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February 08 2018

15:00

This Book Lets You Build Your Own Human Skeleton

Just because you want a life-size skeleton in your room, that doesn’t automatically make you a weirdo. Maybe you’re a medical student, maybe a bone doctor, maybe it’s Halloween, or maybe you are just a weirdo, which is fine too. Whatever the case, this Build Your Own Human Skeleton book is all you need to build yourself a human sized bone-buddy.

This book is a kit that lets you build a life-size (5′ 9″ tall) skeleton out of quality and durable paper. When you’re all finished, you’ll have a new bony friend to display anywhere you want. No glue or scissors needed. It is said to be a surprisingly sturdy skeleton, and the joints even bend and straighten. You can even put clothes on it if you want.

The book gives you detailed step-by-step instructions. The “bones” even have anatomical labels in both English and Latin. No bones about it, this is one awesome skeleton-making kit. You can pre-order it right now from Amazon.

It makes a great gift for medical students and also a great Halloween decoration. And like I said, weirdos are welcome too. What are you waiting for? Pre-order this thing so you can start making your scary skeleton ASAP.

[via Creepbay]

14:00

Relax and Enjoy This Rube Goldberg Machine

I’ve always wanted to build my own Rube Goldberg machine. Sadly I lack the free time and the expertise, but maybe I could build a 2D version like this one day. Who am I kidding? This thing is way too sophisticated for me.

Check out this minute-and-a-half run of Kaplamino’s ‘Blue Marble’ 2D Rube Goldberg style machine. Another reason I won’t be attempting something like this anytime soon? It took him over 3 months complete this masterpiece, and he estimates more than 500 fails. Yeah, Rube Goldberg machines take a lot of time and work. I’ll just enjoy this one in the video.

Kaplamino always wanted to make a big chain reaction in one take with a 2D style machine and he did an amazing job here. This machine has what is called a “one marble path”. That means you have to follow the same marble for all the tricks. Because everything is in a tilted plane, the hard part was to find different ways of having the marble riding up along the table. Some of the solutions for that were magnets, a falling weight, and a catapult. I find this video super relaxing, especially since I didn’t have to build it.

[via Geekologie via Neatorama]

13:00
Maker Spotlight: Amanda Preske

February 07 2018

19:42
From DIY Boomboxes to Bluetooth-Connected Toilets, the Future is Maker-Made at Maker Faire Lille
19:42
From DIY Boomboxes to Bluetooth-Connected Toilets, the Future is Maker-Made at Maker Faire Lille
19:05
New Humble Bundle Celebrates Smart Women with ‘Geek Gals’
19:05
New Humble Bundle Celebrates Smart Women with ‘Geek Gals’
16:00

Super Mario Cat Bros.

Nintendo recently revealed that it’s giving Hollywood another chance to get Super Mario right with a full-length animated feature from Illumination Entertainment. It’s gotta be better than that first movie right? The bar is definitely set very low. But if you ask me, there’s only one way to go for a Super Mario movie. Cats! Duh! Something like this new fan film that captures the fun of the original Super Mario Bros. game and adds a kitty. Specifically, it stars a cat as Mario.

There’s no creature better suited to climbing, jumping, wedging itself into pipes, and getting hard to reach coins. Super Mario Cat Bros. was directed by Russian filmmaker Mike “Mr.TVCow” Tivikoff; who co-stars in the video as Luigi. Luigi is a human, so not sure how they are brothers. Luigi quickly follows Mario on his quest to save Princess Peach. The pair face all of the usual obstacles of the Mushroom Kingdom.

It is the cutest thing ever to see a cat performing all of the jumps, entering warp pipes, throwing fireballs and more. This is a very well done video and now I want to see more of their adventures.

[via Nerdist]

14:00

Nintendo Talks About Mario’s Nipples

Super Mario Odyssey has a lot of firsts. First and foremost, it’s a groundbreaking Super Mario game. But lately the talk has been all about Mario’s lack of a belly button, while showing off his nipples. The initial screenshots of the bare-chested hero led to the usual memes and such, but then people stopped to ask, “Why does Mario have nipples, but no belly button?” That’s a good question.

