Increasing frame rates in games is usually a good thing, but the same can’t be said for animation. Someguy14201 shows how strange and unappealing things can look when upscaling an old 24 fps Tom & Jerry cartoon to 60 fps using AI interpolation tech. We wonder if an original 60 fps animation would look so weird.
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Last time we checked in with musician Mezerg, he was playing the watermelon. This time, he performs on a more conventional instrument – though Voël Martin rigged up this upright piano with an electronic circuit and pumps that dispense a variety of juices and liquor to make a custom cocktail based on the notes he plays.
Boutique rental company Lodgewell offers the coolest properties in Austin and the Texas Hill Country, and nothing keeps Austin weird like The Bloomhouse. Built in the ‘70s as a hippie dream – and renovated by ex-mayor Dave Claunch – the whimsical white meringue is 1,100 square feet but nothing else about it is square. Nothing.
Simone Giertz has built some strange and wacky devices. Her latest creation is a wall of fake teeth that she rigged up with motors and a MIDI controller so she can use them as a musical instrument. Along the way, she plays amateur dentist, chats with Andrew Huang, goes house shopping, and has a good cry.
As we previously saw in Fest, filmmaker Nikita Diakur has a trademark “ugly” CGI style, which replaces normal characters with blobby-looking humanoids with exposed wireframes and scraggly bits of hair. His latest animated short takes to the skies with a particularly unattractive group of parachuting enthusiasts.
Jason Shron loves trains. In fact, he loves them so much that he built a perfect replica of one in his basement. Based on a 1980 Canadian VIA commuter rail car, it has every detail, from the original red passenger seats to the cheap plywood storage locker doors to the branded litter bags in the seatbacks.
Diver and underwater photographer Catrin Pichler introduces us the costasiella kuroshimae, also known as the “leaf slug” or “leaf sheep.” These tiny and unusual marine creatures bridge the gap between plant and animal, as they perform photosynthesis by storing the chloroplasts in the algae they feed on.
For no reason other than to say it could be done, Coby from Michigan’s 545 Lawn Care took an old 1985 GMC van and flipped its body 180º. Not only does it drive upside-down, but it also drives in reverse, stupefying everyone it passes on the road. It’s built on a custom chassis and its roof-mounted wheels even spin as it rolls along.
Tired of people wandering into your cubicle and swiping your office supplies? Put a stop to that with Archie McPhee’s Office Possum. With its beady little eyes, gnashing teeth, and tendency to hang out in trash cans, it’s sure to deter anyone who dares to cross the threshold into your personal space.
Today we learned how in the 1800s, entrepreneurs in London, England built a special railway strictly for the dead. With the big city overflowing with corpses, the Necropolis Railway was born, hauling bodies out to the countryside on one final train ride. Infrequently Asked Questions shares more of this strange history lesson.
Nate from The King of Random steals a page from Kiwami Japan’s book, and attempts to make a knife out of an unconventional material. Using an actual piece of flank steak, he honed a full-tang blade, along with a strip steak handle. The trick was freeze-drying the meat, then saturating it in resin. But will it cut?
This hilariously weird clip of bats set to techno reminds us of the dark basement clubs we used to hang out in listening to industrial and new wave music. Das Kraftfuttermischwerk created this charming bit of internet goodness by inverting black-and-white footage of bats as they hung out upside-down.
It’s not often that you encounter a musical instrument that you’ve never heard of. Well, here’s your chance to see and hear 72 of them, all played back-to-back by musician and inventor Nicolas Bras, who created each of these unusual instruments from scratch, mostly using things you can find at your local hardware store.
Now that the guys at Russia’s Garage 54 are done with their headlight-covered Lada, they decided to remove the bulbs from the compact car. Of course, now they’ve got a whole bunch of holes in the sheet metal, so they decided to go all-in on the look, resulting in a car that looks like a block of Swiss cheese on wheels.
When you’re working on construction projects, you could always use an extra hand. Developed by Createk, Université De Sherbrooke, and Exonetik this waist-mounted robot can do things like use a paint roller, squeegee, a gripper hand, or even a metal fist to break through walls. It’s all a bit silly looking if you ask us.
After years of piling up garbage and other nasty waste in London, England, the city was overwhelmed with a horrific stench. Weird History looks back at this terribly nasty part of the 19th century, and how it led to major improvements in the city’s hygiene and waste disposal infrastructure.
When computer geeks want to show off, they try to make DOOM run in unlikely places. In this case, Max Holt took the game and used Windows Task Manager’s multicore view to show off a version of the classic FPS, using a ridiculous 896 CPU cores. It also plays PONG.
Filmmaker Robert Findlay transports us to a dystopian underground world where a network of robots and vending machines work together to deliver products and services, and tells the tale of two men who attempt to abuse the system. The sound design by Andrew Findlay really helps to build dramatic tension.
Love food? Why not give it a hug? Not So Subtle Plushies sells giant, photorealistic foods you can use as throw pillows. From baguettes and croissants, to grilled meats, to ramen noodles, there’s something for every food fetish. Grab a couple of slices of bread, bacon, and a fried egg, and you can even make a plush sandwich.
Guitar maker Artem Mayer of Copper Guitars created this crazy custom instrument using 36 packs of instant ramen noodles. After casting them in polyester resin – and adding some delicious seasoning packets – he shaped the body and added a maple wood neck, hardware, and strings.
Danger near, danger here! Animator Cyriak is known for his outlandish and trippy visual collages, and they serve as the perfect visual complement to this offbeat track about the end of the world by the enigmatic art rock band Sparks. From the album A Steady Drip Drip Drip.
While stuck at home under quarantine, Dylan Woodley decided to put the time to good use and teach himself how to create 3D computer animation. The result of his efforts is a ridiculously primitive, anatomically-incorrect, but somehow still charming character named “Bimpson.”
Given all of the horrible news and doomscrolling these days, it’s our pleasure to bring you something a little more cheerful here on The Awesomer, like this guy who sits in the forest dressed like sasquatch, and plays cover songs on the saxophone. We’ve assembled a video playlist of a few of our favorite tunes.
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