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19 Jan 15:25

Anker Packed a Shockingly Decent Portable Cinema Into a Soda Can

by Shep McAllister on Gear, shared by Shep McAllister to Kotaku

Anker’s new Nebula entertainment brand officially launched its second portable projector this year at CES, and despite its shortcomings, it’s one of the most compelling new gadgets of the year.

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19 Jan 15:23

Tom Cotton Sending 'Cease And Desist' Letters To Rowdy Liberals

by Scarce
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amazing

Tom Cotton Sending 'Cease And Desist' Letters To Rowdy Liberals

Ozark Indivisible has been bothering Traitor Tom for months now, for his vile stances on health care, immigration, and other issues. Tom Cotton has had enough and started sending out threatening letters, the point of which is unclear, as he doesn't allege that laws have been broken or physical altercations have occurred. No, poor Tom just doesn't like their vocal and attention-getting methods which have painted him in a bad light in his home state of Arkansas.

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18 Jan 15:39

Nintendo Labo, An Interactive Line of Build and Play Cardboard Accessories for the Switch Console

by Justin Page
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in case you were unsure that we need one

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Labo, their new interactive line of build and play cardboard accessories for the Switch console. The Nintendo Labo collection, scheduled to be released on April 20th, 2018 with two different versions, is available to pre-order on Amazon (Variety and Robot Kit). The Variety Kit will feature five different games and Toy-Cons (RC car, fishing rod, house, motorbike, and piano). The Robot Kit will be sold separately and allow gamers to play and discover in a cool robot suit. There will also be a Customization Set for making all of the DIY creations look truly unique.

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Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo

17 Jan 15:34

This Tiny Kitchen Project Makes Me Smile Every Day — Feel Good Kitchen

by Lisa Freedman

Just being in my kitchen is usually reason enough to make me smile: I'm in my favorite room of the house, I'm probably making (or thinking about making) something sweet for my family and friends, and it's where the coffee and wine happens. So many things to be happy about!

Plus, there's one little thing I did to my cabinets that adds a bit of cheer every time I open up the doors.

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16 Jan 19:38

15 Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights — Recipes from The Kitchn

by Emma Christensen

This week's mission? Stock the freezer for the busy weeks ahead. But forget about those boring, tasteless meals that come packaged in cardboard — we're talking about homemade meals made with fresh ingredients that we actually look forward to eating. We have a pasta casserole, DIY frozen pizzas, our favorite lentil soup, and many more freezer-friendly meal ideas. Only the best for our future dinners!

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16 Jan 17:12

A Talented Modder Turned Nerf's 70 MPH Rival Blaster Into a 2,000-Round Spinning Minigun

by Andrew Liszewski on Sploid, shared by George Dvorsky to Gizmodo

Nerf’s Rival blasters, which can fire small foam balls at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, already make you a formidable opponent when office battles erupt. But it wasn’t enough for YouTube’s Captain Xavier, who hacked his Nerf Rival into a spinning minigun fed by a 2,000-sh0t backpack.

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16 Jan 17:08

The Grocery Store Items Our Readers Always Splurge On — Shopping

by Ayn-Monique Klahre

We're always thinking about how to save on groceries. And while I'm all for sticking to a budget and living within my means, there are a few groceries that are just too delicious to sacrifice in the name of money. I know I'd eat ramen for a week if that's what I had to do in order to afford an amazing French triple-creme cheese to spread on my favorite crackers during date night at home!

Some things are just worth the money (almonds are a relatively small splurge compared to, say, diamonds, right?). So we asked you, dear readers, what groceries you're actually willing to spend money on — and we quickly got more than 1,000 responses in a very short period of time!

Here you'll find the top 10, plus a smattering of random delicacies.

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16 Jan 17:08

Stunning Timelapse of an Outdoorsman Building a Log Cabin From the Ground Up All by Himself

by Justin Page
16 Jan 16:56

Omoshiroi Block, A Memo Pad That Reveals an Elaborate Embedded Design as the Paper Is Used

by Lori Dorn

The Japanese paper company Triad has created the wonderful Omoshiroi Block, a unique memo pad with an intricate design embedded inside that gets slowly revealed as the paper on the pad is used. Amongst these wondeful designs is a Kyoto building, a beautiful violin, a surprising piano, a clever camera and a remarkably designed train. Unfortunately, the online store is completely out of stock and interested parties outside of Japan are unable to purchase these wonderful gifts at this time. The physical stores in Osaka and Kyoto are also out of stock, but they expect product replenishment shortly.

