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Making Patterns with LEGO Gears

Making Patterns with LEGO Gears

Rapidly spinning objects can result in some cool, Spirograph-like patterns. LEGO mechanical builder Yoshihito Isogawa shows how different arrangements of LEGO Technic gears create different geometric patterns when spun in front of a camera’s lens. It would be interesting to see some larger and more complicated designs.

Hey Trooper!

Hey Trooper!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture and plunge into certain death with this unexpected mashup of Outkast’s Hey Ya! and Iron Maiden’s The Trooper. Remixer Bronze is Bored put together this great edit, and deserves way more subscribers with other gems like Head by the Hole, and The Fresh Prince of Slip Knot.

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Trailer)

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Trailer)

It sounds like the title of a Tenacious D movie, but the first trailer for the fifth Indiana Jones movie looks pretty awesome. With director James Mangold at the helm (Logan, 3:10 to Yuma), expect incredible action and great storytelling. The main story unfolds in 1969, along with some de-aged flashback scenes. In theaters 6.30.23.

Master of Puppets on Slap Bass

Master of Puppets on Slap Bass

The Metallica song Master of Puppets already slaps pretty hard, but it sounds downright insane when performed on a bass guitar while slapping the strings. Musician Charles Berthoud absolutely crushes it with this performance that sounds kind of like a Red Hot Chili Peppers version of the song.

Science and Nature Washi Tape

Science and Nature Washi Tape
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Washi tape is a paper tape that’s ideal for wrapping gifts and embellishing journals or notes. Cognitive Surplus makes a fun series of washi tapes in patterns inspired by biology, botany, astronomy, chemistry, math, engineering, and more. Our favorites include the microbiology, Mars rovers, heartbeat, and skeleton designs.

Cocaine Bear (Trailer)

Cocaine Bear (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language/Gore) Any movie with the tagline “On a rampage for blow and blood” can’t be all bad, right? This dark comedy is inspired by the insane true story of a drug runner whose plane crashed in the woods of Georgia, and the bear that ingested an insane amount of coke after finding a duffel bag filled with the drug.

Restoring a Hot Wheels Red Baron Car

Restoring a Hot Wheels Red Baron Car

The original Hot Wheels Red Baron is one of the most iconic and collectible toy cars ever made. This video from Paul Restorer takes us through the long and painstaking process of disassembling, cleaning, and repairing the classic toy, which needed bodywork, a paint job, new wheels and axles, and fresh packaging.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Snowman Ornament

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Snowman Ornament
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You know the feeling – you just ate one too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and your mouth, esophagus, and stomach are starting to burn. This glass snowman is having an existential crisis after downing a bag of the spicy puffed snacks and is about to melt all over your Christmas tree. Toss a glass of milk on him for a new holiday tradition!

Darkwave Iron Man

Darkwave Iron Man

The future is a dark place for the Melodicka Bros. The second in their Revolt Saga concept video series transports us to a dystopian future where synthwave and industrial music join forces to fight evil. At the end of the first clip, they acquired the I.R.O.N.M.A.N. suit, and now they’re celebrating their acquisition with a song.

Danny MacAskill: Postcard from San Francisco

Danny MacAskill: Postcard from San Francisco

Street trials and mountain bike rider Danny MacAskill takes to the streets of San Francisco, riding, balancing, and flipping his bike at some of the city by the bay’s most iconic locations. The warm and sunny sounds of The Shins’ Simple Song help set the perfect, uplifting mood. Go behind the scenes with Danny and crew here.

Blue (Da Ba Dee): Bardcore Edition

Blue (Da Ba Dee): Bardcore Edition

The Eiffel 65 song Blue (Da Ba Dee) is one of the most infectious Europop songs of all time. Now, thanks to Cornelius Link, it’s been transformed into a catchy ditty befitting of a 15th-century banquet where a king’s court feasts on turkey legs and flagons of mead while bopping their heads to the beat.

Playing the Harpsichord: Level 1 to 100

Playing the Harpsichord: Level 1 to 100

A harpsichord requires a similar skill set to a piano, but it does need some additional knowledge to become an expert player. Vinhetiero has been playing the baroque keyboard for a long time, and he shows us the progression one might experience from the day they play their first note until they master the instrument.

Gifaanisqatsi

Gifaanisqatsi

The 1982 movie Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance was a fascinating experimental film that combined slow motion and time-lapse footage with music by Phillip Glass to illustrate humanity’s impact on the world. Monkeon’s Gifaanisqatsi generates movies using a similar technique, only with random animated GIFs.

