Folks, I'm Not Sure This Plan to Blow All the Wildfire Smoke Into Canada Is Gonna Work

Massive, ravaging wildfires are now the norm on the West Coast, with the state of California now regularly breaking fire records, Canada’s British Columbia experiencing the third-worst fire season in recorded history, and all the smoke from those fires spreading across much of the continent and even further. But don’t…

You'll Want to Go Drinking With This Life-Sized, 3D-Printed Tyrion Lannister

That’s what I do, I drink and I print things. A 3D printing enthusiast has unveiled his latest creation, a life-sized version of Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones—which now gets to chill in his backyard drinking booze and sharing bawdy tales by the fire. Only don’t let him get too close. He might…

A Futuristic Mechanical World Comes to Life in This Gorgeous Short Film, Fabricated

We’ve featured the work of Brett Foxwell on this site before, but the filmmaker’s latest stop-motion masterpiece, Fabricated, is extra-special and we’re thrilled to debut it here on io9. It’s a labor of love that took him 10 years to complete, a gorgeous sci-fi tale about a mechanical world trying to figure out how to…

Amazon's Video Game Preorder Benefit Is (Probably) About to Get Worse, So Use It While You Can

Amazon just announced that it will be discontinuing its 20% preorder discount on physical video games on August 28, and replacing it with a $10 Prime member credit on select games. A $12 cash discount is certainly preferable to a $10 store credit, though it sounds like some digital game downloads may be included in…

How to Make a Water Rocket With Your Kid

If you haven’t built and launched water rockets with your kid, you’re missing out on an awesome project. With 10 bucks or so worth of parts, an air pump, and an empty soda bottle or two, you can have a blast of an afternoon and learn some elementary rocketry. Even the most jaded kid will be blown away by the sheer…

This Is Why You Can't Unlock A Car Door If Someone Is Trying To Open It At The Same Time

This is one of the most common shared experiences in all of automobilia: You’re outside a car, trying to get in. The person inside the car is attempting to open the door lock at the same time you’re pulling the handle to open the door. A comedy of errors ensues, with each of your actions canceling out the other’s,…