Gav of The Slow Mo Guys poured paint onto a wooden disc, then spun it with a drill at speeds up to 1500 RPM. While there’s nothing particularly notable about spin art, what makes this video interesting is the rotation synchronized high-speed footage that shows how the colorful patterns emerge in a split second.
Nathan Beauregard is a master at rail grinding on his kick scooter. As part of Joe Zuccaro’s promo film for French brand Royal Street, Nathan thought it might be fun to attempt a high-speed uphill rail grind. He achieved just that after being towed by a car at 30 mph. The full video is well worth a watch too.
Random Hands had an old anvil he used for blacksmithing tasks. When it was time to replace the rusty old thing, he chopped out a 40-pound chunk from its center and gradually reworked it into Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjölnir. Stick around to the end to see if he’s worthy and can lift it.
The Stylophone is a very basic analog electronic instrument that uses a conductive pen and a metal circuit board of “keys” as its input device. But with the help of a Digitech Whammy effects pedal and some quick pen play, maromaro1337 jammed out some iconic rock riffs on the monophonic keyboard. More here.
Most cars only steer with their front wheels. But this strange three-wheeled vehicle turns all of its wheels whenever its driver turns its steering crank. It’s not as fancy as NASA’s Modular Robotic Vehicle but we’re pretty sure this guy’s build budget was substantially smaller. Original video by Douyin user wo583582429.
The Llangollen Canal is a UK waterway that links Denbighshire, Wales with Hurleston, Cheshire. Machine Thinking takes us on a journey through this 18th-century marvel that incorporates more than 20 locks as well as a pair of impressive aqueducts. It’s no longer used to transport goods and now offers leisurely boat tours.
Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films is a master at manipulating reality. Anywhere Can Happen is a series of his vignettes in which vehicles, people, animals, and locations surprise and delight. Reuben and the Dark x AG’s cover of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World perfectly underscores the imagery.
Remember the part of The Matrix where Neo took the red pill? What if he took the blue pill instead? Ctrl Shift Face and VFX artist Chris Ume make us wonder no longer, with the help of some deepfake tech. If the concept seems familiar, you might recall this mashup. VFX breakdown and comparison clip here.
The Great Wall of China is renowned for its astounding 13,171-mile length. But there’s one part of the wall that’s especially notable, not for its length but its height. Parts of the now crumbling Jiankou section are insanely steep and only possible to climb by the most fearless explorers.
Animal lover and trained zookeeper Maya Higa of the Alveus Sanctuary introduces us to some of the many non-releasable exotic animals they help care for. But rather than just look at them, she interviewed them using an appropriately tiny microphone. Watch episode one here.
Woodworker Kurahito is an expert at sculpting unusual forms from lumber. In this clip, he shows how he used a table saw to gradually carve a springy, helical shape out of a dowel rod. With two of them intertwined, it looks like a strand of wooden DNA. Turn on closed captions for an explanation of the process.
The first iPhone was released in 2007. But it was far from the first attempt to create a touchscreen smartphone. Slidebean explains how an Apple spin-off called General Magic helped lay the groundwork for modern smartphones back in 1994. While their ideas had promise, they made a few critical errors which did them in.
Green screens are used in live-action movies to change backgrounds and add VFX. But we didn’t think they were necessary for animation until we watched this silly short which shows the technique in use. Directed, designed, and animated by Russ Etheridge, Ricard Badia, and Milo Targett, with sound by Mutant Jukebox.
Minibricks is a master at model making. For their latest project, the created an incredible diorama featuring a tentacled sea beast swimming through an pool of clear resin. The piece, titled SUBNAUTICA conjures memories of The Shape of Water and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
We always enjoy seeing craftspeople turn one kind of object into another. Maker Jimmy Diresta shows off his blacksmithing skills by melting down a steel crowbar in his forge, hammering it into the shape of a bowie knife, and crafting a wood and brass handle. He only used about a third of the metal, so he could probably make another.
Guinness World Records introduces us to Zion Clark, a wrestler, athlete, and inspiration to all. Zion was born without legs due to a rare genetic syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from running faster than most people who have legs. Zion’s dream is to become a wrestling champ and medal-winning Olympian.
Jigsaw puzzles can be loads of fun, but they also take up lots of table space. Simone Giertz came up with a solution by designing and building a an overly-complex dining table. Its tambour wood roll-top conceals a jigsaw puzzle compartment that rises like an elevator. That painter’s tape and glue clamp is a neat hack.
Supercapacitors have one big advantage over batteries – they charge much faster. But they also discharge energy more quickly, limiting operating range. This makes them suboptimal for EVs. Engineer Tom Stanton built a supercapacitor pack and drive unit for an E-bike to see just how it stacks up to battery power.
Animist creates some of the smoothest stop-motion animations we’ve seen. In this clip, they recreated Shotaro Kaneda’s classic motorcycle scene from AKIRA, complete with lightning bolts and smoke. Though Kaneda’s quick moves have a different motivation here. The behind-the-scenes footage is worth a watch too.
Could you use a vacation? Perhaps a trip to Convergence Station is in order. But when we say “a trip” we mean, like on acid. Andreas Nilsson’s short starts out as a retro travel promo but quickly descends into madness as its true destination is revealed. All aboard!
Trumpets typically play notes across a three-octave range. But in the hands and lips of the great Arturo Sandoval, it’s possible to extract almost twice that range. Listen as he plays the lowest lows to the highest highs in this excerpt from Dizzy Gillespie’s Night in Tunisia, with the United States Air Force Band in 2011.
Dara Tah lives for extreme experiences. He’s also claustrophobic. Dara and his pals faced their fears and snaked their way through the Ogof Y Daren Cilau, an insanely tight cave in Wales. On their 10-hour journey, they squeezed through a series of progressively smaller openings, culminating in the bone-crushing Vise.
Solar energy is out there for the taking, but is it really free? Wren from Corridor Crew digs into the realities of generating power from various energy sources, and illustrates the number of solar panels and space we’d need to replace dangerous fossil fuels with clean solar energy.
It takes skill to balance on a unicycle, but even if you’re an expert, we don’t recommend using power tools at the same time. That didn’t stop Mike Taylor from weed whacking his lawn while riding on his one-wheeler. Mike’s backyard antics are contrasted by a more graceful demo by fellow unicyclist Marie Schlenker.