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Stunningly restored color footage of Germany in 1945 right after WWII

It’s hard to imagine what the world was like during World War II. Of course, we’ve read it all in history books and and we’ve seen movies and TV shows showing what life was like, but it’s just far enough back in time and just painful and shocking enough that it’s hard to fully understand how life worked back then.

And though we’ll never fully understand how we let the events preceding the war and during it happen, here’s a glimpse of life in 1945 in a way we can maybe understand. Restored in 1080p HD and in color, this is footage showing what daily life in Berlin was like in July of 1945 after the war. The detail is incredible.

Produced by Kronos Media and featuring archival material, here’s what we’re seeing:

Pictures from the destroyed city, the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Adlon, Führerbunker, Unter den Linden, rubble women working in the streets, the tram is running again.

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Impossible Rube Goldberg machine cleverly breaks the concept of reality

 

Impossible Rube Goldberg machine cleverly breaks the concept of reality

When you live in the carefully edited Vine world of magic and wizardry and spells and sorcery, you can make anything happen. Zach King is the master of flipping the construct of reality on its head and transforming things into something entirely different. Take this Rube Goldberg machine that starts out normally and then gets weird right before your eyes.

Easter eggs become hopping toy chicks, Red Bull becomes connect four pieces, Rubik’s cubes can break down into individual pieces and more. If you blink anytime during the video of King’s fanciful Rube Goldberg machine below, you’ll miss all the fun.

This Man is a Vine Wizard

This Vine compilation video of magic tricks and sorcery is so much fun

Zach King, the magic wizard of Vine. He’ll snatch cats out of computer screens, turn Rubik’s Cubes into candy, fly through beds and doors, jump out of his clothes, magically change colors of any object and more. It’s the most entertaining use of the 6 second medium because it’s just short enough to make me feel like magic can be real.

The time limitation is perfect because King quickly sets up and executes a simple trick on you and then moves onto a completely different one before you can question what just happened. It’s mindless fun.

This Vine compilation video of magic tricks and sorcery is so much fun

This Vine compilation video of magic tricks and sorcery is so much fun

Here’s the same picture taken with every iPhone that has existed

Here's the same picture taken with every iPhone that has existed

Though the new iPhone is called the iPhone 6, we’re actually on the 8th generation of iPhone that has existed. But who cares about that. Let’s just see how much the camera—maybe the most important feature on the iPhone after messaging—has improved over those 8 generations. Hint: a lot.

Lisa Bettany compared the new iPhone 6 camera to those of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and original iPhone by taking the same shot on each. The particular shot above shows the camera’s performance when backlit. You can definitely see the difference when you zoom up close.

Here’s a portrait comparison:

Here's the same picture taken with every iPhone that has existed

And a very impressive lowlight:

Here's the same picture taken with every iPhone that has existed

You can see the comparison in much more detail here. In short: it gets better. Duh. But it’s impressive to see by how much. Things might look good from afar on all of them but the cameras of the early iPhones were pathetic shooters. Things that used to be unusable can actually be considered stunning now and what worked in perfect conditions, works even better now.

Watch the guts of a DSLR camera in action at 10,000 frames per second

Watch the guts of a DSLR camera in action at 10,000 frames per second

The Slow Mo Guys got a 10,000-fps high resolution camera and pointed it into the guts of a DSLR camera shooting photos at 1/8000th of a second. It’s amazing to see how much vibration there is when the mirror and diaphragm move.


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Pacapong: An Insane Game Mashup

Do you love retro video games, but find them too easy to play after all these years? Maybe if you played them all at the same time, it would be more challenging. That’s what Pacapong does: it combines Pac-Man, Pong, and Space Invaders into one game that will put your concentration and dexterity to the test.

To increase your score-bar in Pacapong you simply collect as many pills as possible within the time limit.  Once fired your Pacman can be controlled to a small degree, but will always be inclined to heading towards your opponents side.  To make things a little trickier (and more awesome) you also have to contend with ghosts, hit them and you’ll lose a chunk of your score bar (unless you pick up a power pill).  To make things yet even more trickier (and indeed more awesome), you also have to contend with Space Invaders who descend your side of the screen whenever your opponent collects them – with some careful manoeuvring you can even shoot them with the pills you collect with Pacman.