You’ll find the answer in a new Q&A video from Nintendo, since it is the very first question posed to producer Yoshiaki Koizumi, who says that he didn’t expect this to be such a hot topic among fans. He responded, “Once I heard that people were talking so much about Mario’s belly button, it made me start to think about whether we should revisit the topic on the design side.” I know, that’s not really an answer. Look people, you are clearly giving this more thought than the folks at Nintendo did. You have nipples, why wouldn’t Mario? Although, the lack of belly button seems odd the more you think about it.

Koizumi had another interesting answer to a question as well. Is that Toad’s head or a hat? Koizumi says that it’s his head. “I’m going to have to leave it to all of you to figure out exactly how that works out,” he said. The rabbit hole gets deeper.

[via The Verge]

February 06 2018

21:09
Junk Bashing Impressive Robot and Mech Models
21:09
Junk Bashing Impressive Robot and Mech Models
15:00

This 90,000-Piece LEGO Roller Coaster Is Intense

Roller coasters and I don’t really get along. Let’s just say shaking me up and flipping me over until I’m ready to puke is not my idea of a great time. But maybe riding on this huge 90,000-piece LEGO replica would be a great way to experience some thrills without all of the nausea.

This amazing creation has 85+ feet of track, and it took LEGO fanatic ‘Chairudo’ over 800 hours to put the 90,000 plastic pieces in place. It is actually a replica coaster inspired by the real-life wooden El Toro ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. For the first video below, he strapped a video camera to the coaster’s cars for a fun first-person view of the ride.

The second video shows off the truly impressive scale of the build. It’s not just the roller coaster, there are some other small rides and attractions to the side of this massive coaster and some buildings across the way too. It’s really amazing to watch the ride from start to finish and see just how huge this thing is. Those little LEGO minifigs look like they are having a ton of fun.

I just can’t believe that anyone would have so many brown LEGO bricks.

[via Brothers Brick via Sploid]

14:00
200 Bouncy Balls Create a Mesmerizing Musical Display
14:00
200 Bouncy Balls Create a Mesmerizing Musical Display
14:00

Nike Wants to Reward You for Doing Your Workouts

Sports wearables maker Nike wants to inspire you. Maybe bribe is a better word. It’s offering a new reward system for the Nike Plus app that it hopes will encourage you to work out more. You can unlock curated playlists on Apple Music, guided meditation exercises on Headspace, Class Pass credits or maybe even a custom t-shirt. Want to earn free stuff? Better start working out.

“The premise is simple: The more active you are, the more you get rewarded,” Nike says. “Whether you run more miles through the Nike Run Club app or do five new strength routines in the Nike Training Club app this month, every time you stride or rep, your physical achievements trigger rewards.”

There is also a Birth Month promo, where, during your birthday month, you can get discounts that last all month long, and also earn gifts like a free pair of tickets to a sports game when you buy certain items.

You can also get access to exclusive shoes, like a special-release Nike Zoom KDX, the Kyrie 4 iD, and Epic React Flyknit in White Fusion. Nike is making it enticing to workout, that’s for sure. These unlocks will start rolling out in its main app immediately. They are aiming for “a personalized experience for members that seamlessly combines digital and physical intersections with Nike.”

It seems they are off to a good start.

[via Engadget]

13:00
The Via Libris is a Book that Leads You to Treasure
13:00
The Via Libris is a Book that Leads You to Treasure

February 05 2018

20:09
Adventures in (Almost) Making Your Own Gecko Tape
20:09
Adventures in (Almost) Making Your Own Gecko Tape
16:00

Solar System Glow-in-the-Dark Bottle Stoppers

You know the best way to keep your wine fresh? Well, yeah, you could choose to never open it, but the wine must flow, so forget that idea. The best way to keep wine fresh is with your favorite celestial bodies from our very own solar system. Forget the usual boring cork or plastic bottle stoppers. These space themed bottle stoppers are awesome. Wine lovers and astronomy lovers find them out of this world.

These handcrafted bottle stoppers not only look great on top of your bottles, but they also glow in the dark thanks to luminescent powder mixed into the molten glass. These spheres represent The Sun, Earth, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, and Saturn. They will look great when you use them at home, and will also make quite an impression when you give them as a housewarming gift along with wine.

They are handmade in China by glass blowing artists, so each piece is unique. So open up that wine, drink up and blast off to your favorite heavenly body. These bottle stoppers are classy and artsy. Good luck finding bottle stoppers that are as cool as these anywhere else on this planet.

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