The SolidSmack Weekend Reader | Week 40.17

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Don your favorite bathrobe, cream that coffee, and get comfortable with this week’s SolidSmack Weekend Reader.

The Weekend Reader features a handful of the most interesting articles featured on the ‘Smack over the past week ranging from tips and tricks to inspirational designs, processes, and more. So lay back, relax and take a load off while reading the top ten stories on SolidSmack this past week.

Oh and uh…don’t forget to shed some much-needed sunlight on your face, too.

This ‘Laputa: Castle in the Sky’ Minecraft Recreation Took Years to Complete

Studio Ghibli could be considered the Japanese equivalent of Walt Disney Pictures. If you haven’t watched at least one of their heartfelt children’s films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, or Spirited Away, please stop reading this and do that instead (you’ll thank me later). The movies have as much impact on Japanese pop culture as Disney films do in the west, and their fan base is just as big.

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Garage Inventor Colin Furze Repurposes a BMW into a Drivable Hot Tub

Colin Furze, our favorite garage inventor going on about 3 years now, has raised the bar yet again for zany garage invention hijinks. And while he’s previously created death-trap vehicles including ‘The World’s Fastest Pram’ and a fully-working hoverbike, this time he took a different route to create something a little more…relaxing.

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Watch the Mesmerizing Year-Long Process of Creating an Inlaid Lacquer Box

Remarkably resistant to water, acid, and in some cases, heat, lacquer—a natural plastic—has been used by East Asian craftsmen for centuries to create highly-detailed inlaid decorative boxes.

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See How Easy It Is to Make A Your Own DIY Plasma Popper

Who needs guns that shoot bullets when you can fire a ball of plasma?

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Learn the Science of Great Ideas in This Entertaining Short

Have you ever wondered why your best ideas come to at the times that they do? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tap into that ‘magic formula’ a bit more often? Well—you can…kind of.

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The Newton is an Ingenious and Simple Lever-Press Espresso Maker

When it comes to coffee, hardcore aficionados take every step of the process seriously—from the origins of the bean, down to the milliseconds for brew time and method.

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