It seems insanely complicated to me, but I still find those old games challenging individually. You can see a video of gameplay at YouTube. Pacapong is a free download. -via Unreality

The Waterproof iPhone Plan

The Waterproof iPhone Plan, and Everything Else You Missed Yesterday

We’ve heard it all before—waterproof iPhones. It’s a patent rumor that goes back years. But a new patent, posted yesterday, is Apple’s second water-phobic patent in as many months. Whereas the patent last month tackled nano-coating and silicon seals, this one focuses on making sure that no pesky H2O molecules sneak past your hardware buttons. But patents are just that—patents. But if Apple could make a smartphone completely waterproof without sacrificing design (which Jony Ive would never allow), well… that would certainly be something. [Patently Apple]

iMac Computer Desk via Hacked Ikea Products

iMac computer desk

Gérard from The Netherlands has a sleek solution for his iMac
“My Apple iMac obstructed our dinner table for a year. My wife did not make much of it. To please her I did a little Ikea hacking. I bought a Ludvig Laptop shelf/charging station. And a Ludvig Router/modem wall cabinet. I used the wall cabinet as computer stand and the laptop shelf for my keyboard and mouse. Both Ludvigs have nice compartments for various stuff (Hard drives, headset, DVD’s etc.) The set is complemented with a Vitamin stool. When not in use the shelf is put to rest and the computer is not in the way. I think it is a nice hack and my wife is pleased. Mission accomplished.”
Steve Jobs would be proud.
Ikea Furniture hacked to become a sleek desk for an Apple iMac.

iMac Custom Desk
Hacked Ikea Desk for Apple COmputers

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn’t Want You To See

Ikea biffed by going after IkeaHackers, the fan site that shares all kinds of new uses and smart mods for the Swedish superstore’s affordable furniture—seriously, you can’t buy this kind of devotion. Until founder Jules Yap sets up shop under a new name, let’s have a look at a few of the projects that make her site so endlessly scrollable.

There’s such a range of finished works—from “Oh oh I could do that!” to “Why would you do that?!” to “Hey now that gives me an idea…”—that it’s tough not to fall into a DIY-design clickhole. Here are some of the adventures-in-how-to that stood out to us. Share your own personal faves below!


A Cozy Hamster Home Made From a Bookshelf

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

There’s no end to what you can to with an Expedit (RIP). This awesome hamster habitat won the Hack of the Year in 2010, and it’s easy to see why: Some small modifications to the Expedit—plus a little glass—turned Ikea’s beloved shelving system into a home for a furry friend.


A Curving Wall Made From $2 Vases

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

You’d never guess that this sleek, sinuous privacy screen—which turns the bathroom of an open loft into its own space—was made from $2 Rektangel vases. But yep: Hundreds of these glass thangs were tipped on their sides and repurposed.


A Huge Library Made From Billy Bookcases

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

There’s a reason this incredible personal library won the 2011 Hack of the Year. It’s made from 60—yes, 60—Billy bookshelves, Ikea’s bargain basement bookshelf. Attached to the French country home of Chas Saunter, they look undeniably classy.


A Coffee Table Made From File Organizers

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Here’s the archetypal example of IkeaHacking brilliance. Take one stool, four nested file organizers, and boom: A transformable table with tons of storage space for under $10. All you have to do is glue the folders together and attach them to the stool. For an added bonus, the nested folders inside the table pull out to change its profile.


A Guitar Made From a Table

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Things really get cool when an Ikea hacker has soldering skills: This brilliant hacker turned a plain old wood table top into a beautiful working guitar. More info here.


A Kid’s Raincoat Made From an Ikea Bag

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Now this is unexpected. Tracing around an old kid’s jacket will give a decent enough pattern for this cute little coat. Lined or unlined, it’s pretty ingenious—though apparently it will dull the hell out of your sewing machine needle. I’m wondering whether to try to make one for myself…


A Super-Skinny Desk For iMacs

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Here’s a solution for all those space-challenged Ikea hackers out there (and aren’t there so many!). This Dutch hacker took a shelf and a cabinet and mounted them to the wall, creating what might be the skinniest desk for an iMac ever built. The best part might be the fact that there aren’t any errant cables hanging around: They’re all stored inside the upper cabinet.


A Hidden Potty Made From a $25 Chair

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Okay, this is admittedly not for everyone, but it’s a smart solution! An industrious family member made this for her grandma’s home in Malacca, Malaysia, which is lacking upstairs plumbing. Adding a raised section to the top and a few privacy panels between the legs of a Stefan chair, a small bowl can easily slide in to the hole. Noted: next time she’s choosing a model with arms, for extra comfort (though it would be tough to beat Homer’s Lazy Man Toilet Seat for sheer sit-back-and-relax luxury).


A Bedside Table Made From a Stool

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

This was designed to allow or opening the drawers under a Mandal bed, but relocating two of the Frosta stool’s legs looks like it would make a killer sofa table, too (as long as the height was right).


A Storage Bed Made From Nine Cabinets

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There are a lot of storage beds on IkeaHackers, but there’s something about the structure and staging of this one, which used nine Faktum cabinets, that makes it look particularly perfect for a small space. It’s involved (with extended blog post how-to here), but if you had the tools and the time and the drive—it would be incredible to make something this functional look this good.


The Perfect Sewing Table Made From a Plain Old Desk

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

This is another project that’s going to require some power tools, but if you’re keen on sewing and have the room for a dedicated place to stitch, this is a might purdy use of an Ingo table. Additional tutorial here, if you’re into it.


