Things to make with cement

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The 5-Minute Crafts youtube channel offers 35 wonderful uses for cement. You can put cement in novelty ice cube trays to make cement sticks. You can submerge books in cement to make beautiful, useful cement books. You can pour it into coke bottles or light bulbs to make unique home accouterments. Or into plastic bags, to create… gnome heads? Imagine a crowd of happy young people leaping together on a grassy hillside, captured aloft in a free-frame moment, arms high and smiles broad, a chorus crying out in joy: “Cement!” [via Metafilter] Read the rest

$999 monitor stand explained

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This alarmingly funny video shows an “Apple Engineer” explaining the company’s forthcoming $999 monitor stand. This guy is better than the “Downfall” meme!

Also funny: to see people who had complained vocally about Apple’s lack of truly “pro” gear denouncing it when it finally came along, because it was too pro. Perhaps Apple should have made a promotional video shamelessly explaining the stand and its veblen-tech price. People would have hated it, all the same, but at least it would have been clear who the customer was.

If by “pro” we didn’t mean that kind of “corporate buyer” level, what does it mean? That fuzzy-edged class of designers, developers and “creatives” often identified as Apple fans?

Here’s one way of looking at it: if you’re all in for Apple and were waiting to spend $2500 on a modular computer to edit photos or book designs or write beautifully-typeset articles or the simple code that generates them—people like me!—Apple’s answer to that is no. We can get a non-modular iMac, or we can get a Mac Mini with an eGPU and external monitor for the specialized work that requires those things.

If someone sold an eGPU that actually matches the Mac Mini (they’re all either huge ugly PCI-slotted toasters or plasticy MXM-slotted bricks) I bet they’d clean up.

Hell, I’d be all in for a pro version with XLR connectors, phantom power—and maybe a SCSI port or two. Read the rest

Learn essential digital marketing skills with this $15 course

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There is a myriad of ways to market on the web. With a limitless audience out there, its almost always true that whatever you’re selling, there’s a buyer out there. It’s just a matter of reaching them.

Whether that business is your own start-up or an established company, the principles in the Complete Digital Marketing 12-in-1 Course will show you multiple roads to your target market.

This 38-hour online master class incorporates lectures, quizzes, and exercises to show you the best selling techniques on the web. From a foundation in marketing principles, you’ll proceed to learn the secrets of SEO and Google AdWords that will bring your brand to the top of the hit list in any search. When those buyers start clicking, you’ll be able to build an efficient website to drive sales and email subscriptions. And of course, you’ll learn how to engage your audience on major social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.

Right now, you can pick up the Complete Digital Marketing 12-in-1 Course for $14.99, more than 90% off the MSRP. Read the rest

‘Halo Infinite’ seeks to redeem the franchisse

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A legendary video game franchise pretty much flushed a 15-year legacy down the toilet with 2015’s “Halo 5: Guardians.” This next installment will hopefully erase the bitter memory of the game where the UNSC ever doubted gaming’s greatest hero: the Master Chief, Spartan John-117.

Locke, the dude who tried to hunt down the Chief, should just be forgotten, an ignored and forgotten storyline. The Chief and Cortana are all we need, and maybe a Keyes relative of some sort. Read the rest

An easy way to transfer old VHS and DVD video to digital

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There’s a lot of hidden treasure on the VHS tapes gathering dust on thrift store shelves, pawn shop bins, or maybe even your own attic. The thing is, those treasures won’t last forever. Depending on the storage, VHS media might last as few as 10 years.

If you’ve got memories that are worth preserving, it might be time to invest in the VHS-to-Digital Video Transfer Device and Software Package. And thanks to the interface, it’s easier and faster to save those memories than you might think.

Even if your technological savvy hasn’t advanced much since the days of Blockbuster Video, this software’s three-step process makes the copying process painless. You can capture video from any composite source along with audio (no sound card required), all through a high-speed USB 2.1 interface. VHS or DVD video can both be converted just as easily with high-speed rendering, ready to view or share on the web or any mobile device.

The VHS-to-Digital Video Transfer Device and Software Package is on sale now for $16.99, 75% off the MSRP. Read the rest

10 cooking gadgets that belong in any kitchen

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Have you started using the oven more than your microwave yet? For most of us, it’s an important signpost on the road from adolescence to adulthood. But it doesn’t mean cooking has to get harder. Believe it or not, “easy” and “tasty” are not mutually exclusive adjectives in the kitchen – as long as you have the right tools. Here are ten pieces of kitchen tech that will elevate your meals no matter who you’re making them for.

VitaChef Electric Steamer Skillet Cooking System

When it comes to fire up-and-forget meal prep, nothing beats a slow cooker – unless it’s a modular system like the VitaChef, which can slow-cook, steam, bake or saute. It comes with multiple removable plates to handle everything from burgers to lobster, and the PFOA-free Vitanium surface makes it easy to clean. The VitaChef Electric Steamer Skillet Cooking System is now $99.99, a full 66% off the list price.

