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One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 4

The big practical effect in the film is a blood spurt, and to achieve that, we learn about the various kinds of blood rigs that Weta can attach to Adam’s arm. Things get a bit messy with testing the rigs. Joey goes on a location scouting trip and gives Adam some options for the shoot, which is coming up fast!

Custom Keyboard Spotlight: The RAMA M6-A

I make no secret of my affinity for small keyboards—I don't even own any full-sized boards anymore. Once you get under 40% (like the Minivan), you're not really talking about a replacement for a larger board. Sometimes, that's not the point. There are mechanical keypads and even smaller devices called micropads. One of the coolest micropads I've ever seen is the RAMA M6-A, which I've had a chance to play around with over the last couple weeks. It's an extravagant luxury for the discerning keyboard enthusiast.

There's no hard and fast definition of what constitutes a micropad, but I'd say it's anything smaller than a number pad. The M6-A, as the name implies, has just six keys. You can use those six keys to do almost anything you want. They can be single characters, modifiers, or even macros.

The online firmware manager "Knops" makes it easy to build new layouts and flash them to your keyboard. Since this is entirely self-contained firmware, the M6-A works the same no matter what computer you plug it into—it'll send whatever keycodes you've programmed. For example, I have mine configured to put my PC to sleep, show/hide the desktop, open the task manager, split screen my last two windows, and more. Sure, I could do all that manually, but it's neat having a little mechanical pad that does it with a single press.

PROJECTIONS, Episode 56: Pixel Ripped 1989 and Star Trek Bridge Crew TNG

We review and recommend two VR games this week: Pixel Ripped 1989 and Star Trek: Bridge Crew's TNG expansion. The first is a nostalgia-rich tribute to the handheld consoles of the late 80s and early 90s, while Bridge Crew's first DLC puts us on the bridge of the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. This is what VR was made for! Plus, a sneak peak at our Magic Leap episode coming next week.

Ask Adam: Earliest Memory?

Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam recalls his earliest memory. What's your earliest memory?

Awesome Animated LEGO Sculpture!

The best custom LEGO sculpture we saw at this year's Bricks by the Bay was this animated MOC called "Treasure of the Snake Queen". Essentially a Disney dark ride made in mini-fig scale, this towering build depicts a band of adventurers as they embark on a journey through different lands to face the Snake Queen. We chat with builder Flynn de Marco about the concept, layout, and lighting of this incredible build!

Adam Savage Paints an Astromech for Magic Wheelchair!

Adam takes part in one of the team builds for this year's Star Wars-themed Magic Wheelchair project, painting up a scaled R2-D2 dome that'll go on a Jedi starfighter. Follow along as Adam goes through the process of masking and painting this Carbon 3D-printed part, and then heads to Comic-Con for the project reveals!

Episode 461 - Make It So - 8/9/18
As you would expect, the gang is stoked about the return of Patrick Stewart to Star Trek, and we talk a bunch about our hopes and fears for Picard in the new era of Trek. Plus, Google's Android Pie in tech news and robot empathy in a Moment of Science. We unfortunately recorded this episode the day before the Magic Leap launch, so we'll be talking about it next week!
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Weta Workshop's "The Scale of Our War" Exhibit

While in New Zealand, Adam is able to visit the extraordinary exhibition "The Scale of Our War" at the Te Papa museum. Featuring truly larger-than-life sculptures by Weta Workshop, the exhibition tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I. Join Adam for a tour of the exhibit as we get up close to these remarkable figures.

Impressive LEGO Dystopian Monorail City!

One of our favorite LEGO builds from this year's Bricks by the Bay convention was this massive dystopian cityscape connected by a working monorail system (with six trains!). The mother and son team of Pamela and Austen show us the details of their build, which is inspired by science fiction films like Blade Runner and Ready Player One.