Game of Thrones Hope Chest: long odds and unlikely endings

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Game of Thrones has never been about giving readers or viewers what they most want. Its author and screenwriters prefer to build fan expectations, then overturn them for narrative impact and, sometimes, pure shock value. Yet, fans maintain hope that at least a few of the characters will reach a satisfying, well-deserved ending. So it’s time for the return of Game of Thrones Hope Chest, the weekly poll where we put all of our hopes together in one place. We aren’t asking what you think is going to happen on Game of Thrones. We’re asking: what do you most hope to see happen?

Last week, we looked at weird fan theories about what’s going on in Westeros, and this week, we’re focusing on an area of Game of Thrones exploitation that’s almost as…

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Stop what you’re doing, and gaze upon this PC made out of pasta

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Everybody loves pasta. It’s a cheap source of calories, it’s easy to cook, and it comes in lots of cute shapes like bow ties. It’s so great that, perhaps a little unfairly, it’s become a little pigeonholed as just being a food. Now, thanks to a new pasta-based PC build spotted by Motherboard, those days are finally coming to an end.

The build is courtesy of YouTuber Laplanet Arts, who embarked on the project after his wife joked about making a PC out of pasta… so that’s exactly what he did. The machine is based on the hardware from an old Asus Transformer convertible tablet, which he stripped out of its old chassis and built into a new case made entirely out of lasagna and rigatoni.

Disappointingly,…

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The Game Boy’s 30th anniversary: a celebration in photos

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When our editors started talking about doing a feature for the Game Boy’s 30th anniversary, I instantly knew I wanted to do this photo series. I guess the nostalgia factor kicked in; it brought all the memories back that I’m sure many of you also share with this device.

I should mention that this whole meeting took place at a bar during one of those post-work drinks with the team. Minutes after drinks were served, all of us we were scouting eBay to find some of the old accessories: the link cable, Game Boy camera, external battery pack, and Game Genie all came from various places across the US and the world. Some, to our surprise, were never even opened or used.

The centerpiece, an original Game Boy itself, came from news editor Sean…

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Redact, rework or sign PDFs effortlessly with this Mac app

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Believe it or not, PDF files have been the go-to format for contracts and forms of any type since 1993. And sure, they’re easily shareable – but that’s about it. When you need to edit or sign a document – and you will – that’s when frustration can set in. Luckily, there are workarounds, and PDF Expert for Mac is one of the best out there.

This all-in-one piece of software hacks through all the stubborn aspects of any PDF, allowing you to edit any text, images or links in the document – and that’s just for starters. It also allows you to easily fill out forms, redact sensitive pieces of info or annotate portions of a file. You can even merge multiple pages into a single file, then password-protect them or share them remotely across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you get even a couple of documents per year, it can save a ton of headaches.

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Internet time and doomsday asteroids: this week in tech, 20 years ago

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It’s difficult to remember a time when online media wasn’t arranged largely around memetic cultural events. On any given April 20th in recent years, for instance, you can find all sorts of weed-themed stories pegged around the unofficial holiday for marijuana. That’s not so in 1999: a search for “420” brings up precious few results.

Instead, the science and technology news of late April included one big company shake-up, some odd developments in space, and an extremely doomed game studio founded by Michael Crichton. Here’s this week in tech, 20 years ago.

Compaq’s CEO got kicked out

Compaq was the biggest personal computer manufacturer in the world. But in April 1999, it was set to disappoint shareholders with terrible earnings. So,…

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Original Content podcast: On ‘Guava Island,’ Donald Glover mixes music and politics

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It was hard to know what to expect from “Guava Island.” Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious project with director Hiro Murai (who’s also directed multiple episodes of “Atlanta” and the music video for “This is America”, then they said almost nothing about it until debuting the film at Coachella and releasing […]

Celebrate 4/20 in style with deals on these smoking accessories

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It’s 4/20! Smoke ’em if you got ’em – and if you haven’t got ’em, check out this roundup of deep discounts on pipes and other accessories. They’re all on sale, but you can take an extra discount off the final price courtesy of the Boing Boing store by using the online code 420SAVE.

Freeze Pipe

There’s nothing like a nice, strong pull on your favorite pipe – until you get the inevitable throat burn. The Freeze Pipe alleviates that with a freezable glycerin coil that cools the smoke on the way in, delivering a smoothness comparable to much bigger water bongs. Originally priced at $120, the Freeze Pipe is now half off at $59.95.

Twisty Glass Blunt

Legions of smokers swear by the Twisty Glass, thanks to the smooth pull of its spiral design and easy setup. Just pack in your tobacco, twist the screw and light up. No rolling, no carb, no fuss. When you’re finished, twist it back out again for easy cleanup. You can pick up the Twisty Glass Blunt now for $34.99 – 30% off the MSRP.

The Weed Deck

Think you know your herb? If there were a test for Cannabis 101, this casino-quality deck would be your flashcards. Each one contains trivia and history on everybody’s favorite plant, with helpful illustrations throughout. You can get the Weed Deck for $13.50, a 15% discount.

Geeky Grinders

Prepare your favorite herbs with a touch of nerd flair with these miniature grinders, each one inspired by a different geek talisman. Read the rest

11 new trailers you should watch this week

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I watched Guava Island last weekend, since I was really curious to see what this mystery project that Donald Glover, Rihanna, and Hiro Murai had put together was. As a person who watches nearly every single trailer in existence, it was nice for once going into a movie with almost no understanding of what I was about to get, since the film’s teasers were just a couple of seconds long.

The movie is somewhere between an extended music video and a film that just happens to involve musical set pieces. There’s a very funny reprise of Murai and Glover’s “This is America” video, a sweet sequence of Glover and Rihanna dancing on a pier, and some lovely moments in between that basically boil down to Glover being a super charming dude and a great…

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Sony’s excellent 1000X M3 wireless headphones are $50 off this weekend

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If you’re looking for a deal this weekend, we have more than a few suggestions that you may want to check out. First off, time is running out for Massdrop’s $50 off deal on the Sony 1000X M3 wireless headphones. Usually $349.99, this set of wireless, noise-canceling headphones are $299.99 until the end of the weekend.

For those who have been out of the headphone game a while, Sony’s 1000X M3 are among the best over-ear models when it comes to comfort, impressive sound quality, and a noise-canceling effect that raises the bar above competitors, like Bose’s QC35 II headphones.

Ubisoft is giving away Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC for free to commemorate the Notre Dame cathedral, which was severely damaged in a recent fire….

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