A segway/strandbeest that's powered by a hand-drill

Izzy Swan's drill-powered walking-machine uses a leg-design inspired by the wind-walking strandbeest and connects it to a ride-'em platform for the pilot. Read the rest

Time-lapse: 11 years of the Opportunity Mars Rover's collision-avoidance camera

The brave little robot's covered 42.2km on its suicide mission to the Red Planet; this footage spans Jan 2004 to Apr 2015. (Thanks, Robbo!)

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Mondo 2000 retrospective in Wired - UPDATED

When I saw my first issue of "Reality Hackers" -- at a bookstore I was working at in high-school -- I knew I wanted to keep reading this magazine, and made my boss place a big order for the next issue, which was called "Mondo 2000." Read the rest

Crazy, Frazetta-esque vintage cologne ad

Matt writes, "This is awesomeness beyond awesome. Magic swords, barbarians, crazy, nausea-inducing camera angles, pterodactyls... If 'Heavy Metal' needed a personal scent, it would be this." Read the rest

July 4: Rumblefish claims to own US Navy rendition of "America the Beautiful"


Adafruit Industries has been stripped of revenues from its Youtube channel after Rumblefish -- a notorious music-rights agency -- claimed to own the copyright on a public domain, taxpayer-funded rendition of "America the Beautiful." Read the rest

Binge-watching Titansgrave: Wil Wheaton's new live RPG show

I've just watched all three new episodes of Wil's new show, which features performers and writers playing an exhilarating RPG campaign with Wil as DM, set in a lavishly illustrated techno-primitive society. Read the rest

Flashmob choir interrupts TTIP congress

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a secret EU/US trade agreement that "puts the right to profit above all other rights," in the words of one MEP. Read the rest

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Funky librarians

The librarians of Vernon, Illinois want you for their summer reading program, and they're not shy about it! (Thanks, Sharpchair64!) Read the rest

Utility knife in a zipper-pull

Gerber's GDC Zip Blade measures 1.7" when closed and is intended to be used as a zipper-pull (it has a quick-release) -- the 0.68" blade locks open for a total length of 1.7" (there's also a multidriver and hexkey version) (via Canopy) Read the rest

Wil Wheaton on depression

In a heartfelt and frank interview (conducted by our own Caroline Siede!), Wil Wheaton discusses the moment he realized he needed help with his clinical depression, and the moment he realized that the help was helping. Read the rest

David Byrne and St Vincent celebrate Color Guard with astounding Contemporary Color show

David Byrne and St Vincent are touring Contemporary Color, a concert accompanied by a huge, choreographed color guard show. Read the rest

Texas Instruments graphic calclulator boots Android

It's only Android 1.6, but still, that's impressive! Naturally, the sourcefiles are on Github. Read the rest

Building a wattle-and-daub hut with your bare hands

Primitive Technology's handyman starts with a stone axe and a fire-stick, then painstakingly builds up a 2m^2 hut with a bed, fireplace, chimney and thatched roof. Read the rest

HOWTO make Harry Potter pancakes

Saipancakes (previously) shows how far he's come in progressing the art of carbohydrate illustration with these amazing, unbelievable, eye-popping Harry Potter pancakes -- and the video documents his build-process.

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Pizza box becomes a phone-powered projector

Ogilvy & Mather HK's Pizza Hut Blockbuster Box converts into a low-powered projector for your phone. Read the rest

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