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History of the Motherboard

History of the Motherboard

Computers and other gadgets cram a ton of componentry onto ever more compact circuit boards. But not that long ago, electronic circuits were anything but efficiently packed onto a small green motherboard. Techquickie looks at how we got from there to here.

Shock Therapy

Shock Therapy

A man with a fear of just about everything decides to test his luck at exposure therapy, facing his numerous phobias by moving in with all of them under one roof. A wonderfully fun animated short film from Bali Engel and Matthieu Landour of Bat Collective.

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Nintendo Pipe Mug

Nintendo Pipe Mug

Take a trip to a secret world of caffeine with ThinkGeek’s officially-licensed mug is a 3D version of the warp pipe from the original Super Mario Bros. game. It even includes the floor tiles as a base. The mug can hold up to 15oz and is made of ceramic.

Paranoid Android Brass Edition

Paranoid Android Brass Edition

Radiohead’s 1997 classic Paranoid Android always cuts deep when we hear it, and it’s as power-packed as ever with this amazing cover version by UK band Old Dirty Brasstards. The trumpet does a surprisingly good job standing in for Thom Yorke’s vocals.

Gerber GDC Zip Blade

Gerber GDC Zip Blade

Whether you need to slice through rope, open packages, or cut open boxes, this tiny everyday carry knife will get the job done. It’s perfect for hanging from your zipper, thanks to its quick-release clip. Measures 2.26″ long overall, with a .068″ long locking steel blade.

Soap Entropy

Soap Entropy

Bisous Production’s shows off their CG particle physics expertise through this experimental animation that explores the disorder that occurs in organic matter. Watch as fluids collide and collapse into strange formations of soapy liquid goo.

Skull Bottle Opener Belt Buckle

Skull Bottle Opener Belt Buckle

FosterWeld’s distressed steel belt buckle features an abstract skull with a couple of screwy lop-sided eyeballs. But there’s a reason for the crazy hex eyes. The bigger one doubles as a bottle opener. They also sell some handsome leather belts if you need one to go with.

The Beauty of Flames

The Beauty of Flames

The image of fire that most of us have is the tip of a candle or a fireplace flickering, buy there are many other types of flame. Enjoy some variety in this clip from Yan Liang’s Envisioning Chemistry and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s awesomely named Combustion Lab.

Just Dance: Able

Just Dance: Able

Choreographer Jacob Jonas teamed up with ILL-Abilities, a breakdancing crew who proves that physical challenges won’t stand in the way of those with a strong will and dedication to their craft. A beautifully shot and inspiring short film from NOWNESS.

Cattbutt and Dogbutt Coloring Books

Cattbutt and Dogbutt Coloring Books

You haven’t truly experienced pet ownership until your furry friend turns around and winks at you with their third eye. These irreverent cat butt and dog butt coloring books are filled with charming tail-end images for you to embellish. Corgi butts win the cute contest.

Building a Wooden Vise

Building a Wooden Vise

Bench vises are typically made from metal. But John Heisz of I Build It decided to see if he could make a fully-functional version of the ubiquitous shop tool from the material it’s typically used to hold in place. Build guide here.

County Fold Wallet

County Fold Wallet

Hitch and Timber’s oversize wallet is great for carrying your cards, cash, and everyday tools, and doubles as a journal cover for Field Notes and other 3.5″ x 5.5″ notepads. Each one is handmade to order from 4oz American tanned leather, and is comes in a variety of colors.

World Music

World Music

It turns out that when you plug in a drawing of some of the major continents into MIDI sequencing software, it actually makes a surprisingly pleasant little tune. Be sure to listen to the U.S., Europe, South America, and Africa by themselves too.

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The Dude Abiding

The Dude Abiding

Dappled Light Studio presents the ultimate take on Jeff Bridges’ character from The Big Lebowski. This urethane resin kit features The Dude achieving zen, enjoying a white russian, a joint, and bowling, while sitting cross-legged on his rug. Assembly and finishing required.

CMYK Generative Portraits

CMYK Generative Portraits

Artist Samer Dabra programmed Evil Mad Scientist’s AxiDraw v3 plotter to take photographic images and reinterpret them as twisty, turny, abstract line art. By overlaying CMYK inks, the images have an appearance of being in full color. More images on Instagram.

adidas Archive_MR2 Watch

adidas Archive_MR2 Watch

We love the retro-modernist design of adidas bold dual-time digital timepiece. It features a pair of reverse LCD readouts, stopwatch, calendar, alarm, and light functions. Its 41mm case and band are made from stainless steel, in gold, black, or silver finishes.

