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Young Jedi Master Yoda Art by Marco Teixeira

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the …

This Comic Teaches You How To Read Russian Words In Just 15 Minutes

No, this comic by cartoonist Ryan Estrada and writer Peter Starr Northrop won't have you magically understanding the Russian language, but if you've …

Language

ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

A 6’2″, sandy blond gentleman wearing a tailored suit and tie gently bows to greet me and seat me. “Hello, I am Fabio and I will be your man servant this afternoon,” he says. His gentle, hypnotic voice wraps around me. I suddenly realize I’ve been seated and proceed to accidentally knock my …

The Rise Of Open Source Hardware

Hardware has always lagged behind software in the open source movement. But one website is beginning to change that.<p>Emile Petrone founded Tindie for selfish reasons. “The basic idea was that there wasn’t a marketplace for the things I was interested in,” he says. At the time, those things were his …

Why is Y Combinator giving away its trade secrets for free in a YouTube class?

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Paul Miller/Flickr<p>News out of Silicon Valley top tier accelerator Y Combinator was a little confusing today. President …

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are

In late 1999, <b>David Foster Wallace</b> (February 21, 1962–September 12, 2008) — poignant contemplator of death and redemption, tragic prophet of the meaning of life, champion of intelligent entertainment, admonisher against blind ambition, advocate of true leadership — called the office of the prolific …

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee creates startup to help the little guy

LAS VEGAS — John McAfee, the controversial founder of McAfee antivirus software, has started a new company called The Brown List aimed at helping people fight big problems. He made the announcement in a surprise appearance at a hacker conference here today.<p>The list will take complaints filed by …

Gamer discovers deceased father's ghost car, gets to race him again

YouTube comments typically fill one with shame and disappointment in the human race, but here's one that just might make you cry. Below a video from <i>PBS</i> about video games as spiritual experiences, a user going by the online handle 00WARTHERAPY00 has written a touching story about the time they spent …

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

The problem with TCP/IP<p>Data is sent over the internet in "packets," or small chunks of digital information. The exact format of the packets and the …

Three new software freebies worth checking out

For a total cost of zero, you can score basic tools for editing video, ripping DVDs, and migrating to a new PC. Plus: two bonus deals!<p>When it comes to free software, you probably know the old favorites: OpenOffice, GIMP, CCleaner, Avast Free Antivirus, and so on.<p>But let's not overlook the new. …

Software

Ray Kurzweil: As decentralized technologies develop, our need for aggregating people in large buildings and cities will diminish, and people will spread out, living where they want and gathering together in virtual reality. [x-post from r/Rad_Decentralization]

"<b>Decentralization.</b> One profound trend already well under way that will provide greater stability is the movement from centralized technologies to …

This High-Tech Countertop Greenhouse Lets You Crowdsource Your Growing Decisions

The MEG gives you pinpoint control of how you’re growing your plants. And if it’s not working, other gardeners are there to help.<p>If you’ve ever struggled to grow houseplants and wondered how the green-fingered do it, take solace in this: In the future, you’ll be able to call on the network to make …

Aquaponics

Crowdfunded Gadgets That Talk To Your Home And Charge Your Phone With Wind Power

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research, a technology, media and telecom advisory firm, and founder of Backerjack. He blogs at Techspressive. Each week, Backerjack shares three tech-related products seeking funding.</i><p><b>Talk to your home and have it listen and respond with …

Protecting Yourself From the "Heartbleed" Security Flaw

Answers to this week's tech questions.<p><i>You have some tech questions, I have some answers. Every Friday, I try to resolve these mysteries, succinctly and in plain language. Please send questions to walt@recode.net. Note that I won’t be able to diagnose your personal tech glitches and problems. I also</i> …

See A Classic “Painting” That’s Actually A Spellbinding CGI Masterpiece

Hungarian digital artist Zsolt Ekho Farkas has recreated a 19th-century painting with CGI, and it’s an 8-million-polygon, 3-D tour de force.<p>While a digital gallery could never fully replicate the experience of walking through an art museum, some computer-generated art has the same capacity to …

How to Make Bakery-Style Apple Danish at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Heather Hands from Flourishing Foodie is sharing a recipe for a delicious -- and jaw-dropping -- danish braid that will give you a reason to get</i> …

Best chocolate chip cookie recipe: An updated Toll House cookie with sea salt and refrigeration.

Some chocolate chip cookie questions are easy. Should you put nuts in your chocolate chip cookies? No, obviously. Should your chocolate chip cookies …

American Netflix In Canada: Many Have Discovered How To Get It

Canadians have figured out that when it comes to Netflix, they're getting a bit of a raw deal.<p>Americans and Canadians pay roughly the same price for …

Google vs. Microsoft: a cheap laptop showdown

My parents have had three laptops in the past two years, and they’re still looking for the right one. My mother is very specific: she wants to check her email, browse Facebook, YouTube, and QVC, create and save documents, and maybe store some photos. And she doesn’t want to spend more than $400. …

Mobile Word Processing App Quip Updated with Comments, Likes and Themes

Quip, the collaborative word processing app for Android and iOS devices from ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor, has been updated today to add new social features.<p>Given Taylor’s background, and the general proliferation of Like buttons around the Web, it’s perhaps not too surprising to see the …

Mike Judge thinks we're doomed

The creator of 'Beavis and Butt-Head' takes on the tech world<p>Mike Judge has been taking shots at pop culture — and making people laugh in the process — ever since <i>Beavis and Butt-head</i> took MTV by storm. From <i>Office Space</i> to <i>King of the Hill</i>, the writer–director's satirical gaze has spared almost no …

This carbon nano-cable beats copper for conductivity - Futurity

Pound for pound, fibers made from wet-spun carbon nanotubes have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass.

Joseph Brodsky on How to Develop Your Taste in Reading

<i>“The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut famously proclaimed. But how is one to develop that discerning taste, especially in determining what is worth reading and what is not?<p>On May 18, 1988, several months …

A Pilot Program To See If Constant Bio-Monitoring Can Save Lives

Intense measuring and tracking of vital signs might help doctors catch health problems sooner.<p>One hundred healthy folks from Seattle have agreed to allow researchers to sequence their genomes, monitor their sleep every night, measure 100 proteins in their blood, and even examine their stools every …

The 'Drive Hard' Trailer Will Blow Your Mind

Voltage<p>There are your everyday movie trailers. And then there's some next-level business like the trailer for "Drive Hard," which is a real movie that actually got made and is coming out sometime soon. Rarely do trailers leave me genuinely speechless; such was the case with "Drive Hard." Rarely …