How to Make Video Characters Interact with Real Objects

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Haunting season is upon us (yes, I know it’s only September), and you’re probably thinking about all the props and effects you want to build for your haunted house.  Video effects are becoming more popular, but in most instances they’re no substitute for good old-fashioned physical effects.  I say “why not have both?”  Give your videos the power to affect and control the real world!

 

 

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Modd3d Halloween Roundup

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Halloween is almost here!  If you’re looking for some last minute costume ideas or projects for your haunted house, here are some past articles from Modd3d that will help you out.

Scares

Gross Squishy Eyeball Doorbell ButtonGreet your trick-or-treaters (or TOTs as they are called in the industry) with a gross squishy eyeball doorbell button.

Flying Crank GhostPut a giant glowing floating ghost on your roof.  It’s guaranteed to attract folks from way down the block.

 

Tech

Fog Machine Pump RepairIs your el-cheapo fog machine not putting out much fog since you dug it out of storage this year?  Try repairing the fogger’s pump.

Fog Machine Timer Remote for Lite F/X FoggerAre you trying to find a wireless or timer remote that actually works with your Lite FX fogger?  Try modding one.

Always Ready Mod for Lite F/X Fog MachineTired of missing fog cues because your fogger decided it needs to warm up instead of spraying fog?  Mod it so it’s always ready for fog.

MIDI Controlled Talking Animated SkullGot a talking skull from the store, but you want it to say what you want it to say?  Mod it so you can control your skull with MIDI.

Motion Sensor HackWant to trigger props when your victims approach?  Modify a flood light motion sensor so it can be used with just about anything.

 

Costumes

Geeky Girl CostumesLadies, does it seem like all the good geeky costumes are for guys?  Here are 25 geek girl costumes for you to check out.

Gaping Hole CostumeLooking to really freak people out?  Let them see right through you with this gaping hole costume.

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What Are The Colored Things In The Groupon Ads?

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Colored Things In Groupon Ads

 

It’s been bugging me for months. It seemed like every time I go to a site that’s running ads there is a picture of a delicious looking pile of- something? Are they tiny pastel-colored hamburgers? Are they soap? I hope not because they look like I should be eating them. Clicking the ad only takes me to the Groupon sign up page.
The other day I was poking around in Flickr and I saw a picture of some of these mystery items that someone had taken. I clicked on the picture and the caption held the answer; they are French macaroons.

Mystery solved- they're French macaroons

French macaroon cross-section
I feel better now that I know what they are (and also that I didn’t have a strong desire to eat soap).

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Overclocked Nintendo DS is Fake!

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Overclocked Nintendo DS Fake Exposed!

 

It’s been interesting reading the comments that have been posted ever since I put up the series of videos showing various Game Boys and Nintendo DS’s being overclocked with a GBAccelerator DS chip. Most of them fall into the category of “this is totally fake because…”. I’m posting this article as a one-stop source addressing the most common overclocked DS conspiracy theories.

 

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Nerd Venn Diagram

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This Venn Diagram showing the relationships between the various members of the non-jock class (nerds, geeks, dorks and dweebs) has been floating around the Intertubes lately.  I’m glad I found it because it’s already settled several arguments (“He’s a geek.  No, he’s more of a nerd.  No you’re a nerd!  Yeah well your face is a nerd!”)

Nerd Venn Diagram

 

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Nerd Hag Shirt

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So now I guess girls who like to hang around geeks are “nerd hags”. I didn’t know there were enough of them out there to warrant their own classification. I dare you to get your girlfriend to wear this nerd hag shirt!

Nerd Shirt

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Arr! It Be Talk Like A Pirate Day!

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Ye best be talkin’ like a pirate today if ye knows what be good for ya!

Does anybody know when flip out like a ninja day is?

Arr!

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Mr. Wizard Dies at 89

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Don Herbert, more commonly known as “Mr. Wizard”, died yesterday at the age of 89. Don was responsible for getting many of us interested in science, with his shows “Watch Mr. Wizard” in the ’50s and “Mr. Wizard’s World” in the 80′s. Thanks for everything, Mr. Wizard. You will be missed.

Mr. Wizard Makes Stuff Explode

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