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Revolution: The History of Turntable Design

Revolution: The History of Turntable Design
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Author and audiophile Gideon Schwartz follows up the excellent Hi-Fi with a visual history of turntables and vinyl recordings. The 264-page hardcover includes hundreds of images of turntables, their stories, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of the medium.

A Fever of Devil Rays

A Fever of Devil Rays

While diving in the Gulf of California, nature photographer, Sea Legacy co-founder and NatGeo contributor Paul Nicklen captured this awe-inspiring footage of a massive school of mobula rays – aka “devil rays.” It’s an amazing sight that reminds us how important it is to protect our oceans and the species that live beneath its surface.

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Soda Can Batmobile

Soda Can Batmobile

Minimaus Crafts is an expert at making sculptures from soda cans. Watch as he takes 15 cans, some popsicle sticks, straws, and a few other household items to make a miniature replica of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. His soda can Back to the Future DeLorean is pretty impressive too.

Making Glowing Ninja Throwing Stars

Making Glowing Ninja Throwing Stars

Robinson Foundry created these not-so-stealthy shurikens which glow in the dark. He created the design on his computer, 3D-printed forms for sand casting, then filled the molds with aluminum bronze. After finishing, he added a mix of epoxy resin and strontium aluminate, which glows brightly after being exposed to light.

Making a Macuahuitl

Making a Macuahuitl

We’ve seen many weapon builds, but this is the first time we’ve encountered a macuahuitl replica. This Aztec weapon dates to the 10th century and consists of a wooden paddle with spikes around its edge. DiesInEveryFilm made one of these weapons from scratch using modern tools. His wife, Emma Caglar created the artwork.

Patterned Plywood Electric Guitar with LEDs

Patterned Plywood Electric Guitar with LEDs

We’ve seen a lot of cool custom guitar builds over the years, but we’re particularly enchanted by this one. Woodworker Ray Whitby created this beautiful and unique electric guitar from layers of wood and epoxy resin, cut into chevron shapes, assembled and shaped into the guitar’s face, and backlit with LED lighting.

Renegade Illustrated by AI

Renegade Illustrated by AI

Here’s another cool AI-generated video. Like SolarProphet did before, Daara used Midjourney to create a sequence of haunting and dystopian images based on the lyrics to the Styx classic, Renegade. Oh mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of Cyberdyne Systems.

Alien Spider Sink Diorama

Alien Spider Sink Diorama

If there’s one thing you don’t want staring you in the face when you turn the bathroom lights on, it’s a creepy Alien xenomorph spider taking a bath in your sink. JackJack brought that nightmarish vision to life with this creepy polymer clay and resin diorama. This is what happens when you don’t clean the sink, kids.

Making Fake Money for Movies and TV

Making Fake Money for Movies and TV

There are lots of scenes in movies and TV shows where they show enormous stacks of cash. But there’s a fine line between on-screen realism and illegal counterfeiting. Insider takes a look at how prop companies produce fake bills, and one of the times they got in trouble for being too good at their jobs.

The Sounds of David Fincher

The Sounds of David Fincher

David Fincher is known for his precise and fastidious approach to filmmaking. While he’s frequently lauded for his “every frame is a work of art” visuals, his use of sound is equally impressive. Luís Azevedo of Little White Lies put together this supercut of sound effects from Fincher’s films that showcases their intensity and impact.

Catbus But It’s Garfield

Catbus But It’s Garfield

One of the many memorable images in My Neighbor Totoro is Catbus. Studson Studios thought it would be fun to redesign the walking bus as if it was Garfield. It’s not an original idea, but the first time we’ve seen the orange Catbus brought to life as a 3-dimensional object. We imagine it’s powered by lasagna, not gasoline.

3D-Printed Engagement Ring and Box

3D-Printed Engagement Ring and Box

Ready to propose to your sweetie? You could head to the jewelry store and spend thousands on an engagement ring, or you could do what agepbiz did, and 3D print one. He designed 3D models for the ring and gift box, printed them with Timberfill wood filament, sanded them smooth and added a Swarovski crystal to the ring.

LEGO Ideas This Is Fine Diorama

LEGO Ideas This Is Fine Diorama

One of the most iconic images of the last decade has to be artist KC Green’s This Is Fine meme. Hong Kong-based LEGO builder Truman pays tribute the meme with an awesome diorama that features the dog sitting in a room on fire enjoying his coffee. Cast your vote and help it get turned into a set we can buy.

