Hero of the day: Keith Moon

Name Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) Job Madcap drummer and hell raiser with The Who. Special powers Being the greatest ever drummer to have walked the planet whilst being under the influence of enough booze that would kill a bull seal. He said "I still think I’m the best ‘Keith Moon styled’ drummer around." Or …

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Why is mobile TV trying to rewind our viewing habits?

Excessive hype is part and parcel of the mobile industry, so it’s no surprise to see mobile TV being presented as a televised revolution on your phone. And yes, even on a two-inch screen, watching TV is surprisingly rewarding – at least until Apple gets its arse into gear to launch downloadable shows for iPods here in the UK. Yet …

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The flirtiest blogger ever

Sometimes you have to take a long, hard look at yourself, and question what kind of hollow-eyed internet junkie you’ve turned into. Such as when you find yourself reading a weather blog PURELY because you think the blogger’s avatar is giving you the eye. It’s not right. I’m hoping if I keep the page open long enough, she’ll give me …

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A flat that swings in the wind

Let’s face it, the view out of most flats isn’t that good. Grey skies, dirty streets, dog-eared St George flags… But imagine if you could change your view on a whim. That’s the idea behind The Wind-Shaped Pavilion, a concept building designed by Michael Jantzen. It’s designed as a large fabric structure with six segments, which rotate separately according to …

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Soopa Sprinter online game

Forget that Excel spreadsheet you’re working on. It’s Friday, so why not go to the pub pound your keyboard into submission with this cool web game? It’s called Soopa Sprinter, and puts you in the scuffed trainers of a hoodie, who has to dash along the street leaping bins, clambering over walls, and hugging David Cameron. Well, not that last …

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Top five iPod accessories

5 ALTEC LANSING INMOTION iM7 One of the best all-round dock/speaker systems for the iPod. It’s light and small enough to be truly portable, but it also kicks out enough sound to fill all but the largest of rooms. Oh, and it’s also about 70 quid cheaper than Apple’s bulky iPod Hi-Fi. BUY IT

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Hero of the day: Chuck Norris

Name Carlos Ray ‘Chuck’ Norris. Job Martial arts legend, all-American hero. Special powers Kicking ‘ass’, wearing tight jeans/cowboy boots, maintaining a well-groomed beard. He says ‘Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.’ They say ‘Guns don’t kill people. Chuck Norris kills people.’ [ChuckNorrisFacts.com] For more hot Chuck action, including a hilarious YouTube video, click …

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Guy converts basement into amusement arcade

So this is the story of a regular American guy called Jeff Kinder. One day Jeff decided to convert his crappy basement into an Eighties-style videogame arcade, or ‘Dragon’s Lair’, as he likes to call it. As you do. He pretty much had to destroy half his house to do this. Was this epic feat of geeky home improvement worth …

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Hero of the day: Bob Ross

Name Bob Ross. Job TV artist – Bob Ross was America’s answer to Rolf Harris. His TV show, The Joy of Painting, was watched by millions. He passed away in 1995. Special powers Painting log cabins and mountain scenes. Using his awesomely relaxing ‘Voice of God’ to send you to sleep. He says ‘I’m just gonna paint me a happy …

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Mad scientist test tube lighting

It may look like something Dr Frankenstein would keep in his lab, but in fact this set of lamps is something you can make yourself. Even if you’re don’t have the skills of your average lunatic scientist. The instructions can be found on Instructables, with my favourite bit being the dire disclaimer at the start:

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VW guitar

So let me get this straight. VW has teamed up with guitar firm First Act to make an axe that you can play through your car’s sound system? Isn’t that a bit dangerous? Imagine if Clarkson gets his hands on it, and starts test-driving motors while cranking out the solo from Born To Be Wild. Grim. Yet it’s true. According …

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Hero of the day: Man-at-Arms

Name Duncan, aka Man-at-Arms. Job Watching He-Man’s back, inventing shit, being foster father to Teela. Special powers Master of all weapons. Uncle-like wisdom. Looking like Nigel Mansell. He says ‘I got your back He-Man, don’t worry ’bout a thing…’ (Or something like that) They say ‘He has an understanding fatherly voice and rarely loses his temper. However, he is often …

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Links of the day

Introducing the USB-powered hamster wheel. If you don’t already own a hamster, here’s the perfect reason to buy one. [Stuff]New Creative Xtreme Fidelity gizmo claims to make your MP3s sound better than CDs. Could it be magic? [Tech Digest]Nokia unveils Wibree – just like Bluetooth but more energy efficient. [BBC]Cool video of the late Bob Ross, America’s answer to Rolf …

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Logitech DiNovo Edge keyboard

Brandish won’t feature keyboards very often, because keyboards are fricking dull. However, we’ll obviously make an exception for a keyboard that a) claims to be the ‘world’s most advanced keyboard’ and b) looks like it’s been ripped out of Darth Vader‘s TIE fighter. Logitech’s new diNovo Edge is created from a single piece of black Plexiglass, set into a brushed-aluminum …

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Five cool toy robots

5 ROBOTAN TOILET-ROLL HOLDERThis ceramic bog-roll holder is available in black, white, yellow or red, from excellent gadget website Audiocubes, which sells all sorts of cool, out-of-stock Japanese stuff. It even comes with a free toilet roll, so you can wipe ‘in a robot stylee’ straight away. The best kind of toilet humour. BUY IT

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Links of the day

Man buys Xbox on eBay, comes wrapped in soiled tracksuit bottoms and towel (see picture). Hadn’t he heard of bubblewrap? [Boing Boing]Napster turns Japanese. [BBC]Cnet UK reveals its gadgets of the year. [Cnet]Interesting interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt. [Time]How to dismantle an atomic bomb. Handy to know. [Wired]

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Star Wars canvas prints

According to gadget site Firebox.com, they’ve "never really seen anything that caters for the more sophisticated, style-savvy Star Wars fan". What? So you can’t be a style-savvy sophisticate who ALSO enjoys waving a cheap imported plastic light-sabre around down the park? Bah. Anyway, Firebox qualifies its remark with "Until now", as they’re selling a bunch of limited-edition canvas prints from …

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Little People art project

Blogger and artist Slinkachu takes tiny painted models into the grimy streets of London and photographs them in interesting places, such as in front of Big Ben (see picture). The result is the most charming street art project we’ve seen today. LINK [Via Drawn!] After you’ve checked out Slinkachu’s Little People project, pay a visit to his other site, the …

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Nuke The Daily Mail

The internetweb can be a frustrating place, but there are ways to cope with it. No, not chucking your PC through the nearest window. Except in extreme circumstances. A better way to let off steam is to afflict an offending website with, say, a plague of flies, or some messy graffiti, or best of all an out-of-control chainsaw. The fun …

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Transparent VW Beetle

You probably wouldn’t want to drive it, but it’d look ACE in the driveway. And it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase drive-by-wire. Details are scarce on this see-through Beetle, which I found on Hemmings Auto Blogs, other than that it does work, and is one of the few cars that would probably come off worse in a …

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