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The Wellerman TikTok Collab

The Wellerman TikTok Collab

Several musicians on TikTok collaborated to create this layered performance of the New Zealand folk song The Wellerman (aka “Sea Shanty”). NathanEvanns provided lead vocals, and The Kiffness stitched together this video, adding the subtitling and lyrics (and cats). The remix version is by Arguiles.

Weta Workshop Unleashed

Weta Workshop Unleashed

Weta Workshop is one of the world’s best special effects and prop companies. Now, visitors to Auckland, New Zealand can enjoy a 90-minute interactive tour that allows them to experience the creative processes behind three imaginary movies in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres. Book tickets here.

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AC/DC: Realize

AC/DC: Realize

I’ve got the power to hypnotize… Make a play, mesmerize. AC/DC reminds us that old guys can rock too with this single from their 17th studio album Power Up. Vocalist Brian Johnson can still scream with the best of them, and guitarist Angus Young’s schoolboy moves as solid as ever. Turn the volume up to 11 and bang your head!

Fill-in Filmography Print

Fill-in Filmography Print

Pop Chart’s print makes a perfect gift for cinephiles, mapping out hundreds of classic movies by genre. Each film includes the year it was released, along with a circle to mark whether they loved it, liked it, or merely watched it. It measures 36″ x 24″ and available unframed, framed, or mounted on a birch plywood panel.

Drinking Straw Grasshopper

Drinking Straw Grasshopper

While we all know that plastic drinking straws are bad for the environment, it’s also true they’re good for making art. YouTuber Imaginative Guy shows off his crafting skills by turning a bendy green straw into a very convincing grasshopper fishing lure. He also made a shrimp using the same technique.

Wonderwall: 80s Edition

Wonderwall: 80s Edition

Musician Mick Mazz loves to reinterpret tracks and imagine what they might have sounded like if they came out in a different decade. His arrangement of the Oasis hit Wonderwall perfectly reworks the 1995 pseudo-Beatles track as a synth-heavy ’80s pop ballad.

Gift Wrap R/C Plane

Gift Wrap R/C Plane

Josh over at FliteTest wanted to put together something fun and easy-to-build after the holidays, so he took some leftover wrapping paper and used it to form the wings for a remote-controlled airplane. The glider-style wing design is pretty nifty.

K’NEX Pinball Machine

K’NEX Pinball Machine

Tyler Bower loves to make things from K’NEX construction toys. His masterpiece: a fully-functional, life-size pinball machine. It features ramps, automatic scoring, a digital scoreboard, and mechanical features like trap doors, chain lifts, and multiball. The whole thing shakes a bit, so it’s a good thing there’s no tilt sensor.

The Astronomy Book

The Astronomy Book

Part of DK’s Big Ideas Simply Explained series, The Astronomy Book is a great way to learn about a typically dense subject. The book explores the history of astronomy, space exploration, and the concepts surrounding astrophysics in terms that anyone can understand.

Cherry (Trailer)

Cherry (Trailer)

Tom Holland stars in this drama about a young Army medic who struggles with PTSD and turns to robbing banks after his drug addiction puts him into debt. Directed by The Russo Brothers (Avengers:Endgame + Infinity War, Community). In theaters 2.26.21 and on Apple TV + on 3.12.21.

Pac-Man Chogokin Mech Figure

Pac-Man Chogokin Mech Figure

Tamashii Nations envisions Pac-Man as a Chogokin mech. Made from a mix of ABS plastic and die-cast metal, the 4″ tall dot-gobbling machine has a metallic skin and can launch flying punches to help ward off ghosts. His flip-top head opens to reveal the real Pac-Man at the controls inside the mech. Drops Fall 2021.

Rock Covers

Rock Covers

Celebrate your love for music and artistry with Taschen’s compact (6.5″ x 8.8″) but densely-packed 512-page compendium of album art. The book features classic images from more than 750 albums, along with a fact sheet listing the key artists involved in its creation.

Peanuts Sing Roundabout

Peanuts Sing Roundabout

One of the more popular things to do with footage from the classic Peanuts cartoons is to edit them dancing and singing to make them look like they’re performing a different song. Garren Lazar’s latest edit has the gang tackling the 1971 Yes track Roundabout, and it’s quite perfectly synced up with the prog-rock masterpiece.