Photo-Iridescent Basketballs

Photo-Iridescent Basketballs

Stephon Marbury’s Starbury brand makes these unique basketballs, which are extremely light reflective. They display cool patterns when viewed by the naked eye, but when photographed or recorded with a flash or directional lighting, they glow brilliantly in your images. Available for a limited time from Touch of Modern.

Heatseeker

Heatseeker

Nico Vuignier and Jules Guarneri’s night skiing film is a visual masterpiece. It features amazing imagery which appear to be entirely lit by the orange glow of flares. It was shot without CGI, and looks like it was quite the shoot. (Thanks David!)

Bad Dog Bourbon Whiskey

Bad Dog Bourbon Whiskey

Washington state’s Bad Dog Distillery crafts this bright and flavorful 90-proof bourbon whiskey, which offers up a light and spicy body, toasty oak notes, and a fragrant aroma reminiscent of a good añejo tequila. Good for sipping or cocktails. Available from BigFish.

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

DIY Twisted Plywood Lamp

Maker of cool stuff Ollari’s shows us how to turn plywood into a sweet modern ceiling lamp which has a shade made from bent slats placed around its circumference. It actually doesn’t look that hard to do yourself with a little time, effort, and the proper tools.

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The Tycho Puzzle

The Tycho Puzzle

Craighill’s small, but substantial puzzle is made from four identical pieces of brass and four identical pieces of stainless steel, each precisely machined for an exacting fit. Once assembled, the finished piece is a beautiful, sculptural object to display on your desktop.

EFORGE Electronics 3D Printer

EFORGE Electronics 3D Printer

Electronic Alchemy’s unique 3D printer can output multiple kinds of filaments in a single print, including conductive, resistive, capacitive, and semiconducting ones, allowing it to print out objects with built-in electronic circuits. It’s got eight retractable extruders, so objects can combine up to eight different materials.

Melting the Wicked Witch

Melting the Wicked Witch

Sculptor Steven Richter has a thing for melting his wax creations after he builds them. This time out, he decided to craft a bust of the Wicked Witch of the West out of crayons, then hit it with a heat gun to put the old bag out of her misery.

Head 2 Head Arcade Cabinets

Head 2 Head Arcade Cabinets

Arcade1Up offers up a 2-player arcade experience in a mini cocktail cabinet. Each system has dual controls and a 17″ display. The Pac-Man editions include 8 games, while the Street Fighter units have a dozen games. The colorful versions are available from Gamestop, while the black editions are exclusive to Arcade1up.

Bike Ski Jump Crash

Bike Ski Jump Crash

Rider Johannes Fischbach hopes to someday break the record for the world’s longest mountain bike jump. He recently made an attempt off of a 140-meter (459 ft) ski jump, but unfortunately couldn’t stick the landing. Amazingly, he got up and walked away from this terrifying stunt.

Noble Cycling Multitool

Noble Cycling Multitool

This compact tool for bicyclists packs in 11 functions, including a variety of hex and star drivers, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, and an aluminum inflator valve that lets you easily connect CO2 refill cartridges to Schrader or Presta valves.

Deal: Luminar 3

Upgrade your photos with this high-tech image adjustment software for Mac or PC. It uses artificial intelligence to selectively apply adjustments, and can improve colors, contrast, detail, lighting, remove noise, and much more. Save 57% in The Awesomer Shop, then upgrade to Luminar 4 when it’s released for just $49.

Yamaraja: The God of Death

Yamaraja: The God of Death

Designed by American Gross (sculptor Josh Kimberg) and produced by Clutter Studios, this creepy orange and black bunny of death is sure to ward off people who dare enter your cubicle at work. Limited to just 30 pieces, the 7″ tall collectible resin figure glows eerily in the dark, as if it wasn’t terrifying enough in the light of day.

Pizza Playing Cards

Pizza Playing Cards

Next time you get together for a game of poker with your pals, serve them up some pizza too. You won’t even have to call Pizza Hut, because this pizza comes in playing card form. GamaGo’s delicious-looking cards only come in pepperoni, so if you want ham and pineapple, you’re out of luck. Also available: donut playing cards.

Making a UFO Gyroscope

Making a UFO Gyroscope

Engineer BrunS is an expert at metalcraft. In this clip, he machines an impressive, smooth-spinning, 3-axis gyroscope toy that looks a bit like a flying saucer. Along the way, he fabricates a couple of simpler spinning tops to tease us, while his buddies pimp a phone for their sponsor.

Never Surrender (Trailer)

Never Surrender (Trailer)

We love to rewatch the sci-fi/comedy Galaxy Quest whenever we get the chance. This feature-length documentary from Screen Junkies (the Honest Trailers guys) includes interviews with the original cast, celebrities, and superfans to learn why it’s such a magical and enduring movie. Arrives in select theaters 11/26/19.

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