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Logo Beginnings

Logo Beginnings
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This 432-page hardcover book from Taschen explores the origins and evolution of iconic corporate logos. Graphic designers and history buffs will love exploring the more than 6000 logo designs from the 1800s to the 1940s, some of which are still in use today. It’s a great source of creative inspiration too.

Hiding a PS5 in a PlayStation 1

Hiding a PS5 in a PlayStation 1

The PlayStation 5 is a powerful piece of gaming hardware, but its design is definitely controversial, and it doesn’t exactly blend into its surroundings. So builders Chris Salomone and Shaun Boyd got to work to conceal the console inside of a wooden shell that looks like a gigantic version of the original PlayStation.

Illuminated Hive Lamp

Illuminated Hive Lamp

The Lucid Bazaar Company and designer Joe Zado make a variety of unique geometric lamps that cast colors and shadows. Among them is this beehive-inspired light with honeycomb cutouts that project hexagonal patterns on walls and ceilings. We also dig their squiggly Brain Coral Shadow Lamp.

LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse

LEGO Ideas Motorized Lighthouse
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Inspired by a fan submission to LEGO Ideas, this 2,065-piece kit lets you assemble a 19.7″ tall model lighthouse. It has great details like a lighthouse-keeper’s cottage, a rowboat, and a hidden treasure chest. But the literal highlight of the set is the rotating, lighted beacon at its top, complete with a LEGO fresnel lens.

Nocturn Catch Tray

Nocturn Catch Tray
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Keep your wallet, keys, and other small EDC neat and tidy with this elegant catch-all tray from Craighill. Each one is crafted in Michigan from premium American hardwood, and measures 7.5″ x 11″. Choose from black walnut, natural maple, or ink-stained maple.

Custom Hot Wheels Bentley 6×6

Custom Hot Wheels Bentley 6×6

What’s better than a Bentley Continental GT? How about a 6-wheel-drive Bentley lifted for off-road rallying and outfitted with fat tires and skid plates? While we’d love to see a real-world version of this, for now, we’ll have to settle for this sweet custom Hot Wheels car from the Jakarta Diecast Project.

Mr. Blue Sky Illustrated by AI

Mr. Blue Sky Illustrated by AI

As we’ve seen in recent videos, AI technology is getting very good at creating art. SolarProphet has been using the AI tech Midjourney to create images based on song lyrics and posted this great sequence of digital art based on the ELO classic Mr. Blue Sky. Not every image lines up perfectly, but it’s still really well done.

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Drawing Vecna from Stranger Things

Drawing Vecna from Stranger Things

Irish artist Shane Gillen is a talented illustrator with a unique drawing style. But while he was creating an image of Vecna from Stranger Things 4, the creepy villain paid him a visit from the Upside Down. At least he didn’t snap Shane’s bones.

Spider-Man Comic Book Postcards

Spider-Man Comic Book Postcards
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This postcard set features cover images from 100 issues of Marvel’s Spider-Man comics. You’ll find issues from the 1960s to the 2020s, starting with Spidey’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15. The postcards include amazing illustrations by Steve Ditko, John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr., Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, and more.

Sunbelly

Sunbelly

This surreal and imaginative animated fantasy follows the story of an astronaut dog sent into space to investigate a seemingly dead planet. But when she arrives, she has a revealing encounter about her species’ past that could change their future forever. Written, directed, and animated by Jordan Speer.

Can Digital Movies Really Look Like Old Movies?

Can Digital Movies Really Look Like Old Movies?

David Fincher is known for his fastidious approach to filmmaking. He’s a staunch believer in digital technology and visual effects to bring his fiction to life. But when making a movie like Mank that’s supposed to look like it was shot in the 1940s, is digital better than analog? Video essayist CinemaStix explores the topic.

Nord Woodless Pencils

Nord Woodless Pencils

These special pencils feature a full graphite body. This makes it easier to fill in large areas by angling them. Plus, they have six times more usable pigment and are easier to keep sharpened. Nord woodless pencils come in black as well as a variety pack of colors. They’re not cheap, but they’ll last a very long time.

Making a Chocolate Giraffe

Making a Chocolate Giraffe

You don’t often see a pastry artist standing on top of a ladder to work on a piece. Amaury Guichon shows off his biggest chocolate creation yet – an 8.3-foot-tall sculpture of a giraffe. It looks way too good to eat, but if you forced us to, we’d start with the ears and ossicones and work our way down.

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