275x250.jpg Darth Vader stood at an imposing 6ft 7in tall, weighed over 500 lbs and his cape was made out of 100 lbs of our marshmallow fondant … wait what?

After the success of her Storm Trooper cake, master baker Amanda Oakleaf has created a life-size Darth Vader cake for the 15th anniversary of Star Wars fan organization the 501st Legion.

The Dark Lord cake - which also featured a light saber made out of a solid piece of watermelon flavored poured sugar - fed 600 hungry Legion members at the event at The Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

While a metal frame serves as the skeleton of the Darth Vader cake, ingredients includes 386 eggs, 2 gallons milk, 3.5 cups vanilla, 118 cups/ 32 lbs flour, 46 lbs sugar, 57 lbs butter and 210 lbs of our home-made marshmallow fondant.

In case you were wondering, the Sith Lord tasted predominantly of sponge cake and buttercream icing.

275x250.jpg A loved-up nerd has become an internet star after making possibly the geekiest proposal ever - in binary code.

Smitten geek Robert Hall used the computer code to propose to fiance Rachel Smith in a three-minute video while wearing a papier mache mask of a cartoon character.

In the clip, he proudly proposes to his girlfriend, in a somewhat unconventional way by asking:

"010110010110111101110101001001110110110001101100001000000110111001100101011001010110010000100000011000010010000001110000011001010110111000100000011000010110111001100100001000000111000001100001011100000110010101110010001011100010111000101110"

The entire message, which took six attempts to record, simply translates as "Rachel, you are awesome! Will you marry me?".  



Sometimes posting to Twitter can be too easy, after all you can do it from your phone, computer, tablet or TV -- but what if you want to go retro and make it a bit more difficult?

Well how about this Twitter telegraph key -- or Tworse Key -- a (very) old-school solution where you have to bash out your messages in morse code.

The inventor of the device says the standalone unit connects through a standard LAN cable, the Morse signals are decoded by a built-in Arduino Ethernet board, which delivers the final message though the Twitter API.

.-- .... .- -   .-   --. .-. . .- -   .. -.. . .-   -.. --- -. -   -.-- --- ..-   .- --. .-. . .


275x250.jpg It was a sound which greeted millions of computer users and is forever associated with Microsoft Windows -- but this theme was composed on a Mac.

Music legend Brian Eno has recently described the process of being hired by Microsoft to create a selection of possible themes for Windows 95.

Speaking on BBC’s The Museum of Curiosity Eno said the he was given a list of adjectives which the four second piece should convey -- including inspirational, sexy, driving, provocative and nostalgic.

Then he revealed that he used an Apple Mac to knock up 83 pieces for Microsoft to choose from before adding the kicker.

No I wrote it on a Mac. I've never used a PC in my life; I don't like them," he said.


If you're anything like us, you'll like to fill every spare waking moment watching cute animals and ridiculous stunts on YouTube.

As such cooking a ready meal can feel like a wasted four minutes -- or it did before and engineering team of students created the YouTube microwave.

The μWave -- created as part of PennApps Data Hackathon -- takes the time your food will take to cook and then searched YouTube for an equally timed video.

Users then get to watch the selected clip as their meal is microwaved… and should you have got bored during the cooking, the microwave will also send you and SMS and a Tweet.

275x250.jpg Animal rights campaign group PETA has launched a scathing attack on an unusual target -- the Nintendo video-game mascot Mario.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say that in the latest Mario game, Super Mario 3D Land, the famous plumber appears to wear fur.

This is a reference to a magical Tanooki suit which grants the mustachioed one special powers in the game.

However it appears that even wearing digital fur is a no-no for PETA who point out that in real-life tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur.
 
PETA have also released a parody online game which sees ethical gamers take control of a skinned raccoon pursuing Mario.

monkey typing shakepeare.jpg A computer programmer is testing the old adage about a million monkeys with typewriters recreating the entire works of William Shakespeare.

But Jesse Anderson is not dependent on primate keyboard skills and will run his experiment virtually with 'digital monkeys'.

Using a computer simulation of the theroretical simian typing pool, Anderson is seeing how long it takes them to randomly reproduce the works of the bard in nine character long snippets.

And it seems to be working. The first work completed was the poem A Lover's Complaint which appeared in a book of The Bard's sonnets.

"This is the first time a work of Shakespeare has actually been randomly reproduced," Anderson wrote on his blog… assuming he's not using monkeys to write that too.


John Schuepbach is better at playing Tetris than you -- not content with making lines disappear, he uses the falling blocks to create images.

Recently he recorded himself playing the classic game and creating an image of the Nintendo character Luigi in the process. Yes, during a live game.

Schuepbach carved out the impressive image by keeping the right coloured bricks and lines in place, while clearing the ones he didn't.

This one attempt took him more than an hour and we dread to think how many attempts it took to get it right… but we're certainly glad Schuepbach didn't have anything better to do.

275x250.jpgA ban on the sale of the classic computer game Doom in Germany has finally been lifted… after 17 years.

In 1994 the first-person shooter had been put on an index of controlled titles along with pornography and violent movies.

This meant it could only be sold in adult-only stores in case it could harm and corrupt youth in the country.

But, rules have now been relaxed as it's been deemed Doom is now "only of artistic and scientific interest" and holds no appeal to youngsters.

However, one version of the game remains on the index and therefore banned, because it features Nazi symbols on some levels.


Forget planking, or even owling, they are both so July 2011… nowadays all the cool kids are taking part in the new must-do web photo craze 'Horsemanning'.

Horsemanning, for the uninitiated, is when two or more people pose for a photo to make it appear as though they've been beheaded - one hiding their head, the other hiding their body.

Inspired by a 1920s image of two young girls who posed on a park bench to make it look like they were one girl who'd be decapitated, horsemnaning is now proving a hit on sites like Facebook.

And if you can get through this video from Horsemanning.com without wanting to get our your camera, your a better person than us.




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