Casio Is Releasing a Retro-Style, NASA-Themed G-Shock Watch

If Neil Armstrong were a wristwatch, he'd be this one.
If Neil Armstrong were a wristwatch, he'd be this one.
G-Shock US, YouTube

Just because you’re not headed to the Moon anytime soon doesn’t mean you can’t flaunt your passion for space exploration in other ways. To help you, Casio is releasing a NASA-themed G-Shock watch that looks like it was fashioned out of a space suit from the Apollo 11 days.

The white digital wristwatch, called the DW5600NASA20, features NASA’s classic worm logo in red on the face, an American flag on the band loop, and two images of the Moon: a silver one engraved on the case back, and a red one that appears in the bluish backlight when you check the time in the dark. Even the packaging plays into the theme; as Engadget points out, the watch comes in a tin that loosely resembles the Saturn V rocket.

This packaging you probably won't want to throw away.Casio

A silvery Moon engraved on the back of the watch.Casio

In addition to its delightfully retro design, the G-Shock watch also has all the technological trappings you’d expect from a NASA-themed gadget, including shock resistance, water resistance up to 200 meters, a countdown timer, a multi-function alarm, a stopwatch, flash alerts, and more.

It costs $130, making it both one of the more reasonably-priced space-inspired timepieces on the market and, apparently, quite a hot commodity: Since its launch on April 24, the DW5600NASA20 has already sold out on the G-Shock website.

While you wait for Casio to restock, see if you have what it takes to be an astronaut with this aptitude test.

[h/t Engadget]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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How to See August’s Full Sturgeon Moon

It'd be pure lunacy to skip an opportunity to see this beauty.
It'd be pure lunacy to skip an opportunity to see this beauty.
mnchilemom, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

This summer has been an especially exciting time for avid sky-gazers—the NEOWISE comet flew close to Earth in mid-July, and the ongoing Perseid meteor shower is gearing up for its peak around August 11. Though full moons aren’t quite as rare, the sight of a glowing white orb illuminating the night is still worth a glance out your window.

When Is August’s Full Moon?

As The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports, the eighth full moon of 2020 will reach its peak at 11:59 a.m. EST on Monday, August 3. If that’s daytime where you live, you’ll have to wait for the sun to set that night, or you can catch it the night before—Sunday, August 2.

Why Is It Called a Sturgeon Moon?

Each month’s full moon has a nickname (or multiple nicknames), usually of folk origin, that coincides with certain plant, animal, or weather activity common at that time of year. January’s full moon, for example, was named the “wolf moon” because wolves were said to howl more often during January. June’s “strawberry moon” occurred when strawberries were ripe and ready to be picked.

Since people caught an abundance of sturgeon—a large freshwater fish that’s been around since the Mesozoic era—in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain during this part of summer, they started calling August’s full moon the sturgeon moon. It has a few lesser-known monikers, too, including the “full green corn moon” (a nod to the approaching harvest season), and the slightly wordy “moon when all things ripen.”

[h/t The Old Farmer’s Almanac]