It's now too late to apply to ICANN to create new generic top-level domains (think .com, .net, .org, .gov, .xxx, etc.), but Google evangelist Vint Cerf says the company turned in a bunch of applications, including at least one with some great humor potential.
Unfortunately, some of us were home with spring colds and could only listen mournfully to the endless booming while imagining the historic show that was passing us by. Luckily, though, there's another bridge birthday happening in the Bay Area, with a related light-based extravaganza which, if all goes according to plan, should be pretty amazing -- and pretty hard to miss.
As our friends at Wired noted recently, artist Leo Villareal and his supporters want to honor the neighboring Bay Bridge on its 75th birthday by festooning it with 25,000 individually programmable white LED lights. "The Bay Lights" project will create a gigantic, shimmering "light sculpture" that responds to environmental stimuli such as the underlying water, the overriding traffic, and the surrounding weather, and will remain in place for two years.… Read more
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Sometimes, when you gotta go, you get to make beautiful music using an electric guitar urinal.
Guys need incentive to aim into the bowl, especially after a long night at the bar. Billboard Brasil created the Guitar Pee, an electric guitar/amplifier/urinal, to tour around Sao Paulo drinking establishments.
Here's the process. Drink a lot. Run to the restroom as the "Under Pressure" bass riff plays in your mind. Discover a guitar/urinal. Whiz on it to trigger some shredding electric guitar solos that would fit right in on a glam metal album. … Read more
Jeff and Russ will both be there to cover the show, and while casual gamers may still lament the lack of hardware announcements this year, there are still plenty of highly anticipated games to get their hands on, including "The Last of Us," "The Last Guardian," and the new "Tomb Raider."… Read more
Yalta Conference, 1945: Winston Churchill, check. Franklin D. Roosevelt, check. Josef Stalin, check. Darth Vader... wait, what? Yep, that's the Dark Lord himself hovering behind the "Big Three" at the historic summit to discuss post-war Europe.
He's there courtesy of Agan Harahap, a professional photographer and avowed history buff who photoshops superheroes (and a few villains) into famous historical photos -- to strange and sometimes ironic effect.
Harahap, who lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, told Crave that his Super Hero series arose from his concern that too many people get their view of history from games like Call of Duty these days.
"We don't care anymore about what really happened in past days. We actually learn history from the game, movie etc.," he said. "And after that, what is the meaning [of] hero nowadays?" … Read more
I'm addicted to the original British "Top Gear" car show. As much as I love to watch them run a Bugatti Veyron down an airplane runway, though, I know I'll never get within spitting distance of a blazing fast car like that.
With a Max Speed Speedometer Car Watch from Gadgets and Gear, I could at least pretend I'm sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle with nifty light-up gauges.
The LED display glows with blue lights while red needles track the time.… Read more
Jeff's still gleeful after the results of this weekend's NHL Eastern Conference Finals, but there are other things going on in the world of The 404 too.
On today's show, Jeff gives a 50/50 review of "The Avengers," Justin gets an East Coast geography lesson, airports around New York announce holographic avatars designed to "help" lost passengers, Facebook reveals plans to develop yet another Facebook-exclusive phone, and Sony files a patent that could pause games to show players advertisements.… Read more
The $125 Personalized Superhero Action Figure available from Firebox is several big steps up from doodling a superhero version of yourself on the inside of your Trapper pocket folder.
It's pretty simple to turn yourself into a mini-me full of rippling muscles and superhuman strength. Take two pictures of yourself, one from the front and one from the side. Send them in to Firebox. Wait for the 3D-printed version of your head and your choice of action figure to arrive.… Read more
I'm not the kind of person to drop a wad of money on jewelry, but there are buyers out there that will shell out millions for a necklace with a rare stone or earrings set with massive diamonds.
You can start saving your change, or you can check out the Stolen Jewels collection from design studio Mike & Maaike.
Mike & Maaike hitched a ride on Google Image Search, looked up the world's most expensive and famous jewelry, and started downloading. Those low-res images were then pixelated and reproduced for the real world in interwoven strips of leather.… Read more
Online retailer Prairie Oak Studios has come to your rescue. Run by Jim Van Winkle, the Iowa-based crafts producer turns out beautiful cutting boards with all manner of designs.
Prairie Oak's Super Mario end grain cutting board is about 11 by 13 inches and shows your favorite 8-bit character with various varieties of wood that look like pixels.
It's put together with FDA-approved adhesives, smoothed with a seven-step process, and rubbed down with beeswax and grapeseed oil. … Read more