Longterm haircut and beard trimming strategies are discussed this week as we enter week three of working from home. Adam tells the harrowing tale of a hand injury he sustained late last week that was truly frightening, Norm finishes the West Wing, and we point to some resources for makers 3d printing PPE for health care workers.
This week’s show and tell from the cave is inspired by a question from viewers–some of you watching Adam’s builds have noticed a mysterious stone head in the back of the cave and wondered about its origin. Adam takes that piece of decor off the back wall and reveals that it’s a piece of set decor from an episode of Mythbusters!
Prop builder and Tested’s 3D designer/fabricator Sean Charlesworth checks in with some of the projects he’s working on from home, including vintage camera repairs, upgrades to his Ghost Trap replica, and new Ghostbuster-inspired prop replicas. Sean also shares some resources for 3D printer owners to print critical equipment needed by health care facilities, like face shields.
Spoiler alert! Ariel, Norm, and Kishore dive into the questions raised by the season finale of Star Trek: Picard and the resolution of the season-long mystery. What does the Star Trek universe look like now after the events of the show? We discuss the themes of the season, rewarding moments for Star Trek fans, and what we hope to see in Season 2!
Tested Producer Joey tests and reviews the GoPro Hero8 Black and DJI Osmo Action, two of the newest action cameras with very similar feature sets. Joey compares the image quality right out of the cameras and for editing, as well as other important features like built-in motion stabilization, user interface, and accessory options.
While the Tested team is working from home and practicing social distancing, we’ll be sharing the projects we’re taking on and our own strategies for making the best out of self-isolation. Fabricator Jen Schachter checks in with a toolbox organization project as well as new tools for her home shop for making picture frames.
The release of Half-Life: Alyx is the big story, and we spend plenty of time going over the game and the decisions Valve made to push the limits of VR. (All of our discussion is spoiler-free this week). We also chat about what the maker community is doing to provide its support during the covid19 crisis, and what could happen next. Stick around for an interview with Valve’s Robin Walker and Corey Peters, as well as our spoiler alert review of the latest Picard episode!
Adam dives into his love of making boxes and display cases for the objects he builds and collects. These boxes are Adam’s way of interacting with the props, costumes, and model miniatures in the cave–a way to contribute to their worldbuilding. And one of the Adam’s favorite cases is the one he made for his Chewbacca cosplay mask!
Week two into our work-from-home reality, we check in to talk about Adam’s livestreaming experiments, his build of the Ecto-1 model kit, and why we feel so strongly about staying at home during this time. Video conferencing as a means for connection is also creating new social norms and changing the way we hang out with our family, friends, and co-workers.
We’ve played through Half-Life: Alyx, and here’s our in-depth and spoiler-free review of Valve’s return to the Half-Life universe. We show you how the game takes advantage of VR for exploration, combat, and puzzle design, and discuss how it runs on different virtual reality headsets. No story spoilers or dialogue details here, but you can watch the first hour of gameplay here.