The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…

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While Studio Ghibli had actually built a real-life version of the house from My Neighbor Totoro in Aichi Prefecture, you weren’t allowed to spend the night in it. It turns out ANOTHER replica existed in Nagasaki Prefecture that patrons could spend the night for $45 USD (or 5,000 yen) a night. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, as this replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house is now managed by a local nursery school. Continue reading “The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…”

Watch Terry Crews’ Excitedly Hyped ‘SummerSlam 2018’ Promo Video…

Only two days until the “WrestleMania of the summer”, SummerSlam, airs live on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view. Starting with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV on Saturday (see Activision, “IV” means 4, not “IIII”), the biggest party of the summer will be a near-7-hour affair — it being one of the “Big Five” supercards on WWE’s calendar. So, to hype up such a spectacle, it makes sense to get Terry Crews to do your promotional hype video. And it…is…WONDERFULLLLL!

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Why — on God’s Green Earth — Would you Connect a Floppy Drive to your Android Phone?!?

And yes, when I say ‘floppy’, I ACTUALLY DON’T mean actual floppy discs this time; just their younger, next-generation 3.25″ slightly-evolved cousins. Anyway, YouTuber Clint Basinger of LGR demonstrates in this video that even though their’s no REAL reason to connect an “old” floppy drive to your Android phone via a OTB-to-USB type-C adapter, you totally still could if you wanted. You can check out the … Continue reading Why — on God’s Green Earth — Would you Connect a Floppy Drive to your Android Phone?!?

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The ‘Fallout 76’ Beta, which starts this October, will contain the FULL GAME…

So, if you pre-ordered Fallout 76 at a participating retailer, then you’re very, highly likely that you’ll get a shot to try the beta once it rolls out this October. The beta — cleverly referred to as the “Break-it Early Test Application,” or “B.E.T.A. — will clearly provide an eyeful of its testers, since Bethesda announced that the beta “will be the full game and all your progress is saved for launch.” That. Is. AWESOMESAUCE!!

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The Albert Park Extension by MUSK Architecture Studio

Located in Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, MUSK Architecture Studio’s project examines what could be possible when contemporary living collides with high-heritage value neighborhoods. In this case, there is a ~33ft x ~65ft (10m x 20m) corner site with a domineering red brick and terracotta-roofed Edwardian era home that has excellent neighborhood curb appeal, but is lacking in its amenity for the those who actually LIVE IN THE HOUSE. Continue reading “The Albert Park Extension by MUSK Architecture Studio”

Tributes to Brickhouse Brown, Nikolai Volkoff & Brian Christopher…

This past weekend was a tragic one for fans of professional wrestling. In the span of a couple of day, we’ve lost the legendary Memphis wrestler Frederick “Brickhouse Brown” Seawright, WWE Hall of Famer Josip “Nikolai Volkoff” Peruzović and Attitude Era superstar “Too Sexy”/”Grandmaster Sexay” Brian Christopher Lawler passed away over the weekend.  Brown, one of the top heels in Southern US pro wrestling promotions in the 1980s and 1990s, succumbed to his long battle with cancer. He was only 57 years old. Volkoff, known for his classic Cold War-era heel work as a Soviet Union sympathizer (often with Tag Team Championship partner, The Iron Sheik) and his eventual face-turn to US sympathizer, was only 70 years old. Christopher, who was known for his rise in the WWF’s light-heavyweight division and as 1/2 of Too Cool with “Too Hot”/”Scotty 2 Hotty” Scott Taylor (often in tow with Rikishi), tragically died due to complications after attempting to take his own life while in custody on DUI and evading police charges; he was only 46 years old. Continue reading “Tributes to Brickhouse Brown, Nikolai Volkoff & Brian Christopher…”

Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!

 

BRUH! WHERE WAS THIS WHEN I WAS A KID! I had to use my hands like it was a baby’s toy! Anyway, this was done for a pretty good cause, though. A group of hackers at Hackerloop wanted to level the Nerf-fighting playing field for Nicholas Huchet, an individual who didn’t have a full arm, by building him a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic with the ability to automatically fire a projectile by simply contracting his forearm muscles. According to the Medium post, Hackerloop’s Valentin Squirelo chronicled the build in great detail, which included the use of custom 3D-printed parts, Arduino-based electronics, some electromyography sensors that could detect muscle movements, and — of course — a couple of hard-to-find Nerf Swarmfire blasters (hint: the blasters’ round design was VERY optimal for the build). Continue reading “Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!”

It Looks Like ‘Pandemic’ is Getting a Pretty Awesome 10th Anniversary Edition…

Since its debut onto the tabletop gaming scene in 2008, Pandemic has been one of the biggest board games in the world, which is fitting when it’s about saving the world from aggressive worldwide diseases. Now that the game is about to celebrate the big 1-0, it’s getting a special edition re-release in a big-ol’ metal box chock-filled with brand new cards and miniature figures. This special … Continue reading It Looks Like ‘Pandemic’ is Getting a Pretty Awesome 10th Anniversary Edition…

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The Hábitat Learning Community in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México

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Lara Hermanos’ Habitat Learning Community is a school located in Santa Anita, Jalisco, Mexico that is focused on childhood education and development, operating with a new educational concept in Mexico inspired by Italian philosopher Reggio Emilia.  The building is a complex environment comprised of contrasts with multiple factors, plus it could aims to be a polysensory and self-learning space. Based on that, the Habitat Learning Community doesn’t resemble the traditional school building, but is instead a diverse, stimulating and welcoming environment.  The school’s program emphatically involves the development of each child with the relationship of the context. The building space is transformable and ductile, allowing different methods to experience and use it during certain parts of the day or any other time period.  This helps the child, who becomes the main factor, take part in a personalized, comfortable and safe space to help them in their self-learning. Continue reading “The Hábitat Learning Community in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México”

Geoffrey, the Toys ‘R’ Us Giraffe, Entered A Royal Rumble, Fought A Vampire & Amazon Prime…

When one door closes, another one opens. After the bankruptcy and closure of the popular and long-lasting toy retail store Toys ‘R’ Us this past month, it meant that the brand’s long-time mascot and spokes-animal, Geoffrey the Giraffe, was forced to step away from is lifelong gig. Thankfully, Geoffrey isn’t taking his newly-open schedule lying down, as he’s recently picked up a new pastime and career in the squared-circle down in the Sunshine State. Continue reading “Geoffrey, the Toys ‘R’ Us Giraffe, Entered A Royal Rumble, Fought A Vampire & Amazon Prime…”