“Primitive Technology” is the Best Thing on YouTube

What this guy makes with his bare hands is remarkable.

About a month ago, a new channel “Primitive Technology” popped up on YouTube. And it’s the best. As the creator notes, the videos on this channel are about “making primitive huts and tools from scratch using only natural materials in the wild.” The videos are without narration and the results are striking. It’s the kind of stuff that puts Bear Grylls to shame. Watch below as this guy, who I can only assume could woo away anybody’s girlfriend if he so desired, builds an impressive shelter. The videos are satisfyingly relaxing to watch and provide a glimpse into what the creative life may have been for our distant ancestors.

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Here’s That IKEA-Inspired Furniture Construction Game You Always Wanted

All the fun of modular furniture-building with none of the actual furniture to show for it.

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What is it that makes us go nuts for ready-to-assemble Scandinavian construction sets? Is it because building Lego models and IKEA furniture allows us to pretend—if only in a brief, superficial way—that we’re highly-skilled, master-craftsmen? Is it because there’s just something inherently satisfying about pieces designed to fit seamlessly into one another doing exactly that? Whatever the reason, our love for modular construction has turned Lego sets into movie stars, and IKEA furniture into a default dorm-room furnishing. And now, as Consumerist points out, there’s even a video game—the IKEA-inspired “Höme Improvisåtion”—to scratch your ready-to-assemble construction itch:

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Food For Thinkers: Edible Architecture

Salmon skin walls and structural systems made from spaghetti: for architect David Garcia, food is a building material with infinite possibilities.

I have to admit, I'm pretty excited with how this week of Food For Thinkers is going. Thus far, we have rediscovered food through the eyes of a space archaeologist, a graphic designer, and a culinary librarian. I say "rediscovered," because I had not previously realized what Sputnik-shaped foods could tell us about Cold War anxiety, how terrifyingly alien supermarket shelves might appear if you grew up without exploring them, and how something as simple as the addition of a childrens' section on a restaurant menu can tell a story about a neighborhood's changing demographics.

Next up is architect David Garcia, who explains that for him, food is just another addition to his repertoire of building materials, each of which has its own formal properties and aesthetic qualities:

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