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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 06, 2019. 6 comments

Cheer Up With the Trebek Affirmation Soundboard

Cheer Up With the Trebek Affirmation Soundboard

“No one offers encouragement quite like Alex Trebek,” says designer and 30-year Jeopardy! watcher Rex Sorgatz. Inspired by Trebek’s fight with pancreatic cancer, and to fight the myth that Trebek is a “smug snob,” Sorgatz built the Trebek Affirmation Soundboard.

Click any square on this Jeopardy! board and get a word of encouragement from Trebek, taken from an episode of the show. It’s like an...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Sep 05, 2019. 11 comments

The Best Blogs to Check During Your Lunch Break

The Best Blogs to Check During Your Lunch Break

It’s lunch time. (Somewhere.) You’re eating alone, with a phone or computer for company. And you don’t want to go full social-media. You need a nice blog with frequent updates, ideally one that links to fun (and sometimes educational) stuff around the web. Here are the best.

Sad Lunch Break

Sad Lunch Break is a simple one-man link blog. Some links are videos, like Lizzo’s tiny desk concert or

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Aug 24, 2019. 2 comments

Find Your Favorite Show's Easter Eggs on the TVDetails Subreddit

Find Your Favorite Show's Easter Eggs on the TVDetails Subreddit

Some TV shows have too many jokes to catch with just one watch: Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Bojack Horseman, The Simpsons, Community. Some use foreshadowing and thematic hints: Lost, Breaking Bad, The 100. And some just have interesting mistakes, or small choices in the set dressing and costuming. You can scoop them all up on r/TVDetails, a subreddit dedicated to little moments in TV shows...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jan 30, 2019. 6 comments

Calm Down With This Subreddit Full of Desire Paths

Calm Down With This Subreddit Full of Desire Paths

A desire path is one worn into being by people walking the same route over and over, off the paved or “approved” path. Some of you will find them calming, some will find them infuriating. The latter should calmly walk away right now, on asphalt only.

The r/DesirePath subreddit collects paths worn into the grass, the dirt, or even deeper into the pavement. Some paths are turned into real...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jan 19, 2019. 8 comments

This How-To Series Trolled the Internet in 2007

This How-To Series Trolled the Internet in 2007

It’s Friday afternoon! Time to wind down, watch some videos, and prepare for your weekly dinner at TGI Fridays. We’ve been watching a classic series of deadpan fake instructional videos, Infinite Solutions. These fakes were so good, they fooled Gizmodo one Friday in 2007.

The Infinite Solutions series would eventually be an obvious joke. My personal favorite is their video on...

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Melissa Kirsch Melissa Kirsch Sep 07, 2018. 12 comments

'Black Panther' Is on Netflix and You Should Watch It This Weekend

'Black Panther' Is on Netflix and You Should Watch It This Weekend

This is your friendly weekend entertainment concierge reminding you that Black Panther was released on Netflix on Tuesday . If you’ve already seen Crazy Rich Asians and Eighth Grade and BlacKkKlansman, you should stay home, invite a couple pals over, make some spicy prosciutto spread , and watch it. It’s so infrequent that a recent, good, see-it-more-than-once Oscar contender (yes, even with...

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Thorin Klosowski Thorin Klosowski Aug 10, 2018. 1 comments

The PiDrive Foundation Edition Makes Installing Multiple Operating Systems on Your Pi Easy

The PiDrive Foundation Edition Makes Installing Multiple Operating Systems on Your Pi Easy

Using an external hard drive with a Raspberry Pi takes just a few steps, but WDLabs new PiDrive Foundation Edition makes installing not just one, but multiple operating systems for a Raspberry Pi simple.

The PiDrive Foundation Edition is essentially a hard drive that also comes with an SD card installer that lets you install and boot from multiple operating systems. The SD card has a special...

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Thorin Klosowski Thorin Klosowski Jul 19, 2018. 3 comments

The Monkey Business Clippa Is a Multitool in a Hair Clip

The Monkey Business Clippa Is a Multitool in a Hair Clip

Multitools are awesome, but multitools that integrate into your day-to-day wear are even better. If you’re a fan of using hair clips, the Clippa adds in a screwdriver, wrench, trolley coin, ruler, and knife.

Similar to something like the Utili-Key , the Clippa is a multitool that integrates into your daily life pretty easily. At $10, you shouldn’t expect anything super awesome, but it does...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Jul 16, 2018.

Food Politics Shows You How Your Sausage Is Made

<em>Food Politics</em> Shows You How Your Sausage Is Made

Reading Marion Nestle’s Food Politics will make you feel like a speck in a universe of giants. Corporations alternately battle and collude with the United States government in chapter after chapter, spending billions of dollars to influence what you, the consumer, choose to put in your mouth.

This is part of Lifehacker’s book review series. Not every life hack can be summed up in a blog post,...

Alan Henry Alan Henry May 31, 2018. 3 comments

Use This Wooden Dough Tamper as a Cheap, Effective Cocktail Muddler

Use This Wooden Dough Tamper as a Cheap, Effective Cocktail Muddler

When we suggested using an old rolling pin to make a pair of cocktail muddlers , reader mfusion found this cheap dough tamper that’s perfect for the job, thin in the center for easy rolling, and will only set you back six bucks—a far cry from pricier wooden muddlers or bartender’s gear.