A Kids’ Desk (and Hidden Cat Toilet) Made From Lockers

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Okay, hey—we’re back to unconventional spots to pee and poo. The name here really says it all, and all it took was a long piece of MDF, a pair of Ikea PS Lockers, and a cat flap inserted into a custom cut-out in the side. Slide a litter box in the drawer and you’re good to go.


A Bookshelf and Ceilingscape Made From Toy Bins

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Wowie. This effect was made pretty much exclusively out of Trofast toy storage boxes affixed to the walls and ceiling: some facing out and filled with magazines and books, some facing the other way and lit from within by LEDs. Impressive. Most impressive.


A Bookshelf Made From Stools

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Ikea’s iconic Frosta stool is a cult favorite—and here, it’s turned into a beautifully abstract bookshelf that seems to climb up the wall like a vine. Very cool.


A Backsplash Made From Glass Shelves

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Rather than spring for some spendy backsplash, this cool kitchen has a series of Rationell glass panels installed flush up against the wall between counter and cabinet. But first! Wallpaper will make it match whatever else you’ve got going on, color-and-style-wise.


A Twins’ High Chair Made From a Dining Room Table

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Take an average Bjursta dining room table, two average plastic high chairs, do a little clever sawing, et voila: An incredible double-trouble high chair.


A Flash Drive Made From a Stuffed Crocodile

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Ikea hacking doesn’t have to be all about furniture: This clever hacker took a plush stuffed animal from Ikea’s kids section, decapitated it, and installed a hidden USB drive.


A Beautiful Bathtub Stand Made From a Two Table Tops

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

It wasn’t easy to figure out a design to encase the new tub in this remolded bathroom—but using two Ikea Pronomen countertops, the crew was able to perfectly fit the wood around the irregular space.


An Epic Catwalk Made From Shelving

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Hyllis shelves are good for more than just books: This Texas hacker turned them into one of the craziest cat playgrounds I’ve ever seen. Hung from the ceiling with brackets, these ordinary shelves become an incredible jungle gym for this lucky kitty.


These are just a few of our favorite hacks, but there are thousands more out there. Share yours with us below!

Atari Games Recovered From New Mexico Dump Now Available On eBay

(eBay)

Depending on your point of view, a selection of vintage game cartridges recently listed on eBay are either priceless pieces of video game history and lore, or just a bunch of trash that someone is trying to hawk on the Internet. Both of these perspectives are true: it’s the cartridges’ status as trash that makes them so valuable and interesting in the first place.For decades, the urban legend said that Atari had a different solution from its competitors to a sudden slump in video game sales. While other game companies dumped cartridges on the market at low prices, Atari took millions of unsold copies of their dud of an “E.T.” game and dumped them in the desert, covering them with concrete to keep scavengers away. Thirty years later, many people didn’t believe that the story could be true, and the producers of a documentary about Atari decided to find out.

The disposal of the cartridges was national news at the time, but became an urban legend during an era when it was not possible to search and read almost every back issue of the New York Timeswithout leaving one’s couch. The desert dump site was real, and it was filled with unsold Atari titles, just as the legend said.

Now the city of Almogordo is cashing in, selling crushed cartridges recovered from their municipal dump. Okay, but who is the mysterious “tbhs575,” who has zero feedback and registered for eBay just a week ago? That’s the Tularosa Basin Historical Society, a local history museum. The city has also sent copies to video game museums around the world.

This game is one of the limited numbers recovered from the “OLD ALAMOGORDO LANDFILL”, also known as the “ATARI DUMP”. Purchaser will receive the game as portrayed in photo above, City property I.D. tag, the Certificate of Authenticity and a narrative with photos of the 1983 burial and the 2014 excavation proving the legend to be true. The seller does not represent that this item is operable; it was buried for 30 years. SOLD AS IS.

Auctions for copies of “E.T.” are now in the hundreds of dollars. The Times reported in 1983 that 14 truckloads of Atari merchandise were dumped, and there are theoretically 3.5 million copies of “E.T.” alone in the Atari Graveyard. The Almogordo Times reports that maybe 60 or 70 more copies of that game will go up for auction. After this first test batch of 100 games, they will list more, but fewer than 1,000 across the nine different titles found in Almogordo. Adding to the legend, a historical society official says that more material was scattered in dumps across the country.

The games for sale right now don’t appear to be in playable condition, but you probably don’t want to play “E.T.” anyway.

The 99 auctions listed right now are all for games recovered from the dump site. Titles right now include “Asteroids,” “Missile Command,” “Centipede,” “Swordquest,” “Warlords,” “Defenders,” “Star Raiders,” “Phoenix,” and, of course, “E.T.”

$_57

According to the TBHS vice-president, the creator of the game had been told that the unsold copies were recycled. He was present during the dig, and “had tears in his eyes” when he saw the crushed games recovered from the landfill after only 3 hours of digging.

By the way, that documentary film on Atari is coming out on November 20 from Xbox Films, which also streams on the Web for people who haven’t bought a game console since 1982.

tbhs575 [eBay]
E.T., Atari games found in Alamogordo up for sale [Almogordo Times]

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