Bake: homemade Jabba the Hutt peeps

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The perfect accompaniment to your home-made poop emoji peeps: a marshmallow Jabba the Hutt. Read the rest

Bake: poop emoji "peeps"

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Just in time for Easter, an easy recipe for making your own marshmallow poop emojis! Read the rest

Edible flowers preserved in lollipops

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Pittsburgh's Sugar Bakers preserves gorgeous edible flowers in clear lollipops: root beer daisies, blueberry stained glass, candied pink rose-petals, watermelon violas, giant ice pansies and many more, in wrapped six-packs for weddings and such. Read the rest

Watch: iron bottle opener being forged by hand

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Rigoni Ironworks of Spring, Texas, forges bottle openers. They cost $28.

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Makers: take this survey and help with a master's thesis on making

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David Proctor writes, "I'm a Master's candidate at Minot State University doing research for a thesis on the Maker Community. Specifically I am trying to understand what motivates people to make and how the community defines itself. To that end I have created a short 7 question questionnaire that I need your help with. The questionnaire is here. Read the rest

The Car Hacker's Handbook: a Guide for Penetration Testers

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The 2016 Car Hacker's Handbook expands on the hugely successful 2014 edition, in which the Open Garages movement boiled down all they'd learned running makerspaces for people interested in understanding, improving, penetration testing and security-hardening modern cars, which are computers encrusted in tons of metal that you strap your body into.

No Starch Press has taken on the task of turning The Car Hacker's Handbook into a beautifully produced, professional book, in a new edition that builds on the original, vastly expanding the material while simultaneously improving the organization and updating it to encompass the otherwise-bewildering array of new developments in car automation and hacking.

Author Craig Smith founded Open Garages and now has years of experience with community development of tools and practices for investigating how manufacturers are adding computers to cars, the mistakes they're making, and the opportunities they're creating.

The Handbook is an excellent mix of general background on how to do threat-modelling, penetration testing, reverse engineering, etc, and highly specific code examples, model numbers, recipes and advice on how to put a car up on a bench, figure out how it works, figure out how to make it do cool things the manufacturer never intended, and figure out how to understand the risks you face from people doing the same thing without your best interests at heart.

A lot of the advice is theoretical, but there are a bunch of highly practical projects, from improving and customizing your in-car satnav and entertainment system to tuning your engine performance. Read the rest

Fellowships for "Robin Hood" hackers to help poor people get access to the law

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New York City's Robin Hood Labs at Blue Ridge Laboratories have opening for paid fellowships to develop apps and technologies to give low-income people legal assistance in civil proceedings, like evictions, debt collection, and immigration procedures. Read the rest

3D printed battle-armor for cats

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Carrying on the ancient, honorable tradition of armoring your cat, Print That Thing designed a suit of 3D printable cat armor and uploaded it to Thinigverse for anyone to download and print. Read the rest

Dad teaches 10-year-old daughter how to design and cast a pewter ring

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Designer Ivan Owens showed his daughter how to use Tinkercad to design a ring, print it in PLA plastic on a 3D printer, make a mold, and use the lost wax casting process to make a pewter butterfly ring.

My 10 year old daughter wanted to learn how to make her own metal ring by melting down the metal herself. …The video shows her learning to design and fabricate her own metal ring via sand casting using 3D design software, a 3D printer, scrap pewter, blowtorch, hammer, anvil, vise, drill & various other tools. I provided knowledge and supervision, but she drove the process. Through this process she learns that hazardous materials, such as molten metal, can be safely manipulated using the right equipment and techniques. She wanted to make a video of the process so that other kids could see all of the steps that go into making an everyday item like a ring.

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How to make a tiffin lunch pail from used tuna fish cans

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Tiffin pails are the ubiquitous, ingenious and practical lunchpails of Indian workers, delivered daily by an army of spectacularly well-coordinated "dabba wallahs." Read the rest

Ditch your overpriced Sodastream canisters in favor of refillable CO2 tanks

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Buying a Sodastream helped our family save big on soda water, reduce our plastic waste-stream, and resulted in us providing a steady revenue stream to a sleazy company that used to run a factory in the Occupied Territories whose business model relies on patent abuse in order to sell you compressed CO2 at a markup of several thousand percent.

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Rube Goldberg musical instrument that runs on 2,000 steel ball-bearings

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Wintergatan is Martin Molin's musical alterego, who runs 2,000 steel ball-bearings through its many channels and troughs to strike out a musical composition, turning handles, throwing switches and making other adjustments as needed to play his composition, which is rather catchy. Read the rest

Modular cellphone kits for makers

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Rephone makes modular open source hardware cellphone components -- GSM cores, touchscreens, speakers, GPS, miscellaneous sensors, and antennas -- that you can mix and match to build cellular capability into everyday gadgets; one project builds a complete cellular phone into a watch-strap for a Pebble smartwatch. Read the rest

Manual typewriter + servos = polyfingered robot dictaphone

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Zip Zaps wired up a bunch of servos to a voice-recognition system and taught them how to type on a mechanical typewriter, like a dozen robot fingers, and now she has a robotic dictation machine straight out of Brazil. Brilliant. (via Evil Mad Scientist Labs) Read the rest

World's coolest walking cane

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The Minnesotastan says: "One of my prized possessions is a walking stick that was hand-carved for me by an elderly man in Kentucky when I used to live and work there. The one above was carved by a craftsman in Oregon from a single stick of wood. Here is his video documenting the process."

Mike Stinnet made this copperhead walking cane. He has an Etsy store with other wondrous carvings and paintings. Read the rest

Watch: a home machinist makes a clock from scratch, right down to the screws and washers

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Chris from Clickspring is building a skeleton clock from scratch using a home machinist's shop, and documenting it in lavish, hypnotic detail in his Youtube channel. Read the rest

Last chance to get Boing Boing's Maker Box from Quarterly.co

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The only thing better than getting a package in the mail is getting a package filled with awesome, DIY kits! That’s why we have teamed up with Quarterly to curate their inaugural Maker Box. Think of all the awesome projects that have been featured on Boing Boing, now in a box delivered directly to you. Quarterly’s Maker Box hits your doorstep once every three months and will feature a variety of projects, from tech-influenced kits to gardening. We know that everyone can be a Maker and we’re excited for you to start seeing the world as your very own DIY kit.

Each package will include at least three kits, save one for each month of the quarter or do them all at once! The choice is yours. The kits will vary in theme and final product, but each kit will be hours of hands-on fun! The cost is $100 every 3 months with this first box shipping out at the end of February.

So what’s going to be inside the very first Boing Boing x Quarterly Maker Box, #MKR01? Well, here’s a teaser for what to expect!

When’s the last time you sat down and made something with your hands? If you are a Maker, probably an hour ago. Or if you are new to making, it may have been a while ago. Or maybe you cooked a meal, drew your own art, or just finished a puzzle. There are many different types of Makers out there from hackers, tinkerers, independent inventors and traditional artisans. Read the rest

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