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Interstellar on a Harp Guitar

Interstellar on a Harp Guitar

Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack from Interstellar is a masterpiece of cinematic music. Musician Jamie Dupuis performed this stellar version of movie’s main theme on his 20-string harp guitar. The beautiful sunset setting for the video makes viewing even more enveloping than the music itself. Headphones recommended.

Mini Turntable Speaker

Mini Turntable Speaker
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This adorable little turntable doesn’t play tiny vinyl records, but it does let you listen to music from your smartphone via its internal speaker and a Bluetooth wireless connection. It measures just 4″ L x 4″ W x 1.8″ H and comes in either white or yellow.

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If Muse Played Master of Puppets

If Muse Played Master of Puppets

Andre Antunes takes a momentary break from riffing on viral videos to perform a new arrangement of the Metallica track Master of Puppets as if it was performed by Muse. He does an amazing job capturing the nuances of the arena rock masters while creating an awesome new version of a classic metal track.

1000 Musicians Play Under Pressure

1000 Musicians Play Under Pressure

The Rockin’ 1000 assembled once again for a concert in Paris, France. This time, the biggest rock band on Earth got together to perform a cover of the 1981 Queen and David Bowie track Under Pressure. The group is always recruiting, and is currently looking for musicians to play their first gig in Brazil.

Van Halen Meets Tesla

Van Halen Meets Tesla

Van Halen and Tesla were both rocking out stadiums in the 1980s. The latter even opened for David Lee Roth at one point. Franzoli Electronics brought VH and Tesla together for a brief performance, but in this case, we’re talking about a trio of high-voltage tesla coils playing some of Eddie Van Halen’s epic guitar riffs.

Masters of the Marimba

Masters of the Marimba

We’ve heard some pretty fantastic performances on the marimba over the years, but these guys from Zimbabwe’s Hillcrest College Marimba Band have got way more flair. Here’s a video of the spirited performance that won them the 2017 Marimba Cup Challenge. Here’s footage from another one of their shows.

The Sopranos x Funko Pop Figures

The Sopranos x Funko Pop Figures
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The Sopranos is one of the greatest TV series of all time. Fans of the show can now pre-order these officially licensed Funko POP! vinyl toys based on Tony and Carmela Soprano, Silvio Dante, and Christopher Moltisanti. Hopefully, we’ll get some of the other characters in the future. We really want Paulie Walnuts and Phil Leotardo.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (Trailer)

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (Trailer)

After Winnie the Pooh entered the public domain, it didn’t take long for someone to come along and ruin our childhoods. The trailer for the slasher flick Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey reveals that Pooh and Piglet turned wild after being abandoned by Christopher Robin. And when he returns to check on his old pals, they’re not happy.

Flying Horseduck d60 Dice

Flying Horseduck d60 Dice

These precise and substantial RPG dice from Flying Horseduck roll random numbers between 1 and 60. Each 37mm piece is carved from solid aluminum using a 5-axis CNC mill. They also make d4, d6, d10, d12, d20, spindown d60, and life-or-death versions, each with 60 sides.

The Brilliance of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Brilliance of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

If you can believe it, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was the first theatrically-released animated movie to feature one of the Avengers. It was a huge gamble to create it like a live-action comic book, but that creative decision paid off. Danny Boyd from CinemaStix offers his take on why it worked so brilliantly.

The Guitar Card

The Guitar Card

This stainless steel card is the ultimate cheat sheet for guitar players. One side of the pocket card features 42 common chords and their finger placements, while the other side has a fretboard diagram, chord charts for minor and major keys, and a circle of 5ths. The card comes with a matching leather card sleeve.

F1 Drivers Race in Reverse

F1 Drivers Race in Reverse

Formula 1 drivers are used to zooming around race tracks at speeds over 200mph – but that’s in forward gear. In this video from Red Bull Racing, F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Yuki Tsunoda challenged each other in a race where they had to stay in reverse the whole time while navigating obstacles.

The Chess Masterclass Bundle

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Learn to defeat chess opponents with this 56-hour bundle of classes taught by chess Grandmaster Damian Lemos. Along the way, you’ll pick up advanced strategies, the secrets of attacking, and tactics for middlegame and endgame positions. Save 75% in The Awesomer Shop.

