Scratch-built, incredibly detailed Millennium Falcon


Thomas Richner spent more than 140 hours scratch-building a spectacularly detailed cardboard model of Star Wars's Millennium Falcon, working with scrap cardboard boxes and then shooting his model on a green-screen and compositing onto backgrounds from the movies.

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Just look at this cast aluminium banana


Just look at it.

(Thanks, Jay!)

Plush Minecraft blocks


The 20cm^3 plush Minecraft TNT block is covered in suede-effect polyester and stuffed with soft foam; for something less explosive, try the Chest or the Log (or get the 10cm set with Grass, TNT, Diamond and Creeper blocks).

(via Geeky Merch)

Mesmerizing rebuild of a mechanical Fourier calculator

Albert Michelson's harmonic analyzer -- a 19th century mechanical calculator that can do Fourier analysis with just gears, springs and levers -- was found at the University of Illinois, and then lovingly restored by a trio of makers who lavishly documented it in a book (free PDF/paperback/hardcover) and a mesmerizing video series.

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer: A Visual Tour of a Nineteenth Century Machine that Performs Fourier Analysis [Book]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer [Youtube]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer (book details) [Free PDF]

(via JWZ)

Wasp crackers

It's pretty predictable that a list of the world's "100 strangest" foods would be mostly entrails and arthropods, but the digger wasp-crackers of Omachi, Japan are curiously appetizing (YMMV).

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Plush undersea creatures


Parisian crafter Big Stuffed makes beautiful, cuddly, handmade undersea creatures -- the big ones are huge, like the 90 cm whale made from fun-fur and jersey. (via Crazy Abalone)

Ceramic, handmade Tardis soup-mug, saucer and spoon


The whole set is $50 from Barbarah Robertson, a potter in Virginia -- microwave and dishwasher safe, and can be ordered in time for Christmas delivery.

Hackney hackathon in London this weekend


Christian writes, "Come and participate in 24 hours to hack for Hackney: we will be doing the first Hack-ney-thon to try and improve how the council works and life in the borough. To help with this the council has started a Github account.

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Creative Commons and Aaronsw's sweet hack


All over the world today, people are having hackathons in memory of Aaron Swartz, and Creative Commons co-founder Lisa Rein talks about Aaron's role in hacking the law with the Creative Commons licenses.

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8th grader fundraises for school trip with minicomics instead of hustling chocolate bars


Erik writes, "My daughter is raising money to go on her school's 8th grade trip to DC. She tried doing the school-sponsored chocolate thing, butit's lot of work for a little pay-off, so now she's creating minicomics and presidential portraits on Etsy and an Indiegogo campaign...and having way more success."

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My Maker Dad book is $2 on Kindle

My book, Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects is just $2 as a Kindle right now.

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Book of seashell scans bound in a seashell


Lauren Bishop made an "artist's book" of scans of seashells she found in Florida, bound inside a scallop shell. It's beautiful. (via Ellen Kushner)

Brazil's amazing, underground hot-air balloon subculture


An exquisitely researched and endlessly fascinating long article tells the history of Brazil's centuries-old baloeiro craft, whereby painstakingly handmade paper balloons are lofted trailing ladders of pyrotechnics and long banners, powered by melted-down candle-stubs from churches and graveyards, cheered on by sometimes violent gangs who labor over them for months before releasing them.

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The Raven's Chamber: a mad scientist's apparatus


Art Donovan (previously) created this amazing, mixed-media sculpture as a commission, called The Raven's Chamber, resembling some arcane astronomical instrument from a mad alchemist's lab.

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