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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Watch: Will Arnett as Kent Wesley, Internet Lawyer in AT&T Spots

As an Internet Lawyer, Kent Wesley has sued the pants of many a pants wearer.

You can watch these spots and get your Arrested Development fix (or Old Spice, depending on how you look at it) or if you’re really feelin’ motivated you can go to You’ve Got a Case on Facebook where he’ll “serve” your friends and family. (Thanks, Ty)

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Twitter: Why is it Drunk Hulk Make Sweetest Andy Rooney Sentiment?

With a 60 year career and being 60 Minutes‘ most famous commentator/curmudgeon, it’s fitting that the weekend Andy Rooney passes we fall back sixty minutes.

Credit goes to Twitter‘s own Drunk Hulk (aka) for making the Daylight Savings connection. (Thanks, Jeff!)

RIP ANDY ROONEY 1919–2011

Gizmodo has Andy’s best tech essays while Time has the 10 grumpiest Andy Rooney segments.

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Watch: Hot Wheels + Video Camera

The best part is, this is not a hack. It’s a new toy. And it’s going on my Christmas list.

I mean, my sons‘ Christmas list.

To go with the built-in camera is a built-in, tiny LCD. They also give you a mount so you can use the car as a regular ‘ol video camera. All for about $60. Seems like the kids who grew up playing with Hot Wheels and computers are growing up and putting that creativity back into the toys. Wonder what else is revvin’ in their skunkworks. (via LS)

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RIP Steve Jobs: From One Ad Nerd’s Perspective

This is one of the better odes I’ve seen. Well done, Ned.

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AR: Video of Real-Time Virtual Faces

Wow, who needs a CamStache when you’ve got a whole cam-face? You can even have a AR Steve Jobs mask just like his book cover.

It’s still rough but you can imagine the creepy possibilities. And how many hours that Webcam Girl would spend trippin’ on it. (Thanks, Paul)

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Animated GIF: Steve Jobs Terminates Self as CEO, Releases Book Cover

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“To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community: 

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. 

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee. 

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple. 

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role. 

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you. 

Steve “

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Free Trip: Autodesk Releases Real-Time Video Effects App, Motion FX

Kids and stoners alike will eat this up with a spoon. But don’t even show it to the Trippy Webcam Girl. She’ll just explode.

Autodesk just released this real-time video effects app, Motion FX, which uses your Mac’s FaceTime, iSight, or external camera and facial tracking [see: CamStache] to apply crazy effects like fire, smoke, and rainbow plasma (which I like to call the Predator filter).

Download the app free if you have OS 10.7. (via MacRumors)

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iPad: Make Cutting Edge Designs with IsoSketch App

Not just a killer way to make killer angular designs on your iPad, IsoSketch also lets you export them for use in other programs on your computer—without having to sync your iPad.

Created in part by PixelRevision, the same Developer behind CamStache and Space Invaders Augmented Reality test.

Get IsoSketch for a $2.99 launch price »

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Amazing Video: Venice Beach Skatepark Outer Body Fly-Over

I can’t tell you if this was shot with a radio control Millennium Falcon or not. All I can say is this R/C cameraman has mad skills. The video’s beautiful.

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Watch This: The Social Network for Call of Duty Elite w/theLEGENDofKARL

Probably one of the most entertaining and badass walkthroughs I’ve ever sat through. And I haven’t sat through single f-ing one. Until now.

You know what I mean by f-ing, right? (Thanks, Bill!)

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Maker Faire: Adam Savage Rocks Dr. Who Theme on Tesla Coils

Damn, I made it to Maker Faire this weekend to catch Blue Ribbon Salvage but missed Adam Savage —dancing to the Dr. Who theme with ArcAttack! at the helm. I did happen to catch a different ArcAttack!/Tesla Coil show with a chain mail guitarist. Will post pics soon.

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May the 4th: Celebrate with LEGO Star Wars III Commercials and More

Today is International (er, -Galactic?) Star Wars Day. What better way to celebrate than with new-ish spots for LEGO Star Wars III? Killer work by the same peeps who did the end-card animations for our ampm Secret Menu spots, The Core LA.

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THE FÖRCE IS STRONG WITH THIS LIST

Can you believe it’s been a whole year since the since last May the 4th? Here’s a handy look back at everything you May’ve  missed (see what I did there). Geek out with the Ümlaut:

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Don’t forget to check out all the linkage from last year’s May the 4th »

 

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The National: New Single from Portal 2 Soundtrack

Oh, happy day. Not only was Portal 2 released, but this single from  The National, too. It’s a piano-driven number, much like  their contribution to the Win Win Soundtrack, only more chilly. Gorgeous nonetheless. Even if the cake is still a lie. Purchase it here.

The National “Exile Vilify” from the game Portal 2 [BUY on iTunes]

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Rad: Glasses-Free 3D iPad with Head Tracking App

Very cool technology being toyed with that gives you a 3D view based on the position of your head. How? Like CamStache, it uses your front-facing camera for head tracking and then alters the image based on your angle. Pretty damn smart. (via MacRumors)

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