Animator Alan Becker is best known for his Animation vs. series. When he’s not making those, he spends his time painstakingly replicating the vibrant worlds of Studio Ghibli entirely inside of Minecraft. You can join his Ghibli Minecraft server here, and check out the GhibliCraft YouTube channel for more videos.
“Monkey. It’s your final banana for tonight.” Joel Haver parodies the sheer stupidity of The Bachelor and its spin-offs with a look at what the show would be like if the humans were replaced with monkeys. Of course, the Bachelor monkey still must pick its mate from 30 emotionally-unstable monkeys selected by the producers.
Looking for a place to store all those little Switch cartridges? These Nintendo-themed containers from KoalaVerde will look awesome sitting on your desk or bookshelf. The 3D-printed units come in Bob-Omb, Yoshi’s Egg, Donkey Kong barrel, and Zelda Triforce designs. They also make a giant DK barrel for storing larger items.
Animator Cyriak celebrates his 2 millionth YouTube subscriber with a video dance party, hosted by his kitty on the turntables. Crank up the volume and get ready for 32 minutes of audio-visual insanity, a moshpit full of animals, and a whole lot of pantz.
Builder Ben Tardif created this impressive motorized marble machine which carries hundreds of ball bearings up an elevator, then rolls them down a miniature ski jump, where they make their way back to the bottom to repeat the feat. You can check out the build process if you’re interested in seeing it come together.
Based on the popular fantasy book series by Leigh Bardugo, this epic new series follows the story of a young woman who discovers she has superhuman powers. As she hones her abilities, they could be the key to freeing her war-torn country from its deadliest foe. Premieres on Netflix 4.23.2021.
A chakram is a throwing weapon that first appeared in the 5th-century BCE in India. The original weapons were simply a sharpened circle, but video game versions have evolved to add deadly spikes around their circumference. In this video, DIYer The S shows off an awesome retractable-spike chakram made from popsicle sticks.
Like many flashlights, GoSun’s 280-lumen torch can be recharged via its USB port. But it can also harness energy from the sun, providing an ongoing source of light in the event of a power outage. It works as either a spotlight or lantern, and has a red light emergency strobe on its side. Save 12% in The Awesomer Shop.
Designed for keeping coffee, spices, tea, and uh… herbs dry, this durable container is made from 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, and keeps dry goods dry and safe, while being smell-proof as well. The interior is 1.67″ dia x 3.3″ long. Available in black or silver finishes.
The typical 18-wheeler is about 70 to 80 feet long. So imagine what it must be like to drive a truck that’s roughly three times as long. This clip from Big Rig Videos shows how Buchanan Hauling & Rigging maneuvers a massive toll gantry along the highways and byways of Florida. Naturally, it’s the corners that are the trickiest part.
This murdered-out multitool opens easily with one hand and packs a dozen industrial-strength tools. Among its functions are needlenose pliers, wire cutters, a saw, multiple flat blade drivers, a file, scissors, a can opener, a bottle opener, a cross-point screwdriver, and a partially-serrated knife blade.
Jared Owen always does a great job explaining how things work by creating 3D animations of their inner workings. This time, he walks us through the caterpillar-tracked M1A2 Abrams tank, which weighs in at an incredible 68 tons, and can cross just about any terrain. We had no idea these things were powered by jet fuel.
Carry your computer and organize your everyday work essentials in this military-style messenger bag from Mercury Tactical Gear. Its main compartment is padded and includes a removable laptop case with its own handle, while its exterior features MOLLE webbing and three detachable accessory pouches.
It’s pretty easy to find toy airplanes that are powered by a rubber band. On the other hand coming up with something that replicates the dual rotor movements of a helicopter is more of a challenge. Maker Peter Sripol managed to create one. Download the 3D printed part designs on Thingiverse and watch the build video here.
Artist Susan Kare is known for her design of the system icons used on the original Apple Macintosh. In addition, she created the Cairo “dingbats” typeface, which can now be enjoyed on one of Areaware’s woven 50″ x 70″ blankets, crafted from 100% organic cotton. Available in black/white, green/pink, or grey/yellow.
Artist Dennis Van Hoof shows off his violin-making process which combines modern tech with traditional woodworking. He uses a Shapeoko XXL CNC router to carve the instrument’s pieces from olive wood, replicating the shape of a Stradivarius violin. The finished piece incorporates epoxy resin to fill in the gaps in the wood.
The Nintendo 64 is known for games like Super Mario 64 and Star Fox 64. But there was another potentially big N64 title that never came out. In this short film from Adam Butcher, he takes a look back at Catastrophe Crow!, a highly-anticipated game that vanished along with its creator under strange circumstances. Or did it?
This fun chess set lets you enjoy a game without taking up table space. Made by Winding Hills Designs, the wall-mounted chess set features a metal backer under its printed black and white squares, allowing its magnetic pieces to hold in place. They also make versions in white, brown, and one that comes with checkers.
Aluminum is one of the world’s most recyclable materials. It can be melted down over and over again without degrading. So it’s no wonder soda, and beer cans are made from the metal. In this older clip from How Its Made, they visited a factory that stamps and shapes aluminum into cans millions of times a day.
Sony’s flagship laptop for 2021 features a uniquely 3D-contoured carbon fiber shell, and weighs under 2.3 pounds. It has a powerful 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, Iris Xe graphics, a 14″ 4K display, up to a 2TB SSD, and up to 32GB of RAM. Plus, it runs for up to 10 hours on a charge.
Wearing a face mask with eyeglasses can be a pain. They rarely sit properly, and their lenses often fog up. Oakley’s spendy but innovative mask solves these problems with an eyewear channel, and a form-fitting silicone outer gasket for a tight seal. The mask takes replaceable filters, including N95 and dust/particle versions.
Make your bookshelf look like a creepy laboratory with this collection of specimens from The Bradford Exchange. The 8″ high jars each capture Aliens at three stages of development, each floating in a water-filled glass jar. LED uplights add to the effect. Sold one at a time in a subscription series.
As we’ve seen before, Ouroboros_ARQ are experts at miniature construction techniques. In this video, they turn their attention to building a miniaturized replica of a McDonald’s, using real wood framing, along with bricks and mortar. We can almost hear the tiny person at the drive-thru saying “Would you like fries with that?”
Sick of broken charging cables? Never again with this premium 4-foot cable from Naztech. Its jacket is made from tangle-resistant spring-wound metal, and it has reinforced stress reliefs and aluminum connectors for durability. Grab one for 26% off in The Awesomer Shop.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, MTV was the place to go for the latest music videos. But over the years, the network has lost its way and its cultural relevancy. Slidebean’s Company Forensics digs into MTV’s history, their explosive growth, and the gradual changes that moved them away from their musical roots.
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