To play Helen of Troy, you've got to be hot enough to start a war. Model/actress Diane Kruger, who was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, Germany, 32 years ago today, has that astounding power in her porcelain cheeks and ocean-blue eyes.

While her taste in men is debatable (she's currently dating Pacey, ahem, Joshua Jackson), her burgeoning movie career seems ready to take off thanks to her recurring role as Abigail Chase in the "National Treasure" movies.

If you have no epic poetry to offer the great Helen, merely check out photos of her below.

Case Mods: Pimp Your PC

    Ye Olde NES
    This is the old school Nintendo Entertainment System (NES to its friends) - an 8-bit gaming system from the 1980's that's been artfully crammed into a custom wooden casing. The designer used a single chip that emulates the NES, so the largest component of the mod is the cartridge with the game. All it needs are game cartridges made from pine cones.

    Batman Utility Belt PC
    We'll never get a full inventory of Batman's utility belt, but it's entirely possible that aside from grappling hooks and shark repellent, the Dark Knight has a fully functional 500 GB PC. In this mod the utility belt has several compartments that hold the fan, power supply, CPU and optical drive, and there's a cooling mechanism in the yellow cables that pass around the belt.

    Grand Piano PC
    This was another former auction item that went for over $7000. It's the case of a 1904 Chickering Upright Grand Piano. Once you rip out all the guts that make the piano sound pretty, there's plenty of room to install a Windows XP Media Center with a 500 GB hard drive and a sliding panel to hide the LCD.

    Duct tape PC
    There's an old geek saying about duct tape: It's like the Force: it's got a dark side, a light side and holds the universe together. The good men at Icrontic had added to the 7 million and one uses for duct tape by creating an entire PC case made out of the sticky stuff. It includes three distinct grades of the sticky stuff (industrial, commercial, and decorative). In terms of the heating issue, they chose components from a high efficiency computer that would release less heat than the typical fire crotch laptop.

    Vid Game Console Guitar
    This completely working guitar is based on the Japanese version of the NES, known as the Famicon (for family computer). Freak everyone you know out and make one of these out of a Guitar Hero guitar.

    Lego Mac
    A computer consultant in Great Britain came up with the Legoland Mac. He had received a Mac 5300 that was damaged beyond repair. The author's reason for using Lego to build the casing was: he had it, Legos are lightweight, and it's easier to build with than wood or metal. Can't argue with that. You have to wonder though, with all that packed in tight Lego plastic, if the computer's heat would melt/weaken it.

    Guitar Hero/Marshall Stack Amplifier
    A huge Guitar Hero fan modded his Marshall stack amplifier, long known as the Monster Truck of amplifiers, as a cabinet for the Guitar Hero System. It includes three separate cabinets - the top has the speakers and a GH logo, the middle contains the TV, and the bottom has a sub woofer and the PS2 with GH loaded in.

    Supergamer
    Why settle for one old school console when you can have four? This 4-in-1 mod - nicknamed the SuperGenintari - includes the innards from Genesis, NES, Atari 2600 and Super NES, and it will play games from all those systems (not at the same time, though that would be cool). SuperGenintari hooks up to the average TV and has a built-in transformer so there's no hefty power pack, and its super size could physically crush the Xbox. Its creator used the knowledge he learned in high school shop class - all we remember from that was the solder burns. Notice, if you will, that the power button is a plastic Pac-man.

    R2D2 PC
    This plucky little droid is a favorite PC mod. You can see the hard drive and the disk drives fashioned in hidden compartments. All it needs are wheels and a remote control and R2 would be complete.

    Sony Walman/iPod Case
    The Retropod is a personal favorite, and came along with the early iPods. Sony's legal team raised their hackles and the project was shut down, because they were concerned that people would confuse the long-obsolete yellow Sony Walkman with current functional tech. The guts of the old Walkman were removed, and the resulting case was a snug carrier for the iPod. Case mods like these are great theft prevention because nobody in their right mind would steal a Walkman.