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Hands… Washing Hands

Hands… Washing Hands

“Don’t touch me, I won’t touch you…” Musician Neil Diamond brings a little joy into our worlds today with an intimate fireside performance of his classic Sweet Caroline, but with the lyrics tweaked to reflect the current world we live in.

MiniCo. Thanos Endgame Figure

MiniCo. Thanos Endgame Figure

Thanos isn’t quite as intimidating when you can fit him in the palm of your hand, but Sideshow and Iron Studios‘ 7.8″ tall take on the destroyer of galaxies still has plenty of attitude as he dons his double-edged sword and his golden battle suit. Pre-order now for Q4 2020 delivery.

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Frinkiac Simpsons Database

Frinkiac Simpsons Database

A team of smart Simpsons fans put together this database that can search for screenshots of episodes from the TV series based on closed captioning data. Over 3 million images have been indexed, and can be used to generate GIFs or meme images. They’ve also done the same for Futurama and Rick and Morty.

Personalized LEGO Name Signs

Personalized LEGO Name Signs

Here’s a great gift for LEGO fans young or old. Brickles Shop makes custom name signs which feature LEGO-compatible studs on top. They’re available in a variety of colors and from 1 to 12 letters – though longer names can get quite spendy since they’re 3D printed. More styles here.

The Naked and Famous: Blinding Lights

The Naked and Famous: Blinding Lights

New Zealand indie band The Naked and Famous dropped by Australia’s Triple J studios, where they put their unique spin onto The Weeknd’s 2020 hit Blinding Lights, picking up on the track’s 1980s-inspired electronic sounds, while Alisa Xayalith’s vocals give it a warmer and richer sound.

Finger String Art

Finger String Art

Among their various talents, Japanese dance crew XTRAP are experts at synchronized finger tutting. In this clip, the trio moves their hands and digits in sync to create geometric patterns using a loop of string. Enjoyed that? Check out their pencil and CD performances.

Monopoly Rustic Edition

Monopoly Rustic Edition

This unique version of the classic property ownership board game has a rustic wooden game board that assembles like a jigsaw puzzle. Its houses, hotels, and dice are also made from wood, its metal tokens have a weathered finish, and it comes packaged in a slide-top wooden box.

Pipmen Playing Cards

Pipmen Playing Cards

These playful decks from Elephant Playing Cards are covered with images of tiny people (aka “pipmen”) who live among the cards, like a crew building the Ace of Spades, and an old West gunfight on the 2 of Clubs. Every time you play, you’ll discover some new detail. Available in white-on-black or black-on-white.

I Know This Much Is True (Trailer)

I Know This Much Is True (Trailer)

Mark Ruffalo stars in this this HBO limited series about identical twin brothers whose lives take very different paths after one of them struggles with mental health issues as a paranoid schizophrenic. Based on the 1998 best-selling novel by Wally Lamb.

What We Do in the Shadows Season 2

What We Do in the Shadows Season 2

The hilarious vampire mockumentary series is coming back for a second season, and it looks like the setups are hysterical as ever, from a Super Bowl party to an open mic night. Plus, it looks like everyone’s favorite energy vampire has gained some new powers after getting a promotion. Drops 4/15/20 on FX.

Geeki Tikis Plastic Tumblers

Geeki Tikis Plastic Tumblers

We love the look of Geeki Tikis’ ceramic tiki tumblers, but if you’d prefer something more kid-friendly and portable, check out these versions that are made from BPA-free plastic. They feature the same awesome designs, but are far less fragile, and have a screw-on top with a reusable straw. Not dishwasher or microwave safe.

Learn to Play Guitar Online

They say anyone can play guitar, and now you can too. This extensive series of online lessons covers nine different topics, from basic chords to refining your strumming skills, along with specific techniques for blues, jazz, bluegrass, and more. Save another 40% in The Awesomer Shop with code SPRINGSAVE40. (Expires 3/24/20)

Traxxas Sledgehammer R/C Tires

Traxxas Sledgehammer R/C Tires

Just like a real 4×4, if you’re going to take your R/C vehicle off-road, it needs proper tires. Traxxas is showing off their extreme new Sledgehammer tires. Designed for their badass Rustler 4×4 VXL, the oversize tires increase ground clearance, and have an open-block pattern for traction and mud-clearing on the most rugged terrain.

