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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all…
Ten years ago today (in fact, exactly 10 years ago, if you’re reading this post in real time), Engadget was born. Our first post featured T-Flash, a new memory card format created to serve cellphone users who wanted extra storage — as long as they…
Apple isn’t done celebrating the Macintosh’s 30th birthday just yet. To further mark the occasion, the folks in Cupertino dispatched 15 film crews to locales around the globe, armed with 100 iPhones to document just how far Apple has come in 30 …
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So today is my birthday (I’m nearly 600) and I’m gonna cut out of here early so I can go enjoy the day (but ultimately wind up lost in my own mind trying to figure out where everything went wrong). I’ll be back sometime tomorrow, well rested and ready to write. Or bleary eyed and wishing I could just lay in the shower for the day. This is a picture of me on the old homestead. I built that building in the rear with my own two hands. I’m lying, but you can’t argue with me because today is MY DAY. I think I’m gonna go to the beach and see how far I can swim out into the ocean with a stomach full of hotdogs. If I’m not back tomorrow notify the Coast Guard that sharks like the taste of hotdogs. I still can’t believe I even survived the last year, maybe God has a plan for me after all. Is that true, God? *booming voice* “Huh? Oh, uh, yeah — of course I do.” Very reassuring. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW UNLESS GOD’S PLAN WAS ACTUALLY SHARK FOOD.
We’re a few days late in wishing the Mars Curiosity Rover a happy birthday – it landed on the Red Planet on August 5th one year ago – so to make up for it we present Florence Tan, the team lead for the rover’s on-board chemistry lab, talking about how they transmitted commands to the rover so it could play “Happy Birthday” to itself.
It is at once one of the most miraculous things you’ll see all week and, in a way, the saddest. The rover sings using a set of vibrating plates designed to move soil samples through the chemistry module. While most of the signals are more “beep boop” than bebop, the module can also play notes.
Thus one of our species’ crowning achievements – a rover that is the very avatar of all of our best and most far-reaching efforts – sang a 120-year-old folk song into the arid plains of Mars. The fact that this little robot will probably never make it back home and is completely alone is a fascinating study in solitude but, what’s more important, that it is able to sing to itself by reacting to commands sent from Earth is stunning. We are, in essence, on Mars with the little rover and that’s probably the best birthday present we could get.
It went for the tit!
Outback Steakhouse teamed up with Brazilian ad agency Lew’Lara\TBWA to develop the B-Day Chair, a chair with mechanical arms that gives you a hug every time somebody wishes you a happy birthday on your Facebook wall. You just sit down, sign into your Facebook page with the attached tablet, and let the hugs roll in. It even takes a picture of your reaction every time to flood your Facebook timeline with more crapola! True story: I worked as a busboy at Outback Steakhouse my last two years of high school. It was cool. They let me eat all the bread and drink all the soda I wanted. But one time I was taking the kitchen trash out to the dumpster and the bag ripped and a literal gallon of that sauce they dip the Bloomin’ Onions in before frying them poured in between my socks and shoes. My manager wouldn’t let me go home even though I was sloshing around smelling like shit for the rest of the night. Then the hostesses started calling me the Outback Outhouse and I sat and cried in the walk-in fridge for like twenty minutes. I don’t ever want to talk about this again.
Hit the jump for the groping chair in action.
Depending on your point of view, today’s either the 66th anniversary of an Air Force experiment gone awry or an alien landing. With tongue firmly in its cheek, Google is celebrating the Roswell incident, the most (in)famous of alien encounters with one of its interactive doodles, in which you help an extra terrestrial rebuild his spaceship after it breaks apart in New Mexico. Once you’ve done that, you can then kick back with an X-Files box set or two — assuming you’re not into the adventures of doe-eyed alien teenage romance.
Via: The Guardian
Look at the people with smiling faces in the above illustration. It’s not too difficult to figure out what’s going on: it’s their birthday, and they’re all happy because they’re about to get presents. What if they knew that you had totally spaced on the fact that they were celebrating the anniversary of their birth? Fortunately, there are plenty of services that will remind you of friends’ and family members’ DOBs, and Amazon is now joining their ranks with a Facebook-integrated program called Birthday Gift. The idea is simple: you can order an Amazon gift card for a Facebook friend ahead of time, and the company will make sure it gets delivered on their momentous day. What’s more, you can also send invites to mutual friends to see if they want to pitch in a few bucks. This way, nobody feels terribly cheap for plunking down a couple dollars, and you won’t settle for the standard Wall post birthday wish. Check out the video below to see how it all works.
This is the birthday cake made by Wedding Cakes By Nicole featuring Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Tetris and Frogger scenes on each side, and Pong on the top. And if you think I wouldn’t peel all those characters off and eat them you are incorrect. Dead incorrect. If you were a computer game you ‘d be blinking GAME OVER right now.
Dimity asked me to create a cake for her Fiance, Stephen, who adores “old-fashioned” video game.
I created a 3 tier square cake, with each of the sides representing a preferred retro platform game. Topped off with a game off Pong, with the score showing Stephen’s “30″ years. The board had a joystick, buttons and coin slot.
Man, I would have gotten rid of to have that birthday cake. Hell, I would have pushed someone down the stairs to have ANY cake. And choked somebody for a single pal to even keep in mind my birthday. Do you even understand which month it is? \* waving knife \* TELL ME WHICH MONTH IT IS. \* journeys and falls on knife \* I simply … desired … a shock celebration.
Hit the jump for shots from all around.