Freelance motion designer James Tupper presents a cheeky animated glimpse into a small piece of the world of a freelance motion designer, as he creates and programs digital imagery, waits for it to render, waits for his social media views to tally up, then does it all over again.
Among the many whose lives have been tragically cut short by COVID-19 was Adam Schlesinger, power-pop genius and co-founder of Fountains of Wayne. Conan O’Brien helps us say farewell, while looking towards a more hopeful future with the band’s cover of The Kinks’ Better Things, which they performed shortly after 9/11.
Being in a car crash can be quite terrifying. But what might crashes be like if other cars were invisible? With a little visual effects trickery, Donato Sansone created this surreal sequence of car crash footage, in which one of the involved vehicles was digitally removed from the scene.
Ka-Bar’s drop-point knife was designed to mimic the look of a box wrench. A special forging process gives it that mottled texture, while the embossed handle completes the look. It’s made from 425 high-carbon stainless steel and measures 7.125″ overall, with a 3″ blade length. Includes a hard plastic sheath.
(PG-13: Gore, Language) “I call ye forth… the devil… with my name… Greg!” Jason Tostevin’s completely sacrilegious horror-comedy short film introduces us to a group of satanists who basically have no clue of what they’re doing, as they try to call forth the devil’s spawn from a pregnant woman.
The GE66 Raider is a powerful 15.6″ gaming laptop that features a sleek aluminum housing, with sweet panoramic “aura” RGB lighting and individually-addressable RGB keyboard lights. It’s powered by 10th gen Intel CPUs up to a Core i9, with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics, and has a crazy fast 300Hz display refresh rate.
Right alongside gravity, friction is one of the most important physical forces at play in the universe. Without it, some very strange and dangerous things would happen. The What If channel ponders what sort of madness might happen if we lost friction for even a minute.
Is your garage or workshop filled with cans of spray paint, WD-40, or canned air? This specialized wall shelf is perfect for keeping cans organized. It’s got eight spaces for cans, along with a steel bar for paper towels, and metal hooks for hanging lightweight tools or brushes. Made from sturdy steel, powdercoated in bright red.
A pin tumbler is one of the simpler lock designs out there. But it definitely takes some skill to build one from scratch. Watch as FarmCraft101 puts his carpentry and engineering skills to the test with a working 10x scale lock made from wood, complete with a giant key to lock and unlock it. It’s way too easy to pick though.
Facing confinement at home, musicians continue to look to streaming video as a way to get their music out to audiences. Like other orchestras around the world, the National Orchestra of France did their part with this energetic performance of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. The music starts at 0:49.
This oversize lap desk opens up a serious workspace while you sit on the couch or in bed. It has vented spot for up to a 17″ laptop, along with a large mousepad, built-in wrist pads, a tablet holder, and pockets for your mouse and other accessories. Its padded armrests provide support and comfort, and can be repositioned.
The boys are back in the multiverse. After a 6-month hiatus, Rick and Morty returns with the back half of its fourth season. Along the way, they wear unnecessarily badass suits and destroy countless aliens. Oh, and Snuffles (er, Snowball) returns to face a new enemy. The five new episodes kick off 5/3/2020 on Adult Swim.
Made from black anodized aluminum, Fisher’s Clutch Space Pen has a bold and substantial look. Its hexagonal barrel provides a confident grip, and won’t roll off your desk. With its pressurized ink cartridge, it has no trouble writing upside-down, or in extreme temperatures, and can even write underwater.
Philip Lee and Classicbot expand their series of retro tech-inspired figures with an adorable take on the original iPod, named “iBoy.” This little guy comes with removable magnetic arms and legs, and a pair of headphones for him to wear. While there are no electronics inside of iBoy, he does have delightfully clicky buttons.
If you have to venture out of the house for essentials, you need to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This edit from Luís Azevedo of Little White Lies shows us how many of Wes Anderson’s characters have been doing quality social distancing for quite some time now.
Want some extra boom to rattle your brain? These Sony MDR-XB650BT over-ear wireless headphones kick out lots of thump with their Extra Bass capability. They feature Bluetooth connectivity and NFC pairing, and will run for up to 30 hours per charge. This new, open box deal saves you 53% off the original price.
BeamNG.drive is known for its ability to simulate vehicle dynamics and crashes with impressive accuracy. In addition to weather conditions, it can also replicate gravitational forces. In this clip from The Action Lab, he shows off what might happen if you tried to drive a pickup truck on the Moon, Jupiter, and even the Sun.
The Gerber Mullet is a tiny multitool that’s meant to be carried on a belt loop or clipped to a keychain. It functions as a wire stripper, a scraper, a nail puller, a pry bar, a small and a large flathead driver, a cross driver, a 1/4″ hex driver and the ubiquitous bottle opener.
Most of today’s science fiction movies use CGI for creature effects, but the original Star Wars trilogy (and some of the recent ones) used puppets. Jamie Benning’s 2015 documentary takes us behind the scenes of Return of the Jedi, and introduces us to Toby Philpott and his fellow puppeteers who brought the slimeball to life.
Improve your work from home setup with Equal Peaks‘ sturdy aluminum laptop stand. Not only does it put your computer in a better position, it includes a built in smartphone holder, and clears desk space for storing small items underneath. Available in silver or black, with protective plastic pads and rubber feet.
“Although the face of the giraffe can resemble a horse that’s been vacuum-sealed, it is not a horse.” ZeFrank spends a little time educating us on these goofy-looking mammals. With their stubby head bumps, prehensile tongues, and ridiculously long necks, and gangly legs, they’re a true evolutionary oddity.
If you work with wood, you know how even a single inaccurate cut can ripple through your entire project. Incremental Tools precision metal rulers ensure you have the same measurements on the top and side of materials, thanks to their 90º bend and micro-fine marking holes. Available in 6″, 12″, and 18″ lengths.
The Hacksmith teamed up with maker JT of Built IRL to create a real world version of Spider-Man’s web shooters. The rig uses compressed air to fire custom-made grappling hooks from its wearer’s wrists. Swinging from them isn’t nearly as graceful Peter Parker made it look.
Fans of classic video games will recognize this guy as Blinky, the pixelated red ghost from Pac-Man. Here, he’s serving a useful purpose by giving your headphones a place to rest when you’re not wearing them. Handmade from baltic birch, sanded smooth, and painted by artist BalticPrime. Also available as a scared blue ghost.
Golden-throated, big-hearted Josh Groban raised his voice and spirits with a free bedroom performance. He also raised $15,000+ for Meals on Wheels America, on the front lines of the pandemic, so thanked fans by singing “You Raise Me Up” in his shower. (Fully clothed, though he has said the song should be used for Viagra ads.)
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