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We covered Jason Shron’s basement recreation of a VIA traincar almost 10 years ago, but his effort—staggeringly completist thought it is—is now just one among many examples of « secret fantasy worlds » built in the basements of otherwise unassuming homes. The Guardian’s Amelia Tait takes a trip through some of the most amazing, starting with his.
Shron’s train and the Maryland town aren’t anomalies either. In December 2019, an American man made headlines for transforming his basement into a replica Blockbuster video store, with row after row of rental vids and a snack stand. Seven months earlier, a woman in Canada transformed the space under her stairs into Narnia. Just before that, a Harry Potter fan magazine documented a woman who had created wizarding streets complete with shop windows in her basement. American and Canadian basements are now home to life-size bakeries and wine shops, casinos and arcades. What possesses someone to create their own private world in their basement? What compels them to spend so much money and time bringing their vision to life? And is an underground fantasy-land actually beneficial, particularly when public spaces are shutting down because of the pandemic?
India is experiencing a shortage of coconut harvesters. It’s dangerous work, as harvesters must climb trees that are sometimes 50 ft tall. Once they reach the top of the tree they have to hack away at the stems with a machete, making their grip on the tree more tenuous. To deal with these problems, researchers […]
I carved and gifted the « Terminator pipe » to Arnold birthday and he sent me a photo. from r/nextfuckinglevel Master carver u/RadonLab made a cool Terminator pipe for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who thanked him by sending him a signed photo.
This is the least expensive Arduino-clone starter kit I’ve seen. It comes with an Arduino Uno clone, a solderless breadboard, resistors, LEDs, jumper wires, pushbuttons, and a lot more. If you need to learn how to use an Arduino, may I recommend my Skillshare video class? If you sign up here you can get 3 […]
In case you haven’t tried an electric board before, know this — it’s not a toy. With 2800 watts of power, the beefy 36V, 4.4 Ah battery propels the Flowdeck X at a respectably speedy 20 mph with real stability. In fact, the motors have so much zip that they can easily shoot a rider […]
In the U.S., 32 states currently have either restrictions or an outright ban on driving with a smartphone in your hand. Whether you’re talking, texting or looking up directions, using your phone while you drive is distracted driving — and no matter how skilled you are, it can lead to lapses or even a tragic […]
When you’re the king, someone is always coming for your crown. Nowhere is that more true than in the tech sector, where a perennial favorite like Adobe and their insanely popular Creative Cloud app suite have to keep innovating to stay on top of the digital media creation software game. Keeping abreast of changes and […]