Damasukasu 3-Piece Japanese Chef Knife Set


The undulating patterns on these precision blades are just a beautiful side effect of the nitrogen-cooling process that’s used to make them. Rust-resistant and triple-riveted, this cutlery is built to take on the tough jobs. This Damasukasu 3-Piece Japanese Chef Knife Set is now $49.99, more than 90% off the original MSRP.

20-Piece Non-Stick Cookware With Lids & Bakeware Set

You can usually count on non-stick pans to scratch or otherwise lose coating after a couple of years. Not this set, which sports a PFOA-free Ti-Ceramic layer that combines titanium with ceramic for a perfect mix of durability and slickness. Read the rest

Child with nonverbal autism surprises mom by singing ‘Old Town Road’

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Sheletta Brundidge, @TwoHauteMamas1 on Twitter, shared an awesome story about her son. And there’s video.

Brundidge is the co-host of the Two Haute Mommas podcast. Her child Daniel has non-verbal autism.

Mom tweeted, “We had an #oldtownroad miracle at my house. My son Daniel has #autism and doesn’t talk. We caught him humming the @LilNasX and @billyraycyrus tune the other day. Then Bless God, my baby started singing the song on his own. His therapists have started to use it in his sessions!”

Pretty cool.

“At first I thought I was hallucinating,” Sheletta told Today Parents. “When I realized it was really happening, I almost started screaming, but loud noises are upsetting to Daniel, so I stayed very calm.”


“Daniel went from humming to actually singing the lyrics,” Sheletta told TODAY Parents. “I was crying so hard that tears were dropping on his head. I was like, ‘This is the beginning. This is the light!’ It took him 6 months to learn the letter ‘A’ using flash cards, but he taught himself a song all by himself.”

Sheletta, who co-hosts the Two Haute Mamas podcast, took to Twitter on June 4 to share the incredible footage — where it quickly went viral with more than 1.32 million views.

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Drop some (art) ‘shrooms in Attaboy’s upcoming “Game of Shrooms”

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Our friend Attaboy’s got a fun(gi) art happening in the works called “Game of Shrooms.” You can play, no matter where you are, and, no, it’s not a drug-related activity. You can make mushroom art, find mushroom art, or both! Artists from all over the world have already signed up.

Here are the details on how you can plant and play:

“#shroomdrop is June 15th! It is open to ALL artists everywhere…
1. Make painting or sculpture or other art. If you are doing little paintings, I find it is best to add little popsicle sticks to bottom of them in the back so that the art doesn’t get dirty if placed near the ground.
2. Post preview teasers if you like.
3. Put your IG tag on the back and #shroomdrop #gameofshrooms if you can.
4. Plant or place art. Don’t hurt nature or property. If it rains, you Can hide inside friendly Indy stores as well…
5. After you plant, take a few photo clues to post. I suggest a close up, then a wide shot, with a landmark of some kind visible (old church, sign post, etc) location tag helps if you are in a suburban area. Don’t hurt nature or property.
6. Oh and be sure to hide it/them on June 15th!”

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Only 13 days until the Game Of Shrooms. There’s still time for you to participate. see @attayumfactory for more info. Game of Shrooms happens June 15th! And the list of locations keeps growing!

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Turn an ordinary dollhouse into an awesome haunted house

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Turn a thrift-snore into a thrift-score by transforming a dollhouse into a haunted one! The “post-pop culture purveyors” at Soap Plant/Wacko in LA noticed the one pictured while poking around in the Thrift Stores Oddities Facebook group. They write: “If you should find a saccharine sweet, plastic doll house at the Goodwill, don’t dismiss it. Repaint it as a gothic mansion suitable for dolls or Halloween decor.” Yes, please do!


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Baldur’s Gate 3 announced

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It’s been 24 years since Black Isle got to work on Baldur’s Gate, the classic computer RPG that melded AD&D rules with realtime-ish gameplay to make something immersive to play and gorgeous to look at. Though often counted among the top PC games of all time, the series ground to a halt after a superior sequel, with a third title announced but lost to time, the press of other projects, and corporate bankruptcy. Come 2019:

Developed by the creators of Divinity: Original Sin 2, Baldur’s Gate III is the official next adventure in the venerable Baldur’s Gate series. The teaser trailer shows a return of a malevolent presence to Baldur’s Gate, intent on devouring it from the inside out, corrupting everything that remains in the Forgotten Realms. The fate of the Forgotten Realms lies in your hands. Gather your party:

No details of the game, just a teaser setting the scene.

It’s funny that my first thought on seeing this was to wonder if it will import my BG2 party! If this is all game-grandpa talk to you, the originals have already been remastered for modern machines and are still pretty good, so long as you can teach yourself to ignore the deranged hidden spreadsheet of 2nd-edition AD&D throwing all its meaningless numbers at you. Read the rest

6 gifts that your dog will love more than a belly rub

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Does your dog need a bit of pampering? We’ve got just the things with this roundup of six top treats and accessories. If Fido had thumbs and credit, you know he’d do the same for you.

