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CD / Resolution

CD / Resolution

As part of his informative series on computer graphics and visual effects, Captain Disillusion provides a great layperson’s lesson on the fundamentals of pixels and image resolution. As the resolution war escalates, are we already at the point of diminishing returns?

OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro
$669+  Buy Link Comment

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.67″ 90Hz 1440p AMOLED display with nearly no bezel, an in-display fingerprint sensor, 6GB/8GB/12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB storage, a Snapdragon 855 CPU, a pop-up 16MP front camera, and three rear cameras. It also charges to 50% in just 20 minutes.

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Casually Explained: Tipping

Casually Explained: Tipping

Casually Explained takes on the borderline illegal encouragement of tipping in the United States and Canada, where you are expected to tip to make up for low staff wages, regardless of the quality of service you got. Plus it makes you have to do math.

Destroying Weird Stress Balls

Destroying Weird Stress Balls

The guys at novelty shop Vat19 do their best job to channel The Slow Mo Guys. They filled oversized stress balls with various stuff, demolished them, and captured the carnage in slow motion. They just need to rent a Phantom camera next time.

Space Invaders: The Board Game

Space Invaders: The Board Game

TAITO celebrates 40 years of its 8-bit arcade shooter. The board game asks players to use cards to target an army of aliens headed for their bases. Available in a standard or deluxe edition, or with an awesome limited edition diorama signed by Invaders’ creator Tomohiro Nishikado.

The Talking Tree

The Talking Tree

A man is walking through a park when a tree starts talking to him. He assumes there’s some reason that the wise plant has chosen him, and expects it to reveal some greater meaning. Stefan Hunt’s silly short film couldn’t help but remind us of the Weirwood tree in Game of Thrones.

Brown Eyed Girl in a Minor Key

Brown Eyed Girl in a Minor Key

Musician Marc Durkee took Van Morrison’s 1967 upbeat-sounding classic Brown Eyed Girl and turned it into something more appropos of its lyrics about lost love. Durkee’s version is a supremely sad and emotional ballad, courtesy of a key change.

CoinCrafters Dollar Rings

CoinCrafters Dollar Rings
$109+  Buy Comment

CoinCrafters makes beautiful rings out of Morgan dollar coins, which were produced in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The rings are available in polished silver, with a black patina, or colorized red or blue. They’re on sale at Touch of Modern as of this writing.

Karma

Karma

A man tries to go through airport security, and finds himself subject to all manner of humiliation and inconvenience. This witty, yet poignant promo clip for Portuguese non-profit AnimalifePT is a not so subtle reminder to never abandon a pet. Ever.

Midsommar (Trailer)

Midsommar (Trailer)

(Gore) The first full trailer for the horror film Midsommar shows us the protagonists getting invited to a Swedish festival that supposedly takes place only once every 90 years. They soon discover that it would be better if it never happens at all.

Learn to Code Bundle 2019

Learn to Code Bundle 2019
$ Pay What You Want  Buy Comment

Learn how to develop web sites and web applications with this great bundle of online courses, which includes hundreds of lessons in front-end tech like HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and React, and back-end languages like Ruby, C#, and Java. Best of all, you set the price.

2020 McLaren GT

2020 McLaren GT
$203K+  Buy Link Comment

McLaren offers up its take on the grand tourer. The mid-engined, RWD sports car offers a refined and comfortable ride and space for 20.1 cu ft. of luggage, while still bringing the power – 612 bhp via a 4.0L twin-turbo V8, hitting 124mph in just 9 sec, with a top speed of 203 mph.

nCamp Camping Stove

nCamp Camping Stove
$54  Buy Comment

Weighing in at less than 2 lb., this stainless steel and aluminum stove collapses down to just 1.5″ thick for easy transport, then sets up as a sturdy stove for cooking and warmth in seconds. Its cooking chamber burns either wood/biomass or solid/liquid fuels.

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Giant R/C A-10 Warthog

Giant R/C A-10 Warthog

We’ve seen some pretty damned impressive remote-controlled planes over the years, but this Mibo A-10 Thunderbolt II might be the best yet. The insanely detailed model has real jet engines, and even makes machine gun sounds and fires flares.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Gameplay)

Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Gameplay)
$60  Buy Link Comment

(PG-13) Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint has you playing as a military special operative stranded on an island where former colleagues have seized a drone factory. The open-world game features classes, customizable gear, and up to four-player co-op and PvP. Drops 10/4/19.

DIY Iron Man Nano Gauntlet

DIY Iron Man Nano Gauntlet

Prop maker David Guyton made a replica of Iron Man’s Nano Gauntlet from Avengers: Endgame. Rather than cheap materials, he built it out of steel, brass, and glass. But he will upload a template on his website so you can make it out of different materials if you want.

