. We picked 20 of the best iOS applications that came out or received significant updates in 2011. There are hundreds of additional titles worthy of mention, and we selected our favorites based on the production value of an app more than its popularity on the Top Seller charts. Here are ours. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. iMuscle 9. 10. 11. Spotify was worth the wait. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Geek Furniture Sometimes you just need to redecorate your home. Instead of heading down to your local IKEA and picking up furniture being held together with toothpicks, check out some of this furniture and get your geek on. Binary Doormat It either says "welcome" or "no solicitors" We start at the front door and while I’m a bit rusty on my binary, I’m assuming that this says “Welcome” or something to that effect. Blank CD Chair It's either going to massage your back or rip it to shreds. While I’m not going to comment on how comfortable I believe this chair to be, you have to at least admire the resourcefulness of it. Bracket Shelving Remember your rules for which item you have to count first. Nice to see somebody incorporating brackets and parentheses into their wall shelving. Geek Clock The left hand is on the g, the right hand is on the square root of 4 Not everybody wears a watch or has their cell phone on them to know what time it is. Frozen in Carbonite Desk iPhone Coffee Table Keyboard Chair

Futurama Fanarama: How to Make a Bender Costume | Comedy Central Insider | Funny, TV and Comedy Blog I never saw that movie How to Make an American Quilt, because I'm not a big fan of quilts, so it always seemed outside my wheelhouse. I am, however, a fan of Futurama (and wheelhouses!), so if Winona Ryder ever starred in a movie called How to Make an American Bender Costume, I'd at least Netflix it. After the jump, you can see what the end result looks like. For clips and upcoming air-times, visit the official Futurama site. 50 Kick-Ass Websites You Need to Know About It's time to update the entries in your browser's links toolbar. But with recent estimates putting the size of the internet at well more than 100 million distinct websites, it's getting harder and harder to get a handle on all the great stuff that's out there. That's why we've compiled this list. And unlike some lists you may have seen, which try to name the very "best" websites, but end up just telling you a lot of stuff you already know, we've chosen instead to highlight 50 of our favorite sites that fly under most people's radar. Think of it as the Maximum PC blog roll (remember those?). You might have heard of some of these sites, but we'll bet you haven't heard of all them. Demoscene.tv See What Can Be Done with 4 Kilobytes If you’re any kind of nerd at all, you probably know about the demoscene, where talented programmers create complex videos rendered in real-time, stored in incredibly small files. lite.Facebook.com Clutter-Free Social Networking You can admit it. Soyouwanna.com

Top 20 Ultimate Ways to Use a Disposable Camera When it comes to photography, we like to root for the little guy. He’s the picture taker that works hard, is easy going and is always around when you need him. Yep, we’re talking about one of our old favorites: the disposable camera. While we love adding filters to our phone pics and making masterpieces with our DSLRs, there’s something magical about disposable cameras we can’t forget… They’re cheap, fun to play with and can do almost anything! Here’s our top 20 list of didn’t-know-you-could-do-that ways to use, abuse, modify, and make the most of your disposable camera! Top 20 Creative Ways to Use a Disposable Camera Smack some extra exposures out of it Our first tip started out as a simple way to get our disposable’s flash to fire, but we soon discovered something far greater. Much to our surprise, this trick will also often force the shutter open to make a double exposure! The process is simple: Charge your flash (most disposables have a button for this.)Hold camera in one hand, and SMACK!

Outlets of the Future aka in-wall USB Charger 1. Plug the Mini USB chargers into the outlets. Because the USB ports are off center I decided to put them both toward the center. I think it looked better than having them the same direction or both on the outside. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. This Fluid Fly-By Video Is the Most Astonishing View of Earth Ive Ever Seen

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