Michael Janecek

31 Flips | 2 Magazines | 54 Likes | 1 Following | @MichaelJanecek | Keep up with Michael Janecek on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Michael Janecek”

I'm Hypnotized by This Animated Lego Star Wars Desk Toy

Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks is one of the internet’s most talented amateur Lego builders; there’s a good reason Lego turned his working Labyrinth …

Hōshi: A Short Documentary on the 1300-Year-Old Hotel Run by the Same Japanese Family for 46 Generations

Hōshi is a ryokan (a Japanese traditional inn) located in Komatsu, Japan, and it holds the distinction of being the second oldest hotel in the world, …

This Is Mitsuoka's Brand-New Miata-Based Roadster, The Himiko

Mitsuoka, the world’s leading producer of Nissans re-made to look like sub-scale Jaguar Mark 2s, has just—and I do mean just now—unveiled their new, …

Roadsters

The 21 Most Iconic Japanese Landmarks

Shibuya Crossing<p>Often called the world’s busiest pedestrian scramble, Shibuya Crossing has become a symbol of modern Tokyo.<p>Arashiyama Bamboo Grove<p>The …

Japan

Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It's Posted Online

<b>Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday</b><p>Interest in "Properties of Expanding Universes" is at an all-time high: Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis of that name crashed Cambridge University's open-access repository on the first day the document was posted online.<p>The Cambridge Library made several PDF files of …

Physics

10 stunning locations that inspired Studio Ghibli masterpieces

With a filmography that includes such beloved animated classics as <i>Princess Mononoke</i>, <i>Spirited Away</i> and <i>My Neighbor Totoro</i>, the imagination and artistry …

Undertale's Unused Music Is Pretty Sweet

For the past week, infamously reclusive <i>Undertale</i> creator Toby Fox has been celebrating the RPG mega-hit’s first anniversary with tidbits and snippets …

This Super Famicom Raspberry Pi Zero case is smaller than a SNES controller

Nintendo is releasing its NES Classic Edition in November, a miniaturized version of the original console with 30 games built in and HDMI support. But modder Rated-E Mods has taken it one step further beyond Nintendo's retro console revival, with the even tinier, Raspberry Pi-based SNES …

corgi R squad

The Original 'Deus Ex' Looks Almost New Again With an Upcoming Mod

December update for popular 'GMDX' mod updates the 'visual experience' for 'Deus Ex.'<p>The <i>Deus Ex</i> games present a vision of the future in which average Joes swap out arms and eyes with the nonchalance that we swap out iPhones and graphics cards, and thus it's only fitting that one of the biggest bits …

24 of the most exciting science fiction and fantasy books to read this September

Stories with strange abilities, adventures in distant galaxies, and quests in fantastic worlds<p>It’s a new month, which means that it’s a good time to look forward to the coming onslaught of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels (as well as some cool nonfiction books) hitting bookstores over …

Eight Years Later, Owlboy Has Landed

To borrow a line from Graham, there’s a parallel reality where Owlboy [official site] came out before Braid, earned mega-bucks and now Norwegian devs …

After Nine Years Of Work, Fans Release Their Own Pokémon Game

<i>Pokémon Uranium</i>, one of the more interesting attempts by fans to build an all-new <i>Pokémon</i> game, is finally finished!<p>We wrote about it a few years …

In pictures: Gorgeous space station concepts from the 1970s

It's easy to mistake as being conceptual art for speculative fiction, but in fact this image, and the others here, come about as a result of …

These Excellent Animations Show Exactly How Turbochargers and Superchargers Work

Even if you're an engineer, you'll appreciate these visual explainers.<p>With forced induction quickly becoming the norm on today's cars, it's important to understand how it all works. Turbo- and superchargers are fairly simple devices in principle, but a good visual is sometimes the best way to show …

Engineering

Bizarre rap video from Chinese youth party is propaganda at its most cringeworthy

The Chinese Communist Youth League and CD REV, a rap group from southwest China, want to set the record straight on what the real China is like.<p>The solution? A bizarre English-language hip hop track called "This is China" and an accompanying video, both of which dropped on Chinese micro-blogging …

