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Have you ever wished that your tweets were a bit deeper, a bit more lyrical, a bit artsy-fartsy? Poetweet is the beret-friendly solution you're looking for. With a single mouse click, this online filter will transform your 140-character missives into rhyming poetry -- complete with a pretentious title. It's a lot more fun than it sounds!

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Webapp Muxtape lets you upload MP3's into a streaming playlist for anyone on the internet to hear. Register for a free Muxtape account, and start uploading MP3's (which you have permission to share), and send your Muxtape URL (youraccount.muxtape.com) to others, who can play your tunes directly from the page. Muxtape's interface is bare-bones—no album art and sparse song metadata—and there's no obvious way for listeners to download the tunes you uploaded. Check out Wired's field guide to existing Muxtape playlists for finding good listening there.



While it's not technically an Easter egg, one of the most eye-popping tips in last Sunday's Top 10 Easter eggs post comments was a pointer to a telnet server that broadcasts Star Wars Episode IV to your command line as animated text. You didn't read that wrong. Give it a try: from any command line, type telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl and sit back to watch the show. This is the least productive thing you'll do all day, but you know what they say about all work and no play. After the jump, see a handful of screenshots—just 4 of the 13,935 frames that make up the entire movie.


Love the taste of fresh-roasted coffee but don't feel like shelling out $100+ for your own home roaster? The Cool Tools weblog details how to use an old popcorn popper (the author bought his for $3 at a thrift store) to roast your coffee beans. His method, which works virtually the same way as popping popcorn with the gadget, is simple, and the results look promising. If you're a coffee connoisseur you may eventually want to go all out and purchase a more expensive roaster, but if you just want to try it out, the popcorn-popper-as-roaster looks effective.

Popcorn Popper as Coffee Roaster


If you're looking for something free and fun to do this weekend, look no further than the 16th annual Tropfest short film festival, which is happening on Sunday night.

Tropfest is happening in all our capital cities barring Darwin, and some regional areas too - so check the site for screening details for your area. You can get more information on the Tropfest near you at their website - be warned the page starts up with a blaring promo video. :/

This year for the first time they'll be streaming Tropfest live over NineMSN, so wherever you are you can watch it live. You can also watch the short films that won previous Tropfests at the 9MSN Tropfest site.

One final note - the event is rated MA 15+ so you'll want to leave the little kiddies at home.


Ready to blow off some steam after a very productive week? Sure you are. It's Friday, which means it's time to whip a handmade origami star at your cubicle mate just to wish him or her a happy weekend. Wikihow runs down the instructions for transforming a simple piece of paper into a four-point ninja (shuriken) star. Looks like another good way to entertain young kids for under a buck. Just don't poke anyone's eye out.

How to Fold an Origami Star (Shuriken)


Forget a store-bought mask for Halloween: put that photo printer to good use and make a custom mask of your dog, your boss or your favourite celebrity. Microsoft offers instructions on how to print out a handheld mask glued to a piece of balsa wood (or tied around your head with ribbon) with the right photograph. We shameless nerds can download some Star Wars character mask templates for free in the, ahem, kids section of the site. (Totally printing out Chewbacca this weekend and cutting out the eye holes.)

Make your own Halloween mask Star Wars Character Printable Masks