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Gent with chip on shoulder invents powerful pedestrian horn

Weird Universe found this inspirational story about a maker on a mission in the pages of the May 1948 issue of Popular Mechanics.

Bonus: The cover of this particular issue shows a man with a primitive VR headset engaging in teledildonically-assisted underwater cybersex, a popular fad at the time:

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Interview with Ben Krasnow, the guy who made his own electron microscope

Every week on the Cool Tools Show podcast, Kevin Kelly and I interview an interesting person, and ask them about four of their favorite tools. Our guest this week is Ben Krasnow. Ben works at Google[x], Google’s semi-secret technology development facility, where he creates advanced prototypes. Ben previously developed virtual reality hardware at Valve. After work, he spends time on various projects that usually involve circuit design, machining, and chemistry. Ben makes things that usually require a lot of money and sophisticated equipment: an electron scanning microscope, silica aerogel, and freeze-dried astronaut ice cream (I’ve tasted it, and it’s spectacular). You can follow Ben’s projects on his youtube channel, Applied Science.

Upcycling with comics fabric makes for great nerdy women's wear


Hana from Unplugged Studio upcycles new and vintage clothes mixed with comics-themed prints to make great, nerdy women's wear: Wonder Woman lace thong, Captain America partially-lined tee, vintage Levi's TMNT shorts, vintage Marvel Wrangler shorts. (via Geeky Merch)

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Wood furniture that unzips in a delightful way

Sebastian Errazuriz's Wave Cabinet is made of connected movable slats that can be arranged by brushing your hand against them. Beautiful! I want a desktop sized model to fiddle with.

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Building a wattle-and-daub hut with your bare hands

Primitive Technology's handyman starts with a stone axe and a fire-stick, then painstakingly builds up a 2m^2 hut with a bed, fireplace, chimney and thatched roof.

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Deal: Arduino Robotic Vehicle Kit

Meet Cherokey 4WD, a versatile mobile platform compatible with most microcontrollers, and the heart and soul of your robotic vehicle. By assembling the included hardware and tuning the software, you will construct a rapid, rugged, outdoor-friendly truck controlled by an iOS app on your phone. Learn to install sensors on the robot to trigger specific movements and actions, and take your newfound Arduino expertise onto limitless future projects.

  • Enjoy high-quality micro-speed motors
  • Drive your truck on rough terrain w/ its durable & solid aluminum body
  • Expand upon the highly versatile modular design
  • Easily control w/ your iOS device
  • Write your own code to take advantage of its ultrasonic sensor, BLE-ready microcontroller, IR sensor & LEDs
  • Start your project immediately without the need for an additional motor driver or wireless shield
  • Use for educational purposes, robot competitions, home automation protyping or research projects

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories' Lenore Edman on women in maker culture

I asked Lenore Edman, the founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the open source hardware, hobby electronics, and robotics company, to write a Medium post about what it's like being a badass female maker. Her comments are inspired and inspiring. From Medium:

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My hope for young women is that they’ll find meaningful work in an environment where they can flourish. It doesn’t matter to me if they choose a technical field, but it does matter deeply that they know they could choose one. For that to happen, it will take deliberate work on the part of all of us who work in technology to make our communities welcoming. There are many efforts going on toward this, and I think the maker communities have a wealth to share.

"Flourishing in the Maker Community"

And of course, check out Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

Doctoral dissertation in graphic novel form

Columbia University awarded a doctorate in education to Nick Sousanis for Unflattening, a graphic novel about the relationship between words and pictures in literature.

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HOWTO make Harry Potter pancakes

Saipancakes (previously) shows how far he's come in progressing the art of carbohydrate illustration with these amazing, unbelievable, eye-popping Harry Potter pancakes -- and the video documents his build-process.

Official case for your Raspberry Pi

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For three years, makers have hacked together some terrific and janky DIY Raspberry Pi cases (like these). Finally, Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have produced their own official Raspberry Pi case.

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Etsy launches a crowdfunding platform

It's a natural idea for the company, which has a long history of bringing together makers and artists with the audiences for their handiwork.

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Fury Road Ponies: Guzziline is Magic!

Artist Kelsey Wailes (Etsy) modded a set of Mad Max: Fury Road My Little Ponies of outstanding glory.

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Gotcha Gadgets – A book with a built in electronic mischief maker

Build Your Own Gotcha Gadgets comes with a multifunction electronic circuit, wires, and sensors that kids can use to build a variety of pranksterish devices: A cookie jar that sounds an alarm when the lid is removed, an electronic whoopie cushion, an intrusion detector, a fake lie detector, and more. Once you try a few projects from the book, it wouldn’t be hard to come up with other ways to use the components, both mischievous and mild.

Build Your Own Gotcha Gadgets
by Ben Grossblatt
Klutz press
2015, 32 pages, 0.5 x 10.2 x 12 inches (paperback)
$21 Buy a copy on Amazon

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

HOWTO make a flaming uke inspired by Max Max's Doof Warrior

Make editor Caleb Kraft shows you how to build an "incredibly dangerous" flame-shooting ukulele for your Mad Max Fury Road LARPing adventures, inspired by the Doof Warrior bungee-lashed flaming guitar-playing character.

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XOXO opens a community space for events, indie art and tech


The brilliant, Portland-based festival is now a year-round phenomenon, housed in a 13,000 sqft refurbed WWII ship-building factory that will incubate and nurture independent art and technology and house events year round.

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