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D-Dart Tempest Blaster

D-Dart Tempest Blaster

This unusual battery-powered blaster uses a flywheel to load up and fire up to 28 foam darts in sequence. Since they’re designed to be held and fired by a single hand, you can dual-wield them too. Out of Darts recently reviewed it, and showed how much faster it can fire when modded.

Kerbal Space Program 2 (Trailer)

Kerbal Space Program 2 (Trailer)

The cinematic trailer for the interstellar follow-up to the popular space sandbox game Kerbal Space Program doesn’t show any gameplay, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome, as Kerbals race through space backed by M83’s epic Outro. For more on the game’s new features go here, and learn more from the developers.

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Underwater (Trailer)

Underwater (Trailer)

After a team of underwater researchers set up shop at the bottom of the ocean, an earthquake strikes and threatens to destroy their laboratory. But it turns out that maybe they really just angered some undersea monster by drilling into its home. Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, and Vincent Cassel star in this popcorn horror flick.

Jack in the Box Illusion

Jack in the Box Illusion

Bodypainting artist Kika Studio is up to her old tricks. This time she used a heaping helping of black paint to erase her torso and turned herself into a super creepy human jack-in-the-box. Who are we kidding? All jack-in-the-boxes are terrifying.

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

The multitalented Aaron Grooves and Jared Charney Cohen collaborated for this fun tap dance, piano, and xylophone performance of the “Athletic” theme music from Super Mario World. If you need a smile today, this video should do the trick.

Making a Giant Matchbox

Making a Giant Matchbox

The Q decided that ordinary matches weren’t big enough for him, so he went ahead and made five giant-sized matches out of wood, rope, and a homemade mix of incendiary chemicals like the ones on a real match head. To complete the set, he built a wooden matchbox with a sandpaper striker on its side.

The Neverending Story: Rock Edition

The Neverending Story: Rock Edition

If you’ve never seen The Neverending Story, rent it this weekend. The 1984 classic is a wonderfully imaginative ride through a child’s mind as he discovers a fantastical world hidden in the pages of a book. To show his love for the film, guitarist 331Erock put his own spin on its theme song, by Limahl and Giorgio Moroder.

Grand Piano Island

Grand Piano Island

Pianist Pavel Andreev performs in one of the most exclusive venues we’ve ever seen – on a man-made floating square island in the middle of the lake in Karelia, Russia’s stunning marble canyon. They had to lower the piano on a crane from above, then floated it into the lake.

Smiley Face Basketball

Smiley Face Basketball

This basketball is sure to bring a smile to every player’s face, driving down the court for a dunk, or grabbing a rebound off the backboard. This Urban Outfitters‘ exclusive design from Chinatown Market features the iconic 1960s Smiley face emblazoned on a yellow B-ball. It’s also available in a 3M reflective version for night games.

The Falconeer (Teaser)

The Falconeer (Teaser)

We don’t know too much about the upcoming game The Falconeer, but it’s clear from the teaser trailer that the open-world fantasy RPG looks gorgeous – and involves dogfighting between giant birds – and that sounds pretty awesome to us.

Pump Up the Jam in Church

Pump Up the Jam in Church

Get your booty in a pew tonight. Gud Nuse shared this very different interpretation of Technotronic’s 1989 dance mega-hit Pump Up the Jam. His toned-down version was recorded in a church, and performed on a grand piano.

Mistaken Lyrics Coasters

Mistaken Lyrics Coasters

We’ve all misunderstood the lyrics of songs from time to time. These amusing coasters from Bright Beam Goods memorialize some classics, from “I’ll never leave your pizza burnin'” to “Rock the cat spa” to our favorite “She was a fax machine, she kept her modem clean.” Sold in themed sets of six cork coasters each.

Snow (Hey Oh): Fingerstyle

Snow (Hey Oh): Fingerstyle

Musician Luca Stricagnoli is back with another fantastic performance. Watch and listen as the fingerstyle guitar master’s fingers fly across the fretboard with a great rendition of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ melodic 2006 hit Snow (Hey Oh).

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Parasite (Trailer)

Parasite (Trailer)

Acclaimed filmmaker Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, Okja) presents a suspenseful dark comedy about a wealthy and a poor family brought together in a symbiotic relationship, and the unwanted interloper who could tear apart their delicate balance. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the director is to expect the unexpected.

Prism Playing Cards

Prism Playing Cards

These colorful playing cards are a nice alternative to ordinary red and black decks. Each card features vibrant rainbow colors and dynamic imagery, set against a contrasting background. Choose from day, dusk, or our favorite, night designs.

Bohemian Rhapsody on Bass

Bohemian Rhapsody on Bass

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is an incredibly challenging song to play when you have the proper instruments. To prove his bass-playing chops, musician Zander Zon managed to perform a compelling rendition entirely on his bass guitar. We’re amazed that he was able to extract such range from the 4-string instrument.

