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August 31, 2015 AT 4:00 am

As Seen on Show and Tell: Space Invaders Desktop Clock!

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Thanks to Desmond for showing off his awesome space invaders clock on show and tell last week! Check out the tutorial he wrote up here.

Many of us have played the classic arcade game Space Invaders. Here’s a way to implement it into your daily life!

This nifty clock is packed with groovy animations and sound effects. It’s perfect for your desktop, and will make work/study much more interesting.

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