FOMO Bones CBD Dog Treats

CBD is all the rage for stress relief among bipeds, but its benefits can be just as beneficial to dogs. There’s no THC in these treats, just full-spectrum CBD along with chamomile, passion flower and other natural ingredients tailored to take your pet to their mellow place. Pick up a bag of FOMO Bones CBD Dog Treats for $32.99, a full 17% off the list price.

Petmaker Foldable Pet Stairs

For older dogs, any elevation change can be a challenge. Help them up into their favorite bed or couch with these carpeted stairs that collapse for easy storage. The Petmaker Foldable Pet Stairs are on sale now for $45, a 74% discount from the MSRP.

Cargo Liner Dog Seat Cover

This non-slip liner fits most SUVs, and it ensures a win-win for your next road trip with man’s best friend. More comfort for them, no dog hairs in the back seat for you. Pick up a Cargo Liner Dog Seat Cover for $29 now, more than 40% off the list price of $49.99.

Sunset CBD Pet Shampoo & Conditioner

CBD oil can have anti-inflammatory properties as well as calming ones, which makes it a natural fit for this soothing shampoo. Green tea, lavender, and rosemary keep their coat silky while the THC-free core ingredients soothe their skin. Read the rest

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, the fashion brand

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The snack food you wear all over yourself if you try to eat it is now a clothing line.

Forever 21 now sells Flamin’ Hot Cheetos branded fashion.

Here’s the link to the whole collection online.

The rights to CHEETOS, FLAMIN’ HOT and Chester Cheetah belong to Frito-Lay.

I mean, the partnership makes sense as a natural expression of life during Trumptime.

The collection features styles for all genders: t-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, and more.

You can purchase from the collection now online, and at Forever 21 stores around the USA.

It’s affordable. Most items retail between $5 and $30.

[More pix at Popsugar]

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My On-the-go gaming set-up

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Mostly for use during extended camping trips in my Volkswagen camper, I’m running a docked Nintendo Switch and 13.3″ 1080p IPS monitor all off of power banks.

Spare me the horseshit about how awful it is I or my kid might play video games inside our camper van while camping. We like to play video games and we’re spending a lot of time in our Westy this summer. I wanted my kid and her cousins to be able to play Mario Kart. I like to play Fortnite. This system is getting us hours and hours of playtime.

Nintendo is sensitive to the order in which these devices are plugged together. Failure to follow the correct order frequently results in starting over. I plug a stock Nintendo power supply into this 20,000 mAh AC Outlet bearing power bank. The power bank is rated to 100W and has some internal fans to cool down if it gets too hot. Thus far the Nintendo doesn’t force it to cool very often. The Nintendo USB-C power supply evidently will draw a max of 39W and this battery should be more than capable of providing hours and hours of power. Playtesting has shown it to run down about 10% in an hour.

I plug the Nintendo power supply into a Nintendo Switch dock. I then plug an HDMI Cable into the dock. The other end of the cable connects to my 13.3″ 1080p IPS display. I use an HDMI to HDMI-mini cable that came included with the monitor. Read the rest

8 pieces of camping gear you’d be lost in the woods without

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Just because you’re roughing it outdoors doesn’t mean you need to make things any rougher. The next time you’re out camping, feel free to assert your status as a tool-using biped – and boy, do we have the best tools. Here are eight pieces of essential gear for survival or camping use.

Slide-N-Glo 3-in-1 Lantern

The adjustable handle and sliding cover can quickly turn this light from a lantern to a flashlight or a powerful spotlight in a jiffy. That’s great in any emergency, but the additional “flickering flame” setting makes this particularly good for campouts. Pick up the Slide-N-Glo 3-in-1 Lantern for $17.95, more than 25% off the original price.

Stalwart Portable Hammock With Frame Stand & Carrying Bag

No trees? No problem. This portable hammock weighs in at just over 20 pounds and comes with its own sturdy aluminum frame for easy assembly. Right now, the Stalwart Portable Hammock With Frame Stand & Carrying Bag is available for $65, a full 40% off the MSRP.

1TAC Paracord Survival Bracelet

All on its own, a good length of paracord can be a lifesaver in the wild – just ask any Navy Seal. This bracelet not only gives you a 9′ length of the stuff but incorporates a compass, whistle, thermometer, and multi-tool too. The 1TAC Paracord Survival Bracelet is on sale now for $16.99, 14% off the original price of $19.95.

Full Face Snorkel and Diving Mask

This portable snorkel’s full face design makes it easy to breathe through your nose or mouth while enjoying a 180 degree field of vision. Read the rest

Deeply creepy coin purse that looks like a man’s mouth

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Japanese artist/musician doooo created this fantastically creepy coin purse so he can really put his money where his mouth is. Previous works include the flesh phone case and a finger hanko (stamp), below.

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