Mild-mannered "Firefly" fan (and mechanical engineer) Adrian Drake decided to build the ultimate homage to the fallen show: a 70,000-piece Lego replica of the Serenity spaceship. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- New technology lets students cheat more than ever.
- Crazy message left on a broken airplane wing.
- Homosexual gamers to hold a "Gaymer" convention.
- Not having a Facebook profile now makes you "suspicious."
- Panasonic ErgotFit headphones cost $5, sound like $50.
- Bathroom break video: Everybody hurts.Episode 1,105 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video
As I watch the Olympics, I imagine myself in the competition. I'm swimming for a medal, rocketing through the 100-meter dash, and rowing my heart out.
There are some problems with my flights of fancy. I don't have a swimmer's build, a runner's height, or a rower's stamina. To find my best Olympic sport match, I have to turn to the BBC's Olympic athlete body matcher.
Enter your height and weight and it will show you where you are on a plot of Olympic athletes and which Olympian you are closest to in size. The athletes range from a tiny gymnast to a hulking shot putter.… Read more
After a seven-month wait for a bone marrow transplant, 16-year-old Maga Barzalla Sockemtickem endured a lengthy post-transplant treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital. Maga's compromised immune system meant periods of isolation from the outside world. She hadn't seen her cat Merry for more than a month. … Read more
Move over Paris. Kashyyyk (aka Wookiee Planet C, G50623, or Edean) is now home to a booming galactic fashion accessory business.
The Chewbacca Messenger Bag is a semi-faithful replica of the bag sported by fuzzy Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" series. The strap looks like a flat version of the one Chewbacca wore. There's a subtle embossed "Star Wars" logo on the front. … Read more
Coming off the tremendous success of completing the "seven minutes of terror," the Mars Curiosity rover will now spend the next several weeks getting settled before embarking on its data-collecting two-year mission. So what does a solitary rover in a Mars crater do during its downtime? Chat it up on Twitter with its peeps back home, of course.
Earlier today, the official Sesame Street Twitter account sent a shout-out to the rover on Twitter, amusingly suggesting the children's entertainment company hoped to see its famous fictional Martian Yip Yips characters emerge on camera during the latest ground pictures from Mars.
Curiosity rover quickly tweeted back: "Science is cool. Yip-yip-yip-yip... Uh-huh. Uh-huh. #STEM #MSL" (Even BoingBoing served up a satirical screenshot wonderfully Photoshopped of what a Yip Yip on Mars would look like; see our own vision at right.) … Read more
In our twisted pop geek culture, it's not cutting-edge technology until it's been replicated with the most simplistic of child's toys. With that in mind, congrats are due to NASA's Curiosity rover, which has finally been reduced to a scale model made of Legos. Oh yea, the full-size rover also landed on Mars yesterday. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Sol Republic introduces headphones for cats.
- Digipacking: what to put on your emergency flash drive.
- Literally the worst word on the planet.
- How to use psychological tactics to avoid strangers on the bus.
- eBay testing same-day delivery service for iOS called eBay now.
Not all home theaters are created equal, and the following $2 million Dark Knight-themed setup is in a different league altogether.
Designed by Elite Home Theater Seating for a client in California, the custom Batcave theater features six full-size bat suits; a command and control center; and even an authentic Tumbler replica. While information on the actual A/V hardware is very limited, we do know that movies are projected on a massive 180-inch cinemascope screen. … Read more
Somebody contemplated the Olympics and thought, "Sure, this is exciting and all, but what it really needs is to be re-enacted with interlocking pieces of plastic." The Lego Olympics were born.
The stop-motion videos from The Guardian range from memorable moments like Usain Bolt's victory in the Fastest Man Alive competition to Shin Lam's sit-down fencing protest.
The women's fencing semi-final takes place with Lego Storm Trooper helmets as fencing masks, a feature I would like to see applied to the real-life sport. … Read more