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Atari Video Music Light Show

Atari Video Music Light Show

A while back, Techmoan showed off the Atari Video Music, a device that produces colorful patterns from audio. YouTube channel Atari Video Music CRT Garage makes music videos with the 8-bit box, displaying its images on a roomful of TV screens. There are more than 40 videos in the series. Here’s a playlist of our faves.

Adam Savage Meets the Original Johnny 5

Adam Savage Meets the Original Johnny 5

1980s kids, Johnny 5 is alive! Adam Savage got to geek out over one of the original screen-used models of the friendly and inquisitive robot from Short Circuit. This particular Johnny 5 was never functional but it still looks amazing. It’s one of the many amazing props and artifacts headed to Prop Store’s 2022 London auction.

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Making a Tiny Helicopter from Popsicle Sticks

Making a Tiny Helicopter from Popsicle Sticks

Modelmaker 3JWings made this miniature replica of MD 530F helicopter using popsicle sticks. He cut and layered the sticks together, then sanded them smoothly to form the chopper’s body. After cutting and attaching details like its skids and rotors, he applied a yellow and black paint job to bring it to life.

Making a Kanabō

Making a Kanabō

It’s rare that we come across a weapon we haven’t heard of, but this is the first time we’ve seen a kanabō (金棒). This ancient Samurai war club was basically a spiked or studded baseball bat. Diesineveryfilm created a replica of the Japanese weapon, and it appears highly effective based on the melon and coconut carnage.

Fire-breathing Bowser Diorama

Fire-breathing Bowser Diorama

After watching the trailer for the Super Mario Bros. movie, Boylei Hobby Time was inspired to recreate the fire-breathing Bowser scene as a diorama. He started by making the buildings out of wood and foam, added a 3D-printed Bowser, painted everything, and created the fire effect using LED filament lights and cotton.

The Best Cosplay @ Comic-Con 2022

The Best Cosplay @ Comic-Con 2022

It’s been a while since Sneaky Zebra have attended New York Comic-Con, but they made it this year and shot this great video featuring some of the best cosplayers strutting their stuff. It’s one of the few spots where you can catch She-Hulk, Din Djarin, Doctor Strange, and Buzz Lightyear in the same place… except Disney+.

Open Eyes

Open Eyes

Artist Jake Fried’s latest animated short film takes us on an abstract journey through life and the universe as witnessed in the reflections of our eyes. As is the case with most of Jake’s works, he hand-illustrated each frame using ink and white-out. We can’t imagine how long this took to create.

Forging a Forbidden Japanese Tri-Dagger

Forging a Forbidden Japanese Tri-Dagger

Black Beard Projects created this dagger as his entry into the Fantasy Challenge. He starts the build by layering steel into a Damascus pattern, then forming it into a triangle and twisting and honing the metal to create its unique blade. After that, he made an engraved brass guard, a wrapped wooden handle, and a brass pommel.

Making a Guitar Out of Newspaper

Making a Guitar Out of Newspaper

Burls Art has made a name for himself by creating guitars out of unusual materials. This time, he laminated 700 sheets of newspaper to form a wood-like block. The result is an incredibly cool instrument with a vintage look, visible paper layers along its edge and neck, and historical newspaper headlines on its front and back.

Wooden States Key Holders

Wooden States Key Holders
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Louisville, Kentucky-based The Wooden States creates precision-cut hardwood wall art based on state shapes. Each one is backed with four strong magnets which can hold onto key rings, pocket knives, jewelry, and other metal objects. In addition to individual states, there’s a version of the entire continental U.S.

Making Ceramic Tiles with Machined Textures

Making Ceramic Tiles with Machined Textures

Jimmy DiResta wanted to see if he could make ceramic tiles while incorporating CNC tech. He started by using a desktop milling machine to cut designs into Corian, then used those to create plaster casts for the clay. He used an Evenheat kiln to fire the tiles. The voiceover provides a great glimpse into his learning process.

Creality Sonic Pad

Creality Sonic Pad
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This gadget can increase the speed of 3D printers from 200% to 500%. Incorporating Klipper tech, it connects to most FDM printers via their USB ports to supplant typically slow internal controllers with a fast new brain. It can preview models on its screen and connect to a camera to shoot time-lapse printing videos.

Honeycomb Magnetic Key Holder

Honeycomb Magnetic Key Holder
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Etsy seller BUproducts makes these unique decorative racks for holding keys. The hexagonal honeycomb design is made from bamboo and has five magnets for holding its matching hexagonal metal key rings. Measures 11.2″ W x 4.3″ H x 0.4″ D.

