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This giant Nintendo Entertainment System and controller are a fully functional and geektastically clever home entertainment system created by Imgur user tylerfulltilt. He modified a 3-drawer cabined from Overstock to look exactly like the original NES console that contains all of his games, consoles, and other gaming paraphernalia. The wall-mounted controller, complete with giant cable, frames a 42″ flat-screen TV. Now tylerfulltilt and his family can play all their favorite games while showing their love of the classics.

Click here to view a complete set of process photos.

[via Gizmodo Toyland]

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Finally finished up my fairy curtain & flower frame. Started working on these BY HAND months ago and finally got them up in my room. Together, they probably took about four or five hours and it was worth it. #diy #projects

The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman’s extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven’t been told. Written with Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like the author’s and on a system that fails them over and over.

Available in Hardcover & E-book **May 2016

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Yes, You Too Can Make a Magic Mirror—Cheaply

Ditch your Post-it notes for reminders built right into a mirror. Software engineer Hannah Mittelstaedt programmed an old Android tablet to show time, weather, and other information in bright letters on a dark background. Place the device behind a two-way mirror, and only the text will shine through.

Click here for step by step instructions.

Photography by Sam Kaplan (Top) and Lydia Chain (bottom)

Stats

  • Time: 2 hours
  • Cost: $30
  • Difficulty: Easy to medium

Materials

  • Android smartphone or tablet
  • Acrylic two-way mirror
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Double-sided adhesive strips
  • Drill
  • Hooks or nails
Jennifer Lopez’s new Direction: Star hires Liam Payne to pen songs for her

LIAM PAYNE didn’t stay unemployed for long following ONE DIRECTION’s hiatus – he’s been hired to work on new music for none other than JENNIFER LOPEZ.

That’s right. Wolverhampton’s finest’s new boss is the original bootyshaker from the Bronx after the pair hit it off at a business meeting in LA.

Definitely a step up from being employed by the far from bootylicious SIMON COWELL.

Liam, who told us in an exclusive chat last year that he was looking to move into music publishing full-time, is ready to knuckle down over the next few months and pen some tracks for the American Idol judge’s chart comeback.

A source said: “Liam was asked round to meet Jennifer and they had a great chat about music and how they thought their styles could come together to create something she’d love. It went really well so he’s now going to work his hardest to write as many tracks as possible and present them to her.

“He’s determined to be the best possible songwriter he can be and is thrilled a music legend like J-Lo would want to work with him.”

Liam is so serious about his songwriting he has set up a company for all his solo projects called Hampton Music Limited.

He’s even talking to labels in the hope of signing an exclusive publishing deal with one, meaning they’d get first rights to all the music he creates.

But he’s not planning on following 1D bandmates ZAYN MALIK and HARRY STYLES example by releasing his own music any time soon.

Last week fans got a tad over- excited when he teased a new track on Instagram but we’ve been assured that Liam just made the tune for fun.

Our insider added: “Liam has been messing around writing songs in every genre — including even country and rap.

“He’s experimenting and having a great time being in the studio without the pressure of performing.”

As well as writing many of One Direction’s tracks and music for CHERYL FERNANDEZ-VERSINI’s last album Only Human, Liam has been hitting up his vast book of celeb contacts including LITTLE MIX for future employment.

But it will take something special to top working with Jenny From The Block herself.

Seeing as he’s now a fan of rapping, maybe he could become the new JA RULE and guest vocal on all J-Lo’s remixes.

10 Things People With BFRBs Want You To Know
  1. BFRB (body focused repetitive behavior) is an umbrella term for a variety of compulsive, self-grooming behaviors.
  2. It’s not something that I can “just stop”
  3. This is not just a bad habit—it’s a psychological disorder
  4. It isn’t self-harm because the behavior is usually driven by compulsion, not a desire to harm oneself. The damage done is a byproduct of the disorder.
  5. There are many different BFRBs: trichotillomania (hair pulling), dermatillomania or excoriation disorder (skin picking), trichophagia (hair eating) onychophagia (nail-biting), dermatophagia (skin biting), scab eating disorder (skin/scab eating), rhinotillexomania (nose picking), trichotemnomania (hair cutting/shaving). All of these are valid.
  6. Some people are aware of the behavior while doing it; others are not. Both are BFRBs.
  7. Just because it’s a compulsive thing doesn’t mean I want to do it
  8. Treatment of BFRBs isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing – what helps one person may not help another
  9. There are more of us than you think – 2-5% of the population
  10. If you struggle with a BFRB, you are not alone.

CALLING ALL PHANDOM MEMBERS!

hey there! are you apart of the phandom? do you absolutely fucking adore the ground phil lester walks on? then here’s the thing for you!

here’s what’s happening:

as we’re pretty sure most of you know, phil’s 29th birthday is coming up, January 30th, 2016. we’ve decided to do a little project involving anyone in the phandom who wants to be apart of it! we know this is pretty last notice, but we think we can get it done.

what you’ll have to do if you want to participate:

- wearing cat whiskers, make a video of yourself containing what you love about phil/how he inspires you/how he’s helped you.
- please keep it short! we want to be able to fit as many people in as possible even though it is such short notice.
- submit it here when you’re done and be sure to add the social media you’d like to be recognized by (tumblr/twitter/insta/etc.), your first name, and your age.
- have it to us before or on the 28th of January/29th of January, 2016.
- try to keep it as quiet as possible until the day it’s posted, we want it to be a surprise!

that about covers it! if you have any questions, direct them here and we’ll get back to you with an answer asap.