Make a Pair of Hardwood Cocktail Muddlers from a Rolling Pin on the Cheap

A nice hardwood muddler can set...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Apr 18, 2018. 3 comments

Give the Gift of Awesome Gadgets and Stuff We Like

Give the Gift of Awesome Gadgets and Stuff We Like

Not every cool gift idea fits into a neat little category. In fact, some of the best stuff doesn’t. That’s why we have a special guide just for the awesome gadgets we fancied throughout the year. Here is some of the most awesome stuff we like.

Belkin WeMo Home Automation

Belkin’s WeMo home automation appliances can bring your home into the 2015 you’ve always dreamed of (and no, I am...

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Thorin Klosowski Thorin Klosowski Jan 11, 2018. 6 comments

The Official Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Launches for $60

The Official Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Launches for $60

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an official touchscreen to complement its tiny computer. The 7-inch display has a 800x480 resolution and supports 10-finger touch.

As you’d likely expect, the display isn’t extremely fancy, but that’s kind of the point. It’s cheap, compatible with the Pi, and easy to set up. It’s an RGB 800x480 display with just 24-bit color and a 70 degree viewing...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Dec 22, 2017. 10 comments

The ICONSPEAK T-Shirt Is the Perfect Apparel for Any World Traveler

The ICONSPEAK T-Shirt Is the Perfect Apparel for Any World Traveler

There are a lot of tools out there for breaking down language barriers, but there’s nothing quite as simple as pointing at a picture. The ICONSPEAK t-shirt will let you communicate what you need no matter where you are.

The t-shirt has 40 symbols that clearly reference the essentials required by any traveler. There are icons for drinking water, housing, transportation, food, bathrooms, and...

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Dec 17, 2017. 17 comments

The Best True Crime Shows, Stories and Podcasts of 2017

The Best True Crime Shows, Stories and Podcasts of 2017

The holiday season can be a saccharine overload—consider the case of heiress Sunny von Bulow, who fell into a comatose state from which she’d never wake following a 1982 Christmas celebration. Authorities accused her husband Claus of attempting to murder her by injecting her with insulin. Claus maintained that Sunny had, like so many of us during the holiday festivities, merely...

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Alan Henry Alan Henry Dec 15, 2017. 11 comments

Long, Server Room Power Strips Add Outlets and Keep Cable Clutter Down

Long, Server Room Power Strips Add Outlets and Keep Cable Clutter Down

Long, multi-outlet power strips are usually found in tech-heavy places like IT department workbenches and server rooms, but there’s no reason you can’t buy and install them on the underside of your desk at home. I have one, they’re relatively cheap, and they offera slim, minimal profile that’s easy to corral cables around.

For reference, I picked up this Tripp-Lite 12-outlet power strip ($40)...

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Timothy Dahl Timothy Dahl Dec 08, 2017. 15 comments

Speed Up Your Next DIY Project with a Proper Sorting System

Speed Up Your Next DIY Project with a Proper Sorting System

Mason jars and shoeboxes are no way to store the random nuts, bolts, and screws we accumulate over time. Invest in proper organizers before your next DIY project, and you’ll save time and trips to the hardware store.

Of course, not everyone has the budget to invest in Adam Savage’s Sortimo system shown in the video above (we can dream), but there are plenty of alternatives that will...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Oct 31, 2017. 15 comments

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Is the Best Way to Spend Time on Your Toilet

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Is the Best Way to Spend Time on Your Toilet

The practice of reading while on the toilet is probably as old as words themselves. The Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series of books are perfectly designed for that, and it’s how I spend my time ruling from the porcelain throne.

The newspaper was once a bathroom dweller’s preferred reading material, but it’s probably safe to guess that smartphones and tablets have taken that spot. No matter...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 17, 2017.

Watch These Elaborate Video Yelp Reviews

Watch These Elaborate Video Yelp Reviews

For over a year now, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Dave Green and actor Joe Cobden have been posting increasingly elaborate 12-second video reviews to Yelp. Along with some friends, they’ve made 41 videos about L.A. restaurants, often using special effects, stunts, and stop-motion, that recall the golden age of Vine.

This series, called “Tooth Pix,” started as a very clever use of...

Melissa Kirsch Melissa Kirsch Oct 13, 2017. 15 comments

It's No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

It's No Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

There’s something so exquisite about a slowed-down, moody cover of an upbeat song you know by heart (see: Antony and the Johnsons covering Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”). But it can be particularly transporting when a band gives the MTV Unplugged treatment to one of their own songs, as in a-ha’s recently released acoustic version of their 1980s synth-pop classic “Take on Me.”

If you’d...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Oct 06, 2017. 14 comments

The Steam Controller Is the PC Controller I've Been Waiting For

The Steam Controller Is the PC Controller I've Been Waiting For

I love my PC. I use it for gaming, and have a spare home theater PC in my living room for everything else I could ever want. The one problem I’ve had is finding a good way to control my HTPC from the couch. The Steam Controller has finally solved this for me—and not just for gaming.

The Steam Controller ($50) is Valve’s attempt at making PC gaming feel more at home in the living room. It has...

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