There are a few different ways to obtain an Iron Throne. The recommended method is to ruthlessly conquer your cowering enemies over a period of many years, capture their swords, and forge them into the shape of a terror-inducing throne full of fear and sharp edges. An easier way is to start with a plastic lawn chair.Instructables user "flaming_pele!" began with a white, plastic Adirondack chair on his way to building a "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne that could handle party guests in chain mail. Other materials on the list include foam insulation, wood yardsticks, craft foam, duct tape, metal tie-down strapping, and plenty of metallic paint.… Read more
Why live in a boring suburb when you can buy your own ghost town and spend your days reenacting favorite scenes from "Cabin in the Woods"? For a mere $225,000, you can be the proud owner of the remote and empty California town of Seneca.
The ghost town, which is located about 100 miles northwest of Tahoe, consists of a bar with a liquor license, three rundown cabins, and 9.8 acres of land that also includes a small island with a swimming hole.
While a ghost town doesn't automatically insure ghosts will be your neighbors, Seneca has a very interesting past. … Read more
About a year ago, a friend of mine was raving about his standing desk. "Sitting is death," he proclaimed. Me, I couldn't see that I'd want to stand all day working. But now I've gone to the other extreme. Not only am I standing while I work, but I also walk -- and I'm loving it.
I've been using a treadmill desk for about two months now. I'm writing this even as I walk at 2 miles per hour. In a typical day, I'll walk anywhere from 4 to 7 hours, burning an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories. For the step-counters, I usually do around 15,000 to 25,000 steps per day.
I've been using a LifeSpan desk, specifically the TR1200-DT7, which the company loaned to me when it suggested this test. I'll talk about what this particular model is like, but my main goal is to share what the transition from a sitting desk to a walking one has been like. … Read more
Drinking games are kind of silly. Drinking with games however, is great (well, depending on what game one might be playing, that is). But every game, great or not, depends on a set of rules, quite often game pieces, and something to dictate how they are used. It could be dice, a spinner, a deck of cards or some combination of all that sets the action in motion and from that point forward the race is on. At least until time runs out. Oh, did I mention the timer?
The Martini Hourglasses available at Hammacher Schlemmer ($74.95) combine drinking and games, without the need for a drinking game.… Read more
Congrats to Angela C. of Allen, Mich., for winning a Soundmatters Dash 7 portable Bluetooth speaker in last week's giveaway. This week's prize brings more Bluetooth, in the form of the Panasonic KX-TG7872S, a home handset that uses the company's Link2Cell technology to sync two cell phones to the base unit.
Panasonic calls its Link2Cell devices "convergence" phones. What would you do with such a thing? Let's say you and your housemates have just gotten home and need to recharge your cell phones. While they're wired up and powering, you can make and receive cell calls from anywhere in the house using this cordless phone. If you get a text message, the unit will audibly alert you. A Talking Caller ID speaks incoming-call information. … Read more
The CNET Appliances team gets to test all sorts of household items with advanced functionality, but it sure is fun to imagine what smart home appliances might look like in the more distant future. That's why I like the Electrolux Design Lab competition. This annual event allows design students from all over the world to showcase household concepts that stray pretty far from the norm.
The themes change from year to year, but home appliances are always a major focal point. The 2013 theme was "Inspired Urban Living" and students were asked to offer up designs in any of the following three categories: social cooking, natural air, and effortless cleaning.… Read more
Lots of people rely on an iPad in the kitchen. In addition to using cooking-specific apps, you can look up recipes on Web sites, and drop the tablet into a book stand and have a pretty decent stand-in cookbook that can also double as a measurement converter and cooking encyclopedia for definitions and techniques.
Sharp wants to go one better. It's currently looking at bringing to market the Chop-Syc, a high-tech chopping board prototype with an embedded touch-screen LCD tablet and built-in scale for weighing ingredients. Designed by Siobhán Andrews as the winning entry in Sharp's #GetItDownOnPaper competition to win a two-month internship, the idea is to make healthy cooking and portion control much easier. … Read more
About 20 percent of the world's population still lacks access to electricity, according to the World Bank. Those who use kerosene as a source of light at night face the danger of fumes and fire.
Lighting startup Nokero has launched what it calls the world's most affordable solar bulb, the N180-Start, which sells for $6 on its Web site.
The bulb has a 5-lumen LED that can shine for about four hours on a full charge after hanging outside in the sun. … Read more
People shouldn't have all the fun when it comes to "Star Trek" cosplay. Your bathroom deserves a classic sci-fi makeover, too. The easiest way to get it done is with a $50 transporter shower mat and curtain.
The ThinkGeek exclusive set uses the transporter room look from the original series. The mat matches the floor while the curtain acts like a backdrop, filling out the rest of the room. In a perfect world, this would be a working set, so that every time you stepped into the shower, you ended up transported down to the surface of an alien world. It would be fascinating. Naked, but fascinating.… Read more
Every year, high-end department store Neiman Marcus releases its Christmas Book, a gift guide for people with deep pockets. Within that book are a series of "fantasy gifts" reserved for people with the deepest pockets ever. The 2013 edition brings us a $1.5 million Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System with some unusual features.
You could buy a whole lot of gigantic flat-screen TVs for $1.5 million, so what's so special about this setup? For starters, the waterproof C Seed 201-inch LED screen is stored underground. At the push of a button it telescopes up for viewing. The massive screen is marketed as the world's largest outdoor TV.… Read more