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How to Make a Pendant Light From a Whiskey Bottle

F9JW1AHIUOHZ16I.SMALL.jpgLearn how to make a pendant light! Watch my video tutorial below. Gather Your Supplies Having the right tools makes all the difference.To Cut the Bottle: Wet SawDiamond Blade (Here’s the link to the one I used)BottleTo Make Pendant Light Cut Bottle (or other vessel)Pendant light kitPlugWire strip…
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Where Is the Nintendo Switch’s Big Selling Point? – Aside from Nintendo’s software.

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Late last week, while the world was still reeling from the third U.S. presidential debate of this all-consuming election cycle, Nintendo quietly revealed the Switch, formerly codenamed the “NX.” The brief trailer for the company’s next console didn’t reveal much in the way of specific information—maybe even less than we thought—but instead opted to show the portable/console concept in action. That alone was a lot to take in, but it left out something important: The console’s selling point.

With the Wii, the must-have feature was clear, at least after Tokyo Game Show 2005, where Nintendo showed off the Wii Remote for the first time. The Wii had something—in the form of motion control—that no one else was really doing, and it was immediately clear what made it unique, even if anyone doubted its eventual, overwhelming success. The Wii U, on the other hand, was a little less clear. It had two screens, but the 3DS already had that, and the possibilities of asymmetrical multiplayer were a bit hard to explain, not to mention something you could already theoretically do with online play.

Now, the Switch sits in a similar position to the Wii U, though it’s thankfully unaffected by the naming scheme that led to plenty of consumers not knowing the Wii U was anything more than an expensive Wii peripheral. Still, those less-informed consumers could be a problem for Nintendo. Most of the response to the Switch reveal was positive, but the way Nintendo revealed it was specifically geared towards their longtime fans and gaming enthusiasts. Others have surely seen it by now, but even if it piqued their curiosity, that doesn’t necessarily translate into sales.

So what did the reveal trailer offer them? Effectively, it looked like an iPad with controllers on the sides to most people—in fact, there was already a gaming tablet that looked just like it in China. That’s not great news when a lot of people already own a similar device, and the Switch is unlikely to match up to the features of full-fledged mobile devices. Notably, no touchscreen capability or motion control was shown in the trailer—or anything else you’d expect from a modern mobile device. However, Nintendo could be hiding some compelling features up their sleeves, so keep in mind that we’re only talking about what they’ve shown so far.

But what they’ve shown so far isn’t quite the portable/console hybrid that we’ve all be theorizing about for months, which is not entirely Nintendo’s fault, since that was really the media’s term. In reality, the Switch is simply a high-end portable game machine. Sure, you can bring it home and plug it into your TV if you choose, and it’s a nice touch that the controllers slide off and even work individually for multiplayer, but it’s a portable system. The docking station doesn’t enhance any of the system’s capabilities (aside from maybe providing USB ports for for the GameCube controller adapter); it just allows for charging and video output to a TV.

For all of Nintendo’s insistence on going in a different direction from Sony and Microsoft, the Switch isn’t exactly striking out on its own. It’s a powerful portable system from Nintendo, where all their critically acclaimed first party games will be found for the next few years, and that should be enough for it to get by, but it seems more like Nintendo conceding the home console space to Sony and Microsoft than anything else. That’s fine, considering their dominance in the portable gaming arena, but the pressure from tablets and phones is continually mounting.

On the other hand, that selling point could be still to come, although the reveal trailer already felt a little late with the March 2017 release window looming. What could it be? GPS and compass functionality (along with gyroscope and touchscreen) aren’t out of the question according to patents, though it’s a little strange that Nintendo would hold off such big features in their reveal—not to mention that motion and touch control are basics at this point. There’s also the possibility that camera- and projection-based gameplay technology is included, but that also seems unlikely, though not impossible, to have been left out of the reveal.

The possibility that seems most likely is different controller attachments customized for different games, but even that seems like more of a gimmick than a must-have gaming innovation. It may seem unfair to put that expectation on every new Nintendo system, but they’re the ones who have repeatedly talked a big game about doing something different as opposed to directly competing at exactly what their competition is doing. That was very true of the Wii, but the Switch doesn’t seem to do anything considerably different—even if it does what it winds up doing better and with Nintendo software—than a lot of devices already on the market, and it may lack features present on competing mobile devices.

