Seeing the crazy movement of guitar strings in real time is so damn cool

This is wild. When cameras try to capture guitar strings being played, they see wavelength-type movements from each string because of the camera’s rolling shutter effect. But it can only be seen on camera, the wild wiggly effect is totally blind to the naked eye. Not anymore! This Wobble Strings project recreates a… » 6/29/15 10:45pm Yesterday 10:45pm

How the confederate flag wasn't really the national confederate flag

The confederate flag is a symbol of hatred and it’s nice that it’s going away. But CGP Grey examines in this video explainer how the confederate flag we know and hate wasn’t actually the national flag of the Confederate States of America. They had many national flags but the flag we’re banning was never it. » 6/26/15 11:01pm Friday 11:01pm

How good salt is made the old and simple way

I’m really enjoying Zagat’s short doc series that focuses its camera on something and examines in detail how it is made. This time they take a look at salt to find out where good salt comes from. They visited J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works in West Virginia and Jacobsen Salt in Oregon to see how two small salt shops make… » 6/26/15 1:37pm Friday 1:37pm

Video: An interesting look at a lumber shop

Vancouver Urban Timberworks works with lumber and makes furniture. That is, they take trees that were cut down or fallen in urban areas and turn them into one of a kind, usable pieces of art that will last lifetimes. Hypebeast took a closer look at the process of what they do and it’s pretty fascinating, even if just… » 6/26/15 12:39pm Friday 12:39pm

The painstaking art of making shoes by hand

I’m glad that there are still people doing things the old fashioned way because the art and detail of making these shoes is just so impressive. Carving the shape of the shoe from wood, patching it out with the leather and then putting it altogether, seeing it all makes you appreciate all the little fine details of… » 6/25/15 10:49pm Thursday 10:49pm

Video: The serenity of nature in the mountains of Japan

Shugendo is an old religion in Japan that started in the 7th century that focuses on a spiritual experience or awakening of sorts with nature. There’s more to it then that, of course. But this film by Mathieu Le Lay explores that world and follows Yamabushi monk Kosho Tateishi during his prayer rituals. » 6/25/15 1:35am Thursday 1:35am

How a little toy dinosaur is made

There’s a lot of work—and so many different materials used—in making a little toy dinosaur. But once you get the casting right, you can make the dinos forever. Here’s how it goes: the figurine is first hand drawn, then digitally drawn, then re-created in wax. After that, the figure is doused in silicone, buried in… » 6/24/15 10:06pm Wednesday 10:06pm

Honest trailer for Terminator 2 shows how it ruined sequels forever

Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a masterful sequel that blended special effects, a movie star at his most blockbuster-y prime and sick action sequences to make a movie that will be remembered forever. The problem with it though? It was too good. It ruined all action movie sequels after it. » 6/23/15 8:39pm 6/23/15 8:39pm

Video compares pit stops in F1 Racing, NASCAR, Indy Car and more

F1 Racing is like driving jets on the ground. NASCAR is like racing monster cars in sheet metal around an oval. Indy Car are powerful beasts themselves. Each type of racing has their own unique demands and needs. Here is a video that shows the difference between pit stops in F1 Racing, NASCAR, Indy Car, Formula E and… » 6/23/15 9:38am 6/23/15 9:38am

Is the indestructible hockey puck bullet proof?

Adamantium aside, the hockey puck is the strongest material on Earth. That’s only a little bit of an exaggeration since we’ve seen it survive liquid nitrogen, take on the vaunted red hot nickel ball and even put up a respectable fight against thermite. But is the puck bulletproof? Should we just wear hockey puck… » 6/22/15 8:20pm 6/22/15 8:20pm

Incredible microscope view of a vinyl record playing in slow motion

I don’t care that I supposedly understand how vinyl records work because I still totally think they’re the work of at least some low level sorcery. Trapping sound and music and voices? Come on! Anyways, my disbelief aside of analog technology aside, here’s a cool microscope view of vinyl records being played. » 6/17/15 7:30pm 6/17/15 7:30pm

Video: The art of making neon signs looks a lot like pyromancy

Meet Matt Thompson. He’s been making neon signs and blowing glass for over 30 years that he’s basically become a wizard of the bright and glowing arts. Watch him bend tubes and illuminate glass and explain the process of making neon lights in this short documentary. Making neon lights is awesome not just because it… » 6/16/15 9:17am 6/16/15 9:17am

How ducks are force fed to make foie gras

Here’s a revealing documentary about what is perhaps America’s most controversial food: foie gras. Made by Zagat, it tries to examine all sides of the story. From the farm that supplies the fattened duck liver to the chefs who cook the buttery meat goodness to the organizations that oppose the concept of force feeding… » 6/15/15 8:56pm 6/15/15 8:56pm

9 awesome facts about Jurassic Park

Even though I’m not totally sold on Jurassic World from the trailers, I know that I’ll have a jolly ‘ol time because Jurassic Park is one of the funnest movies ever, Chris Pratt is starring in the movie and there’s going to be dinos, man. But just in case Jurassic World disappoints me, I’ll just look back at the… » 6/15/15 1:26am 6/15/15 1:26am

The complicated and fascinating life of farming leafcutter ants

Here’s an interesting look at the life of leafcutter ants, the tiny little farmers of the world. They cut off the leaves of trees and essentially use it to farm the fungus they need to feet their little ant colony. It’s an impressive undertaking, carrying the leaves as they do is the equivalent of humans carrying more… » 6/12/15 12:46am 6/12/15 12:46am

Fascinating visualization breaks down how the Roman army was organized

Legionary. Century. Centurions. Cohorts. Legions. These are all terms for a certain group or type of Roman soldier. This rather interesting break down of the Roman Army shows how the army was organized, how Roman citizens were Legionaries and non-Roman citizens were Auxiliaries and how those soldiers were grouped… » 6/10/15 2:44am 6/10/15 2:44am

Watch frog eggs turn into tadpoles in this beautiful time lapse

This amazing time lapse shows frog eggs transforming into tadpoles in a mere 30 seconds. The spawn of frogs is so impressive and so sudden and so perfect that it’s easy to forget how complicated it is for Mother Nature to do that beautiful thing where she gives birth to life. Watch it all in the video below by Nipam… » 6/10/15 2:00am 6/10/15 2:00am

Meet the master saxophone maker who's so good he's considered a magician

There are so many moving parts in a saxophone (like hundreds of ‘em!) and so many holes and so much going on in the instrument that it always needs tinkering and adjustment so it’s no wonder that Steve Goodson, legendary saxophone designer and restorer, is basically considered a magician for what he does. Anthony… » 6/10/15 12:00am 6/10/15 12:00am

8 crazy vehicles that no longer exist because they were too crazy

Cars, motorcycles, trucks, airplanes, mopeds, tanks, fighter jets, ships, trains, big rigs and so on. We’ve figured out that those are the vehicles that work out best for our purposes and our world and our needs. But we had a lot of missteps and weird ass experimental vehicles along the way. Here are 8 crazy vehicles… » 6/09/15 9:12pm 6/09/15 9:12pm