Reviving an Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal


JWZ documents his adventures in bringing a 1982/3 vintage Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal (a rare portrait-orientation terminal) back into service -- fitting it with a Raspberry Pi and a new power-supply and getting it to boot its beautiful green-screen. Read the rest

Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy


Today sees the publication of Bonnie Burton's (previously) long-awaited new book, Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy. Read the rest

Kickstarting a monthly open hardware maker-box for kids that funds a kids' makerspace


Noah Swartz writes, "Parts and Crafts, a youth and community makerspace in Somerville, MA, is kickstarting a series of Creative Commons/Open Hardware licensed educational kits and projects for kids. The project is called 'Monthly Make-It' and it's a maker-kit subscription service where you sign up to get a box of cool DIY buildable projects sent to your house every month." Read the rest

Make: "Mad scientist test-tube rack"


John Park, the maker's maker, explains in detail how to make this glowing mad scientist test-tube rack that you can use as a Hallowe'en decoration and/or household mood light. Read the rest

Artoo-Deco, an art deco droid from author/maker Kurt Zimmerman


Kids' author/droid builder Kurt Zimmerman created "Artoo Deco," an Art Deco take on R2-D2, capable of movement under radio control, and with an in-built sound-system that makes cool, droidish noises. Read the rest

A new certification program for Open Source Hardware


Michael Weinberg writes, "After over a year of community development, the Open Source Hardware Association has released its new certification program. Hardware with the certification logo is guaranteed to meet the community definition of open source hardware. As a bonus, any hardware registered before the end of October is eligible to receive the coveted 000001 unique ID registration number." Read the rest

Watch glassblowers craft a massive vessel for 90 minutes


Imagine trying to shape a red-hot 75-pound glob of honey for 90 minutes, and you'll better appreciate watching as Davide Salvadore creates a vessel in his signature Muranese style. Read the rest

Bake: spooky chocolate chip cookies


Long story short: start with a reliable chocolate chip cookie recipe (this one has chia!), bake and decorate with sugar pears, slivered almonds, food coloring markers (I didn't know that these were a thing, but these are a thing!) and some sculpting tools. (via Geeks Are Sexy) Read the rest

How haunters remember their own among 2016's deaths


Dan Howland from the dearly departed Journal of Ride Theory snapped these all-the-feels tombstones at this year's Davis Graveyard (previously) haunt. Read the rest

Look at the tiny tools this master tiny toolmaker makes


@marcoterenzi's Instragram of tiny handmade tools is a joy to browse. He sells his tools, too!

(Thanks, Daniel!) Read the rest

3D printers needed to crowdsource a giant Rosie the Riveter


Todd writes, "We the Builders brings together 3D printer operators from all over the world to create sculptures that inspire makers. Our sculptures have toured maker-related events of all sizes around the northeastern United States, from local STEAM education events all the way to the White House. They are crowd-sourced, made up of hundreds of pieces 3D printed by people like you, and then mailed to Baltimore." Read the rest

Think like a computer scientist: free, interactive textbook


Runestone's Interactive Python project has adapted 2012's classic How to Think Like a Computer Scientist textbook, updating it to cover recent programming advances, and creating a fully interactive version with quizzes, code examples, and coding challenges. Read the rest

Make: jointed, hot glue-gunned cardboard toys


The Grid Kit makes a range of DIY toys that you punch out of precut cardboard sheets, glue-gun and assemble; the finished toys have working joints and can be painted or left plain. Read the rest

Easy way to make a self-balancing gyroscopic wheel


A YouTuber who goes my the moniker De Facto has instructions for building a gyroscopic wheel using a little DC motor, a 9V battery, a CD, a hard disk platter, some cork, and a dab of hot glue. Nifty! Read the rest

Pie-redator: Apple-Strawberry Pie inspired by The Predator


By Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous)

The tables have turned, now here’s your chance to “dig in like an Alabama tick” when you serve up this Pie-redator apple-strawberry pie at your next movie marathon night. Read the rest

John Park's PZ-1 Pizza Box DJ Controller


My friend John Edgar Park made this cool MIDI controller in a pizza box with a conductive ink surface. Read the rest

What's inside toothpaste


Chemist George Zaidan makes homemade toothpaste using the same ingredients in commercial toothpaste. It includes abrasives, humectants, sweeteners, flavors, foaming agents, thickeners and binders, sodium fluoride, and a few other things. He uses chalk, xylitol, peppermint oil, and glycerine. Read the rest

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