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Weird Al Garage Jam

Weird Al Garage Jam

You might think “Weird Al” Yankovic was a weird guy, but he’s a pretty regular dude who likes hanging out with his friends. Al recently performed with David Wain’s Middle-Aged Garage Jam, with his pals Bo Boddie, Jon Spurney, Ken Marino, Eduardo Penna, Beth Dover, and Joe Lo Truglio, who you might know from Reno 911.

Santigold Tiny Desk Concert

Santigold Tiny Desk Concert

Santi White, aka Santigold is best known for L.E.S. Artistes and Disparate Youth, but she’s got a rich history as an alternative and punk rock musician. She recently stopped by the NPR offices to perform a diverse set, backed by a fantastic band, including Chuck Treece of Bad Brains fame and George Lewis, Jr. aka Twin Shadow.

LEGO Icons Eiffel Tower

LEGO Icons Eiffel Tower
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Standing 59″ tall, the LEGO Icons model of the Eiffel Tower is the tallest official LEGO kit yet. The 10,001-piece building kit will keep you occupied for days as you assemble the iconic Parisian structure. Like the original, it comes together in four main sections and rises above a esplanade with tiny trees, benches, and shrubs.

The Ultimate ’90s Medley

The Ultimate ’90s Medley

Musician Martin Miller and his bandmates Nico Schliemann, Marius Leicht, Ben Jud, and Felix Lehrmann got together in the studio to perform this great medley of tracks from the 1990s. There’s something for everyone, including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Lenny Kravitz, and Bryan Adams.

LEGO Treadmill Obstacle Course

LEGO Treadmill Obstacle Course

GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines modified a LEGO treadmill they built and turned it into an extreme obstacle course for a remote-controlled tank. The treadmill is powered by four Powered Up L motors and includes a variety of hills, rollers, ramps, speed bumps, a turntable, and a spinning gate for the tank to navigate.

White Noise (Trailer)

White Noise (Trailer)

Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, and Don Cheadle star in this indie comedy about a modern family whose distracted and noise-filled existence is disrupted by an industrial accident. Based on the book by Don DeLillo, written for the screen and directed by Noah Baumbach. Coming to Netflix and theaters 12.30.22.

Walk of Life on Floppotron 3.0

Walk of Life on Floppotron 3.0

Paweł Zadrożniak’s Floppotron 3.0 computer hardware orchestra struts its stuff with its most impressive performance to date. Crank it up and enjoy all 512 floppy drives, 16 hard drives, and 4 flatbed scanners as they perform the 1985 Dire Straits hit track Walk of Life. Yeah, the electronic boy can play.

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Cool Wheels Toy Car Displays

Cool Wheels Toy Car Displays
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These sweet wall-mounted displays are perfect for Hot Wheels and Matchbox car collections. They’re handmade from a recycled tire with a set of wooden slat shelves. They come in 20″, 24″, and 26″ sizes which hold 48, 64, and 75 cars respectively. We especially love the colorful light-up model.

Rollerskating Under Cars

Rollerskating Under Cars

7-year-old Deshna Aditya Nahar has quite the ability – she is small and flexible enough to rollerskate underneath cars. In October 2022, she set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest time to limbo skate under twenty cars, performing the feat in just 13.74 seconds without brushing against the underside of a single vehicle.

1000 Musicians Play Metallica

1000 Musicians Play Metallica

During their October 2022 stadium show in São Paulo, Brazil, the Rockin’ 1000 assembled an informal band of musicians from around the world. Their performance of Metallica’s Enter Sandman brought down the house with infectious energy. You’ll want to crank up the volume all the way for this one.

Working LEGO Washing Machine

Working LEGO Washing Machine

The Brick Wall shows off one of the most impressive LEGO machines ever – a fully-functional washing machine. It uses motors, gears, and wheels to tumble and spin a container filled with clothes. It even dispenses water and detergent and drains the water when done. His solution for drying socks at the end is hilarious.

Human Catapult Base Jumper

Human Catapult Base Jumper

Base jumpers usually give themselves a running start as they take to the air. Extreme sports junkie David Laffargue got an extra boost when he strapped into stuntman Jp de Kam’s custom-built catapult, which launched him off of Norway’s Kjerag mountain.

The Infinite LEGO Domino Machine

The Infinite LEGO Domino Machine

Once you knock dominoes over, you generally have to set them back up by hand. But in the case of this LEGO Technic machine by Grant Davis, the dominoes stand themselves back upright. Running in an infinite loop of 10 dominoes at a time, it can knock down and stand up dominoes at a rate of 120,000 per day.

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