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16 Jan 16:47

Amazon Has LEGO's Incredible 1,969 Piece Saturn V Apollo Kit In Stock

by Shep McAllister on Kinja Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Gizmodo

LEGO’s 1969 piece Saturn V Apollo kit is usually out of stock at major retailers, but Amazon has it for its $120 MSRP right now, which is honestly a great price for a kit that size, let alone such a coveted one. The set lets you build and simulate an entire Apollo mission, from launch, to orbit, to moon landing, to…

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16 Jan 16:44

The next Scribblenauts is a party game, coming March 6 to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

by Jason Schreier
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AHHHH!

The next Scribblenauts is a party game, coming March 6 to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. It’ll come with a four-player Showdown mode with a board-game-style map and a two-player Versus mode where you can battle in various mini-games.

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16 Jan 16:39

Why You Should Invest in Quality Salt and Pepper Mills — Amazon Deal of the Day

by Amanda Waas

If there's one thing we'd like to banish from kitchens across the country, it's pre-ground pepper. Why? A fresh grind releases natural aromas and flavors in the moment (which is why old-school waiters will still visit your table with a big pepper mill, offering fresh-ground pepper with a flourish). The pre-ground stuff is almost always going to be less spicy and less flavorful.

Not only are we big supporters of freshly ground pepper (and salts, because, why not?), but we're also big supporters of the iconic French-based brand Peugeot — and this set in particular.

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16 Jan 16:37

For $35, The My Cinema Lightbox Should Be On Everyone's Desk

by Jillian Lucas on Kinja Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Gizmodo

Give your desk or apartment a little marquee with the My Cinema Lightbox, which currently has a prominent place in our office (a bunch of other desk pods followed suit and got their own). And right now, it’s on sale for an even more affordable $35, which is like a cent for every slightly questionable word choice…

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16 Jan 16:35

Bee Computer

by Reza

12 Jan 17:39

10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

by Travis Johnson on io9, shared by Harrison Weber to Gizmodo

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to Mad Max—if not George Miller’s insanely influential 1979 original, then to any of the sequels that followed over the years, including the recent, justly lauded Fury Road. But here’s the thing: it was never just about Max.

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11 Jan 18:16

Boxwars Combatants Engage in a Battle Armed With Custom Designed Cardboard Armor and Weapons

by Justin Page

Boxwars

On an adventurous episode of their Human Condition series, Great Big Story traveled to a battlefield to watch excited participants engage in Boxwars, a battle between combatants who are heavily armed with custom designed cardboard armor and weapons.

Ready for combat? Grab some cardboard, tape and hot glue for a battle of epic proportions. Welcome to Boxwars, the bizarre medieval-inspired sport that’s given adults the chance to play. Participants get together to create a full range of battle gear using nothing but reclaimed cardboard and packing supplies. Originally devised by a small group of friends over drinks, Boxwars has grown to become a global phenomenon, with teams across Europe, Australia, the United States and Japan.

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11 Jan 18:15

5 Design Trends We’d Like to See More of This Year

by Liz Stinson

Looking ahead to 2018, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to design. From technology companies who are finally starting to own their responsibility, to the rest of us saying goodbye to boring hardware—here are five design trends we’d like to see more of this year.

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11 Jan 18:15

Paper Airplane Artist Spends Decade a Building a Highly-Detailed Model of a Boeing 777 Airliner

by Justin Page

Paper airplane artist Luca Iaconi-Stewart sat down with Wired to explain how he spent the past decade, on and off, carefully creating a highly-detailed paper model of a Boeing 777 airliner using manila folders, X-ACTO blades, glue, and straight edges.

What began as a school project years ago has morphed into an oft torn apart and then rebuilt model. It’s garnered a healthy Youtube following of fellow aviation and modeling buffs who cheer at Iaconi-Stewart’s fastidious attention to detail and fidelity in such a limited material. (read more)

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09 Jan 17:44

Life Could Have Evolved From These Ancient Chemical Reactions

by Ryan F. Mandelbaum

Fundamentally, your body is just a crazy chemistry experiment. You put in food and oxygen, chemical reactions happen, and out comes energy and poop. But how did these reactions first begin? Some scientists think they have an idea.

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09 Jan 13:50

This Instant Pot Beef Soup Is a Dinner Winner — Delicious Links

by Sarah Rae Smith

The past month has been brutal weather-wise, and it doesn't appear that mother nature is letting up anytime soon. I'm craving rich flavors of long-simmered soups and stews with very little hands-on time, as my schedule is crammed with new year obligations. It's a bonus if you can find a brothy concoction that replicates a family classic comfort food. This soup is exactly that!

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08 Jan 11:16

Why Katana Are So Polished And Shiny 

by Brian Ashcraft

How do you make a katana disappear? It’s very simple. You angle the blade down so it reflects the ground below, making the katana blend right in and appear to vanish. This isn’t some trick, but rather, a combat technique that can mean life or death.

