Jonathan Fallon

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If you are unable or unwilling to spend over $3k on one of Richard Clarkson’s interactive thunderstorm cloud lamps, Eclectical Engineering has provided a way for you to obtain a reasonable facsimile – although it will reqiure some DIY chops.

Their homemade Bluetooth Cloud Light utilizes an Arduino Uno, Adafruit’s NeoPixel strips and a body fashioned from spherical paper lanterns covered with polyester fiber. The result allows users to program the light’s LEDs to create flags and Aurora Borealis effects, as well as Fart from Rick & Morty.

See how it’s done in the video below.

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Photographer AnaHell describes her approach to photography thusly:

I am a photographer who plays with the ordinary and deconstructs it to reveal another perspective.

I take advantage of the immediate surroundings, often photographing close friends and family members in their own living spaces.

The result, in this case, is drawing faces on people’s backs and having them contort so they look like “strange and wonderful creatures from another world”.

Strange? Yes. Wonderful? Sure. Amusing? Definitely. After viewing the additional examples below, you may agree that “terrifying” is another adjective that might apply here.

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1An artist named Kylie from Letterpress Bakery, is said to be Vancouver’s premier 3D cake designer. I believe it based on this amazing Simpsons / Star Wars mashup cake featuring a 3D, edible sculpture of Homer Simpson dressed as a Stormtrooper (which was inspired by the artwork of Ephin Cozmo).

Check out the video on That’s Nerdalicious

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New York-based architectural and design firms AJSNY and TO+WN want to give you the opportunity to own a 3D-printed model of the entire island of Manhattan at 1:500 scale that can be used to decorate, your wall, desk or coffee table.

The model comes in the form of over 200 six-inch square tiles that represent a specific part of the city. Using detailed aerial scans, the designers were able to include nearly every building in the city.

Check out more pics and the project video below.

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17-year-old engineering prodigy Angelo Casimiro decided he wanted a BB-8 droid of his own, but the $140 Sphero version just wasn’t good enough. Instead, he invested $120 and made his own full-scale, functional example using an iPhone, a paper mache-soaked beach ball, and a domed styrofoam head fixed in place with a set of speaker magnets.

For the brains of the operation, Casimiro used an Arduino Uno microcontroller board which, in conjunction with other boards, controls a set of wheels inside the body to move the droid around.

The final product looks amazing. Check out the instructional video below to learn more about how to build one yourself.

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Nerf has unveiled two new new foam-firing weapons that will be added to their anti-zombie arsenal this fall. The first, a Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster, not only features eight darts fired from either side of the barrel, but also includes a foam chainsaw blade that actually rotates.

Here’s hoping those zombie heads are really, REALLY soft.

The second, a Doomlands Double-Dealer Blaster, is capable of shooting 12 darts which are loaded into magazines sticking out on either side. It also features a double barrel for simultaneous firing.

See Also: Nerf Announces An Entirely Necessary Automatic Version Of Their 70MPH Rival Blaster

The Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster is expected to sell for $30, while the Doomlands Double-Dealer Blaster (pictured below) will reportedly go for $40.

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A dad who happens to be an artist in the video game industry put his skills to work crafting a tree-shaped reading room for his daughter.

It’s definitely among the most impressive parent DIY projects we’ve ever seen.

The process required 350 hours of free time over an 18 month period and cost about $4,250. The final result includes a sitting area with a reading light and illuminated knot hole fairy windows that are on a dimmer, providing “awesome nightlights”.

The project is detailed in the gallery below, and judging from his daughter’s smile, it was well received.

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Professional LEGO builder Ryan McNaught has recreated the Titanic’s final moments in an intricate build that required around 120,000 bricks and over 250 hours of free time with the help of fellow builders Mitchell Kruik and Clay Mellington.

The heavily detailed model shows the ship at the moment its structure buckled under its own weight, and comes complete with severed decks, working lights, wreckage debris and panicked passengers.

Hit the jump to check out additional detail photos.

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Italian artist Marco Ercoli has made a name for himself by crafting full-scale sculptures from Post-It notes, including a gun, a grenade, and the sword seen above. They are also armed with a veritable explosion of colors, making them look like they were used in a battle fought between clowns and unicorn-riding samurai.

Check out more of his work below.

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Hyperrealism is awesome, and artist Heather Rooney shows us why with this portrait of Daisy Ridley as Rey.

The 22-year-old created the work with colored pencils and a sh*t-ton of raw talent, beginning with a light pencil sketch and adding layers of color while blending to create depth and detail. Interestingly, she works in sections—bringing each to a high degree of polish before moving on. It’s amazing to watch.

Hit the jump to check out a timelapse of its creation. In the end you’ll likely still have to tell yourself it’s not really a photograph.

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