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Steam & Source on Mac

Steam & Source on Mac

It’s been a foregone conclusion for awhile, but it’s now official: Valve is bringing Steam and Source to Mac in April; Portal 2 will be Valve’s first simultaneous Mac/Windows release.

Website: 8-Bit NYC

Website: 8-Bit NYC

It’s loading a bit slowly at the moment, but Brett Camper’s 8-Bit NYC turns New York into a 1980s RPG-style map (think Zelda); it’s created using OpenStreetMap with 256×256 tiles.

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Jon Stewart x Chatroulette

Jon Stewart x Chatroulette

NSFW: Jon Stewart proves once and for all that the mainstream media can be hip (and thighs, and other anatomical parts) to online trends in this hilarious Chatroulette segment.

Chatroulette (Short Film)

Chatroulette (Short Film)

With the exception of a frisky puppet, Casey Neistat gives us a surprisingly SFW tour of Chatroulette; best part: his somewhat scientific tests yield completely unsurprising results.

Google Maps: The Boneyard

Google Maps: The Boneyard

The Boneyard near Tucson, Arizona is where old military aircraft permanently bail out, and is viewable on Google Maps; there are over 4,000 planes spread out across 2,600 acres.

Website: CodeOrgan.com

Website: CodeOrgan.com

CodeOrgan.com converts keypresses to the key of http minor: enter the URL of any website, and it’ll create a custom composition with its own key, synth effects and drums. Thanks, James!

Nerd Merit Badges: Foursquare

Nerd Merit Badges: Foursquare
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We previously featured Nerd Merit Badges, but be sure to check in for their new Foursquare Achievements; they include Local, Crunked, Superstar, and the coveted Super Mayor.

Twitter: DRUNK HULK

Twitter: DRUNK HULK

Mixing all caps tweets with pop-culture commentary, DRUNK HULK is surprisingly witty for a green drinkin’ machine: REPORTER WANT BE OBJECTIVE! NEWSPAPER SAY HE KANT!

Video: Google Snowmobile

Video: Google Snowmobile

First social networks, then ISPs, and now entire mountains: the Google Snowmobile brings Street View to the slopes of Vancouver’s Whistler Mountain, just in time for the winter Olympics.

Comic: Axe Cop

Comic: Axe Cop

Axe Cop is our new favorite web comic: written by Ethan Nicolle and his 5-year old son Malachai, it includes unicorn babies, one-eyed robots, avocado soldiers, and a man-eating snowman.

Verbatim Media Monster

Verbatim Media Monster

Spore meets Transformers with Verbatim’s Media Monster Championship; it not only lets you build your own flash drive/SD card gladiator but enter them in duels to the (digital) death.

Rambler Sneakers

Rambler Sneakers

You can be sure that these Rambler Sneakers will never “run” out of things to say: a sensor in the shoe sends a signal via Bluetooth to a mobile phone, which tweets every step.

66 Get A Mac Ads

66 Get A Mac Ads

Fanboys of both OS’ are BSODing and kernel panicking as we speak: AdFreak has compiled all 66 TV spots from Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign starring John Hodgman and Justin Long.

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Website: Film the Blanks

Website: Film the Blanks

Film the Blanks is an ongoing project to create abstract, minimalist versions of movie posters by blanking out text and reducing shapes and colors; see how many you can guess here.

Twitter: manvszombies

Twitter: manvszombies

The world ended 12/14–you just don’t know it yet; manvszombies is a Twitter account by Gus who has been dodging zombies, playing CoD, and getting wasted since just before Christmas.

Website: Consollection

Website: Consollection

Consollection collects every major console on one page; it’s not perfect (e.g, Atari’s Lynx is labeled as a Sega), but you’ll shed happy 8-bit tears reminiscing of simpler, cartridgey days.

Website: Resolution Generator

Website: Resolution Generator

Monina Velarde’s New Year’s Resolution Generator takes 50% of the effort out of making yearly promises to ourselves; breaking and/or forgetting them? That’s all on you, buddy.

KEO Time Capsule

KEO Time Capsule

End 2009 with a trip to the year 52,009: today is the last day to leave a message with KEO, a time capsule satellite which will orbit 1,800 km above Earth and remain there for 50,000 years.

NORAD Santa 2009

NORAD Santa 2009

NORAD and Santa go social for 2009, adding Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, and mobile phones to their sleigh; need visual tracking? Watch him on Google Maps or Santa Cam.

Viral: adidas x Death Star

Viral: adidas x Death Star

Turn your house into a smoking crater with the adidas Originals x Death Star app; sure, it’s a viral site to promote their Star Wars-themed line, but seriously: it’s a frickin’ laser beam.

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Star Wars Weather

Star Wars Weather

Tom Scott’s Star Wars Weather Forecast gets climate prediction down to an Imperial science; enter any real-world city and you’ll get a forecast matched to a place far, far away.

Audi A8 x Google Earth

Audi A8 x Google Earth

Audi’s new creme-de-la-creme A8 also gets Mountain View’s best of breed: drivers will be able to navigate in 3D using Google Earth on an 8″ LCD screen thanks to a built-in UMTS modem.

Funny: Ruins of Friendster

Funny: Ruins of Friendster

It may be a relic in the US, but The Onion speaks with a web archaeologist who has discovered the Ruins of Friendster; hidden within: rumors of another lost network called A-oool.

Web Services Book Covers

Web Services Book Covers

Part of his Retrofuturs line of artwork, Stephane Massa-Bidal gives Web 2.0 a Web 0.1 look; his Web Services Book Covers include vintage versions of Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.

Book: Strange Maps

Book: Strange Maps
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Based on the successful blog of the same name, Strange Maps is a fascinating mix of social commentary and cartographical creativity; it includes 138 graphics and spans 256 pages.

Tweet in Klingon

Tweet in Klingon

It is a good day to Twitter: Tweet in Klingon is a Star Trek Online viral tool that translates your weakling Federation-speak into 140 characters of guttural, bat’leth-wielding doom.

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