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08 Jan 10:45

The Future

by Reza

05 Jan 18:25

One Unitasker You Really Do Need — Especially This Time of Year — Amazon Deal of the Day

by Amanda Waas

Lemons and limes might conjure up thoughts of warm-weather fare (lime-spiked margaritas, jugs of fresh lemonade, and the like), so it might surprise you to find out that it's actually the cold months (November through March) when these tangy fruits really hit their stride.

That's why you should continue using them through winter, and if you do, this Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer will come in super handy.

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05 Jan 12:18

10 Whole30 Recipes to Make in the Pressure Cooker — Recipes from The Kitchn

by Kelli Foster

We're big fans of the pressure cooker, so it's no surprise that we love leaning on it to help us prepare Whole30-friendly recipes. The 30-day plan calls for a lot of pressure cooker-friendly foods like eggs and meat, which means utilizing one allows you to get your meals on the table in less time. Whether it's smoky pulled pork or creamy coconut chicken curry, here are 10 great pressure-cooker recipes that are Whole30-friendly.

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05 Jan 12:16

Recipe: Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage & Tomatoes — Recipes from The Kitchn

by Faith Durand

Late summer nights call for easy food that is also fresh and vibrant, abundant with tomatoes, herbs, and other garden booty. This skillet is the dish I make when I want a 15-minute meal with just a handful of ingredients, but one that tastes like summer in the mouth.

Gnocchi, blistered cherry tomatoes, chicken sausage, and a handful of basil — look, I've told you the whole ingredient list already.

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05 Jan 12:15

This Is the Best Age to Start Introducing a Baby to Solid Food, Experts Say — Food News

by Elizabeth Licata

Introducing babies to food is terrifically fun (and also very messy). It's great to see babies grabbing up avocado or carrots and making adorable faces as they try new foods, but a new study indicates that most U.S. parents are introducing their babies to solid foods too early. Experts say parents should wait until six months to start introducing complementary food, which are foods other than breast milk and formula.

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04 Jan 16:56

The Tiny Miracle That'll Finally Organize Your Kitchen's Junk Drawer — Tiny Miracles

by Ayn-Monique Klahre

Even if you don't believe in miracles, you probably believe in tiny miracles. They're the little things that, against all odds, happen and make a huge difference in our lives. A tiny miracle can be a recipe that gets dinner on the table during the most hectic weekday, the little hack that finally organizes your fridge, a newfound motto that helps you stay on top of kitchen messes, or anything else that seems like a gift from above. To help us all start the new year off right, we asked some influential bloggers and cooks to share their biggest tiny miracles.

Have you heard of Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer from The Home Edit yet? This newish duo — they started their company in 2015 — already has major support from brands (Target!) and celebrities (Gwyneth Paltrow! Rachel Zoe!) alike. They offer in-person and virtual consults, but even if you're not looking to pay for their services, you can drool over their enviable Instagram feed: shots after shots of perfectly organized pantries, closets, and more. Bins after bins! So many organized white shelves! Perfectly-written labels!

So I was curious to find out what tiny miracle has managed to change their seemingly perfectly curated lives the most. Turns out it wasn't one specific acrylic bin — it was a rethink of an overly cluttered space we probably all have.

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04 Jan 16:54

Colbert Promotes Himself For Trump's 'Dishonest Media' Awards

by Susie Madrak

The competition for these Trump media awards is intense. Does Colbert have what it takes to make it to the winners circle? As is traditional, Colbert is quietly promoting himself for the honor. Via Variety:

Stephen Colbert took the opportunity on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Show” to unveil his bid for Trump’s “Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards,” which the president announced in a tweet Tuesday.

“Or, as we call ’em in the biz, the Fakies,” Colbert quipped. “Because nothing gives you more credibility than Donald Trump calling you a liar, and I, of course, don’t want to get snubbed.”

04 Jan 16:17

​This $20 Find Can Cut Your Vacuuming Time in Half

by Shifrah Combiths

So often, our biggest hurdles to getting stuff done are mental ones. This is most true when it comes to little things like vacuuming. For me, the thought of unwinding the cord, plugging it in, vacuuming happily until the tether tightens and then having to walk baaaaaaack to the outlet, unplug, find a new plug, repeat, repeat room by room by room blah blah blah... it's enough to keep me skating by with my weak cordless for far too long. This $20 purchase, however, flattens that hurdle and has me cleaning (almost) as often as I should be with my full-blown vacuum.

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03 Jan 20:19

IATA Airport Abbreviations

IATA stands for International AirporT Abbreviation.