- the phancyclopaedia

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“As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next,  she heard a pitter patter of feet coming towards her. And soon after that a very strange person stepped out from among the trees and into the light of the lamp-post…”

Somewhere in the forest on the Front Range of Colorado Redditor Gen4200 has recreated an iconic location of the magical realm of Narnia as a surprise for his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to her, he hiked out into the woods on a piece of land that they own and installed a lamp-post like the one first discovered by Lucy Pevensie after stepping through the secret portal in the wardrobe in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.

There’s no word yet on whether or not this particular lamp-post has magical properties but it is solar-powered, so Gen4200 carefully chose a spot in the woods that receives plenty of sun. Next he plans to purchase this Pan Statue to install nearby so the secret location will have its own Mr. Tumnus the faun as well.

I also got an etched stone that I need to haul in with a quote from CS Lewis - “Most of us, I suppose, have a secret country but for most of us it is only an imaginary country.”

Gen4200 told his fellow Redditors that he and his girlfriend have plans to create a number of special locations such as this one on their property, but he undertook this awesome project in secret just for her. We hope he also shares photos of the lamp-post in the snow.

Click here for photos of Gen4200′s complete set-up process.

[via Reddit]

Producer TM 88 Reveals Where You Can Find Liam Payne And Juicy J's Collaborations

One Direction’s Liam Payne is putting his pen game to good use. Not only has he reportedly written for Jennifer Lopez, but he’s also collaborated with Juicy J and producer TM 88 of 808 Mafia finally revealed where fans can catch the star-studded team-up.

Just a few weeks after Liam teased a few lines from an untitled R&B-charged cut that he “wrote for fun,” the producer took to the Twitterverse to confirm that the collaboration between the 1D bandmate and his hip hop collaborator will be featured on Juicy’s forthcoming project.

Even though the MC’s Pure THC: The Hustle Continues has been slated for a release since late 2015, maybe this latest development will confirm a 2016 release. Juicy previously revealed that they worked on seven — count them — seven records together. After all, you know that when Directioners want something, they make their voices heard loud and clear.

Read more:

http://news.iheart.com/articles/entertainment-news-104658/producer-tm-88-reveals-where-you-14359142/#ixzz3zdz4HhZ8

UK Petition: to require government bodies to accept gender-neutral honorifics

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When interacting with the government you often have to provide a title from a preset list of options. Many people prefer to use no title, or a gender-neutral title: government bodies should offer gender-neutral options e.g. “Mx”, as well as the option to use no title at all.

[Image: a screenshot of a green and grey progress bar from the petition website showing that the petition has 292 of 10,000 required signatures.]

This is so important, and for a few minutes I wasn’t going to promote it, because I already have Mx on all my government paperwork and records. But then I realised that if this gets to 10,000 signatures, the Government will have to release an official statement saying that titles aren’t legally binding and that they already accept Mx on records.

That would be a HUGE victory for nonbinary people and people who don’t want to indicate a gender with their title. So please, if you are in the UK or might have followers who are, consider reblogging this. <3

Thank you for your time!

PS: Probably a good time to mention my Freedom of Information Act request of the DWP about how many customers have Mx on their records compared to other titles.

Hux’s pants are done! And no i haven’t just been working on them since my last post. But it’s starting to come together, and once my taller boots come in, it’ll be almost complete. Next is the belt, and then technically it’ll be wearable but I want to finish the wool overcoat and doofy hat by Monday. The pants ended up having the right swooshy angles, but the wrapping panel is way too big. When I end up remaking this if/when I have money and get real fabric, it needs to be minimized. They’re really comfy though! The greatcoat is on deck, and that only gets one shot because its every piece of Melton wool I’ve been hoarding for years, dyed black. There can be no failure.

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[January 23, 2016]

I’ve never been more swamped with projects…normally I would do one project at a time, but that isn’t working. On top of a huge exam I have to study for, I have two 12 page papers, two research projects, and one presentation to be working on in the next month. I started to become frustrated because I wasn’t sure what I’d accomplished or what needed to be done next…so I gave each project a page in my bullet journal. I’m not sure exactly what steps I’ll take in what order as I do the projects, but at least I’ll know where I left off.

As you can see, my presentation for Politics & German Literature is going to be about Edgar Hilsenrath and his book Der Nazi und der Friseur. I found the materials I needed to research, did the readings and research, and next I need to develop an outline.

My honors project is much more broad though. On the right of the page I have the main goal and questions of the project so I can make sure I’m keeping myself on topic. I’m currently in the middle of the research stage and need to set up my interviews on Monday.

Just wanted to share in case anyone else is having trouble handling multiple projects at once!