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

The Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra is best known for their classic Russian tunes, but they also enjoy the occasional rock and roll song. Here, their balalaika section performs a cover of the 1971 Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven. We had no idea that a contrabass balalaika was a thing.

Airfix VW Camper Van Model

Airfix VW Camper Van Model

For those looking for a more realistic – and less expensive – snap-together version of Volkswagen’s iconic Type 2 van than LEGO’s kit, look no further than this Airfix Quickbuild model. It requires no glue or paint, and clicks together in minutes. Choose from sky blue or red paint jobs. They also make a matching VW Bug.

Speedboat Float

Speedboat Float

Sun Pleasure’s Bay Breeze Boat Island is an oversized floating vessel that looks like a speedboat, but is actually just an inflatable raft on steroids. It has seating for up to six people, and has a built-in drink cooler and cup holders. It’s currently sold out, though you might find one on eBay.

Sounds Like Van Spirit

Sounds Like Van Spirit

After listening to a great performance by a street musician, sound engineer Marten Berger found himself inspired. He spent two years on the road, traveling across 25 countries in search of the best performers, then recorded many of them in his studio on wheels. A collection of recordings are available for sale on his website.

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Fright-and-Seek Coloring Book

Fright-and-Seek Coloring Book

Master doodle artist Lei Melendres‘ creative coloring book sends you on a mission to explore weird and creepy scenes filled with hundreds of wacky characters and hard to find objects. Once you find your objectives, simply color them in, then move on to the next challenge.

Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

Spencer Frost’s short film is a love letter to the ocean and to nightime, as six surfers explain why they seek the waves off the East coast of Australia in the darkness rather than in the light of day. Best watched in a dark room with headphones on.

Cinemaps

Cinemaps

Artist Andrew DeGraff’s cinematic atlas is filled with intricate isometric maps which guide us through the locations in popular movies. The hardcover book features 11″ x 14″ reproductions of his hand-painted maps from 35 movies including King Kong, Fargo, The Princess Bride, The Shining, and many more.

Dolemite Is My Name (Trailer)

Dolemite Is My Name (Trailer)

(PG-13) Eddie Murphy stars in this Netflix original movie about real-life comedian and musician Rudy Ray Moore who broke through with his over-the-top character Dolemite, leading one of the most popular franchises in the blaxploitation era, despite being a parody of the genre. Directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow).

100 Movie Themes on Guitar

100 Movie Themes on Guitar

Musician Niall Stenson presents an epic 20-minute medley of movie theme songs. While we’re not familiar with every piece of music, they all sound great with Niall’s rock and roll edge, especially the Disney, Pixar, and Batman tunes.

Desolation Center (Trailer)

Desolation Center (Trailer)

Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella owe their existence to a series of 1980s guerrilla punk rock events in the California desert. Stuart Swezey’s documentary combines interviews of punk and post-punk luminaries with performances by Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Perry Farrell, and more. Drops 9/13/19.

Michel Gondry: Recursion

Michel Gondry: Recursion

Michel Gondry’s music videos, TV shows, and films deftly combine humor, childlike whimsy, and in-camera effects to entertain our brains. In this clip from Polyphonic, essayist Noah LeFevre explains how Gondry’s background as a percussionist has influenced his work through rhythmic, repetitive, and redundant imagery.

TEC Orbiter Fidget Device

Keep your brain and fingers occupied with this entertaining desktop toy from TEC Accessories. It consists of a titanium body with a embedded neodymium magnets, and a chrome steel ball which can be rotated around its center endlessly, or rotated like a track ball, or spun like a top. Save 55% in The Awesomer Shop.

Cardboard Bentley Ultratank

Cardboard Bentley Ultratank

The Bentley Ultratank is one insane build, but it’s not something most mere mortals like us will ever get near. Perhaps sensing this futility, low-budget maker Liberman decided to make himself a miniature version out of cardboard, toothpicks, wood rulers, plastic bottle caps, and the motors from an RC car.

Killing In The Name of 1000 Musicians

Killing In The Name of 1000 Musicians

Every once in a while, the Rockin’ 1000 assembles a group of musicians from around the globe to offer up one epic rock performance. This time, they gathered at the Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt to play the Rage Against the Machine classic, Killing in the Name. We love watching all the drummers banging away in sync.

NERF N-Strike Elite Titan CS-50

NERF N-Strike Elite Titan CS-50

NERF’s toy arsenal gets bigger and badder thanks to the N-Strike Elite Titan CS-50. It’s a minigun-style launcher that can fires eight darts per second from its spinning barrel. It has a 50 dart capacity, and comes with 50 foam projectiles and a shoulder strap to carry some of its weight.

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