Thomas Willeford's Steampunk Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos is a guide to making your own toys and artifacts! I was drawn to it by the instructions for making a great set of brass goggles but rather found myself enjoying the silly random tidbits of steampunk maker theory.
No one likes to say, "there are the Steampunk rules that you must follow," but there is a tendency within Steampunk art and fashion toward what I like to call "cog on a stick." The best way to avoid the "cog on a stick" effect is for things to have at least the illusion of functionality. You are allowed to do anything you like, but the rest of us are also allowed to point and laugh at you.
Fairly easy to follow along with and kinda humorous, Willeford gives advice on how to source parts, tools and kit that you'll find useful for making objects. He also details some projects that'll get you started and give you plenty of launching off points for whatever you might like to build.
In 2014, IKEA, the Swedish-based global furniture company, sent a cease-and-desist letter to a blogger by the name of Jules Yap. Yap ran the extremely popular website IKEAhackers.net, which helped people “hack” IKEA furniture into new, creative, and unexpected designs. The site was already almost a decade old when IKEA’s lawyers demanded that Yap hand over the URL. What follows is a case study from Superfandom: How Our Obsessions are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are.
Studio North was commissioned to refit an old elevator shaft in a converted warehouse loft in Calgary; they built a tall, narrow library with climbable shelves whose hand- and foot-holds retract into the shelving.
When you can’t wait for the world’s longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet, but some sadistic colleague keeps forgetting, probably on purpose just to eat into your lunch hour. Enough is enough!While serving a […]
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]