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'The Great Gatsby' Gets 8-Bit Platformer Treatment

This "garage sale find" (yeah, right...) game, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic, is a blast. You take control of Nick Carraway as he hurls his hat at waiters, drunks and gangsters in a quest to track down Gatsby. The game is short, sweet and simple, and filled with NES-style cut scenes that tell the story in a way that should be familiar to anyone who has played an 8-bit RPG. We co...

Swedish Neighbor Mistakes Kinect Boxing Match For Abuse, Calls Cops

Over the weekend, Swedish police responded to a report of domestic abuse and discovered the only violence happening was of the pixelated variety. According to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, cops stormed Robert Johansson's home after a nosy neighbor claimed to see five people inside beating up a woman. Turns out, Johansson and his friends were just playing a round of boxing on the Xbox 360's 'Kinect...

Google Translate's Secret German Beatboxer

If you've grown tired of feeding obscenities into Google Translate just to hear that robotic voice-actor say them (and we don't see how you could), why not graduate to beatboxing? Go to Google Translate, set the 'From' and 'To' languages to German, and type this into the text field: pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk If you're frisky, go longer: pv zk bschk pv zk pv bs...

Help Your Dumb (or Usually Ethical) Friends to Pirate, The Easy Way!

Q: "Hey bro, you remember that song we used to jam to when we were chugging beers behind the Exxon? The one with the bass solo?" A: "Oh, you mean 'Orion'?" Q: "Yeah, dude! I wanted to hear it the other day when I was thinking about how Metallica got lame, and cut their hair, and started hating on Napster!" A: "Let me pirate that for you, hoss."...

Bacarobo Robot Contest Celebrates Survival of the Dumbest

Destructive, deceptive and belligerent robots predominately attract the public's attention. Occasionally, though, there arise welcome reports of inefficient, worthless and downtrodden 'bots that reassure the doomsday crowd. The Bacarobo competition serves as just such a comforting event, because it celebrates the most ridiculously dumb robots in the world. Part stand-up routine, part robot stan...

Magnets Glue Fidgety Kids to Ski Lifts, Still Confound ICP

No one's denying that chair lifts at ski resorts can be deadly. Although most of those killed on lifts are adults, parents won't have to worry about their children tumbling through the chilly air this winter -- that is, if they opt for a resort that's installed the Magnestick. As Wired reports, the Magnestick is a giant wearable magnet that secures children in place while they ride ski lifts. A y...

Robo-Blinds Add Privacy, Attract the Perplexed

Niklas Roy has devised an incredibly clever method of maintaining his privacy. Faced with a steady flow of foot traffic, Roy engineered a robotic "smart" curtain to block his first-floor apartment window from peering pedestrians. The Curtain Control system employs a surveillance camera, motion-tracking software and a motorized curtain. The computer identifies a target and then positions the curta...

DIY Tweeting Snuggie Is as Ridiculous as It Is Awesome

Bringing a smile to a geek's face is easy: take several things they love (especially things they love ironically), and jam them together in some ridiculous way that's both incredibly novel and completely useless. It's a flawless formula that leads to the creation of things like this tweeting Snuggie (or Slanket if that's your bag). The recipe is simple. Take one cheap piece of infomercial-famous ...

SNL's Andy Samberg Plays Eisenberg's Zuckerberg

Over the weekend, 'Saturday Night Live' totally friended and poked Facebook with two sketches directly aimed at the site. In the first, Mark Zuckerberg, played by Andy Samberg, appears on "Weekend Update," where he comments on blockbuster film 'The Social Network,' and offers some insight into his own life and motives -- namely, that he did it all for the ladies. In the second, a young ne'er-do-w...

Following GPS, Man Drives Van Up Swiss Mountain, Gets Stuck

Share Most people probably wouldn't drive their cars off a cliff just because their GPS system told them to do it. Driving off-road and up a mountain, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. That's exactly what 37-year-old Robert Ziegler recently did, when his van's GPS system directed him up some ruggedly mountainous terrain in Bergün, Switzerland. Although Ziegler had his sus...

The Bit-52's Cover of 'Rock Lobster' Features Printer, Robotic Keyboardist

Very few bands have been as engaging, groovy, fun and bizarre as The B-52s were when they first burst onto the college radio scene. In that spirit (or, everything but the groove, anyway), James Cochrane of Toronto, Canada has taught an array of gizmos -- including an old-school printer and robotic guitar picker -- to play 'Rock Lobster.' Maybe, if The Bit-52s can work out their rhythm problems, t...

ESPN Ad Pokes Fun at Ole Miss Admiral Ackbar Mascot Campaign

While the University of Mississippi students' campaign to elect Admiral Ackbar as the school's new mascot has been squashed, ESPN isn't ready to let the rebellion die. The sports network recently filmed a commercial featuring students lobbying for and against the Star Wars Supreme Commander. "We are in need of a new Rebel leader," one student pleads. However, Lucasfilm claims Ackbar is too busy "...

Daily Facepalm: Careless Montana Teen Texts Sheriff for Pot

We're not sure exactly how high you have to be to text the local sheriff to score some weed, but we figure it's somewhere in the range of "really" to "inspiringly." Where this Helena, Montana teenager lands on the scale doesn't really matter. What does matter is that the boy and his friend managed to confuse their dealer's phone number with that of the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff. Sheriff Leo D...

Priest Drives 'God Squad' Car Around Town, Best Buy Threatens to Sue

Father Luke Strand thinks it is a great idea to drive around Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in a VW Beetle with stickers that look exactly like those on Best Buy's Geek Squad cars, except for one thing: his stickers read "God Squad." Best Buy didn't find this to be cute, but instead a violation of its trademark -- one that, by precedent, it couldn't treat any differently from any other violation. There...

Automatic Channel-Changer Signals Apex of Humankind's Sloth

Well, folks, it's official. Humankind has hit the nadir of sloth. It's not because somebody designed this mechanical, hands-free channel-changer. We're pretty sure it's a joke that you can witness after the jump. No, the reason we have lost faith in humanity is that we want the mechanical, hands-free channel-changer. Hook us up with this thing, a snuggie and a KFC bowl of sadness, and we'll be ...