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8 Stop-motion Tricks

8 Stop-motion Tricks

Want to make your own stop-motion animation? Animator Edu Puertas shows off a few simple tricks using household items like tape, wire, aluminum foil, and pillow stuffing to embellish your creations with, and give them a more finished look.

Apple News+

Apple News+
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Apple’s News+ is a subscription service accessible through MacOS and iOS devices. It offers content from over 300 magazines, newspapers and other publications, such as National Geographic, Wired, GQ, New York Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Better Butts

Better Butts

Director James Curran’s lighthearted animation features talking butts of all shapes and sizes. The first 40 seconds are amusing in their own right, but things take an unexpected turn after that, and the clip turns into a surprisingly well executed public service announcement.

Evolution Hoodie

Evolution Hoodie
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The fabric of Coalatree’s Evolution Hoodie is made by recycling coffee grounds and plastic bottles. The resulting fabric is quick-drying and odor-resistant. The hoodie also has a zippered compartment. It packs into its own pocket for storage or for use as a pillow.

Hello World

Hello World

“Oh, will I find a love? Or a power plug?” Louie Zong wanted to test a program that synthesized a singing voice out of text. He ended up making an adorable bossa nova song about a digital computer filled with existential thoughts.

How Spider-Verse Was Made

How Spider-Verse Was Made

Wired spoke with Danny Dimian, Visual Effects Supervisor, and Josh Beveridge, Head of Character Animation for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse about the movie’s art style, how the animation and effects reflect the characters and scenes, and more.

Fromaggio Home Cheesemaker

Fromaggio Home Cheesemaker
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A tabletop kitchen appliance that makes the process of creating cheese as simple as possible. Its companion app walks you through every step. The app also lets you discover more recipes as well as order ingredients. The device shown here is clearly a rough prototype.

Ch(eat)ing Death

Ch(eat)ing Death

POV shooter Buttered Side Down tosses a couple of grapes up in the air to see if he catch and swallow them whole. Then, as usual, he quickly ramps things up to expert level. Does anyone up in here know the Heimlich maneuver?

Jackery Explorer 160 Power Station

Jackery Explorer 160 Power Station
$140  Buy Comment

This high-capacity power storage unit stores up to 167Wh, making it perfect for juicing up all your gadgets while outdoors. It has USB-C, USB-A, 12V, and 110V AC (100w max) ports, and can be recharged via car, wall socket, or solar panel. Also available as a 240Wh model.

GOSPACE SuperCharger

GOSPACE SuperCharger
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Charge up to four devices at once with this compact gadget. It can run off a wall plug or its built-in 10,000 mAh battery, and has 2 USB-A, 1 USB-C ports, and a Qi charging pad. Save an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code MADNESS15 (through 3/31/19)

How to Clickbait

How to Clickbait

We really do our best to avoid hyperbole and overblown clickbait content around here. But if you’re a content creator and are desperate for eyeballs no matter the cost, check out Materialisimo’s brief tutorial on “guaranteed” YouTube success.

SOG Snippet Multitool

SOG Snippet Multitool
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Scissors in multitools are often small and hard to hold. That’s not the case with SOG’s Snippet, which has a pair of scissors as its central tool. It even has finger loops for precision. It also has a blade, a screwdriver, a nail file, a toothpick, tweezers and a bottle opener.

Laser Etching a Bitcoin

Laser Etching a Bitcoin

Heads or Tales Coins & Collectibles presents a wonderfully satisfying video showing a laser etching machine making a cold storage coin – a physical manifestation of cryptocurrency. These coins feature a unique private key which can be used to unlock its bearer’s Bitcoins.

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No Such Thing as Fancy Vodka

No Such Thing as Fancy Vodka

American law states that vodka should be distilled or treated until it has no “distinctive character, aroma, taste or color.” So why are some vodkas more expensive than others? NPR points us to businessman Sidney Frank.

Dubler Studio Kit

Dubler Studio Kit
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Vochlea Music’s hardware/software combo is a vocal recognition MIDI controller. It consists of a custom made USB microphone and a Mac and Windows program that lets you control synths and trigger samples with your voice. It works with practically any DAW.

The Bizarre Physics of Fire Ants

The Bizarre Physics of Fire Ants

You never want to get too close to a mound of fire ants. But from the comfortable distance of your browser, they’re neat little buggers. Vox explores some of the fascinating ways in which colonies stick together to form structures, and how they can act as both a solid or fluid.

