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An Axe by Any Other Name

Fender electric guitars have been subject to some really cool designs over the years. They’ve even gone full out adorable with Hello Kitty and Badtz-Maru guitar lines. Most players in some way, shape, or form, find a guitar that reflects their personality in some way. Whether its sound type, shape type, or paint job, the guitar a player chooses reflects on their personal preferences and once owned becomes a personal piece of art. It is as alive as the player’s music.


Giving a free guitar to budding art students, however, can create a different creature entirely. Fender did just that when it gave students of the School of Visual Arts in New York City some brand new Squire electric guitars. These students were instructed to tear them apart to create something new and they gleefully obliged. The best part is that students used causes they felt passionately about as the inspiration for each piece.

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Facebook’s Facial Recognition


Although still a work in progress, the Facebook facial recognition option has been present for about a month now. What it does is “helpfully” tag users using facial recognition technology. The idea is that it saves the time and effort of users finding each picture they’ve uploaded, highlighting a friend’s face, and tagging them. “Tagging” for those who don’t know adds a name to a face when the image is moused over. It also places the photo on the person in question’s profile under “Photos of You”. This sort of creates an ever-evolving photo album for users and highlight’s one of Facebook’s mission statements—to keep friends connected.

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Twitter Finally Gets a Useful Search Function


As Twitter users are no doubt aware of, given the “You’re using an older version of Twitter that won’t be around much longer” banner that’s been omnipresent for users using the old layout for about 5 months, the website is in for some changes. The biggest and coolest of them all seems to be that the site is finally getting a proper search function.

Finding information, users, or tweets used to be such a hassle because only highly specific information could be used. A specific tag or user name had to be searched in order for it to actually show up, to the frustration of users trying to keep up with something that was maybe a popular topic the day or two before, but not currently. It has finally revised its search engine to allow search by interest too, which could make the community a lot more active since users are finally capable of finding new things that would be interesting to them with ease.

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Converting Analog Cameras to Digital

While there are still a few professional photographers who still get a lot of use out of their non-digital cameras, for a lot of people, their favorite old point-and-shoots are collecting dust on a shelf. Having film developed has actually become more expensive than using a digital camera and printer. It is also becoming harder to find places to develop film.

However, soon there may be a solution that will bring life back to those old cameras. Thought of as an April Fool’s day prank, the RE-35 showed up late last week with the promise of a flash cartridge that could replace film in older cameras. Essentially, it would work as a USB device simply shaped like a 35 mm film cartridge, fitting snugly in the camera’s allotted space. The promise is just too good to be true, and unfortunately the RE-35 really is.

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3D Goggles for the iPhone

ViewMasters could be found in just about any kid’s room during the 80s and 90s. They’re toys that are either remembered as complete fun or downright educational depending on the disks parents bought their children—and there were many. Still, one thing remains true no matter what—ViewMasters turned slide shows into a fun and vibrant near 3D experience. To the disappointment of many, it seemed that with today’s technology, the ViewMaster would become extinct.

However, there’s soon to be a gadget that bears an all too striking resemblance to the classic red toy. The MY3D, made by Hasbro, is a pair of 3D goggles that work with the iPhone. Unlike its predecessor, it works with moving images and attempts to immerse viewers in a “360 degree environment”.

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Real Iron Man Mark V Briefcase Suit

In other baffling LEGO news, Technix pieces helped create the Iron Man suit that made its debut in the second movie. The suit, consisting of 384 individual pieces of armor, over 4,000 LEGO Technix pieces, is not just a model of his standing armor. Like Tony Stark's latest innovation at the start of the second film, the suit expands from briefcase form.

Ryan Brooks, the suitcase suit’s creator, spent over 1200 hours on the piece, and the work shows. It amazingly expands from a suitcase size that looks smaller than the actual movie’s suitcase to the user’s height. It made its big debut at Toronto Comic Con 2011 last month and won the prize for “Best in Show”.

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The LEGOTRON Mark I

The LEGOTRON Mark I is a functioning camera made of LEGO bricks that looks fantastic. Although you can buy a LEGO camera, this one packs a lot more power than its 1.3 megapixel predecessor and will most likely be a lot cheaper. The challenge, however, lies with putting the thing together.

The bricks themselves can be found for next to nothing on eBay or by browsing through your old toy chest. While Cary Norton, who created the fully functional piece we’re looking at, has no idea how many bricks went into it, its dimensions are roughly 7″x6.5″x7″, so you’ll need enough to make the structure. In short: you will need a lot of LEGO bricks. Luckily, Norton shows us the process through photos and lists all of the materials he used.

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Movie Pictogram Posters

Graphic designer, Viktor Hertz, transformed many iconic film posters into minimalist portrayals that sum up the movies’ plot. They’re fantastically sleek to look at and truly capture the cleverness and design behind those minimalist book covers of years gone by. If pictures say a thousand words , Hertz us giving us quite a speech. His minimalist portrayals not only look fantastic, but they keep readers guessing as to what the scene is reminding them of.

His poster characters are almost like stick figures or the shapes we’ve come to know as street sign shapes, and adapt to their current job titles as stars of their own movies. At times, the scene he paints with these will be quite clear and others less so. It takes some work on the part of the person's imagination. For example, it’s clear that the two people on motorcycles are from the movie, Tron, but it takes a little longer to figure out There Will Be Blood and Point Break.

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The Edible Candy Pen

This isn’t a gag. These prototypes are for actual candy pens that serve a purpose once the ink runs out—as a tasty snack. The idea came to Dave Hakkens when chewing on a pen. He realized that there must be a more sanitary way to go about this habit, but midway through considering one he realized that not much of a disposable pen is very vital. The only component really necessary is the inner ink. The rest could be chewed, or eaten as he soon realized. Taking this a step further, he wondered if the whole thing could not be eaten.

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April Fool's Day Roundup


It should come as no surprise at this point that the internet has opened up a whole new world of pranking, especially on April Fool’s Day. Bigger websites have even made a tradition out of these practical jokes based on all of the positive feedback they’ve received over the years. All in all, people have come to look forward to new surprises from their favorite websites today and often make the effort to find as many as possible.

Heres hoping the following list of pranks helps readers out.

Google, as usual, heads the pack with not one, but four pranks. Try out the Gmail Motion, a new way of organizing your e-mail via body language. Docs Motion followed suit by applying the same technology to documents and PowerPoint presentations. If you’re tired of waking up to find you’ve drunk called and texted people you don’t even know, there’s the Google Voice-alyzer. If the Voice-alyzer determines a person is too drunk to make a call, it will prevent it from going through and instead make a hasty call for a cab for its user. For the sober person looking for some decent employment, Google’s also raised a signal in search of a few new Auto-completers. Spend your days guessing the endings of users’ search enquiries in the exciting world of Auto-completing. Finally, for Google, head over to their main page and search for ‘Helvetica’ for a bit of a frustrating surprise.