tech e blog

Millennium Falcon Turntable

Photo credit: Picotek Designs via Laughing Squid

Officially known as the "Millennium 1200", this custom-built turntable is based on a Technics SL-1200 and fitted inside a Star Wars Millennium Falcon toy from 1977. Musical instrument repairman Marco Garza bought this old toy for a mere $2 and gathered additional parts from Green Guy Recycling. After all was said and done, it took approximately 9-months to transform this from toy to turntable. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an absolutely massive flock of birds in the Netherlands flying around

Continue Reading

Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo


How to Play Happy Birthday Phone Number Pad Keypad

Sure, we have SnapChat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and thousands of other social media apps now, but some people still prefer calling each other to say Happy Birthday. For those who want to add an extra brick / flip phone touch to their greeting, you can use the digits above on your number pad to play the Happy Birthday songs while you're at it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an amazing 4-year-old Bruce Lee impersonator.

Continue Reading

Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo


Viktoria Modesta Amputee Pop star

Viktoria Modesta's leg / hip were dislocated during her birth and she endured 15 surgeries before persuading surgeons to amputate her leg, but that didn't stop her from becoming a world famous pop star. This Latvian-born star moved to London in hopes of better treatment, and the rest is history. She said: "I didn't get here by wishing that the world just accepted me, I got here by working really, really hard and believing that the script that was written for me wasn't the one that I was going to live." Continue reading for her music video, more pictures and additional information.

Continue Reading


Hurdy Gurdy

You might think this is a futuristic weapon of some sort, but it's just a Hurdy Gurdy. This is basically a stringed instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents - small wedges, typically made of wood - against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board to make the vibration of the strings audible. Continue reading for another video and more information.

Continue Reading


Floppy Drive Songs

Yes, these are the 3.5-inch floppy disk drives computers used to have, but now they can be used to play entire songs, thanks to a special circuit that vibrates a floppy disk head at particular frequencies to make music. In the early 1980s, a number of manufacturers introduced smaller floppy drives and media in various formats. Companies eventually settled on a 3.5-inch floppy disk, similar to a Sony design, but improved to support both single-sided and double-sided media, with formatted capacities generally of 360 KB and 720 KB respectively. All 3.5-inch disks have a rectangular hole in one corner which, if obstructed, write-enabled the disk. The HD 1.44 MB disks have a second, unobstructed hole in the opposite corner which identifies them as being of that capacity. Continue reading for more.

Continue Reading


360-Degree Piano PianoArc

At first glance, this 360-degree piano might seem like something straight from a fantasy movie, but it's a real functional musical instrument, developed by Brockett Parsons, who just so happens to be Lady GaGa's keyboard player. Featuring 294 keys, complete with three contiguous 88-note keyboards, a single 30-note control section and 3 pitch bend/mod per full keyboard section. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a normal day in Russia for one guy, despite masked men invading the restaurant he's in.

Continue Reading

Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo


Nintendo NES Guitar

Many stringed instruments are crafted from the finest wood, but sometimes, geeks go the extra length to make something unique. For example, this person took an old Nintendo Entertainment System, gutted the machine, and transformed it into a fully-functional guitar. On a related note, did you know that the NES had the first cross-shaped diretional pad on a game console? That's right, Gunpei Yokoi, inventor of the Game Boy, was behind this invention, which was originally designed for a handheld version of Donkey Kong. Continue reading for more.

Continue Reading


Yabahar

When you first hear this instrument, a digital synthesizer might come to mind, but believe it or not, there is no electricity involved. It's called the Yaybahar, and this new acoustic instrument - designed by Istanbul-based musician Gorkem Sen - can be played many different ways: using mallets, a bow, or relying on a combination of two drum-like membranes, along with long springs, and a tall fretted neck, to create sweet digital-sounding music. Continue reading for another video.

Continue Reading


Extended Album Covers

Photo credit: Aptitude

Web design studio Aptitude has always wondered what existed beyond the edges of a music album cover. So, they created a series called "The Bigger Picture", which started with very well-known imagery and then imagined what might be taking place beyond the square frames. Here's what Aptitude has to say: "In this digital age, buying an album has become less about buying a physical package to buying a digital version out of convenience. So in honor of a once coveted industry standard, we take a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and put our own spin on them by revealing 'the bigger picture.'" Continue reading for more.

Continue Reading


Cat Ear Headphones

Photo credit: Axent Wear

Wenqing Yan and Victoria Hu are both fans of high-tech music gadgets. So, they went ahead and created these nifty cat ear-inspired headphones, complete with external cat ear speakers, LED lights, detachable cord, plush ear cushioning and rechargeable batteries to boot. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a first look at Disney's Tomorrowland.

Continue Reading

Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo