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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Gizmodo Australia

How To Make Your Windows Look Any Way You Want 

After a spending a couple of years with it, the standard Windows desktop can get pretty boring. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, Rainmeter is a tool that will help you get there. It’s been helping PC users customise, tweak, tailor and enhance their desktops for years. The cool thing is that it walks you through the process every step of the way.

What You Need To Know If You Are Planning To Avoid The Census 

Former statistician Bill McLennan has said that the 2016 Census is, “without doubt […] the most significant invasion of privacy ever perpetrated on Australians by the ABS”. There are number of concerning changes to the 2016 Census which have lead to talks of boycotts, lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) says. Here is a rundown of what the EFA has flagged as a potential problem, what your rights and obligations are, and what can happen if you make up answers or avoid the collector.

These Star Trek Isolinear Chip Coasters May Be The Nerdiest Merchandise We've Ever Seen 

Only the truest The Next Generation fans likely know that Isolinear Chips are the 24th century’s equivalent of the USB flash drives we carry around today. On the show, they utilise futuristic optical storage techniques which haven’t been invented yet, so these non-functional replicas will best serve as drink coasters — as well as being a truly impressive signifier of your Trek fandom.

Watching Stephen Colbert Completely Nerd Out Over Lord Of The Rings Is Still A Delight 

Video: I suppose for most normal people, seeing this collection of Stephen Colbert answering Lord of the Rings questions at the Late Show pre-taping is funny just because, ha ha, what a nerd, how did he ever function in society long enough to get a national late night talk show and so on. But we know better.

These Stunning New Photos Of Mars Are Weirdly Earth-Like 

Image Cache: If someone told us that these stunning new photos had been taken on Earth, we wouldn’t have blinked an eye. But they weren’t. Instead, every one of these photographs comes from a planet millions of kilometres away from us.

Watching This Dude Run Off Rooftops For Fun Made Me Almost Faint 

Video: Here’s a compilation of crazy runs, jumps and parkour tricks from Oleg Cricket, a daredevil who was either born without fear or recently made into some sort of superhero. Hell, maybe even both. You can see him sprint and jump off the side of skyscrapers, flip and twirl over gaps between buildings onto the roof next door, and even jump down multiple stories from the balcony as if he were Spider-Man. Oleg is nuts (even when compared to other parkour guys) but he’s really, really good at what he does.

The Horrifying Way You Might Escape A Black Hole 

Black holes: Crushing vortexes of darkness that promise to shred each and every atom in your body to oblivion, right? Maybe not. New theoretical work by researchers at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics hints that it might be possible to escape the journey into a black hole with all of your cells intact. The bad news is, you’d probably still die… and you’d wind up in another universe.

The Tick Shows Off More Of Its Heroes, Villains And The Main Character's Weird-Arse New Outfit 

We’ve seen a glimpse of Peter Serafinowicz in the weirdly textured super-suit. We’ve heard from creator Ben Edlund about why he’s coming back to his signature creation. Now, we’re getting a look at Arthur, the main villain and some other heroes in Amazon’s new Tick series. It all looks goofy as heck.

Heinrich Himmler's Lost Wartime Diaries Confirm He Was A Total Bastard 

Work diaries chronicling the daily activities of Hitler’s henchman Heinrich Himmler have surfaced in Russian military archives. The recovered texts speak volumes about a key figure behind the Holocaust — a man who could orchestrate mass killings at one moment and then casually switch to mundane family matters the next.

American Horror Story Drops A Terrifying New Clue About Its Mysterious Sixth Season 

The theme of American Horror Story‘s sixth season has remained a closely-guarded secret, with only a few enigmatic promos to go on. If you read certain tabloid websites, you might have a few more clues. But even so. What is going on here?

Influencers Beware: The Feds Are Cracking Down On Paid Social Media Posts 

Sponsored posts from celebrities — or worse yet, “influencers” — are bad when it’s not clear they’re actually ads. That’s why, according to a report from Bloomberg, the Federal Trade Commission wants to crack down on these fuzzily-labelled posts.

Playing Operation Is Even More Stressful When It's Hooked Up To A Paintball Gun 

Video: The board game Operation is a great example of how negative feedback can also negatively affect your performance. But instead of playing in constant fear of that loud buzzing sound, when you touch the sides while playing this sadistic version of Operation, you get blasted with a paintball gun. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Scorpius Malfoy Saves Harry Potter And The Cursed Child From Itself 

At some point while reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it becomes abundantly clear that Scorpius Malfoy is the best-written character in the whole thing. He’s the most original part of the whole play.

Real-Life MacGyver Hacks Together A Hydro-Electric Generator To Charge His Phone 

Video: Can you really consider finding a source of power to charge your smartphone a survival skill? For some people, not having a working phone is more dire than not having clean drinking water. So if you find yourself in the great outdoors without an outlet, a little ingenuity can turn random junk into a working hydro-electric generator.