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Reverse Slow-mo Compilation

Reverse Slow-mo Compilation

Kuma Films is known for photographing people as they show off their various talents. Often, the footage is captured in slow-motion, so for fun, they decided to run some of the footage in reverse, resulting in a surreal and captivating compilation of backwards scenes.

Flipo Flip Kinetic Toy

Flipo Flip Kinetic Toy

Machined from a solid hunk of aluminum or brass, the Flipo Flip offers a unique take on the desktop fidget toy. This metal plaything is designed to feel great in the hand, and is perfectly weighted for flipping, spinning, and manipulation with your fingers. Available in hexagonal and square designs.

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On the Importance of Editors

On the Importance of Editors

Directors and writers seem to get most of the credit when it comes to filmmaking. But there are many other critical players required to create a quality movie, not the least of whom are film editors. Now You See It celebrates the work of Dede Allen and other influential women editors.

Big Wormhole Dice Tower

Big Wormhole Dice Tower

Board game players looking for a fun way to randomize their dice rolls should check out this very cool and unique dice tower from RUBrand. The tower features undulating layers of laser-cut, high-density wood fiberboard with cutouts that tumble dice as they cascade from the top to the coliseum below. Assembly required.

Mount Hondarama LEGO Race Track

Mount Hondarama LEGO Race Track

To celebrate Honda Australia’s sponsorship of LEGO Masters Australia, the car company commissioned artist Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught to build a detailed model of the famed Mount Panorama racing circuit. The 150,000 brick model took eight builders over 650 hours to construct, measures 11 ft by 6 ft, and has driveable R/C cars.

Jet Dreams

Jet Dreams

Jessica Ambats is passionate about both photography and aviation, and she’s quite the talent behind the lens. Her 160-page book features some of the spectacular images she’s captured over the past 15 years, with a unique focus on pilots who own and fly their own jets. Available as a digital download or hardcover.

Red Planet Rise

Red Planet Rise

Filmmaker Seán Doran poured through mountains of images and data captured by the HiRISE camera system on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to create this incredibly detailed black-and-white rendering of the planet’s surface, showing off details of Mars’ cratered and rocky surface like we’ve never seen it before.

Froot Loops Candle

Froot Loops Candle

Etsy store Candlelit Desserts makes candles and soaps that look like a variety of food. Its bestseller is this candle that not only looks but also smells like Froot Loops. The 12oz candle comes in a 6″ bowl and has a spoon embedded in it. Not part of a nutritious breakfast.

Candy Shop

Candy Shop

Like many inventions, pharmaceuticals are a double-edged sword. Some have saved and improved millions of lives, while others have caused terrible side-effects and dangerous, deadly addictions. Patrick Smith’s rapidfire short film offers a satirical commentary on our obsession with drugs without saying a word.

Laser-Cut Orrery

Laser-Cut Orrery

Dreipunkt’s flat-pack wood kit lets you build your own orbital model of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. As you move its lever, each astronomical body rotates relative to the others, as an arrow indicates the date on which they take up those positions. From Laserdeko, who has all kinds of nifty laser-cut stuff for sale.

Water Droplet Macro

Water Droplet Macro

Did you know you can shoot macro photos without a macro lens? Another Perspective shows us how you can use kit or zoom lenses with a magnifier lens like the NiSi close-up lens to capture amazing close-up images – in this case using water droplets to refract light.

Coffee Run

Coffee Run

This animated short film plays out like a side-scroller action game, but the level design isn’t just some background scenery. Instead, the story of its protagonist’s tragic past relationship are recalled as she runs through the stages, fueled by a blast of caffeine. From director Hjalti Hjalmarsson and Blender Animation Studio.

The 8×6 Workshop

The 8×6 Workshop

We’ve seen some pretty sweet tiny houses over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen a tiny workshop. Artist Stephen Watson built himself a place to work on his projects that measures just 8′ x 6′ (48 square feet.) It’s a great demonstration of what can be done with a small space and a fastidious approach to organization.

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HMS Watch

HMS Watch

NAVA Design’s playful, yet minimal analog wristwatch replaces the hour, minute, and second hands with a floating “H,” “M,” and “S” to indicate the current time, giving it a unique design, while still being legible. It features a stainless steel 39mm case, a mineral glass crystal, and a leather strap.