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Cyber Kicks

Cyber Kicks

Animator Kris Theorin of Something’s Awry created this vibrant and energetic CG animated short film. The roughly 2-minute sequence follows the journey of a young scofflaw as she tests out her fancy new sneakers to outrun the cops in a neon-lit cyberpunk city. The track is a sped-up version of Up All Night by Midnight Riot.

Recycling Face Masks Into a Park Bench

Recycling Face Masks Into a Park Bench

Since the start of the pandemic, the world has been using huge amounts of personal protective equipment. The Brothers Make teamed up with recycler ReWorked to see what they could do with the plastic found in disposable face masks. They melted and extruded the resulting polypropylene granules into the parts for a park bench.

Bonobo: ATK

Bonobo: ATK

Filmmakers the McGloughlin Brothers created the eye-catching music video for the Bonobo track ATK. Using high-speed shutters and cameras placed in moving vehicles, they captured the vibrancy of the world through hypnotic, horizontal motion. It reminds us a bit of the video for Chemical Brothers’ Star Guitar.

Crocs x Steve Harrington Footwear Collection

Crocs x Steve Harrington Footwear Collection
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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Crocs are hot again, at least in the limited-edition game. Their latest drop is an over-the-top collection by LA-based artist Steve Harrington. Colorful and cartoony, each clog and slide in the collection includes Jibbitz charms of Harrington’s whimsical psych-pop characters. A Footlocker exclusive.

Cognitive Surplus Steel Water Bottles

Cognitive Surplus Steel Water Bottles
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These stainless steel water bottles from Cognitive Surplus are covered with artwork that celebrates aspects of science and nature. Whether you’re into botany, rocket science, geology, or medicine, there’s a bottle for you. Each one holds a substantial 32 oz. of liquid and is double-wall vacuum insulated.

Making Smaller and Smaller Portraits

Making Smaller and Smaller Portraits

Illustrator DP Truong chose Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow as the subject of a pencil drawing. After he finished the 21 cm (8.26 in) black-and-white portrait, he kept going. Only for the next drawing, he went with a smaller piece of paper. Then he repeated the task over and over until he got down to a 0.2 cm (0.07 in) image.

3D Metal Camera Kit

3D Metal Camera Kit
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This punch-out metal kit lets you assemble a 3D replica of a camera inspired by the Canon EOS 5D Mk. IV DSLR. Expect a challenging build that requires patience, a good set of needle-nose pliers, and the occasional Band-Aid. As it’s clearly not an official Canon product, it says “anon,” which we find kind of amusing.

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Mygdal Plantlights

Mygdal Plantlights

German design firm Nui Studio created these large handcrafted hanging lamps, which incorporate a closed ecosystem for growing and nurturing a plant inside of a glass jar. The water inside of the lamp evaporates and condenses to keep the plant wet. For more information on ordering, contact Nui Studio.

3D-Printed GTA V Map

3D-Printed GTA V Map

Artist and designer Dom Riccobene painstakingly replicated the full single-player map of Los Santos from Grand Theft Auto V as a 3D model. Because of the size of his 3D printer, he broke the map down into 24 quadrants, then assembled each piece onto a 20″ x 30″ base. We enjoyed watching the map legend being carved too.

Toppling 700,000+ Dominoes

Toppling 700,000+ Dominoes

At the World Domino Collective 2022, the Dutch Domino Team enlisted 33 builders to put together this enormous 750,000 dominoes sequence. In the end, “only” 704,814 toppled, but they still set an amateur world record. Domino maniac Lily Hevesh was part of the build team and captured the impressive feat.

Meow Wolf Denver’s Gremlin Symphony

Meow Wolf Denver’s Gremlin Symphony

It took 56 people four years to build Gremlin Symphony inside Convergence Station, Denver. The room is an art installation made from trash sculpted around instruments that play themselves using robotics or can be played by a human. Reggie Watts got together with co-creator Meason Wiley to give it a test run.

Interview with an Art Forger

Interview with an Art Forger

They say, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but if we had to guess the profession of this distinguished British gentleman with a brass duck head cane, we would have gone with an art forger. LADbible interviewed Max Brandrett to learn about how his rough upbringing, life in the circus, and artistic talents led to a life of crime.

Cracked Glass Portrait

Cracked Glass Portrait

Artist and filmmakers Niall Shukla shows off Orion – an incredible portrait he created by cracking a single sheet glass. It took a lot of practice to perfect the technique, eventually tapping the glass over a thousand times to produce the 4.5-foot square portrait. He since sold it with an accompanying animated NFT.

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