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Don’t You Want Me on Brass

Don’t You Want Me on Brass

Musician Seb Skelly turns The Human League’s 1981 new wave hit Don’t You Want Me into a jazz tune, performing all five parts of his arrangement for brass quintet. We kind of miss the synthesizers, but Seb’s version is pretty great too.

Making a Light-up Party Kayak

Making a Light-up Party Kayak

Xyla Foxlin likes to build all kinds of things but has a special affinity for canoes and paddles. Using an existing canoe as a mold, she created a translucent fiberglass vessel that she wired up with strips of RGB LED lighting, making it the most vibrant and colorful boat on the water.

2021 Dakar Rally Onboard Footage

2021 Dakar Rally Onboard Footage

The Dakar Rally is known as one of the world’s most challenging and dangerous races. Driver Benediktas Vanagas shared in-car footage of his Toyota Gazoo Racing truck from Stage 9 of the race, as he and his co-driver tore through a stretch of the route that runs along the Red Sea coast then into the desert. (Thanks Algirdas!)

Bliss (Trailer)

Bliss (Trailer)

Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek star in this fantasy about two people who come to believe they’re living in a simulation, and their struggles between blissful ignorance and the real “ugly” world. It sounds like The Matrix, but it appears to be a very different movie. Coming to Amazon Prime Video on 2.5.2021.

DIY Rubber Band Helicopter

DIY Rubber Band Helicopter

It’s pretty easy to find toy airplanes that are powered by a rubber band. On the other hand coming up with something that replicates the dual rotor movements of a helicopter is more of a challenge. Maker Peter Sripol managed to create one. Download the 3D printed part designs on Thingiverse and watch the build video here.

LinkLens Audio Snow Goggles

LinkLens Audio Snow Goggles

These ski/snowboarding goggles let you listen to your tunes as you zoom down the slopes. They feature open-air drivers and noise cancellation, and a single-ear mode when you need to hear your surroundings. Available with swappable double-layer lenses in Aurora Blue, Arctic Silver, and Sunrise Pink.

James Bond Theme: Electronic Organ Cover

James Bond Theme: Electronic Organ Cover

Musician Alex Payler shows off the symphonic capabilities of Yamaha’s Electone Stagea ELS-02C electronic organ with an epic arrangement of Monty Norman’s James Bond theme music. The rich layering and realistic sounds really do make it sound like Alex has an entire orchestra right there with him.

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Lines Puzzle

Lines Puzzle

Perhaps the most difficult of Bgraamiens’ challenging jigsaw designs, this 1000-piece puzzle is covered with a seemingly random arrangement of skinny lines, overlapping across a white background. Looking for something more colorful? Check out more of their puzzle designs here.

No Reading Allowed

No Reading Allowed

From the authors of P Is for Pterodactyl comes a kids book about homophones, homonyms, and tricky punctuation. The playfully-illustrated book compares various words and phrases that sound the same but can have very different meanings, like “The hero had super vision” and “The hero had supervision.”

Great Wall of Marbles

Great Wall of Marbles

Inspired by the incredible manmade feat known as the Great Wall of China, the guys at Murmiland built a marble run that looks like a miniature version of the world wonder. The only difference is their version measures just 15 meters long, less than a millionth of the length of the real deal. Oh, and nobody died building this one.

Intergalactic Metal

Intergalactic Metal

Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli takes us to another dimension and a new galaxy with his angry, gravel-voiced version of the Beastie Boys’ 1998 track Intergalactic. While nobody can possibly top Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA, Leo’s take on the track is certainly entertaining.

Mind-Blowing Modular Origami

Mind-Blowing Modular Origami

Looking for a fun and challenging activity to do at home? Artist Byriah Loper’s book is filled with designs and techniques for making some incredible folded polyhedral paper sculptures. You’ll need a variety of different types of paper, a bone folder, and a few other supplies to complete your own paper art. Definitely not for beginners.

Star Trek Soprano

Star Trek Soprano

During the Rainer Hersch Orkestra’s 2019 New Year’s concert, Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal came on stage to perform a “warm up” after arriving in England from Spain. To stretch her vocal cords, she belted out a goosebump-inducing rendition of Alexander Courage’s original theme from Star Trek.

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