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Nintendo celebrates the launch of its relaxing new puzzle game for the Switch, in which you must carefully follow a series of recipes to create a perfectly presented bento box meal for a family of cats. It’s just the sort of game we need to take our minds off the craziness around us in the world these days.

SuperMini Charger and Cable

Keep all your gadgets juiced up with this compact charger from Zendure. With 10,000 mAh, it can recharge most phones 2 to 3 times. It supports quick charging via its 18-watt USB-C and USB-A ports, and includes a braided USB-C to Lightning cable for iOS devices. Save 49% off the original price in The Awesomer Shop.

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Spyderco Endura 4 Folding Knife

Spyderco Endura 4 Folding Knife

Spyderco’s substantial, yet lightweight knife features a sturdy VG-10 steel blade, with a combination edge that blends a straight edge with a serrated “Spyder” edge. It’s also available with a straight blade, or an all- serrated blade, and in addition to stainless steel, you can get it with a fiberglass-reinforced nylon handle.

Homemade Screw Tank

Homemade Screw Tank

Builder Colin Furze shows off one of his craziest vehicles ever, a hydraulic tank that moves across the earth using giant screw threads. It’s the great destroyer of lawns, and makes a horribly muddy mess, but is surprisingly agile and powerful. Check out Colin’s build videos here.

The Zo: Induction

The Zo: Induction

Artist Molly Crabapple’s hand-illustrated documentary series kicks off with an episode about the often confusing rules and operational practices in prison that are designed to intentionally disorient, control, and dehumanize inmates. Narrated by Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire).

Timber! Mountain Bike Bell

Timber! Mountain Bike Bell

At rest, Timber’s uniquely designed bike bell sits completely silent. But release its trigger lock, and it produces a pleasant, but plenty-loud jingle to let people know you’re passing, without being obnoxious. Available in both bolt-on and quick-release models. Sound demo here.

Making a Glowing “Lava” Table

Making a Glowing “Lava” Table

While it might look really cool to have a coffee table made of molten lava, it wouldn’t last long, and your house would surely burn down. On the other hand, this table from Positive Couple looks the part, without the deadly heat and fumes. They built it using backlit crystals, oak, and epoxy, set onto an aluminum base.

Handyman Tool Kit

Handyman Tool Kit

This handsome gift set from Wild and Wolf’s Gentlemen’s Hardware collection contains titanium-coated steel tools including a hammer, tape measure, wooden ruler, pliers, and a multi-ratchet screwdriver. They all come packaged in a handsome wood carrying box, along with a carpenter’s pencil for marking measurements.

Time Travel Instructional Video

Time Travel Instructional Video

The guys at Squirrel Monkey offer up a 1980s style training video for the fictitious Department of Time Travel, envisioning a world in which the government started to develop a time machine back in the 1940s, and eventually unleashed it on human subjects after a series of failures and animal tests.

Stickajimmy Phone Wallet

Stickajimmy Phone Wallet

JimmyCase makes some great phone cases that double as wallets. But what if you already have a phone case you love? The Stickajimmy lets you add an elastic pocket that holds up to six cards and cash to any smooth case. It works with most larger phones, though not the iPhone X/XS or 11 Pro due to the position of their cameras.

XSplit VCam Background Replacer

Do you stream and share videos online? This useful software offers quick and easy background replacement for podcasts, vlogs, and game streaming, all without a green screen. It works in concert with various Windows streaming and video conferencing apps. Save 59% on a lifetime subscription on The Awesomer Shop.

Traqpod Carving Skateboard

Traqpod Carving Skateboard

Traqpod’s unique skateboard features a flexible, concave deck, and front and rear trucks that pivot, enabling tight turns and a stable, controlled ride. It has a high grip rubber surface, its trucks fold up for storage, and includes a matching wall hanger.

Ice Beard Surfers

Ice Beard Surfers

VICE introduces us to Daniel Schetter, also known as “Surfer Dan,” a local legend in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who, along with his friends, have made a name for themselves by surfing the frigid winter waves of Lake Superior, and for the amazing ice formations that gather on their exaggerated facial hair.

