Ittyblox, Miniature 3D-Printed Buildings That Can Be Arranged Into Tiny City Dioramas

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

Ittyblox is a modular collection of 3D-printed miniature buildings that can be arranged, SimCity-like, into little urban dioramas. The 1:1000 scale buildings fit into base plates, which can be arranged to form city blocks. Ittyblox are available at Shapeways.

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

Ittyblox Mini 3D-Printed Cities

photos via Ittyblox

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‘Stop Telling People About Portland,’ A Film Asking Portlanders to Keep Their Mouths Shut About Oregon’s Hippest City

Stop Telling People About Portland” is a short film written by Adam Mack that warns residents of Portland, Oregon against sharing how great their city is and instead to accentuate the negative aspects of life in the Rose City. The narrator’s voice is fittingly reminiscent of the tone of a 1960s filmstrip as he warns that out-of-towners bring strange non-Portland customs, like “using umbrellas in the rain, smoking strange non-American Spirit cigarettes,” and “insisting on using environment-destroying, non-reusable bags.”

Residents of Portland: If you’re worried about overcrowding, you ought to know it’s ALL YOUR FAULT AND STOP IT. Here’s how.

via Oregon Live

‘New Moon’, A Giant Interactive Illuminated Moon Made of 5,500 Light Bulbs

New Moon Illuminated Sculpture

In the interactive sculpture NEW MOON, a giant illuminated globe made of about 5,500 burnt-out light bulbs is suspended in mid-air. Viewers can alter the illumination, through a wheel installed beneath the globe, to emulate different phases of the Moon. NEW MOON was created by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett and commissioned by the Lexington Art League. It was installed in a public plaza in Lexington, Kentucky in 2014.

New Moon Illuminated Sculpture

New Moon Illuminated Sculpture

New Moon Illuminated Sculpture

photos via CLOUD

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Incredible Footage of Oranges Being Exploded by Fireworks Filmed at 62,000 Frames Per Second

In the latest video by Slow Mo Lab (previously), Taras Kulakov, also known as the “Crazy Russian Hacker”, uses fireworks to explode oranges while filming it at 62,000 frames per second. The results are incredible to look at and quite explosive.

A Colorful Animated Neon Light Version of the ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Teaser Trailer

UK-based digital neon artist Neonardo has created a colorful animated neon light version of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. More of Neonardo’s impressive neon animations are available to view on Tumblr.

The original teaser trailer for comparison:

Star Wars X-Wing

Star Wars Ball Droid

images via Neonardo

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A Series of Scented Candles Inspired by Video Games Like ‘The Legend of Zelda’

Hyrulian Forest Candle
Hyrulian Forest

The British video game merchandise company Gametee has created a series of scented candles inspired by video games like The Legend of Zelda and Portal. The candles, which are made of 100% natural soy wax and burn for up to 20 hours, are available to purchase online.

White Mage
White Mage

Quantum Tunnel
Quantum Tunnel

Dragon Fire
Dragon Fire

images via Gametee

via Kotaku UK

The True Origin of Commonly Used Symbols Like the Peace Sign and Bluetooth

BuzzFeedVideo has released a video revealing the true origins of commonly used symbols. Included in the video are the origins of the symbols for peace, Bluetooth, power buttons, USB, and the Apple “command” button.

A Handwritten Plot Outline J.K. Rowling Made While Writing ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

Outline

While writing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, author J.K. Rowling created a handwritten outline to help track plot points across the timeline of the story. The book, which is the longest in the Harry Potter series and was first published in 2003, follows Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts as he navigates exams, the return of villain Voldemort, romance, a controlling Ministry of Magic, and the secret society the Order of the Phoenix. Rowling’s outline of chapters 13-24 provides a fascinating glimpse into her writing process and the development of each plot point.

image via Chandler Baker

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Surreal Photos of the 2014 Burning Man Festival by Ari Fararooy

Surreal Photos of the 2014 Burning Man Festival by Ari Fararooy

Photographer Ari Fararooy (previously) captured the otherworldly nature of the Burning Man festival in these wonderfully surreal photos of last year’s event. We previously posted about his surreal Burning Man 2014 video.

Surreal Photos of the 2014 Burning Man Festival by Ari Fararooy

Surreal Photos of the 2014 Burning Man Festival by Ari Fararooy

Surreal Photos of the 2014 Burning Man Festival by Ari Fararooy

Surreal Photos of the 2014 Burning Man Festival by Ari Fararooy

photos by Ari Fararooy

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‘SpaceDogGo!’, A Video Game Featuring an Adorable Dog Astronaut Who Wants to Collect Cosmic Gems

SpaceDogGo! SpaceDogGo!

SpaceDogGo! is a video game by developer Butt Squad–composed of Christopher Price and his wife Lacey Micallef–that features an adorable dog astronaut who wants to collect cosmic gems and avoid meteors. SpaceDogGo! is currently available on iOS.

You are Space Dog, an elite interstellar dog astronaut on a quest to collect valuable cosmic gems throughout the deepest reaches of time and space. Complicating your mission are deadly meteors which shower down upon you without pity. One false move has fatal consequences.

SpaceDogGo! SpaceDogGo!

SpaceDogGo! GIF

images via SpaceDogGo!

GIF via Butt Squad

via Christopher Price