Clever Magnetic Hammer Lets You Set and Drive a Nail with One Hand

This German Latthammer (carpenter’s hammer) features a magnetic nail holder that allows the user to set a nail into a surface and then drive it into place without having to use two hands. The hammer in the video is sold by Germany tool brand Sanpro. The fancier version in the photos below is by Picard.

Clever Magnetic Hammer Lets You Set and Drive a Nail with One Hand

Clever Magnetic Hammer Lets You Set and Drive a Nail with One Hand

images via Core77

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SciShow Explains How Birds Really See the World

Hank Green of SciShow explains several special adaptations that enhance avian eyesight in “How Birds Really See the World.”

Scribble-Style Portraits by Vince Low

Scribble Portraits by Vince Low

Artist Vince Low uses a loose, scribbling drawing style to make portraits that manage to capture their subjects with surprising accuracy. The illustrations are available for purchase.

Scribble Portraits by Vince Low

Scribble Portraits by Vince Low

Scribble Portraits by Vince Low

Scribble Portraits by Vince Low

images by Vince Low

via ghost in the machine, My Modern Metropolis

Bay Area Graffiti: The Early Years, A Documentary About San Francisco Bay Area Graffiti in the 1980s

Artist Neon describes the rise, in the 1980s, of the San Francisco Bay Area graffiti scene in the short documentary “Bay Area Graffiti: The Early Years” by KQED. The video includes rarely seen photos of early Bay Area graffiti by Jim Prigoff.

Graffiti is a polarizing art form. Many appreciate its boldness and the vibrant color it adds to the urban landscape while others admonish it as vandalism. As graffiti spread from New York City throughout the United States in the 1980s, regional styles and techniques were adapted and remixed. As graffiti artist Neon explains, most graffiti in New York was on trains, while Bay Area artists focused on outdoor walls.

via KQED Arts

BULBING, A 2D LED Lamp Featuring 3D Wire-Frame Images

BULBING is a 2D LED lamp from Studio Cheha with 3D wife-frame images carved onto 5mm-thick acrylic glass in such a way as to create the optical illusion of depth. The glass can be swapped out in order to change the patterns. The studio is currently raising funds for the initial manufacturing run of BULBING via a Kickstarter project.

BULBING Lamp

BULBING Lamp

BULBING Lamp

BULBING Lamp

images via Studio Cheha

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Can You Make a Movie So Bad It’s Good On Purpose? by PBS Idea Channel

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta argues that a movie so bad that it’s actually good can’t be made on purpose. Rugnetta points to films like The Room, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and Troll 2 as examples of movies are only so bad they’re good precisely because they weren’t intentionally made to be that way.

It’s easy to make a bad movie. Budget, talent, time, know-how… there are so many factors that can potentially sink a film. But every once in a while, a movie is so terrible, such an utter failure, that it earns the designation “SO BAD IT’S GOOD”. These bizarre entities touch upon our schadenfreude, and allow us to share and celebrate these monstrosities of filmmaking. Troll 2, The Room, and Plan 9 From Outerspace are both horrific and weirdly enjoyable, even becoming cults classics. But can these So-Bad-It’s-Good films be created ON PURPOSE?

An Amusing Cover of ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ by Green Day With Lyrics About Phone Phreaking

The song “I Phreak Alone”, performed by Bonecage and written by RBCP, is a cover of the song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day with all the lyrics changed to be about phone phreaking in the 1990s. The music video includes footage of various people performing phreaking-related activities.

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