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Starcraft Protoss Pylon Desk USB Charger

Starcraft Protoss Pylon Desk USB Charger

I’ve played Starcraft and Starcraft II a few times but when it comes to RTS games, I tend to stick to Age of Empires and Command and Conquer.  However, I do really enjoy watching major Starcraft tournaments on Twitch to the point that I would rather enjoy having this cool Protoss Pylon USB charger sitting on my desk charging my various gadgets.  While the R2-D2 USB charger I posted a while back works great for your car, this is perfect for sitting on your desk.

The awesome people over at ThinkGeek are selling this beautiful looking Starcraft Protoss Pylon USB charger for $39.99!  It lights up and has two USB charging ports (2.1 Amp & 1 Amp).  Of course if you don’t want the light of a Protoss Pylon keeping you awake at night, you are able to turn that off (blue lights always keep me awake).

If you are a Starcraft fan with some gadgets like a phone or smartwatch to  charge, this the is he USB charger you have been looking for!  It also makes for a great Christmas gift of that Starcraft lover in your life!

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Starcraft Protoss Pylon USB Charger

Starcraft Protoss Pylon USB Charger

[Source:  ThinkGeek]

Windows 95

Windows 95

In case you were looking for another reason to feel old, I thought I would bring it to your attention that Windows 95 turned 20 today.

I can’t say I remember the OS very well thanks to my horrible memory problems but I do remember the mountain of floppy disks I had to use to install it and just how often the stupid thing would give me the blue screen of death.  For all of its faults, it was still a huge leap forward and one that we are still experiencing the legacy of today.

So, what are your memories of Windows 95?  Feel free to share your funny stories, tales of woe and other adventures you had with Windows 95 in the comments below!

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Unlike a couple of years ago when I practically lived on Twitter, now I only check it a few times a day.  I guess after 90,000 tweets, I sort of got burned out, especially when many of those I used to have great conversations with on the service aren’t on there much if at all anymore.  However, when I do check it, once in a while I still come across some incredible gems like this video below.

One of my local news reporters and twitter followers @joannawise tweeted this video recently created by Chiron Bramberger and whether or not you are a fan of Miley Cyrus (personally, I am not a fan but I’m more of a metalhead anyway), if you are a geek and especially if you have a love for computer hardware, you are going to love this incredible spoof/cover of her “Wrecking Ball” music video.  I suspect this is probably going to be the only time you will ever see computer chip robots swinging on hard drive platters and crashing through walls of RAM sticks to some 8-bit music.  As a computer hardware enthusiast, this made me just plain giddy.

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[via @joannawise]

Anybody who knows the full extent of my geekiness knows that I love to build my own computers and I have a slight obsession with graphics cards.  The last couple of gaming machines I have built, I have gone for the most expensive cards available at the time which were dual-GPU cards that I think set me back at least $750.  Of course I never need that kind of performance at the time but I like to make sure my machines last me a while and that usually does the trick.  My gaming desktop which I am currently writing this on will turn 4 years old in a month and I am only now starting to plan my next build.

Anyway, speaking of graphics cards, I came across this fantastic AMD Radeon graphics card cake that I thought those of you who are hardware enthusiasts would love!

This Radeon GPU cake was created by james111333 from the Overclockers UK forums.  I’d say he did one heck of a job!  Now I can’t decide if I want to eat some cake or build a computer.  Better yet, why don’t I do both!

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AMD Radeon GPU Cake

AMD Radeon Graphic Card Cake

[via AMD Gaming]

It never ceases to amaze me the crazy and awesome things that artistic people come up with.  I know I am not the artistic type just because I would never conceive of something as crazy and apparently awesome as Darth Vader combined with a tank in the style of steampunk.  I often wish I had been born as more of an artistic type but as long as I can at least appreciate cool art, that is good enough for me.  Speaking of cool art in the form of a steampunk Darth Vader Tank, the creation below is pretty neat!

Artist Gabriel Dishaw is the creator of this awesome Darth Vader tank and to build it, he used a toy tank (obviously), computer parts, typewriter parts, airplane parts, wire and more.  He was selling this work of art for $1000 but it looks like I was a little slow in posting about this because it is sold already.  I wouldn’t mind being the proud owner of it but I can’t afford to spend that much just to have a cool Darth Vader tank.

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Darth Vader Steampunk Tank

Darth Vader Tank

Darth Vader Tank

Darth Vader Steampunk Tank

Darth Vader Tank

Darth Vader Steampunk Tank

[Source:  Gabriel Dishaw via Nerd Approved]

I have a ton of old electronic stuff laying around and stored away in boxes but I have never really considered shaping them all into some sort of work of art.  I suppose the main reason for that is that pretty much all of my parts still work and I prefer to keep them in working condition just in case I ever want to use them again some day but not everybody pack rat like I am.  Well, speaking of taking a ton of old electronics and re-purposing them as art, that is exactly what one person did with this incredible Darth Vader mosaic!

Argentinian artist Elisa Naranja Metálica Insua is the creator of this spectacular Darth Vader mosaic made of miscellaneous electronics.  I would have never imagined you could make Darth Vader out of old cameras, iPods, cell phones, Game Boys, PlayStation controllers, floppy disks, SNES cartridges, keyboard keys and so much more.  This is a work of art is called “Darth Vader Skywalker Hellwalker” and measures 130 x 90 cm.

I would give anything to hang this amazing creation on my wall!  I could spend hours just identifying all of the parts that were used.  How many can you identify?

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Darth Vader Mosaic

Darth Vader Electronics Mosaic

[Source:  Elisa Naranja Metálica Insua via Reddit]