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…It’s Things Thursday: MiniWatt?

MiniWatt

The MiniWatt tube amp might be the world’s smallest, and it might only put out a meager 2.5 watts per channel, but that doesn’t stop it from delivering full, robust sound that is wow’ing audiophile reviewers the world over. In fact, ToneAudio magazine recently named the MiniWatt their “Product of the Year” in the budget audio category.

Sure, it only has one stereo input, and it’ll still set you back $269, but if you’re looking for high-end sound quality for a (relatively) low-end price, then you can’t do much better than the MiniWatt.

[MiniWatt]

[Via: CNET]

…It’s Movie Monday: Ataqui de Panico!

Ataque de Panico! (Panic Attack) is a film from Fede Alvarez, an until-now-unknown producer from Uruguay who claims to have made the short for about $300.

Cue the internet’s viral machine, and 1.5 million views later, Fede has been given an offer from Ghost House Pictures to make a feature-length film for a slightly larger budget of around $30 million.

How’s that for ROI?

You must admit though, for $300, the guy’s definitely got some talent:

[Via: Yahoo! Movies]

…Ken Block is a gymkhana mad man?

Ken Block Gymkhana

We’ve been teased, taunted and tormented, but at long last, the wait has finally paid off and the new Ken Block Gymkhana video is live and ready for viewing:

Not one to disappoint, this video includes plenty of stunts, danger and destruction, and I caught myself literally staring at the screen with my mouth open in awe at some of the moves that he manages to pull off.

Sure, it takes a bit of a budget and quite the car to pull it off, but if there is anyone out there that can start to compete with Ken in this new sport called Gymkhana, I don’t think the automotive world will know what hit it.

[Ken Block – Gymkhana Two]

…Turbo impresses for less?

Turbo

Turbo hopes to redefine the way we think about movie making, with a budget of under 100K, a four man team of special effects artists that took just five months to do their work using consumer-level applications, and a camera that doesn’t break the bank. (RED)

The trailer for Turbo is below, and then keep an eye out for the film’s premier on April 30th:

[Turbo]

[Via: Gizmodo]

…New gadgets are just a hack away?

Depression

Has the damaged economy managed to crush your new gadget budget?

Instead of sitting around and complaining, why not make your old things new again with a few “creative” hacks?

To help you along the path to recycled gadget goodness, Gizmodo has put together a guide to Zero-Cost Gadget Upgrades, including turning your Xbox, PC or Apple TV into a genuine media center, hacking your iPod with Rockbox, converting your PC into a Mac, flashing your crappy router’s firmware with DD-WRT to turn it into a top-of-the-line piece of hardware, downloading new maps for your old GPS, jailbreaking your iPhone for Wi-Fi Internet tethering, and modding your Wii to create a free emulation machine.

Who said the next great depression had to be so depressing?

[Gizmodo – Zero-Cost Gadget Upgrades For The Next Great Depression]