China

China has built a radio telescope the size of 30 soccer fields to look for aliens

China has finished the installation of the world's largest radio telescope, according to reports from state media. The last of the telescope's 4,450 triangular panels was fitted into the dish this weekend, ahead of the telescope's planned launch in September. The Five Hundred Meter Aperture …

Infinity:One is OLPC XO's bigger, more responsible sibling

Remember One Laptop Per Child? They distributed a few million cheap, brightly-colored XO laptops running a weird version of Linux called "Sugar OS," and then... what happened?<p>Well, I'm not sure actually. But OLPC Australia is carrying the torch, sort of. This offshoot now calls itself "One …

Sharp has made yet another awesome phone with negligible bezels

Here's an important public service announcement: Sharp has released a new Android phone that looks rather awesome. The Aquos mini SH-M03 is the latest mini version of the bezel-hating Sharp Aquos that made its way to Sprint a couple of years ago. As such, it has negligible bezels on three sides, …

This is your next jam: Blood Orange, Rihanna, and more

10 picks for a glorious summer long weekend<p>Welcome back to <i>The Verge’s</i> weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and I’m having trouble believing we’re only halfway through the year. The first six months of 2016 were crammed with blockbuster releases, surprise album hijinx, tragic …

Forza 6 glitch turns it into a much more beautiful racing game

<i>Seizure warning: The video linked below can be a problem for photosensitive epileptics.</i>///There comes a time in nearly every game’s life cycle where …

How a computer the size of a credit card is changing education — and homemade GameBoys

For longer than I would like to admit, I thought Raspberry Pi was a dessert. I'm not proud of that. Fortunately, I eventually learned what Raspberry Pi actually is, and though it's not nearly as tasty, it's just as exciting: an affordable, customizable computer the size of a credit card.<p>Raspberry …

Vibrant Field of Magenta Flowers at the Foot of Mt. Fuji Marks Springtime in Japan

Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki is known for his stunning landscape shots that celebrate overflowing pockets of natural beauty found scattered around Japan. This time, the artist has released a collection of photographs that depict an annual explosion of pink petals that surround the base of Mt. Fuji. …

Simpsonwave is the chill summer soundtrack you didn't know you needed

The 'it me' of sub-genres<p>Every fall, my music habits change. I ditch the faster pop-punk and rock for slower, more contemplative music. When spring rolls around, though, I stash the sappy crap and get right back into the fast stuff. The weird thing is, nothing changes when summer hits. Maybe it's …

This tiny, open-source Game Boy lookalike has started shipping

This live stream of stray cats in Korea is like real-life Neko Atsume

There's even a fishbowl and everything, wow I can't believe this<p>Perhaps you've heard of the Korean term <i>Meok Bang</i> before, in which vloggers who call themselves BJs (Broadcasting Jockeys and <i>not</i> anything else) live stream themselves gorging on food before an online audience of millions of Koreans. The …

Colin Price paints beautiful, otherworldly monsters and spaceships for a living

After two decades of working for big studios on blockbuster games and movies, Colin Price needed a change. The Liverpool-based artist felt that it was now or never, and in December 2014 he decided to leave the comfort of a studio gig for the life of a freelancer. “I was at a point in my life when I …

Loading...

Dive back into your GBA collection with the $69.99 REVO K101 Plus

Better than expected hardware for the price<p>Nintendo hasn't included a functional Game Boy Advance slot on the company's hardware line in quite some time, which is frustrating to those of us still hanging onto our physical copies of <i>Astro Boy: Omega Factor</i>. The Revo K101 is marketed as a solution to …

Meet the Guy Bringing Experimental Club Music to the Japanese Masses

Shimpei "Melting Bot" Kaiho is a Tokyo-based scene veteran who's made it his life's work to explore the fringes of Western and Japanese underground music.<p>Walk into any Tokyo-based CD megastore (e.g. one of the 45 Tower Records locations, which, believe it or not, still exist in Japan) and make your …