Lego balls, robot mules, and drunk RAMing in this week’s Staff Picks

Digital Trends Staff Picks
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MOLLY MCHUGH: My Drunk Kitchen’s Hannah Hart gets technical

I am an unabashed My Drunk Kitchen (MDK) fan. If you don’t know what that is, head here, and just be prepared for the glory and wonder that is the pun-loving Hannah Hart trying to make food while also getting incredibly intoxicated. It generally does not go well. 

In this installment, she left the kitchen and is trying to install RAM in her MacBook Pro… while, naturally, drinking… and the results are as cringe-worthy and hilarious as you can imagine. It’s basically 11 minutes of struggle and eventual success – it has everything! And if you hate those electronics instruction videos where hosts drop specifications and overly technical terms, you’ll appreciate the honesty here; as Hart puts it: “Because that’s all this is – a magical, aluminum box of computer, Internet wonder.”

andrew coutsANDREW COUTS: Eli Pariser pops the filter bubble

My Web and your Web are not the same. The stories, pictures, and videos we come across on many of the most popular websites are all hand-picked, in a sense, by algorithms that used data gathered about our Internet usage to decide what we see and what we don’t. In this classic TED Talk, Eli Pariser, CEO of Upworthy, explains why this is a serious problem for our Web-dominated society.

nick mokeyNICK MOKEY: The Lego Great Ball Contraption (or: Why I’m not an engineer)

Having spent the better part of my childhood working my fingers raw with Lego blocks and almost pursuing a career in engineering (prior to giving up all hope of ever making money and choosing writing instead), this video holds a special place in my heart.

Had I clawed my way into some illustrious engineering school and seen this halfway through getting my degree, there’s a good chance I would have just given up. “Seriously, I have to compete for a job alongside the guy who made this?”

There’s definitely some obvious jokes to be made here about how much time this guy has, how many romantic partners he has (or more likely has not) entertained with this contraption, and how often the gears become clogged with the fur of the 16 cats he likely keeps for company. But I’m not making them. Nope, this is just too awesome to touch. Enjoy.

caleb denisonCALEB DENISON: This would be much more useful than my kids

Check out the LS3 – Legged Squad Support Systems, designed and built by Boston Dynamics. While Boston Dynamics has an entertaining portfolio of 16 other robot videos to view on YouTube, I think this clip of the LS3 in action absolutely takes the cake. As Boston Dynamics describes it, the LS3 is designed to follow a human leader through just about any kind of terrain — while carrying up to a 400 pound payload, no less — for a distance of up to 20 miles. The LS3’s development was funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Marine Corps., so it is logical to envision it carrying heavy gear through the sort of dangerous terrain that can’t be traversed by motorized vehicles. Still, I can’t get this image of a gigantic robotic bull bearing down on me out of my head.

Let us know what you think of the LS3 in the comments below!

amir IliaifarAMIR ILIAFAR: The future of ground effects

As the resident car guru at a tech site, and a self-professed sci-fi nerd, it’s not often I get to bridge both passions. While cars are undeniably cool, my affinity for a certain galaxy far, far away is probably considered less so. But every so often a car will come along that lets me bask in both my appreciation for all things on four wheels and my love of anything with a sci-fi twist, which is exactly why I was so excited to discover this Tron-inspired Chevy Camaro.

Built by Team Turbo Legacy of San Jose, California, and sporting an awesome Tron-inspired paint job, the twin-turbo Tron Camaro is a testament to how a little bit of nerd love can make a car so much cooler. Or less cool. Just depends on how you look at it, I guess.

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ryan flemingRYAN FLEMING: The Avengers, now in 4D!

On Tuesday 9/25, the ultimate edition of Joss Whedon’s record-humiliating film, The Avengers, arrives in stores. This version includes four discs: the blu-ray 3D, blu-ray, DVD, and the digital copy that includes the digital music download. The set will contain 8 deleted scenes, as well as several special features including the original short film Item 47. The collection will also offer bragging rights amongst your geek friends at no additional charge. This bundle will be the definitive edition of the movie that heeded the call of beleaguered fanboys inundated with decades of poor superhero movies. At least until the studio decides that it is fond of money and releases a director’s cut or another version of some sort.

Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Computing

Don't keep typing the same thing -- learn to copy and paste with these shortcuts!

Looking for useful Windows keyboard shortcuts? The most common are the cut, copy, paste and undo shortcuts compatible with all kinds of tasks. They can save you an awful lot of time if you learn how to use them.
Computing

Want to make one hard drive act like two? Here's how to partition in Windows

If you don't want all of your files stored in one place but only have one drive to work with, partitioning is your best way forward. Here's how to partition a hard drive in Windows 10, step by step.
Computing

Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Everything you need to know

The Surface Pro 6 is officially here, though it's not as big of a redesign as you might have hoped. With a new coat of black paint and an 8th-gen processor, this is a small update. If you've been eyeing a Surface Pro, you may want to wait…
Computing

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Business

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Social Media

Walkie-talkie voice messaging finally comes to Instagram

In its latest grab from messaging apps, Instagram now lets you send walkie-talkie style voice messages. Apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and iMessage have offered the feature for some time.
Social Media

‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is about to become its most disliked video ever

YouTube is about to achieve a record it really doesn't want — that of "most-disliked video." Yes, its annual recap of featuring popular YouTubers has gone down really badly this year.