Impressive CGI of pool balls made with open source software

Norwegian designer Asbjørn Lote (aka YouTuber lotsalote) used open-source Blender to create this realistic pool table scene from scratch in about 90 minutes. Read the rest

Watch how an artist makes gorgeous watercolor patterns

Josie Lewis creates beautiful geometric watercolor paintings. In this video, she shows you how if you're ready to move past adult coloring books. Read the rest

Batman symbol fidget spinner cast from brass bullet casings

There's some remarkable craftsmanship at work in this step-by-step video of making a large brass fidget spinner shaped like the Batman logo. The best part is they are giving it away to a viewer.

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How to check if a phone is stolen

Buying a phone on Craigslist or eBay or some other shady venue? Get the device's ESN or IMEI number from the seller and post it to the Stolen Phone Checker, a single-serving website set up by industry trade group CTIA. If the seller won't give you the number, assume it's stolen. [via] Read the rest

Watch how to build a working 3D printed tabletop arcade console

Christopher Tan created Retrocade, a delightful 3D printed arcade machine project that lets users play classic games. He's even releasing the files and instructions. Read the rest

Weaponizing IKEA pencils made fun

In weaponry, as in life, sometimes the best things are free. Take the lowly IKEA pencil. No, literally take one or more of the ubiquitous free writing utensils. Then watch this video on how to weaponize them. Read the rest

Watch Australian bush mechanics get a wrecked car rolling

When I saw the state of the Hyundai these guys found in the bush, I thought the clip was going to be a joke. Then they fix it with their axes. Mad props to Aboriginal Australian mechanics and Korean engineers. Read the rest

Living in a car: top 10 places to sleep

Ahle is committed to living in vehicles by choice, and her channel is a wealth of practical information for cardwellers, vandwellers, RVers, hobos, and vagabonds. Her tips for sleeping places are great. Read the rest

Why did Brinks "mindlessly copy" an old defective padlock design?

Locksmith Bosnian Bill experienced deja vu upon seeing a new padlock offered in stores by Brinks. It looks awfully similar to a Master-brand padlock withdrawn from sale due to a critical flaw that makes it easy to spring open. And wouldn't you know, the same trick works!

It's advertised as "medium security," but all you need is a mini boxcutter and you're in.

"I can't believe it," Bill says. "The battle we won to tell everyone about this master, here we are again. Don't buy this even for your kid's tricycle. ... Brinks, stay out of the lock business." [via] Read the rest

Learn how to play piano chords in under 8 minutes

Even if you've taken a lesson or two, this brisk run through the basics of musical chords probably will remind you of something you've long forgotten. Read the rest

Idiot's guide to Japanese apartments

Rachel & Jun present a helpful introduction to Japanese apartment living. Includes tips on cleaning your tub every day, preparing for earthquakes, and caring for your easily-destroyed tatami mats. Read the rest

How to set up 10,000 matches for a chain reaction

Have you ever wanted to set up a giant square of 10,000 matches but weren't sure where to start? This handy tutorial shows how to make a giant match bomb. Read the rest

Make: an Arduino-based soda vending machine that fits in your school locker

Mistablik is an American high-school student who put his mind to finding alternate uses for the lockers that lined his school's hallways -- lockers that sit empty as students switch over to electronic textbooks -- and decided to build a tiny, secure, Arduino-based vending machine that would sell soda to his fellow students. Read the rest

How to turn old plastic bottles into 56 different items

With a few basic tools and household items, Roman UrsuHack transforms used plastic bottles into all sorts of handy objects. Read the rest

Watch fish in this inverted aquarium, aka a fish condo

YouTuber Kitty Loves Tofu set up this inverted aquarium in an indoor koi pond then put some food inside. After a few early adopters benefited from taking a chance and swimming in, their neighbors decided to join in, too. Read the rest

How to become a minimalist in 30 days

Jenny Mustard has a wonderful channel on minimalism. To help her viewers make the leap themselves, she created a a video on how to get there in 30 days. Read the rest

Simple hand-drawn diagrams for improving your photos

Paul Schlemmer recently dug up some popular diagrams he made a while back to show how he lit some nice photos. He shares lots of tips and tricks, like how to use your phone's flashlight to give texture to the background. The drawing style is really fun, too. Read the rest

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