Among the most recent video posts you will find on our all-new video archive page:
• 2 months on an Antarctic icebreaker • Hannah Peel covers OMD's "Electricity" on an antique music box • DroneShield: crowdfunded, networked drone detectors • Homemade laser pops 100 balloons • Homemade Thor's hammer with an 80,000 volt Tesla coil in it • Running on a long, deep pool of ooblek • Unboxing a mysterious trunk in the attic
In this episode of Gweek, I talked to Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus about their new book, House of Secrets. Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling calls House of Secrets “a breakneck, jam-packed, roller-coaster of an adventure about the secret power of books.”
Ned Vizzini is an award-winning author and television writer. He’s the author of the novels Be More Chill and It's Kind of a Funny Story, and he was on Gweek 069 last year when his delightful young adult novel, The Other Normals was published. He’s also written for TV, including MTV’s Teen Wolf.
Chris Columbus is the writer, director, and producer of many award winning movies, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Goonies, Gremlins, The Help, and Home Alone.
Here is Episode #10 of their ongoing series of web updates from the trial, "An Attempt to Decimate the Future." In this episode, a Maya Ixil woman testifies before the court about sexual violence she survived. In the audience, women cover their heads in solidarity. The woman displaying this incredible act of courage was one of 98 Ixil survivors, men and women, who testified as criminal witnesses in the trial. Proceedings are due to resume tomorrow after several weeks of legal wrangling between lawyers for the defense and various Guatemalan courts.
Below, two additional recent episodes from the series. Read the rest
Yesterday, I wrote about Defense Distributed's 3D printed handgun, and asked whether it would fire, and how many rounds it could fire before experiencing stress fractures, melting, etc. Now, Forbes's Andy Greenberg follows up with a report of the successful firing of the gun -- though not its longevity -- and says that Defense Distributed will publish the CAD files for printing your own gun on its site today, along with videos of the gun in action.
Unlike the original, steel Liberator, though, Wilson’s weapon is almost entirely plastic: Fifteen of its 16 pieces have been created inside an $8,000 second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer, a machine that lays down threads of melted polymer that add up to precisely-shaped solid objects just as easily as a traditional printer lays ink on a page. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin...
Even Wilson himself says he’s not sure exactly how that’s possible. But one important trick may be the group’s added step of treating the gun’s barrel in a jar of acetone vaporized with a pan of water and a camp stove, a process that chemically melts its surface slightly and smooths the bore to avoid friction. The Dimension printer Defense Distributed used also keeps its print chamber heated to 167 degrees Fahrenheit, a method patented by Stratasys that improves the parts’ resiliency.
Meet The 'Liberator': Test-Firing The World's First Fully 3D-Printed Gun [Andy Greenberg/Forbes]
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"Because they’re the ones making the rules." A video followup to Cory's post from last week.
Brought to you by the fine folks at the hard-hitting Tomo News video site, here's an animated recap of the fellow who lost his life savings in an attempt to win a game console at a carnival bucket toss. Read the rest
Margaret Thatcher invented Soft Scoop Ice Cream [Nope!]. Marlon Brando invented a drum tuner. Jamie Lee Curtis patented a diaper with sealed pockets. Charlie Sheen invented a Chapstick dispenser, which "allows users to apply Chapstick lip balm whilst in cold conditions, without removing their gloves." Learn about other celebrity inventions in Mark Champkins' article at Humans Invent. Read the rest