None of this is to say that I won’t personally buy a Switch or that I think it won’t sell at least better than the Wii U. My 3DS gets a lot of play, so an HD Nintendo portable is right up my alley. However, that would still be true for me—and likely a lot of Nintendo fans—even without the TV compatibility and controller gimmicks, and it remains to be seen whether those features stand to meaningfully expand the system’s audience or end up as nothing more than a nice bonus for people who would’ve bought a Switch anyway.

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This Dog Sounds Just Like a Tie Fighter From Star Wars [Video]

As geeks, we’ve almost all heard the sound, the whooshing sound of a tie fighter as it crosses an X-Wing when engaged in a dogfight. Yeah, we know, in space, nothing is supposed to make a sound, but cinematic space battles would just be super boring without them.

Now, take 33 seconds of your time and listen to Geraldine the dog as she barks. Kind of.

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Batman: The Telltale Series Trailer Promises Even More Tough Choices – And you thought episode two was rough.

Spoilers for Batman: The Telltale Series within; proceed at your own risk.

Telltale Games’ latest Batman series is only two episodes into its five episode run, but that doesn’t mean the Dark Knight hasn’t had to make some tough calls already–and based on the newest trailer, the hard choices are far from over.

I’ve played my way through the first two available chapters of Batman: The Telltale Series, and the second episode ended with Batman having to make a difficult choice–save Harvey Dent, mayoral candidate and friend to Bruce Wayne, from Oswald Cobblepot; or save Selina Kyle, new thief in town and Harvey’s “friend”, from Cobblepot’s henchman. If you chose to save Harvey, Selina got shot but lived to see another day; if you picked Selina, Harvey suffered the traumatic injury that will eventually turn him into Two-Face.

I chose to save Selina (I can’t help it, I’m a Catwoman fan), and based on the newly released trailer from Telltale Games above, it looks like parts of the narrative play out based on that decision. It could also mean that Harvey Dent is going to become Two-Face either way. If that’s the case, the trailer could be a way of the game telling players that regardless of their choice at the end of episode two, some events just have a certain… inevitability.

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is going to have to come to terms with the fact that his memory of his father is not as positive as he’s been led to believe. Here’s what players can look forward to from the upcoming episode entitled “New World Order”, which will be available to play starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25:

Penguin’s brutal attack broadcast on live TV has left Gotham City reeling. As Bruce and Batman, you’ll dig deeper into the web of intrigue surrounding the newly revealed Children of Arkham.

Meanwhile, behind closed doors, the mysterious Selina Kyle reveals more of herself to Bruce. And in the aftermath of the attack, Bruce’s friend and Gotham’s new mayor, Harvey Dent, is a deeply changed man. Who can be trusted when the future of Bruce Wayne – and the Batman – could be determined by the flip of a coin?

Have you been playing Batman: The Telltale Game? How have you chosen to play Batman and Bruce Wayne so far? (My one goal is to make my Bruce as cheesy as humanly possible.)

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DIY: Squeeze Extra Capacity From Old NiCd Batteries

F27BGZTIUKF1BOE.SMALL.jpgThis time I’ll show you how to squeeze some extra capacity from old NiCd batteries.How I did it – you can check by looking DIY video or you can follow up instructions bellow. For this project you will need: Materials: NiCd BatteriesTools:Soldering ironScrew driverKnifeImaxB6AC V2 or other smart cha…
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15 Cheaper Alternatives To Life’s Expensive Necessities

These brands will do the same job as the more expensive ones… and help you save your hard-earned money.

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Instead of cables from Monster, try Monoprice.

Instead of cables from Monster, try Monoprice.

If you need a cable that is under 6-feet in length, Monoprice cables perform just as well as other brands that are pricier.

Get a Monoprice cable for $3 here.

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Instead of an Apple case, try Incipio.

Instead of an Apple case, try Incipio.

Apple cases get the job done, but you pay that premium for it. Incipio will give you the same coverage but for a third of the price.

Get the Incipio case here for $10.
Also available for the iPhone 7 here.

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Instead of Shun kitchen knives, try Tojiro.

Instead of Shun kitchen knives, try Tojiro.

Shun knives are a prized possession in any kitchen, but if you’re just getting into the cooking game, $140 is a lot to put up front. Try the Tojiro. It’s $97 dollars cheaper, and you can put that money towards getting another knife or accessory.

