Make papercraft Minecraft models with this app (and other stuff you missed)
The sky is falling! The sky is—okay, so an asteroid visited our general vicinity and a meteorite shook up a city in Russia (eek), but that's almost the same thing, right? If you're not a big fan of space-bound geological marvels, we've got other things that may interest you in today's GeekBytes.
Who doesn't like papercraft? We certainly do. While Grumpy Cat has a great number of fans, Minecraft definitely has a lot more in its rabid legion of followers. As such, it isn't surprising that someone got the idea to put out an iOS app that will let you build your own Minecraft-themed paper figures. There are more than 300,000 ready-made models for you to choose from, and you can even make your own. At $2.99, that's not a bad deal at all.
French artist Celine Artigau recently put together a series of photos that depicts some weird-looking characters in an assortment of random places. According to Artigau, these glowing figures represent "the souls of these places and ghosts" of her childhood, that they are like "some lonely and abandoned imaginary friends" that still haunt her today. Poignant, if a little creepy and oddly Studio Ghibli-like.
Arduino-loving inventor Becky Stern may have come up with something interesting for every person with a two-wheeled vehicle: a backpack with brake lights and turn signals that works with the help of an accelerometer and remote control. In theory (and in practice), it's can discern when you apply the brakes and turn on the brake light accordingly. You'll have to activate the turn signals via RF remote control, though.