Codename Colossus, An Impressive 3D-Printed and Hand-Assembled Toy Walking Tank

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Codename Colossus is an impressive 3D-printed toy walking tank by Machination Studio designer Michael Sng. The toy is entirely painted and assembled by hand and features a hexapodal walking motion as well as moving toy guns and other electronics.

The tank, officially designated as “The HMS Boudicca,” is the first in Sng’s Codename Colossus toy line.

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photos via Machination Studios

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‘ROCKET WARS’, A Short Film That Captures the Annual Firing of Over 100,000 Homemade Rockets in a Greek Village

“ROCKET WARS” is a short film by the production company Variable that captures the annual firing of over 100,000 homemade rockets in the “village of Vrontados on the Greek island of Chios[.]” The event, which is held during Easter, has no definitive origin, though it’s posited that it has something to do with the Turkish occupation centuries ago.

This film is a reflection of a sense of devotion that feels lost in the modern world. Seeing people with so much passion for the craft and tradition of rocket-making was invigorating to witness while filming. The idea of giving your heart and soul over to something that you love is at the core of the story. We’re all after something we can give our lives to, something that can help create deeper connections with each other. It’s strange to think that this tradition can do it – but that’s a reality for many in Vrontados. They live and breathe rockets, and that’s what brings them together, especially during their Easter holiday.

Its origin is unclear. One theory holds that churches on the island faked a civil war during the Turkish occupation so they could celebrate Easter without being plagued by war. Accordingly the ruse worked, as the Turks kept a safe distance, allowing the villagers to attend Easter Mass.

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Adidas Teams With Parley for the Oceans to Create a Pair of Sneakers Made From Recycled Ocean Garbage

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Adidas has teamed with the group Parley for the Oceans to create a pair of sneakers made from recycled ocean garbage. The upper part of the surprisingly fashionable garbage shoes were made from illegal gillnets and other pieces of recycled waste recovered by Parley partner Sea Shepherd. They were recently presented at the United Nations as part of Parley’s series of talks about ocean conservation hosted at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.

Although no specific plans are in place to bring the shoes to market, an Adidas spokesperson told The Huffington Post, “We did this to show what we are capable of doing when we all put our heads together,” and added that the company plans to incorporate recycled plastic into their products by 2016.

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John Oliver Offers Up Swift Opinions on a Variety of Topics on ‘Last Week Tonight’

“Bagels. Doughnuts that gave up on their dreams.”

John Oliver offers up a series of 15 swift opinions on a variety of topics in a web-exclusive clip of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

The ChargeTech 24,000mAh Portable Power Outlet, A Battery for Charging More Than Just USB Devices

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The 24,000mAh portable power outlet by ChargeTech is a battery for charging more than just USB devices. It has two USB ports as well as a full three-pronged AC outlet capable of powering any AC compatible devices like laptops, small appliances, or even power tools. The battery can also charge devices using all its ports simultaneously.

For a limited time, the ChargeTech 24,000mAh portable power outlet is available in our Laughing Squid Store in both black and white colors for a 39% discount.

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images via Laughing Squid Store

‘PBS Idea Channel’ Examines the Increasingly Fine Line Between Play and Work

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta examines the increasingly fine line between play and work in a recent video. Rugnetta specifically uses recent video games television shows like Orange Is the New Black and The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt to explore drudgery and fun.

Why does entertainment increasingly feel like work? The Witcher 3 literally describes its side quests as contracts, every new movie seems like a must see, and every book that comes out IS JUST SO GREAT. Even as a human who’s job it is to KNOW ALL THE THINGS, on this week’s episode of Idea Channel, Mike laments the idea that no longer do we just enjoy things, we are required and tasked with enjoyment.

The GoPro HERO4 Session, A New Smaller and Lighter Camera With a Range of Mounting Possibilities

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The GoPro HERO4 Session is a new smaller and lighter GoPro camera with a range of mounting possibilities and new features. The camera is waterproof down to 10 meters without an external housing, shoots in 1080p60, and features a ball joint buckle that allows the user to easily adjust the angle of the mount on the fly.

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A Remarkably Loving Blended Family That Consists of Eight Birds, One Hamster, and One Dog

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Bob the Golden Retriever lives a very happy life with his blended family that includes two cockatiels, four parakeets, two mandarins, and one fuzzy hamster. They all appear to love one another, although the cockatiels tend to pick at each other from time to time.

A video posted by Bob (@bob_goldenretriever) on

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‘Bartkira’, A Version of the Classic Anime ‘AKIRA’ Featuring ‘The Simpsons’ Characters

Curator James Harvey and producer Kaitlin Sullivan created an animated trailer for a version of the classic anime AKIRA featuring The Simpsons characters under the “Bartkira” collaborative art project based on an original idea by Ryan Humphrey. The project consists mostly of several volumes of comics.

In the days of old, deep in the dredges of the “Do the Bartman” VHS, there was a trailer.

In partnership with Chicken Tonight, Butterfinger, and CC Lemon, the early 90s execs of Fox and Toho made an animated short. An attempt to appeal to American consumers without having to spend a lot of money. Until a changing of the guard decided the kids needed more Poochie and it was lost…until today.

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