Random_Canadian fashioned his nerdy yarn implements out of a couple of small LED flashlights (which serve as the bases), with acrylic rods as the non-laser-based needles. The process gets pretty involved when you add in the green and red LEDs, but if you don’t mind the white color, it seems like an easy build otherwise.
Elizabeth Fish is a freelance writer who happens to run a hyperlocal news website in Lincoln, UK. She also covers all things geeky for TechHive. More by Elizabeth Fish
Turtles are cute enough as they are. If you really want to give your pet turtle an edge, though, do what Jennifer Olivarez did for Murtle the turtle, and turn it into Bowser—with knitting needles.
Jennifer knitted her turtle a sweater so it could look exactly like the Super Mario Bros. villain, complete with spikes and all. Even though it’s knitted, it’s quite an effective look. You can make your own by following her step-by-step instructions. Now you just need to think of a way to make your hedgehog blue, like a certain other gaming character…
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3D printers are rad—this much we know. They’re also expensive and often require you to tinker with them to get reliable prints. Luckily, there are other means of rendering 3D models off of your computer, and a Kickstarter project called the ModelBox 3D looks to be one of them. This isn't to say the ModelBox aims to replace 3D printers, but if you don't need to get your hands on the object the ModelBox looks like it will help you visualize it quite nicely.
ModelBox 3D is based around a simple concept: It prints layers of a model on regular overhead projector transparency sheets and spaces them out slightly, essentially making cross-sectioned slices of an object. Sure, this is something you can do yourself on your own time, but the ModelBox 3D should make it easier, and if the prerelease photos are any indication, it delivers a pretty awesome effect.
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Yes. And it’s as awesome as you thought it be. Simon Burfield, the maker of the Lego wheelchair, has forged the nerdiest mode of transportation ever—a Lego Segway. This particular rideable plastic contraption rolls around on two Lego Hailfire wheels. The build is powered by eight motors controlled by four Mindstorms NXT kits and Hitechnic accelerometers. It even has a movable steering handle, just like the real thing.
The only thing this prototype “Legway” is missing are some auto-balancing gyroscopes, so for now, Simon has to do it with some old-fashioned swagger.
Chris Brandrick is a freelance writer with an interest in all things tech, gadgets, and gaming. More by Chris Brandrick
Out of gift ideas for Father's Day? Oscar Mayer hopes to save your bacon with what they are calling "the world's most tasteful gift." Yup, you guessed it; it's delicious bacon.
The meat makers are selling rashers in specially prepared presentation cases. The 20-strip bacon gift boxes are available in three versions, which include either a money clip, bacon cufflinks or a multi-tool. No word if Oakland A's fans were involved.
It's beginning to look like the season for offbeat, cool-as-all-heck weddings. Heather and Kim recently threw a wedding that many of us would be envious to have. On top of all the standard loveliness, it featured an artfully designed Xena and Wonder Woman cake, a sword for a cake cutter, vintage-comic- book-style postcards, and more than a few "undercover" superheroes.
Seriously; just take a few minutes to stare at the photo album and enjoy their happiness vicariously. It might make your day. It made mine.
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It has been quite a while since our last update concerning the Mars rover, but on Wednesday, NASA/JPL hosted a teleconference to get us caught up with what the Curiosity team has accomplished, and what the next steps are in the coming weeks and months.
First up, Mars Science Lab (MSL) sampling activity lead Joe Melko discussed the progress of the drilling campaign. Earlier this year, Curiosity successfully drilled into its first Martian rock (dubbed “John Klein”), revealing more about the history of the surface of Mars. Last month, the rover drilled into a second rock (named “Cumberland”) even more efficiently than it did in its previous rock-drilling effort, with the experience of the first drilling under its belt.
Next, the team turned to the immediate future: further investigation of areas surrounding Glenelg, a location in the Gale Crater near the rover’s landing site, including two outcrops known as “Shaler” and “Point Lake.”