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News: In a Rare Moment, Pixel's Sales Figures Are Revealed

Savor this moment: we've got a confirmed number of sales for the Google smartphone. We say this because unlike most hardware manufacturers, Google refuses to share official sales numbers for their phone. Instead, during earning reports they simply bundle the product under Alphabet's "Other Revenues", leaving us in the dark about how successful the product is.

How To: Make hands for sugar paste figures in cake decorating

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make hands with modeling sugar paste. Begin by rolling a small ball of paste into a tear drop shape. Then flatten the end, making it look like a ping pong paddle. To make the thumb, use a knife and cut into the side of the flat end at an angle. Do the same to make the fingers. Now roll and pull each finger of the paste, and hen tap the end. This video will benefit those viewers who are interested in art or baking pastry and would like to learn how ...

How To: Make Lego figures fly using stop-motion animation

Stop-motion animation is somewhat out of favor in the digital age, but there will always be a demand for its timeless look. This video will teach you one important technique for making stop-motion animation out of Legos: how to make them fly. Or at least appear to by flying in your movie. It features detailed instructions on what to do in your digital photo editing software on each frame to erase the support structures you've used to elevate your Lego minifigures, leaving you with seamless im...

How To: Make a replica FG-42 machine gun for Lego figures

The FG-42 machine gun is one of the many brilliantly-designed weapons the Nazi war machine produced during its misguided attempt to take over the world. If you want to make a WWII battles set out of Legos, having some tiny versions of these guns will make your Nazi pieces much more historically accurate and intimidating. This video features detailed instructions for modifying one of the Lego Storm Trooper guns as common as raindrops to look like a FG-42 using only some common hobby tools.

How To: Draw foreshortened figures

In this video, we learn how to draw foreshortened figures. First draw a circle and then continue drawing other circles to connect them together and make an out line. After you have drawn these, you will start to outline the circles so you see a body detail coming out of the drawing. Draw in the legs and the arms as well as the head. Don't worry about adding details to this, it's all about drawing just the figure. Shade on the different areas and add in lines to make the figure look more reali...

How To: Find the area of complex figures

In this tutorial the author explains how to compute the area of a complex figure. Now he first defines what a complex figure is by saying that a complex figure is a figure made up of two or more basic shapes. He uses an example to convey his idea and breaks that sample figure into basic squares and rectangles. Now he computes the areas of these individual units separately and finally puts them together to arrive at the final area of the complex figure. If you are looking to compute the area o...

How To: Make pipe cleaner action figures

In this series of crafts videos, our young comics and science fiction fan (and professional actor) Halley Joseph Eveland will talk you through the creation of pipe cleaner action figures. As you bend, twist and snip your colored pipe cleaners, watch these fun versions of your favorite Star Wars heroes take shape before your very eyes. And these are not simply stick figures, but artistic creations with muscles, capes, masks and of course light sabers.

Preview of TRON: Legacy action figures

Looks like Disney's next nerd blockbuster will come with some pretty cool action figurines. These figures have "impulse projection technology", which means that when you make the figures talk, an image of the actor's face is projected onto the figurine helmet. Interesting!

How To: Link imported models to Poser figures

You can manipulate other objects beside human figure objects in Poser. In this Poser video tutorial you will learn how to link imported objects to models using the Change Parent menu. Make sure to hit "play tutorial" in the top left corner of the video to start the video. There is no sound, so you'll need to watch the pop-up directions. Link imported models to Poser figures.

How To: Add new figures in Poser 6

Poser is a 3D rendering and animation software program optimized for models that depict the human figure in three-dimensional form. In this Poser 6 video tutorial you will learn how to add new figures. Learn how to change the default character to the "Ben" figure, and add "Katie" figure to the same scene. Make sure to hit "play tutorial" in the top left corner of the video to start the video. There is no sound, so you'll need to watch the pop-up directions. Add new figures in Poser 6.

How To: Make a Lego minifigure of the Terminator

The Terminator is Arnold Schwarzenegger's most famous character, and arguably the most popular cinema cyborg of all time. This two-part video features detailed instructions for making your own very small terminator out of two Lego figures, one skeleton and one normal, and some basic hobby tools. While it may seem like a lot of work to make, the end product is really, really cool.

How To: Draw a menacing jumping figure with Wayne Tully

To give you an indication of what you're getting yourself into, drawing a jumping figure is about as difficult as it is to get up from the couch after a long day of work and doing 100 jumping jacks and push-ups. It sure isn't fun and it sure isn't easy, but both will make you a stronger individual in the long run. While exercise of any sort helps you get fit, drawing figures in motion will help you greatly advance as an artist. That's because sketching out moving figures forces you to take in...

How To: Begin figure drawing

Use everything you've ever learned about drawing inanimate objects to draw the human figure. You will need to use efficient lines and accurate perspective to draw a number of basic shapes that will come together in the shape of a human body. Watch this instructional drawing video to begin drawing figures in perspective. Even if you are not an expert at anatomy, you can calculate what simple shapes look like in perspective and carve back into the basic forms.

How To: Find how many toothpicks will be needed to form the nth figure in a sequence

From Ramanujan to calculus co-creator Gottfried Leibniz, many of the world's best and brightest mathematical minds have belonged to autodidacts. And, thanks to the Internet, it's easier than ever to follow in their footsteps. With this installment from Internet pedagogical superstar Salman Khan's series of free math tutorials, you'll learn how to employ inductive reasoning to determine the number of toothpicks you'll require to generate the nth (e.g., the 50th) figure in a sequence of figures.

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