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Why Upper and Lower Case Letters Exist

Why Upper and Lower Case Letters Exist

We’re grateful to have lower case letters, if only to limit people typing in ALL CAPS. The Generalist Papers digs into the history of letterforms in the English language on a quest to explain why we have two different versions of every character in the alphabet.

686 GLCR Hydrastash Reserve Jacket

686 GLCR Hydrastash Reserve Jacket
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The GLCR Hydrastash Reserve Jacket keeps you warm, dry, and hydrated on the slopes. Its got a built-in water bladder and a vented, water-resistant shell with lightweight insulation. There are pockets for your hands, smartphone, and ski pass, and it has a helmet-compatible hood and adjustable powder skirt.

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Turning an End-Grain Sphere

Turning an End-Grain Sphere

After working with some black palm wood and seeing its unusual end-grain pattern, artist Andy Phillip wanted to make a piece of art from it. So he cut some slices of the wood, attached them to a plastic form, covered them in resin, then turned the whole thing on his lathe. The finished piece looks like it could make a cool bowling ball.

Welltop Workshop Ruler

Welltop Workshop Ruler
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This versatile measuring gadget is great for anyone who needs to cut wood or other stock. It combines a square and protractor and has templates for dovetail joints, circular holes, parallel lines, drill positioning, and a variety of common miter angle markings. It’s made from aluminum alloy and has easy-to-read markings.

Glowing Pattern Drawing Machine

Glowing Pattern Drawing Machine

RCLifeOn built a unique drawing machine that creates geometric illustrations on a sheet of acrylic using a fluorescent marker. Bright LED lights help the images glow brilliantly. For now, images must be manually erased between drawings, but they plan on adding an eraser mechanism at some point.

Building a Tiny House from Pallet Wood

Building a Tiny House from Pallet Wood

We’ve seen shipping pallets recycled into coasters, pencils, a guitar, and skateboards. Bushcraft builder Lesnoy went above and beyond by making an entire tiny house primarily from reclaimed pallet wood. Watch and enjoy this soothing video as he builds a dwelling from scratch in the woods.

La Boule Dishes

La Boule Dishes
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Villeroy & Boch’s unique porcelain dish sets form a spherical sculpture when stacked, so you’ll be happy leaving them on display rather than hiding them in a cabinet. Each 2-person set includes two flat bowls, two regular bowls, two plates, and a serving platter. We can’t help but think of the Death Star when we look at these.

Don’t Look Up (Trailer)

Don’t Look Up (Trailer)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play a pair of astronomers who discover a killer comet on a collision course with Earth. Despite the serious setup, writer-director Adam McKay’s star-studded flick is a dark satire that roasts the government, media, uber-rich, and more. In theaters 12.10.21 and on Netflix 12.24.21.

Vital Carry Mini-B Pen

Vital Carry Mini-B Pen
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This stubby machined metal pen has a working bolt-action mechanism and measures a pocket-friendly 3″ long. It comes in barrel and accent combinations of copper, brass, aluminum, or titanium and takes Schmidt Mini D1 refills. Prices vary depending on the metals selected.

How to Lay Pipe Quickly

How to Lay Pipe Quickly

So you’ve spent the morning digging a trench to lay some PVC pipe in it. You could spend the rest of the day gradually lowering the pipe section-by-section, or you could do what this industrious construction crew does and lay the whole thing in seconds. Apparently, this isn’t the first time this trick has worked.

T-REX Multi-Flex Driver Set

T-REX Multi-Flex Driver Set
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This unique hand tool has a ratcheting mechanism that provides up to 10x the torque of a regular screwdriver. It’s designed to reduce injuries by improving grip and reducing rotations. The 83-piece kit includes screwdrivers, drill bits, hex drivers, a flexible shaft, and more. A limited time deal from Touch of Modern.

Lemonade Pet Insurance

Lemonade collaborated with vets and real-life pet parents to design plans that start as low as $10/month for dogs and cats. You can even craft your coverage yourself, so grab yourself a quote. Plus, you can save an extra 10% if you insure your home with them, too.

Fish Sing La Traviata

Fish Sing La Traviata

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day – fish singing opera. In the CG animated film Turbopera, a school of rather strange-looking marine life gets together after the fish market closes for a dramatic performance of Verdi’s La Traviata. Will they live to sing another day?

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A Dozen Eggs

A Dozen Eggs

Apple asked filmmaker Michel Gondry to show off his creativity and the cinematic capabilities of the iPhone 13 Pro. Armed with a dozen eggs, he created this lighthearted short film that plays with our expectations through a series of practical effects, clever editing, and illusions.