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Massive Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, Legends Crossover Gets Title, Plus a Killer Lineup Photo

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With the advent of Fall came the premiere of several of our favorite CW superhero shows. After decent amounts of buildup from all heroes involved, we’re on the cusp of a massive television crossover. FlashSupergirlArrow, and Legends of Tomorrow are all joining together in a weeklong crossover event beginning on November 29th. Thanks to a chat between Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim and ComicBook.com, we now know that each of the crossover episodes will also share a common title: “Invasion!” Yes, that totally includes the exclamation point as well.

Guggenheim said of the titles:

Arrow episode 508 is called ‘Invasion!’ with the exclamation point. And Legends of Tomorrow 207 is going to be ‘Invasion!’. I’ll leave it up to you to guess what The Flash is called.

Obviously there’s plenty to be stoked about, seeing as how this’ll be one of the (hopefully not rare) occasions in which we’ll get to see all of the CW’s heroes fighting together.

But who will they be fighting? Apparently the crossover will echo the Dominators storyline from the comic books, wherein an alien race invades (get it) Earth to cull the growing meta-/superhuman population. Already we’re seeing Supergirl showing how the resentment of meta-humans has played out amongst the non-meta-human population, with the people of Project Cadmus fomenting hatred and even outright rebellion against Kara and her allies.

The addition of Supergirl to this universe is especially notable as she’s something of a new kid on the block, having only just premiered on The CW after crossing over from CBS. Everybody else, though–Flash, Arrow, the Legends, and everyone around them–they’re all pretty solidly familiar with each other, as crossovers are a pretty regular occurrence in the Berlanti-verse.

Speaking of being stoked, here’s a fun promo photo to keep the fires burning (via CBR):

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— Rick Gonzalez (@officialrickg) October 22, 2016

Yup. In case you need a breakdown, the heroes present in that photo are: Ragman (Arrow, Joe Dinicol), The Flash (The Flash, Grant Gustin), director James Bamford, Mister Terrific (Arrow, Echo Kellum), Wild Dog (Arrow, Rick Gonzalez), and (of course) Supergirl (Supergirl, Melissa Benoist).

Will you be checking out the weeklong event starting on November 29th?

(via Comics Alliance)

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15 Cheaper Alternatives To Life’s Expensive Necessities

These brands will do the same job as the more expensive ones… and help you save your hard-earned money.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

Instead of cables from Monster, try Monoprice.

Instead of cables from Monster, try Monoprice.

If you need a cable that is under 6-feet in length, Monoprice cables perform just as well as other brands that are pricier.

Get a Monoprice cable for $3 here.

Monster / Monoprice / Jeff Barron

Instead of an Apple case, try Incipio.

Instead of an Apple case, try Incipio.

Apple cases get the job done, but you pay that premium for it. Incipio will give you the same coverage but for a third of the price.

Get the Incipio case here for $10.
Also available for the iPhone 7 here.

Apple / Incipio / Jeff Barron

Instead of Shun kitchen knives, try Tojiro.

Instead of Shun kitchen knives, try Tojiro.

Shun knives are a prized possession in any kitchen, but if you’re just getting into the cooking game, $140 is a lot to put up front. Try the Tojiro. It’s $97 dollars cheaper, and you can put that money towards getting another knife or accessory.

Get the Tojiro knife here for $43.

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Be the Battlefield 1 Champion with 7 Tips & Hacks to Beat Anyone

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Battlefield 1, the latest in the venerated Battlefield series is now out, and it’s a big change from its predecessors. Instead of near-future combat, the setting is the major theaters of World War I, or The Great War. From the vintage guns to the era-appropriate planes and tanks, the game has spared nothing to bring the ugly reality of that war into focus. But we all know what Battlefield is really about: The fast-paced FPS multiplayer. And while some parts of the formula haven’t changed for this game, there are some new things to the game that even veterans might…

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Top 5 Media Streaming Tools for Linux

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How do you stream movies, music and TV on your Linux PC? Whether it’s on a dedicated device like a Roku, Apple TV, or Chromecast, a gaming console such as an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, or just a computer, streaming media is an important feature of the media center experience. There’s a substantial range of streaming tools available for Linux. Each varies in specialty, from server capabilities to local playback, and everything in between. We’re going to look at each of the best tools, from downloading to streaming and key features. 1. VLC Media Player When it comes to compatibility,…

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