Recent Articles By Bryan Chaffin [RSS]

Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk Want Funding for a Comedy

5:57 PM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Hey Browncoats, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are making a new series called Con Man, and they want your help funding it. ZOMG, it also involves Gina Torres, Felicia Day, Seth Green, and James Gunn. Oh, and it's going to have a spaceship. That's because it's about a guy (Alan Tudyck) who starred in a SciFi show with another guy (Nathan Fillion), only the show got canceled...too soon. Since then, Nathan Fillion's character has gone on to fame and fortune, while Alan Tudyck's character has not. If that's not a premise rife with comedic possibilities, I don't know what comedic possibilities are. They are looking to crowd-fund some of the budget for the show through Indiegogo. With 24 days left to go, they've raised more than US$2 million, five times their intial goal. And funding options include super awesome cool perks for fans. The trailers alone are hilarious. Check it out and give generously so I can watch this great show! Please?

CrankBox, a Hand-Cranked Charger for Your iPhone or iPad on Indiegogo

5:09 PM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There are many different alternative fuels for portable battery chargers, and now you can add corn flakes to the list. Or Spinach. Or maybe Sushi...mmmm...sushi. Anyway, Ampware has launched an Indiegogo campaign for CrankCase and CrankBox, two different portable batteries you charge with a hand-turned crank. 5 minutes of cranking will get you enough juice for three hours of smartphone use or half that for a tablet. That's a lot of cranking, but consider it a workout. And if you're camping, hiking, or driving through the mountains in the snow, it means power any time, day or night. The company has preproduction units and is using its campaign to work up production—assembly will take place in the U.S. There's more information on the Indiegogo page.

98% Off iOS and Xcode Developer Training

4:44 PM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

98% Off iOS and Xcode Developer Training

We have a great deal on the iOS & Xcode Developer Training course: it's a lifetime subscription for $99—98 percent off retail. It has more than 720 video levtures on iOS languages Swift, Objective-C, and more. And more courses are added every month. With more than 65 hours of content, you can learn from beginner levels to advanced levels, and stay up to date.

The Quadcopter Turned into a ‘Star Wars’ Imperial Speeder

7:48 PM, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Is there anything better than a clever nerd with good taste and the ability to make something awesome? No way. Enter Adam Woodworth, who turned a quadcopter into an Imperial Speeder from Star Wars . The body of this piece of awesomeness was made from a 1:6 scale (12-inch) Hasbro Power Of The Force series Speeder Bike. The quadcopter bit? Well that he actually designed himself. That's intensely cool in my book. Just watch the video, be delighted, and then read about how he did it (with pictures) at Makezine (via TechCrunch).