Category Archives: HOBBIES

This Dive Tank Floats On The Surface So You Dive Without Being Weighed Down

Remember how Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), led by Jar Jar Binks, dive underwater to reach Otoh Gunga in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace? In that scene, the Jedis used futuristic tiny breathing apparatus on their mouths to survive underwater. Well, the AirBuddy you see here is not that, but I’d say it is pretty damn close without endangering your life. The idea behind AirBuddy is to let avid divers explore shallow water without being bogged down by heavy and clunky dive equipment. It bridges the gap between snorkeling, which you literally just scratch the surface of the ocean, and scuba diving. Continue reading This Dive Tank Floats On The Surface So You Dive Without Being Weighed Down

Check Out This Awesome K-2SO ‘Cosplay’ That Is Actually A Puppet

We all know how lovable and cool K-2SO is, but however much folks love this hero of Star Wars Rogue One, it is nearly impossible to cosplay as one, unless K-2SO put on some serious stones. I mean, just look at this hands and legs. Not only are his limbs unusually long, but they are super skinny too, and no normal humans is going to be convincing in a K-2SO costume. C-3PO, on the other hand, is easier, as it has average human-size limbs; all you have to do is act a little more robot-ish and act like you are afraid of every situations. Anyways, but the super thin limbs did not stop cosplayer HarteAttack Cosplay from whipping up a K-2SO costume. Continue reading Check Out This Awesome K-2SO ‘Cosplay’ That Is Actually A Puppet

This Fully Functional Gray Fox Helmet Is Metal Solid Gear Fans’ Wet Dream

This is Diego Valdes. He is an aerospace engineer by day and an avid cosplay DIY-er by night, and what makes Diego stands from the sea of cosplayers is his Animatronic Gray Fox Helmet. Yes. That Gray Fox. The fictional character, a former agent of U.S. Special Forces-turned-mercenary, from the popular video game franchise Metal Gear Solid. Obviously, Diego’s creation wouldn’t be as impressive if it was merely a helmet. What makes it so dope is, it is a full functional animatronic helmet. Impressed by the attention to details on the original Gray Fox’e helmet, Diego took up the challenge to tweak the helmet so that it will be technically feasible to animate it. Continue reading This Fully Functional Gray Fox Helmet Is Metal Solid Gear Fans’ Wet Dream

Mad Inventor Colin Furze Has A Book That Teaches Kids To Make Things

As it turns out, mad garage inventor and famed YouTuber, Brit Colin Furze is equally at home with wrenches and blow torch as with writing a book. Wait, what?! Book? Yes. You heard that right. The man who pretty much owns the garage has written a book and as one may have guessed, it is all about making stuff at your own backyard. But you won’t be doing extreme builds like he did; instead this 192-page hardcover book, aptly entitled Colin Fuze: This Book Isn’t Safe! (Puffin, ISBN-13 978-0141386959), aims to inspire young folks to be creative and make things. Continue reading Mad Inventor Colin Furze Has A Book That Teaches Kids To Make Things

Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set: Complete Series In Six Vols. Hardcover To Boot.

Now that Masamune Shirow’s iconic Ghost In The Shell has made it to Hollywood, we suspect there’s going to be a host of anime/manga-turned-live action movie coming our way. Already, we have heard Akira is being given a serious thought after years of ons and offs (GITS is likely the catalyst for the ‘sudden’ progress we heard now), and apparently, Jordan Peele is in talks to direct this other cult Japanese sci-fi manga. It won’t happen anytime soon though; it will take a while, but this also allow time for sci-fi nuts and fans alike to do some serious recaps and what better way than to flip through the entire series, presented in six beautiful hardcover volumes, contained in the Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set (Kodansha Comics, ISBN-13 978-1632364616)? Continue reading Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set: Complete Series In Six Vols. Hardcover To Boot.

The Art of Ghost In The Shell: The Visuals That Made The Movie Possible

Yeah. We heard and read about the fiasco regarding the live action movie adaption of one of Japan’s most iconic sci-fi anime, Ghost in the Shell. I am a sci-fi nut (short of being a futurist) and so I am not going to be bothered by the so-called ‘white-washing’ or whatever it is that people are debating. But the name change there is kind of weird though (seriously? Major Mira?). Anywho, if you are all pumped up about Ghost in the Shell, well, then Insight Editions may have just the right stuff for you: The Art of Ghost in the Shell (ISBN-13 978-1683830009) by David S. Cohen. Continue reading The Art of Ghost In The Shell: The Visuals That Made The Movie Possible

54 Pipmen: World Playing Cards Come Together To Form One Big World

Forget about your boring playing cards, the Pipmen: World Playing Cards by Elephant Playing Cards you see here is the playing cards you want if you desire for something beyond a game of poker and black jack. What makes Pipmen: World Playing Cards is how each card’s graphics is unique and they come together, much like a puzzle, to form a unique Pipmen World, thus making it the world’s first 54-piece polyptych puzzle with unique connected scenes. Pipmen by itself is intriguing too. In addition to the Pip (which are basically suit symbols on the card face), the cards feature little stickmen figures interacting with the pips to create a unique scene. Continue reading 54 Pipmen: World Playing Cards Come Together To Form One Big World

This Is How You Create Fake Muscle For Cosplay Easily, No Gym Required

Some people are so serious about cosplay that they willingly hit the gym to buff up in order to look like a specific character, but what if you are too lazy, or don’t have the time to do so (because you are busy sewing up the costume)? Well, to that, Japanese cosplayer and Twitter user @YakiYakou will show you how to magically ‘grow’ some muscle (pretty much ‘on the fly’) with a little help from some self-adhesive invisible bra. Yep. Bra. That’s Nubra we are talking about. For the uninitiated (damn, you must be a true geek!), Nubra is invisible bra made of silicone ladies wear when they want to the strapless look when fashion pieces that expose shoulders and/or the back. Continue reading This Is How You Create Fake Muscle For Cosplay Easily, No Gym Required

Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia: The Future A Threat Or?

There are a lot to look forward about the future, but on a grander scheme of things, there are also a lot to be afraid of about the future. Some of us maybe too naive about the threats we are getting ourselves into, you know, like the prospect of robots taking over our jobs. The movie, Alex Proyas’ I, Robot was a good hypothetical insight into the future where robots replaced humans in many jobs. In fact, we should have known better. It is no different than immigrants coming into a country and assuming a job you use to do, but at a significantly lower monetary return. I think you get the jive. This is exactly what the book, Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia (Prestige Professional Publishing, ISBN-13 978-0984972845), is about. Continue reading Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia: The Future A Threat Or?

This Ski Bindings-like Device Lets You Wear Your Diving Flippers Handsfree

If you scuba dive, you will probably understand the pain trying to put on the flippers after you have fully geared up. I mean, slipping on the flippers isn’t that hard; it’s those gears on you that hinders the process – more so, if the boat is tiny, but not for long, cos’ an Italy startup has came up with a brilliant solution that will make donning and doffing of fins a walk in the park. Called Finclip, this solely mechanical device is designed to be retrofitted to your flippers and once fitted, all you have to do is to slip in and step down, and voila, the flipper is secured to your foot. Just think ski bindings and it will give you an idea how awesome this is. Continue reading This Ski Bindings-like Device Lets You Wear Your Diving Flippers Handsfree