The 120watt 12v solar camping solution for my VW Westfalia

I am very happy with the solar power solution I've adapted for my van camping needs. I can power all my toys! Read the rest

Lovely short film about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis

Maud Lewis is the subject of Maudie, a biopic being released later this year as an awards contender. Canada's National Film Board made this charming 1976 short subject portrait of her life and work. Read the rest

Artist proves that basic school supplies work fine for making art

YouTuber Peter Draws accepted a viewer challenge and created two lovely sketches using basic school supplies: a standard No. 2 Pencil, a wide ruled composition book, and a manual pencil sharpener. Read the rest

DuckTales reboot is on the way

If you or your kids are of a certain age, DuckTales may play a large role in your late-80s/early-90s nostalgia. Disney is bringing the show back, and the new opening sequence by Golden Wolf pays homage to some iconic shots while giving it a pretty cool update. Read the rest

Classic comic book covers as balloon art

For those who can't get enough balloon art (previously), here are some classic comic book covers reimagined with balloon art by Phileas Flash. Some impressive detail! Read the rest

Trippy and gorgeous night sky petunias look like tiny universes

Does your garden of earthly delights have room for some out-of-this-world petunias? Night Sky petunias are a cultivar by Selecta, developed in part at Mississippi State University's trial gardens. Read the rest

Strobe flashes leave dancer's fleeting shadows on photosensitive screen

Yes We Mystic's video for "Working for the Future in the Interlake" is simple yet beautiful. As a dancer performs to the song, her silhouette gets faintly imprinted on a glow-in-the-dark screen behind her. Read the rest

Guy nearly maims his ladyfriend with rocket-powered fidget spinner

As we descend from Peak Fidget Spinner into its decadent phase, expect to see more of this. The Backyard Scientist discovered that hiding behind a flimsy plastic folding table is no match for rocket-propelled debris from a fidget spinner experiment gone wrong. Read the rest

Ceramic vases and pots melded with animal bodies

Cephalopods and ceramics fuse in Keiko Masumoto's whimsical updates of traditional Chinese ceramic forms. Read the rest

Windshield chip and crack repair can be fun but I'd rather not have to do it

A rock cracked my windshield as I was driving along the 5 freeway. This $11 kit and youtube video patched it nicely!

I did a bunch a looking around and I think this style kit, with its suction/pressure system of injecting the resin into your crack is likely the best. I found this video by Chris Fix super helpful as well. Following his simple directions, I worked on a chip that looked like a 5 point star. I'd say it is now 85% or so invisible and 100% sealed. I am not sure a professional glass repair person could have done much better, but they'd have cost $140 to come out to the house.

Much like the resin I use to repair surfboard dings, if you get this in direct sunlight it cures very, very fast. This kit is easier than making an appointment to have someone else do it.

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Watch experts hand-process 100 coconuts for oil

Arumugam and a friend make quick work of 100 raw coconuts as they prepare coconut oil, then use it to cook some really tasty-looking grilled chicken legs, one of his specialties. Read the rest

Wood joinery taken to the next level

Dorian Bracht's supremely satisfying videos of crafting exotic wood joints from Japanese and European traditions are both inspiring and envy-inducing. Read the rest

My card trick book is on sale for 99 cents

I became interested in magic when I was a young teenager, then dropped out for one reason or another. About five years ago I started getting interested again, this time in card magic (as opposed to stage magic). I had fun making doctored cards to use in my tricks, so in 2015 I wrote and illustrated a self-published ebook called Trick Decks: How to Hack Playing Cards for Astounding Magic. The sales exceeded my expectations, and it was at the top of the "magic" chart in Amazon for a quite a while.

Occasionally I reduce to price of the book. For the next few days, I've dropped the price of the ebook from $2.99 to 99 cents. It will go to $1.99, then back to $2.99.

Trick Decks will show you how to easily make different kinds of trick card decks to perform stunning magic tricks. You can make the decks from ordinary playing cards and easy-to-find tools and materials. No special skills are required and these cards are fun to make.

In this ebook you will learn The best way to mark cards How to make a stripper deck that lets you pull selected cards from the middle of the deck Two ways to make one of the greatest trick decks of all time: The Invisible Deck How to make the Brainwave Deck: A spectator’s thought-of card is the only one face up in the deck and with a different colored back than the other cards Nightmare Card: A card chosen by the spectator vanishes and reappears in your pocket Find out more about the ebook at Trick Decks website. Read the rest

Watch this gorgeous two-valve Stirling engine in action

YouTuber Latheman demonstrates a nicely-designed V2 Stirling engine powered by two spirit lamps. Impressively smooth action on this beauty! Read the rest

How to make a coin-operated gumball machine out of cardboard

Using cardboard, hot-glue, popsicle sticks, a pencil, and rubber bands, this guy makes a working coin-operated gumball machine. Good work!

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Relaxing hula hoop trick video shot in Hawaii

You may want to jump on the next plane for Oahu after watching this fantastic footage of Chicagoan Brookelynn Bley demonstrating why she's called Queen of the Rings. Read the rest

Monument Valley 2 has finally arrived

Monument Valley is one of the most beautiful and soothing mobile games I have ever played. At long last, the sequel is here! Read the rest

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