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Videos

How Paintballs are Made

How Paintballs are Made

An excerpt from Science Channel’s How It’s Made which takes us inside of a factory that churns out millions of paintballs every year. It turns out these painful projectiles are basically made from the same stuff that gummy bears are made of – though we bet they don’t taste as good.

Reynolds & Jackman: Truce

Reynolds & Jackman: Truce

While we generally avoid covering celebrity drama, the social media war between Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman deserves a mention, as the two megastars have decided to bury the hatchet, and created promotional videos for each other’s products.

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Deep Learning Music Video

Deep Learning Music Video

Experimental band Hardcore Anal Hydrogen created a trippy and vibrant music video for their thrash metal track Jean-Pierre, created with the help of artificial intelligence tools like Deep Dream, Neutral Style Transfer, and DeepFlow. Read more about the project here.

Giant Adirondack Chair

Giant Adirondack Chair

There are few more relaxing places than sitting in an old adirondack chair overlooking a lake. But if you want a little more room to spread out, check out this gargantuan version by Jackman Works. Want one for yourself? Just grab these plans and double the dimensions.

Indomation

Indomation

A man falls asleep while watching Jurassic World, only to find himself face to face with one of the movie’s dinosaurs. Jurassic Park fan Mason Drumm and his friends spent over 90 hours making this tense stop-motion short film.

Bird Box, A Quiet Place & Parenting

Bird Box, A Quiet Place & Parenting

(SPOILERS) “Life is more than just what is. It’s what could be. What you could make it.” ScreenPrism points out that Bird Box and A Quiet Place don’t just have similar sci-fi plots. They also both reflect what it’s like to be a parent in modern times.

Rocket Igniter Slow-mo

Rocket Igniter Slow-mo

Warped Perception takes an up-close look at a highly critical, but underappreciated element of every rocket launch – the igniters which get the rocket fuel going. The result is some truly stunning slow-motion macro footage. Watch in 4K if you can.

The Youngtimer Collection

The Youngtimer Collection

In April 2019, RM Sotheby’s is going to hold auctions that draw from a private collection of “youngtimers” – ’80s and ’90s cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and more. Chris Harris was lucky enough to take a tour of the impressive and extensive collection.

Learning to Code a Game

Learning to Code a Game

“Unexpected token else!” Serial learner Mike Boyd recognizes that programming is one of the most relevant skills today. He challenged himself to learn how to code and make a simple game. He encountered a lot of bugs and errors, but he eventually succeeded.

The 747 Hotel

The 747 Hotel

If you ever find yourself passing through Stockholm, Sweden, consider spending a night at Jumbostay. Parked adjacent to Arlanda Airport, the retired Boeing 747 jumbo jet has been converted into a hotel, with rooms in its passenger cabin, cockpit, and engine nacelles.

Psychedelic Medusa

Psychedelic Medusa

A team of scientists aboard the Okeanos Explorer used their deep sea camera beneath the Caribbean to catch a glimpse of this beautiful and mysterious undersea creature known as a crossota millsae. The jellyfish-like hydrozoa really does look like a living firework.

Blood Orange: Tiny Desk Concert

Blood Orange: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) Songwriter and producer Dev Hynes and his amazing band prepared soulful renditions of Blood Orange songs for their NPR Music set. They started off with a chilling performance of By Ourselves before launching into a trio of songs from Negro Swan.

The DeLorean Paradox

The DeLorean Paradox

Introduced in 1981, the DeLorean DMC-12 was supposed to be the “car of the future,” yet despite its striking looks, it wasn’t that groundbreaking. The company that built it quickly crashed, but Back to the Future made it an icon and dream car for decades to come.

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Enter Sandman in 20 Styles

Enter Sandman in 20 Styles

We’re off to Never-never Land with singer Anthony Vincent as he turns Metallica’s Enter Sandman into a totally different song by performing it in the a variety of unlikely styles ranging from The Doors to Haddaway to Owl City. The David Bowie version is our favorite.

How to Name a Product

How to Name a Product

While those of us with small businesses typically just brainstorm product names, big companies rely on experts like Lexicon Branding and its founder David Placek, who gave us memorable names like Swiffer, Febreze, Sonos, Blackberry, and more.

Groundhog Day: An Inescapable Premise

Groundhog Day: An Inescapable Premise

Lessons from the Screenplay explores the legendary February movie Groundhog Day. Instead of adding twists or a deus ex machina, the movie fully explores its premise – what if someone had all the time in the world? – without being boring or predictable.