Lever Gear BitVault

Lever Gear BitVault
$50  Buy Link Comment

This aluminum and zinc alloy keychain or belt-worn tool lets you carry up to six hex bits. Its interior compartment is waterproof, and its magnetic tip securely holds a bit for driving. You can also adjust its dividers to hold other items like pills, toothpicks, or emergency cash.

Lenovo Folding ThinkPad X1 Laptop

Lenovo Folding ThinkPad X1 Laptop

Lenovo has unveiled a prototype of its folding ThinkPad X1 touchscreen laptop. It has a 13.3″ 2K OLED display, a sturdy hinge, and batteries that are at the “bottom” half so it stays stable in laptop mode. The final version will come with a Wacom stylus and a keyboard when it drops in 2020.

Continued

Continued

Motion designer Tomin decided to play around with some digital animation techniques, taking CG models of conventional objects like water bottles, cars, and iPhones and placing them into unexpected situations. We want a pair of those car shoes now.

LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down

LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down
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Stranger Things gets the LEGO treatment with this awesome 2287-piece set, which features a detailed model of the Byers’ house that flips to show an Upside Down version. Includes minifigs of the kids, Sheriff Hopper, Joyce Byers, and the Demogorgon. Drops 6/1/19 (5/15 for LEGO VIP members.)

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Bowling Ball into Bowling Bowl

Bowling Ball into Bowling Bowl

Woodworker Carl Jacobsen made quite the mess in his shop for this experiment, in which he decided to turn a bowling ball on his lathe, chiseling away the ball’s outer surface and inner core to produce a surprisingly pleasing bowl. Carl says the biggest issue was the smell its core made.

Wooden Flip Perpetual Calendar

Wooden Flip Perpetual Calendar

Andriy Design’s desktop calendar is inspired by those vintage flip calendars which date back to the 1920s. Simply flip the day, date, or month modules, and it the next entry appears. It’s not available as completed product, but you can buy the files for laser-cutting from ArtHouseUA.

Star Wars on Boomwhackers

Star Wars on Boomwhackers

The members of HarvardTHUD whack out another entertaining performance with a fun and unusual medley of music from John Williams’ Star Wars scores. We were really hoping they’d find a way to work in Cantina Band though.

Cuddle Clones Slippers

Cuddle Clones Slippers
$200  Buy Comment

Immortalize your pet in plush and wearable form with these adorable and goofy looking slippers. Simply send along a photo of your pet of choice, and Cuddle Clones will get to work creating custom footwear for you to pad around the house in. Now if only our dog would bring us our slippers…

SofaBaton F2 Universal Remote

SofaBaton F2 Universal Remote
$28  Buy Comment

Our desire to use = voice commands on our Amazon Fire TV means we have multiple remotes sitting around. The F2 attaches to your Fire TV remote, expanding its capabilities with 11 buttons that can learn commands from other IR remotes. Sadly, it only works with the 1st gen Fire TV remote.

Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet

Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet

Fine furniture maker Craig Thibodeau created this incredible work of functional art. The cabinet not only features intricate marquetry and inlay work, but a series of drawers and compartments that can only be opened if you know its secrets. Puzzle designs by Robert “Stickman” Yarger.

Milling a Metal Gear

Milling a Metal Gear

Machine shop DataPro shares hypnotic time-lapse footage of a Datron CNC milling machine, as it takes a disc of aluminum and transforms it into a precise and smoothly formed gear. It was shot as a time-lapse, but won’t it be awesome when machines can do this in real time?

Dash Bando Wallet

Dash Bando Wallet
$18  Buy Comment

Keep your cards and cash in check with this slimline everyday wallet. It’s made from thin canvas-textured leather, and features a pull-tab compartment for up to 10 cards, two quickdraw slots in front, and a secret compartment in back. Available in black or blue. Save 28% in The Awesomer Shop.

Carving a Wooden Baseball Cap

Carving a Wooden Baseball Cap

Bobby Duke Arts plays with his wewd once again. This time, he transformed a bunch of scrap wood into an oversize baseball cap. Then he teamed up with maker William Osman to try and (unsuccessfully) make the hat’s brim follow the sun.

Google Home Mini Alarm Clock

Google Home Mini Alarm Clock
$13  Buy Comment

Add a touch of whimsy to your Google Home Mini speaker with this tabletop stand. It looks like an old school alarm clock, complete with a pair of (non-working) bells on top. It has built-in cord management, and comes in black or white.

Why Produce Used to Suck

Why Produce Used to Suck

These days, most of the fruits and veggies we buy at the grocery store are quite good. Sam O’Nella Academy looks back at how we got from produce that was hard to eat, lacking in edible bits, and downright weird, to produce that we discard simply for aesthetic reasons.

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