(PG-13: Language) After schooling us on Goth, Pitchfork is back with another entertaining, yet educational animated history short. This time you’ll learn about the foundations of heavy metal music, and how the genre has evolved over the decades. KISS WAS NEVER METAL!
Pay what you want to learn the ins and outs of hacking, and use what you learn to help secure your personal or business computer systems from evildoers. This extensive online series offers in-depth technical training, and is another great deal in The Awesomer Shop.
Shaun White’s gold medal-winning Halfpipe run in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was pretty epic all on its own. But Dylan “Tater Tot” Tate decided to give it a little more sparkle and shine with the addition of visuals and sound effects from Super Mario Bros.
While you may no longer be able to eat bacon or dance a jig after you’re six feet under, you may still have an impact on things long after you’re gone. Life Death And The Universe offers some deep thoughts on the subject from both philosophical and scientific angles.
Fractal filmmaker Julius Horsthuis is back with another visually stunning short, as he takes us inside of a fictitious research facility in the arctic “suspected of running unholy experiments on human consciousness.” The haunting, icy look he achieved sent a chill down our spine.
Thanks to our friends at Toyota, we had the good fortune to visit this year’s Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. From the athletes to spectators to the Koreans who ran the show, the Olympics showcased the best of people in these trying times.
Thanks to their new cutting blade aka the “Guillotine 5,000,000,” the Hydraulic Press Channel can now not only crush stuff, but cut it in half. Slicing sticky notes isn’t too thrilling, but the way it hacks through 10 decks of cards is the big payoff. And here we go…
UNIQLO is teaming up with Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump for a collection of t-shirts. The tees include some of the manga’s big hits, such as Hunter x Hunter and One Piece, as well as classics like Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball. That Yamcha shirt!
Despite the idiotic sound effects, the corkscrew jump in James Bond’s The Man with the Golden Gun is still one of the greatest car stunts ever. Wekster’s Geeky Stuff designed a 3D printed ramp which lets Hot Wheels cars perform the same trick. Download the STL file here.
Got 30 minutes to kill? Sit back and enjoy James Risner’s ridiculously long model train set, which has 1662 train cars, measures 1,134 feet long, and needs 25 engines to pull the thing. We’re just glad we’re not stuck in a tiny car waiting at the crossing for this thing to go by.
While most knives are made from steel, they can certainly be made from other materials. Here, blademaker Kiwami Japan shows us how to transform a sheet of super-hard lignum vitae wood into a razor-sharp kitchen utensil, capable of slicing veggies just like a metal blade.
(PG-13: Language) Casually Explained breaks down the tiers of thought processes, from acting purely on instinct to the curse that is overthinking. For the latter, he comforts us by reminding us that no one cares about us and we will all be forgotten.
Many of the kits that turn up on the LEGO Ideas site are based on popular franchises. Those often don’t get made due to licensing issues. So we were tickled to see this fun design from Hsinwei Chi for a totally-doable LEGO kit – a hot dog truck with a big weiner dog on top.
Along with Don Bluth, game designer Rick Dyer created 1980s classics like Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. He would later design a radical (and expensive) game system called “Halcyon.” Polygon explores the tale of the failed console that foretold today’s voice-based AI systems.
We’re currently assembling a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle here at Awesomer HQ, and it got us thinking, how do they cut all those tiny pieces so perfectly? Well, ask the internet, and ye shall receive. Here’s a cool video that goes inside Italy’s Clementoni jigsaw puzzle factory.
Celebrate your home state every time you pop open a cold one. Brandon and Erin Spangler’s handmade bottle openers are shaped like each of the United States. They’re plasma-cut from steel and finished with black oxide. Sizes vary based on the shape of your state of choice.
We’ve seen DOOM run on everything from a calculator to a toaster. But this is the first time we’ve seen the game on an Etch A Sketch. We’re impressed with lily-liver’s ability to replicate the game’s screen on the toy, even if he cheated a bit by tracing the diagonal lines.