Airplane Boarding Methods

Airplane Boarding Methods

CGP Grey explores the different ways that airplane passengers can be grouped for boarding, why it takes so long to board in the first place, and why airlines don’t use more efficient means. We love how letting people board at random is actually a viable solution.

Pixar: Purl

Pixar: Purl

From Pixar’s “SparkShorts,” comes an animated short about an anthropomorphic ball of yarn who gets a job working among a bunch of bros in business suits. Director Kristen Lester’s film is a lighthearted tale about embracing what makes us unique.

Super Wheelchair Mario

Super Wheelchair Mario

The first few levels of Super Mario Bros. are pretty easy as platformers go, but if Mario had a disability that confined him to a wheelchair, it might be a bit more difficult. This video envisions a redesigned World 1-1 where ramps and elevators make getting around easier.

The Future of Prosthetics

The Future of Prosthetics

“What if I don’t want a hand? What if I want a tentacle?” The Guardian spoke with amputees as well as experts about the present and future of prosthetics and bionics. Research on technology such as brain-machine interfaces raise both possibilities and dilemmas.

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A Theory of Flight

A Theory of Flight

All in Pixel created this animated masterpiece for The Verge’s Better Worlds‘ project. Based on a short story by Justina Ireland, it’s a science fiction tale about a woman determined to leave Earth for a more hopeful future on a colony only attainable for the wealthiest of people.

Bugatti 3D-Printed Brake Caliper

Bugatti 3D-Printed Brake Caliper

The titanium brake calipers on the Bugatti Chiron are the only ones in the world to be produced using 3D printing tech. Watch the calipers get tested at extreme speeds, as eight pistons and industrial-strength pads clamp down on a red-hot disc, sending sparks flying.

Turkish Airlines: The Journey

Turkish Airlines: The Journey

Director Ridley Scott returns to his roots of commercial directing with this short film he made for Turkish Airlines, in which a mysterious woman follows illustrated clues to tail another in what ends up being a beautiful travel promotion for Istanbul.

Roman Booteen Engravings

Roman Booteen Engravings

Artist Roman Booteen creates incredible hand-carved coins and Zippo lighters, featuring intricate designs. His most impressive works are the multi-layered coins, featuring mechanical movements which reveal new images. Note some images contain nudity.

The Fascism of You’ve Got Mail

The Fascism of You’ve Got Mail

Nora Ephron’s 1998 film You’ve Got Mail is regarded as one of the best romantic comedies of the ’90s. But as Wisecrack points out, there’s more to the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan flick than meets the eye, and it has more in common with Orwell’s 1984 than you’d think.

Still Alive: Swing Cover

Still Alive: Swing Cover

If you ask us, Jonathan Coulton’s Still Alive is one of the greatest video game songs of all time. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy this vibrant and jazzy version of the track, performed by The 8-Bit Big Band, with singer Benny Benack III doing his best Frank Sinatra.

Dead Body Hijinks

Dead Body Hijinks

(PG-13: Language) Sam O’Nella Academy shares the story of Elmer McCurdy. He was a bandit in the early 20th century who got killed in a shootout with the police. But he stayed above ground for an astounding 65 years, thanks to crooks and clueless entertainers.

Game of Thrones x Bud Light

Game of Thrones x Bud Light

It’s one of the stranger product tie-ins we’ve seen, but Anheuser-Busch and HBO teamed up for this commercial that ran during the Super Bowl, selling not mead or Dornish wine, but Bud Light, and filled with easter eggs to tease the final season of Game of Thrones.

The Spoke Blur Effect

The Spoke Blur Effect

Have you ever noticed how when a bicycle wheel rolls along the ground that its top spokes appear to be much more blurred than the bottom ones? Michael of DONG explains the physical and optical properties that bring this effect to life.

The Block Tower

The Block Tower

If you’ve been to Hong Kong, you know the city is packed with tall and skinny apartment buildings. Filmmaker Toby Harriman captured aerial images of these immense housing structures, leaving us to imagine the lives of the millions inside. Still photos and prints here.

Star Wars Size Comparison

Star Wars Size Comparison

As we’ve learned before, Alvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudios loves to compare the sizes of things. This time out, he shows us the vast differences in size of everything from a lightsaber to Yoda, to Starkiller Base, to Yavin Prime… and everything in between.

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