The detail and gorgeous grain of this wooden Toyota is a sight to behold.
His 1967 Ford Mustang is pretty impressive, too:
Image: YOuTube / Woodworking Art
There's something relaxing about the immensely satisfying Scammer Payback series where he strings along some scammer while wiping their computer in the background.
It's amazing how long the scammer is willing to stay engaged when they think the old lady is driving to a store to buy gift cards to "give back" thousands of dollars "Kevin" the scammer sent her.
Earlier this year, Pierogi worked with Trilogy Media to confront a "money mule" scammer.
Image: YouTube / Scammer Payback
It took villagers 15 years to hand-carve the Lanying Cliff Road in Chongqing. There's a motorcycle for scale. Before the road, they had to make a six-hour (!) stair climb to get to a nearby area. As you might imagine, the stairs were not too safe-looking.
Here's good tiktok with another angle.
Image: YouTube / Chinese bridge
Drew from Cook Woodworks shows how to turn a wooden goblet on a lathe but leaving a free captive ring around the stem. Turns out it was inadvertent:
I woodturned this captive ring goblet by accident. I had intended to turn a basic chalice, but I got the proportions wrong and had to adjust my plans. So it goes on the lathe for a beginner!
Image: YouTube / Cook Woodworks
This little planthopper nymph lives in the Amazon rainforest. The species of flatidae has a waxy protective layer that makes it look like a very tiny cloud or a teensy-weensy cotton ball.
I've posted the beautiful work of Andreas Kay before. If you'd like to read more about his life and work, please visit andreaskay.org.
I'm so glad he shared so many delightful creatures of Ecuador, like this caterpillar that mimics a snake:
Over two years in the making, this is the world's first Universal LEGO Sorting Machine, an AI-powered automated sorting machine that is capable of recognizing and sorting any LEGO part that has ever been produced*.
His device runs on a Raspberry Pi and sorts each piece into one of 18 buckets. Very satisfying!
Not only is this Goudsmit Magnetics nail aligner interesting to watch, the funky bass line on their soundtrack will get you tapping your toes as their machine instantly aligns loose nails for packaging. "Magnetic aligners are suitable for aligning long, slender ferromagnetic objects so they can be packaged compactly."
I had seen these where you can dump a tub of loose nails in and get them aligned, but I had never seen the magnetic conveyor belt feed for long, slender ferromagnetic objects. Ahhh!
Image: Goudsmit Magnetics
Water has enough surface tension for snails to crawl on while upside down underwater. Laura Hughes writes:
Underwater walking! I found this snail crawling upside down on the water's surface in a small puddle. It's rather incredible if you think about it. Snails take advantage of surface tension and their slimy foot to achieve this. The snail's foot makes little rippling waves and secretes mucus which provides enough grip to walk on the underneath side of water! I sped the video up in some places because although snails can move faster walking on water than on land it's still not that fast. I've seen many aquatic snails do this but I think this might be a terrestrial species maybe Novisuccinea sp. Washington Co. Ohio. 5-17-20.
Here's another example via GrowSeattle:
Image: YouTube / GrowSeattle
Spend the next 90 minutes watching master glassblower Chris Rochelle create delicate and intricate glassware with seemingly impossible twisty stems. The color is absolutely gorgeous, too.
This old and complex technique involves trapping lines of air in a gather of glass and twisting it to create a mesmerizing spiral effect. Joined by a trusted team of gaffers, this demo will rely heavily on teamwork, utilizing the "garage" (an oven to hold glass objects at the right temperature). Rochelle makes each separate piece and then assembles them into finished works of art.
Image: YouTube / Corning Museum of Glass
Lotus silk is so difficult to make that only a few places in the world even try. It's a vegan alternative to silkworm silk, but it requires skill and a lot of time to create.
Lotus silk is one of the rarest fabrics in the world. Produced only in small scale across Cambodia, Myanmar, and more recently Vietnam, this natural fibre is only extracted by a few skilled craftspeople across the world. But making this "silk" isn't easy. Extracting enough lotus silk for one scarf can take two months, and the final product can cost 10 times as much as regular silk. So just how is it made, and what makes it so expensive?
Here's another example with better sound:
Image: YouTube / Business Insider
YouTuber The Breakfasteur creates Play-Doh anatomical models, then performs surgery on them with the help of her adorable child.
Bonus video: This C-section delivery of a healthy baby Spider-Man is impressive in its detail:
Our little guy just had a birthday (the big 4!), and we reminisced about the eventful, unexpected day he arrived and the flurry of amazing people involved with getting him here safely. . In our next case, a small superhero was born by Cesarean delivery (yes I know it was actually a radioactive spider🕷).
Image: YouTube / The Breakfasteur
Fifty-two years after engineer Lynn Conway was fired by IBM for being transgender, the company has apologized for the decision. After the setback, Conway went on to make many key innovations in computer chip design.
Via New York Times:
Fifty-two years later, Ms. Conway was called back to speak with IBM supervisors. This time, the setting was a virtual meeting witnessed by other company employees.
They watched last month as Diane Gherson, IBM's senior vice president of human resources, told Ms. Conway that while the company now offered help and support to "transitioning employees," no amount of progress could make up for the treatment she had received decades ago.
Ms. Conway, 82, was then given a lifetime achievement award for her "pioneering work" in computers, a company spokeswoman said.
"It was so unexpected," Ms. Conway said in an interview, adding that she recalled blinking back tears. "It was stunning."
Disclosure: Lynn and I have been friends for almost 25 years.
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Check out his Instagram for lots of other fruit sculptures.
Image: YouTube / J. Pereira – Art Carving