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The pBone: Plastic Powers Resurgence Of The Trombone

If you've never heard a trombone quartet, you've been missing a spectacular music experience.  There's nothing like four talented trombone-crazy musicians playing a classical or jazz piece together.  It's just - well, it's wild and infectious.. And the pBone, the world's first full-size trombone manufactured with ABS plastic, caught on so well that it became the world's best selling trombone last year partly because Bones Apart, a British trombone quartet, took it up as their cause, giving educational tours in British schools with their pBones.

 

Vanderbilt Literature Professor To Teach About MMOs Through Lord of the Rings Online

If you're interested in learning about MMORPGs - or the games industry as a whole - I've a spot of news for you. There's a course that'll teach you a great deal of what you want to know. It's called Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative; and it's taught in Lord of the Rings Online.

SpecialEffect Launches Playing With Your Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign For Disabled Gamers

SpecialEffect is looking to unlock gaming as a pastime for more than just the (relatively) able-bodied. On Friday, the UK-based charity launched its first crowdfunding campaign on Gambitious. Its goal is simple: it wishes to purchase a specialized controller that will let the disabled play  video games with their eyes.

Pull Out Your Pocket Protector For Seductively Sexy Pen Art

Juan Francisco Casas is an artist that creates life-like works of art by using just a blue Bic pen.

The New Perspective: Art is Everywhere

Albert Einstein once said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Turkish artist Sakir Gokcebag tweaks that slightly with his common object art installations, clearly stating that there are two other ways to live your life, as though nothing is art, or as though everything is art. You can probably guess which perspective he holds.

The Little Film That Could: "Finish Line" Coming Into The Final Stretch on KickStarter

"Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting" is an indie documentary currently in production. It's a 'Damon Runyon-esque" real-life American saga real-life American saga that unfortunately doesn't come with a Hollywood happy ending. The shuttering of Off-Track-Betting (OTB) in New York City plays out like a Greek Tragedy where over a 1000 employees had their livelihoods, pensions and health benefits taken from them, while Governor Cuomo of New York looked the other way.

We Are Plastic People: Bizarre Living Sculptures

The next time a trendy hipster next to you says that they are "really into art", ask them if they would like to be inside some art. If so, they might be the perfect model for Marie-Lou Desmeules' fascinating and slightly disturbing Living Sculptures, which take a shot at society and our standards of 'beauty' with their plastic facades of celebrities on top of actual people.

WTF Horse Head Mask? Creepy Masks For Halloween And Beyond

There are a lot of WTF creepy masks appearing on shelves as Halloween approaches. Visit and see some of the weirdest I found, and learn the history of the Horse Head Mask.

Just How Reliant ARE We On Modern Tech?

It recently occurred to me just how reliant we are on the technologies with which we operate our society; few more so than the Internet. Today, I want to try something entirely different. Today, I want you all to imagine what life would be like if it were to simply...stop.

Percy Shelley's 'Ozymandias' Breaks Bad Again In The 21st Century

For all those 'Breaking Bad' fans who've held fast in weathering the perfect storm of the first five episodes of Season 5's final eight, the 6th installment is being promoted as the best of the baddest. But who would make such a claim? Vince Gilligan, the director - that's who!

Next-Gen Microsoft Surface Tablet Announcement Coming September 23

Microsoft's reportedly got something big under its hat related to its Surface Tablets. The organization's been sending out invites to a New York Event, which is to be hosted on September 23. Word is; there's a new product announcement on the way, perhaps even the launch of the next-gen Surface 2.

Capcom's Deep Down To Feature Procedural Generation

At Sony's Tokyo Game Show conference, Capcom released a demo for its upcoming PS4 RPG Deep Down, announcing that the title will feature procedural generation of maps, monsters, and weapons. In other words. the vast majority of the game will be completely randomized. Not bad, eh?

Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Back when it was first announced, Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch enjoyed considerable hype as an enormous leap forward for mobile technology. Unfortunately, early reaction to the product hasn't exactly been glowing. Matter of fact, most critics have panned it as a 'limited, overpriced toy.'

Want A Kitchen Renovation? Latest Technology Hints At Kitchen Of Tomorrow

What is in your dream kitchen? What would you put in your kitchen renovation if you could update your kitchen today? Today's kitchen technology is pretty amazing by traditional kitchen standards. What is available today in futuristic kitchen technology? Check out some amazing stuff and see what you should dream about in your kitchen of tomorrow!

Hey DJ! Amazing Vinyl Portraits

Movie stars and the Gods of Rock 'n' Roll are used to seeing their faces plastered all over the world, but Alejandro de Antonio has put their faces somewhere they have probably never been. Depending on their particular artistic field, this talented Spanish artist creates their likeness on a canvas that makes sense, including old-school vinyl records and the metal canisters that film reels used to be stored in. His work is about as close to art imitating life as you can get!

Nine Awesome Old School Party Games

It's a shame that Nintendo seems to be one of the only studios that remembers the meaning of the term 'party game.' These games demanded in-person interaction: the Internet was irrelevant. Today, it's time for a bit of nostalgia - time to pay homage to some of the best party games of ages past.

Japanese Kanjani Eight Boy Band Alarm Clock Sings You Awake

If waking up to the sweet singing sounds of one of Japan's best-loved boy bands makes your day, then the limited-edition Kanjani Eight Special Alarm Clock will make you very, very happy.

Microsoft Says Kinect For Xbox 360 Was "Too Inconsistent"

According to Microsoft, Kinect on the Xbox 360 never really reached its full potential (that seems rather obvious, in hindsight). The experiences simply weren't as rich as the studio was hoping for. That'll chance with the Xbox One - at least, that's what they want to happen.

Uwe Boll Wants To Make Postal 2; Launches Kickstarter

I've got some bad news for everyone. Uwe Boll is making another movie. The German filmmaker - known for his almost universally terrible film adaptations of video games - has just launched a Kickstarter for Postal 2; a sequel to one of the most controversial movies he's ever made. 

How Gesture Controls Could Change The Way We Compute

Flashy technology has always been a staple of science fiction films -and there's not much flashier than the gesture-controlled computers seen in Minority Report. At the time the movie was released, those must have seemed positively outlandish. Now, though?

Now we're rapidly approaching a point where such outlandish technology is becoming commonplace, and it's got the potential to completely change how we compute.