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Star Wars TIE Fighter Geeki Tiki Mug

Star Wars TIE Fighter Geeki Tiki Mug
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Geeki Tikis makes all kinds of wonderful tiki mugs inspired by pop culture. Their Star Wars collection is quite extensive and recently added this awesome ceramic mug that looks like a TIE fighter. It holds up to 24 oz. of your favorite Star Wars cocktail. They also make a Death Star tiki mug for tipsy fly-bys.

Come Out and Play: Klezmer Edition

Come Out and Play: Klezmer Edition

The Offspring’s Come Out and Play is one of the best-known pop-punk tracks of the 1990s. We had no idea it would work so well as a Klezmer band tune. That’s Robyn Adele Anderson on lead vocals, Matt Dallow on Accordion, Tom Jorgensen on Drums, Georgia Weber on Bass, Ben Golder-Novick on Clarinet, and Tiffany Weiss on Violin.

Glitch Battlefield Gaming Desk

Glitch Battlefield Gaming Desk
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A slick and futuristic desk for gamers or any computer setup. Its triple-decker design provides room for dual or ultra-wide monitors, a keyboard, mouse, controllers, headphones, and more. It has built-in cable management, a front-facing USB hub, and RGB LED accent lighting. They also sell a matching gaming chair.

Für Elise on Acoustic Guitar

Für Elise on Acoustic Guitar

Guitarist Marcin Patrzalek is back with another fantastic acoustic performance. His arrangement of Für Elise might not be the most traditional take on the familiar tune, but it’s the most dynamic and vibrant version of the Beethoven classic that we’ve ever heard.

Iron Studios 1960s Pointing Spider-Man

Iron Studios 1960s Pointing Spider-Man

This 1/10th-scale statue was inspired by the Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man meme. The 8.2″ tall scene features Spidey in his cartoon red and blue costume pointing his figure at whatever you want, along with a miniature shipping crate. You’ll need to buy two or more to replicate the meme, so that could get expensive.

Water Drop Automata

Water Drop Automata

Artist Ross McSweeney specializes in mechanical sculptures called automata. Among his creations is this kinetic plaything that uses gears and crankshafts to make concentric circles of wood look like pond ripples. If you have access to a laser cutter, you can purchase the template files to make your own on Etsy.

Gyro Spin

Gyro Spin

Ghost Design’s stainless steel plaything can spin for up to 12 minutes, thanks to its low-friction ceramic ball bearings. Its gyroscopic action is self-balancing, and can it can spin in an inverted position as well. Available in brushed, mirror, or black-coated finishes, with optional desk stand and carrying case add-ons.

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Metal Mungo Jerry

Metal Mungo Jerry

Heavy metal musician Leo Moracchioli busts out the banjo and euphonium for this oompah-rock cover version of Mungo Jerry’s classic skiffle track In the Summertime. The only thing Leo neglected to do was grow out some epic sideburns like Mungo lead singer Ray Dorset wore.

Athena (Trailer)

Athena (Trailer)

After a soldier loses his youngest brother in an apparent police altercation, he returns home to help bring justice to the fallen. But things quickly escalate as the community wants revenge. Director Romain Gavras’ immersive Athena drops us smack-dab into the middle of a tense and chaotic scene. Coming to Netflix 9.23.2022.

Revolution: The History of Turntable Design

Revolution: The History of Turntable Design
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Author and audiophile Gideon Schwartz follows up the excellent Hi-Fi with a visual history of turntables and vinyl recordings. The 264-page hardcover includes hundreds of images of turntables, their stories, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of the medium.

More Gameplay from Black Myth: Wukong

More Gameplay from Black Myth: Wukong

The action RPG Black Myth: Wukong is looking even better than it’s first gameplay video. The environmental effects are truly impressive, but it’s the fighting and enemy design that has us really excited for this game, inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.

Cain’s Jawbone

Cain’s Jawbone
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Initially released in 1934 by author Edward Powys Mathers, the book Cain’s Jawbone is a fiendishly difficult mystery for puzzle fanatics. Your task: read the book’s 100 pages, cut them out and put them into the correct sequence to reveal six murders and identify their killers.

Beastie Boys Sabotage ReAction Figures

Beastie Boys Sabotage ReAction Figures
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Super7 pays homage to the Beastie Boys and their track Sabotage. The 3.75″ figures feature Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D in their music video personas: Vic Colfari as Bobby, “The Rookie,” Nathan Wind as Cochese, and Alasondro Alegré as “The Chief.” Vic has a donut, The Chief gets a walkie-talkie, and Cochese has two bananas for his holsters.

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