1UP-Dice

1UP-Dice

These fun RPG dice feature designs inspired by 8-bit video games. The sparkly, polyhedral dice sets are embossed with pixelated digits and sprites and come packed in a box/dice tray that looks like a classic NES cartridge. Each set comes with 11 dice with the option to upgrade with expansion packs and other accessories.

The Titanic Taxonomy of Wrestler Names

The Titanic Taxonomy of Wrestler Names
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From Andre the Giant to The Texas Tornado, Pop Chart’s print celebrates the many fanciful and flashy names assumed by wrestlers. It includes more than 500 names, organized and connected by the traits they each share. It measures 18″ x 24″ and comes unframed, framed, or mounted on a birch plywood panel.

2022 Porsche Taycan GTS

2022 Porsche Taycan GTS

Slotted between the Taycan 4S and Turbo S, the Porsche’s latest EV makes 590 hp and launches from 0-to-60 in 3.5 seconds. It’s tricked out with a SportDesign front end and side skirts, black trim, and 20-inch wheels in satin black. Inside, you’ll find ample amounts of Race-Tex suede. It’s also available as a Sport Turismo wagon.

Pam & Tommy (Teaser)

Pam & Tommy (Teaser)

Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogen, and Nick Offerman star in this mini-series about Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, and the sleazy dudes who released their sex tape. It was created by Robert Siegel (The Wrestler, The Founder) with episodes directed by Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya, Cruella). Coming to Hulu 2.2.22.

Dominoes + Kapla Mega Structure

Dominoes + Kapla Mega Structure

It took five builders three days to set up this enormous structure from Kapla wood planks, popsicle sticks, and dominoes – and under 2 minutes to knock it over. Kapla construction expert Crouzier Benjamin shared this satisfying footage of it being toppled – with a momentary pause at 0:54, and a satisfying cloud of dust at the end.

Choosing a Movie on Date Night

Choosing a Movie on Date Night

(PG-13: Language) We’ve all been there. You’ve got a Netflix and Chill night on the books, but you can’t decide what to watch for the Netflix part. Joel Haver’s comedy sketch perfectly captures the most awkward part of couch-based dating and is packed with hilarious fake movie graphics.

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AAXA P7 Mini Projector

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AAXA’s P7 differentiates itself from cheaper mini projectors by offering a true HD (1920×1080) DLP optical engine, for crisp images up to 120″ diagonal. It’s also got a nice loud speaker. It’ll run on AC, or its 38-watt rechargeable battery runs for up to 90 minutes. AAXA also offers a larger and more expensive model with 4K resolution.

Illuminated Hive Lamp

Illuminated Hive Lamp

The Lucid Bazaar Company and designer Joe Zado make a variety of unique geometric lamps that cast colors and shadows. Among them is this beehive-inspired light with honeycomb cutouts that project hexagonal patterns on walls and ceilings. We also dig their squiggly Brain Coral Shadow Lamp.

Making a Piano BBQ Cart

Making a Piano BBQ Cart

Handy Geng is back with another one of his crazy inventions that nobody asked for – a combination barbeque grill cart and electric piano. As he plays each key on the piano, it rotates a skewer of meat over its charcoal pit, ensuring its cooked evenly on each side. Oh, and it drives. English captions available, but not necessary.

HOMI 2.0 Sustain Heated Jacket

HOMI 2.0 Sustain Heated Jacket

This lightweight jacket keeps you warm with its windproof fabric and Thinsulate insulation, along with an infrared heating system that can be activated with the push of a button. It also has reflective accents, an adjustable hood, theft-resistant pockets, a built-in facemask, and more.

NES Controller Valet Tray

NES Controller Valet Tray
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Reimagined Wood Shop has the perfect gift for the video game fan that has everything. This substantial 12″ x 5″ valet tray holds your coins, wallet, phone, keys, and more, all while looking like the classic Nintendo Entertainment System controller. Each one is CNC-carved from a block of solid lumber and comes in a variety of woods.

iMicro Q2p Smartphone Microscope Lens

iMicro Q2p Smartphone Microscope Lens

This tiny accessory turns your phone’s camera into a powerful microscope. It offers magnification from 100x to 800x with a 1-micron resolution. It’s designed for use with flat transparent objects and sample slides and comes with a stand and reflective box with a polarizer that helps ensure subjects are in focus and well lit.

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