You never know when you’re going to need to know how to say “Today is a good day to die!” in Klingon, so Bing has got you covered. They’ve added it as an official language to their translator. You can even have an entire website translated into Klingon. This wasn’t just a two-second effort on the part of the people at Bing, but involved working with linguistics Ph.D. Marc Okrand who was the one who originally developed the language for the series. Just think how handy this will be at the movie premiere!
(Bing via Mashable)
Really, this is dangerous because I just spent twenty minutes playing Atari Breakout instead of writing the post you’re reading right now. I blame Google, who has put this little Easter Egg in its Google Image Search to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the game. All you have to do is search “atari breakout” and your screen transforms automatically, killing any chance of a productive day. It’s as addictive as you’d expect so consider yourself warned.
(Google via Gizmodo)
This Doctor Who K-9 4-Port USB Hub is coming soon to our Nerd Approved Shop!
Doctor Who’s loyal canine companion is now a 4-port USB hub that will keep your devices connected. K-9 measures 5″ tall and will look absolutely perfect on your desk. You can preorder him now for delivery this July.
Doctor Who K-9 4-Port USB Hub ($39.99)
We all know Iron Man can do pretty much anything. Now you can have him help control your computer. Kinda like Jarvis. Granted, it’s pretty much a regular mouse and it does cost a pretty penny. But if you have the money (and you live in Japan), you can unleash your inner Tony Stark.
Product Page (approx $113 via Engadget)
If you think you have gaming skills, let this video of a champion Starcraft II player in action disabuse you of that notion. It captures Korean pro gamer StarTale_Sound at the WCS Challenger League Qualifiers and it is incredible. The clicking of keys never stops and if you can take your eyes off of his hands and look at the screen, it’s a blur of activity that is impossible to follow.
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Now this is a steampunk computer mod done right. Redditor CodyOdi calls this mod his attempt at a steampunk PC, but I think it goes beyond an attempt. It’s obvious he put a lot of time and probably money into the build; I’d call this project a success! It looks like it all started with an Aerocool Strike-X Air.
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Last year Mimoco teased fans with the silliest of April Fools’ Day jokes: they said they were releasing a Jar Jar Binks Mimobot. Some crazy fans were actually disappointed when the news turned out to be a prank. To make up for it, they actually produced the USB drive and announced the product yesterday. If you can be seen with it, the wacky device is limited to 500 pieces and has storage ranging from 8GB to 128GB.
Product Page ($24.95 and up)
Back in the old days, before the beginning of time as we know it, the Commodore 64 was a kick-ass computer. Now, not so much, but this Lego recreation of the original will likely make you nostalgic for those bygone days. It’s the work of Chris McVeigh who’s designed all sorts of amazing Lego creations. You can purchase kits for many of his builds, including this one which is currently available for preorder.
Product Page ($46.50 The Brothers Brick)
Internet addiction is a common problem in our age. We’re constantly tied to a network of information, social media, and games via smart phones, tablets, and computers. As much time as you think you spend online though, you probably haven’t clocked in as many hours as Li Meng. He’s more or less lived at an internet cafe near Changchun for the past six years.
A reporter from Beijing Times talked to owner, other gamers, and Li Meng. He leaves for food and to take a shower. Other cafe patrons said, “He generally comes at night to play the game, gets sleepy during the day and sleeps here. From time to time will be out to take a bath.” The owner hardly notices his presence anymore.
As Meng talked to the reporter, he kept his eyes forward:
“As he talked to our reporter, his gaze was locked to the computer screen, the plastic bag containing his dinner open by his side. He has a monthly income of RMB2,000 ($322), of which 500 ($80) is paid as a fee to the café every month.”
No one mentions what kind of games he is playing, but that’s not hugely relevant. He’s addicted to whatever it is. Just think about the number of hours he spends in front of a computer. Most of us put in at least eight hours a day several days a week for our jobs (how he makes his money is unclear)—but more than that every single day? I couldn’t imagine.
(Business Insider via Blastr)