Asteroid belt (buckle)


Jason Ruane bought a chunk of meteoric ore from the 1947 Sikhote-Alin impact (which originated in the asteroid belt) and welded it to a belt buckle, creating a genuine "asteroid belt."

Man-made Asteroid Belt

(via Evil Mad Scientist Labs)

Help EFF code for freedom!

April from EFF writes, "Help improve the Electronic Frontier Foundation's free software projects to defend freedom & enhance privacy and security online. Here's a list of all the projects we invite you to hack your heart out on!"

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Modded pressure gauge displays your Internet usage in Mb/s


Building ‚ÄčEd Konowal's Raspberry Pi-based Internet Pressure Gauge (as seen at SIGGRAPH 2014!) costs about $425 in parts ($100 for the vintage gauge on Ebay, including metal-shop time for the refurb), or you can support the kickstarter for his kit, which gets you everything except the gauge for $310 (for $500 he'll build you one, but you still have to supply the gauge).

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Headboard made from books


Kassandra bought the books at thrift shops and nailed them in place, double-sided taping the top pages to keep them in place.

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Binder-clip sphere


Made by redditor Eduardoballestero, a man of great skill and patience.

130 binder-clips in all, and it's heavy. Instructions are forthcoming.

Cel-shaded jeans


These "cel-shaded" jeans were created by decorating a pair of plain blue-jeans with markers and paint. It's a weird inversion of denim wear-fetish by way of games culture, and I could easily see it becoming the acid-wash of the mid-2010s.

Cel-Shaded Jeans Make You Look Like A Cartoon Come To Life

Paranoid Paul: get notified of silent, sneaky terms of service updates


Paul writes, "I've created a free service called ParanoidPaul that notifies you when updates are made to the terms that affect you. I strongly believe that the websites we use every day should be accountable to their users, and transparent about changes made to their privacy policies and terms of services."

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Alien landscape in a melted picnic table


Miguel writes, "I found a picnic table in a park with a melted section... and I took a trip to a distant planet... I believe Spaceman Spiff would be proud."

Alien Planet (Thanks, Miguel!)

Spirographic pancakes

Pancake pioneer Saipancakes has combined a spirograph with a pancake-batter dispenser -- the Pangraph -- and it makes gorgeous fairy-pancakes with many nested symmetries.

Desk made from a pinball table

Tim Sway turned an old Charlie's Angels pinball machine into a desk, cleverly repurposing the coinbox as a desk safe. It's not the first time he's done this, either: check out his Moon Cresta desk. (via Geekologie)

Donate to Noisebridge hacker space!

My favorite hacker space, San Francisco's Noisebridge, is seeking donations via Indiegogo to fix its electrical system, repair tools, create a new audio/video workspace, and generally upgrade the facility!

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Maker Camp: an online summer camp for maker kids


Make and Google have teamed up to offer six weeks' worth of online workshops and programs to help kids 13-18 find and realize their inner makers.

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Car Hacker's Handbook

Dual core writes, "Car Hacker's Handbook is a book on car hacking licensed under Creative Commons."

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Haunted Mansion tightrope walker paper silhouettes


Etsy seller The Shadow Studio makes hand-cut paper silhouettes including this fabulous Haunted Mansion stretch-gallery tightrope walker.

Interview with young man about his 3D printed prosthetic hand


Joris writes, "E-nable is a community of people working together to design and 3D print prosthetic hands."

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