Solving the Over-The-Top 17×17 puzzle cube

Today during my daily crawl through blogs using Pulse, I stumbled across this video of a guy solving the Over-The-Top puzzle from creator Oskar Van Deventer. If you’ve not seen it before, it’s basically a huge version of the Rubik’s Cube designed to mess with your mind even more. I struggle with the 2×2 but this guy, Kenneth Brandon reckons if you’ve got the 4×4 cube licked, then you can do this mammoth 17×17 beast.

“The 17 x 17 isn’t that hard, but it is very, very tedious.”

It took Kenneth 7.5 hours in total to solve over the space of 5 days. I imagine if you went at it in one hit, your eyes would start to hate you after not long. Anyway, below is the time-lapse with some interesting explanations at the start. But you can also see the full 7.5 hours on his YouTube channel if you’re interested…

via :: The Verge

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Real Life Lego Bridge

I wish I could tell you this bridge is actually made out of Lego bricks. Wouldn’t that be the best bridge ever if it was? Well, this isn’t quite what it looks like. It’s a bit of an illusion because it’s an old ugly bridge that was painted to look like it was made out of Lego bricks.

Either way, this street art is awesome. I love it. The bridge is 820 feet long, and it took 4 weeks to get all the details just right so it would look like a real Lego bridge.

Painted by street artist Meqx. It’s located in Wuppertal, Germany so if you are ever in that area, please send us some pictures of you there!

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The Futur-ama of Operations

I don’t even know how many years it has been since I have played Operation, but I always enjoyed it as a kid.  It was always a challenge and it was a good game for seeing who had the steadiest hand.  Well, I think this Futurama version with Bender as the patient kicks the butt of the original board game!

Instructables member lcbo1234 is the creator of this awesome Futurama version of the board game Operation with Bender as the patient where you have to remove items from him like a gear, cigar, Fry’s wallet and a beer bottle.

If you are good at making things, you can find the guide to make your own Futurama game of Operation over at Instructables and if you do make one we’d love to see it!

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Sterling Silver Space Invader

First came the game, then the crisps, the street artists and now… the bling! Yes, that classic game Space Invaders has inspired Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema to produce sterling silver rings in the form of those classic aliens that so many of us spent many hours blasting.

Artist and Designer Frank Tjepkema (aka Tjep.), has a fun series of solid sterling silver rings based on the pixelated alien invaders in Taito’s classic arcade game, Space Invaders.

Made from sterling silver, the Invader Aiko ring is cast upon ordering and can take up to 6 weeks to be delivered. Like all good things it’s worth waiting for. Available from Tjep. studio for £160.00. There are a couple of other Space Invader inspired pieces in the collection.

www.tjep.com

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Tetrified

This officially licensed desk lamp is not only Tetris themed, but each tetromino lights up when stacked on top of one that is already lit. That also means you have free reign to customize your light every single day you sit down at your desk, how cool is that!

This desk light is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Tetris swag that was on display at the American International Toy Fair in New York a couple weeks ago.

The Tetris Desk Tidy Set is a Tetrified set of office supplies, including a double highlighter pen, pencil holder, pencil sharpener, eraser, memo pad, tape dispenser, staple-free stapler, and desk organizer. You can even take out your frustrations on Tetrimino-shaped stress balls.

Apparently there is also the Tetris Alarm Clock, featuring numbers that change using falling Tetrimino blocks but you’ll have to check out the link below to see that one in action.

All three Tetris products will be available this September. The Tetris Desk Light will sell for $50, while the Tetris Desk Tidy Set and the Tetris Alarm Clock will sell for $32 and $40, respectively. Let’s hope they make it over to the UK too!

via: Action Figure Insider

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Father Time meets Super Mario

Check out this Super Mario 8-bit Clock with Goomba Pendulum. Handmade by no less than Father Time himself, at Clockwork Oregon, this awesome clock is available to buy for £29.22 plus posting but hurry they’re selling fast.

However, if this sweet clock has gone there are plenty of other ones available on their Etsy site. I felt like I’d hit the jackpot when I came across quite a few Zelda clocks, a Yoshi, a Mario 1-UP, Kirby, Tetris heart, Bowser in his flying clown machine, Pac-Man, Mega Man, Tanooki Suit Mario, and may favorite….Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! clock! I mean, come on! The clock features Little Mac taking a swing and the ear-biting, dove-loving, 8-bit version of Mike Tyson!

via: technabob

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Your very own large lego head

This can only make you the envy of your mates when you wheel your gas BBQ out. After being accused of cheating for using gas that is. But once the shouts have died down and they see what’s fuelling your meat-heater, they’ll soon want their raw goods on your grill.

1. Take one stubby propane tank. Thoroughly clean and de-grease it.

silver gas bottle

2. Paint it yellow.

painted yellow gas bottle

3. Paint the facial features 🙂

lego head gas bottle being refilled

This Instructables guide originated in Australia where you can take your gas bottle for refilling. Check before decorating your own as you wouldn’t want all of your hard work to go to waste when you have to exchange it for another bland silver one!

See the Instructables guide for more info. Thanks Idedvovo, this is going straight to the top of my to-do list in the not-too-important section.

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In case of 8-bit emergency

Many places like offices, schools and trains have an option for what to do when disasters like fires, earthquakes and tornadoes happen, but what do you do if there is an 8-bit emergency?  Never in your wildest dreams did you think that the Duck Hunt ducks would invade your home and try to kill you but you should be prepared in case they do!

Should an 8 bit emergency like this happen, just beak the glass and you’ll have access to a NES zapper with which to defend yourself and your loved ones!

Unfortunately this awesome emergency case isn’t available to improve the health & safety of your environment, rest assured if it was we would have one here in the surface tension office. This is a one off piece of art by etsy seller straitwurly and not surprisingly was sold almost as soon as it went on sale.

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