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Stepping Out Onto Mt. Rainier

Stepping Out Onto Mt. Rainier

Living in a big city, the view outside our front door is a bunch of other houses, parked cars, and traffic. But from this old lookout point high atop Mt. Rainier in Washington state, you open the door to a vista so spectacular that even a vertical video can’t diminish its majesty.

The Evolution of Guitar Intros

The Evolution of Guitar Intros

Guitars have been an important part of popular music for hundreds of years. Musician Mark Sagum looks back from 1960 to 2020 for a taste of some of the most recognizable guitar intros. If you want to get the emotions going, this is the way to kick off a tune.

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7200-Segment Display

7200-Segment Display

Numeric displays typically have seven segments. Artist and engineer Chris Combs linked together 288 four-digit displays for a total 7200 segments once you factor in the colons. It can be programmed to show large digits or other moving images. It’s on display at VisArts’ Concourse Gallery in Rockville, MD through 10.17.21.

Radio

Radio

“Ever since Metallica cut their hair, they’ve been bad.” A narrow-minded, politically incorrect broadcaster sits in his trailer, ranting about various issues and taking credit for all of The Smashing Pumpkins’ hits in this hilarious animated short by Joe Bennett and Conner O’ Malley.

Tug of Oar

Tug of Oar

This high-energy sport combines the physicality of rowing and a tug of war competition in one. Watch as two teams go head-to-head in a swimming pool to see who can pull the other team across the center line by rowing backward.

Wheelbarrow Bike Trailer

Wheelbarrow Bike Trailer

Maker Laura Kampf wanted an overland-style trailer to carry items behind her bike. Rather than going with an off-the-lot model, she built her own by taking the shells from two wheelbarrows and hinging them together atop an axle and wheels. The spare tire on the back is a nice touch.

1000 HP Halo Warthog

1000 HP Halo Warthog

The Warthog from Halo is one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of video games. There have been many replicas built over the years, but none as badass as Hoonigan’s, an off-road race truck with a 1000 hp twin-turbo V8 engine and 4-wheel steering. Here’s the first of 10 episodes showing how they built it.

Zen Garden Patterns

Zen Garden Patterns

Designer Yuki Kawae shared this soothing and relaxing video of patterns he created in his coffee table zen garden. With a slow and steady hand, Kawae used rakes of various sizes and spacing to achieve a number of intriguing and hypnotic geometric patterns.

The Smithsonian’s X-Wing Fighter

The Smithsonian’s X-Wing Fighter

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is one of the greatest places we’ve ever visited. Recently, Adam Savage stopped by and got an up-close look at the full-scale T-70 X-Wing fighter they’re currently restoring. Lucasfilm loaned them the screen-used spaceship, which will soon go on display at the museum.

Making a Stitch-Free Leather Bag

Making a Stitch-Free Leather Bag

Most of the time when you see a leather bag, it’s stitched and maybe glued together. But builder Jimmy Diresta is used to working with more substantial hardware than that, so he set about handcrafting a rugged, squared-off bag using metal rivets to hold it together.

If You Fired a Gun in Space

If You Fired a Gun in Space

Imagine for a moment that humans have started to colonize space. Just like here on Earth, conflicts are likely to arise, and weapons may be drawn. The Infographics Show explores the physics at work in an outer space battle and how guns and bullets might work on asteroids, planets, and in the void of space.

Freerunning the World’s Largest Pinball Machine

Freerunning the World’s Largest Pinball Machine

Red Bull just built the world’s largest pinball machine. Then they turned freerunner Pasha ‘the Boss’ Petkuns into a human pinball, sending him sliding, swinging, and flipping his way through the 65-foot tall playfield which they set up at a 45° angle for an added challenge.

Matterhorn Wingsuit Flight

Matterhorn Wingsuit Flight

Many of the extreme sports videos out there are filled with edits, music, and post-production sweetening. If you prefer yours raw and uncut, you’ll love this smooth and serene clip from Dom.e featuring a first-person wingsuit flight from more than 13,000 feet up along the Hornli Ridge at Switzerland’s Matterhorn.

