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!)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
You could bring your car to a professional tuning shop to give its engine more power, or you could upgrade it with a Dilithium warp drive, an FTL jump unit, or a 1.21 gigawatt Flux Capacitor. DarkStarLab has you covered with their series of stick-on chrome plastic car badges inspired by classic sci-fi propulsion systems.
Waxwork Records presents an incredible collection for die-hard Godzilla fans, this box set includes all 15 film soundtracks from Japan’s Showa era, remastered for vinyl. The 18-record set features amazing new artwork by Robert Sammelin, 180-gram colored vinyl, a collector’s slipcase, a storage box, a slipmat, and more.
We never really thought of the Alien movies as being colorful, but now you can bring some brightness into their dreary world with this Alien coloring book. Its 80 pages are filled with terrifying and gruesome scenes of xenomorphs in their various stages, along with favorite characters like Ripley and the Nostromo’s cat, Jonesy.
Musician Jonathan Scott turned in an awe-inspiring performance of a tune normally reserved for a full orchestra – Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt. He played the solo arrangement on the gigantic pipe organ located at Müpa Budapest in Hungary. We can only imagine what this sounded like in person.
Joy Division and New Order’s Peter Hook and his current band, The Light performed highly satisfying covers of his former band’s tracks Love Will Tear Us Apart, Age of Consent, and Digital, during a socially-distanced concert for Yamaha Guitars. In a separate session, they kicked out The Perfect Kiss.
Anthony Mackie and Damson Idris star in this action/sci-fi popcorn flick about a rebellious drone pilot who ends up assigned to a new officer who just happens to be a top-secret android. Their mission: locate a doomsday device before insurgents beat them to it. Coming to Netflix 1.15.2021.
AtGames‘ value-priced gaming system features 100 licensed console and arcade games built right in. Simply plug it into any TV via its HDMI port, and connect a USB or Bluetooth game controller of your choice. AtGames is also offering a bundle of its Legends Ultimate arcade cabinet and Legends Core for $599 through 1.14.21.
Stop staring at your screen and read this book. Bestselling author Paul Greenberg provides ideas, wit, and wisdom to help you break away from technology and get back to living. The book includes 65 small but meaningful activities to help occupy your mind and expand your creativity instead of being a slave to your phone.
Collective Carry’s polished kinetic toy flips, spins, and slides, giving your idle hands something to do while sitting at your desk on endless Zoom calls. Made from aerospace-grade zinc alloy, it comes in black, silver, and gold finishes in both hexagon and square designs. Save 23% in The Awesomer Shop.
(PG-13: Language) When the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on, it’s tragedy. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli presents an angry version of the Bee Gees’ 1979 disco hit Tragedy, a song which seems to be exceptionally relevant during these frustrating days when we can’t always be with our loved ones.
Regina King makes her directorial debut with this feature about a night when Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke found themselves in the same place and the pivotal role that evening played in their lives. Inspired by the play by Kemp Powers. Coming to theaters and Prime Video on 1.15.21.
After making a splash on the international film festival circuit in 2019, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s Atlantis has a U.S. distributor. Set in 2025, the film offers a glimpse into a future where Ukraine defeats Russia, and where people struggle to live and love in a desolate and dystopian world.
Premium playing card brand Theory11 teamed up with Lucasfilm for another official Star Wars-inspired deck. It features Beskar silver, black, and red foil packaging, Mandalorian helmet back art, and custom court cards with characters from the series, including Mando, Cara Dune, and IG-11. Of course, Grogu is the Ace of Spades.
If there was ever a song that suited itself perfectly to the marimba, we’re going to say it’s this one. Sit back and enjoy this delightful cover version of the Tears for Fears track Everybody Wants to Rule the World, performed by Michael Charles Smith and Giorgia Capobianco.
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