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HiMo Folding E-Bike

HiMo Folding E-Bike

This electric mobility device folds up to a ridiculously small size, making it easy to carry just about anywhere. It rides like a bike, but with scooter-sized wheels. Its battery provides 30 km (~18.6 mi) of range, with a top speed of 18 km/h (~11.5 mph). It weighs just 32 lb, and measures 455 x 320 x 230 mm (~ 17.9 x 12.6 x 12.6″ ) when folded.

LEGO x Super Mario

LEGO x Super Mario

LEGO and Nintendo have teamed up to create a unique line of playthings inspired by the world of Super Mario. Designed primarily for kids, the toys can build worlds inspired by platform game design. The highlight is an interactive Mario figure that collects virtual coins as he’s moved around each level.

Remote Choir

Remote Choir

A group of students form California’s Chino Valley Unified School District were supposed to have a live choir performance, but their show was canceled due to COVID-19. But they turned lemons into lemonade by recording each of their parts of Somewhere Over the Rainbow at home, then posted the mix for the world to enjoy.

13 Levels of Beatboxing

13 Levels of Beatboxing

For their series Easy to Complex, WIRED invited 2005 Female World Beatbox Champion Butterscotch to explain how a beatbox performance comes together. She starts out with the basic bass drum, then builds up thicker beats, eventually mixing in singing and vocal instrumentation. And don’t forget your Boots and Cats.

LEGO Playing Card Gun

LEGO Playing Card Gun

While it’s not as powerful or accurate as Mark Rober’s motorized playing card thrower, Brick Experiment Channel’s version is still pretty sweet, and was built entirely using LEGO components, giving it double the geek cred. Now we want him to build a version that fires cash… or minifigs.

Coldplay: Tiny Desk Concert

Coldplay: Tiny Desk Concert

Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland dropped by the NPR offices with a nine-member gospel choir, who provided backing vocals for soulful performances of “Cry Cry Cry,” “Viva La Vida,” “Broken,” a cover of Prince’s “1999,” and their 2019 track “Champion of the World.”

The Last Campfire (Trailer)

The Last Campfire (Trailer)

This indie title from Hello Games (No Man’s Sky) follows the story of lost ember who finds itself lost in a mysterious place. It’s up to players to guide the poor little guy through a series of challenging puzzles on its quest for home. Due Summer 2020 on multiple platforms.

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Upload (Trailer)

Upload (Trailer)

This sci-fi comedy from Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is set in a future where sick and injured people’s loved ones have the option to have their consciousness uploaded into an idyllic digital “afterlife.” So yeah, it’s basically a funny version of Black Mirror. Coming to Amazon Prime Video.

Microworld Metal Mech Models

Microworld Metal Mech Models

Microworld makes these intricate metal building kits of mech-animal hybrids. The collection includes a polar bear, crocodile, lion, flying tiger, scorpion, and a police dog. Each one is made from iron and brass, with fade-resistant color coatings. Expect a challenge for all but the most experienced builders.

Joker: The References

Joker: The References

We all know that Joker was in many ways inspired by Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy. But as Jared of Wisecrack points out, there were many other references to 1970s and 1980s movies woven in. The cynicism of the era served as a perfect source of inspiration for Todd Phillips’ dark masterpiece.

iBoy Collectible Figure

iBoy Collectible Figure

Philip Lee and Classicbot expand their series of retro tech-inspired figures with an adorable take on the original iPod, named “iBoy.” This little guy comes with removable magnetic arms and legs, and a pair of headphones for him to wear. While there are no electronics inside of iBoy, he does have delightfully clicky buttons.

The Troubles with Darkness in Horror

The Troubles with Darkness in Horror

It’s tough to make a really scary movie or TV show without shadows for creepy things to hide in. But as filmmaker David F. Sandberg explains, it’s not always the easiest thing to film dark scenes and have them come off as realistic, while still being visible on everything from projection screens to smartphone displays.

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