Snap-together Strandbeest kit

Theo Jansen's amazing, wind-walking Strandbeest (featured in my story the Man Who Sold the Moon) can be had as a 6-inch-cubed snap-together, 80-piece, chunky "rhino" kit: assemble and blow on it and it will walk across your desk with the odd majesty of the Strandbeest.

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Extrapolating the backgrounds of famous art with machine learning


Yarin Gal's "Extrapolated Art" project uses Photomatch to expand the scenes in classic paintings beyond the boundaries of the canvas -- although it's a spookily convincing effect, it doesn't add much to the art (in most cases, anyway). (via Kottke)

1000-piece CMYK color gamut jigsaw puzzle

Jeremy writes, "Clemens Habicht's 1000 COLOURS is a CMYK colour gamut jigsaw puzzle of 1000 pieces. Each tile is an individual colour and the task is to place each colour exactly in relation to every other colour."

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NYC theater overrules MPAA rating for Snowden documentary


Citizenfour, the acclaimed Laura Poitras documentary about Edward Snowden, has been given an R rating by the notoriously corrupt and opaque MPAA ratings board (see This Film Is Not Yet Rated).

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Brain-destroyingly great game: Entire Screen of One Game


From @tom7, the Entire Screen of One Game game is a brilliant, unwinnable, instantly addicting, frustrating, recursive game that is something like the Eames's Powers of Ten and something like Snake, and not quite like anything I've ever played. (via Waxy)

Haunted Mansion tightrope girl figurine

The golden age of Haunted Mansion merch continues to ripen, with this stretch gallery Tightrope Girl (AKA "Ballerina and Alligator"): $95 from the Disney Store. It's already sold out, but expect it on Ebay soon. (via Super Punch)

3D printed dress made from 2,279 triangles and 3,316 hinges

Designer Jessica Rosenkrantz writes, "I made this 3D printed dress and the MoMA just acquired it. This video, filmed at Shapeways factory showing the printing and depowdering of the dress (there's also this one, documenting the dress's sounds and movements).

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Das Keyboard, a chunky, clicky, satisfying keyboard


The Das Keyboard 4 Professional Clicky marks the continuing evolution of the Austin company's tribute to the IBM Model M keyboards -- the indestructible, springy, clicky keyboard that was prized and hoarded by professionals for years after it was discontinued.

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San Francisco's Monkeybrains ISP offering gigabit home wireless connections


It's $35/month for the service, from San Francisco's coolest indie ISP (founded by Rudy Rucker's son, Rudy Jr, it was the inspiration for Pigspleen, the fictional ISP in my novel Little Brother) and if you opt to pay a little extra, they'll install a free link in a low/medium income neighborhood, too.

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Sneaking subtle Star Wars references into photos

Toronto photographer Thomas Dagg produces artful shoops of landscapes with subtle Star Wars references worked into them.

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Kyle Baker's long-lost superhero funnies


In 1985/86 the comic genius Kyle "Why I Hate Saturn" Baker interned at Marvel, where editor Jim Salicrup had him create "It's Genetic," a series of one-panel funnies making fun of superheros that ran in Marvel Age.

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S.H.I.E.L.D.-themed RFID-shielding wallet


Your wallet is no-doubt stuffed with RFID-enabled bus-passes, door-cards, credit-cards and other tokens, any and all of which can be "ghost read" by sneaky readers -- hence the popularity of RFID-blocking wallets, like the $20 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. RFID Blocking Wallet.

Limited edition vinyl: John Perry Barlow reads "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace"


EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow's visionary 1996 text A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace has stirred hearts since he penned it in 1996 -- and now you can own a beautiful recording Barlow reading it in his wonderful, gravelly voice.

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Mashup of the entire Billboard Top 25 for 2014

Mashup genius DJ Earworm continues his annual tradition of mashing up the whole Billboard chart for the previous year (previously, previously) with an awesome, mashed up video accompaniment. (Thanks, Rob W)

Dumping a huge bag of plastic balls onto an escalator

It's almost a perpetual motion machine, and is absolutely a source of infinite amusement! (via JWZ)