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Mario 3, 1, 2, and 1

Mario 3, 1, 2, and 1

This guy, aqwawaf, made an assisted speed run of four different Mario games running at the same time. Then, he posted the video on Youtube. This video uses four NES emulators all hooked up to a single controller input. The only way to get something like this accomplished is using emulators and save states to tweak Mario's every twitch. This is what's known as a tool-assisted speed run. It's technically possible for a human being to actually perform these movements, but the timing would have to be so perfected that it's virtually impossible. Luckily (?) we can manipulate emulators into doing all sorts of strange stuff these days. If you don't know your Mario games, he's running through two copies of Super Mario Bro's on the right hand side. The left hand side has Mario 3 and Mario 2 stacked top and bottom.

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Instructables: Turn your borked NES into a flash drive

Instructables: Turn your borked NES into a flash drive

fungus amungus posted this over on Instructables last week. It's a simple mod that allows you to turn a dead Nintendo Entertainment System into a neat little USB gadget. This is a simple little hack, but it's definitely worth checking out. It's a two part mod, he needed to modify both the NES and the cartridges to make the whole NES USB-Flash franken-marriage happen. But, broken NES's are a dime a dozen, and anyone can get Tetris on a hundred-dozen different platforms.

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Geekiest video game ever called PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew

Geekiest video game ever called PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew

If you were around in the early days of the video game, you will remember classics like Asteroids and others with blocky graphics and the iconic pewpew sound of lasers being fired. There are still a lot of video games that are made for fans of that old school style fare and a new one has turned up with the name PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew.

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Moog OMG-1 custom synth is twin-iPad, twin-iPod touch and all awesome

Moog OMG-1 custom synth is twin-iPad, twin-iPod touch and all awesome

If you're into musical instruments then you've probably heard of Bob Moog, and the Bob Moog Foundation created in the synth maker's honor is doing a solid job continuing his awesome work. The foundation has collaborated with Spectrasonics' Eric Persing to create the OMG-1, a custom, one-of-a-kind synth that pairs a Mac mini with two iPads and two iPod touch PMPs.

Video demo after the cut

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GoldenEye: Source multiplayer mod for Half Life 2 ditches beta

GoldenEye: Source multiplayer mod for Half Life 2 ditches beta

GoldenEye: Source, the fan-made conversion modification of Half Life 2, has been knocking about for years, but the team responsible for the redressed retro multiplayer has finally ditched the beta label and released the fully optimized mod. Now up to v4.1, the conversion consists of 22 maps - both the classics from GoldenEye on the N64, and new revisions - and eleven characters, together with over 50 custom music tracks.

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Five 80s Tech Movies That Deserve a Refresh

Five 80s Tech Movies That Deserve a Refresh

With Tron: Legacy rebooting the aging 80s sci-fi film, I started thinking about other movies from the 1980s that could use a refresh, if not a long-awaited sequel. These were usually a mix of fantasy and technology, some with a vision of the future, and others with a bent perspective on what was technologically possible. None of these have ever had a feature film sequel, though there may have been occasional TV spin-offs and such. Here's my list, in no particular order.

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Mathmos Smart Astro lava lamp adds LEDs to 60s classic

Mathmos Smart Astro lava lamp adds LEDs to 60s classic

Lava Lamps are pretty straightforward beasts: take a hot bulb, slap a glass jar full of liquid and wax on top, and watch the undulating shapes simmer around while you try to remember exactly what was so great about the 60s. Now Mathmos is back with a slightly more high-tech version, the Smart Astro Lava Lamp, turning to the awesome power of color-changing LEDs to add some extra user-involvement.

Video demo after the cut

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Original Apple-1 expected to sell for up to $242k

Original Apple-1 expected to sell for up to $242k

An original Apple-1 computer will go up for auction at Christie's on November 23, apparently hand-made by Steve Wozniak and "despatched from the garage of Steve Jobs' parents' house – the return address on the original packaging present here." The Apple-1 was the machine that Jobs and Wozniak first began with in 1976, and estimates suggest only 200 were produced; Christie's expect this No.84 example to sell for somewhere in the region of $161,000 to $242,000.

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Honk Toot! Horn Stand Amplifies your iPhone 4 with No Electronics

Honk Toot! Horn Stand Amplifies your iPhone 4 with No Electronics

This product is simply called "Horn Stand" and connects to your iPhone 4, either standing it up vertically or horizontally, amplifying the sound of the iPhone using a most excellent vintage technique. In the same way a gramophone, aka phonograph, aka old fashioned record player works via vibrating your sound through a cylinder, so too does this Horn Stand amp your music through silicon.

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