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Play 'Asteroids' on Any Website With a Space Shooter Bookmarklet

If you've ever wanted to leave a path of destruction across the Web (or just been bored), check out this 'Kick Ass' bookmarklet. It turns any page into a destroyable playground for a tiny ship jacked straight from the classic game 'Asteroids.' You can even continue to browse with the blasted elements removed. Now, if it would just mix in some "pew pew" sound effects......

DIY DeLorean Hovercraft Project Needs Your Help

This is Matthew Riese. That thing next to him? That's his hover DeLorean. Seriously. This 26-year-old grad student and San Francisco resident is building one of the most amazing and ridiculous things we have ever seen -- a completely custom, wood and fiberglass hovercraft, modeled after one of the most iconic failures in automotive history. For the past two years, Riese has been working...

Games on the Go: Pixelated Goodness

There's something about the allure of the pixel that we just can't ignore. Maybe it's because we grew up in the 8-bit era, but pixelated graphics have always held a certain nostalgic charm for us. In fact, we think that just about everything is a little bit better when rendered in blocky glory. This week, we present a fresh batch of games that fills anyone's hunger for modern gameplay and old...

The Laser Celebrates Its 50th Frickin' Birthday

Albert Einstein first postulated the possibility of amplifying protons to create "masers" in 1917, but the theory wouldn't produce effective technology until the post-World War II period. The science of masers continued to evolve over the following decade, and, in 1958, Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow of Bell Labs published a seminal report that would spark a scientific revolution. The paper...

LEGO Engineer Pieces Together a Truly Useless, but Sinister, Machine

It should absolutely go without saying that geeks love LEGO. The LEGO affair has spawned an infinite array of designs and contraptions, which typically forces block-heads to exponentially increase the size, complexity and scope of their creations. YouTuber and LEGO engineer Invisibules has shed those expansive trappings, though, and crafted a compact, interlocking machine that is simplistically...

Stop-Motion 'Star Wars' Revitalizes LEGO Adaptations

Since toy building-block fans, both children and adults, have seemingly constructed LEGO-everything, you'd think, at this point, it would be impossible to craft innovative, entertaining, and noteworthy interlocking art forms. Somehow, despite that overabundance of blocks, though, a group of impressively skilled stop-motion 'Star Wars' fans has painstakingly pieced together an admirable and...

'Auto Smiley' Inserts Emoticons When You're Actually Smiling

Share The smiley emoticon, as we've already made clear, is perhaps the most annoyingly ambiguous glyph in our entire digital lexicon. Whether it pops up in texts, e-mails, or IMs, the smiley forces us to go digging for contextual clues that might tell us whether or not the person on the other side was really smiling, or if there was some ulterior, passive aggressive subtext at work. Well, now...

iSandwich 4G: Pretty, But Is It Tasty?

Share In honor of iSlate iPad Day, Youtubers Jakob and Jon have put together this odd little video in which they make an iPhone sandwich. Yeah, we don't totally get it either, but it sure is fun. They suggest you try to make an iSandwich for yourself at home, but we'd like to remind our readers that what may culinarily fly in Sweden (from where, we gather, these two hail) looks a little gross...

'Pong' Finds New Life and Form as a Physical, Tabletop Game

If you're sick of Pong news, turn away now. We've seen the iconic paddle and ball game translated to browsers, sweatshirts, a soccer-like video sport, and slot machines. It's even been honored with its own museum. So really it was only a matter of time before someone found a way to make a tabletop game out of the Atari classic. The blog, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, assembled a physical...

'Tuper Tario Tros.' Combines 'Tetris,' Mario, and Frustration

We're sure you've stopped and thought to yourself before, "You know, 'Super Mario Bros.' is pretty good, but I sure wish it was more frustrating." No? Well, it doesn't matter. Even if you've never asked for someone to create a hybrid of 'Super Mario Bros.' and 'Tetris,' you're getting it, anyway. And the results are wonderfully, and childishly, called 'Tuper Tario Tros.' In this Flash game,...

Then and Now: How Far We Are From Y2K, and the Tech That Got Us Here

The year 2000 loomed over the world way before 1999 -- see Prince songs, Y2K concerns, and even hordes of science fiction movies set before the end of the millennium. But on January 1, 2000, nothing much changed, jet packs didn't suddenly appear, and we didn't all get rad Jetsons-style hair. While we can't speak for our readers, launch any member of the Switched staff through time from 1999 until...

Holiday 'Spam' Spreads $10K of Christmas Cheer

By now, we've all been conditioned to delete any molecule of spam that dares to so much as knock at the door of our inboxes-- and for good reason. With all the faux African princes and Viagra discounts bombarding us on a daily basis, our spam radars have become finely tuned enough to spot and annihilate these virulent mails from a mile away. This Christmas, though, one creative agency decided to...

Cat Strapped to GPS, Tracked by Owner

Cats, like small children and Chinese contortionists, somehow find a way to get in the darndest of places. So how can a cat lover possibly hope to keep their kitties close to home? One man from Long Island has a solution. After realizing that his cat, KooKoo, had a worrisome tendency to disappear for days on end, Mark Spezio decided to take matters into his own hands, and outfitted his furry...

Good Morning Face Documents Your Groggiest Moment of the Day

We love our single serving sites around here -- People of Walmart, Texts From Last Night, This is Why You're Fat, etc.... When we spot one that gives us an actual glimpse into people's lives (rather than just giving us the same endlessly funny joke), we get excited. The idea behind Good Morning Face is simple. Readers place a camera by their bed, then snap a photo of themselves on waking...

Toaster Printer Brings the Office to Your Breakfast

It may not brighten your morning up in the same way that a beaming Hello Kitty can, but a new toaster unveiled at the Berger Design Awards expo can at least help you ease into Office Mode while sipping OJ and perusing Switched in your bathrobe. Othmar Mühlebach's 'Print Your Toast,' which took home second prize at the awards expo, is a toaster in printer's clothing. All you have to do is...