A New Muzzle Takes All the Embarrassment Out of Karaoke, Replaces It with Sadness

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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Do you love to sing, but know you have an awful, awful singing voice? Japan, bless their hearts, have come up with the ultimate solution: A Karaoke Muzzle.


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The Mars One Project Might Be a Scam

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:23 am

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We all want to live on Mars, and a not-for-profit organization called Mars One has been trying to make that a reality. The people at Mars One are devoted to using existing technology (not inventing new technology) to take a team of humans to Mars where they will live permanently. It is an ambitious project, and, as of 2013, they were already as far along as the astronaut selection stage.


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The 10 Nerdiest Things At SXSW 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina
South by Southwest is actually three festivals in one. There's music, which is how it began; film which has kind of taken over; and interactive. Music is out of our wheelhouse but the films tend to be nerd-friendly. The city motto of Austin, TX is "Keep Austin weird" so they certainly bring movies that cater to that crowd. Then the interactive portion can give us all sorts of technological fun, like last year's real life Mario Kart racing. SXSW is the festival where Twitter blew up.

At SXSW 2015 I didn't hear as much about interactive stuff, but a few of the film promotions incorporated technology heavily. There were plenty of midnight movies, big premieres and special events to make SXSW 2015 a truly weird and nerdy experience yet again.

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Robert Downey, Jr. Just Made 10 Insane Short Films About the New HTC One Phone

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

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Primarily inspired by different colors, but also influences as diverse as Charlie Chaplin, Andy Warhol and The Prisoner, Downey was given complete creative control to do whatever he wanted, loosely using the themes and buzzwords of HTC's self-described philosophy. He plays baseball with a purple chicken, scares a giant rabbit by popping a balloon, breaks the moon for a mer-man, screws a grenade into a light socket, and more.

I don't know that it'll make me want to buy a phone, but it does make me want to see him direct more. His dad was a very strange filmmaker to begin with.

Funnily enough, I won the HTC One that I have at a Captain America junket. Marvelous.

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7 Final Fantasy Secrets Hidden Within the Game Files

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

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It's been a rough few years for fans of the Final Fantasy series. Between the numerous poorly made cell phone titles, a new online game that was still in the alpha stage development when released, and a numbered entry that was announced in 2006 with a release date of "sometime this ice age," it should come as no surprise that Final Fantasy fans are still nostalgic for the days when the franchise was at its peak.

To this day, the old games in the series are still making money on services like the PlayStation Network and Steam. The reason Final Fantasy I has been re-released seventeen times, and why a port of the now eighteen year-old game Final Fantasy VII was part of last year's PlayStation Experience event is simple. Fans are filled with nostalgia because they just don't make Final Fantasy games like they used to. Which is why people are still exploring the data of these beloved titles, hoping to find more pieces of the games they love which have never been seen before.


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Good News, Everyone! Penis Transplants Are Possible Now

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Five years in the planning, nine hours of surgery and four months to regain function - but now a South African man who lost his penis in a botched childhood circumcision is no longer dicked over.

"There is a greater need in South Africa for this type of procedure than elsewhere in the world, as many young men lose their penises every year due to complications from traditional circumcision."
I look forward to Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi take on the topic.

I also wonder how long it'll be before we get certain actors or celebrities doing this surgery optionally because they found a larger donor. I mean, can you imagine the bidding war when Ron Jeremy dies?

Will an Entirely Unspooled Roll of TP Flush Down an Airplane Toilet at Once?

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

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We like to have the really important life questions answered here at TR. Thankfully, there's always someone on YouTube to do just that.

So: if you unroll an entire roll of toilet paper from the airplane toilet all the way to the cockpit and then hit flush, will the whole thing get sucked down?

Unless you already know the answer, I think you're gonna want to see this.

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Thought-Controlled Planes Are One Step Closer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:50 am

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A 55 year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes implanted in her brain, having previously been able to control a robotic arm, has now been able to successfully fly an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter simulator, according to DARPA.

She has never flown an actual plane, nor is she trained to do so.

"Instead of thinking about controlling a joystick, which is what our ace pilots do when they're driving this thing, Jan's thinking about controlling the airplane directly," Prabhakar said. "For someone who's never flown -- she's not a pilot in real life -- she's flying that simulator directly from her neural signaling."
Can we officially call her a cyborg now, or will we have to come up with a more PC term?

h/t Gallen_Dugall

Ever Forget What You Put in a Jar? There's a Ridiculously Technological Solution to That.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

"ITS...NAME...IS...NEO!"

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This is what we've come to - programmable jars that remember expiration dates and know how much of whatever is inside (assuming you get that correct the first time). It might be quite useful for dementia patients who forget things - presuming they still remember how to configure an iPad, which strikes me as a touch more complex than remembering what an ingredient you can see in a glass jar actually is.

On the other hand, if this jar really is smart, and it really does "think like me," I can think of some situations it could quite crucially help to avoid.

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Anime Hug Pillow Tells You How Much She Loves Your Boob-Grabbing

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

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If you're already coming here, I assume you know about full-body pillows featuring anime characters and others that the purchaser presumably wants to imagine sleeping with.

Got that concept in your head? Okay, good, because the next step is here - one that verbally expresses pleasure when you fondle her breasts. Did I say "good"? I meant "Ewww."

There's a catch - be too rough with her and her love-meter will descend into hate. And presumably then be purchased only by horrible people who enjoy ignoring consent. Better with a pillow than a person, certainly, but still...if you favor interaction with different possible outcomes, there's this great game I can suggest to you. It's called "non-creepily relating to human beings." Difficulty level is super hard at times, I know, but the rewards you can earn are worth it.

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