(PG-13: Language) Animator Steve Smith’s hilariously weird short film drops us into a post-apocalyptic world where all that remains are electronically augmented mutants who float around flooded cities collecting garbage that humanity left behind. Can we get a S.L.U.G.Z. feature film now?
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RareBird Games created this VR gaming oddity. The game sends players back in time to a Blockbuster-style video store to wander the shelves looking for movies to rent on VHS and DVD. In survival mode, you’ll work to make money for bills and movie rentals, and you’ll even be able to watch some movies inside of the game.
Joe Dante is the moviemaker behind 1980s classics like Innerspace, Gremlins, and The Howling. As Dante delved deeper into the Hollywood system, the battle for creative control escalated. The Royal Ocean Film Society explores the filmmaker’s tumultuous relationship with the studios. Also, go watch Gremlins 2 right now.
The 5PK is a compact utility knife that’s small enough to carry in the fifth pocket of your jeans. Each one is precision-machined from aluminum with a brass alloy lock button. Its slider design enables easy blade changes without tools, using off-the-shelf utility blades.
The art of making tiles from cement dates back to the 19th century. Unlike other tiles, they require no firing, but they are quite labor-intensive to make. Business Insider visited Egyptian tile artist Saied Hussain to see how he crafts each of his colorful cement tiles by hand.
Inspired by the iconic logo of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions comes an awesome collectible toy of the little red robot with the spring sticking out of its head. The die-cast and plastic action figure has 24 points of articulation, and the back of its head opens to reveal the inner workings of the Bad Robot’s mind.
Randy Newman’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me is one of the most memorable movie songs of all time. We really enjoyed this soothing cover of the Toy Story tune, performed by Korea’s Pulse Percussion on a marimba. Disney fans will also appreciate their marimba covers of He’s a Pirate and A Whole New World.
Simas1014 of Generic Woodworking likes to make working models of car engines from wood. Here, he shows off an impossibly tiny model of a V8 engine, complete with a working crankshaft, rods, and pistons that move. You’d need to measure this engine’s displacement in milliliters.
Was Tim Burton’s LEGO Batmobile too expensive or complex for you? Celebrate your love for the classic Batman TV show with this easy and wallet-friendly version of Batman and Robin’s 1966 ride. The 345-piece model includes LEGO stud launchers, a hinged trunk for storing ammo, and Batman and Joker Minifigures.
Long-time prankster Rémi Gaillard couldn’t make it to the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, so he put on his own version of the event wherever he could find the room. Rémi competes against himself in events such as the random lady’s purse toss, downhill moving walkway kayaking, and car wash surfing.
One lucky sweepstakes winner will drive home in this Riverside Red drop-top beauty – a matching-numbers C2 Sting Ray with a fuel-injected 327 ci V8, pop-up headlights, and four-wheel independent suspension. Proceeds go to support The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Awesomer readers get 25% bonus entries.
Magpul’s pouches are ideal for carrying small items, from tools to parts to ammo. They’re made from a reinforced polymer fabric with an anti-slip texture, welded seams, and a water-resistant YKK zipper with a shrink-tube-wrapped paracord zipper for easy opening with gloves on. They also make see-through version.
The soundtrack to season one of Amazon’s Paradise City is filled with some great music, including this cover version of the Pet Shop Boys 1987 hit It’s a Sin, performed by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. The moody approach to JD’s cover suits the weighty subject matter of the track well.
Rock ‘Em Socks pays tribute to Loki and his many variants with a playful series of officially licensed Marvel footwear. Among our favorites are Alligator Loki’s Glorious Purpose, Loki’s campaign buttons, Miss Minutes, and some fan-favorite Lokis, illustrated cartoon-style.
The Dude abides as a 1/6th-scale figure that’s a dead ringer for Jeff Bridges’ iconic character from The Big Lebowski. The 12″ tall figure offers lots of articulation and includes nine different hands, including a bowling ball hand and white Russian hands. The Sideshow version comes with an exclusive hand holding a joint.
We’re based in Chicago, so we know a thing or two about cold winters. But we’ve never experienced anything like Yakutsk, Siberia, which has recorded a low temperature of -96°F (71°C). Discover With Cenet takes us on a trip to this frigid city, which is home to over 300,000 residents, and contends with some unique challenges due to the cold.
KeySmart’s inexpensive keychain multitool incorporates a bottle opener, wrench, ruler, cutter, spoke wrench, flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers, and a wire cutter. Its built-in carabiner clip attaches easily to a belt loop or bag too. They sell versions in other animal-inspired shapes, but they include fewer tools.
Paul McCartney gets gracefully de-aged in the imaginative music video for the song Find My Way, a track which truly sounds like equal parts McCartney and Beck. We’re not sure Macca ever had those dance moves even when he was younger. Directed by Andrew Donoho, co-produced by digital avatar maker Hyperreal Digital.
This insane vehicle started life as a Lamborghini Huracan, but now has an off-road suspension and an LS engine swap. B is for Build and the car’s owner Chris Steinbacher teamed up with Mint 400 and Mad Media head honcho Matt Martelli for a look at the car as it took to the desert for initial shakedown testing.
The easy-to-use Dash Compact Cold-Press Power Juicer makes great juices without taking up a ton of space. Just feed fruit into the chute, and it separates pulp from juice to retain nutrients while oxidizing ingredients more slowly than regular juicers, so drinks (including fresh almond and cashew milk!) stay fresh longer.
Designed to help artists carry their everyday supplies, Osuza’s innovative backpack opens up completely flat to provide quick, organized access to all of your gear. It’s got lots of loops and pockets for holding tools, brushes, and other loose items, and its top can open to tote long or oddly-shaped items.
The webcams built into most laptops aren’t usually very good, and most desktop monitors don’t even have one. This add-on webcam offers 1080p HD resolution, an oval ring light to improve your image, and a noise-reducing directional microphone for clear audio. Grab one for 53% off the MSRP in The Awesomer Shop.
Some of our earliest childhood memories involve colorful Fisher-Price toys with big buttons, spinny parts, and other tactile things to play with. This short animation from NYC creative house Bullpen envisions the evolution of these toys as we grow into adulthood, better representing life, from the mundane to the downright dangerous.
It doesn’t seem like something that would be particularly complicated to make, but as How It’s Made shows us, creating party balloons requires lots of industrial equipment, including electrically-charged vats of liquid latex, balloon-shaped molds, and spinning brushes to create the openings we blow into.
This premium tactical pen features a bolt-action mechanism and a built-in D-ring for attaching to a key ring, a carabiner, or a lanyard. It takes an off-the-shelf LAMY M22 refill and is available in machined titanium or brass. Its top has six slots for DIY installation of 1.5x6mm tritium glow vials.
Ouroboros ARQ loves to build miniature structures using full-size construction techniques. For this project, they built a scale version of a suspension bridge, complete with steel-reinforced concrete pillars, and dozens of meticulously-threaded wires to support its paved roadway and guard rails.