Forging the Valhalla Viking Axe

Forging the Valhalla Viking Axe

Inspired by the new Assassin’s Creed game Valhalla, the swordsmiths from That Works created a real-life replica of the badass Viking axe that’s front and center in Boss Logic’s game art. We love the detailing on the engraved logo and weathered finish that makes it look like it’s seen some serious battle action.

Making a Patek Phillipe Watch

Making a Patek Phillipe Watch

Sold back in 2014 for roughly $2.6 million, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 is a highly-collectible wristwatch, with just seven of them ever made. This behind the scenes footage takes us inside their factory for a look at the craftsmanship that went into each of these rare and incredibly complicated timepieces.

Tiny Marble Machine

Tiny Marble Machine

Artist Daniel de Bruin is an expert at making metal tracks for marble machines. He’s taught us how to make our own, and even made a room-sized marble track. Now, he’s downsized his efforts, creating the tiniest marble course we’ve ever seen, using a custom drive mechanism, 0.6mm wire, and a 5mm wide ball bearing.

Pressure: The Countless Faces of Chaos

Pressure: The Countless Faces of Chaos

Ernest Desumbila’s and Sauvage.TV’s short film packs in a whole lot of style, fantastic cinematography, and a cryptic but intriguing series of vignettes about a future civilization where people meet their doom as they face the inevitable in their monstrous and chaotic world.

Iron Man Plasma Gauntlet

Iron Man Plasma Gauntlet

Over the years, The Hacksmith has made some pretty badass gadgets, often inspired by movie props and weapons. This time, they built themselves an awesome metal gauntlet that looks like Iron Man’s armor, then upgraded it with the ability to slice through metal with a plasma cutter. Every workshop needs one of these.

DIY Carbon Fiber Cloth Guitar

DIY Carbon Fiber Cloth Guitar

We’ve seen how pro luthiers make guitars from carbon fiber. Now, Burls Art shows that it’s possible to make one in your own workshop. He starts out by building a styrofoam form to create a mold, then lays in carbon fiber twill and resin form the guitar’s body. A vacuum pump is used to pull the fiber cleanly into the mold.

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Brass GameBoy Color

Brass GameBoy Color

Inspired by the Nintendo GameBoy Color he had when he was a kid, artist and electronics wiz Jiri Praus made a custom version of the handheld, featuring a shiny brass front and a see-through back which exposes its meticulously bent brass wiring. He had to use an emulator instead of original hardware, but it’s still beautiful.

The Woodbook

The Woodbook

Between 1888 and 1913, Romeyn Beck Hough collected specimens of wood to create what would become the de facto standard for studying trees and wood. Taschen got their hands on a pristine copy of the 14 volume set, and photographed each sample for this 768 page book. A fantastic gift for any artist or woodworker.

U.S. Cork Maps

U.S. Cork Maps

Geo 101 Designs makes these great wall art pieces for chronicling your journeys. The self-healing nature of the 1/2″ thick cork makes it perfect for pinning locations, tacking up photos from your trips, or even poking in commemorative pins. Comes in 15″h x 23″w and 21″h x 34″w sizes, as well as a giant 8 foot-wide version.

Carving a Wood Mouse

Carving a Wood Mouse

After building himself a rustic keyboard from wood, builder of things The Q decided to make a matching mouse. He started out with a hunk of nice hardwood, copied the shape of a plastic mouse onto it, then got to work cutting it down, sculpting its form, then carving out its center to make room for its mechanism.

Crayola Colors of the World

Crayola Colors of the World

After decades of highly-limited fleshtones, Crayola has embraced global diversity with a box of crayons which let kids choose from 24 different skin colors, so they can draw the faces of themselves and all of their friends with greater accuracy than ever. The 32-color box includes colors for hair and eyes as well.

Phenomena Exotica

Phenomena Exotica

Jossie Malis‘ animated short delves into a trio of stranger-than-fiction true stories about incredible coincidences which make you wonder if there really is some higher power playing games with humans like pawns on a chess board. (Thanks Rob!)

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