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LED Electric Guitar

LED Electric Guitar

Thanks to modern technology, low-voltage, electronically-controlled lighting can be integrated into all kinds of things. Immerge Interactive shows off a project they did where they embedded colorful LED illumination into a Fender Telecaster guitar. It works with their software to display patterns in sync with the music.

House of the Rising Sun: Low Bass Cover

House of the Rising Sun: Low Bass Cover

Geoff Castellucci has an incredible voice – and the looks to go with. After vibrating our eardrums with his deep bass, he breaks out into a multi-layered a capella performance of The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun that shows off his vocal range. Dig it? Check out his covers of Sixteen Tons and High and Dry.

Adult Swim Original Promos

Adult Swim Original Promos

If you can believe it, September 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. To celebrate the occasion, here’s a compilation of the original promo segues that ran between shows on the late-night animation block. Soon enough, that’ll be us swimming with the old folks in the pool.

Rick and Morty: The Story So Far

Rick and Morty: The Story So Far

The fifth season of Rick and Morty just wrapped up with quite the ending. But how did we get here? Jesse Gill and Michael Swaim of IGN provide a great retrospective on the series to prepare you for a rewatch of that epic finale. Be sure to bookmark this so you can watch it again before season six drops.

Miniature RC Watercraft

Miniature RC Watercraft

A wonderfully soothing video featuring close-up look at some of the teensy scale model submarines, boats, and ships floating in the water tanks at Miniatur Wunderland. If you’re ever fortunate enough to be in Hamburg, Germany, you must visit this incredible tiny world.

Making the Heretic Sword

Making the Heretic Sword

Swordsmith Ilya Alekseyev of That Works walks us through the process of making the weapon that won the Best Sword of the Year award at Bladeshow 2021. The ornate, hardened steel sword incorporates a beautiful mosaic Damascus, along with incredible engraving and inlay work.

Cyriak Animator Pro

Cyriak Animator Pro

After his animations started to crash Adobe After Effects, Cyriak decided to create his own animation system. Naturally, the results are as hilariously weird as you’d expect from the famed surrealist animator.

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Making Movie Natural Disasters

Making Movie Natural Disasters

Movies and TV shows use a mix of practical, optical, and digital visual effects to simulate natural disasters. Insider compiled behind-the-scenes footage from eight movies where VFX pros brought storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other acts of Mother Nature’s fury to life.

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Setting up a Rube Goldberg machine and getting it to all work perfectly can be quite difficult. Filmmaker Tomohiro Okazaki took a different approach to making their machine, building an impossible chain-reaction sequence using stop-motion animation.

Playing a Chocolate Record

Playing a Chocolate Record

If you know how to make a silicone mold, you could easily make yourself a record out of chocolate or candy. But would you want to put one on your turntable and gunk up the stylus? Techmoan bought a chocolate record from Etsy seller FoodIsArt to see what it sounds like when played. Freezing the disc helps quite a bit.

The Supercut

The Supercut

Béla Films’ montage starts out with a seemingly random array of classic movie and TV moments, but transitions around the 1-minute mark into a thrilling action sequence, painstakingly edited together in time with the music. We love how seamlessly the edit moves from car chase to foot chase to fist fight.

The JiffyFlosser

The JiffyFlosser

Tired of flossing your teeth one at a time? Well, Unnecessary Inventions has the solution, a gadget which can floss all of your teeth at once. While it was designed as a joke, we could totally see someone selling such a device. Though we imagine reloading the floss would take way more time than just flossing normally.

Weaving Wooden Sculptures

Weaving Wooden Sculptures

Artist and builder Charlie Baker creates incredible sculptures from materials found in nature. Rather than use finished lumber, he works meticulously to preserve the organic shapes and textures of the twigs and branches he uses as his primary medium. WIRED’s Obsessed takes us inside the artist’s mind and process.

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