Katana Bookends

Katana Bookends

Mustard’s playful metal bookends make it look like you’ve pierced your collection of books with a samurai sword. The trick to the illusion is that the metal hides inside of the end books, and the faux sword parts hold in place with magnets. They’re perfect for storing your copies of Bushido and The Art of War.

Sci-Fi & Horror Virus Survival

Sci-Fi & Horror Virus Survival

(PG-13: Gore/Language) Need advice on how to survive during a viral outbreak? Check out filmmakers Evan Gorski’s and Michael Dougherty’s clip “Everything I Need to Know to Survive COVID-19 I Learned by Watching Sci-fi and Horror Movies.” We’re still going with “Have a nice cold pint… and wait for all this to blow over.”

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Star Wars to the Danger Zone

Star Wars to the Danger Zone

What happens when you replace the F-14A Tomcats in Top Gun with X-Wing Fighters? Movie magic. Jackson McKay combined the Kenny Loggins’ classic Danger Zone with footage from Star Wars episodes IV through IX and Rogue One, giving us the only Star Wars soundtrack that works even better than one by John Williams.

Leather Sketch Journal Covers

Leather Sketch Journal Covers

Oklahoma leather goods maker Backerton handcrafts these substantial covers for your Moleskine, Field Notes, and other 3.5″ x 5.5″ journals. Each one features a bold image that’s been permanently fused into the surface of the leather. There are lots of cool designs to choose from, but Godzilla is our favorite.

Forging a Viking Spear

Forging a Viking Spear

That Works take a moment away from smithing video game weapons to craft something more historically accurate. They first make steel by carburizing iron, then forge it into an incredibly deadly spear like the ones used in the 8th and 9th centuries. We were surprised just how effective it is when swung, not just when stabbing it.

Duke Cannon’s Shampoo Pucks

Duke Cannon’s Shampoo Pucks

Skip the bottle, and keep your hair clean with Duke Cannon’s tough-lathering shampoo pucks. Each one offers up to 175 washes, with naturally-derived fragrances, and scalp-stimulating ingredients like mint and eucalyptus, argan oil for conditioning, and oat kernel protein for strength. In Field Mint, Gold Rush Fever, and Barrel Char.

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

DIY Persistence of Vision Wand

Adafruit Industries shares a relatively simple, yet very cool project – a wand which displays a persistence of vision illusion when waved in the air. Naturally, the build uses parts from Adafruit, including DotStar LEDs, and a Feather controller board. Check out the tutorial, files, and code here.

Skully (Trailer)

Skully (Trailer)

This platform puzzler puts players in the character of a rolling skull. Transform into three different shapes, each possessing different skills needed to navigate through its 18 levels and seven environments. You can even throw your own head when changing forms. Coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC 8.4.20.

Infinite Anime Characters

Infinite Anime Characters

Disproportionately big eyes, a sailor’s outfit, brightly-colored hair… these are but a few of the trademark characteristics of girls in anime. Over at MakeGirlsMoe, machine learning algorithms can generate a seemingly endless set of anime characters, as seen in the video here.

Weird Al in This Together

Weird Al in This Together

With celebrities locked down at home, we’ve had a barrage of collaborative music videos hitting our screens daily. This clip from David Cross‘ Mr. Show Zoomtacular Annual Business Call Event for Charity is our favorite so far, featuring a veritable Who’s Who of talent, including the song’s creator himself.

Making a Wooden Stadium Model

Making a Wooden Stadium Model

Located in Manchester City, UK, Etihad Stadium is one of the most iconic stadiums in Europe. Model maker FoBIRD took about 20 days to fabricate a miniature replica of the football stadium, using wooden skewers as his construction material. He did a great job capturing the facility’s architectural highlights.

Popcorn Linux PC

Popcorn Linux PC

This pocket-sized computer runs a full version of Debian 10 w/mainline Linux, and packs a 1080p touchscreen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, expandable storage via SD card, 4x USB-C connectors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more. There’s also a version with LoRaWAN tech for low-power, long range communications. Available 8.2020.

Animation Is All About The Walk

Animation Is All About The Walk

The Royal Ocean Film Society gathered snippets from animation experts that point out the importance of walking in cartoons. We can learn a lot about a character – even a live one – by their walk, and changing even one element of it can drastically change the character.

