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May 23, 2012

Video: Turning a Giant Jawbreaker on a Lathe

created at: 05/23/2012

To be filed in your "I Didn't Know This Was Possible" folder - you can turn a jawbreaker on a lathe with traditional woodworking skews and chisels.

Doing so highlights what's so fun about eating jawbreakers in the first place: the many laminiated layers of color, which slowly get revealed as the candy is… read more

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May 15, 2012

Kids Recreate the "Sabotage" Music Video by the Beastie Boys

created at: 05/15/2012

To pay tribute to Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch, filmaker James Winters, along with wife, kids, and nephew, made a shot-by-shot recreation of one of the 90s most iconic music videos, the Spike Jonze-directed "Sabotage"...starringread more

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May 10, 2012

How a Bicycle is Made...in 1942

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 05/10/2012

May is National Bike Month, and I found this fascinating video of how bicycles were built in 1942. It's always awesome to watch old timey craftsman at work.

The best part?… read more

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May 02, 2012

How to: Make Salted Margarita Cream Popsicles (with Tequila!)

created at: 05/02/2012

There's an ice cream shop in my neighborhood with a "margarita sorbet." I tried it once. By "margarita," they mean lime. Perhaps a bit of orange...but basically only one of the essential flavors that make this classic cocktail continue to stick around.

This recipe for salted margarita cream pops, on the other hand, has all the goods: lime, yes, but also plenty of tequila and salt.

It's May 2nd today, so you've got a cool three days to whip these up for Cinco… read more

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May 01, 2012

A Postcard-Writing Rube Goldberg Machine in a Vintage Suitcase

"Melvin the Mini Machine" is a suitcase- (well, two suitcase-) sized Rube Goldberg machine that, when executed, creates a postcard, sending well wishes from Melvin himself.

It is, like all kinetic art, better viewed in motion, so take a look at the video to see it in all it's adorable… read more

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Apr 19, 2012

Stupid Things Happening in Super Slow Motion

created at: 04/19/2012

If you've ever wondered what it'd look like to grill an aerosol can over high heat, cut a soda bottle in half with a chainsaw and pitchfork, or microwave a bottle of red wine (this one's particularly insane) all in slow motion, then simply click play on the video below.

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Apr 13, 2012

How to Start a Fire: By Hand, No Matches

created at: 04/16/2013

Honestly, it just seems like something a guy should know how to do.

created at: 04/13/2012

You can imagine the scenarios: extra-minimalist camping… read more

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Apr 02, 2012

The Originals Factory: A Paint-Dripping Robot that Makes Abstract Paintings

The Originals Factory is a work by Tel Aviv-based artists Liat Segal & Assaf Talmudi. It's essentially "a DIY robot, built and programmed to create landscape paintings in the style of American abstract expressionism." This work-in-progress seeks to fuse together and "[question] digital, mechanic and plastic approaches to art, abstraction and originality."

Click play to watch a video of these thing… read more

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Mar 28, 2012

Take a Video Tour of Nick Offerman's (Ron Swanson's) Workshop

created at: 05/28/2013

Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays TV's current greatest character, Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation, is an active woodworker who supplemented his income while getting established as an actor by making custom furniture. 

Known for using huge, live-edge slabs of walnut in tables, as well as building canoes and fancy mustache combs, the Offerman Woodshop is as cool as you'd think it would be.

In a recent issue of Fine Woodworking, Nick tells the story of getting his start in building theatre sets in Chicago, but upon moving to LA, translated his rough carpentry skills to fine woodworking and furniture making. They shot an excellent video of the space, which is the stuff of dreams for any… read more

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Mar 26, 2012

Video: Artist Builds Drawing Bot Out of Hacked Turntables

created at: 03/26/2012

Robert Howsare, an MFA student in printmaking at Ohio University, built his latest work "Drawing Apparatus" out of two garage sale turntables and an various bits of wood and hardware. The results look like the… read more

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Mar 20, 2012

Shwood and Bushmills Team Up to Make Whiskey Barrel Sunglasses

Portland, OR-based wooden sunglass makers Shwood have teamed up with Boston boutique Bodega to create a line made from 100-year-old Bushmill's whiskey aging… read more

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Mar 15, 2012

Artist Puts a Camera on a Spinning Drill to Capture Some Far Out Video

created at: 03/15/2012

French designer and artist Oscar Lhermite secured a compact digital camera to a cordless drill and filmed the results of the lens spinning. Since the camera is capturing about fifteen frames per second and the spinning at 1,200 f.p.s., the resulting blurred video becomes what the artist calls, "seeing the world in a circular gradient."

When I first saw the setup, I imagined the resulting images to be some kind of whirly, wacky video, but it's exactly the opposite. The difference in speed produces an evolving, ethereal kaleidoscope-like pulsing orb that changes as the light and colors are altered.

Be sure to watch through until Lhermite takes the camera outside and captures the… read more

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Mar 13, 2012

Sweeping Beauty: Temporary Graffiti Made with Water and a Broom

Niels 'Shoe' Meulman has hit the streets of Singapore for a different kind of street art installation: one made simply with water. The Dutch artist demonstrates his incredible talent as a calligrapher by freehanding ornamental type with a bucket of water and a household broom. And he completes the entire thing in less than two minutes. 

Watch the video below to see Shoe's amazing skill in… read more

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Mar 12, 2012

Video: This is Your Brain on Love

created at: 03/12/2012

Recently, filmmaker Brent Hoff and The Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging hosted the 1st Annual Love Competition. Contestants from ages 10 to 75 were invited to spend "five minutes in an fMRI machine, thinking deeply about love and allowing the imaging technology to measure activity in their dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin/vasopressin pathways. 


If you think this sounds unromantic, you’ll want to reserve judgment."

created at: 03/12/2012 

Click play to watch is (not really) surprisingly… read more

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Mar 09, 2012

Music Video Made from Over 12,000 Pieces of Construction Paper

created at: 03/09/2012

Are you a fan of the musician Josh Ritter? Because, I'd wager that after seeing the music video for his song Love is Making Its Way Back Home you will be...

created at: 03/09/2012

The stop-motion animation uses photographs from over 12,000 pieces of construction paper used to animate a surreal… read more

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