Do Not Eat: The Minty Geek Kit

Now this is freaking cool. Take one of those generic tins for breath mints and instead of putting in stuff that will make your mouth frosty, insert electronic parts. This is the Minty Geek, a small container being marketed by a startup for the DIY-inclined. It’s like a miniature tool box for instant hacks big and/or small. Wait until you learn the origin story behind Minty Geek–it’s so compelling, some studio should make a movie about it. There you go again, over-dramatizing the mundane!

Minty Geek

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DARPA Picks Its Commander Shepard For Impossible Mission

In case you missed it that’s a Mass Effect reference/plug right there on the title. The folks at Bioware should be mighty proud if they read it. Anyway, favorite video game-fanboyism aside, DARPA has indeed selected a former female astronaut to be the head of its 100 year Starship initiative. The goal is to create a longstanding foundation that will eventually culminate in a manned space odyssey in the future. The distant future, before either the machines take over or humanity regresses. Seen below is Mae Jameson, who went up to space more than 20 years ago. Since then she’s kept busy with her own foundation. The gal is an overachiever, that’s for sure.

Mae Jemison

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Got Spare Cash? Jamesburg Earth Station Goes On Sale

Ask a stupid question? Really, whose got money these days? Not just some money, but a whopping $2.9 million for this unused science facility in California. It’s not an ion cannon for orbital strikes and it can’t transport you to another dimension, but it is serious hardware. Plus, there’s a massive plot of land thrown in! Turns out the Jamesburg Earth Station is a Cold War relic previously owned by a hi-tech firm but now for sale.  Not only did it transmit space missions to live audiences, but the whole facility was built to withstand a nuclear attack. If you believe in Judgment Day via the singularity, this might be a good investment.

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Skyrim Finally Gets Monopoly Treatment

Because adapting video games into Monopoly hasn’t lost any steam, last year’s biggest fantasy outing has received much love from deviantArt user ~oddeh. The end result is a 20×20 Monopoly game that is ready for printing. An overwhelming reception has compelled dear ~oddeh to produce accompanying cards and coins. According to the desciption, this Skyrimed Monopoly board is printer ready though not a part of official Skyrim merch nor is it Monopoly licensed. Still, it’s a fine piece of work. Bravo! (*gives round of applause.)

Skyrim Monopoly

 

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So Bad Its Good: Bacon Soda Sells In Package Of Six

For some reason this reminded the writer of the Queen album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ from way back when. Though the gist of this post is humorous, Bacon Soda is no spoof—it’s as real as cardiac arrest. Promoted as ‘a mad marriage between soda and bacon,’ Bacon Soda is currently available in an affordable six pack for $24.95 but can be discounted to $19.95.

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South Korean School Showcases Its Robots (Video)

Fine, so South Korea may be second fiddle to Japan’s overall devotion to mecha-kind. That doesn’t mean South Korean conglomerates, universities, and technology startups don’t make great strides on their own. For the past several years now, a tech university has hosted a robotics festival to showcase the work of its students. What really sets it apart is the astounding variety all the kids put on display.

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US Army Trademarked Gaming Guns And Gear Now On Sale

2011 has been the biggest year ever for shooters. No wonder a new line of gaming guns and gear have recently popped up for Xbox and PS3 enthusiasts. The difference this time around is the stuff is US Army trademarked, which is probably a not so subtle-way of endorsing the perpetual good guys in the Call of Duty franchise. (Except for General Shepard though, that guy rightly deserved to be wetworked by Soap and Price.)

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