If you can dream it up, you can crowdsource the funds for it. For example, folks ponied up $200,000 to save SETI's Allen Telescope Array. Now? The fine geeks of the world have put over $50,000 behind a USB drive that serves up storage next to stimulation.
What happens when you invite a huge gang of reporters to a Nerf party at a warehouse and let them go wild with the newest Vortex Nerf guns? Mayhem. Nerf's Vortex blasters shoot little green discs instead of cylindrical darts, but they're just as fun. Young kids, old grandpas, middle-aged reporters: no one was safe from a good discin'. Read on for our hands-on with Nerf's newest disc-firing blasters.
Long-time performance artist Chris Burden has been working on his 1,200-car Hot Wheel sculpture, "Metropolis II," for four years now. Well, he's finished it up now, and to celebrate it, the art piece is the star of a thoughtful, six minute documentary. Who knew Hot Wheels could be, well, deep?
Remember that epic 11-minute action figure music video the Beastie Boys released a few weeks ago? The one directed by Spike Jonze? Yep, the hip hop group are putting their action figures up for sale, and for a good cause: to raise money for two cancer charities.
With the Space Shuttles officially retired and the "Soyuz era" underway, the end of an incredible space program and iconic symbol didn't hit us until well into the weekend. As a tribute to the space vehicle, Lego's rereleasing its 1,000-plus Space Shuttle set.
Whatever you're doing, stop doing it, RIGHT NOW. Go and watch this music video for the Beastie Boys' "Don't Play No Game that I Can't Win" pronto! It'll be the most confusing, emotional, and epic thing you'll see all day.
The engine of Hollywood is currently cranking out superhero movies and television shows that promise to bring nearly every childhood comicbook icon from the last 30 years into real life. As a long time comic addict, I can say with all honestly that I never ever thought I would see that day that I had a choice of seeing an X-Men, Thor, and Green Lantern movie all in the same month. There is something special about this time in movies. Reawakening all those childhood memories also has many of us asking that same old question again: "What if?" We can't have super powers, but what if we could use the most iconic superhero weapons ever conceived, in real life situations? What weapons would you choose? Surely you could do better than Rainn Wilson's (Dwight Schrute from The Office) wrench in the recent movie Super. So, if you were trained and otherwise tech-enabled, what would be in your real life superhero arsenal? Rounding out our Superhero Week here on DVICE, here's a list of some of the most badass instruments of justice that you might want to consider before donning your cape and cowl.
The last time we saw Chris Burden's Metropolis II track was back in November when it was still a hunk of gray metal. Seven months later, the gigantic track with 18 car lanes and 13 railroad tracks is complete with colorful skyscrapers and has been sold for "millions of dollars."
This pair of "Singing Bird Pistols" is just another reminder of how great old-timey toys are — like the really old ones, from before your great great great grandparents were born. Who needs an Xbox 360 when you can play with these pearl and diamond adorned pistols worth $5.8 million.
Ahh, Legos — those wonderful colored bricks, blocks and plastic pieces created by Ole Kirk Christiansen in Denmark all those moons ago that seem to inspire creativity and make the best toys ever created. Incredible as the official Lego sets (i.e. Burj Khalifa), the best creations aren't the ones that are sold in stores or sit on a bookshelf looking spectacular. Nope, the best Lego creations are the ones derived from the depths of the creative mind — the ones that function, move and work. Legos aren't just toys, they're toys that can be used to build real stuff, like printers, guitars, foosball tables and robotic Sudoku solvers. If you can dream it, you can build it with Legos. Follow us through 33 fantastic working Lego creations that do more than just look cool.