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Awesome LEGO Roller Coaster

Awesome LEGO Roller Coaster

Beyond the Brick came across this epic and wonderfully-detailed LEGO thrill ride at Portland, Oregon’s Bricks Cascade 2020. It was built by Matthew Chiles, who says he used 100% authentic LEGO parts with no modifications, and that it’s been around in various configurations since all the way back in 2002.

Big Wormhole Dice Tower

Big Wormhole Dice Tower

Board game players looking for a fun way to randomize their dice rolls should check out this very cool and unique dice tower from RUBrand. The tower features undulating layers of laser-cut, high-density wood fiberboard with cutouts that tumble dice as they cascade from the top to the coliseum below. Assembly required.

Giant Magnetic Balls

Giant Magnetic Balls

Magnet fanatic Magnetic Games got their hands on 64 oversize 26mm (~1.02″) neodymium spheres. These giant-sized balls are much harder to work with (and more dangerous) than their smaller brethren, but they do look like fun. They’re not cheap, but you can buy some here.

ROCCBOX Portable Pizza Oven

ROCCBOX Portable Pizza Oven

This compact fire and stone pizza oven sets up quickly on your deck or patio, and cooks up perfectly crisp pizzas in as little as 60 seconds. It can reach temperatures over 932ºF, and works with either gas or wood as a fuel source. Its insulation and silicone skin make its exterior safer than other ovens too. Available in green or grey.

Coloured Pencil Explosion Sphere

Coloured Pencil Explosion Sphere

Woodworker Andy Phillip shows off a cool art piece he created using a number of sharpened colored pencils arranged inside block of resin he polished into a sphere. It’s a wonderfully satisfying video, and we’re particularly impressed that he didn’t accidentally shave down any of the pencil tips on his lathe.

iHuman: A.I. Awakening

iHuman: A.I. Awakening

Norway-based creative studio Rebel Unit shows off an incredible work of motion design, as they envision the birth and development of an artificially-intelligent character. The excerpt comes from filmmaker Tonje Hessen-Schei’s documentary iHuman. (Thanks Bjørn!)

Majestic All-Wheel Driving with Toyota

Majestic All-Wheel Driving with Toyota

We were fortunate to take an exclusive trip to Park City, Utah, where we indulged in the winter sports lifestyle, and enjoyed a variety of Toyota’s all-wheel drive vehicles in a magnificent mountain setting. Along the way, we learned that these dependable cars, crossovers, and SUVs instill great confidence regardless of the weather.

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Leatherman Super Tool 300M

Leatherman Super Tool 300M

This version of Leatherman’s versatile multitool is designed for military use. It has tools for everyday tasks, along with firearm maintenance including pliers, wire cutters, a blade, screwdriver, pry tools, a carbon scraper, and a front sight adjuster. Its has Cerakote handles, and comes with a MOLLE-compatible sheath.

Making a Literal Steel Guitar

Making a Literal Steel Guitar

There’s a musical instrument called a steel guitar, but it’s named for its metal slide, and not the material it’s made from. But metalsmith Paul Pinto decided to actually make a guitar out of the weighty metal. Watch as he cuts, welds, forges, and grinds a steel plate into a beautiful chrome-plated instrument. Now how does it sound?

Pocket Chainsaw

This portable hand tool uses human power to slice quickly through tree limbs, cutting through a 3-inch branch in as little as 15 seconds. Its flexibility means you can get it into places that a conventional chainsaw won’t reach, requires no fuel, emits no harmful exhaust, and packs up small. Save 23% in The Awesomer Shop.

Moving Parts

Moving Parts

Andrew B. Myers‘ experimental short film uses a combination of animation techniques to fill the frame with dozens of tiny objects constantly in motion. There’s so much going on that you’ll need to go back and watch it multiple times to catch all of the neat little details.

Making a Folding Key Knife

Making a Folding Key Knife

Miller Knives decided he could use another keychain knife so he set about building one that actually looks like a key. To make it work, he layered together three keys, cut the middle one to allow space, machined a butter knife for the blade, then joined the pieces together with a couple of nails.

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