Brickit is an ingenious smartphone app that uses machine learning tech to analyze a photo of random LEGO bricks, count and identify them, then provide ideas of things you can build with your available inventory. it’s available for iOS now, with an Android version on the later in 2021.
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The 535-3 Bugout retains the light weight that Benchmade is known for, while leaning in with next-level performance and design that isn’t strictly for the backcountry. Made in Oregon, the 3.24” blade has a milled carbon-fiber handle, premium S90V steel, signature blue highlights, and a lifetime warranty.
(PG-13: Language, Violence) With a little editing and the addition of a laugh track, Little White Lies turned the classic “Funny How?” scene from Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas into a scene straight out of Friends. We always thought the scene where Pesci talks about the painting with his mother was pretty damned funny.
For a true workhorse of a work jacket, it’s tough to beat the rugged-but-comfy San Juan Jacket by outfitter Voormi. Built with water-shedding merino wool/polyester and 500-denier Cordura re-enforcements, it comes with a full-volume hood, zippered chest and hand pockets, a pencil holder, a storm flap, and an adjustable hem.
Energy bars shouldn’t taste like sawdust or be as caloric as candy bars. Kate’s Real Food Bars stand out in a crowded field by delivering delicious, nutritious whole-foods bars made from organic ingredients like nut butters, fruit, and the complex carbs of oats and crispy brown rice. No soy, gluten, GMOs, or junk. Sold in 12-packs.
The Jose Cuervo Express — AKA the Tequila Train — journeys every other Saturday from Guadalajara, Mexico to the “magical town” of Tequila where the spirit was born. Travel first-class in the Jose Cuervo Express Elite Wagon with panoramic views, an open bar lounge, and guided tastings. Operating at 65% capacity means you can stretch out.
Good airflow is important for keeping electronic components cool, so most computers use fans to circulate air. But we’ve never seen a computer that cools itself by breathing. DIY Perks shows off a gigantic machine he built that quietly pumps air in and out using bellows.
Because of their size and weight, chainsaws typically require both hands for safe operation. Make It Extreme shows how it’s possible to engineer and construct a compact chainsaw small enough to be held with one hand, yet capable of sawing through thick branches and making very rough cuts of lumber.
Urban mobility blasts into the future with BMW Motorrad USA’s sleek CE 04 electric scooter. Debuting in Q1 2022 for MSRP of $11,795, it features an emissions-free electric drive and clever connectivity solutions. And it’s got oomph with a 42 hp motor, and a max speed of 75 mph for street and highway driving.
Smithsonian Channel’s Epic Animal Migrations journeys to the west coast of Mexico to witness two spectacles of nature. The first: millions of pelagic red crabs rising to the surface to dine on plankton. The second: thousands of giant eagle rays gliding beneath the waves – some emerging from the water into the air.
MoEa’s sustainable sneakers are made from recycled fruits and plants, making them friendlier to the environment. The bio-based materials are combined with cotton and recycled polyurethane or recycled plastic for stability. They come in apple, pineapple, cactus, corn, and grape, color-coded to their source material.
The neon glow of Blade Runner’s Los Angeles is one of the most iconic looks in all of science fiction. Yesteryear Prop Store sells real neon signs based on ones seen in the movie. Our favorite is the noodle bar dragon, but if you’ve got the bucks and the space, go for the giant TDK sign and reenact Roy Batty’s Tears in the Rain speech.
This slim stainless steel tool serves multiple purposes, serving as a minimal money clip and credit card holder, as well as flat and Phillips screwdrivers, hex wrenches, a mini ruler, scraper, and a bottle opener in one. It’s TSA friendly, and available in black or stainless finishes.
(Gore) The idea of dropping a crowd of people into a helicopter blade from above is some pretty warped stuff. But as we’ve seen before, CG animator atomic marvel isn’t squeamish about turning anatomical avatars into digital mincemeat. The guy standing over the middle of the rotor gets to take the longest ride.
(Flashing images) Motorcycles take the spotlight in Paul Bush’s stop-motion short film, which pays tribute to the motorcycle design and culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Bush created the effects by swapping bikes between frames, and featured quite the assortment of motorcycles thanks to Jose Pereira’s Museu das Motas in Portugal.
Tanteo Tequila is an ultra-premium 100% agave tequila. It’s distilled, infused, and bottled by hand in Juanacatlán, Mexico at the only distillery owned by a co-op of agave farmers. Tanteo distills three unique pepper tequilas with different flavor profiles and heat levels: spicy Jalapeño, smokey Chipotle, and hot Habanero.
Bridge City Tool Works’ tiny triangle is a great addition to any craftsperson’s arsenal. The anodized aluminum tool makes 90º and 45º marks and is also great for squaring tight corners, like inside of a drawer. Its detachable foot is held on with three strong magnets and can be adjusted for left- or right-handed markings.
DoodleChaos loves to create visualizations of music. While they usually use programs like Minecraft, Planet Coaster, and Line Rider, they made this video with a custom Unity program that reads MIDI files and drops an object each time a key is pressed. As the music progresses, the density of the falling Tetronimoes goes insane.
The Lotus Emira is the UK sportscar maker’s new global coupe, and it looks amazing. It’s powered by an AMG 2.0L turbo I4 or Lotus 3.5L supercharged V6, cranking out 360 to 400 hp, with manual, automatic, and DCT options. The lightest model will weigh just 3097 lb, and its handling and aerodynamics are tuned to thrill.
Bag maker Incase has added the everyday carry Hipsack to its products made from Bionic – plastic pollution recovered from the ocean. Designed to be worn at the waist or as a shoulder sling, the Hipsack has secure mesh, Velcro and zippered storage pockets, and a detachable keyring to keep valuables organized.
Every time we’ve tried to write “Happy Birthday” on a cake, it comes out a sloppy mess. Pastry artist Manna-Tanuki shows us how it’s done, creating incredibly precise and clean lines in the icing of a Pocket Pikachu cookie. Check out their YouTube channel for more complicated designs, like this epic My Neighbor Totoro cookie.
Penn & Teller, the robots are coming for your jobs. Mario the Maker Magician created this charming cardboard robot that can perform simple magic tricks, like making a foil ball disappear. Automabot’s shades at the end are a nice touch. Watch more robot magic tricks here.
Val Kilmer has played roles from The Doors’ Jim Morrison to Batman to Top Gun’s Iceman. He’s created and performed music for soundtracks, and written and directed films. This energetic documentary takes us on a wild ride through Val’s 40+ year career and the challenges he’s faced. On Amazon Prime 8.6.2021.
Conquer your home bar and impress your friends with this series of six online courses about bartending and mixology. Along the way, you’ll learn all about gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, and tequila, along with the best ways to make cocktails from each spirit. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.
The Polyphia track 40oz is known for its insanely difficult lead guitar part. But violinist Lu Szu Chien aka The Wasteland Studio rose to the challenge, performing a small part of the prog rock tune that’s every bit as impressive as Tim Henson’s original performance. Her cover of O.D. is similarly excellent.
The SOG Kilowatt is great for electricians, homeowners, or anyone who works with wires on a regular basis. In addition to its 3.4″ clip-point blade, it has a built-in stripper with openings for wires from 10-gauge to 22-gauge. It’s also got a spring-loaded UTP stripper for cable jackets and a durable glass-reinforced nylon handle.