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.

Traditional Japanese Toy Craftsman Masaaki Hiroi Keeps His Craft Alive at Age 80

“At age 80, fourth generation Japanese toymaker Masaaki Hiroi still cranks out classic wood toys from his workshop where he has spent a lifetime mastering his craft.”


Watch the Brute Force of Linear Friction Welding in Mind-Numbing 32x Slow Motion

“Commonly used to seamlessly join dissimilar materials with different melting points, friction welding has been used to manufacture everything from airplane parts and rocket thruster tanks to even space shuttles and the razor-thin iMac.”


Hej Stylus! Turns Your Cursor Into a Incredibly Smooth Brush Tool

“Last September, we shared German illustrator Eilert Janssen’s new Real Markers, a Photoshop brush set with over 120 tools that emulate the look of real alcohol-based and permanent markers.”


Model of the Week: Ghost in the Shell Hexapod Tank [Gheeee!!]

“I think we can all tear open a bag of chips, pour some Saki and agree that, next to Akira, Ghost in the Shell (GITS) is the absolute best of 20th century Japanese Animation. The last scene where our cyborg heroine, Motoko, battles a massive 6-legged spider tank is some of the best animated carnage createdc”


Jörg Sprave’s Version of Pokémon Go Involves a Poké Ball-Launching Double-Barrel Pump Gun

“While he may be best known for warding off zombies with skull piercing “Brain Slicer” arrowheads or prepping for lethal milk and cookies with his Oreo Separation Pump Gun, Jörg Sprave of The Slingshot Channel just might have created his most ingenious mechanized weapon device yet.”


The New Moleskine Café is the Ultimate Design Sketching and Coffee Destination

“Used by engineers and designers in nearly every corner of the product design and development industry, the humble Moleskine notebook is often the starting point for hatching the next great product idea. But while sketching in the iconic notebooks happens anywhere at any time, it is often when sketching over a cup of coffee at the local café where many feel the most at home.”