Switch things up for the holidays by displaying Treetopia’s Knocked Upside-down Christmas Tree. Not only does it look funny, it also takes up less floor space so you can fit it even in small rooms. It comes with 500 clear lights, a stand, a foot switch and extra bulbs and fuses.
Art & Design
Looking for a unique geeky gift? Heartwood Editions makes intricate, limited-edition, laser-engraved wood wall art based on franchises like Overwatch, Street Fighter, and Starcraft. Each measures 11.5″ x 17.5″ x 1″ thick. Also sold as a discounted 3-piece bundle.
Maker of cool stuff Ollari’s shows us how to turn plywood into a sweet modern ceiling lamp which has a shade made from bent slats placed around its circumference. It actually doesn’t look that hard to do yourself with a little time, effort, and the proper tools.
YouTuber HMS2 is known for creating impressively accurate miniature versions of real-world objects. This build is a spot-on, Lilliputian replica of an aquarium complete with gravel, rocks, plant life, and a weensy little school of fish floating in its simulated water.
French artist Parse/Error created a machine to produce his rhythmic and undulating line drawings. The designer conceives each image on a computer, while the machine acts as his hands and outputs his work. You can purchase original drawings in the Parse/Error shop.
To celebrate the International Space Station’s 20 years, the ESA released this 15-minute continuous time-lapse video captured by astronaut Alexander Gerst, as the ISS orbits the Earth two times over. The clip is comprised of 21,000+ images captured over about 3 hours.
Keith Williams of Oddball Gallery shows off a sculpture he created from birch plywood. He first cut and assembled 180 triangular pieces into a geodesic orb, then sanded it to smooth the edges and reveal its grain. The sander time-lapse is so awesome. Here’s its little brother.
WIRED sat down with forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor PhD to get the inside skinny on ways that science and a skilled eye can help detect art forgeries. Abstract works like Jackson Pollock’s drips and splashes are especially challenging.