Mini: 60 Years

Mini: 60 Years
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2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Mini. Voted the most second influential car of the 20th century (behind only the Ford Model T), the original Mini was in production from 1959 until 2000. Learn about its origins and more in this retrospective book by Giles Chapman.

Bamboo Temple Scaffolding

Bamboo Temple Scaffolding

A look at an incredible handmade structure being used to access and repair damaged temples in Bagan, Myanmar. These scaffolds are constructed entirely from bamboo and coconut husks, yet are apparently strong enough to hold several construction workers.

Spray Can Salt & Pepper Shakers

Spray Can Salt & Pepper Shakers
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Turn your dinner plate into street art with these whimsical porcelain salt and pepper shakers that look like tiny, dented spray paint cans. Dishwasher safe, and guaranteed not to get you busted for making graffiti!

Point Line Vinyl Record Speaker

Point Line Vinyl Record Speaker

Designer Xundi Li’s concept for a record player is a beautiful work of modern industrial design. It combines a turntable, speaker, and amplifier, with an off-center drive mechanism which lets the record protrude from its cabinet. We hope it goes into production.

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Bòtann Waterproof Boots

Bòtann Waterproof Boots
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The Bòtann is a stylish and comfortable take on wellies, or waterproof boots. It has a mid-cut silhouette, a neoprene lining for warmth, a heel seal and loop for quick access and removal, a chunky outsole, and a rubber shell that makes it waterproof from top to bottom.

The Rise of Food Computers

The Rise of Food Computers

MIT’s food computers are small robotic gardens that let people control, gather and share data about the conditions of a plant’s growth. Such systems can be built anywhere in the world, greatly accelerating learning and experimentation to improve crop yields.

How Blockbusters Make More Money

How Blockbusters Make More Money

Kid-friendly movies often make bank in theaters. But as Cheddar explains, they are increasingly going the Star Wars and Transformers route, where the movies serve to introduce memorable characters that can be turned into even more lucrative toys.

KLŌS Carbon Fiber Ukes and Guitars

KLŌS Carbon Fiber Ukes and Guitars
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KLŌS makes beautiful, modern string instruments from the sturdy, lightweight material normally reserved for high-dollar exotic sports cars. They offer acoustic and acoustic electric guitars and ukuleles with black or colorful woven backs.

The Twilight Zone (Trailers)

The Twilight Zone (Trailers)

Jordan Peele’s reboot of the mysterious anthology series is looking good in the twin trailers which dropped for its first two episodes Nightmare at 30,000 Feet, starring Adam Scott, and The Comedian, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Tracy Morgan.

Gratiator Cheese Grater

Gratiator Cheese Grater
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Even the hardest blocks of parmesan and romano won’t stand a chance when they face off against Peleg Design’s mighty kitchen implement, inspired by the shape of a classic Roman battle sword. Makes a great display, Excalibur style in a block of cheese.

Corel Painter 2019

Corel Painter 2019
$249  Buy Link Comment

Get a great deal on the original natural media painting software, updated for 2019. You’ll get over 900 brushes to bring digital masterpieces to life, along with a dark mode, transparent color wheel, and smoother performance than ever. Save 41% in The Awesomer Shop.

Toy Car Illusion

Toy Car Illusion

This 3D-painted anamorphic illusion by artist Leon Keer will mess with your head. Watch as a toddler drives her mini car into the middle of what appear to be a stack of giant Hot Wheels cars. Be sure to check out more of his amazing imagery on Instagram.

SteamWorld Quest

SteamWorld Quest

The latest game in the fantasy and steampunk SteamWorld series. SteamWorld Quest is a turn-based action RPG where the robot heroes’ abilities come from customizable decks of cards. It will first be released to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Ares Design Panther ProgettoUno

Ares Design Panther ProgettoUno
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Ares Design’s concept is now a reality. the Panther ProgettoUno is the company’s modern take on the De Tomaso Pantera. Based on the Lamborghini Huracán, the car has a beautifully retro carbon fiber body. It’s limited to only 70 units.

The Mid Night Club

The Mid Night Club

Drivetribe shares the mythical story of Japan’s most infamous street racing group, the Mid Night Club. Founded in 1987, the club was allegedly composed of rich businessmen and had strict requirements and rules about speed, skill, and safety.

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