Super Retro-Boy plays real carts

Super Retro-Boy is a compact, minimal reimplementation of Nintendo's classic Game Boy with the look as well as the tech. It plays real cartidges, including those from the full-color Game Boy Advance—presumably this is why there are four buttons. It gets 10 hours on a charge, and will come with a 10-in-1 game from Retro-Bit this summer. Read the rest

Watch a red hot hydraulic press crush a cellphone

The legendary hydraulic press is now heated to a thousand degrees to provide additional crushing pleasure. Here, in an unusually pointed metaphor, a Nokia candybar phone bursts into flame as it is compressed.

What can defeat the hydraulic press? Glass!

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Man camped at Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell" and shot video of it

Nothing seems real to me now until it's been youtubed on a cellphone camera; that special mix of artifacty shadows, blown highlights and uncanny detail everywhere else signifies the zenith of media-era simulated authenticity. Elliott's there, though, and it's terrifying!

It's 4am in the centre of Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert, I'm sitting on the rim to what could be described as the world's largest campfire -- known locally as the 'Door to Hell', or officially as Darvaza Gas Crater.

"Bit windy," he says. Read the rest

Beautifully-shot video of a box being made

Watching Laura Kampf build a poplar projector box is an education in 1) excellent craftsmanship and 2) tools I must now get. The way dovetail jointing is illustrated is particularly fascinating: in 5 minutes of well-shot arty youtube cinema I feel I learned more than a dozen talky howto videos where the content is buried somewhere after a minute of intro music, five minutes of "HEY GUYS" rambling, and nine more fooling around in the shop. Don't miss the sketchbook! Read the rest

FACT: Dogs finally won the internet from cats at the same time Trump announced his presidential candidacy

I had an unsettling realization and it checked out. Is it just that we needed their warm, comforting companionship instead of the cooly cerebral presence of felines? Or are they in on it? Read the rest

T-Mobile customer exacts revenge

A T-Mobile customer in Florida drove her SUV into the store, smashing through the front window and coming to a stop deep in the showroom. Then she emerged from her disabled vehicle, hefted a broken window frame, and smashed a display.

"What is wrong with her?" calls out an unseen observer.

According to witnesses who spoke to WPFB News, she was upset by the store's employees.

It's unclear if the woman was arrested. Palm Spring Police Department has not commented on the incident. T-Mobile representatives referred WPBF 25's questions to police, but did say no one was injured in this incident.

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Man lives in a storage unit and explains how to get away with it

007craft lived a lavish life of luxury—in a U-Haul storage unit. The key, he says, is being a ghost: do nothing that could get you noticed.

I had just came back from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and found myself homeless. I had given up my apartment to go hike and now that I was back I wanted to turn my car into a livable space. I eventually did that ... but found I still needed access to lots of stuff from my storage unit which was 6x4x10 and everything was just jammed in there. I figured there had to be a better way. I scoped out a 10x10x6 unit and moved all my stuff inside. Still super small, I managed to build shelves and organize it in a way where everything is accessible. But why stop there! I decided to build shelves and a water system and setup my actual apartment so I could live there. I was moving in! I ended up living in the unit for around 2 months. I only spent around $100 making the space as efficient as I did, mostly because I already owned so much hardware. The cost of rent on my unit was $205 a month (which included insurance). A bargain, considering an apartment in the area was $1000+ a month. I made this video showcasing my work/unit.

The power extension cable seems awfully obvious to me, too, but I guess if they're not looking for it, they won't see it. Read the rest

Rebel sheep turn on shepherd

When the shepherd begins to rise to their feet, the ram, spooked by an approaching car, turns and puts them down again. [via]

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12-year-old boy pulls gun on girl and demands Chicken McNugget

A 12-year-old boy demanded a Chicken McNugget from a girl who had just bought some, then held a gun to her head and asked again.

She pushed the gun away and boarded the train, and he was later taken into custody, police say. The New York Police Department says the gun has not been found, and it remains unclear whether it was real or a replica. They say the boy was released on Thursday, and the case has been referred to the family courts.

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Horse enjoys playing with rubber chicken

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Wear a same-color outfit as Australian TV presenter Amber Sherlock at your peril

Amber Sherlock, a television personality in Australia, was angry that a colleague, Julie Snook, wore clothes almost the same color as her own. On-camera, with the screen split and an increasingly alarmed and discomfited guest looking on—also wearing white!—she insisted Snook change her attire and did not commence the segment until she had done so. Read the rest

Animated robots trapped in a Vicious Cycle

Michael Marczewski's adorably trapped machines go about their mechanically-defined routines. When things speed up, things go wrong. The perfect music is by Marcus Olsson. Read the rest

Brawl in Turkish parliament

After 2016's bungled coup and as part of his subsequent crackdown on political enemies and the media, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants new powers to hire and fire government ministers. The debate in Turkey's parliament got out of hand, with members of the ruling AK Party and opposition Republican People's Party getting into fisticuffs. Read the rest

Unusual cloud seen in Australia

Ilya Katsman shot this photo of clouds forming parralel lines over Australia. Read the rest

Lomo Instant Camera

I have a Fuji Instax instant camera and it's a lot of fun to be able to spit out and share prints in the age of Instagram. But it's also an ugly soulless blob of a gadget that seems optimized to be the least carryable or volume-efficient possible. The Polaroid Snap series seems to fix that problem, but the prints look like wafer-thin inkjet slips rather than the meaty, OG polaroid slabs I want. Lomography has its own model out, the Lomo Instant camera: it uses the Instax system and I'm furiously curious about how convincing the retro styling is outside of the product photography studio.

Advanced Lens System: One built-in wide angle lens included, plus additional Fisheye, Portrait and Close-Up lens attachments available

Three Stunning Editions: Choose from three different stylish editions of the Lomo’Instant!

3 Shooting Modes: Shoot photos with auto-flash on for immediate great results, or take direct control with the creative shooting modes (with flash and without flash)

Unlimited Multiple Exposures: Combine multiple shots on one frame for amazing experimental instants

Infinite Long Exposures: Perfect for low light, dawn/dusk and nighttime shooting. Get artistic with light painting and create beautiful light streaked instants!

Amazon reviews are mixed. Anyone tried it? Read the rest

Trump ranting on Twitter that he didn't pay hookers to piss on his bed

Following last night's unverified spy-sourced report concerning Donald Trump's links to Russia and its security services' alleged surveillance of him paying to watch hookers piss on his bed, president-elect Donald Trump ("Peeotus") is getting even madder on Twitter than usual. Read the rest

Trump responds to "golden showers" Russian report with hysterical ALLCAPS tweet

An unverified dossier, reportedly sourced to a former British Intelligence agent working with Russian operatives, claims that Trump paid to watch hookers urinate on a Moscow hotel bed. Shady and shapeless as the document is, the intelligence community reportedly takes it seriously and the PEEOTUS is already mad on Twitter at its release.

A delicious reminder from Danegeld: the last time he called something a "witch hunt," it was the reportage of the Trump University scam that ended in him paying out $25m to settle the lawsuits.

The festivities (#GoldenShowers) will overshadow outgoing president Obama's farewell speech, sadly, but there was always going to be something.

Important Reminder: no photo, no problem. Read the rest

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