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CyberSaber Swords

CyberSaber Swords

Have you dreamt of wielding a lightsaber like the ones in the Star Wars saga? These machined aluminum CyberSabers take inspiration from those, but offer a streamlined, cyberpunk aesthetic. They light up in 11 different colors, and make cool sci-fi sound effects as you swing them around. Save 27% in The Awesomer Shop.

DIY Mechanic’s Creeper

DIY Mechanic’s Creeper

I Like to Make Stuff has another project that’s incredibly useful yet fairly easy to build. His take on the mechanic’s creeper is mainly made of plywood, casters and foam, though he did add a tray for tools on the side as well as small flashlights on flexible mounts.

Revov Tray Box

Revov Tray Box

The Revov keeps your glasses, keys, phone, watch, and other everyday essentials organized. Its rotating beech wood top tray snaps satisfyingly into place using magnets, providing quick access to the items stored in the aluminum cubby below. Plus, removable dividers allow you to customize its storage compartment.

Unsolvable Computer Problems

Unsolvable Computer Problems

Computers are pretty capable these days. And while most problems boil down to a series of mathematical computations, Tom Scott points out that there are some kinds of abstract problems that even the smartest programmers with the most powerful supercomputers can’t figure out.

BenQ e-Reading Swing Arm Lamp

BenQ e-Reading Swing Arm Lamp

BenQ’s swing-arm LED lamp kicks out a much wider field of light than typical desk lamps. It’s been optimized for on-screen reading, and minimizes glare. You can adjust its brightness and color temperature from 2700K to 5700K, and it has an ambient light sensor. Made from lightweight zinc and aluminum alloy.

Deadliest Animals Comparison

Deadliest Animals Comparison

While there’s some debate whether bats might have kicked off the current, deadly pandemic, they generally only kill a couple of people each year. Reigarw Comparisons looks at a variety of animals, insects, and other organisms to see just how many humans succumb to these killer creatures each year.

Inside Union Glacier Camp

Inside Union Glacier Camp

The Union Glacier Camp is a private camping facility in Antarctica. It sets up each year to operate from November to January – aka Antarctic summer. Studiocanoe takes us on a lighthearted tour of the isolated camp, which provides shelter from the frigid temperatures, and acts as a hub for expeditions in the area.

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2020 Dell XPS 15

2020 Dell XPS 15

The latest version of Dell’s powerful laptop for creatives has a nearly bezel-less 15.6″ touchscreen with up to 4K resolution, 100% Adobe RGB color gamut, and maxes out with a 10th gen Core i7-10875H CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU, and 64GB of DDR4 RAM. Want something even bigger and badder? There’s an XPS 17 on the way.

Unreal Engine 5 PS5 Demo

Unreal Engine 5 PS5 Demo

Epic Games shows off a bit of what Unreal Engine 5 can do running on PlayStation 5 hardware in real time. The footage demonstrates incredible detail, freeing designers to pump out as many polygons as they can imagine, and simulating complex particle interactions. We can’t wait to see these effects used in games.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remastered

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Remastered

The skateboarding video games that started it all are getting an ultra-high-def remaster for today’s gaming systems. The bundle of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will offer up to 4K graphics on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Apparently they were able to preserve most of the awesome original soundtrack as well. Drops 9.4.2020.

Keychain Chapstick Holder

Keychain Chapstick Holder

If you often find yourself in need of lip balm, Screwpop’s accessory would be a great addition to your keychain. It features a stainless steel clip that firmly holds most standard tubes, while still providing access to its advancer knob. As a bonus, it has a flip-out bottle opener blade.

Great Gifts for Grads 2020

Great Gifts for Grads 2020

It might not feel like it, but it’s the end of the school year, and graduates deserve something extra special in a year when they couldn’t attend their ceremonies and celebrations in person. Everyday Carry shares 10 great gifts for grads that are sure to be cherished and remembered for years.

Wheelbarrow Boombox

Wheelbarrow Boombox

At the end of the day, just about any hollow enclosure can serve as the cabinet for a speaker. Whether its acoustic properties are any good is another story, but we’re intrigued by this Bluetooth sound system that X-Creation built into the body of a wheelbarrow. The design certainly makes it easy to move around.

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